Saison | Brasserie Ellezelloise

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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
Reviews by zerk:
Photo of zerk
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep clear copper with a touch of orange (becomes a cloudy brown after pouring in the yeast)... has a white head with decent retention. Leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Aroma is spicey with notes of orange, nutmeg, and must. Flavor is a very nice mixture of sweet malt, some understated spices, such as orange peel and coriander, some musty notes, and some hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat dry, with a medium body and light carbonation. This is a truely wonderful saison... worth seeking out!

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More User Reviews:
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 olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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

Orangey-brown, hazy. Smells like orange peel and clove, some pepper. Dry bitter, and quite refreshing. Creamy and savoury, slightly yeasty, hoppy finish. A nicely slightly more yeasty version of a saison. I a fan of Ellezelloise, and this beer is no exception, tasty.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle BB either jan. 07 or 08.

Pours a murky orange brown with good head, and ok lace. Nose is kind of fruity for a saison, and has some spice. first taste has dark fruits and spice in it. Very odd for a saison. Finish has a strange creamy note. I have had this in the cellar for some time and am afraid it may be on the downside of its peak. Mouthfeel is a little akward, and drinkability is stimied by off flavors.

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

330ml stubby brown bottle dated best-before January 2008.

Pours murky golden caramel with large white head that melts away fairly quickly, leaving nice lacing. The aroma is dominated by yeast, pepper, and earth, with a touch of lemon fruitiness lurking in the background. Flavor begins with a tart lime fruit snap. An earth and yeast center develops before being overtaken by a dry pepper and hop finish. Some unexpected toasted caramel and alcohol spice sneaks in as the drink is consumed. The medium body features nice balance between cream and effervescence, though it's somewhat richer than most beers in the style.

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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 barefootbrewer
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated Best Before November/07:

This beer poured a hazy light brown color with a big head – very nice lacing. The aroma is quite spicy. The taste is spicy with some sweetness. The hops are noticeable, but all seems to be well balanced. The mouthfeel is medium, with some brightness from the carbonation. Overall, this is an easy to drink brew – I’m lucky to have had the opportunity.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 330ml swing top bottle, production code of 156? (best by of either 1/07 or 1/08...can't tell) in a Duvel tulip

Opened with a nice *ppffttt*. Started to slowly foam over before I could pour slow, almost hesitant, bottle neck thick with foam which LETS LOOSE quickly, pouring with a nice crackle & light therefore-after.

Nice fruited nose, hints of apricot, Granny Smith apple (tart), pear. A slight lemon quality adds a little sharpness to lighten a somewhat musty aspect. Not really sure what, but there are some very, very distant spices far off in the background. As it breathes some faint caramels are detectable.

For all the pre-pour foam its settled pretty quickly. What was once 2 fingers loose, softly cracklin' winter white foam has settled to a semi-transparent blanket with an edge ring & isolated lacing. Having given it a proper swirl 1/2 thru the pour, all the lovely sediment is out, rendering the body thick & clouded, a dull yet warm burnt apricot hue.

Mouth-feel is oddly light & even a little thin. Semi-dry with a mid-mouth crunchiness, Its hard to pinpoint. Malts are a little earthy & dusty with a stale bread quality. Sweetness is bittersweet at best, with some very mild, just on the cusp of beginning to go rancid apricot, maybe some stale pear. The nose was far more lively & inviting than the initial taste. Overall the taste is subdued, toned down, a little flat. I've come to expect & enjoy the slow evolution and reveal a good Saison will deliver but so far this one, while tasty, is rather straightforward.

Growing a little drier & more angular on the palate, it does shift into an more pronounced bitterness that has a gritty quality to it, somewhat like weakened tea. It finishes nicely coating, some of that apricot just noticeable, and overall clean with a lingering semi-bitter feel.

That was nice, but I've had better. It was rather one-dimensional. It was tasty, but this style can be a lot deeper in complexity & overall tongue to throat taste that, to me, evolves as one drinks. Would be a very safe beer for those new to the style, but also not really representative of what they are capable of. Some moderately mild cheese (aged goat Gouda) would be nice, as well as anything very simple & not too zesty/spicy, like a nice salad or straightforward fish. Very easy to drink and tasty, but I wouldn't be afraid to try something else in its stead.

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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 Beerbuddha
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Yellowish orange body with a nice fluffy, white head.

Smell - Spices, alcohol, yeasts

Taste - Taste of yeast up front. Can taste spices such as cloves.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium carbonation

Drinkability - This was a nice beer. I've never had a saison before and I like it. I would recommend this.

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Photo of tjd25
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense compact head. Complex orange-copper color. Aromas of apple. Apples are the main taste I found in this beer. The aftertaste revealed hints of spices and citrus, maybe oranges with some bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth, yeasty and pleasing. An enjoyable 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 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 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 paterlodie
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB aug 06. Litle gushing when opening the bottle and after pouring in the enormous head soon disappears and beercollor is pale golden with quiet some sediment. Nose shows lots of spice but is quiet alcoholic with it and only litle malts to detect. Taste is dry, spicy, quiet strong alcoholic, and bitter with phenolicbitterness and cinnamon also. Altogether a full taste though and with good and high carbonisation alltogether good mouthfeel. Too bad of the gushing but still enjoyed this one and well worth a try.

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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 RedHaze
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes on a bottle I purchased in Belgium

Pours a very hazy gold with lots of little floaties visible. The head peaks at one finger a recedes quickly to a thin soapy cap and ring, that leaves a very minimal lace.

Smell; this has a mildly citric aroma that fades to grassy/herbal. A nice biscuity malt is present, and there's a noticeable alcohol in the nose, which is a little surprising since this is 6.5%.

Taste; much more spicy in the flavor than it was in the aroma, with a bit of pepper, coriander and a little bit of nutmeg. Some lemon and herbal flavors are more in the background, with the malts taking a bit more on the show than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel/Drinkabiliy; Mouthfeel is smooth due to law carbonation, and bit syrupy, with a decent drinkability.

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

Swing Top bottle opened with a crack and foam instantly started to slowly ooze over the top of the bottle and down the side. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass with a thick 2 finger head of slightly off white foam. Head had decent retention. Moderate lacing present. Head settled into half a finger of foamy suds. Color was a hazy caramel or dried apricot brownish orange.

Fruity nose, hardly any hint of funk which I found a bit odd, but the nose is pleasant none the less. Notes of Apricot and Apple and caramel. Very very slight earthy must smell. The taste is pretty in line with the nose, also a bit spicy, a bit peppery, some citric notes....but unfortunatly nothing really jumps out and grabs you, it's a fairly subdued palette, the malt is the strongest characteristic in the taste profile

Mouthfeel is thin a little watery but strangely round in the center of you mouth. A weird mouthfeel, a bit of a dry finish, but very wet on the pallete with very subdued mellow carbonation.

While this was a good beer, it was a bit disappointing for the style. I usually expect a lot more depth out of a saison and this was kind of monochromatic. I was excited to try this beer but disappointed by it, perhaps it's be aging to long and has mellowed out a bit too much?

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Saison from Brasserie Ellezelloise
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 42 ratings