Saison 1858 | Brasserie Du Bocq

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Saison 1858Saison 1858

Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of drmeto
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-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.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This saison pours a somewhat cloudy, medium yellow color with a fairly large foamy white head and a slightly high amount of carbonation. The smell is really pleasant and summery with some yeast, a little citrus, and some earthiness. The taste is of yeast, lemon, and coriander. The flavor profile is very classic saison with the possible exception that there isn’t a lot of spice in there. The finish is fairly dry and crisp. The body is somewhere between medium and light, also fairly typical for the style. This is a very nice example of a saison. It doesn’t throw you any surprises, but it has all the right flavors and everything is nicely balanced. This is a great beer to have on a late spring or summer day.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Crushed cork, a bit of pull to get out but a solid pop on opening. Best before Sept 23rd 2016.

Really pale lemon, nearly washed out yellow color. Excessive and real impressive amounts of carbonation, literally looks like a snow globe in the glass with many white bubbles all over. Head is classic frothy and bright bleach white. Thick clumpy retention, clingy and soapy. Real nice looking brew.

Aroma is excellent. Off the pop a big sense of ripping husky barley and grain. Out of the glass kicks with large menthol like and dried green herbs. Coriander rich but with a mix of other ingredients that takes a great amount of complexity. Real interesting sweetness to this, stays away from funk and earth though. Probably a bit polarizing for some, but digging it.

First sip manages a solid malt classic honey and sweet Belgian depth of flavor. Mid palate manages a hint of pepper and there's definitely a licorice flavor to this which takes the sweetness to a whole different area. Forgoes farmhouse funk and earthy dry tones for more interesting sucrose and licorice flavors. A hint of faint dryness but taken more so by licorice parching flavor. Hints a creamy mouthfeel as well, which is an odd thing to find in a saison. Even goes into a crazy watermelon angle.

Palate manages a bit more to flavored Belgian Pale Ale status than a saison but it's a neat one. Really neat tasting brew, but many of the other non traditional saison ingredients take it into some real nice tasting territory.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/23/2016. Pours hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, peach, pear, apple, coriander, orange peel, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, peach, pear, apple, coriander, orange peel, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness and light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, peach, pear, apple, coriander, orange peel, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt flavors; with great malt/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High amount of dryness from carbonation/yeast spiciness as well. High carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, foamy, and fairly creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of stevoj
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I had higher hopes for this, as du Bocq usually gets it right. Of the three possible styles , Belgian ale fits the best. Pretty far from a saison, even though that’s what they’re billing this as. For a Belgian ale, its kind of on the light side of the spectrum

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Photo of jancona
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in tulip glass from 750ml bottle - pleasant smell of ripe lemons with sugar and white pepper. Taste has yeast funk and hay, coriander, orange rind and a lingering licorice finish. Nice carbonated feel. Complex and satisfying.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A two finger billowy head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spottylacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Herbal, grassy, spicy, and floral hops followed by toasted, pilsner, and pale malts. Hints of vanilla, apple, honey.

Taste: Nice light hop flavor, apple, honey, orange, coriander, saison yeast, toasted, bready, and pale malts. Light bitterness and a bit dry too. Tastes close to a tripel without the spice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, a little dry, and a little chewy.

Overall: Will to say that this saison is quite tasty and enjoyable. Awesome hop flavor, spices, and traditional malt flavor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Heading into the Ardennes region of Belgium, the flavor and flare of the farmhouse gets stronger and stronger. And as a gatekeeper of the brewing region, the brewers at Du Bocq give friendly introductions with this Saison that boasts its brewing origins.

Saison 1858 kisses the glass with a hazy blonde austere and a creamy white cap. Its persistent bouquet is rife of pilsner grain, but with an aura of citrus, honeysuckle and spice. Lightly malted and playfully doughy, the taste of fresh baking bread and sugar cookie make a slight headway with the initial sip.

Its supple lager-like maltiness carries a gentle undercurrent to the fruit and spice that plays out above. Apple, lemon and orange with hints of pear brace against slighter notions of freshly grated white pepper and vinous white wine for a gentle acidity in taste and mild late spicy earth bitterness.

Medium-light in its body, the saison is bright and bubbly with effervescence- springing to life with a creamy sparkling wine character. A quick aftertaste of citrus and spice ensures a bright and refreshed palate; perfect for piccata pastas, soft white fish and summer salads.

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Photo of sejorules
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. Pale orange golden cloudy 3 fing of white thick head
S yeast floral ale like
T follows smell a little waterish yeast and floral
F: medium high carb nice and refresh.
O Nice feeling. Not many phases of taste but nice

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Photo of buschbeer
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle
Served in an oversized wine glass

This beer pours pale yellow in color and cloudy with millions and millions of tiny bubbles feeding an everpresent white head that leaves chunks of foam of the sides of the glass.

Spicy aromas mix with fresh orange, and I get some lemon too.

The taste focuses on orange and coriander with the spicy yeast notes highlighting the flavor.

Medium and effervescent mouthfeel

My buddy gave me a bottle of this to try. I am glad he did. It is a very light and refreshing beer. Those Belgians just might know what they are doing.

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Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very floral aroma, spicy with peppercorns and clove, soft peach, pear, and apple esters.

Flavor is fruit estery, with a very dry finish. Floral notes linger in the biscuity aftertaste. It's a touch bitter.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lemony gold with a nice soft haze. Little carbonation, topped with 2 fingers of off white foamy head.

Lemon rind, Belgian yeasts, light spice like cloves and coriander, a light fruity pear note. Sweet and fruity with an alcohol burn on the nose too.

Great. Belgian yeasts, spicy again with coriander, lemon zest, herbal bitter finish. Sage, some thyme and tarragon.

Light body, medium foamy carbonation.

Found this in Vientiane, Laos and brought it back to Chiang Mai to drink Sept. 3rd, 2015. Very well done Saison, better than any Goose Island version of a saison I've had. True to form and classic.

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Photo of tlema1
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L; hazy golden yellow, big thick fluffy head
S: nothing really there
T: slightly fruity, slightly tart
F: coats the tongue nicely, sweet finish
O: very refreshing and drinkable, but cost would prohibit me buying this again

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on my recent road trip to Belgium. Pours a hazy golden colour with a white head. Aromas of orange and malt. Tastes of sweet spices, orange, yeast, with a slight bitter hop on the aftertaste. Feels of medium carbonation. Overall, I was surprised by how much I like this one

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Photo of Radome
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

L - Very pale straw color, with a cloudy appearance. Head is pure white in color, and is initially hick and fluffy. It fades to a thin layer of tiny bubbles that completely covers the surface, along with thick, gooey lacing.

S - Aromas are of strong grain (wheat?), cracked black pepper and light fruitiness. Low lemon or citrus in the finish that seems more likely to be from yeast or spice addition than hops. No overt hops aromas. The aromas are subtle and clean and remind me of a Belgian wit or grand cru.

T - Light grain initially; again it seems more like wheat than the pilsner malt I'd normally expect in a saison. The mid-palate has strong black pepper and maybe a bit of subtle coriander. The finish has a sharp lemon-like acidity and some more spice.

F - Thin body is made more substantial by strong, prickly carbonation. Any hops bitterness is blended with and indistinguishable from the acidic tartness mentioned earlier. Low alcohol presence.

O- This is a clean, subtle saison that comes across as similar to a wit, but with a distinct lemon-like acidity.

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Photo of babaracas
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque straw color with thick creamy white head, sheet of lace down half the glass. Smell: wheat cracker, orange peel, lightly bready and sweet. Taste: spicy, snappy grain, orange, sugar cookie, coriander and a little clove. Fluffy feel, sugary and drying / spice finish. Well made but very witbier-ish, ok.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the bottle in a DFH snifter. This nice Saison pours a cloudy straw color with a fantastic head of white foam that lingers LONG and leaves astounding lacing. Nose of subtle lemons, light coriander and spices, orange zest, and earthy yeast. Flavors surpass the nose with soft grain and moderate candy malts that converge with orange and lemon zest as well as a lightly tangy earth tinged yeast featuring light banana and coriander notes in the back with a touch of white pepper. Outstanding. Prickly yet smooth carbonation makes for a lively and refreshing mouth feel with a lightly tart aftertaste. Excellent.


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Photo of stephens101
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow orange with off-white sheets of lace.

Quite inviting with plenty of orange, lemon, grapefruit, malt and vanilla aroma.

Sweet bread, pear, orange, a touch or lemon and a pinch of spice on the tongue.

Has a dry and long lasting hoppy finish.

One of the most perfectly balanced beers I've had in a very long time.

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Photo of Curtis
3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy pale yellow haze, not chunky at all, just not clear -"unfiltered". Has a very wine like aroma with some citrus, maybe lemongrass. Nice lacy head, dissipates after a couple of minutes. leaving a low lacy film on top. Slightly sharp on the tongue, could be the carbonation, but that fades further down the glass. I do like how it isn't overly sour like some Belgians can be. Seems light in taste, more flavor would be nice and earn a higher review. It's ok, not bad, not great -drinkable but it doesn't demand another glass. I'll finish the 22 oz bottle, but won't buy it again. Nice label, hoped for more.

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Photo of JFrank78
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From bottle. Pours a light hazy yellow with nice, yet minimal head. It's fresh and fizzy, but no real bite like a lot of American saisons. A very easy drinker, and delicious, but not overly unique.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy pale light yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus and yeast are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of lemons and yeast, although no peppery spices are noticeable from the latter.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between a witbier (from the lemons and wheat) and a saison (from the yeast). The wheat makes it a little lighter compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, light yellow beer with one finger high, offwhite head.

Nose: Belgian yeast, citrus, spice, pine and herbs.
Taste: Light, smooth taste of citrus, herbs, fresh fruit and malt.
Body: Medium body with crisp carbonation. A spicy, dry and bitter finish.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked, and um, bridled, sturdy-ass bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy, super-pale whitish straw colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and creamy bone-white head, which leaves some splattered and bubbly Asiatic continental lace around the glass as it slowly blows off.

It smells of sassy coriander and mirror-world orange peel, equally peppy earthy yeast, semi-sweet grainy pale malt, further aged lemon rind and muddled drupe fruit, and a decent table pepper spiciness. The taste is grainy, gritty pale malt, more earthy, ethereally funky yeast, a blended white pepper and coriander spice, a touch of the purported black licorice, reduced fleshy orange, sweet apple, and lemon notes, and tame weedy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is obviously quite pressing in its tight, palate-probing, and tingling frothiness, the body just on the lee side of yer typical medium weight, and not all that smooth, for the reason just stated. It finishes on the sweet side, the fruitiness combining with the lingering grainy malt to off-set the yeasty, bitter, and herbal tendencies.

A decent enough saison, the sort that compresses the distance between it and its witbier kissing cousin, what with the particular adjuncts employed here - I mean, what did they expect? Anyways, an enjoyable, and relatively drinkable lighter Belgian ale, given the 'season', i.e. the leftovers from last month, and whatnot.

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Photo of mactrail
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive yellow brew with an abudance of foam in the big Duvel tulip. Lovely yeasty and fruity aroma. Sprightly mouthfeel and a clean taste.

Pears and the bitterness of pear skins come to mind. The dry and yeasty flavors are robust but not overpowering. More wheatey and less acidic than a lot of Saisons. The perfumey hints add to the interest.

Highly drinkable and pleasant. One of the better Belgian Saisons in my experience. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, lot 2895 per the cork, best by 24-10-15 per the bottle, poured into a tulip
A: Light yellow, lots of carbonation produces a voluminous head even with a slow pour. Vigorous bubbles continue as the head slowly settles
S: Lemon, wheat, herbs, clove
T: Matches the nose, adding a bit of flavor from the yeast. The herbs and spices are pronounced but add nice contrast to the citrus/wheat
M: Light-bodied, spicy but a short finish
O: Tasty and a good example of the style, just somewhat lacking in complexity

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Saison 1858 from Brasserie Du Bocq
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