Saison D'Epeautre
Brasserie de Blaugies

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4.03 | pDev: 9.18%
Brasserie de Blaugies
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: One of many 750ml cork and caged bottles that was sampled with friends on the green lawn outside the gorgeous red bricked Farm cottage that houses the Brasserie de Blaugies, during a recent Brewery Trip on Monday 12th April, 2004.

The second offering of the day was the Saison D'Epeautre. A dark-brown bordered label has a creamy-orange background with a drawing of a square sectioned wooden Windmill. A sedimented Ale that is not filtered and listed at 6% Alc. Vol. Extremely small font states that this is Best Before end 2006, we know that this was a fresh sample because we managed to hold onto the expelled cork (just), it was dated 2.003.

Appearance: Another tremendous Champagne Pop propelled the cork out of the bottle with immense pressure and an even more powerful noisy “thrupp” that was associated with a silver-white gun smoke from the mouth of the bottle. I had the first pour from our bottle and the immense dissolved carbonation and high conditioning made this one difficult to pour at times. At first I had an Italian ice-cream whippy. Once settled a subsequent pour revealed a pale yellow body that still had a massive frothy white head that was imperious in its stature. The pale yellow body had golden notes when held to the outside Easter Monday sunshine. A plethora of streamers abounded and continually replenished the head from underneath as it slowly compacted from above giving a dynamic head in perfect equilibrium. Another great looking beer from Blaugies.

Nose: Freshly ground black pepper, spicy hops, and a strong citrus aroma with zesty lemons in the back end. A milder farmyard feel than the La Moneuse, there is straw, damp yeast and some earthy barnyard odors, but they are restrained.

Taste: The immediate impression from the Saison D’Epeautre is that it has a nice malt background, questioning the Brewer revealed that Spelt is used in this brew. A light biscuit feel at first soon makes way for a fresh black pepper feel with some light bitterness that is crisp and soon transforms into a lemony twang that leaves the tongue with something to remember once the beer is swallowed. The pepper comes back in the latter fifth of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Gorgeous feel. Given the high initial conditioning, I was nicely surprised to see that this Saison never felt spritzy or over-carbonated, but smooth and creamy with a light funky sharpness at all times.

Drinkability: Such is the quality of this brew, that you almost forget that it is a Saison at times. Its funkiness is nicely balanced against pepper and lemon zest which are all set in a frame of light biscuit grain topped with a light spicy bitterness. Astringent ending with a lingering pepper soaked lemon finish. This bottle was around 6-8 months and was served lightly chilled. It was sheer heaven to sup this at 11am on Easter Monday morning outside the Blaugies Cottage Brewery. This 6% Saison easily tips towards being a session beer for me.

Overall: Another excellent brew from Blaugies, this is a very dependable Saison that is a highly quaffable brew. Excellent. Impressive offering from Brewer Kevin Carlier, a very accomplished Saison that can easily stand shoulder proud with the best of the rest.

Well worth looking for, and buying if you see it!!

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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 BirdsandHops
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaywes754
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DubBrewer
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saison De L'Epeautre is a refreshing beer with a moderate amount of complexity. Appearance is very nice, the beer is well carbonated. As it poured into the glass, a medium sized white head was immediately visible and as I smelled it I noticed the beer was alive with carbonation. The smell is impressive, lots of lemon and citrus flavors present. The taste is right in-line with the style of Saison, but not quite as complex as Saison Dupont. This beer is made with spelt, but in my opinion it has the same characteristics of a wheat beer. The mouthfeel is quite good, but to me it could have a bit more zest to it. Its very refreshing, with the citrus flavors coming through as well as a bit of tartness in the finish. There is a slight hop presence, which ascents the beer well. It is a drinkable beer, although I am used to Saisons with a bit more alcohol content.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: slightly cloudy, yellowish color
S: somewhat mild but traditional saison, spicy, earthy
T: good tasting saison, not as lively and spritzy as others, somewhat subdued in taste (a bit watery?), still very good and mellow, not as chalky or metallic tasting as others
M: very good,
D: very drinkable, well-balanced but a bit light in taste

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Blaugies Moneuse tulip glass.

Pours a nice yellow-wheat color with a good white head and plenty of lacing. The nose carries some hay and wheat plus light lemon and citrus. Some yeast and spice in the background. Flavor has plenty of wheat plus a bit of spice. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a dry finish.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of sisuspeed
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sleepydave for busting this out at one of the last tastings.

2004 bottle

Pours with a huge a white head that quickly reduces to a thin foam. Fairly clear and golden yellow in appearance. Small patches of lacing left behind.

On the nose there are sweet malts, bits of spice and some grape character. Biscuity malts and a touch of hay are noticeable as well.

Taking a sip reveals a dry, crisp, citrus-laden malt flavor. Slightly grainy with a touch of white wine. Somewhat bready at times. Again, this vintage is quite dry with a little bit of apple tartness and faint bitterness.

Mouthfeel is spritzy, dry, crisp and light. A refreshing body.

Quite drinkable, like most well done saisons. The light body, low ABV and crisp flavor make this an easy drinker. Also, with about 6 years on this bottle there are some nice complexities that are starting to emerge, making this a fun glass to keep coming back to.

Overall, it was a rare treat to try this beer and this vintage. I'll have to look for a fresh bottle sometime in the future to see what the differences are like. Saison D'Epeautre is a well crafted saison, but still not one of the best in my book. Fantome, Dupont and Hennepin are still at the top for me, but this one is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of this style.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of ritzkiss
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, corked and caged. It's a gusher!

Pours a murky straw color with rocky head that quickly dissipates. Some serious, slightly dark sediment makes its way into the glass just after 1/2 way down the bottle.

Smell is initially of barnyard but then it follows with grass, wheats (spelt I guess) and hints of fruity esters. Faint spiciness.

This is a lively drink. Lots of flavors dancing around - hard to pin them down. Wheat and grains (some huskiness to it, compared to others), spices, a nice subdued citrus flavor. I can see the comparisons to a Duvel type saison. Loads of carbonation abounds, slightly tart/dry finish.

A fairly round, standard saison I would think. The fact that it is made with spelt is an oddity but hardly affects the taste. I would gladly have another of these; a tasty drink worth getting.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a clear straw with a huge, rocky, stark white head.

Aromas of lemons, peppery yeast. Flinty.

Flavors of lemon custard, fermented pineapple, peppery spice. Wheat. Finish is short and flinty with lemon lingering.

Mouthfeel is light, not watery. Dry. Good level of carbonation.

Overall, a classic example of a saison. Refreshing, tart, dary, nice carbonic bite.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of pants678
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice cloudy urine yellow with a fluffy white head that sticks.

Nose or lemon peel, coriander and yeast--strong enough to not just be a compliment.

Sharp notes of lemon zest are just a tad bit too much, almost champagne-y. They come through beneath a good herby, earthy body. Grains and pepper are subtle but present. Finishes very clean but still lingers.

Heavy but I don't call that a bother. Carbonation's pretty aggressive here, but again I don't think I'd tone it down.

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Photo of bobv
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 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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