Bière De Provence
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Bière De ProvenceBière De Provence
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,345
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,594
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 10.44%
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
232
From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  10
Gots
  67
SCORE
86
Very Good
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
Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 232 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Lone_Freighter:
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 06, 2017
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joezak5 from New Jersey

4.91/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is a clear, roasted gold with a two finger pure white head. The aroma is a beautiful spiced lavender. (If you don't like lavender, run from this beer.) The taste is a natural and delicate spiced champagne lavender. Natural is the key word... this is not a yankee candle or some cheap air freshener... it is like your breathing in a fresh beautiful field. The mouthfeel is fluffly with sweet finish. I'm glad I found this one in my scan of what's fresh on the shelves.

Jul 04, 2016
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

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

Aug 28, 2016
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Newport_beerguy from Rhode Island

3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 10, 2016
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

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!

Nov 17, 2016
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dextermcgurk from New York

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 24, 2016
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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...

Feb 19, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cool beer, oddly similar to the saison du buff thing they did a few years back, culinary herb saison, but an awfully clean one. this has no haze at all from the tap at freshcraft, bright golden in color with a quickly dissipating white head. it smells like lavender and bay for sure, the herbs in this are intense. i think bay leaf is a tough ingredient, it can take over delicate things, especially in beer, and it does that a little bit here. the beer also presents itself much more as a belgian golden ale than a saison. i taste very little wheat in here, its hardly yeast driven at all, no funk or farm here, not even very rustic, more of a spicy or herbal monastic ale strain. certainly floral with the lavender, pungent and herbaceous all the way though. i think they could probably stand to scale that back a bit. i like the idea better than the execution here, although its incredibly refreshing for how strong it is, dry and well carbonated, even delicate in the feel for what it is. more of a small dose thing than an all day brew, but a very flavorful and interesting group of flavors. it would be better as more of a saison, rugged and unfiltered, even with a brett spike to it or something, it lacks the yeast depth i need in a beer called saison, but i liked it a lot as an herbal belgian thing. nice to see dogfish head still pushing the flavor boundaries all these years later...

Jun 12, 2016
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Ajlvt from Washington

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 09, 2016
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KMcG from Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jul 09, 2016
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Celtics76 from Rhode Island

3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 10, 2016
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logicalparadox from New York

3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Jul 05, 2016
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Giantspace from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 22, 2017
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zkoehn from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 18, 2017
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khargro2 from Tennessee

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 17, 2017
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sd123 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 23, 2016
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 20, 2016
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RobinLee from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 09, 2016
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redfox405 from California

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

Jul 04, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is Belgian yeast, slight sweetness and spiciness bordering on vegetables. The flavor is Belgian yeast, malts, spices, a hint of vegetables and a mix of mild sweetness and slight tartness in the finish.

Jul 17, 2016
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Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 27, 2016
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gutbuster from Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear dark gold in color with a thick tan head. The head lingers briefly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing but by the end of the session has dissipated completely.

Pepper spiciness leaps out first and foremost with a strong herbal scent. Lavender and bay leaves are very noticeable.

There is a hint of honey wheat bread like sweetness up front on each sip. Mid palate the lavender mixes with a light pear fruitiness. Finishes with a large helping of black pepper spiciness and a hint of alcohol.

Medium amount of carbonation. Both creamy and dry with a medium body.

Jun 14, 2016
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FBGordon from Florida

2.49/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured it a tapered wine glass.

A: Pours a rich golden color with a solid off-white head that maintains well and laces throughout.

S: A little ambiguous sweetness. Can't quite put my finger on it.

T: Oh there it is. The Dogfish staple. Reminds me of most other semi-sweet Dogfish products, e.g. Midas Touch, Positive Contact, Namaste, etc. I get a little bay leaf and marjoram, but can't say I like it. It has an odd sweet flavor much like its aroma.

M: Crisp carbonation, good for scrubbing the palate. Finishes with a nice carbonic bite.

O: Love the look and feel, but everything else leaves a lot to be desired, and is quickly becoming Dogfish's One Trick Pony, in my opinion. I wanted to like this beer, but that odd sweetness is much like some of their other products that aren't very refined.

Jun 05, 2016
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heerboth from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 08, 2016
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jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 19, 2016
Bière De Provence from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 232 ratings