Saison 1900
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,918
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
83
Ranked #42,809
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 12.19%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
78
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Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  6
SCORE
83
Good
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illidurit from California

3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Jason from Massachusetts

3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
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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rastaman from England

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

Nice one. Yeasty, peppery, orangey, lemony, spicy, marzipan. Nice lightly creamy mouhtfeel. Dry, with a mild bitterness on the finish, tasty saison. To add to the fact that it tasted good, the mouthfeel was sharp, yet soft and at the same time, went went my steak and frites.

Oct 03, 2003
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stcules from Italy

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber, white foam, some big bubbles, with not a very good appearance.
The beer is very clear and limpid.
Smell: malt, spicy, candy sugar, orange peel, pepper, and others spices. Maybe an hint of cherry?
At the taste it is quite oily, with a full taste. MAybe lightly sour and citric.
An hint of smoked. The background is malty, round and full.
Medium body, adequate.
Spicy aftertaste, but even some hop that come back.
Good saison.

Oct 26, 2003
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Gusler from Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A crystal clear amber color as it sets in the glass, crowned by a majestic head, that is frothy in its consistency, brilliant white in color, after it dissipates the resultant lace a fine covering sheet upon the glass. Sweet malt with hints of pineapple, fresh and crisp, even a touch of orange peel; start is sweetly malt, the top slender in its feel to the palate. Finish is delicate in its acidity with the hops mild and understated, sweet till the end, dry aftertaste, a quite drinkable beer at any rate, have developed a love for these “Saison’s” lately.

Mar 13, 2003
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GreenCard from Maryland

2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled the 75cl bottle...

Appearance: pale golden color, very slight haze, a narrow layer of bubbly off-white foam w/ OK head retention, vapid looking

Aroma: wheat, malt, cotton candy, green pears, almonds

Flavor: toasty malt flavor, peanut shells, slight tang, passion-fruit in the background, mild hop flavoer and a nonexistant bitterness, not much here, malty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, tepid carbonation

Overall Impression: Pretty disappointing even considering that I had a pretty low expectation for it. A bit watery and one-dimensional. Not fit for inclusion in one of my favorite Belgian beer styles. Even after swirling up the dregs and dumping it in, the beer is still quite boring.

Feb 10, 2004
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ark57 from Pennsylvania

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

It is a clear dark gold in color with a thin creamy, white head and a little lacing. There is some citrus spice and hops in the aroma. The body is firm with a toffee-like maltiness. It is crisp and clean with a refreshing citric finish. A very nice summer beer.

Mar 22, 2004
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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

Bottle: Poured an yellow color beer with a huge head with super great retention (head even stick to side of glass after each sip). Aroma is malty with some sweetness and some yeast in the background. Taste is very refreshing with some good malt surrounded by a light spice mix and some yeast in the finish. Would probably have enjoyed it even more if there had been more spices in the mix – it king of ends up being a light saison. Still very refreshing and enjoyable though.

Dec 22, 2004
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

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

Tangelo orange with generous clouds of yeast drifting downward and generous streams of bubbles racing upward. The beige colored foam is airy and stiff, but it isn't sticky. A few scraps of bubble bath-like lace end up on the glass.

The nose is as much Belgian pale as saison. It features loads of golden fruit and yeasty spiciness. No funk and very little earthiness make the comparison even more valid. It would be great if the beer tastes as good as it smells.

Saison 1900 tastes like a slightly lighter, slightly lower-ABV Belgian tripel. Saison is such a wide-ranging style that the similarities aren't surprising. Too bad this is the 11.2 ounce bottle rather than the big dog seen in the picture.

Flavors include ripe pears and apples, white grapes, hints of lemon zest and light dustings of clove and white pepper. A faint tanginess probably means that some form of wheat is used. This isn't hugely complex beer, but it's damn tasty and refreshing. Not to mention quenching.

The second pour looks much better in terms of head and lace... and the beer itself still looks wonderful. The mouthfeel is light-medium and has an ideal amount of invigorating carbonation that never becomes annoyingly buzzy. Solid on all fronts.

With the exception of Blanche De Bruxelles (a wit), Brasserie Lefebvre brews good beer. Saison 1900 is a bona fide keeper and would be a wonderful choice during the warmer months. Too bad it's too expensive ($4.09 per single) to drink on a regular basis.

Feb 20, 2010
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 to share but I had most of it. Orange colour with orange bubbly head. Aroma pepperish spicy. Easy drinking fruity medium plus mouthfeel. Yeast and lemony, some sugar,aggressive carbonation. Bannana and vanilla, not as spicy as some saison. Not a Fantome.
A real treat thanks to boutip, aka phyl21ca

Oct 29, 2006
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy dusky golden colour, with a big and frothy head of white foam that just stays on and on and on. decent lacing, although perhaps not as impressive as it could have been given the head. Overall a very nice looking beer.

Slight funk on the nose, very organic, with a big whiff of wheat characters. Slight bite to it as well, possibly acidity, possibly fruity hops, something slightly phenolic about it. Bit medicinal in places. Quite interesting.

Taste is initially sharp, with a singular hop bite on the front, which coalesces into a raw organic character juggernauting its way through the centre of the palate. Finish is slightly tart and slightly medicinal, with some menthol characters popping their way out on the back. It feels pretty rough and rugged, and the fine tingling carbonation keeps the palate active for a long time. Very interesting palate, but not one that I found particularly approachable.

An odd beer all up, this one. It has a lot of wild notes to it, and a lot of almost keller-like phenolic character. It's sharp and drinkable, if a bit too untamed for many palates.

May 05, 2010
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goodbyeohio from Oregon

2.51/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz thanx to phil from canada

L20112004 14:33

gold and super carbonated with active bubble life from the bottom-center up. majestic 1-finger foam dissipating slowly, leaving a thin lace. smell is an even mix of butterscotch and lemon. more tripel than saison, and not a good tripel smell either. tastes light with the lemon shining thru like lemon merengue pie, perhaps or maybe pledge wood cleaner. wheaty lightness to the body. crisp but flavorless in its finish. this came as a bonus bottle in a trade, and for that i am thankful. would not seek this beer out, plainly average and sure to offend some folks.

Jun 14, 2005
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deg from New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the beer into a tulip glass, and it was nice and cloudy with a little bit of head. I could smell hops and a little malt. The taste had some spice and some hop bitterness. I did not notice any fruitiness in the taste or smell. Easy on the palate, no alcohol burn or cloying aftertaste.

Jul 29, 2009
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paterlodie from Belgium

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 15032006. Poors in with overwelming head cause of the huge amount of carbon dioxide. Beercolor is bronze and is clear. Nose is saison like with the stable in it and next to that a green hint of resh cut grass, litle sourness, some maltarome and candysugar.
Taste is quiet similar as nose only added some bitterness in the end. Dry taste overall and missing some body. Mouthfeel is good but maybe litle overdone on carbonisation. This influences drinkability but still could easily drink another one.

May 16, 2005
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Toddv29424 from District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I popped the wire-reinforced cork, the smell was the first thing that hit me. Its a little like a traditional American Lager, but the fruits begin to over power that as you pour it. The color is a darker orange with a little head which dissipates in only a few moments. The taste is overwhelmingly fruity... a whole potpourri seems to emerge when you hold it in your mouth. The after taste is like the of a grape juice, with a solid lingering of only a few distinct fruits. Its a very drinkable beer thats made for the summer weather, and will accompany any hot day.

Mar 08, 2005
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle.

Very faint haze in this golden hay colored brew. Mountainous head that recedes to thick film with strong lacing. Nice floral hop bouquet with a hint of earth from the hps as well. Not to mention the dry, untoasted grain aroma. Good floral and light spice upfront. Then malts slowly mellow spice and earthiness of the hops to a dry yet crisp grainy palate. This would be a nice late Spring, early Summer beer. Maybe a little strong to be sessionable, but pretty darn close.

Jan 16, 2010
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kkipple from South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bryanbrick fer reminding me I have one of these laying around! His review, actually, is spot-on, so I'll just touch the basics as I am lazy and headed to bed soon. 11.2oz bottle.

A. Well, Saison 1900 is certainly pretty. Fat, puffy quick-dying head atop a clear gold brew. Nothing to complain about here, save maybe a lack of lace... but that's a reach.

S. Basic for a Saison. Actually this is more like a Belgian pale ale with some spice added... it's grainy, malty, vague and honeysuckled, hints of white pepper and green apple, but mostly sweet and tough to pin down. Not distinctive, in other words. But not bad, either.

T. Easy to drink, golden, yeasty beer! Spice adds character. Not sharp or powerful, but more blended and easy (at 6.7%, quite easy). Sometimes you just want a good beer, and this is vague enough to stall excessive analyzing, but tasty enough to keep me coming back for more.

M. Full and dry, thin, with a good honey-sweet finish tempered by spices and yeast character. Goes down easy. The difference is drinkability!

D. Not bad, not bad at all.

Saison 1900 is not a wonderful Saison, heck, it might not even really BE a Saison... but it's a pretty good easy drinking Belgian and probably a gentle intro to the style. Recommended, especially if you can find it on the cheap.

Jun 10, 2009
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organicbrewer from Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
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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albern from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a super carbonated, yeasty, saison and fairly typical for the style. It pours a cloudy golden color with the beer foaming out of the bottle and efforvescing all over the place once it poured out. The head is frothy, billowing, and thick cream. It retains forever, and the lacing is billowing clouds around the whole glass. The nose candied sugars, Belgian yeast, fruity esters, sweet malts, maybe banana or citrus aromas too.

The taste is prodigiously yeasty, with a honeyed sweetness, some coriander, some banana, but mostly just farmhouse yeast. There is a bit of booziness to the beer, with the hops accentuating the alcohol tastes. The beer is 6.7% ABV, not 5.2 as listed on BA, so it would make sense that some rum soaked type booziness is coming out. The beer is medium bodied with lots of sweetish malts that complement the farmhouse yeast. The aftertaste is a bit on the honeyed sourish side, there is no lingering ABV throatiness, and the mouthfeel is light on the palate. Not bad.

Aug 28, 2009
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Beeryce from Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a goblet from 330ml bottle producing a voluminous bright white very thick head which had good stability and retention. The nose had a fruitiness to the hop character that was of raspberries becoming more malty with warmth. The color was pale amber with more of a orange-clover honey hue to it that gave it a slight turbidity; also rather carbonated almost effervescent.

The beer started out with a complex bright but simultaneously tart taste with just a touch of sweetness, best described as sour cherries. This melds to a spicy clove sourness with fruity hints to it- granny smith apples with cloves and cinnamon. Overall sour and bitter tastes dominate but enough spice and fruitiness is present to complement. A sparkling beginning to mouthfeel fades to dry-powdery sensation on tongue. The general taste, as well as mouthfeel, somewhat remind me of Lambic.

My first taste of this style and while I appreciate it I am not a big fan. Under the right conditions I think I could enjoy this beer more, (reviewed in Brazil on warm summer evening) like a chilly autumn day. I did enjoy the complexity but this beer, and I guess the style as a whole, has low drinkability for me. Defiantly a beer to try, which I will do again for its rarity of style, however not a favorite in my book. I was very surprised to see cane sugar listed as an ingredient on the label. Interested to know why this is employed and what it brings to the overall character of the beer.

Nov 20, 2006
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kylesobrien from Canada (QC)

2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Somewhat like a continental Pilsener, although more orange-hued and hazy. A frothy white head forms some lacework on the glass and is refreshed by a consistent stream of fine bubbles. The lace is persistent and attractive; it provides a nice contrast to the color of the ale.

Smell: The aroma is not very pronounced, and while some hop character is perceptible, something smells of cardboard. The brew smells yeasty, although some care was taken to leave most of the sediment in the bottle. Something about the odor is unpleasant, but I can't put my finger on what exactly it is.

Mouthfeel: The beer would have a softer texture, if not for the high level of carbonation. It has a bit more body than I initially expected.

Taste: Sweet. A bit skunky. Bitter in the finish, with a lingering aftertaste of coriander and some citrus. Not at all dry.

Drinkability: It may just be this bottle, but I feel like one of these would be enough. The sweetness would be cloying after a while, and the aftertaste seems to last longer and longer as you finish the glass. There's something vaguely honey-like about it, and not in a good way. The skunky hop bitterness isn't balancing out that taste well either.

I was hoping for more with this one, I really was. While I'm grateful I ran across another saison to try, I can't recommend this except to folks who want to try every example of the style humanly possible. It may have just been a bad bottle, but if this is how saisons were brewed in 1900, I'm glad we're living in a new age.

Jul 07, 2009
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Latarnik from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10%

May 27, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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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laituegonflable from Australia

3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
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 78 ratings