Saison D'Epeautre
Brasserie de Blaugies

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #320
ABV:
6%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,611
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 9.18%
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
284
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Brasserie de Blaugies
 
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  23
SCORE
90
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Photo of Dope
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A huge pop as I remove the cap, startling me. Lots of carbonation in this one. Made even more apparent as I start to pour - fills the entire Duvel glass with foam before I even get an inch of liquid in the glass.

A cloudy straw pour, with a ridiculously huge white head as mentioned. Looks like if you were to put laundry detergent in the dishwasher. Crazy huge and fluffy. Takes forever to fade (almost annoyingly so) Nice solid lacing too. Lots of floaties when held up to the light.

S: Can smell it from across the table. Lots of grass and wheat. Nice lemon crispness. Strong belgian yeast, lots of cloves. Hint of banana and pear. Touch of orange peel as it warms.

T: Hmph, a bit bland. There's some wheat and lots of belgian yeast. Some lemon and grass in there. It's a bit funky in the aftertaste once it warms. Unfortunately the excessive carbonation sorta overpowers the taste. Letting it sit out for a while helps a bit but it's still a pretty plain beer.

M: As mentioned in the Appearance category, the carbonation is through the roof. It took a solid 15 mins of careful pours to fill my tulip halfway. Very fizzy like a macro, unfortunately ruining the mouthfeel.

O: An interesting saison. It's got a bland sort of wheatiness to it and it's super overcarbonated, basically ruining the chances of getting very good marks. It's not bad, just a bit of a failed experiment or perhaps unintentionally overcarbed.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in my Weyerbacher tulip. Pours a golden yellow with a fizzy/fluffy, three inch, bright white head that quickly dissipates. There is quite a bit of carbonation evident in solution. Head eventually settles into a frothy, quarter inch cap. Nose is fairly clean - lemon zest in the foreground, a light herbal presence in the background as well as some grassiness and maybe a touch of candi sugar. Taste consistent with nose; however, first impressions make it a bit difficult to tease out the flavors due to the gassy/prickly carbonation levels. Once the carbonation subsides, the flavor profile comes off a bit watered down. Mouthfeel is light in body with a little acidity and an overly assertive, gassy carbonation. Overall - nothing to write home about. Flavors are a bit lackluster and the carbonation is just a little too aggressive. Not bad, but there are better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of RixBeer
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a tiny amount of beer with a gigantic amount of head. like 80% head. It took 10 minutes to pour the whole glass. Also This beer has a huge amount of "chunky" yeast. The first time I had this beer we poured the yeast into our glasses (split with Marc). The second time I kept the yeast out (split with Kevbo).

Once the head fades, it leaves a barely visible amount of foam at the top and a ton of sticky lacing on the sides.

You can taste the Spelt as long as you don't pour the yeast into the glass. I swear to god the "Chunky" yeast kills the flavor of the spelt. But that's all you can taste.

In all honesty I wouldn't go out of my way for this beer. I love this style of beer and this one is mediocre to barely good at best.

It has a champagne like mouthfeel. Bubbly and very carbonated.

Over all? hmmm At the time of this rating this beers averages an A-. That's crazy. This beer isn't better than a B-

Grab a Hennepin instead! Not on my list of beers to have again.

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Photo of shleepy
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Light, effervescent, with tons of yeast in the bottle. Lightly funky. Lots of clove, banana, and corn. Pleasant and seems even lighter than it actually is.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with a pillowy white head.

Smell: Lightly grainy, floral, citrusy aroma Equally light, soft yeastiness.

Taste: Bright, tart lemon flavor with very little sweetness. Hint of hay. Light spiciness. Finishes dry and crisp with a mild herbaceousness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Hmm. Maybe spelt has the inside track for comeback grain of the year!

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Photo of rudzud
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 5/9/11. Saw nice reviews on this, was greatly dissapointed.

A - Pours a straw yellow with a two finger fluffy white head that fades rather quickly leaving almost no side lacing.

S - Light lemon and belgian yeasts with just a hint of funk. Very weak aroma compared to most saisons.

T - Like the smell, there is moderate lemon and light funk notes. Some super light grassy hop flavors as well.

M - Low carbonation and very thin/watery. Far too light of a body for my liking.

O - Its a slightly above average Saison. I'd like to try it from the bottle to see if its any better than this lackluster on-tap showing.

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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 JackRWatkins
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Creamy two finger head pale gold body, hazy (slightly)
S: Clean and fruity some white wine notes, slightly malty in a more toasty sense.
T: Very dry and peppery, with the grainy spelt note having strong prominence, clean malt, less toasty than the nose
No real white wine notes in the mouth, very minimal bitterness. Subtle fruit, hints of lemon, not overly fragrant, hints of graininess, some white grape, some slight suggestions of noble hops.
M: Very dry.
O: I had this beer on draught at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA and with beers like this I tend to prefer them in their bottled state. It is the state I think they are meant to inhabit. I did thoroughly enjoy this beer, though not as much as I was hoping I would, so (because it was not in the bottle) I am going to reserve any serious judgment for now. Try it if you can find it.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The cork came out of the bottle fast. Slightly cloudy, pale golden color. A full 3+ fingers of foamy white head tops it off. The head is fed by a never-ending stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass, so it has seemingly infinite retention.

S: Grainy, yeasty, spicy and a touch of lemon. Remarkably clean smelling beer for a saison, not much in the way of earthiness of funk.

T: Taste is also fairly clean, and rather subtle. Bread, slightly grassy, yeast and a hint of the lemon. Not much in the way of funk or spiciness.

M: LOTS of carbonation and a light body. Too much carbonation, in my opinion.

O: I honestly don't know if I would have pegged this as a saison. The flavors are light, the spicy, yeasty, earthy goodness are all toned down, and are definitely not the stars of this beer. I would not bother with this beer again. It's not bad, but neither is it especially good. It's a saison light (lite?).

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Photo of SMark
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer was poured from a 750ml bottle with an incredible amount of head. Small tiny bubbles were running rampant throughout this cloudy yellowish brew.

Yeast was apparent while pouring. Some maltiness was lingering in the background but not very noticeable.

Some spiciness and yeasty flavors came out. It reminded me of an off tasting sparkling wine.

Very light in the mouth and exhibited frizzante tendencies of a Moscato d’Asti without the cool sweetness.

This was a little disappointing at the wine and beer tasting placing 6th out of 7 beers. I probably need to revisit at some other time.

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Photo of stakem
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Thanks Wishuwerebeer for sharing this 750ml corked and caged bottle. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears a hazy golden yellow color with a resounding white cap that fills the glass. The smell of this is trouble...its quite sulfuric like egg farts with a solid backing of overspray by skunk piss. The taste luckily doesnt present that much sulfur and skunkiness. Instead, a sweet cereal grain presence is upfront, mineral filled carbonic character through the middle and a finish that is quite bitter with an herbal sort of grassiness. It is light bodied and very tingly on the tongue from the excessive carbonation. I would not recommend this. The dude at the bottleshop where this was bought recommended it to my friend saying "this is the best thing in here right now." What a joke...no, surely it was not. Not even close.

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Photo of katan
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out of 25 oz corked bottle. Been hanging out in the back of my beer stash for a while.

A - Pours a golden color - very lively looking. Lots of carbonation. Going wild. Reminds me alot of a champaign. Lots of yeast floating inside, so there is a bit of haze.

S - Dominated by a very wild yeasty smell. I think there is some sweet clove aroma in the background.

T - Starts out awfully bland. Not sweet or bitter. Just not much there. Finishes extremely dry. Has some accents of yeast. Perhaps there is some of that spelt grainy flavor in there.

M - This thing is so carbonated it sits heavy on my stomach. I can't drink this thing fast. I realize that is somewhat the wild saison style, but I can't quite start liking it.

D - Sort of a reiteration of the previous statement. Its not over powering, but the boring flavor coupled with the rampant carbonation prevents me from drinking alot of these.

I probably prefer Hennepin more - but I'm starting to have a little bit of a "leave it" feeling for the entire style.

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Photo of Aberration
2.64/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was a bit old, from 2004 specifically. This paired with the fact that it wasn't meant to be aged that long will impact the review...but this is for educational purposes I guess.

A: Extremely carbonated, pale yellow. The cork almost exploded off as soon as I tried to pop it.

S: Lacking in smell, slight hints of lemon in the background of malt.

T: The taste was very lacking. This was most likely due to the fact of its age...but alas...it saddened me. Slight lemon, slight fruitiness and very carbonated. Like a bud light with a hint of lemon.

M: Due to the extreme carbonation, this beer had some good mouthfeel at least! Refreshing.

O: I think this beer would have been great...had I obtained it 5 years ago. Definitely worth a try if its fresh!

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