Saison 1858
Brasserie Du Bocq

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Brasserie Du Bocq
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #646
Ranked #16,308
3.89 | pDev: 10.8%
Jan 21, 2022
Aug 02, 2013
Very Good
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3.87 by Wer34truh from Minnesota on Jan 21, 2022
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Quick to form head even when *well* rested/chilled and poured *really* carefully, note to others: approach the pour as gently as possible! As is it's dark straw? .... harder to judge as it's notably cloudy ie note2: I suspect this beer cannot be poured other than full-on cloudy. Has a 3Cm just off-white fine-bubble pillowy foam head. [ps 10mins later - head is still holding up really well].
S- Belgium yeast with a timber/leather scent to it, in keeping with the style.
T- The smell carries over directly into the flavour. Most unusually I find nothing else to add to that!
F- I don't often buy Saisons, quite often they seem a bit over bright/sharp for me, but this one is lovely. It has a brightness to it but it's restrained and is amply balanced by the 6.4ABV%. CO2 in the mouth is also really good.
O- Despite the lable sporting a 'World Beed Awards 2013/World's Best Saison' logo I was expecting to probably not enjoy this one; and as always review my thoughts entirely as I find them. Instead, and to my surprise, I'm really enjoying this, it's something different for me and it's shown me what a good Saison can be like. Impressive, I'd happily buy this one again.
Bought from: BeersOfEurope/UK for home delivery. 330ml bottle BB: 30/03/21 £2.49, which is quite a deal for a beer this niche and high quality.

Sep 24, 2020
3.5 by Jayamefu from Netherlands on Sep 14, 2019
3.66 by emincems from Turkey on Nov 29, 2018
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3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by iguanodon from Utah

[Original rating 2018-07-13] 750 ml bottle. Pours hazy gold with a big white head. Aroma is yeast, banana bread, spice, citrus, apple. Taste is sweet but lemony. Sweet banana bread finish. Nice steady fine carbonation.

Oct 26, 2018
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3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by ThisWangsChung from Maryland

Pours a hazy straw color. The head is three fingers high and white in shade. It has that frothy density typical of a Belgian beer

This saison's aroma takes on a definite witbier bend - orange peel and coriander pop distinctively. Initially, there was a nice hint of grass and black pepper, but that's subsided in favor of the additions. There's also plenty of candied sugar coming through. This doesn't strike me as being rustic, though it has some rock-solid qualities.

I pick up notes of orange peel and coriander right at the front of the palate. The yeast profile doesn't seem to create a rustic backdrop of floral, peppery notes, but it amplifies the grassiness at the end (and the additions to start). There are additional notes of cream around the middle, as well as some additional orange on the back end. It doesn't strike me as rustic, but it definitely strikes me as a unique, moderately complex offering.

The feel is very dry, almost parching in fact. This is exactly what I want for the style. In fact, I'd even suggest it's drier than something like Dupont or Hennepin. This makes this stunningly easy to drink, and the easy drinking nature is aided by brisk, vibrant carbonation.

This is a very unique beer - it doesn't strike me as a traditional saison, nor does it seem like some witbier half-assed into a "saison" mold. I think this would be great with something light such as a salad. I wouldn't seek this one out first, but I'd have it again.

3.58/5: Something slightly different (but still familiar) in the saison world

Feb 20, 2018
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3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by OlaB from Norway

Pours a hazy yellow color with a nice big top of creamy white head, and some sticky lacings on the glass. The aroma is of lemon and orange rinds, grapes, honey, peppercorns, corriander and grassy hops.
The flavour is close to the aroma. Fruity sweetness with spices and a light sour notes, and the finish is slightly bitter from the hops with a weak aftertaste. The mouthfeel is prickly and smooth with a medium body and a high carbonation.
This is a good and easy drikning saison, but is nothing very unique about it.

Feb 10, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Thors_Bounty from Florida

I let mine age in the fridge for over a year. Perhaps close to 2 years. I was a little worried about aging this long. We were going to have it sooner, but kept getting put off. Head did not stay long but could still see some bubbles coming up. Nice scent. Easy mouth feel. Simply delicious.

Jan 01, 2018
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3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
by schavuytje from Netherlands

on December 2 evening with friends in Cultureel cafe Gigant with several goats that are already known to me but a Saison 1858 from Du Bocq, their Corsendonk I knew especially the Tempelier de Saison 1858, a light lemon with a predominant foaming yeast taste the wry dry aftertaste makes it a nice saison

Dec 09, 2017
4.1 by mizx from England on Oct 23, 2017
3.5 by atrocity from Virginia on Oct 10, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by wattoclone from California

Drinks like a witbier with less sweetness and spice. The closest beer to this is Hoegaarden on draft which is one of my favorites, but more affordable. I usually avoid saison style beers, but this one demonstrates the variability of the farmhouse style.

Sep 21, 2017
3.94 by dustin22martin from Missouri on Sep 12, 2017
4.62 by PauloPereira from Portugal on Sep 11, 2017
3.73 by desint from Belgium on Aug 31, 2017
3.9 by DanGeo from Michigan on Aug 16, 2017
3.9 by einman from Minnesota on Aug 13, 2017
4.24 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Aug 03, 2017
3.71 by sparx1100 from Minnesota on Jul 30, 2017
3.84 by dcmchew from Romania on Jul 24, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

Foggy pale yellow with a large, bright white uniform head settling to a thin ring.

Smell is pear, apple, faint clove, banana/zucchini bread and grass.

Taste starts bready but in a light, crisp way with fresh apple, pear, a touch of bitter orange rind and hints of apple Jolly Rancher and banana candy.

Light and bouncy froth on the palate with a semi-dry finish.

Jul 12, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

On tap at Lyon Hall.

May 06, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by joeseppy from Illinois

Hazy yellow with floral aromas and tropical fruit. Crisp yet dry medium body. Tastes of orange honey and nuts. Flavors are deep enough. A decent sipper.

Apr 17, 2017
3.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Mar 28, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Had 6 months after the Best Buy date, and it stood up fine. Unusual longevity for a saison.
Glad that Merchant du Vin has brought this one to the States and I look forward to more from Du Bocq.

Looks like a saison should, but not much of a head or lace (might be the age, given other reviews liked it.)
Smells are a bit better than typical; giving me some citrus and spiciness in front of a nice malt.
Taste performs best because this family's yeast really makes the spice and malt play nice together.
Feel is full, but perhaps a bit more dry than often goes well with food.
Overall, full of character. This saison gives Belgian family brewers the great reputation they deserve.

Mar 19, 2017
4.03 by Searut from Portugal on Mar 18, 2017
4.34 by CPAles from Illinois on Feb 05, 2017
4 by frasergrove from California on Feb 01, 2017
4.02 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia on Jan 22, 2017
3.79 by BeerWithMike from Nebraska on Jan 06, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
by heygeebee from Australia

I've often seen this - never had until now.
It sadly is a skunked bottle - looks and smells the part, all lemons and zest but sadly a badly astringent aftertaste :-(
Will re-visit.

Dec 30, 2016
4.98 by Dmitry_Rukhlenko from Belarus on Dec 21, 2016
4.53 by igl from Russian Federation on Dec 04, 2016
4 by John_Beeryman from Virginia on Nov 22, 2016
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4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by sjccmd from Minnesota

Yeasty, bready aroma. Lemons, hay, fresh flowers. White pepper, pears, tangerine, and kumquats. Pleasant, fruity, floral, and perfume like.

Pours hazy pale yellow with a large frothy white head, great retention and lacing.

Tastes seems initially fruity leading into big bready notes. Graham cracker and bread dough. Light honey notes. Elderflower and chamomile. Hints of banana and vanilla. Somewhat witbier like. Balancing spicy hops leaving a slight lingering bitterness on the finish.

Soft creamy mouthfeel though not heavy and with tons of carbonation. Finish is quite dry.

Drinks a bit like a more robust witbier at times...but I'm not exactly complaining. It's what makes drinking saison so fun, seeing the range of interpretations even within Belgium.

Nov 21, 2016
4 by DMcGirr from Massachusetts on Nov 19, 2016
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw color capped by a thick layer of foam; just a strand of lace here and there

Smell: Wheat bread, yeast tones, pear, apple, coriander and licorice

Taste: Tangy wheat bread forward, with lemon, pear and apple tones building; the coriander and orange peel enter in the middle, with the licorice and yeast bringing up the rear

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation

Overall: An interesting Saison, with an array of flavors; particularly like the licorice in the finish

Nov 02, 2016
3.94 by Andrewharemza from Australia on Oct 31, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by drmeto from Germany

-pours a cloudy bright golden with a big,frothy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-apple,citrus,spicy,clove ,honey,wheaty,pineapple with a light,fruity acidity
-medium carbonation
-medium body
-faint alcohol noticeable
Really nice.

Jul 19, 2016
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by TomT2 from Maryland

Taste great
One of the better Saisons available in the USA at a good price

Jul 16, 2016
Saison 1858 from Brasserie Du Bocq
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