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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Brasserie de Blaugies
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  28
Gots
  23
SCORE
90
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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 284
Photo of wcintula
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with my wife in d.b.a. in Brooklyn. Different label than shown here on BA.

Poured gently with great fluffy head. Hazy light yellow body with lots of head support. Head doesn't seem to dissipate. Reddish-brown sediment at the bottom. Smells of mild spice and has a different grain character from the spelt. Very light hopping adds a touch of bitterness. It's very obvious this is a gassy beer, very light in the mouth, but generally quite pleasant.

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

What a treat to find this saison on tap at the Blue Monk!

Pours a clear and radiant light gold with half a finger of white head that drops to a film and leaves a few lace spots on the chalice. Nose is neat - fruity, grainy, with a dry peppery spice in the back end. Floral flavour combines a number of subtle elements, including pineapple, coriander, banana and pepper. The spicy yeast cuts any sweetness, leading to a dry finish. Mediun-light body is aided by a good carbonation, and it's weight makes it insanely drinkable.

Not the most complex of saisons, but one of the more drinkable examples of the style.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap over at the LP.

Pours a clear straw color with a smallish white head, fades at a slow rate and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell is primarily that yeasty banana aroma, muted hops, and a light funk.

Taste is surprisingly dull and seems watery at times, the banana has the largest presence coupled with a very light lemon citrus, carbonation isn't overly assertive and gives a nice dry finish.

Compared to the other saison I had on-tap, this one just seems to be lacking flavor, on the other hand it probably is more drinkable and less cloying.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brasserie de Blaugies Saison d'Epeautre
on draft at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: amber-yellow, large head, and lots of good lacing.

Smell: yeast, coriander, and slight wheat.

Taste: mild yeast, coriander, slight spice, and slight wheat.

Mouthfeel: light.

Overall:
Its a nice saison. A decent amount of flavor. While not powerful, it isn't watery.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a brewery i really like so i have to try the last of the four. similar in form and look to the other saison but this one has a bit more debris on the bottom. pour is cloudy dingy orange with a rather large head of off white. nose of licorice, saison farmhouse straw, and toasted sesame. palate is grainy sweet but not husky. comes off as smooth and bright with an autumn feel to it. its not as brisk as the other saison they have on line. a bit of burnt clove and some black pepper. floral soapy clean finish and a ghost of some sour apple fruit. but very subtle.

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Photo of gthornton
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy straw, with fizzy head that bursts with initial pour but retains 2-4 cm throughout glass.

S: Mildly funky sunflowers and cracked wheat.

T: also a little funky, aspirin/co2, wild flowers, lingering mineral hangs around on back of tongue.

M: spritely, fizzy, light

D: taste is pleasant, but aspirin/mineral might be too much to enjoy very often, but definitely worth trying again, especially with a hearty meal.

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Photo of gueuzer
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle.

App- Ultra carbonated, foamy, color was a hazy straw. Decent amount of sediment poured, though it appears bottle was shipped/stored on its side.

Sm- Strong yeast esters, pineapple, banana and some pils malt perhaps from the spelt.

Ta- Heavy malt, hint of coriander, but subtle and well done. Honey, banana, slight tangy finish.

MF- Very carbonated. Full of wheat "fuzz"

Dr- Very drinkable. Refreshing excellent hot weather brew. Could drink all day if it was not $14 a bottle.

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Photo of ausonius
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750ml corkfinish into a 22 oz. Riedel.

Appearance: Big frothy/foamy head. Fades to patchy fairly quickly. Glowing cloudy yellow/gold.

Aroma: Fresh, bready, yeasty, earthy & spicy.
Pungent herbal with orange/lemon citrus.

Palate: Big fresh round grainy (rounder than wheat) mouthful on fore-palate.
Becomes pungently earthy/herbal in mid-palate with some creamy Belgian yeast presence& Brett begins to make a show here.
Back-palate is dry, earthy & herbal.
Just a hint of sourness throughout. Nicely balanced toward dry.
A big, complex mouthful. Great flavor, character. So much to this, but all of a piece with nothing out of place or disjointed.

Mouthfeel: Big, but also fresh, round, grainy, earthy, dry & with a bit of sourness.

Drinkability: Great drinkability for such a big, complex, medium strong (8% ABV) brew. Obviously not a sesh brew, but then again more than one glass to see all the facets in this great stuff is probably called for.

This is a Great Saison! Much bigger, more complex than many. Unique.

94 Points.

Brewed with Spelt, which is higher in protein & lower in carbs than Wheat. Never tasted it myself.

Cheers to Spelt!

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

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Saison d'explode exploded in a volcanic furry of white foam, so much so I still think I have beer in my ear, no shit. Very violent, lost about half the bottle. Anywho, the saison pours a cloudy yet bright pale orange color with a huge pure white head. Moderate to large carbonation bubbles slowly settle into a puffy cap, no lacing. The aroma is sweet, tart, and funky. Browned apple skins, lemon, hay, and a slight touch of horse blanket. The taste is dry and tart. Green apple, pear, and lemon hit forefront, followed by some candi sugar and hay. There is some farmhouse funk but its subtle. The body has a moderate feel, airy carbonation, actually doesn't feel overcarbonated surprisingly. Finishes dry and slightly tart like a saison should. A very nice saison. I would like to see it less explosive but it is a great example of a dry tart saison. I personally prefer some more yeasty flavors but I would recommend this beer as long as you have a clean bucket available when you uncork this bad boy.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy Henkenberns brought this to our sour tasting as a starter.

Pours a cloudy, wheat color with a nice 1/2 inch head that doesn't last long.

There's big funk and skunk in the nose.

Mild citrus, light and refreshing.

High carbonation on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 bl bottle into my Orval glass...Tons of carbonation is the first thing to note, only can pour about half a glass at first, at least four fingers of white head. However, it falls quickly to only about a finger which this last finger has nice retention, no lacing at all on the fall. The beer itself is a medium honey with lots of yeast floaties...The aroma is nice, a little light but sweet lemon and herbs on the front with a nice hoppy and sour finish...The taste is super sweet for a saison, pretty interesting. Lacking in the floral hoppiness your expect, no sour. Light hoppy finish...Nice feel, tingly on the tongue, lasting finish...Easy drink

A sweet easy to drink saison. If you want hops don't come hear, but super easy fun drink.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours golden with a frothy white head, good retention and good lace.

S: Bready malt, white pepper and coriander, grassy/hay/earthy hops, maybe some Brett.

T: Grssy/earthy hops in the finish, fairly light, green flavours, lemons, wheaty, with a hint of lactic acid.

M: Light-bodied, thin, smooth.

D: A fair saison, nothing to get worked up over, likeable, but there's better out there.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Blondish gold in color, the head was really foaming up during the pour, but head rentention is only average. Oddly, it leaves a lot of healthy lacing in the glass. Before you drink it, warm it up a little. The flavors and aromas are shallow at first, but times allows these aromas and flavors to intensify. Whispers of apricots and pear hit your nostrils. A smiliar story can be told in its flavor. Light colored fruits with a hint of peppermint, and at the end, comes a snap of funk. It's medium bodied, fluffy, and easy to get down.

As the folks from this brewery would say, delicieux! A very good pick for an afternoon/warm day.

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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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Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really tasty. Pours a straw/dull gold color with a huge, delicately bubbled white head....kind of like a hefeweizen. Left some dark sediment at the bottom of the glass. Head retention is good. Little or no lacing.

Nice smell, a bit of funkiness, grassy, and fruit (apples and pears). Tastes good. Pronounced flavors, but nothing overpowering. Funky/yeasty, fruit, mostly dry but with a little a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Carbonation is just right. Drinkability is very good...like Hennepin...could swill it all day. A really good summer drink

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork pops and out comes a cascade of bubbles into the sink. Pours a golden wheat colour, big, beautiful white head takes up a good half of the glass. Looks like a Saison to me!

Dusty yeast and sugar on the nose. Typical apple and green apple aroma as well.

A light, and, as a previous reviewer noted, delicate saison. There's a real wheatiness that gives it a good deal more substance, giving it a nice chewy malt profile. Strong pear flavours. Yeast and subtle sugar throughout.

Perfect carbonation. Wonderful refreshing drinker. A good one. Saisons are my favourite, and this didn't disapoint.

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Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get honey, light citrus and pepper. Seems fairly typical of many saisons, though it's attractive enought. Mouthfeel replicates the nose, though I'm bit surprised by how light and delicate the flavor profile is. The beer is so light as to be almost watery, and finishes with a fairly dry finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though I wish this beer had a bit more flavor.

Mehhh... while nothing wrong with this beer, there are just too many better saisons out there for me to want to try this again. Not very impressed with this one.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet and light malts along with mildy tart pear and green apple aromas. As the beer warms the fruit aromas gain some earthiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of pear and green apple flavors. The fruit flavors are on the sweet side up front before gaining some unobtrusive tartness midway through the sip. Mild leafy hop flavors join in right before a slightly bitter and mildly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could easily have another.

Overall this was a solid saison that opens up a bit as it warms. Worth a shot.

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Photo of hansgruber
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL into an English pint glass..

Lovely shade of golden yellow with great carbonation for the style. Its nice and lively but leaves no lacing and not much head after it subsides. Streams of bubbles throughout.

The nose is earthy, sweet, hoppy, fruity, rustic, and has a bit of bubblegum in there too. Pretty much everything I love about Saisons all in one.

Taste is a mild hop flavor and bitterness. Slight sweetness and also earthy flavors as well. Everything from the nose is on showcase here. Bitter on the finish. Very nicely balanced and tastes great.

The mouthfeel is not too dry and the lively carbonation dances around your mouth. It's a very easy drinker.

It's as good as the first time I remember having it and better than all the times in between. Probably my second favorite Saison behind Dupont's.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

78F today in Los Angeles, so why not crack open a Saison? Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Hazy golden poppy liquid is heavily populated by gobs of yeast and held down by an immense loft of ivory merengue. Thick sticky lacing and clear polish paint the sides of the glass. Excellent retention.

Aromas are evocative of pastoral European countryside - fresh water drawn from deep stone wells; just-threshed wheat; wildflowers and blooming trees - rounded out by toast and white wine grapes.

The palate is delicate - mostly following the odors, but also suggesting apples, fresh baguette, and a bit of citrus. Tart, grassy, and slightly bitter - the finish really does bring to mind champagne with its dry mineral-heavy nature. Simple, regional, rustic, yet elegant.

Light bodied but well carbonated and almost creamy.

A very refreshing ale, with a subtle complexity throughout. One of the best examples of the style I've thus far encountered.

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Photo of Nesued
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle. Cork was labeled with "2.004". The assumption is that this was from 2004?

Appearance - A hazy yellow/wheat coloring with ample carbonation feeding a very robust head. Not quite Duvel in magnatude, but close! Thick lacing clings to my Great Divide tulip glass. Very inviting in appearance.

Smell - To quote from George Clinton, "Give us the Funk"! Big yeast and bready tones. A light fruity aroma as well. Woody/wheaty. Just what you would expect from what I've read of this beer.

Taste - A bit of pear-like taste makes the first impression in the opening of this beer. Followed closely by a rich malty late opening/early middle-game. The offering continues with a mellow malty end-game with just the hint of bitterness to clean your tongue before the next sip.

Mouthfeel - The ample carbonation makes the mouthfeel much more than you would think/suspect from an "easy-drinking saison". A moderate feel with a smooth finish.

Drinkability - This rates up there with a Saison Dupont and/or Fantome Saison in my book. Very well done, well-rounded and an outstanding representation of the style. Would have loved to have put this with some turkey for Thanksgiving.

In closing, if indeed from 2004, nicely done. I've had some Saison's that couldn't go this distance (i.e. a few bottles of Diere D'Art from Heavyweight).

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Bright gold with a billowing, styrofoam-like head that eventually settles, so be careful with the pour. There is not much lacing and there is some yeast settling at the bottom of my Duvel tulip.

S - Nice barnyard funky aroma; wet wheat/hay/straw, and even a touch of lemon.

T - Delicious flavors of "Band Aid," wheat, and citrus that lingers on a rather long and enjoyable finish.

M - Some perky fizz up-front that settles down to a deft creaminess making this especially refreshing for today's unusual 70+ degrees. Not as silky as Saison Dupont.

D - Top score. It's a nice comparison to Saison Dupont but without the higher ABV. Wonderful stuff and highly recommended. Yum!

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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 hwwty4
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whoever left this at the last Boulevard tasting. Don't know how I ended up with it, but hey.

Poured a corked and caged 750 into my over-sized Dogfish Head snifter. As I was twisting the cage free I looked down and found that the twisty actually broke off in my hand. Interesting. Makes me wonder how old this beer is. Popped the cork to a huge pop with a instant foaming. With a quick pour the fizz was mitigated. This beer pours a massive 4 finger head that settles down into just a thin layer sitting on the top of the beer. This beer leaves very little lacing. The aroma is pretty much what a saison should be. Huge lemon notes, with hay, grass, white pepper, and just a little bit of funk. They really nail the Farmhouse aspect of a Saison. The flavor is reminiscent of the nose but just a little toned down. The grass and Belgian spice are their but the lemon, funky and hay notes are all toned down just a bit. I wish the flavors were as strong as in the aroma but its still a damn tasty beer. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated but lacks that nice dry finish that so many great saisons have. It finishes just a bit sweet for me. This is a great saison. Easily drinkable after a long day working in the sun.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a seethru light gold with orange tints that thanks to extreme carbonation leaves a massive head and lace patches all over glass. That nice Belgian yeast smell is in there with some sour fruits and hints of spices. Smooth with just a tad sharpness cutting in, this brew is light-bodied with the carbonation prickling the tongue. Fruit tastes include apple, pear, and some citric notes that give off a minor sourness and the fruits also seem to be a little acidic (orange in there, maybe). A minor malt presence that leads to just barely-there sweetness and a dry crisp finish for a great balance. Great beer to enjoy by anyone into saisons.

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