Saison D'Epeautre
Brasserie de Blaugies

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #329
ABV:
6%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,743
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
Outstanding
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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 284
Photo of wl0307
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml green bottle, without any freshness info.
A: pours a very pale yellow hue, with a very very fierce fizzy body supporting the fluffy, white beer head...
S: quite aggressive on the nose, with lightly sour grainy (like geuze) note, plus pineapple, figs, passion fruit, and plenty of (fermented, not fresh) fruits with some sour and earthy, wood-barrel kind of aroma, vis-a-vis a delicious but not overly sweet malty base. Very complex and deeply yeasty overall~~
T&M: settled, fruity and lightly malty flavour upfront, with a deeply yeasty and interestingly soapy flavour (as in some Belgian witbier) at the back; the palate is lively grainy but quite mild, with an increasingly dryish, earthy taste. A bready-malt flavour with a lightly sour edge (due to spelt?) gradually cuts its way through, with more rough yeasts and a subtle, spicy touch. The mouthfeel is refreshing and creamy given its extremely fizzy body, yet the spicy and yeasty body ensures that the liveliness rests with on a complex backbone.
D: as I haven't got much experience with this kind of ale, I'd say I'm very impressed by its complex aroma. But somehow the texture is not so fresh as I'd entertain, and to try it once in a while could be satisfying enough.

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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 DaggerEyes
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

corked and caged bottle
opened with a super loud POP

poured with an enormous stark white head, super bubbly it almost looked alive in the glass. The head sat atop a hazy pale orangey gold body.

Funky barnyardy smell mixed with lemon and spices

Grassy, herbaceous, lemony. The taste was a little more blunt and monochromatic than I had expected...

very active mouthfeel, almost feel like seltzer water with a slightly thicker body when it first hits your tongue, it starts to mellow out but the carbonation is still present through the finish.

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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 Ego
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

found @ oak tree buy rite, edison nj

according to the label this was made in a garage... I'd like to see that episode of monster garage...

this is brewed with spelt, I guess it is spelled that way...

eyes...
very amply carbonated, 3 full fingers of soapy white head, it settles down slowly and chunk-ily, but retention is still good due to the bubbles feeding up from down below. pale straw yellow with slight haze. pretty good looking but nothing too special. (lacing is spotty at best)

nose...
holy dough... almost smells like a hefe weizen (god I find myself saying that in every review lately), very biscuity and grainy with a touch of earthiness or perhaps "must", not overly funky like some belgians, dry and a touch peppery, a very nice nose for a saison, big, bold and beautiful and laden with alcohol (like anna nicole smith)

taste etc...
crisp carboation, almost like a soda pop (I just had to work in using soda pop), the carbonation is really prickly, the flavor is mild compared to the nose. it drinks very light and leaves a very distinct flavor on the tongue, totally different from any other saison that has passed these lips, the earthiness is totally in there, like a little bit of dirt is in the bottle, also you get hints of apple early in the flavor burst.. this is a really interesting saison, maybe not my favorite but definitely something different. The ABV is no where to be found in the taste.

verdict?
a strange mix of flavors that works but does not "wow"... definitely worth a try if you are into the style.. plus those of us allergic to wheat can take a break from wheat beers with this one.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle with they year 2005 printed on the label. The cork absolutely explodes off the bottle. Man this beer has a lot of carbonation as the cork probably could have traveled 200 feet if I would have opened it outside. A small amount of beer fizzes over the top of the bottle upon opening the bottle.

Poured into a tulip glass, this is a pale yellow beer with a massive white head and lots of bubbles. The nose is pleasantly spicy with citrus and the farmhouse funk that I have come to love out of a good Belgian saison. The taste features a faint malt presence with some spice and a slight sourness that finishes crisp and dry. Overall, this is a really solid saison that was enjoyable and recommended.

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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 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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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(375 ml bottle; cage code BL03:17... poured into tulip similar to one pictured on their site)

L: pale amber liquid, slight haze; lots of foam on initial pour (2/3 glass worth); foam is loose, rocky, sticking all over (at first); lovely retention on refill... yeast slug completely removed from bottom with easy swirl

S: surprisingly 'beery' smell (skunk from green bottle?) up front... it did give way to a bright peppery, citrusy spice atop a crackery, golden bread crusty grain... aromas delicate overall, later giving mostly fruit and bubblegum essence

T: very dry initially; dried apple fruitiness with mellow cereal grainy underbelly; phenolic-spicy, lightly bubblegum aftertaste... not certain what the spelt is adding, aside from perhaps a light doughy lingering note as it goes... finish rather dry too

F: rather bone dry, extra light-bodied; foamy touch up front, vanishing dry finish... ample gassy carbonation gives an acidic zap to the back of the palate, swell to the middle... light, refreshing, not terribly boozy

O: why bother with the green bottles y'all? c'mon... enjoyable, simple, spicy/dry saison... a curiosity due to the featured grain, but nothing unique... glad to have finally tracked down a relatively fresh bottle, but one is enough, though I'll (re)try their other brands (1406)

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%

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 stcules
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light orange color. White, fluffy head, with some holes on the sides. A lot of floating bodies. Good appearance, beside the bottom.
At the smell (beside a light cork), something really fresh, white flowers, hay, camomile, some spices. Delicate.
At the taste we have again the same notes, a bit less floral, and a bit more spicy. A good spiciness, light pepper, herbal, and probably the freshness of the spelt.
Average to light in body. Good spicy finish.

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Photo of Crosling
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw. Huge, frothy and rocky head. Strong, bursting nose with an undeniable earthy and herbal character with a touch of orange, lemon and the distinct Blaugies farmhouse character. In flavor, one of the hoppiest saisons I have ever had. Notes of herbs, grass, pepper, fruity esters and a touch of tartness. I especially like the thick and bubbly, almost exploding feel on the palate. This isn’t nearly as magical as the two La Moneuse saisons but it’s still very good in its own right.

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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 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 Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

aroma is melange of spice. It's cloudy yellow with a little head. Bold carbonation, tart acidic citus fruit,yeasty, malted down. Spelt gives it interesting fresh rye bread flavours. Hops are present. Drying finish with sprucy pine. Better as it warmed, nice saison.

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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 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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Photo of grassrootsVT
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from the depths of a Chimay glass - this 750ml poured a very light golden hue - a nice head initially, 'twas comprised of a lighter sort of froth that bubbled its way back down to the liquid below. Smelled like a champagne - a dry wine-like scent. An extremely well attenuated beer, this spelt based saison reminded me of a mead/cider hybrid. Some spice notes were present - and it was immediately apparent why this beer has been designated as the saison originale. it's refreshing quality - quaffable with no lingering or undesirable flavors...light texture. Maybe just a bit too bubbly - couldn't help but compare the carbonation to coca cola... fizzy mouthfeel.
Drinkability? oh my...very high. in some respects, the lack of profound flavor depth reminded me of a biere de garde...

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer named it’s cork 2004. Pretty unoriginal name, but I guess they might not have Jack or Sue so 04 is fine. The pour was very frothy. Should have poured this one in a bucket. A big eggshell white head that slowly dissipated over time, as did the lacing.

The smell was very Belgium-esk. Nice banana esters and a bready background. Some lighter notes of citrus, orange mostly, and some sourness. A notable sweet malt and seems complex. Not so much on the spice aroma, but a big yeast covers it up.

The taste is a little bland, and a bit surprising. At the beginning there is a slight malt taste with wheat flavors. But then the aftertaste is dry and suppresses any other flavors. There is a touch of the Belgium yeast but overall limited. The aftertastes has some lingering spices but limited in flavor.

The dryness really hampers the taste and body of the beer. It seems light if not a touch higher. The carbonation was high, very high, bucket high.

I wonder if I tasted this too early? The cork named 2004 had good potential but the taste fell off.

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

Purchased in Siena, Italy. Seemed perfect for a cool, summer evening and an excellent accompanyment to my rabbit dinner.
Huge carbonation, dense lacing and a hazy, pear coloured body are my first notes. Light aroma, lacking punch and pungeancy. Soft makeup. Wheat coating. Grainy notes. Light bodied with some malt touch but also plenty of yeast. Brut acidity makes rather unpleasent from some angles, hinders drinkability. Overall, a decent job for 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 Bitterbill
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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 RedHaze
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2005, 750ml.

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow, with a fluffy two finger head hat fades very slowly to a thick cap. There's tons of little streams of bubbles floating to the top to keep the head going, and the lacing completely covers the inside of my glass.

Smell; there's a little bit of hops in the nose that go along very nicely with a lemony citrus. There's a nice earthy quality in the aroma as well as a touch of peppery spices, with just some hints of Saison funkiness in the background.

Taste: the citric lemon flavor is the first thing that hits me, along with a mildly bitter hop presence. The funk is a touch more pronounced in the flavor than it was in the nose, and mixes well with some earthy spiciness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; mouthfeel is medium bodied, and this has a ton of carbonation that's a bit on the harsh side for me, and the drinkability takes a hit to due this. Otherwise the drinkability of this one would have been really up there.

This was my Thanksgiving dinner beer, and overall I was not disappointed at all. A pretty darn good beer to sit back with and enjoy on this beautiful turkey day.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
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 pitasoup
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: golden yellow. slightly hazy and billowing two inches of dense head that is slow to subside. not much lacing, but the head remains cratery consistent on top.

S: barnyard funk, hay, cat pee. very small hints of lemon, dust, vanilla, and cooked meats. fascinating brett (c?) funks but not much else.

T: wheat, then a bit of lemons. little to no hop presence or bitterness. this finishes quite blandly. taste does not live up to the smells. there may be a bit of malt sweetness that can be perceived as honey. dry saison yeasts linger on the tongue afterwards. Perhaps I am searching for Fantome level complexities, given the initial smell, but they are not here. Just an easy drinking saison. There is an odd grainy taste at the end as well, perhaps that is the advertised spelt?

M: light to light medium body. effervescence on the tongue, probably from the fine brett carbonation. otherwise not much else, this is a bit watery.

O: to style for the refreshing part of saison styles. 6% is not noticeable and from the mouthfeel, i would have guessed closer to 4. For that, I gives this beer a success. But overall taste leaves a lot to be desired.

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