Bière De Provence
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Bière De ProvenceBière De Provence
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,280
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,306
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 9.4%
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
231
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
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Bière De ProvenceBière De Provence
Notes: Inspired by the fields of Provence, this Saison is brewed with a bounty of fresh herbs to give it a floral nose and a unique, dry spice.

Brewed with lavender, marjoram, and bay leaves
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/2/16; drank 7/14/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a nice eggshell head; frothy lace.

Fresh flowers, cinnamon, caramel & banana notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Dry cinnamon & fresh flower flavors up front; banana & cream notes on the finish. Interesting & complex for the style; I'd have another...

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was slightly burnt orange color with a decent transparency about it. Carbonation runs upward in the center (due to the tulip, I get it). Rimmed lacing clings to the sides and then eventually slides into the beer. The smell starts off more dried florally sweet, light grape must, bready yeast. More of the "lavender" shows up as it warms. The taste follows through in the previously mentioned aromas - sweet and bready. Florally sweet in the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs light, fairly decent stickiness, but not cloying. Overall, saison or vegetable/spice/herbal beer? I think saison, all of the normal qualities of one seem to come out and I’d have this again.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Biere de Provence pours a hazy copper
Color with no head. Lots of fresh natural lavender aroma. Taste is creamy, big spice hints of lavender. Good body and feel. Overall big flavors but mellow lavender makes it drinkable.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Copper, with clarity, and 1 finger of head and some nice lacing left on top of the brew and on the glass

S - a big floral aroma, sugar

T - coriander, belgian candy sugar, and fresh earthy additions

F - Medium body, and carbonation

O - A decent strong saison, with lots of earthy additions

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Photo of BigGold
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had at The Lower Depths Tap Room, Boston, on draft into short tumbler. Spices--it's brewed with lavender, bay leaf, marjoram and chervil--overpower the farmhouse quality of this beer, which at 8.30 ABV drinks more like a Winter Warmer.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep gold with tiny particulates throughout & effervesce streaming up from the bottom. The pour produces barely a finger of fine & tightly bubbled, foamy, off-white, short-lived head that leaves only a few motes of lace. Aroma is an earthy blend of wild musty yeast, floral, herbal, conifer, citrus & spice. Though it doesn't say ginger was used there is something very ginger like in the nose. Taste is pale malt, musty yeast, floral, earthy herbal, marjoram/citrus, lavender/pine, bay spice, faint caramel & a sherbet-like hint. Aftertaste is a spice/bitter herbal mix. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry with a fine prickliness it is slick, a little creamy but also oily, with a chalky aftertaste.

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Photo of hman43
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours a golden orange with a white head. The head provides the typical Belgian lace.

Smell: It has strong spicy aromas with peppery elements throughout the smell. There are also some herb and grain aromas as well.

Taste: The flavors contain grains, and a balance between spices and fruit from the esters. There are peppery flavors with the bay leaf which is pronounce. The lavender and marjoram and provide back ground support. There is some lemon in the flavors.

Feel: It has a moderate body with a dry finish.

Overall, this is a saison that is balanced towards the spices in both the aroma and the flavors. With that said, it does provide a unique and pleasing combination.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Consistent darker gold color with medium bubbles to the body creating a white head rising roughly quarter of an inch off the body. Settles to nada after to sips with no sticky lacing.

Smell: smells like honey and a bit of tea.

Taste: Sweet complex and lighter honey. Feels like chamomile and light malts. If I didn't know any better it feels just a bit like kombucha...just a bit.

Mouth: Medium carbonation and medium stickiness.

Overall: Good brew, saisons usually aren't my cup of tea but this one felt just right. Worth grabbing if you see it. Salud!

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Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, gold in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is very herbal--basil, pepper, thyme, and lavendar with a touch of funk and cloves to boot. Medium bodied, and slightly sweet. Interesting beer. Not sure if I would do this one again but worth a shot.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium orangish amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint golden honey colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer surrounded by a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of herbs - marjoram, bay leaf, and lavender in descending order of strength. There are light to moderate aromas of pale + toasted malts and moderate aromas of spicy saison yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale, toasted, and grainy malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of spicy saison yeast. Finally there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of herbs - marjoram, bay leaf, and lavender in descending order of strength. There is no discernible hop flavor and only a hint of bitterness with a light lingering presence of herbs.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: With an existing spicy/herbal flavor + aroma from the saison yeast, I'm not sure that the addition of the herbs de Provence is not a touch heavy handed... I like the concept of adding culinary herbs to a saison, just would have wanted it to be a touch more subtle. Easy to drink with only a hint of alcohol presence. Pairs easily with food.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Dogfish Head's Biere De Provence for $2.89 at The Lager Mill. This one caught my eye when I was looking for some new beers to try and I thought it was worth taking a chance on, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice look to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice orange color that took on more of a darker orange color when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of off white creamy head and it died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end that left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the saison yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a nice and typical saison yeast like aroma with some nice stone fruit like aromas also showing up. Up next comes a nice malty aroma with some doughy and sweet malt and light biscuit like aroma. Towards the end comes the herbs which impart a somewhat lighter mixed herb aroma with the lavender sticking out the most just by a little. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it's well balanced.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the saison yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a typical saison yeast like flavor that goes into the stonefruit which imparts a somewhat lighter mixed stonefruit like aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are a little lighter this time. Up next comes the herbs which show up a little more than they did in the aroma with the lavender still seeming to show up the most. On the finish there's a lighter amount of bitterness with sweetness and saison yeast and herbal aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, the balance is pretty much right where I would want it.

M- Fairly smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a solid example of the style, it had pretty much all the key flavors I was hoping for and the balance helped tie everything together. This beer has ok drinkability, one is enough for me, it might start to wear on me after that. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and the balance, those are the highlights to me. What I like the least about this beer is that a little more of those fruity flavors didn't come through to add a little more complexity. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down and I would recommend giving it a try if your in the mood for a herbal beer. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think with a little more work it could be a very nice beer. It's not a favorite Dogfish Head beer and it's above average for the style. Nice job guys, this is a solid herbal saison, keep it up.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with a quarter inch head of dishwater white. There's a lot of tiny sediment suspended within the beer. I smell coriander and a hint of of lavender. I taste a blend of lavender, Belgian saison yeast, and bay leaves. The mouth is very light and quaffable.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 8.3% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark orange with thin white head with some lacing. Intermediate clarity.

Smell- Belgian yeast, lavender, herbal spices with a floral aroma.

Taste- Clove like spice with lavender. Herbal is the best way to sum up the flavors. The malt has the tell tale Belgian yeast funk flavor and is on point to bring in at this time in the flavor profile for a saison. Finishes quite dry, with a leafy, thick spice kick. Clove like, yet peppery.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A new and interesting take on a saison. Well done in terms of yeast. The spice is also as interesting. It is a lot, any more would be over bearing but it works with the lavender and bay leaves.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crisp gold with green highlights on the edging. Tight small bubbles rise to a full, creamy head. Appetizing.

Aroma begins with a blunt snort of pink peppercorns and dusty yeast, followed quickly by sweet lemon thyme. Bay leaves, as stated on the label, undergird the nose as a base note. Not much lavender or marjoram to be found. A little vanilla pastry cream sweeps in as well. Not as bright or tangy as Dogfish's Saison du Buff.

Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't quite live up to the nose. More dusty pepper, a whisper of fusel alcohol. The lavender shows up, but feels somewhat stale. Very clean, dry finish. Gets boozier as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and exacerbated by the full, prickling carbonation. Fine, but not ideal.

Ultimately, this is a decent tipple that stumbles in the execution. A little lighter on the ABV, a bit thicker in the mouth, a bit brighter in the nose and taste -- all would help. Worth trying once, but that's about it.

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Photo of Tone
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, strong herbal notes, floral notes, yeast, alcohol, and a hint of earthiness. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, strong herbal notes, floral notes, yeast, alcohol, and a hint of earthiness. Overall, great blend between herbal and sweetness, good appearance, and great feel.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a white study head with great retention and lacing
S-lots of lavender, clove, cracked peppercorns, yeasty, sweet malt
T-more lavender and cloves, mixing with sweet malt, finishes with spicy notes
M-medium bodied
O-solid saison on its own, and the spices add a nice additional floral flavor. I wouldn't want a lot of this, but definitely worth trying

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Photo of secondtooth
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean golden amber, with a nice head of off-white suds. Little to no lace.

Aroma: Spices, herbal, yeasty, very nice and unusual.

Taste: Strong on the floral note here, with plenty of spice. This is a big and flavorful beer, packed with complexity and quite delicious. Like sauntering through an open field in spring, this is a unique and recommended beer, especially to fans of saisons.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

drank this at the archives in burlington, dont remember exactly how it was, but in general I thought it was pretty awesome. dope looking beer, clear golden color with a dense white head, nice lacing. not the most pungent aroma but some nice light notes coming through. palate is lemon, grassyness, wheat, cinnamon, spice coming through that I presume is the bay leaf. solid mouthfeel that coats nicely, accentuating the intended flavors while remaining light and drinkable. overall a little surprised by how enjoyable this was, not gonna blow you away but definitely a good beer with a clean blend of some interesting flavors.

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Photo of orangebison
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in footed Dogfish goblet. Clear, light orange-amber in color, with a 1/4" white head that quickly fades to the edges. Wonderfully complex aroma: banana, white grape, vanilla, pear, and plentiful spices. Taste is malty and clean, doughy and slightly grainy. Lots of spicy/yeasty elements, with moderate sweetness. Some herbal character that I can't quite put my finger on, but the lavender comes through in a floral, vanilla character. Finish is strongly herbal and dry, markedly different from the malty-sweet body. Solid offering, not mind-blowing. Not sure all the herbs on the label come through in the flavor profile.

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Photo of puck1225
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Clear dark gold with a nice white head and good lacing. Wonderful herbal smell, nice and spicy! The herbal, earthy character carries over to the taste. Lemony with cinnamon, unusual and very tasty!

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Artwork: A quite lovely label, detailed yet classy and quite appropriate given the name, style and ingredients of this beer.
Appearance: Amber and very well-filtered clear. I like my saisons to be a bit cloudy but the clarity on this one is very fitting for its beautiful amber color. The head however is rather small its retention rather short.
Nose: Lots of herbs. Lavender, bay, marjoram are all there. Makes me think this is going to taste like some kind of grandma soap. Not much yeast.
Taste: I'm a Saison purist so I hardly ever approve of saisons with extra ingredients, especially herbs, as I don't like my drink to smell like a marinade or some kind of shampoo. However, and unlike what the nose prepares you for, the herbs are not too noticeable here. Instead all the right Saison flavors are there. Spicy, yeasty and all around delicious. Somewhat on the sweet side and without any tart notes, which may have been nice.
Mouthfeel: Medium, with light carbonation that is not very noticeable on the tongue.
Overall: For reasons I described above I was skeptical of this beer at first (and especially given how little I liked Saison Du Buff, which Dogfish Head helped brew) but it was a pleasant surprise. The herb aromas are mild and complimentary to the rest of the aromas/flavors and do not dominate. Well done.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: darker yellow with a good amount of head.
Smell: As expected, a lot of lavender smell, and other spices. However, it was not as strong as I thought, definitely did not smell like my hand soap. Citrusy and earthiness from the hop also.
Taste: Some spices taste from Provence, but again, not as much as I expected. The hop came out strongly, as well as some maltiness.

A good brew, but not really too special. Beautiful label though!

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Photo of colts9016
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A two finger head with really good retention. The head is white foamy, creamy and rocky, it does leave some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is medium straw color with some golden hues The clarity of the beer is fairly clear with some carbonation bubble loom within.

N; A herb note off the first sniff, lavender is mostly notable the bay and marjoram is very subtle. The beer does presents with some spicy hops, citrus, toasted malt, a touch of caramel, yeast, some earthy notes, and grass.

T: Holy shit the malt is malty with caramel, and toasty bread notes. The herbage is something to behold. Bay leaves is strong with lavender, I really do not detect marjoram. The beer also has earthy, grass, yeast, a slight funky note, and a spicy hop note.

M: A touch carbonated, sticky, sweet, and medium body.

O: Generally I have like a majority of DFH beers, this is one off centered ale I just cannot dig. I think the siason part is lost to the serious herbage note. The bay is so strong and the lavender is the backup singer. I have used a lot of bay leaves in cooking but I have never gotten the strong flavors that I tasted now. Sorry DFH I do not like this beer. I think the balance is so out of whack and to too sticky and sweet for a siason.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin film with light lacing. Aroma of grainy malt, saison yeast and earthy herbal spicing. Flavor is slightly sweet grainy malt, light dry stone fruit, Italian and earthy herbs, finishes with sweet malt and a distinct bay leaf note. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice herbal farmhouse ale with the classic grainy malt of the style and light spicing from the the herbs. The sharp bay leaf, almost sagey element in the finish is nice. A little on the sweet side, as expected from Dogfish Head, but well within the style. Our local herbal farmhouse brewery, Propolis. made a lot of similar saisons, but they have not been well distributed to Seattle lately and this made me miss them. Hopefully this will be frequently brewed, because I enjoy this style of farmhouse ale.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a deep gold with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is slightly overwhelming; walking into a Yankee Candle store comes to mind. Flavor is not immediately recognizable as ... beer. Lavender is most prominent. There is a sweet malt in the aftertaste. I can see paring this with lighter food or fish.

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Bière De Provence from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 231 ratings