Saison D'Epeautre
Brasserie de Blaugies

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #319
ABV:
6%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,698
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 9.18%
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
284
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Year-round
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SCORE
90
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Photo of jahred
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle gave new meaning to the phrase "bottle conditioned" - several minutes after my initial pour of about 1/2 the bottle, I took a look up from the book I was reading, and noticed thick white foam rising over the top of the bottle. I poured some more into my glass, and had the same problem again a few more minutes later! The beer itself had a huge head, with a thick, dense, rich white head. Bubbles rising from the bottom of my glass made a lot of ... well, noise. If there was a separate category for "volume" in the above rating, Saison De L'Epeautre would get a 5.0, as it sounded quite a bit like Rice Krispies just after you pour milk into the bowl.

OK, I've got that out of my system. The beer itself is a cloudy, dark yellow color. The beer's aroma is almost as nice as it's sound - very pleasant scents of grass, hay and herbs fill my nose. The taste is musty, and extremely dry and crisp, with herbal and lemony notes. There's an interesting, light graniness to the beer - I assume it's the spelt?

Finally, Saison De L'Epeautre has that strange, slight funky flavor that's confusing in a fantastic, saison sort of way.

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Photo of gimmehead
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, hazy gold with a gigantic bubbly white head, loads of streaming buubles and some floaters. Smells very wheaty and grassy, with some yeasty bready banana notes mixed with some tart apples and cherries. Lots of cereal grain in the flavor; A very noticeable wheat flavor that the bottle says is a primitive form of wheat called spelt. Interesting. Light fruity esters mingling with some tartness and spicy hops round out the flavor, with a musty moldy finish. Mouthfeel is very light with loads of carbonation, too much in my opinion. A decent beer, but didn't live up to my (possibly overblown) expectations.

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

Corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy and hazy bright golden-orange color, huge frothy clingy off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in the glass that lasts, fruity lemon and funky yeasty aromas. Fruity sour lemony spicy flavors, peppery finish. Medium bodied with a crisp, super carbonated mouthfeel, this is a spectacular brew.

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Photo of silenius
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had my doubts about this beer. Not the actual quality or taste that the brewery produces, but the actual beer I purchased at Sam's in Chicago. It was kind of tucked away behind some Vapeur de Cochonne like a forgotten toy collecting dust. I had never tried it, so I thought "What the hell" and bought it.

I'm glad I did.

Cork popped off with ease and the beer started to foam slowly out the top. I caught it in my Chimay goblet and poured out the bright hazed golden brew making a big fluffy white head. What a sight! Carbonation was ebullient and a slow motion beer-volcano continued to percolate up through the neck of the bottle to the opening where in created more of a head than a mess. The head in the glass slowly succumbed to a thin mottled blanket on top the beer.

Smell is rather complex and pleasant. Lemon zest, beeswax, honey, wheat beer like phenols, sulphur, and flowers. Lemon is the most prominent, but they are all in there.

Taste is a biting zing of lemon with an immediate herbal dry bitterness that softly ends in a light sweetness. Refreshing!

Mouthfeel is slightly thin with a carbonation bite, but it leaves a nice dryness that makes me want another sip.

Highly drinkable. Bring on a hot summer for this one!

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. Pale yellow, thick white head. Aroma like hay and malt, with some funk. Flavor is malty and crisp. On the dry side, with a pleasant yeasty character. This is like a wheat beer with a little Belgian funk added. Would go great on a ho summers day.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden body, shining despite being cloudy. Lots of yeast lay at the bottom of the glass. White, very bubbly and rocky head. Highly barny aroma with overtones of pils malt. Not horsey, but just feels straight from the farm and character loaded while not being of the in your face type. Elegant fruity aspects are hard to name (yellow apples or pear like). Rather hoppy in a lemony hallertau fashion. Extremely rustic palate proposes notes of mushrooms evolving into a woody aftertaste. Stone like dryness, a bit salty too. Original, but surprisingly not so tasty. It’s mostly dry fading flavors which are carried away by an extremely carbonated body, bursting into foam. Authentic, soft and dusty all at once. It’s not as good as I hoped, but I’m such a sucker for farminess in my beers that this scores good points anyway. Spelt use was unnoticed.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So far I have been very impressed with this breweries beers. The first thing i notice about this beer is the effervesance. It doesn't stop. Golden yellow in color with a huge white-fluffy head that keeps building. The smell is citrus sweet with hints of pepper and corriandor. You kind of have to plow through the huge head before you find the liquid gold.

The taste is suburb. The balance of this beer is what blows me away. Sweet in the beginning, citrussy and peppery in the middle and dry (with a touch of hops) at the end.

For me, it's an great beer in what is becoming my new favorite style. It actually goes beyond Saisons and into anything with Spelt.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice a clear pale golden straw with a huge white frothy small bubbled head that fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was critrusy, frutiy and spicy with a definite wheat presence and a belgian yeast spice. The aromas were all well blended and a slight farmhouse sourness was apparent.

The flavor was muted and soft with a wheat presence, some muted belgian yeast spiciness and a pleasant faint sourness that is enhanced by the carbonation.

The finish was dry with a lasting spice and slight sourness. The body was medium to medium light due to the carbonation.

750 ml bottle, bailed and corked. The beer was very refreshing and nice, but could use more complexity and less muted flavors.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very nice clouded sunshine golden colore head is very carbonated fine champagne like bubbles on this one leaves ample amounts of lacing with decent head retention. Aroma: Citrusy, peppery, spices cidery like small Belgium craft brew made in a farmhouse, good stuff here. Taste: Refreshing as all hell, that Saison style does it just right tart apples, wild spices, mild bready yeast tones and lemon grassy note ties it all together. Mouthfeel: Extremely spritzy but nice clings to the palate medium to light bodied ale. Drinkability: Next best thing to a lemonade on a hot summer day. I must thank crookedhalo for the opportunity to sample this jewel.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy lemony yellow with a tinge of orange. Champagney carbonation leaves a thick white soapy head. Chunky, flaky particles left in suspension. Musty, citrusy, peppery, and all-around wild smelling. Crisp and sweet initially, then doing a 180 because it finishes dry as a bone. Quite like a champagne in some aspects. Had a few before, and would always pick some up if I run into it. I'm impressed with the brewery. Drinks like a pilsener.

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Photo of rastaman
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was really nice. Lost a point for appearance, because of all the floaties swimming around in it. Palate is very dry, lemony, spicy (pepper), spritzy, fizzy mouthfeel. Pretty nice, and dry, which a lot of the time i prefer. Serious yeast floating around in it though, bloody hell. (Bottle GBBF 03')

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Photo of yen157
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I opened the 750ml corked bottle and I thought it was going to lose a lot of the wild beer. Foam gushed all over my coffee table until I covered the top of the bottle with my mouth to save the beer (and the wood). The foaming stopped and I probably only lost about 1" down the neck of beer.

A very slight haze in the pale, golden brew which was capped with a fluffy, coarse, white head. The bubbles didn't seem capable of any clinging. The aroma of tart green apples wafted up from my old fashioned glass. There was also some barnyard funk in the form of cheese. Saison style beers are never bold, but this was particularly subtle in flavor. Faint pale malt flavor was accompanied by a hints of honey, yeast, and bread. The hops were there but only in small amounts and tasted a bit on aged side. Though this beer wasn’t sweet, the hops gave it a refreshing, crisp finish.

Carbonation was intense at first, but never inappropriate. Tinny bubbles raced to the surface at a furious pace. They were too big to give the beer creaminess, however they were small enough to prevent me from saying that the beer was over carbonated.

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Photo of marc77
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The fluffy, thick, very well retained head covers a blonde hued clear brew with animated sparse aggregates of yeast. Musty yeast and tart lemony esters dominate the aroma, with green apple and grainy, slightly spicy spelt secondary. As the brew warms candyish sweetness and notes of dry, bready malt emerge. The trace aged, cheesy, yet pleasant hop undertone adds to the rustic nature of the aroma. Flavorwise, this brew mimics the aroma. Lemony tartness is perceived initially, then is countered by a light, fructose like sweetness, which in turn is offset by dryish, toasty grain and moderate hop bitterness. Very well attenuated and dry overall. Once the CO2 dissipates, the initially spritzy mouthfeel mellows into a light, crisp mouthfeel, conducive to easy drinking. Finishes, dry, lightly tart w/ a hint of chalkiness, but otherwise clean. D'Epeautre is not an overly complex Saison, but the Spelt added a pleasant and unique graininess that contrasted the tartness well. Although both light in body and strength, it's rich in character and would make an excellent Belgian session beer. Very enjoyable.

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