Bière Darbyste
Brasserie de Blaugies

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,063
Ranked #18,764
3.87 | pDev: 11.37%
Brasserie de Blaugies
Very Good
Bière DarbysteBière Darbyste
Notes: Traditional Belgian ale brewed with fig juice.
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, almost hazy, golden amber coloration with a small, frothy head. Smells of doughy malt and faint esetry yeast accents, as well as a subtle, sweet fig aroma. Taste is a decent balance of quite doughy malt, some light fruity and spice yeast esters, with hints of green apple and clove, grassy hay, a certain fig sweetness and a rather light, underlying tartness. Finishes with a light tartness and some green apple and grassy hay lingering in the aftertaste. Velvety mouthfeel with a light/medium body and carbonation.

While the fig juice is still rather noticeable in the nose, it is much less pronounced on the tongue, adding more of a general sweetness than a distinct fig flavor that somewhat overshadows the delicate yeast esters here, preventing them from coming into full bloom, especially in combination with the rich malt as well. While it never turns quite syrupy sweet thanks to a subtle tartness, this still feels a little one-dimensional and lacking in those vibrant yeast esters that I expect from the style. It's still a nice Saison, just a too sweet and kind of poorly balanced, while also suffering from a somewhat light and slightly watery body, although surprisingly still managing a nice, velvety mouthfeel.

Aug 23, 2020
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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

APP - crystal clear amber, significant sludge accumulated in inner bottle wall from being stored horizontally prior to purchase,

Aroma - fresh, toasty, bready, grass, spice, nut, and yes, light note of fig

FLAVOR -slightly sweet caramel malt against faintly sour character, kind of sweet and sour but very mellow on palate, balance is off-dry but not by much, no real hop flavor or bitterness

OVERALL -Certainly not fig flavored, very mellow and easy-drinking with slight nuance of fig, really not that complex, fairly clean for a farmhouse

Jul 15, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a burnished bronze color. Its remarkably clear - just a bit of suspended yeast is seen in the bee. Thick frothy white head dissipates pretty quickly leaving a good quarter inch of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma has light notes of wheat and grain, a bit of spicy pepper and funky yeast - very simple and classic. Not getting any fig, or really any fruitiness in this one for that matter.

Taste follows the nose initially with light grainy notes, some fresh wheat, and a bit of cracked pepper before giving way to a lovely fruity fig and plum-like flavor. Not at all sweet - its just the flavor here.

The finish is abrupt and dry with a bit of grassy, very subtly bitter, hops momentarily on the back end. Feel is quite light, vivacious carbonation with a very dry finish.

Overall this one was lovely. Loved the use of the fig juice in this especially since it didn't make the beer sweet at all.

Apr 05, 2020
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futiledevices from South Dakota

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty fun beer. Nose is fairly funky, yeasty, dish rag, grass, citrus, fruit. Taste is much less funky, though still present, quite dry, bready, a little citrusy, and finishes a little sweeter and juicier. Like others have mentioned, I can't really find the fig here, and I wish it was there. All in all, an enjoyable and approachable saison.

Nov 11, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours, if you can call it that....mostly foam...a hazy pale gold. I see a lot of lacing as the foam recedes.

The smell spicy, mostly white pepper, funky, fruity as in green apples and pears.

Taste wise, light tartness greets my taste buds, green apples and pears, funky like a monkey, white pepper, earthy malt presence.

Lots of champagne like dryness and feel.

This is very good but the figs seem to have eluded my palate; nah, must be that's what makes this so juicy. It's been a long time since I actually ate figs other than fig newtons.

Feb 02, 2018
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goodbeergoodfood from North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The look is murky amber creamy beige head the retains very well.
Aroma, slight butter at start. Sour fruits, fig.
Taste is lemon citrus Farmhouse funk almost no fig presence.
Mouthful is champagne like with some dryness at the finish.
Overall not bad for what it is and it stopped would love to have a bit more fig presence. Sipped it over a long period of time to see if it would change. It didn't seem to change it all. Definitely more sour and less figgy than I had anticipated. Possibly would try it again perhaps on a warmer day

Jan 07, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, very long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of some citrus, Belgian yeast, and a bit of spice.

T: Tasted of some mild spices (a peppery quality), a light presence of the typical saison barnyard funk, citrus fruit (lemon), figs, apples, caramel, and some malt. A solid enough flavor that's helped by the addition of figs. More understated than it needs to be, but still fairly tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is an uneven beer, but it does have its good qualities. Worth a look.

Jul 06, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft offering served in a snifter appears a clear copper color with an off-white head that retains well.

Nose is citrus with a lemony lacto feel and slight graininess.

The taste is lemony with a dry cereal grain note before getting citrusy with earth and herbal in character with a mineral aftertaste.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. It is spritzy with mineral appeal and overall prettt good.

May 16, 2017
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, no date I could find on it. Served in a Blaugies chalice, the beer pours an orange/amber color with a couple inch off-white head that stuck around for a while. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and earthy, the brew smells like wheat/grainy malt, grassiness, figs, peppery spice and some citrus. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some white grape and apple (both sweet and tart) flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, its high but soft carbonation makes it creamy, smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, I liked it. Certainly worth picking up!

Apr 28, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't see any bottle or import date.

Appearance: The body is a light orange-brown color that is hazy, yet transparent enough to show that there are some fairly large pieces of sediment in the beer. These chunks are fairly large. There is no real head, just a small ring of off-white colored bubbles that leave sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: It has a light souring fruit smell and a bit of urea.

Taste: It has a fairly acidic sour flavor that is less like a lemon and more like sour grapes. It has a very wine-like character. Quite a bit of acetic flavor. The beer also has a very pronounced malt flavor with a nice light caramel note. I think it's nice that the malt shows through. In fact the malt adds this sweet aftertaste. I don't pick up any fig while drinking the beer but it joins the malt in the finish where it adds this nice sweet tail to the beer. There is also a bit of a light mineral taste to the beer that seems to brighten it up.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice light body that is pinched by a light sourness. No bitterness. The ending has a sweet and wet finish that is a tad chalky.

Overall: It's a pretty good beer but in the large format that I had (1 pint 9.4 FL OZ) my enjoyment started to fade before the first glass was finished. It has a nice balance of flavors between both the sourness and malt but the vinegar character of the beer starts to take its toll. So if you have a couple of people to share this bottle with then it would be ideal. I wouldn't buy the beer again but it was worth checking out to see yet another take on a fig sour beer.

May 19, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, amber in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is fig, hay, funk, honey, and light pepper. Tasty and complex sipper that highlights the fig. A treat that I will have to find again.

Apr 25, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With a fulsome head that recedes with grace (i.e not much lace), the waft I get is mostly apples and lemon. The taste is mostly tart to start, then some maltiness pokes in... but the sour never gives up control. The finish is dry, but I noticed more semi-dry as the meal (with garlic) began.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" introduced Blaugies as having "a deserved reputation for brews that are well made, enjoyable, distinctive and historically interesting." He said Darbyste (ironically named after the founder of the Anglo fundamentalist Plymouth Brethren) that it has a "deep gold color. It is made with a proportion of fig juice as a source of additional fermentable sugars. The figs are not evident in the flavor which light lemony and dry."

Apr 09, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma offers some sweetness with freshly made caramel and brown sugar, surrounded with grass with yeast, hints of spice, citrus oil.

The flavor follows with bright and raw sugar cane with the vibrant malty sweetness with Bartlett pear, apple, lemon with drying green herbaceous and lightly spicy finish.

A really well balanced beer with this malt accentuated farmhouse brew.

Feb 26, 2016
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KensWorld from Florida

4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2oz pour: slightly cloudy copper in color. Has a unique taste unlike any flavored Saison I’ve had before. Extremely smooth with this funky flavor. The addition of fig juice gives it this kind of Smokey taste that is awesome! Well done. I will definitely seek this out again. 4.75

Oct 19, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 5/24/2015 at Doherty’s Ale House, Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains esters, fruit, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and some spice.

T: The taste starts out with a mild bite of sourness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of fruit, spice and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, just a mediocre beer, there are several others in the style that I would pick first.

May 24, 2015
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DrinkSlurm from New York

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know the vintage but im thinking its a few years old. Ive been eyeing this bottle for literally years and finally purchased at State Line Liquors when they had their Belgian Beer Sale a few weeks ago...something like $9?!

Its absolutely fantastic...lactic, funky, fruity - really taste the fig - dry, but quenching. This brewery knocks it out of the park yet again for me. Simply amazing

May 15, 2015
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wedge from North Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

@ State of Beer

Super clear dark golden color under a fine eggshell head. Aroma is of juicy, sour-ish fruit, figs, honey, bread crust, and sherry. Clean, yeasty flavor that has a somewhat rustic brightness to it. Increasing fig as it warms up along with light husky grain, grapes, and pear juice. Medium-light and pretty crisp. Decent, but fairly dull overall.

Mar 19, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy medium coppery amber with a half finger fine white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of mildly tart light fruit, saison yeast, grainy malt; a hint of vinegar. Flavor is tart light fruit, acetic, light fruit, mostly apple and pear, finishes with wild yeast tang, tart, acidic fruit, mild hop bitterness. Spritzy active carbonation makes a lively mouth feel. A nicely made saison and there are some interesting flavors here, but notably nothing resembling figs, which attracted me to this in the store. This falls on the acidic, sour side of the saison family, which are not a style I enjoy. Clearly nicely made, but not to my taste. This is why I buy saisons with trepidation.

Jan 19, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, fruit, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice mix of fruit and earth characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Nov 10, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.4%

this is great stuff, a funky tart dry saison brewed with fig juice. i have almost no experience with fig juice at all, so to pinpoint its contribution here is difficult. i expected sweetness, but instead its more of an earthy tart character, and almost all in the finish. the nose smells a little like fresh figs, but more saison yeast and the belgian green bottle skunk, although less of that in this one than many others. wheat and pils malts appear to make up the base, while the fig juice adds that cool earthy thing. the saison yeast does a real nice job of drying it up, i am quite surprised the alcohol content isnt higher than it is. dry finish, perhaps a little under carbonated, although it isnt really, the body is just so light and the finish so quick that its all gone and it fools me into thinking its a little flat. i wouldnt mid just a little more fig character in this, but i am impressed with it on the whole, and think its a very clever brew. havent seen much done with figs...

Sep 01, 2014
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ThreeLions from Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Orange red in color. Extremely active yeast makes for quite the lively head. Decent color but it's not really jumping out at me in any exciting fashion.

Smell: Okay...just okay. Smells of fruit right up front. Aromas of plums, figs, perhaps cherries but not anything jumping out begging, "Drink me! Drink me!" Spicy yeast smells. Was really looking forward to this but now I'm not sure how it's going to taste. Can't tell if it's going to be spicy, yeasty, fruity, idea.

Taste: Surprisingly good. Wasn't expecting too much after the look and smell. Slight tang. Good fruit character, good tang, good good good. I bet this beer would age very well; it would probably improve quite a bit with age. This would be much better with one, two, maybe even three years of age. I'm willing to buy another one, age it and see how it is in a year or two. Subtle but promising taste.

Mouthfeel: Very lively. Effervescent. Great mouth feel. Good balance between malts and yeast. The liveliness of the yeast really helps out this beer. Again, would benefit greatly with age.

Overall: Not a bad beer by any measure. That being said, it's not that great either. Definitely a successful beer. Some fruit going on, delicate malt presence, lively yeast, hints of wanting funk but not enough time. This is a beer I'll review again in a year or two and see how it compares. Had high hopes, wasn't terribly disappointed but was looking for something else.

Feb 09, 2014
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Hab11 from Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

750 Ml. Has a mild amber color with some very active yeast cloudiness. The smell is tricky I'm picking up a slightly oxidized smell with sour overtones. Spice notes are evident but not sure what's ahead. Mouth feel is very good a ton of effervescents showing the yeast is still very active. Light sparking sort of like a good sparkling water. Spicey aftertaste but I'm not sure this beer had matured enough. Fresh and definitely no oxidized taste in the mouth . My brother in law is right this would probably benefit from a year or more of aging to mature.

Feb 09, 2014
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mactrail from Washington

2.79/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the 750 ml Belgian style bottle purchased at Liticker's in Ocean Beach. Smells sort of like a lambic fruit beer with some rust.

Big foam-up in the Saxo wine-style glass. Bubbles streaming and bits of sediment like termite droppings floating near the bottom. Hazy orangey amber in color.

The mouthfeel is quite light and spritzy, with a surprising tartness. Completely dry, which is not what I expect from a fig-flavored brew after all those sweet Jewbelation ales. Faintly fruity, slightly sour. Tastes like carbonated water with flavors of beets and apples. It doesn't taste spoiled, just of something wild finishing up the sugars and adding some acidity.

Maybe this is something authentic and alive, but it tastes like fruity, oxidized dishwater to me. Another reason not to waste money trying these random bottled Belgian beers, at least in this country.

Sep 29, 2013
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light figs notes with some peppery yeast and some solid rustic malt notes. Taste is a great mix between some figs juice with some peppery yeast notes and some solid rustic malt notes as well. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid as per everything brewed by this brewery and quiet different from other beers with the figs really coming out.

Aug 23, 2013
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coreyfmcdonald from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours somewhere between golden and amber in color with two inches of fluffy off white head. Very active carbonation throughout. Retention and lacing are superb.

S: Strong fruitiness in this one - mostly tart fruits. Tart plums start off with apricots and a distinct yeast funk and must. Moderately strong in nature. Funk gets stronger as the beer warms - almost lambic-like funk.

T: Plums are more upfront here - now extremely tart in nature, even a bit sour. The yeast nature is still there in the way of funk and must, but the sour plums overpower it a bit. The funk and acidity here is again lambic-like, but lighter in nature.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation, appropriate for the style.

O: This is an odd beer. It has the funk of a Lambic, a light to moderate acidity, with a fairly strong plum fruitiness. Solid, though maybe a bit muddled.

Jul 17, 2013
Bière Darbyste from Brasserie de Blaugies
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 248 ratings