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Brewed by Brasserie de Blaugies
Style: Saison
Dour-Blaugies, Belgium
Serve in Tulip

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Collaboration with Hill Farmstead. A spelt saison (Saison d’Epeautre) with American hops (Amarillo).


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ZShelt (7) - Alabama, USA - MAR 19, 2013 does not count
Perfection in a glass. No one does this except for Shaun. Such a nice beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (890) - BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2015
Bière qui est une association belgo-américaine avec la brasserie Hill Farmstead, au départ de la saison d’épeautre complétée par du houblon Amarillo. Certaines sessions dans le Vermont ont laissé un très bon souvenir au brasseur américain, et sa bière la mieux cotée sur ratebeer est d’ailleurs une autre bière commune avec Baugies. Couleur doré moyen brillant, avec un infime léger voile. Bulles fines partout et très vives. Mousse blanche très épaisse, très bien constituée, avec une texture de blanc d’œuf battu en haut. Arômes de mat clair et finement grillé, pamplemousse, agrumes, pâte feuilletée, pointe de citron. 1ère bouche structurée sur du pain, du vin (blanc sec), et des agrumes. Houblon sur une base maltée. Arrière-bouche assez citronnée, mais bien ouverte. 2ème sur un houblon fantastique et du malt bien travaillé. Arrière-bouche pleine et fraîche à la fois. 3ème bouche magnifiquement équilibrée. Arrière-bouche intégrale malt/houblon. La longueur développe en profondeur toutes les saveurs précédentes, dans un grand équilibre et une complexité remarquable. Jambes groupées et très marquées. Levure de haut vol. L’alcool fait un très bon travail malgré son faible niveau (6% abv), preuve d’une grande bière . Finale sans équivoque. CONCLUSION : une bière qui travaille les matières premières jusqu’à leur ultime potentiel. Des compétences associées qui démontrent la beauté de ce travail de brassage. Quel bel exemple pour d’autres métiers, dont par exemple les vignerons !!!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
750 ml bottle shared by jsprime. Hazy golden with a white head. Basically the perfect rustic funky dry saison. Really a stunningly simple yet elegant beer. I wish I could drink this everyday. Thx Jeff.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
codfishh (139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
Lemons and grass on the nose, peppery dry malt flavor. Medium high carbonation, finish is very dry. This is everything I’d want in a saison.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SrSilliGose (3319) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 21, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 bottle. pours a hazed dark orange with a soft, lasting dirty white head. aroma of pleasant old world rustic farm and grass. lemongrass. sourdough bread. green grapes. nice. taste is bitter grassy hops. bright dry lemon kissed cracker malts. fresh herbs. when served cold, bitter grass takes away from budlight drinkability score. fortunately, hop bitterness comes much more into balance as the beer rises in temperature from rocky mountain cold to cool. quite dry. nice rustic grassy saison. see a lot of others mention skunkiness, but this does not seem skunky to me. did my best to not let the green bottle touch sunlight prior to consuming, but difficult to know the path of a beer from being bottled to ending up in a home refrigerator. pretty nice rustic grassy saison. neat beer. fun to try. does some decent chest, bicep, ab workouts as far as i can tell. curious how lenincat would tick it. BREAK BREAK BREEAK consumed another bottle in july 2012. hoppy astringent bitterness has subsided. quite nice balance. great dry rustic saison. really good JUST NOW, not as good before, will not be as good in the future. hops just right just now. drink the beer! BREAK BREAK BREEAK. seems to be a lot of bottle to bottle variation on this one. some are quite grassy and bitter, some seem somewhat skunked, some are really nice rustic dry saisons. who knows. BREAK. These bottles getting better and better. A bit too much bitter rustic grass early on. Now just about perfect balance. Beer lifts so much.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
erickok (4304) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - OCT 13, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 Golden body and stable head. Very farmy, rich light malts, cereal, classically hopped. Great mouthfeel, bitter enough, very satisfying. Great French style brew, fulfilling body. Try it! (75cl bottle shared with Alex and Dodo)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (8602) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2015 Bottle conditioned 750ml. Loud pop of the cork and a little run over into a glass, but it settles quick enough and you have a lightly hazed gold body with a short head of large soda water bubbles. Lemon oil and rind with some dried herb in the nose. Very aromatic and vibrant, highly effervescent, very dry, medium to high acid, medium bitterness. I don’t get a lot of orange like I hear about Amarillo, maybe some dried orange peel like you find in witbier, and some pepperiness as well, some peppercorn phenols. Bright flavors, bouncy natural carbonation, appearing bone dry with the dry body and measured bitterness. Might be the faintest bit oxidized in the nose but it more of a faded lemon / floral quality than the wet notebook paper type. Or it might just be in the my head.

July 2014, from draft at the brewery in Blaugies. Getting old. Plastic off-notes, yeasty with strange medicinal quality. 6/4/6/3/12, 3.1

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2099) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 22, 2014
On tap at reservoir. Pale golden with head and lace. Very complex spicy citrus grassy hay floral aroma. Mild spicy mango peach fruity sweetness with spicy herbal fresh complex grassy medium peppery dry bitternes. Highly attenuated medium light body with fine carbo. I have had heady and abner tonight and this is better. Outfuckingstanding.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ysok02 (375) - MOns, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2015
Une bière superbe avec un nez d’une rare fraîcheur et d’une incroyable complexité, des arômes de citron, de levures, d’épices, de houblon frais et une bouche digeste, équilibrée, harmonieuse. Un régal

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernest (6729) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain / bread crust), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers, grass, lemon), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of pepper, sulfur (not skunk), gum, lemon peel, hay, minerals. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Exactly what a saison should be. Very much in the Saison Dupont mold, just as the regular Blaugies d’Epeautre is, but this is even more similar due to the higher hop presence (in both aroma and bitterness). Tremendous depth and balance, like Dupont itself in a good year. I hate the green bottles, though, really shameful for a hoppy beer like this...I found a few bottles in a back room of the store that were in the dark, but assuredly most samples of this beer will be badly skunked. As with Saison Dupont, I would generally not buy this at all unless I could get a full closed-box case or buy singles from a retailer that kept them in the dark (which is very rare). When will brewers stop using green glass for hoppy beers??? That gripe aside, this is pretty much a world-beater right here...somewhat geared to New World tastes, but without resorting to resinous hops or superfluous spices or high alcohol or anything else a modern saison doesn’t need. It’s gems like this that make trying all the other terrible-to-mediocre beers in the world worth it.


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