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

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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Saison D’Epeautre is a saison beer made in a unique traditional style, using spelt and barley malt in the mash. Very dry and light in body, with a hint of wheaty tartness and a hardy texture that expresses the character of spelt, a primitive strain of wheat.

It is one truly feisty brew, with an outrageous pop and a natural long-lasting head. And ah, the aroma! It’s a wonderfully heady, musty, cellar character that is unmistakably Belgian and a lot like champagne. The taste delivers on the promise of the nose. Very enjoyable, and perfect for summer, but wonderful at any time of year.

D’Epeautre is hand-brewed in small batches by the impassioned, gifted Blaugies brewers, a husband, wife, and son team. They’re very adventurous in recreating traditional beer styles – and are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. The family enjoys good food and beer, and consumes a lot of its own product for cooking and drinking. We like the rougher, grainier malt texture of all their beers. They give you the feeling that the brewers put this beer in a bottle just a few days ago, especially for you.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Pours light golden with a fully receding wispy white head. Aroma of grassy noble hops, herbal notes of chamomile with spicy pepper quality. Taste is spicy, citric, yeasty with herbal notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. The addition of spelt makes the beer very crisp and refreshing. A very enjoyable saison.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
entropy1049 (40) - Oxford, Iowa, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Pours slightly cloudy yellow with lots of carbonation and a huge off-white head. Smells like pine and resin and some sharp citrusy grapefruit or lemon. Acidic and dry, more pine and citrus on the tongue...very light in the mouth. Super dry finish with a little pepper..

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5181) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2007
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Bottled 2005, 750ml. Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow, with a fluffy two finger head hat fades very slowly to a thick cap. There’s tons of little streams of bubbles floating to the top to keep the head going, and the lacing completely covers the inside of my glass. Smell; there’s a little bit of hops in the nose that go along very nicely with a lemony citrus. There’s a nice earthy quality in the aroma as well as a touch of peppery spices, with just some hints of Saison funkiness in the background. Taste: the citric lemon flavor is the first thing that hits me, along with a mildly bitter hop presence. The funk is a touch more pronounced in the flavor than it was in the nose, and mixes well with some earthy spiciness. Mouthfeel/Drinkability; mouthfeel is medium bodied, and this has a ton of carbonation that’s a bit on the harsh side for me, and the drinkability takes a hit to due this. Otherwise the drinkability of this one would have been really up there. This was my Thanksgiving dinner beer, and overall I was not disappointed at all. A pretty darn good beer to sit back with and enjoy on this beautiful turkey day.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Following an explosive pop of the cork, the beer pours initially clear, then a hazy pale gold topped by a mountain of acid white foam. Extremely effervescent, the beer takes several minutes for the head to die down to a sniffable and drinkable level. Each subsequent pour re-creates this huge topper of foam. Good head retention (let’s hope so) and spotty lacing. Tart citric aroma - lemony and funky. The flavor is on the dry side, but not as tart or pungeant as the aroma signalled. To me, it comes across as something between a wit and a nice light rye beer, both in texture and in flavor. Light citrus tang in the finish. Medium body, very refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Pour is s straw color with a thin white head...smell is funky with tons of leather and dust...flavor is totally dry with some peppery phenols...nice crisp light finish...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Bottle. Pours gold with white head. Aroma is funky and tangy. Taste is the same with hints of honey wheat. Not a bad beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3950) - - DEC 24, 2006
tart, lemony, yeasty, peppery, sweaty aroma. almost white in color with a large fizzy white head. very cloudy. lots of lacing. nice flavors of lemon, pepper, marshmallows, and funky hops. very light bodied and very carbonated.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2006
(The cork on this one nearly killed TimE - he head no luck with opening bottles that night ;) Flaxen with a large foamy head. Lively carbonation. Dry and lemony. Yeast and bready with notes of hay. Bitter hops and tons of citrus. Yeasty and almost warm biscuits with honey. Full bodied with a yeast filled finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Lighter gold in color, slightly hazy with a soft white head. High carbonation brings out straw/wheat, yeast, and a touch of hops. The flavor never gets sweet, just dry wheat up front with a bit of a fruity hop finish and lively spiced aftertaste. Very refreshing and crisp.


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