Bière De Provence | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Bière De ProvenceBière De Provence

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Rifugium on 06-21-2015

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Ratings: 230 |  Reviews: 69
Reviews by teromous:
Photo of teromous
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I don't see any bottle date on the bottle.

Appearance: Crystal clear with a nice copper appearance. Slow carbonation bubbles rising to a short white head made of fine bubbles. Very good lacing.

Aroma: It has a very strong wet cardboard aroma mixed with what smells like candy corn.

Taste: It has an interesting flavor with a paper-like character mixed with some definite herbal character. It is hard to pinpoint anything specifically but if you have ever worked in a garden with herbs it tastes a bit like what your hands smell like afterwards. The beer doesn't really smell like this but it certainly tastes like it. As hard as it is to really pinpoint flavors here the culmination of flavors is fantastic.

Mouthfeel: It's perfect for this beer. It has a nice body that is heavy enough to carry the flavors but light enough to dance off of the palate while drinking.

Overall: It's an outstanding beer with a lot of character. When I first smelled the beer I wasn't sure because it smelled empty and oxidized, but there was this sweet aroma that lingered in the background. Tasting the beer is when things really started to turn around for me and even more so after I let the beer warm up a bit. I really recommend letting this beer warm up a bit more than what you might traditionally drink a Saison at. The beer does have a lot of character and I did find it quite enjoyable but I think this is the kind of beer I would probably drink once in a blue moon. It is the perfect spring or summer beer.

On a side-note if you like old styles of beer or gruit beers you will probably get a huge kick out of this.

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Photo of joezak5
4.91/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Medium amount of herbal floral notes without being potpourri-like. There are medium low lavender and bay leaf notes. Moderately bitter on balance with a light sweetness and moderate hops bitterness. A dry finish with an herbal and floral aftertaste.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Franziskaner
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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 KrissyKat6
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very Floral (lavendar). I actually think it would taste great while eating a chicken dinner, or used to deglaze a pan etc.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbuijs
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best beer of 2016

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

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of secondtooth
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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 NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Bière de Provence"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 05/12/16" on 06/09/16
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Clear deep gold/amber beneath a short-lived head of bright white. The head retention is average to limited, with the lacing not much better.

Aroma: Herbal with notes of rosemary, sage, and marjoram with a hint of smokiness, followed by lavender in the background.

Flavor: Lavender appears up front surrounded by a cloak of sweet grainy malt. There's a touch of spiciness and more herbal character than the nose suggests, although nothing stands out distinctly. Although it appears semi-sweet, a stiff bitterness balances it pretty well and it finishes dry and spicy with lingering herbal notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate to restrained carbonation level that leaves it delicately crisp and then smooth.

Overall: Interesting and enjoyable. This beer probably pairs well with foods such as grilled chicken, pan seared trout, and vegetable stew. A refreshing change of pace.

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Photo of cubbyZilla
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of KMcG
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of briancathy
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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 ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of RandalFlagg
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of leap89
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden, with a medium head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Ginger, herbs, yeast, and spices. The lavender and bay leaf definitely shines through, but I also get some hints of ginger, clove, and nutmeg. There's also an earthiness, as well as some sweetness and alcohol.

Taste: Sour, spicy, yeasty, and herbal. A powerful ginger bread kick mixed with some lavender, bay leaf, clove, and nutmeg. The alcohol makes it's presence known as it goes down, and there's a very mild lingering tartness.

Feel: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. The bubbles are very fine, almost like champagne. Fairly dry as well.

A very interesting saison, and a lovely beer overall. I was worried that the herbs used would be overpowering, but it's surprisingly well balanced.

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Photo of btravers13
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Bière De Provence from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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