Saison | Brasserie Ellezelloise

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3.77 w/ 42 Ratings

Brewed by:
Brasserie Ellezelloise

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 09-10-2003

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of colforbin73
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i love saison style beers for their crisp fresh flavors. i do not need to be bowled over by hops but it should leave a nice full spike on the palate, a little tingle of freshness.

this obscure brew pours a murky amber brown color with little to no head. that being said carbonation level is acceptable and the mouthfeel is pleasing and rich enough.

the smell is mild and there is almost no hop aroma or presence in this beer. the taste is dominated by the malt character which is OK, pleasant and sweet, but nothing to sink your teeth into. glad i got to try this beer but i would not buy it again. there is no bottling date on the label, i have to wonder if it is just plain past the "drink by" date. i do not believe saisons are a style of beer that you want to age.

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Photo of merlin48
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flip-top 13.2 ounce bottle pours a murky orange/brown body with a small offwhite head that deposits some patchy lace. Lots of sediment and "floaties" present in the body.

Aroma is malty caramel, green apples, floral and herbal hops, and nutmeg.

Medium body has a subdued carbonation and slight syrupiness.

Taste has way too much sweetness for my preference in a saison. Herbal hop bitterness struggles to balance. Dark fruits like dried figs contribute even more sweetness. Somewhat yeasty, with a hint of lemon in the finish.

I'll concede that saisons can be a lot of things, but they should at least be crafted to be refreshing. I find this one cloying and possibly a bit oxidized. Might have had a rough trip across the ocean.

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Photo of Shakujin
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass: GDB Cervoise glass

Appearance: Brownish orange, murky. Poured a substantial in size, but weak head

Aroma: Lemon, candy sugar, orange, slight spicy notes

Taste: More mellow than I was anticipating, but basically follows the aroma, of candied oranges balanced out my a lemon like tartness, with a little spice in the background. Good but I feel like the candy sugar was a bit unnecessary, and not great for the style. Nice lingering lemon acidity and hop bitterness. Overall very nice

Mouthfeel: Fairly light body, med carbonation

Drinkability: If it were not for the sugar the drink ability of this would be a point higher but I cant help but feel that doing the "belgian thing" and making is sweet kinda limited the potential of this beer.

Pairing: Paired with Camembert cheese. Carbonation was good for the fat on the cheese and the lemon/ spices played a bit with the funk on the cheese.

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Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a lot of yeast in suspension; the modest head does manage to leave a few traces

Smell: Herbacious pear, with a hint of acetone

Taste: Spicy pear, up front, with a developing clove and chalk character; the herbaciousness noted in the aroma also develops after the swallow; a bit of lemon in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I didn't care for the flavor profile very much; the fruity elements were nice, but there was none of the barnyard complexity I seek in a Saison

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Photo of Tone
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, dark maize. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Suspended sediment present. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of slight hops, dark citrus (raisin), slight pale malt, and slight metallic. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, yeast, pale hops, slight raisin, and slight tart malt. Overall, weak appearance and aroma.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice "cute" flip top small bottle. Pops really loud upon opening.
Complex yeasty aroma. Kinda' sweet. Dull, flat pale malt aroma. Mild fruitiness, mostly of the unripened kind.
Very white head. Reasonable clear on golden amber.
Unfortunately this tastes a little old and now that I'm looking at the bottle it's past it's best buy dating. Probably unfair to review so I encourage all to take this with a major grain of salt. Pleasant spiciness, but the malts are approaching an oxidized state.
Body is fine. Nicely carbonated, with a sprizty quality.
Too bad this is old than it should be. I beat it's pretty good fresh.

Thanks Todd.

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Photo of TheBurgundian
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Brasserie Ellezeloise - their Imperial Stout, Amber, and Blondes are my standard basement brews. Also, GREAT bottles to reuse for my homebrew.

This review is for the Saison 2000

A: Almost burnt orange, definitely darker than Saison's from other Hainut areas. Medium to light head.

S: Cloves in the nose, maybe subtle all-spice. Definitely floral, but which one is a mystery.

Taste/mouthfeel: No where near as refreshing as I expect from a saison. Good hops mixed with a strange grouping of spices. A little disjointed, as if they weren't sure if they were making a saison or an amber ale. I guess that's the beauty and thorn of a saison: no one can define the style. Good mouthfeel with excellent carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not warm-weather quenching.

Good beer, very forgettable. If you want a great saison, I recommend looking elsewhere.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown honey color with a white head that fades leaving a thick amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell is of clove?

Taste apple, bready, hops, clove, cinnamon, caramel.

Finish is dry and floral.

Great little beer. I could drink a lot of this without getting bored.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

THis pours a nice cloudy amber with a brown tinge.

The smell is its best feature with grassy and bitter hops and sweet honey notes

The flavour does not live up to it however and just shows a strong hop presence but no complexity

The mouthfeel is full bodied but leaves a slight coating which deducts from the drinkability

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Photo of Travlr
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle.
Appearance was hazy orange/straw-colored with a large white head with a small amount of lacing.
Smell was orange peel and light spice.
Taste was orange and coriander flavor with some maltiness. Better than their amber, overall relatively drinkable session beer.

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Photo of number1bum
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Julio's in Westborough MA about 2 months ago. 11.2oz swingtop bottle notched on the side with a 5 and a 9; I'm guessing that means best by May 09, which is precisely when I'm drinking it, but I'm not positive.

Pours a dark amber, almost brown color, very murky, with a fizzy two plus inches of beige head. Head fizzles down to a mostly full lace and leaves a few splashes of stick on the sides.

Smell is quite fruity but also somewhat acidic. I get apples and pears in the aroma, some slightly sweet candied fruit, plus some lemon which seems to be what is slightly acidic. It's bready as well, with some black pepper and musty spices. The acidic, somewhat vinegary aroma does seem to fade a bit, but it does persist in the background and is not all that pleasant, which brings an otherwise decent nose down a peg.

Taste is also quite bready and fruity but without any of the offputting acidic qualities that were in the smell. I get some lemon zest and some apple. It's very yeasty and musty, with some black pepper and earthy spice. Small amount of residual sweetness. The must persists into the finish along with some subtle spicing; not sharp and peppery but I'm not sure exactly what it is. Has some nice flavor but it tastes a bit thin and is not all that complex.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation, but it feels lighter in the mouth owing to the somewhat thin flavor.

If the notching on the side was indeed a best by date then I can't imagine this getting any better. It's within the date right now but I'm not sure I'd let it sit much longer if you have any left hanging around. Decent, but probably not something I'd come back to, even if it were still being brewed.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cL bottle of Saison 2000 with a best by date of 11/2007. I'm guessing that puts this bottle at just over 2 years old at the time of tasting.

Pours a muddy, murky brown with a two-finger eggshell head. The foam recedes gradually to leave a film on top and nice lacing. Smells spicy and sweet, with a mostly malty character. A slight tartness comes through underneath all of that. The taste is again on the malty side, with nice roasted, almost chocolate notes coming through. Some honey comes through as well, along with some stone-like earthiness. Light floral hops are there with some bitterness at the end. Well balanced and unique among saisons. Glad I have a few bottles left to put some more age on.

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Photo of d0ggnate
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this at the Pizza Port bottle shop a few weeks ago. I think the small swingtop bottle is what attracted me to it. Either way, I ended up with it and took this as an opportunity to review it here.

A: The cap popped off with force and this beer poured into my belgian glass with an extreme head layer. It was about 4 fingers thick and very pillow-like. It has taken about 5 minutes for it to fade to a normal level. Beer in glass is an orange-yellow with noticeable effervescence and a little sediment.
S: Aromas familiar to the saison style are what I notice first, but this one has more sweetness to it. Hay/straw notes present, but subtle. My nose is dominated with this candied sugar smell.
T: Continued sweetness. Sugary. A slight bitterness. Lacking the dry earthiness of other saisons.
M: Nothing really noteworthy here. I can't say this stands out in this category. It also isn't below average. I would like it a bit drier, but that may be my personal preference in this style.
D: A good beer, that before today, I didn't know anything about. I wouldn't actively seek this beer again, but I've marked the notch on my belt and move on.

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Photo of ccrida
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into my Gulden Draak tulip, Ellezelloise Saison 2000 is a murky dark dirty sand, with a white head that leaves pretty heavy lace. Label notched Jan 2008.

Smell is sweeter and pretty simple, honey and wild flowers. The same terrior as their regular saison, this one is more subdued, with much less must and fruitiness, but still that sweet corkiness that I'm really digging from these guys.

Taste is also more subdued their regular saison, with a bit of an alcohol vapor accentuated by the dryness. Not as sweet and musty as the nose, but they're still there, especially the honey, with a bitter backbone and dry, snappy, clean seltzer finish. A nice little candy aftertaste, like red sweet tarts, but tempered by that hard water, mineral laden feel I dig in the style.

Mouthfeel is sharp and crisp, with a full carbonation and medium light body.

Drinkability is pretty high, better then the sum of it's parts, this is a tasty little saison, and I wish it was cheaper and more readily available.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

label states beer is made with water, barley malt, hops, and yeast.

this one comes out dark. mahogeny honey tone with a medium head. spotty lacy, white. the nose is a pollen like honey malt and some licorice. hop is grassy but drown out by the sweet malt into the pollen essense. taste is medium body. nice and creamy. nice licorice. not too much. meaty and dough. glassiness is dry on the palete leaving an appetite. quite floral hop. subdued and made to seem herbal. tasted like dried unmature orangepeels. floral like clove, lavender and dandalion. malt and hop interaction make the beer. could be a bit less sweet. either way... i'm hungry.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Cloudy dark honey body, thin white head.

s: Honey, sweet wheat and earthy notes.

t: Sweet honey and wheat upfront, earthy notes, some light bitterness in the finish.

m: More full bodied and syrupy than most saisons.

d: I could drink this all night, its a shame its sold in such tiny bottles. Interesting take on Saison. Very smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Retired or not, there are apparently still plenty of bottles of this stuff around. Based on the bottle I had the other day at Max's, this is a very good thing.

The beer pours a dark, rich, hazy honey color with fair head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty muted on this one, though with coaxing I do get some honey, burnt caramel and underlying tartness. The beer might have been a bit too cold when I first poured it. On the palate, however, this is just fabulous stuff. One gets honey, burnt sugar, caramel, cream soda and mandarin orange... this beer is nothing short of delicious on the palate. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel, but otherwise comes across as very light on its feet. This beer is oh so easy to drink, and I find it amazing that this beer has so much flavor with such (relatively) low abv.

An absolutely excellent beer. Would not hesitate to order this again.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This 330 ml bottle was equipped with a flip top cap, and I chose to use a flute style glass to pour the Saison 2000. The beer was a hazy golden in color, and formed a two finger head, that shortly died down to a craggy version about half the initial size. The smell was sweet and tart with a distinct hay and apricot character. There was a note of farmyard funk under there, but it was quite faint. The taste was dry acidic and refreshing. The sweetness was like a small dash a sugar being poured into this tart fruit punch. The body was a tad runny and the finish was snappy but short and marred by a little plasicky aftertaste. Well made and easy to drink, but not approaching the complexity of the greater examples of Belgian farmhouse style ales.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Dave at his Brick Store Pub. Lace like it was fresh. Fruit and pepper. A bit astringent lemony and drying finish. A tad musty and carmel which worked into the yeast, which has a sweet edge to it, most drinkable. Complex.Good understated carbonation.

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