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Saison D'Epeautre | Brasserie de Blaugies

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Saison D'EpeautreSaison D'Epeautre

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Blaugies

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

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Photo of Bugs318
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +3.7%
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 +3%
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 +0.7%
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 +6.7%
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%
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 +5.2%
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 +12.2%
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 -5.7%

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%

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 -0.2%

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 -0.2%

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 -9.5%
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 -12.7%

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 -0.2%

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
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

Cheers all

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Photo of babaracas
4.09/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hoppypocket for sending this our way in a great trade.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy pale wheat with tight white head and plenty of lacing.

S: Bright lemons with light yeasty bread and a slight dankness. Hints of dried wood or sawdust in the background.

T: Upfront notes of tart lemons along with yeasty bread, white pepper and mineral notes.

M: Light bodied with active carbonation and a drying finish.

O: A refreshing and light saison that paired perfectly with sushi.

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Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle as a comparaison avec La Vermontoise

At first pop of the cork, I can already tell that this is a less "dank" version of La Vermontoise. However, this beer should not be viewed as a lesser Vermontoise, it is still equally powerful. The beer pours beautiful gold with a cumulonimbus head and still smells of "dank". What is dank you might ask? It is spelt, belgian yeast, some hop body, but mostly the odeur pénible that is marijuana. This beer tastes like a perfect Belgian saison that wipes the sweat off your brow when the temps get above 70˚ and there is NOT a blizzard dumping over 12" of snow in March happening outside. The mouthfeel is balanced just as well as the taste, well carbonated, sweet, crisp, and Belgian. Overall, La Vermontoise still remains my favorite Saison of all time, however, this is extremely under-rated and much easier to access (for me at least). Very solid representation

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Photo of Luk13
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Blond pour with thick white foamy head. Aroma of belgian yeast, cereal, wheat (epeautre), relatively plain. Taste is your regular yeasty Blaugies saison with a more pronunced sweetness. A very good. easy drinking, not filling, neutral beer that goes well with any dish. Another lovely saison by Blaugies

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a beautiful clean light golden straw-yellow in color with lots of fluffy white head, tons of visible carbonation.. a really really nice looking saison. the aroma is a bit funky/skunky.. lots of pilsner malt is present, wheat, grassy hops, funky yeast, with a bit of an overall skunk-like scent (but not a bad one like a skunked beer). the flavor is slightly bitter up front followed by a bready grain bill, slight coriander spice, lemongrass, and a nice bready and peppery belgian yeast strain. medium in body with a very high amount of carbonation, i feel like this is the weakest point for the beer - if it were a tiny bit less carbonated, it'd be perfect.

this is an extremely refreshing, tasty, and beautiful looking beer. this honestly tastes more like a light belgian blonde ale, so if you see this around - and aren't a huge fan of saisons, i suggest to give it a shot.. it may be your gateway into the style.

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Photo of popery
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale yellow-orange with an aggressive white head. There's a fair bit of sediment in the bottle, so clarity depends on your bottle handling. Choose your own adventure. The head is enormous. It's a touch fizzy, but it takes awhile for the bubbles to die down. The aroma is full of fresh grain and earthy saison yeast. Apricots, dough, mushrooms, a little floral/herbal hops. Wet barnyard. The taste starts with a touch of fresh grain sweetness, sugarcane and dough. Then, the beer dries out quite a bit, and things finish with a sour twang. Lemons, light herbal hop bitterness. Lots of tart, under-ripe stone fruit. Very refreshing. Wonderful interplay of grain and yeast. Mouthfeel starts out very light and effervescent. The carbonation is prickly. Crisp. Once the gas dies down, there's a bit more grain fullness, but this is still a light-bodied beer. This would be excellent on a hot day. It's light and refreshing with a flavor that keeps the palate wanting more. It's a shame this beer doesn't get more attention.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass. A little nudge on the cork and it pops and gushes.

Appearance - Moderate haze. Huge head. Specks of yeast sediment float on the surface. Lots of chunks settle to the bottom. Retains nice surface foam.

Smell - Lemony citrus. Hay and grass. Grainy. Some doughy malts and a bit of sweetness.

Taste - Falls a little flat compared to the nose. Grainier. Complexity of the lemon and hay is muddled. Sweeter, too. Grainy finish. Slightly musty and a little dry.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Spritzy carbonation.

Overall - Nice aroma that doesn't quite translate into the taste. Pretty good all around though.

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Photo of DilisioYCBC
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

poured into Dogfishhead Goblet

app- big frothy white head that leaves a layer of lace in the glass. Almost brilliant clearity through a beautiful straw yellow.

smell - lemon peel, light phenols, a little bit of funky earthiness.

taste - very light and delicate in its flavor. The lemon comes through a little with an adjunct taste (from the spelt i would guess), there is a very pleasant tartness in the beer that goes will with how dry it is. Light bit of bitterness on the end, just enough.

mouthfeel - High Carbonation, very very dry. light and refreshing

overall - this is a very artisanal brew, it stays true to the origins on the style and is dead on in that. It is refreshing, almost champagne like in the way it feels. The flavor wouldn't stand up to the flavor packed american saisons, but its delicateness and tradition makes it a great beer to try.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a clear golden color with a finger of dense white head.

S: Clove, peppercorn,and lots of citrus. The lemon zest works very well with the beer. The aromas work very well together.

T: Extremely complex. Clove is very strong in this beer, lemon and orange peel helps balance the beer and adds to the complexity.

M: On the thin side with strong carbonation. Very good.

O: There is so much going on in this beer. Musty, funky, fruity, cloves. I really enjoy this.

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Saison D'Epeautre from Brasserie de Blaugies
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