Saison D'Epeautre
Brasserie de Blaugies

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #319
ABV:
6%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,695
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 9.18%
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
284
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Brasserie de Blaugies
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  23
SCORE
90
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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 284
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made with spelt, good alternative for those with wheat allergies.

A: Pours clear golden yellow, with a good head that lingers and leaves some lacing on the glass. Energetic bubbles.

S: Hay, flowers, honey.

T: True to the saison style, hoppy, light grains, finishes dry and bitter, a little almond.

M: Very tight bubbles, a very cleansing mouthfeel.

D: Tasty, refreshing, at 6% ABV, very sessionable beer, good for the warm summer months.

Similar, I think, to Dupont Saison.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a beautiful clean light golden straw-yellow in color with lots of fluffy white head, tons of visible carbonation.. a really really nice looking saison. the aroma is a bit funky/skunky.. lots of pilsner malt is present, wheat, grassy hops, funky yeast, with a bit of an overall skunk-like scent (but not a bad one like a skunked beer). the flavor is slightly bitter up front followed by a bready grain bill, slight coriander spice, lemongrass, and a nice bready and peppery belgian yeast strain. medium in body with a very high amount of carbonation, i feel like this is the weakest point for the beer - if it were a tiny bit less carbonated, it'd be perfect.

this is an extremely refreshing, tasty, and beautiful looking beer. this honestly tastes more like a light belgian blonde ale, so if you see this around - and aren't a huge fan of saisons, i suggest to give it a shot.. it may be your gateway into the style.

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Photo of stephens101
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A massive white froth crowns this golden brew. Inviting aroma of orange, green apple, pear, sourdough and perfume. Another array of light fruits spread out over the palate like a sunny day. Hints of spice, yeast and herb are noted. Light to medium bodied and dry with a chalky fruit peel coating the throat.

This beer speaks for itself.

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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 FondueVoodoo
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hoppypocket for sending this our way in a great trade.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy pale wheat with tight white head and plenty of lacing.

S: Bright lemons with light yeasty bread and a slight dankness. Hints of dried wood or sawdust in the background.

T: Upfront notes of tart lemons along with yeasty bread, white pepper and mineral notes.

M: Light bodied with active carbonation and a drying finish.

O: A refreshing and light saison that paired perfectly with sushi.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Hard lemon candy, lightly toasted bread, white peppercorns. Very light and dry with little bitterness. Super high carbonation, so much so it seems to evaporate on the tongue. Very refreshing with some personality.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Very good. Tough to find a good Saison that isn't really just an American Wild Ale that the brewers decided to call a Saison instead. Nice and dry, good carbonation, great peppery yeast character.

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Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, sunshine hay-gold in hue; massive white head, at the apex there was easily a fist of foam. Half my glass was liquid and the other half was head; the bubbles hung around a good while before they slowly started to fade. There wasn’t much lacing which is a surprise considering how much head there was. A small cap lasted the entire consumption however. Overall, this is a pleasant looking beer.

The nose was fresh and lively. For reasons only know to me I was expecting something grainier and darker in aroma. Maybe I thought the spelt would play too much with the traditional aromas of a Saison; not so much. Spicy hops, earthy, peppery, citrus zest, bready-yeast, coriander, maybe a kiss of wheat, some pleasant notes of must at the finish. I like how bright the nose is! It is rustic and innovative; the aromas say “Saison” to me and I can’t ask anything more.

The palate is not as lively or complex as the nose; bummer. Maybe the liveliness was muted by the maltiness. While not as malty as a Biere de Garde I find it fairly malty for the style. I noticed the spelt in the palate; biscuits, bready, earth, and there is plenty of sweetness (with a tart finish). Lemony, zesty, peppery, musty grapes, some barnyard funk, a kiss of wood, and a smattering of spices and grapes. I like the flavor profile well enough; fairly complex and likable. This is a very solid Saison.

Medium in body, modest carbonation, fairly smooth and still lively enough; the mouthfeel fits this beer very well. Nice.

I found this beer to be plenty drinkable and equally likable; Blaugies is a brewery I respect but I was a little “put off” buying this beer. I’m just so leery of buying beers that say things like “brewed with spelt” on the front label. Spelt isn’t special! My insanity aside I enjoyed this beer very much and will buy more of it. I purchased my 750ml bottle in Council Bluffs, IA. Worth a try.

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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 SABERG
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Shared with friends last night, from a bottle into sample (flute) glass.
A - Light color reminds of Brut, pillowing head, beautiful carbonation.
S - Hay, straw, biscuit and a light souring, very lite.
T - Notes of grain, light bitterness, warm toast, buried in all that is a crisp little snap of
lemongrass.
M - Lite bodied, carbonation dances across the palate, cleaning as it goes. Beautiful in the finish.
The flavors blend, challenge than run away.
O - This bottle was treated well, no off flavors, carbonation was perfect, That made the entire experience
memorable.

Cheers all

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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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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 ColForbinBC
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle shared with 2 buddies; poured into tasting glasses

Milliseconds after releasing the cage, the cork shot out. High level of carbonation, but didn't gush. Pale straw color with a foamy paper white cap. The cap was billowy and fell slowly. Some tiny bubbles push north through a slightly cloudy body.

The nose is of lemons, grass, fresh cracked wheat, spicy clove, orange peel, a touch of pear, and floral notes. Has a rustic feel to it.

A bit mellow on the palate. The flavors are all a little subdued. Wheat is prominent, with lemon and clove playing second fiddle. Fruity and floral notes are subtle. Again, a bit of a rustic edge to this beer.

Effervescent, crisp, and dry. Light bodied. The carbonation wasn't as much of an issue as I anticipated.

A classic take on the style that hits everything fairly well.

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Photo of osusullins
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gold/straw color with thick white head. Perfect looking tulip pour. Strong lacing.

Smell is funky. I pick up alot. Some citrus, hay, pear and some other smell I can't quite place.

Taste is nice. Lots of lemon and spice. Some bready malt presence, but not much.

Beer is very light. Tons of carbonation. Almost too airy for my blood.

I am not the biggest saison fan, but this is a tasty beer. I was eating this with a bbq pork sandwhich and it really seemed to enhance the flavor of the meat. Nice beer. I would drink another one.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a full review, but I gotta say, I get that some people enjoy a lightstruck saison, but this green bottle facilitates a skunkiness that greatly detracts from this beer. It is well crafted, but this lightstruck bottle reminds me of lightstruck Dupont. Fine, but for me would be improved without that impact.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from The Corkscrew in Urbana, IL
No bottled on date
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Blaugies' Saison D'Epeautre is a good introductory saison, but also complex enough for connoisseur enjoyment. The flavors are light, fruity, and with enough yeasty variety to be pleasantly complex. In general, aside from the slightly too fizzy mouthfeel, this is a very well put together beer.

Pours a voluminous head, higher than 3cm, even with a slow, careful pour. Head color is off-white with excellent persistence, gradually declining to a 1cm cap atop the beer's body and leaving subtle lacing. Body is a cloudy yellow-gold with lots of streaming carbonation.

Aroma is of yeast, fruity esters, mild cooked grains, mild Brettanomyces plastic resin, light white pepper, slight lemon, and a hint of bubblegum. Generally a light (as in bright, not heavy) aroma that's fairly complex with its grain, spice, and Brettanomyces influences.

The flavor of this saison is more sweet than bitter, with flavors including brewer's yeast, bubblegum, mild grain, fruity yeast esters, mild "funk" from Brettanomyces, and a hint of white pepper. Aftertaste is sweet and of bright fruit flavors.

Body is medium-heavy, but with high (at first), then medium-high (after several minutes) carbonation levels. The beer's mouthfeel is, eventually, smooth, but is never fairly bubbly.

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Photo of DubBrewer
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saison De L'Epeautre is a refreshing beer with a moderate amount of complexity. Appearance is very nice, the beer is well carbonated. As it poured into the glass, a medium sized white head was immediately visible and as I smelled it I noticed the beer was alive with carbonation. The smell is impressive, lots of lemon and citrus flavors present. The taste is right in-line with the style of Saison, but not quite as complex as Saison Dupont. This beer is made with spelt, but in my opinion it has the same characteristics of a wheat beer. The mouthfeel is quite good, but to me it could have a bit more zest to it. Its very refreshing, with the citrus flavors coming through as well as a bit of tartness in the finish. There is a slight hop presence, which ascents the beer well. It is a drinkable beer, although I am used to Saisons with a bit more alcohol content.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First enjoyed during my recent trek of Belgium and that trip had re-piqued my interest in Saison Farmhouse ales, I generally trend toward Tripels but now... Let's get back to basics with this rustic and seemingly old fashioned farmhouse-influenced variety.

Light and efforvescent to the eye- this bright Saison trends lighter in color, straw in color, and shows light haze. The zesty ale quickly billows with a froath that more resembles whipped cream than foamy malt. Highly persistent and with decorative lace, the beer's foam nearly engulfs half the tulip.

Earth spice, and low fruit provide the revolving door of aromatics with each visit to the glass. The triangulation delivers the scents of grain and rye, then peppercorn and dried botanical notes, but then apples, white grapes and lemon scents before rinsing and repeating. Very fragrant with herbs that smell like fruit.

Flavors are just as electric and rustic as the dry malt taste was suggested in its scent. The taste of dry bread crust, pumpernickle-type spice, and grain give this drier-than-usual backbone of malt its great support for earthen grain bite, freshly cracked peppercorn, and herbal oregano and torn bay leaves. Fruit esters are moderate and temper the spice flavor with zesty white grapes, tart apples, and under ripened pears. The fruity-spicy interplay acts as the opening act for floral hop taste to develop into the sharp and clean bitterness of freshly baled hay and mulled grasses. It's so dry, in fact- that the clean taste and mineral character leaves the beer seltzer-like in finish.

Any indication of maltiness in aroma and flavor never makes an impression on the tongue as the zesty acidity of carbonation bounces the beer off of the surfaces of the mouth and ushers in a whimsical evaporation of taste, much like cotton candy. Only the zip of dry and tart white wines and peppery alcohol and hop dryness persist past the quick and airy finish.

I'm happy to have run into a few saisons recently that explore the drier end of the style's spectrum as these can introduce even more complexities of grain than the usual sweeter examples.

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Photo of pants678
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice cloudy urine yellow with a fluffy white head that sticks.

Nose or lemon peel, coriander and yeast--strong enough to not just be a compliment.

Sharp notes of lemon zest are just a tad bit too much, almost champagne-y. They come through beneath a good herby, earthy body. Grains and pepper are subtle but present. Finishes very clean but still lingers.

Heavy but I don't call that a bother. Carbonation's pretty aggressive here, but again I don't think I'd tone it down.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden body, shining despite being cloudy. Lots of yeast lay at the bottom of the glass. White, very bubbly and rocky head. Highly barny aroma with overtones of pils malt. Not horsey, but just feels straight from the farm and character loaded while not being of the in your face type. Elegant fruity aspects are hard to name (yellow apples or pear like). Rather hoppy in a lemony hallertau fashion. Extremely rustic palate proposes notes of mushrooms evolving into a woody aftertaste. Stone like dryness, a bit salty too. Original, but surprisingly not so tasty. It’s mostly dry fading flavors which are carried away by an extremely carbonated body, bursting into foam. Authentic, soft and dusty all at once. It’s not as good as I hoped, but I’m such a sucker for farminess in my beers that this scores good points anyway. Spelt use was unnoticed.

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Photo of Sephiroth
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cork dated 2004: Another gusher from this brewery. After tasting their beers, I have decided the mess is not that big of a deal. Open this over a sink. The appearance is marigold, with tiny, tasty looking yeast particles. Lots of foam, obviously. The nose contains lemon cake and a little funk.

The taste is lemon at first, which segues to a more general citrus flavor. Slightly bready. Very slight yeast character.

The mouthfeel is light, but somehow coating. Syrupy. Drinkability is good, but this is one of the few saisons from Belgium that I would give up to have an American version. Oaken Barrel Saison and Hennepin.

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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 Poser
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of head and carbonation. Very clear except the carbonation. A mostly neat aroma with a yeast character and fruity tones. Slightly sour flavor... sour citrus. Interesting flavor. Almost a slight lemon. Body is light to medium with good drinkability.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle (cork dated 2005) into my Fantome goblet, the Saison d'Epeautre (note there is no L no the label, although mine is different, grain on a blue background) is slightly hazy yellow with a huge eggshell head that leaves nice foamy lace.

The aroma is moderate and appetizing, seltzer and lemon zest and a touch of a wheat like sourness.

The taste is good but more restrained then the nose, soft and dusty, with a nice light sweetness and slightly sour finish. Enjoyable, but I could use more balance then the corianders like dominance.

The mouthfeel is nice, very light and spritzy, with creamy soft edges.

This is tasty, light and refreshing, although the large foamy head is slow to recede and slows the pace of what would have serious session potential if it was cheaper and more readily available. However, the head forces you to take pause and really savor the nuances.

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Photo of Luk13
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Blond pour with thick white foamy head. Aroma of belgian yeast, cereal, wheat (epeautre), relatively plain. Taste is your regular yeasty Blaugies saison with a more pronunced sweetness. A very good. easy drinking, not filling, neutral beer that goes well with any dish. Another lovely saison by Blaugies

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