Saison D'Epeautre | Brasserie de Blaugies

Saison D'EpeautreSaison D'Epeautre
BA SCORE
4/5
267 Ratings
Saison D'EpeautreSaison D'Epeautre
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Blaugies
Belgium
brasseriedeblaugies.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,356
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
267
pDev:
9.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
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4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edthehead
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
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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4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bugs318
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Gkruszewski
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +4%
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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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of poskok
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fabianno
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of abrodsky
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 267 ratings
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