Saison 1900 | Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Saison 1900Saison 1900
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Belgium
brasserielefebvre.be

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gusler on 03-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
75
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of TwiggyCZ
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of goodbyeohio
2.51/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.51/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
2.64/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of sfprint
2.72/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of Beeryce
2.9/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of kylesobrien
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of organicbrewer
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of rao2100
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of rarbring
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle in The Dovetail, Clerkenwell. Strawish body under a small white cap with good retention. Nose has some noble hop spice, pretty simple with pale malt presence, wouldn't have guessed this was a saison. Palate is a bit sweet, not very distinctive. Too friendly for me.

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Photo of popery
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly mediocre for a saison. The beer pours a light yellow-orange color, fairly clear, with a big puffy white head. Actually, the beer is a pretty good gusher even cold. The aroma is a bit lacking in intensity, particularly. What's there is a fairly simple sweet malt, lightly phenolic character. The flavor is similar. There's just not a lot to love. It's not awful, just mild and not terribly interesting. It's fairly refreshing, really, with a light, sourish lemony hop note. The flaws are more of a comparison to the style than to any particular problem with the beer. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, again, for the style. Overall, I just want more out of a relatively expensive saison.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Rivoire
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BDIMike
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color, yet it is crystal clear. There is a ton of carbonation that creates a huge white head with a very nice amount of retention that laces all the way down.
Smell is failry non-existent. There is a bit of a sweet malt smell and a good hop bite also.
Taste is slightly off from what I expected. There is a bit of a sweet caramel malt taste and a sharp hop jump at the end of the sip. Neither is very prominent, but they are there.
Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. There is a very sharp carbonation bite that one would think is too harsh, but it smooths out nicely pretty quick.
Drinkability is good for a 6.7% beer. There isn't a ton of taste, so that makes this beer go down well. Nothing special at all about this beer. Don't go out of your way to get it, but drink it if handed to you.

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Saison 1900 from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
3.58 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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