Saison D'Epeautre
Brasserie de Blaugies

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #329
Ranked #5,748
4.03 | pDev: 9.18%
Brasserie de Blaugies
Saison D'EpeautreSaison D'Epeautre
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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 284
Photo of DilisioYCBC
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

poured into Dogfishhead Goblet

app- big frothy white head that leaves a layer of lace in the glass. Almost brilliant clearity through a beautiful straw yellow.

smell - lemon peel, light phenols, a little bit of funky earthiness.

taste - very light and delicate in its flavor. The lemon comes through a little with an adjunct taste (from the spelt i would guess), there is a very pleasant tartness in the beer that goes will with how dry it is. Light bit of bitterness on the end, just enough.

mouthfeel - High Carbonation, very very dry. light and refreshing

overall - this is a very artisanal brew, it stays true to the origins on the style and is dead on in that. It is refreshing, almost champagne like in the way it feels. The flavor wouldn't stand up to the flavor packed american saisons, but its delicateness and tradition makes it a great beer to try.

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

Picked up a 375 cl at the Hopduvel in Ghent. The cashier asked me where I found this beer. I guess its not a popular option, but it should be. My first reaction was that it was like Saison Dupont, but thin I realized it also have creamy vanilla flavors and notes like Duvel. Damn, this beer is good. It was a bit of a foamer when I took the cork out, but once settled it has an appropriate carbonation level and is easy drinking. This is a perfect example of a lower alcohol saison. Drink this if you can find it.

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

a - loud pop when i opened the cork and i thought it was going to overflow but the bottle was able to hold it in. Poured a huge billowy, fluffy and soapy four-fingers thick white head into a snifter. left a nice sheet and lace and really coats the glass.
s - sweet and floral with a light breadiness. hints of honey and soft spices.
t - sweet like honey and apples with some citrus and spicey tones.
m - bubbly and fizzy.
d - very good but in small doses, it just might be a a little toooo sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale lemon/grapefruit juice body. Huge, meringue-like head with ample lacing. Bountiful carbonation.

Nose is cool and austere with almost a Pilsener feel. A little grain electricity.

Again, a more citrusy and tangy version of a Pilsener with almost a Saaz-ish taste and finish. Just enough funk to make it interesting.

Nice, robust start and long finish. Clean and slightly tangy on palate.

A pleasure to drink - very little weight for bountiful flavor profile. Nice!

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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 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 jzeilinger
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright yellow color with a nice creamy white head, lots of floaties.

S - Tangy lemon, a little bit of yeast, and pear. Sweet aroma with little to no funkiness.

T - Lots of lemon with some light tang, pepper, seeds of paradise, and some grassiness.

M - Medium body and a lot of carbonation which turns he feel to total creaminess, crisp finish, lingering lemon finish.

O - A solid Saison, would drink this again.

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Photo of Phatz
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to bitterbeerface for sharing. Similar to it's counterpart La Moneuse this beer opened with a pop though no rocketing corks this time.

Appearance: Pours a yellow golden color with a creamy white head.

Smell: Lemon and pepper spice a top a sweet yeasty (almost faintly bubblegum) wheat element and more grassiness in the nose.

Taste: Musty barnyard with a sweet bread undertone and a tart green apple finish. The aftertaste has a bit of lemon grassiness.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Well carbonated light in the mouth feel with a crisp dry nip, that makes it very easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(from notes taken early august 2008)

750ml bottle. cork dated 2004.

poured into tulip

bright golden straw color w slight haze. lots of rocky head that slowly fades to thin layer. very nice lacing. yeast is lumpy on later pours.

aroma of fruity pears and gentle spice. hint of champagne. bready with yeast. whiff of phenols and alcohol more pears in the back. subtle noble hop scent.

flavors of tart apples and pear. toasted malt sweetness in background. acidity blends with hint of phenols. mild bitterness from grassy hops, into a semi-dry, faintly tart finish.

not too thin. initially prickly, moderate carbonation. fluffy on tongue.

quite interesting for a saison. seems like the spelt gives it an acidic kick.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a bright golden orange color with a thick white head that displayed great retention and left a nice lustrious sheet lacing. There was a good amount of huge peppery floaties that danced about in suspension from the strong visible carbonation that was buried beneath the cloudy turbidity.

S: spicy hops and orange peel aroma along with some lemon pepper hints and a subtle tart yeastiness.

T: a nice zesty spiciness of lemon pepper and hay notes, which im guessing was from the spelt. There was a touch of grassiness as well some dry oranges and breadiness. A nice tartness and funkiness from the yeast compliments this beer nicely. The spelt contributed a nice grassy and grainy presence to the palate which was quite different and appreciable. The beer finished dry with some light hay like hints.

M: medium with loads of carbonation bringing the mouthful to life. There was a nice grassy and grainy feel on the tongue as well.

D: Great drinkability and one that is worthy of a recommend.

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Photo of clickpush
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 750ml bottle to wide mouth glass. Two finger white head over a bubbling golden body. Quickly recedes to huge halo with a cap of lacing over the whole thing.

Nose: Beautiful tart fragrance, the spelt extremely apparent. Tartness is mouth watering. Some nut character w/ some fruits.

Mouth: Sour and dry, highly carbonated. Spelt flavor present, adds a bitterness to the finish. Really enjoyable. Touch of warmth in exhale. Again some nuttiness.

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

750ml, corked and caged. It's a gusher!

Pours a murky straw color with rocky head that quickly dissipates. Some serious, slightly dark sediment makes its way into the glass just after 1/2 way down the bottle.

Smell is initially of barnyard but then it follows with grass, wheats (spelt I guess) and hints of fruity esters. Faint spiciness.

This is a lively drink. Lots of flavors dancing around - hard to pin them down. Wheat and grains (some huskiness to it, compared to others), spices, a nice subdued citrus flavor. I can see the comparisons to a Duvel type saison. Loads of carbonation abounds, slightly tart/dry finish.

A fairly round, standard saison I would think. The fact that it is made with spelt is an oddity but hardly affects the taste. I would gladly have another of these; a tasty drink worth getting.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A quick story. I had taken the cage off the bottle and was sitting here reading the Shelton Brothers website about this beer before pulling the cork. I had just gotten to the part that reads 'with an outrageous pop', when the cork blew off, slammed into the ceiling and went spinning across the room, scaring the beejeezus out of me in the process. First time that's ever happened.

Foggy honey with lemonade edges. The fogginess is probably due to yeast. The yellowed ivory lid is huge and is softly frothy, yet still manages to be rocky. It will be several more minutes before there's as much beer in the glass as foam. Due to minimal meltage so far, lace assessment will have to wait.

The nose is everything that a good saison nose should be. It's light, lemony, herbal and white peppery, with a barely perceptable funkiness that adds exactly the right amount of character. I'm sure that lemon peel isn't used, but it sure does smell like it. There's no way in the world that this beer is going to be any less than good.

Saison De L'Epeautre doesn't taste quite as wonderful as it smells, but it's a near thing. Once the still-boisterous bubbles settle down a little bit, and once the beer gains a few degrees, the flavor profile should improve. My first impression is that this is a classic version of the style that hits almost all the right notes.

If the flavor was either more complex or more bold (both would be great), it would have earned the next highest score with ease. Each mouthful delivers huge amounts of lemon zest, with an assist from tangy wheat and a background spiciness reminiscent of white pepper and clove. Spelt is too closely related to good old common wheat to taste much different when used in beer. At least by my palate.

If you like your Belgian ales to be lively, then this saison has what you're looking for. I like a lot of bubbles, but only if they're well-incorporated and if they volumize the beer rather than make it fizzy and sharp. Although the carbonation is beginning to slacken, it isn't happening quickly enough.

Saison De L'Epeautre (literally, 'The Spelt Saison') is a tasty, drinkable example of the style that doesn't quite match the brilliance of the only other Brasserie de Blaugies beer that I've had so far, La Moneuse. With fewer bubbles it might have gotten there. Now I need to polish off the rest of this bottle and then go locate that cork.

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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 Hennepin...could swill it all day. A really good summer drink

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Photo of babaracas
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy amber with huge billowing white head, big dollop remains, glass streaked in chunky lace. Smell: white grape, apricot, a bit doughy but big-time wheat cracker, lightly spicy and sweet... minerally and tiny pina colada note. Taste: doughy, crusty white bread, white grapes, lemon, coconut note, cheesy note. Light-medium bodied, pillow carb, attenuation just right. Yeah, this is well done. Thank goodness for the cage in 'corked and caged', also this one was a delayed pipe-snake foamer.

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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 GClarkage
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/25/07- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Vintage 2007 stamped on the side of the cork. Poured into my Troubadour tulip.

Appearance- Mid range golden in color. Lightly clouded with fine specks of yeast. Nice carbonation streak heads upwards from the bottom of the glass. Super large foamy white head forms and doesn't die down but expands after the pour. Settles at a 3/4 inch and leaves behind a nice pock marked appearance with chunks of lace clinging everywhere.

Smell- Nice light farmhouse nose. A wee bit of tartness with a bit of wet woolen horse blanket. A touch of lemon rind nose as well.

Taste- Real laid back and mild but good flavor. Not intense lemon flavor, but more of a watered down lemonade. Not that sugary. A bit more of a tart aspect. A touch of white pepper plays in the back nicely.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated at first, settles down after it warms. Very light mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Sessionable saison for sure. Went very well with the spicy Thai and halibut soup I had. Would purchase again.

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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.

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

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

Poured out a clear pale golden straw with a huge white frothy head that laced nicely. The nose was citrusy, fruity and spicy with a definite wheat note. The taste offered wheat , some belgian yeast, spiciness and a faint sourness. Good carbonation with a dry finish and a lasting spice.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml split between friends, notes from last night.

A - Slightly cloudy yellow pour with lots of white foam. Bubbly head has no problem staying in tact at a half-finger or so for most of the duration.

S - Lemon, farmy and bready yeasts, straw, pears, nice spice touches. Good strength and a pretty classic farmhouse scent.

T - Spice amped up a bit here with more a peppery presence. Nice light fruit/pear, green grape, light lemony tartness, and a farmy mix of wheat, hay and grains with maybe a bit of herbal+grassy hop.

M - Uber-carbonated lightish feel, I like some good carb in a saison but the foam of this one is a bit overbearing and refuses to settle down. Dry and bubbly.

O - This is a pretty great classic saison. Nice mix of light fruits, farmy straw elements, yummy yeats and bit-o-spices. The carbonation is definitely a bit much, but not all that unusually so for the style.

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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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Photo of clvand0
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a very tall head that has nice retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very slightly sour with lots of fruity esters and some yeast character. Lemony. The flavor is sharp with a slight sourness and lemony with some tart. Interesting. The mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkability is good.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow color ale with a thick pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma consists of funky Belgian yeast with some big malt and some spices or hops that provide a very herbal feel. Taste of floral malt with subtle funky yeast and a dry finish from (I believe) Saaz hops. This beer is definitely not filtrated with lots of sediment at the bottom and lots of carbonation. Very well done and something that I will enjoy drinking often – a session saison if I can say.

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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 twilight
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exploded! I unhinged the wire dage and WHAM! The cork flies up and hits the ceiling. And I have 11' high celings!

Pours out a bright but hazy golden yellow with some hints of orange. Aroma is slightly spicy in that yeasty kind of way, but it appears that there are no spices at all in the beer. I'm sort of gettin a lemony scent. Judging by the smell of course... Taste is good. Sweetness and a grassiness, but there is that sort of astringent sort of bitter flavor that I must attribute to the spelt, having never had spelt before. It's acidic, almost lemony without the lemon flavor. Aftertaste is nice lemon rind bitterness. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, despite the exploding bottle. Perhaps I just like my saisons to be well bubbled. Drinkability? Why let's have another bottle.

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