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Saison 1858 | Brasserie Du Bocq

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by biegaman on 08-02-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
97
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
19.13%
 
 
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 97
Reviews by benfons:
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: looks like a witbeer, pale hazy golden colour, nice thick white head

S: coriander, citrus, hints of hops, also something slightly soapy

T: citrus, malts, hints of grass and hops

M: less carbonation than I normally like, but her it's fine, medium body

O: this is really close to a witbeer, really refreshing, seems to be a great beer on a hot summerday

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Photo of SpyderMan14
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bone dry finish. Not a bad Saison. Tried it on a whim and pleasantly surprised!

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Photo of ledouge
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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 scottford
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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 whatname
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of DOCRW
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cheers

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Photo of Rizzy17
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light, slightly hazy straw amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, mild citrus, apple family and stone fruit, light, pleasant spicing, mild saison yeast. Flavor is saison yeast, wheat, apple, pear and light stone fruit, clove and other Belgian spicing, lightly grassy. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. This is my kind of saison, not sour and without strong wild yeast flavors, although clearly a saison style yeast was used. The balance of the fruit flavors and spices is nicely done. Interesting wheat notes and I agree with other reviewers both that this has witbier characteristics and that it may not be for folks who want strong wild yeast and/or sour notes to their saisons. For what I'm looking for in this style, this is a winner. I'll get this again when it comes around again.

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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 dcotom
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 VirginiaBeerMan
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Rwalford74
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Great appearance of cloudy straw and a nice white fluffy head that retains well and laces.

S - Citus, spice.

T - Up front some nice citrus notes with a nice spicy palate the finish is zingy and a little earthy.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

O - One of the better saissons you will find.

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Photo of jorgerod99
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Saison 1858 from Brasserie Du Bocq
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