Saison 1900 | Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Saison 1900Saison 1900

Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gusler on 03-13-2003

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Photo of crossovert
4.44/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 bottle best before 9.11. New label.

It is a gusher so beware.

Pours a murky amber/orange. The white head billows and billows and as it recedes quickly, then slowly at the end it leaves some nice lacing.

It smells pretty strong, with nice spicy yeast, dark fruits, banana, clove, tropical, and candi sugar. It is definitely one of those scents that smells oh so good.

Take that smell, add a touch of malt and you have the flavor of this beer. It is pretty sweet but not cloying. Slightly bittersweet, but overall it is a bottle of yeasty, fruity goodness. Lip smackin good.

This is a damn good beer, one of the best Saisons I have had, it is sweeter and darker than most but pretty much with a high drinkablity, just beware the gush.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale greenish yellow with big foamy head that nevertheless holds and then webs. Summery nose - fresh cut grass and honeysuckle blossoms - with a bit of waxy yeast underneath. Baguette and Golden Delicious malts, a sour middle, and a hit of lemongrass hops at the end. Prickly, smooth, dry and medium-bodied.

My first saison, so tough to judge, but not as much going on as 3 Monts, to compare a similar style. Still a nice warm weather drinker.

NOTE: My bottle is marked 5.4% ABV, it is 330ml and has a king and some hop flowers on the label. I trust it's the same beer...?

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joey for the bottle (11.2oz). Best by May 2010.

Golden apricot color with a decent inch of clear white foam on top that leaves some lacing on the sides.

Floral upfront with some wild flowers, tropical notes and fruits like pears, apples, and hints of pineapple. After a while the Belgian yeast influence becomes even more apparent and truly shines with aromas of bubblegum, soft banana, lemon grass in the background, and subtle spices. The malt is very nice too with a toasty sweetness that blends with a note of honey.

Starts off with some malt sweetness and a fruity combination of pear, pineapple, apples, apricots, and banana. Then, the mid-palate is loaded with clove and a peppery spiciness and a dose of alcohol flavor that detracted me at first but it disappeared in the finish. The noticeable alcohol fades about halfway through the drink and becomes better integrated as it warms up a few degrees. More floral and fruity as it goes along but without getting two or one-dimensional. Near the end there is a graininess form the malt that brings in a little more character to the beer.

Full bodied with a moderate to high carbonation level that is quite soft in the middle but roughing with the edges a bit. Extremely easy to drink, very flavorful and almost sessionable. Lacked the dryness that I've encountered in almost all other saisons, and also the earthy/belgian yeast "funk." Closer to a Belgian pale ale, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouted into a Tulip.

A: Hazy peach, with a fair amount of carbonation. A dense lemon tinged head has nice retention and leaves a small amount of lace.

S: Without the yeasty funkiness, this would be a fairly nondescript beer. Straw like malt aromas are to be had, plus just a touch of pepper and black tea.

T: The taste follows suit. A sourdough bread flavor dominates. It's doughy, and has a sour and tart lemon bite. That's about it. Bitterness is quite mild, and the malts add a cracker flavor. Finishes with just a bit of a pear fruit flavor that becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

M: The grainy body has a nice level of tingling carbonation.

D: I honestly wasn't really taken away by this. The sourdough flavors are the only that really kept this interesting. The others are a little too mild for my tastes. Pretty much a mid-pack Saison.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Palm snifter. This is by far the gushiest beer I've ever had. Literally the second I pop the cap, it explodes all over the table. Once I clean up the resulting mess, I get down to tasting.

A: Amber-colored body. Huge head, which isn't a surprise after the gush. It leaves good lacing even after it dies down.

S: A BMC-like pseudo-pilsnerish smell combined with some over-the-top sugary sweetness.

T: Not nearly as sweet as the aroma would lead to to believe. Not particularly tart either, though. Rather bland overall. There is a pretty strong earthy character kind of like a biere de garde.

M: As light as the style demands.

D: Rather boring and nondescript. It wouldn't be the end of the world if I had to drink it again, but I won't be seeking it out again.

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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 Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours orange, hazy with a pillowy 3-finger head which is very long-lasting. Spotty fizzy lace.

S: Green grapes, Belgian yeast, very fruit, a lot of White Burgundy type characteristics.

T: Honeyed pears, light curacao orange, similar to a wit. Notes of pepper and bitter barnyard hops in the finish.

M: Not over-carbonated at all, which is great after I saw the head a bit of it gushed out of the bottle. Very smooth, medium-bodied, light on the tongue.

D: I've been wanting to try this beer ever since I read about it in one of the late Michael Jackson's book. Found a single looking lonely at Hi-Time, so I picked it up. Quite a treat, lucky I finally got to try it. A great late summer quencher.

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Photo of albern
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Nickls
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes - share from a kind RB)

A - Hazy straw yellow color with a pretty thin white head that dissipated quickly

S - Lemony citrus; touch sweet verging on candy sugar

T - Lightly yeasty; touch of spice - cinnamon and vanilla?

M - Thinner to medium body with very fizzy carbonation

D - Not bad, but not great. Wasn't digging the heightened spiciness

Overall, not a bad brew, but not what I would look for in the style and not overwhelmingly tasty.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is not the same beer as the Saison 1900 already listed on BA. This one is spelled differently and is 6.7% abv.

This pours a cloudy orange amber with a very thick, pillowy white head and thick lacing. Nose of assertive peaches, bananas and bee's wax. Some light carmel/toffee also underlying in nose.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully rich, complex and full. Full, big flavors of candy sugar, stone fruit, bananas, malt, spice and sweet bell peppers that grows in complexity with added flavors of carmel/toffee and burnt butter. Flavors are rich, full, complex and layered.

A wonderful rich malt, fruit, green pepper complex finish lasts for minutes.

This is a very good drink and likely very good with many types of food. A winner all around. I only found one bottle on the shelf, I believe at a BevMo. I'd buy a dozen bottles if I find it again.

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Photo of deg
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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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 kkipple
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of bryanbrick
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshness date of 09:07 (I'll assume that is July of '09 and not the other way around)In a brown 11.2 oz bottle.

Pretty golden hue, a shade of wet straw, pours a thick 3/4 head that slowly dissapated in the center of the glass but hung tight around the edge of the glass. A little swirl with get this going again, doesn't take much.

The smell is a bit disappointing for me and the most lacking part of the beer. Even as this warmed it really didn't improve on the simple, doughy yeast driven nose with touches of dried citrus. No funk, which is points against in my book. Nothing more than average.

But the flavors are spot on for the style. Slightly earthy with lots of damp pine (not in a bitter hop way) granite, slight apricot notes, tangerine and a likeable dryness. This speaks of Saison in all its many ways, it is like they master blended all the Saisons in the world and came up with this guy. Maybe that's where the "1900" came from.

I love the level and feel of the carbonation here it is bold and prickly on entry and quickly disolves to leave a mousse-like feel. This coats the mouth without any discernable sweetness or heavy malt laden flavors.

Drinkability of this is really high. I wish I got a 4-pk instead of a single now. Great summery beer and a great beer to open the door to this style.

If the nose would better it would be my go to Saison. But I still feel there are more exciting versions out there. Great place to start though.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright tangerine with a towering 2 finger plus eggshell white head that was foamy, firm, and well lasting. A sticky, spongy coating graces the walls. There was an initial turbidity and swirling haze that danced in the feverishly strong carbonation. A thin spongy coating sits atop for the remainder of the drink. A beautiful coloring, hazy turbidity and well lasting head make for a good appearance and start.

S: a nice funkiness of sour oranges and light mildew highlights the yeasty nature. Some light fresh lemons also presents itself. The overall strength was fairly light and refrained.

T: The flavor opens up with tart oranges and lemons. Musky, with a nice citrusy bitterness. A dried fruitiness was also detected but hard to pinpoint exactly what specifically. Light traces of sweet candy sugar add background notes. Overall found the flavor really smooth in progression with a nice tartness and barnyard funk and was easy to enjoy.

M: medium full with a light creaminess and a good feel of carbonation detected on the tongue. Sour citrusy orange afterthoughts linger for a brief while.

D: Smooth drinkability, tart, slightly funky, and fairly well suited per style. Overall would drink this again.

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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 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 jenitivecase
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle picked up in Brussels.

A: Pours a dusky yellowish brown with an light brown sudsy head that leaves thick lacing as it slowly dissipates. Active carbonation continues to rise up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Fruity; mostly dark fruits like dried plums and raspberries, but with some lighter overtones including faint scents of apricot and banana. Very malty and yeasty.

T: Starts off bright and crisp, with a tart fruit taste (apple, cherry). Progresses into a very malty character, which leaves a roasty aftertaste. Medium dry, but kind of flat in the body. Complexity is present, but it lacks the depth I'd like to see from this style.

M: Almost over-carbonated (never thought I'd say that). Smooth and slightly creamy, but the effervescence lingers on the tongue, distracting from the other characteristics of the beer. However, it manages to go down without leaving a film or oily residue.

D: This is good, but I'm not compelled to drink it again and again. I'm glad I have the one I have, but I'm not left begging for more.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2003.

Appearance : Amber clear color (on ly), with tight foamy head, well saturated.
Smell : strong malty aroma, fruity hops.
Taste and mouthfeel: round in the mouth, caramel and citrus notes, bitterness, subtle taste of grilled back.
Drinkability : good beer in the style season.

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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 Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of ernie
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bronze color, lively appearance with unusually high level of carbonation, yellowish head, modest but visible lace.

Aroma malty-yeasty, full of fruit flavors.

Start spritzy, taste malty with hint of fruit (apple, apricot?) and some grain. Hops appear towards the finish. Firm slender body. Aftertaste malty-bitter.

Very pleasant beer from a versatile brewery, one of the most available Saisons in the international market. Worth a try.

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