Saison D'Epeautre
Brasserie de Blaugies

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #328
ABV:
6%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,748
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 9.18%
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
284
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Brasserie de Blaugies
 
Belgium
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  23
SCORE
90
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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(375 ml bottle; cage code BL03:17... poured into tulip similar to one pictured on their site)

L: pale amber liquid, slight haze; lots of foam on initial pour (2/3 glass worth); foam is loose, rocky, sticking all over (at first); lovely retention on refill... yeast slug completely removed from bottom with easy swirl

S: surprisingly 'beery' smell (skunk from green bottle?) up front... it did give way to a bright peppery, citrusy spice atop a crackery, golden bread crusty grain... aromas delicate overall, later giving mostly fruit and bubblegum essence

T: very dry initially; dried apple fruitiness with mellow cereal grainy underbelly; phenolic-spicy, lightly bubblegum aftertaste... not certain what the spelt is adding, aside from perhaps a light doughy lingering note as it goes... finish rather dry too

F: rather bone dry, extra light-bodied; foamy touch up front, vanishing dry finish... ample gassy carbonation gives an acidic zap to the back of the palate, swell to the middle... light, refreshing, not terribly boozy

O: why bother with the green bottles y'all? c'mon... enjoyable, simple, spicy/dry saison... a curiosity due to the featured grain, but nothing unique... glad to have finally tracked down a relatively fresh bottle, but one is enough, though I'll (re)try their other brands (1406)

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Photo of erk0607
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Mostly clear, sparkly straw gold color, white, sudsy head that is super energetic and fluffy
Smell: Green apples, must, grape, yeast funk associated with rustic saisons, tart, peppery
Taste: Very balanced body dominated by the grain bill that offsets any of the aromatic fruit or tart notes. Brettanomyces flavors and funk.
Feel: Crisp mouthfeel, but not from the carbonation which is pretty smooth actually. Goes down easy and dry finish.
Overall: Very nice saison. Would not hesitate to get again.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

APP - Dull, very slightly hazy, but luminous gold. Big, billowing, rocky, bright white head, slowly climbs its way above the lip of the glass and leaves thick suds down the side of the glass as I battle it back.

Aroma - Incredibly complex and delicate lemon, hay, white pepper, baby's breath, charteuese, very faint note of bubblegum, slightly stronger banana, fresh cracked malt, white bread, lilac, mint, menthol, sandalwood, pear . Some barely discenable spicy hops aroma. All extremely harmonious. Wow.

Flavor - So tight. Slightly grainy,slightly minty, moderatley wheaty / bready, very spicy and phenolic with low herbal hop character and just a hint of clean bitterness in finish. Sandalwood and clove notes. Eucalyptus character. Lemongrass is distinct. Exceptionally quick and clean on the palate despite all the yeast character. Really tricky to pick all this out at first as the flavors are so well married.

MF- As much a factor in this beer as the flavor. Bracing but refreshing bone dry minerality. Long cooling finish. Body is lighter than water. Slight bite from carbonation which is extremely high, but not mouthfilling. Very fine bubbles.

Overall - This is saison. Period. I'm floored. I've had this before but didn't remember it being so awesome.



Re- tasted 5/17/19

AROMA -light lemon, washed out wheat, light spicy hop, hint of vanilla, very light and simple,

FLAVOR- low pilsner malt sweetness, very light lemon tarness, low berry ester, floral (magnolia/jasmine/ honeysuckle) character, nice quick and dry vanilla/mint/ coconut finish. Slight bitterness lingers

MF - medium-light body medium carbonation,

OVERALL - was definitely more lively when fresh but still damn fine.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Creamy two finger head pale gold body, hazy (slightly)
S: Clean and fruity some white wine notes, slightly malty in a more toasty sense.
T: Very dry and peppery, with the grainy spelt note having strong prominence, clean malt, less toasty than the nose
No real white wine notes in the mouth, very minimal bitterness. Subtle fruit, hints of lemon, not overly fragrant, hints of graininess, some white grape, some slight suggestions of noble hops.
M: Very dry.
O: I had this beer on draught at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA and with beers like this I tend to prefer them in their bottled state. It is the state I think they are meant to inhabit. I did thoroughly enjoy this beer, though not as much as I was hoping I would, so (because it was not in the bottle) I am going to reserve any serious judgment for now. Try it if you can find it.

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Photo of moose1980
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours like an unfiltered Pils; light golden-yellow, slight haze, and a huge, fluffy white head. Aromas of bread and light fruit. Maybe best likened to a morning oatmeal with sliced pears. Taste is grainy, grassy, and quite peppery. Good amount of carb, finishing dry. Everything expected and wanted in a rustic Saison. Outstanding.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a big, fizzy, four finger white head that nevertheless dissipates very slowly due to active carbonation, leaving thick lacing. Aroma of grainy malt, wheat, saison yeast and a hint of lemon. Flavor is mixed grainy malt, apple and pear, hints of light stone fruit, then drying out into a moderately bitter wheat finish with light lemon tartness. Medium bodied with great peppery carbonation. This is what I hope for in a saison; an interesting mixture of grain and light fruit flavors that slowly give way to the funkiness and slight tartness of the farmhouse yeast. This has a very nice lingering aftertaste that has suggestions of both the yeast and the mild fruit and grain flavors. The active carbonation gives this both visual and tactile support. I really liked La Moneuse and this is another winner for me. Great farmhouse brewery.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap where age and light exposure are less of factors, this is amazing beer, near perfect old world saison, the kind of beer that i absolutely adore, seek out, and treasure. of the blaugies stuff, this might be my favorite, although admittedly it is one of the only ones i have had on draft. a really rustic saison featuring spelt in the mash, its turbid and pale from the tap, a cloudy deep golden almost brassy shade, with a tall and lasting puffy white head. the aroma here is incredible, light tannic tartness, belgian yeasty fruitiness, white grape, red apple, and pear, along with soft spice, grassy hops, and a baked bready grain complexion, it really is old worldy and uber appealing to me! the flavor is just as good as the nose, an almost rye character to the spelt in here, dry and lightly spicy in an earthy way, with the softer wheat right behind it, pillowy in feel, expansive in its effervescence but with some real body from the grain too. the yeast has a rustic charm, a light funk that isnt from brett, a wet woody autumnal thing going on, white pepper and mild anise or something, grape leaf astringency, whole grainy with the malt, and then drying in a sort of vinous, floral back end. amazing beer, near perfect saison, i love the grain composition and the yeast here, this is as good as any in the game!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml.bottle with cage and cork. Imported by the Shelton Bros....!! Of course.
A husband and wife collab from their small garage. Poured out into two different vessels. A classic Duvel chalice and a Brewery Ommegang tulip.

A clear, straw-golden color. Gyser-like bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass (bottle conditioned effect from the last minute living yeast pitched) forming a very active, smooth but bubbly center in which white foam covering spreads out to give coverage throught the duration. Bottle conditioned Belgians tend to deliver constant foamy bubbles due to the big carbonation. An effect that is unique to bottle conditioned ale's. An effect I love. This crystal-white tower of smooth foam is seriously impressive. A look that most American versions of the saison/farmhouse style just simply cannot duplicate or achieve.

The aroma has a very unique spelt, apple and wheat tangy aroma. A big, earthy, sweet and sour funk of yeast impresses the nose. Sour tang, buttery and dry wheat malty scent with peppery, herbal and leafy hop combo. Unique nose.

I just love the unknown and unique factors that are so fun to find when you purchase authentic Belgian, small batch, versions of traditional Belgian and French styles. The yeast and spelt adjunct is just soo damn unique. The yeast brings practically unknown, un-tapped and various wild flavors. Sour, earthy, buttery-funk, dry wheat, subtle banana with various herbs and spices....The list of subtle and unique flavor's go on and on. Obviously major complexity with very simple infredients, makes these authentic saison's a true miracle of brewing alchemy.

A crisp, fresh, spring water cleanliness in the mouthfeel, smooths out and becomes lush and creamy in the middle but never becoming that classic dry, earthy finish. The sersious carbonation keeps it light and airy. Almost evaporates on the palate.

A light, easy drinking approach but still loaded with complexity. Masterful alchemy and endlessly fun.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a full review, but I gotta say, I get that some people enjoy a lightstruck saison, but this green bottle facilitates a skunkiness that greatly detracts from this beer. It is well crafted, but this lightstruck bottle reminds me of lightstruck Dupont. Fine, but for me would be improved without that impact.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To read descriptions from MJ's and the "1001" list, Blaugies seems like a classic farmhouse brewery.
I've had three of their 6 brews and common characteristics are huge head and dry finish.
This Saison went particularly well with a simple meal of garlicky 'haricot verts' and Bob's world-famous vegetable soup and cheesy bread. All good before and after the meal.
What can often bother me about this style is too much carbonation; but it was useful here to cut through the garlic and olive oil. And the dry finish that can bother me? This one is done correctly.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" said this about the Saison D'Epeautre: "taking its name from spelt, a grain of the wheat family... traditionally sometimes used in Saisons, and accounts for 30% of the grist in this instance. It may contribute to the very pale color and firm body of this beer which is grainy, crisp and perfume. When I first tasted it, I judged it a fine revival.. the most distinctively dry and historically accurate of today's Saisons."
MJ's 7th edition of his "Pocket Guide to Beer" also reviewed D'Epeautre and gave the Saison 3 of 4 stars and gave pretty much the same review, only shorter... consistent with the book's summary format.

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Photo of stephens101
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A massive white froth crowns this golden brew. Inviting aroma of orange, green apple, pear, sourdough and perfume. Another array of light fruits spread out over the palate like a sunny day. Hints of spice, yeast and herb are noted. Light to medium bodied and dry with a chalky fruit peel coating the throat.

This beer speaks for itself.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright yellow color with a nice creamy white head, lots of floaties.

S - Tangy lemon, a little bit of yeast, and pear. Sweet aroma with little to no funkiness.

T - Lots of lemon with some light tang, pepper, seeds of paradise, and some grassiness.

M - Medium body and a lot of carbonation which turns he feel to total creaminess, crisp finish, lingering lemon finish.

O - A solid Saison, would drink this again.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml split between friends, notes from last night.

A - Slightly cloudy yellow pour with lots of white foam. Bubbly head has no problem staying in tact at a half-finger or so for most of the duration.

S - Lemon, farmy and bready yeasts, straw, pears, nice spice touches. Good strength and a pretty classic farmhouse scent.

T - Spice amped up a bit here with more a peppery presence. Nice light fruit/pear, green grape, light lemony tartness, and a farmy mix of wheat, hay and grains with maybe a bit of herbal+grassy hop.

M - Uber-carbonated lightish feel, I like some good carb in a saison but the foam of this one is a bit overbearing and refuses to settle down. Dry and bubbly.

O - This is a pretty great classic saison. Nice mix of light fruits, farmy straw elements, yummy yeats and bit-o-spices. The carbonation is definitely a bit much, but not all that unusually so for the style.

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Photo of Budlum
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely golden body with tons of bubbles and a bright white head. The nose is bright and floral with just a bit of funk and what reminds me of chalk dist. The flavors are sweet, spicy, floral, and ever so slightly sweet. This drinks slightly dry like champagne with tons of effervescence. It is lovely and enjoyable. Worth the try.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beatiful, hazy, yellow beer with a one finger high, offwhite head.

Nose: Banana, Champagne yeast, grain, wheat, grass, earthy notes, mineral, cookies, egg (!) and malt. It reminds me of an old myddy cellar.
Taste: Fresh taste of hops, malt, mineral, orange, wheat, grass, white pepper, banana and coriander.
Body: Light body with high carbonation. The bubbles are dancing around on my tongue. Very refreshing! Almoust like drinking Champange. Dry, slightly bitter finish.

A little to high carbonation in my opinion. I like to swirl the beer in the glass to get a bit of the carbonation out and then it is delicious!

The using of spelt in the mash makes this beer unique and adds a special texture to the beer.

I definitely recommend this!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml C&C bottle.

poured into a pair of HF wine stems.

Appearance: pale yellow body with massive white head. The head has significant amount of staying power. Lots of lacing left on the glass and head drop to a thick cap.

Smell: Grains and bready malts. Purfume and floral hops. Champagne yeast. Strong mineral character.

Taste: Very rustic. Deep mineral character and champagne yeast. Floral hops imparting light bitterness. Cereal, grainy, and slightly bready malt profile. Slightly spicey maybe some white pepper. Light fruity esters and purfume quality that makes me think of a stale american adjunct lager. It does not sound appealing, but it works fairly well when integrated with the other saison flavors.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate almost high carbonation level. Creamy carbonation, yet the finish is crisp refreshing and semi-dry. Still an extremely drinkable.

Overall: I enjoy La Moneuse slightly more than this Saison D'Epeautre, but they are both pretty tasty saisons. Brasserie De Blaugies really makes some fantastic rustic saisons. A great beer to drink on a hot day like today while grilling out. Recommended to anyone who really enjoys a rustic saison.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy straw gold with a 2” pure white very fluffy and creamy head that produces excellent detailed lace. A light fruit, floral nose with light grains and a touch of grain spice. On the palate it is dry, light, and effervescent, with a little slickness. The flavors are light fruit on the palate over light grains with a moderate malt sweetness. The hops are very restrained. It has a light medium body with above average carbonation. Refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%

Floral and coriander aromas scent citrus. Flavor reveals citrus underpinnings, with a wheat backbone and a dry, lightly spicy finish. Not my favorite style.

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Photo of stakem
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Thanks Wishuwerebeer for sharing this 750ml corked and caged bottle. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a hazy golden yellow color with a resounding white cap that fills the glass. The smell of this is trouble...its quite sulfuric like egg farts with a solid backing of overspray by skunk piss. The taste luckily doesnt present that much sulfur and skunkiness. Instead, a sweet cereal grain presence is upfront, mineral filled carbonic character through the middle and a finish that is quite bitter with an herbal sort of grassiness. It is light bodied and very tingly on the tongue from the excessive carbonation. I would not recommend this. The dude at the bottleshop where this was bought recommended it to my friend saying "this is the best thing in here right now." What a joke...no, surely it was not. Not even close.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Very good. Tough to find a good Saison that isn't really just an American Wild Ale that the brewers decided to call a Saison instead. Nice and dry, good carbonation, great peppery yeast character.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Hard lemon candy, lightly toasted bread, white peppercorns. Very light and dry with little bitterness. Super high carbonation, so much so it seems to evaporate on the tongue. Very refreshing with some personality.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A hazy colour of straw, the foam took ages to settle down.

Big yeasty, wheat, and spicy notes in the smell.

Yeasty and strong notes of wheat and pepper, mild coriander, some banana. Very complex and rather a dry brew to be sipping on.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Beers using Spelt wheat sure are strange but I like this.

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Photo of shleepy
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Light, effervescent, with tons of yeast in the bottle. Lightly funky. Lots of clove, banana, and corn. Pleasant and seems even lighter than it actually is.

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Photo of SABERG
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Shared with friends last night, from a bottle into sample (flute) glass.
A - Light color reminds of Brut, pillowing head, beautiful carbonation.
S - Hay, straw, biscuit and a light souring, very lite.
T - Notes of grain, light bitterness, warm toast, buried in all that is a crisp little snap of
lemongrass.
M - Lite bodied, carbonation dances across the palate, cleaning as it goes. Beautiful in the finish.
The flavors blend, challenge than run away.
O - This bottle was treated well, no off flavors, carbonation was perfect, That made the entire experience
memorable.

Cheers all

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Photo of babaracas
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy amber with huge billowing white head, big dollop remains, glass streaked in chunky lace. Smell: white grape, apricot, a bit doughy but big-time wheat cracker, lightly spicy and sweet... minerally and tiny pina colada note. Taste: doughy, crusty white bread, white grapes, lemon, coconut note, cheesy note. Light-medium bodied, pillow carb, attenuation just right. Yeah, this is well done. Thank goodness for the cage in 'corked and caged', also this one was a delayed pipe-snake foamer.

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Saison D'Epeautre from Brasserie de Blaugies
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 284 ratings