Saison D'Epeautre
Brasserie de Blaugies

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #329
ABV:
6%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,739
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 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 kmpitz2
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half a 750 ml bottle. Very nice heady beer here. Lots of time being spent pouring all the brew. Its a hazy light orange with 3 fingers of head sitting rather large over top of the beer. Its falling slowly. Nose is big. I have not put it to my nose yet, but I can already smell a zesty lemon and a light mustyness. Upon further examination, I get a blast os spicey lemon rind and traces of barnyard mustyness playing throughout the beer. Smells nice. Flavor is tasty. Tart lemon and musty blast...light spicyness. Crisp and dry. The feel is moderate with a nice moderate carbonation. Burps are just as tasty as the beer the first time around. I ejoy this. It would be a nice one to have on a warm summer day. I would get it again.

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Photo of dgallina
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml dark green magnum dated 2005 on the cork.

Pours clear fizzy yellow with big soapy white head. Quite a bit of sediment in the bottle, so had to decant very gently. Smells relatively hoppy for a one to two year-old saison. Fresh green grass and mint on tart lemon and lime peel base. Flavor is very fruity. Well-rounded sweet and sour lime is dominant, with a chewy minty grass background. Very light and lively body. This beer is quite refreshing. A bit sweet and shallow, but would be *very* welcome on a hot summer 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 HabiMendes
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is pale, with a foamy, white head. The aroma is impressive, with a very apparent lemon in harmony with other supporting, background spices. The lightly-bodied beer brings a (relatively) vigorous hop taste well-balanced with the carbonation and astringency. The aftertaste is discrete, leaving vague hop tones in the palate. Excellent Saison.

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

Stupendously carbonated, I am barely able to pour an inch and a half of beer before my glass is filled with a frothy meringue consistency, pale, off-white head. The beer is a lightly hazy straw gold color. The aroma is spicy and herbal with notes of grass, fresh cut basil and perhaps a hint of chive even. The spices and herbs sit atop a solid dry grain character. As expected the beer is quite spritzy and frothy as it hits my mouth. The taste is dry with a touch of tartness, which is reminiscent of limes. This finishes with a sharp pepper note that is joined by the piquancy of ginger. This beer is quite light on the palate, and is quite quenching in a perfectly lazy, hot afternoon kind of way.

Other flavors that dance across my tongue are fleeting notes of clove, a hayfield sort of graininess, . The finish has a nice herbal hop bite / astringency and bitterness to it. I must admit that I am quite enjoying this beer, it has a perfect mix of dry graininess, slight tartness, spicy sharpness, and astringent bitterness in the finish to be a great beer to drink, or even quaff for an evening, or even day if you prefer.

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

Pours a very yellowy light orange with a nice fizzy white head that has decent retention but nothing crazy leaving ok lace.

Nose is of light fruit, belgian yeast, some citrus zest, and a bit of grain.

Taste follows. Apples, pear, slight peach, major belgian yeast. Some slight citrus zest is here, good graininess and a tiny bit of wild character.

Mouthfeel is extremely carbonated, nice and dry on the finish.

Drinkability is quite good here, as it should be for a table beer of this abv .

Overall a very enjoyable saison. Defenitely one I will be purchasing and imbibing again. I like the flavor alot, but I wish they would tone down the carbonation ever so slightly. I like the dryness of the finish. All around good and authentic saison. quality beer.

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Photo of Budlum
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lovely golden body with tons of bubbles and a bright white head. The nose is bright and floral with just a bit of funk and what reminds me of chalk dist. The flavors are sweet, spicy, floral, and ever so slightly sweet. This drinks slightly dry like champagne with tons of effervescence. It is lovely and enjoyable. Worth the try.

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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 whynot44
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold colored with a substantial foamy white head initially. The head gradually subsides to a skin with continuing champagne-like carbonation and some decent lacing.

The aroma is fruity, spicy, yeasty with notes of banana, cloves, fresh bread and pine.

The taste starts with a mildly sweet wheat note followed quickly by spicy, yeasty bread flavor and apples and bananas with a grassy, piney finish. The lingering aftertaste is bananas and pine.

Very refrshing and interesting, not the usual saison or the typical wheat ale either. Well worth a try.Nicely drinkable.

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Photo of Smashix2000
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my first saison, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. When i went to take the cork out of the bottle it literally exploded out! Poured a nice pale golden color with a thick head with nice retention. The beer was also very bubbly.

Smelled of yeast, with a slightly hoppy back smell.

The initial taste was sharp, almost spicy, then laying back into a more mellow malt flavor. It left me looking forward to every sip.

Mouthfeel was good. I liked the high carbonation and medium-light body.

This was quite a drinkable beer. I'll definately have to look into other beers of this style

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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 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 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 Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish color with a 2" head that lasts quite a while. Nice lacing develops through the session.

Smell: citrus notes, yeast, with a general tart and earthy overtone.

Taste: definite barnyard beer, as the musky tones are up front with some bread, wood pulp, tart grapefruit, granny smith apples, and decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp and dry at both the start and finish. The finish also carries the muskiness briefly into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Nicely drinkable when you want a brew in this style. This will create plenty of conversation on the flavor components when sharing with friends. Personally, a nice find for me.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
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 superspak
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a good cap that lingers. Good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, grape, pear, herbal, floral, bread, grass, hay, pepper, clove, coriander, earth, and funkiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, bread, pear, pepper, grape, grass, hay, earth, coriander, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruit, pepper, grass, bread, coriander, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Great flavor balance and good complexity; no cloying flavors at all. High carbonation and medium body; with a very crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent saison. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; very crisp and smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of popery
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale yellow-orange with an aggressive white head. There's a fair bit of sediment in the bottle, so clarity depends on your bottle handling. Choose your own adventure. The head is enormous. It's a touch fizzy, but it takes awhile for the bubbles to die down. The aroma is full of fresh grain and earthy saison yeast. Apricots, dough, mushrooms, a little floral/herbal hops. Wet barnyard. The taste starts with a touch of fresh grain sweetness, sugarcane and dough. Then, the beer dries out quite a bit, and things finish with a sour twang. Lemons, light herbal hop bitterness. Lots of tart, under-ripe stone fruit. Very refreshing. Wonderful interplay of grain and yeast. Mouthfeel starts out very light and effervescent. The carbonation is prickly. Crisp. Once the gas dies down, there's a bit more grain fullness, but this is still a light-bodied beer. This would be excellent on a hot day. It's light and refreshing with a flavor that keeps the palate wanting more. It's a shame this beer doesn't get more attention.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage 750 ml bottle

I picked this one up in Spartanburg a couple of months ago. Nice little place had this sitting on the shelf for clearance of all of things. So I definitely had to pick this one up and get it back to the house. Served at a nice fifty degree temperature, this one was poured into a snifter.

Very nice and extremely hazy golden yellow color came through immediately. Lots of sediment in here now as well. Huge carbonation profile could be seen with lots of chains of bubbles cascading up to the top of the glass to reinforce the huge champagne like head that came over the top of it. Lots of side glass lacing and a copious foam that would not quit. Very nice aroma here, lots of light grain, hints of grass, light lemon and a touch of grape. Nice airy smell gave way to a very nice flavor. Very light, and perfect for this summer day. First way was a slightly tart fresh grass like flavor. Some hints of peaches, pears, and a touch of tartness as well. Very nice light cereal grain flavor in the middle which became a touch bready as it warmed. Long finish of dried out bitter earthy notes and a touch of light fruit. Slightly sour on the tongue after a few moments. Fantastic carbonation kept it feeling very light and refreshing and this bottle was no issue at all to finish off as the profile was light, low abv and a wonderful bit of carbonation.

Overall I really thought this was a fantastic beer. Nice four year vintage really helped this and if it was ever really sour it has been significantly mellowed with time and the overall balance of it was really just quite nice. I was glad there were two on the shelf, as this has held up very nicely and it would be a pleasure to have it again.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To read descriptions from MJ's and the "1001" list, Blaugies seems like a classic farmhouse brewery.
I've had three of their 6 brews and common characteristics are huge head and dry finish.
This Saison went particularly well with a simple meal of garlicky 'haricot verts' and Bob's world-famous vegetable soup and cheesy bread. All good before and after the meal.
What can often bother me about this style is too much carbonation; but it was useful here to cut through the garlic and olive oil. And the dry finish that can bother me? This one is done correctly.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" said this about the Saison D'Epeautre: "taking its name from spelt, a grain of the wheat family... traditionally sometimes used in Saisons, and accounts for 30% of the grist in this instance. It may contribute to the very pale color and firm body of this beer which is grainy, crisp and perfume. When I first tasted it, I judged it a fine revival.. the most distinctively dry and historically accurate of today's Saisons."
MJ's 7th edition of his "Pocket Guide to Beer" also reviewed D'Epeautre and gave the Saison 3 of 4 stars and gave pretty much the same review, only shorter... consistent with the book's summary format.

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