Saison 1858
Brasserie Du Bocq

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #858
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,898
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 10.74%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
134
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Brasserie Du Bocq
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  7
Gots
  32
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviews by stevoj:
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stevoj from Idaho

3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
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

Apr 11, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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scottbrew4u from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon, coriander and floral yeast notes. Delicate body and very flavorful with the right amount of coriander and citrus.

Jan 01, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.87/5  rDev -1%
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.

Nov 21, 2015
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The cork shots out the bottle at near bullet-speed. This almost violent force leads way for an equally impatient charge of bubbly foam that fortunately finds its way into the glass (and not the floor). Despite this initial excitement, however, everything quietly settles into a patchy clump and the beer's bright (but very hazy) yellow colour can be calmly appreciated.

Brasserie Du Bocq has obviously studied the manual for farmhouse ales. Saison 1858 combines sunny citrus fruit and 'farmhouse' characteristics to make a textbook smelling Saison. While many like to spotlight an orchard fruit (pear, apple) persona, this one expels citrus. When combined with the musty, funky 'farm' qualities it smells like the beer is sweating lemons.

Saison 1858 might be too tame to arouse those drinkers who like a really offbeat saison. In truth, it drinks (despite the 6.4%) more like a Witbier; it has a spritzy mouthfeel, breezy citrus and a light maltiness that tastes of oats and straw. The yeast - typically quite explosive in Saisons - has more or less been entirely disarmed; there's hardly any spice and realtively few esters.

With the yeast tempered and the malts providing only cereal grain sweetness, fruits tend to run the show. Some sips taste vividly of green apple while others are like a fresh-cut slice of pear. Lemon comes up again and again throughout and flavours of orange wedge appear here and there. There's also an earthy, hay-like note that reminds us of the style's rural farmhouse origins.

Saison 1858's only unique aspect is its scarcity. I suspect it couldn't hold up in a side-by-side tasting with the best of them, but on its own, especially if the mood calls for it, it is an outstandingly pleasant beer. It is a lighter Saison that should satisfy most craft drinkers and is certain to appeal to mainstream audiences. Something to consider (...should you spot it).

Aug 02, 2013
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zeff80 from Missouri

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

Bottle. Poured a cloudy, straw yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It smelled yeasty, grassy, floral and slightly funky. There were notes of grain and toasted caramel, too. It tasted very spicy with a funky bite. Good caramel sweetness.

Jul 13, 2015
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Oct 26, 2014
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Jun 09, 2015
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.99/5  rDev +2%
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.

May 31, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Mar 08, 2015
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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iguanodon from Utah

3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[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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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

Jan 07, 2015
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benfons from Belgium

3.95/5  rDev +1%
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

Mar 27, 2014
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CPAles from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Feb 05, 2017
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babaracas from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Jul 31, 2015
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sjccmd from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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bump8628 from Oklahoma

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 26, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

May 07, 2016
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ManforallSaisons from Belgium

3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 31, 2015
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sparx1100 from Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 30, 2017
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endovelico from Portugal

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an hazy saffron brew with enormous foamy head, low perceived effervescence and great lacing.

S: Medium intensity. Overarching notes of banana, clove with a decent twang thrown in to the mix. Citrusy, floral and some barnyard back-notes.

T: Medium to medium low intensity. Nice oaty like velvety maltiness with soft honey suckle, floral and citrusy flavours.

M: Softly carbonated, smooth on the tongue, with a decent body and a relatively long finish.

O: Kinda breaches into Wit territory by subduing the traditional brisky, farm character usually seen. A good take on the style regardless.

May 15, 2014
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 30, 2015
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -12%
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

Aug 31, 2015
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redliner8 from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 15, 2015
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