Saison 1900
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,944
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
83
Ranked #41,377
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 12.5%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
76
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

S- Light barley/'beer smell'
L- Quite dark amber, slightly hazy, pours with fat 3cm white head that's veeery slowly reducing.
T- Some fruity notes, apple being quite a distinct one to me.
M- Has a fresh feel, clean on the palate.
O- First time I've had this and it's nice. That said there isn't anything that special about it that would motivate me to go and seek it out again. 33ml bottle, BB: 11/07/2019. Marked as 5.4%, which it tastes, and not the 6.7% in the 'Beer Info' below. Bought from the Wholefoods $upermarket in London UK for GBP2.19

Sep 05, 2018
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Hanglow from Scotland

3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy gold, rocky head.

Carbonic , sweet and sour fruity nose.

Carbonic, lactic tang., mild fruit, small malts. Little to no hops. Drying finish and high carb cover lack of bitterness.

Feb 11, 2017
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EmperorBevis from England

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Slightly hazy golden body with massive foaming head (bottle was slightly a gusher)
Barley aroma
Lemon & spices flavour
Textbook refreshing saison

Jul 13, 2016
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FLima from Brazil

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a huge mushroom fluffy head with eternal retention and leaving strong laces.
Light aroma with notes of herbal and floral hops, pineapple and bread.
Initially interesting flavor with notes of spices, lots of chalked yeast, pears, white grapes, herbal hops, green apples and grainy malt. Dry aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Pleasant and assertive Saison, neither complex nor intense. It started very unique with some sort of toasted like notes and spices than faded away. Don’t expect any sour funkiness.

Oct 02, 2015
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

2.51/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Color light yellow, slightly turbid.
Head white, good-sized, long stays in the glass, giving them a good build- up.
Very delicate aroma, palpable apricot, floral notes, grassy and probably the strongest flavor, honey.
Clearly taste sweet, honey, apricot palpable again. All of these, however, very delicate flavors. Gentian poor, dry, beer also slightly acidity, low saturation towards the middle.
In conclusion, I expected something more, and it is on average.

Apr 20, 2015
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interzen from England

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle (BBE January 2016) poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Pours a dark yellow-amber - unlike other saisons I've had, this one poured fairly clear; not quite as 'murky' as some. Lots of 'loose' head which left behind some lacing.

Smell: Quite grainy - in fact, one could almost say that the grain smell dominate pretty much everything else. There's a faint whiff of fruit (mainly apple and something else I couldn't quite identify) but mainly it's grain.

Taste: Again, very grainy with a heaping mouthful of yeast into the bargain. The apple/fruitiness was barely there so you could be forgiven for thinking this was a bit one-dimensional. The fruit flavours are more evident once the beer has warmed up a bit.

Feel: Fizzy, for want of a better word - like some other saisons I've tried this seems to be fairly aggressively carbonated. Get past that, however, and it's quite smooth with a very dry finish.

Overall: I'm in two minds about this - one the one hand, taken on its own it's not a bad drink at all although the extreme fizziness could be offputting to some. On the other hand, it feels a bit mundane, one-dimensional almost. Not to say that it's bad - it isn't - but I suspect there are fare better saisons out there.

Dec 28, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Olive colored 11.2oz bottle. Freshness dated 09:12

A: Pours a hazy dark yellow with 1 and 1/2-inch white head. Floaties of yeast and clumpy lace.

N: Rancid sour grain and yeast. I know, this "expired", but come on, only 8 months passed the date. Really???

T: Yeasty and grainy and fruity (green apples).

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Grainy and yeasty finish.

O: Do not drink if past the bottle date - NOT PLEASANT! Drain poured this one.

May 31, 2013
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thomasausud from France

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I agree with the guy who could smell toffee. The label leads you into thinking that you're going to smell something funky or dusty, but its a nice smelling beer. I could smell toffee, apple and... beer. Big white head. The taste follows the smell and is similar to other saisons, maybe a little more sugary than some others. Once it warms up the head leaves and takes some of the taste with it.

Overall, a good beer for drinking. You won't be transported to a higher plane of existence. Set your hopes to 'moderate anticipation' and you will be pleasantly surprised.

May 15, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light orange with a 1 inch puffy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. There is a lot of sediment floating around in the glass after the pour. Smell is of grains and some white grape juice aromas. Taste is of grains, honey, and some grape-like fruity flavors. This beer has an aggressive level of carbonation with a very prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good saison but it's much fruitier than other saisons I have had in the past.

Mar 16, 2012
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skypup from Germany

3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from 2Be in Brugge; Belgium
.33L Bottle served in Saison Dupont glass

A- Clear amber with a thick head that dissipated quickly. High carbonation.

S- hops and yest light waif of citrus.

T- Sweet malt with slight hint of hops.

M-fairly smooth with relatively high carbonation. Mild bitter aftertaste.

D-I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, but I find it relatively light compared to most Belgian ales and saisons.

Sep 11, 2011
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sfprint from Germany

2.72/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On the verge of expiration. Bought from Bier tempel in Brussels and it was less than two weeks from expiration when I bought it. :( 9/4/11

A: Poured into my Chimay chalice, healthy 3 finger head, even seafoam, murky tan/olive. A little rising carbonation visible at the base of the glass.
S: Sweet and sour mix but less sweet and heavier. Certainly has a whisky sour quality to it plus a sweeter ice creamy yeast on top. Lemon,
T: Relatively bland. Difficult to describe. Very mild sourness and bitterness, yeast is very apparent. Well blended and it has a flavor, but it's quite neutral, earthy but unexciting. Old apple, honey. But not bad or gross.
M: Slight astringency, little carbonation.
O: Not bad but quite unexciting.

Aug 30, 2011
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Hazed over dull golden color, bubbly lacing barely stays around. Smells of apple skin, taffy, lemon zest, light honey and kiwi. Smooth moderate sized body. A little spicy, a little fruity and a little tart. Mild biscuit malt flavor within, light on the hops. Dusty yeast in the dry finish.

Decent, there are others that are not so much of a mess ... or perhaps better put together. Glad I tried it though.

Aug 02, 2011
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rvdoorn from Netherlands

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a clear golden-yellow color, with a nice fluffy white head.
Smell: Malts, toffee, grass and citrus.
Taste: Honey, malts, toffee, apple and citrus fruits. The aftertaste is hoppy, citrus and dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, crisp and firm bodied.
Overall: Nice beer. Will drink this one again

Jul 23, 2011
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rarbring from Sweden

3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beverage is clear light amber, has a small off-white head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is sour and earthy, stable (hay, dust, leather, and horse).

The taste starts with a small honey sweetness, some dried peas and stable - the lower regions ....

Medium high carbonation, small intense bubbles, a slightly dry finish.

An average saison, not bad but not extraordinary.

Jun 05, 2011
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impending from California

3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl into a tulip. Pours a pure butterscotch, nice frothy head, considerable lacing.

Lots more of darker fruits than typical in the aroma for the style. Citrus, spices and candy, uplifting, sweet and clean with zero funk. Unusual, very nice.

Atypical taste for the style as well. Blindfolded I would say a strong pale, a nice one at that. Honey is strong in the flavor, again no funk, zero sour. Medium bodied prickly mouthfeel.

mediocre as a saison but nice as something else
unique
cheers
jd

Mar 04, 2011
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krisandajt from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was a part of the NEPA Beer Club's latest Stockertown AKA Shangy's Split...

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my DFH glass, the beer is a cloudy, dull amber color with a huge, overflowing amount of bone white bubbly head. Retention is good, and the lacing is most plentiful. There's also bits and pieces of sediment floating around.

Smell: Light, sweet, and mildly fruity. It really doesn't have much in the way of funk, which is a quality I've come to look forward to in my saisons. Still, it's not bad.

Taste: Similar to the nose, the taste is light and sweet with some mild fruit thrown in, mainly an apple sort of taste. Again, not much in the way of funk which is a little disappointing, but otherwise a decent brew.

Mouthfeel: Light, plenty of carbonation, crisp.

Drinkability: Overall this is not a bad drinking beer. The flavors are mild, and I think this beer is lacking some of the big flavors that make a saison what it is. I'm glad I had the chance to try this beer, but I'll be honest...I don't foresee myself running to the store to pick up more.

Jan 22, 2011
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Golden colour with a white head that dies quickly.

S - A little honey malt and some hop, not much else.

T - A littel sour and a little citrus hop, quite different to most saisons.

M - Light body and full carbonation.

D - A seasonable saison but falls a long way short of the Dupont.

Dec 10, 2010
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date 20100317
Sampled April 2010 @ Brasserie Beck, Washington DC
A big cracker-like and hay aroma greets me as this is poured into my glass. The beer is actually quite explosive as I even lost some as the waiter (embarrassingly), popped the cap. This is not anywhere near as hoppy as Dupont or the Saison IV that I just had, but there is still a grassy, light herbal hop character. Some light, oxidized notes round out the malt character and somehow adds an almost orange aroma to the hint of sherry that is here. A light, but present fruit character adds some apple (from the oxidation) as well as a touch of pear. There is also a light earthy quality to the nose that even gets a bit musty.

The beer is lightly sweet (though this is pretty sweet for how I like my Saisons) with apple fruit flavors, some oxidized malt (hints of cardboard, but not aggressively so) and lots of orange notes are found in this beer; this last makes me wonder if orange zest was used in this beer. Slightly peppery tasting, or really quite so, though I suppose it is not as peppery as the Saison IV. A big nutty note becomes noticeable here after warming in my glass for a bit. There is lots of aged character to this beer (despite being only two weeks passed its best by date), but apparently it has been selling like hot-cakes here at Brasserie Beck.

Oct 06, 2010
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ccrida from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle poured into a goblet, Saison 1900 is murky dark gold with lots of lots of unappealing sediment in static suspension. A small off-white head leaves scattered laced.

Smell is estery, over-ripe tropical fruits, passion fruit and bananas especially.

Taste is similar, nice and fruity, a bit of honey, perhaps a bit on the old side (best before 8052010), but I doubt this was ever in the really snappy style when fresh. You can taste the yeast faintly as well as a hint of cracker. Something about it though really works for me, very farmhouse. I'm not tasting the hop cones depicted on the label per se, although it's decently bitter on the finish. Reminds me a lot of a smaller version of the Hoegaarden Grand Cru.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated but not crisp, light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, if you enjoy a rustic, authentic style saison. Not one of the uber attenuated peppery saisons, with the emphasis here on the the fruity esters. I really dug it, lots of flavor but quaffable, I could definitely enjoy a few of these.

Jul 15, 2010
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organicbrewer from Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A-light cloudy gold with a huge white head.

S-Light honeyed malt with an almost skunky hopiness. Slight cardboard. Not too much saison type yeast aromas.

T-Again, light sweet crackery malt. More cardboard (age). Very low bitterness, could use more. Very low hop flavor. Again, very little Saisonness.

M-fairly dry. Medium high carbonation.

D-This beer (i think) must have had a rough time getting here. A stale bottle. For a saison, it could use a bit more hopping (flavor and bitterness) and more saison yeast character.

Jul 01, 2010
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illidurit from California

3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy dark gold color with a big rocky off-white head. Carbonation is fed by the etching at the bottom of the glass, helping lead to a ton of retention and lacing. Aroma is lightly citric with some yeast and bubblegum. Flavor is sweet, plenty of vanilla and banana esters. Nice honey note on the finish but this is a little flabby and sweet. Finish is dry but in an astringent way. Pretty enjoyable but not exactly a thirst-quencher.

Jun 22, 2010
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DmanGTR from New York

3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 4/17/10

What an epic gusher. This one shot all over the table. Had maybe 2/3 of a bottle left after it blew up.

Hazy and cloudy yellow with a gigantic white head. Lemon peel and coriander with a healthy funk too. Pepper is slight but also detected. Taste is pretty funky, but spices are in the background and pretty balanced. Light bodied, dry, and very carbonated. If I had more of this I would probably finish it! Can't bring myself to lick the table though...

Jun 14, 2010
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This started out as a mild "gusher", but soon calmed down. Nice pour despite that. Pours hazed yellow golden with a creamy/foamy white head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smll is of lemon, grass, some tart funk, some bready notes and a touch of honey candy.

The taste is of honey sweetness - sweet for a saison, as the tartness is milder than in the nose. Grainy awith a touch of grass. Sweet, but with a refreshing dryness pulling through in the finish.

Light-bodied and crisp. Ample carbonation gives it effervescence.

A sweeter, milder, easy-drinking saison.

May 09, 2010
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Avagadro from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours with a monstrous white head that maintains a healthy film of froth throughout the experience. 1900 is the color of straw, slightly hazy, and loaded with vigorous lacing.

S: bouquet is slightly muted, with a touch of mint, banana, and clove all contributing equally to form the bouquet.

T: quite dry, with subtle notes of mint, honey, and banana. I am happy that this saison doesn't try to beat you over the head with its fermentation by-products. They are simply there to add to existing brew.

M: Very light, heavily carbonated, and just a touch of slickness that I wish was absent. Other than that, 1900 possesses a perfect body.

D: a great saison that is actually to style; no sweetness, very thin body, and subtle with its profile. A lot of American saisons have a hard time adhering to these guidelines.

May 09, 2010
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy orange with nicely voluminous head, sparsely webbed out beige foam sinking in the middle but leaving some decent specks of lace behind. Like the colour, the haze, the head, pretty much everything that's supposed to be here is, just a bit lacking in lace.

Nose is very Belgian, a lot of sour yeasty characters with notes of rubber, leather and fresh bark. Slight green apple aroma at the back and hints of herbs and light peppery spice. A bit too much Belgian-ness and not enough saisony funk. Smells a bit too tamed, even mild, for me.

Taste is better. Slight malty beginning with a light honeyed edge descends quite quickly into a nice funky mid-palate, with nice complexity done subtly without a flavour explosion. Hints of orange peel blend with that barnyard mustiness, some leather notes and slight lemon rind bitterness. Slight brandy character comes through late which is not unpleasant, but a bit odd for the style. Might just be the rich sweetness emerging after the pleasant and decently funky mid. Yeah, a decent saison palate, rich and 'off' in the right places.

Nice foamy, sedimenty texture, quite dry on the back but a little bit of a sting on the tongue. Good for style, but doesn't make me feel wonderful.

A complex and tasty beer that still manages to retain drinkability. It's been a while since I had a Belgian saison so this was a welcome back for an old friend.

May 07, 2010
Saison 1900 from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 76 ratings