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


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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddon90 (1439) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Thanks Jeremy for bringing this beer for the Tennessee/Florida game! Pours a cloudy, yellow color with a slight lacing white head. Spicy aroma, with a hint of lemons and other citrusy notes. Defintely a sense of some pepper in the taste. Dry malt as well. Kind of sour, but not really. Lemon zest at the end. A decent saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5452) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Hokey Smokes! With the way the cork fired from the bottle neck, this is the closest I’ve come to losing an eye whilst drinking beer! (Of course, one must discount some of the juvenile brawls that I found myself in the middle of when I was a kid guzzling swill... all that was available in those days.) (And some of the juvenile brawls that I found myself in the middle of when I was a programmer guzzling swill... all that we had to do when running tests late at night.) (And some of the juvenile brawls that I found myself in when the soon-to-be-ex was....) (Enough!!!)
Anywho - this stuff is a hard pour, each trickle generating an eruption of light, fizzy, annoying foam. This isn’t a head; it’s an invasion! The aroma is yeast-filled with lemon, sugar, and rotting hay. It fizzes up madly, annoyingly, in the mouth. The taste is a sour flavor, malt gone bad with wheat and dying grasses. I.e., Not bad. The finish is tart and bitter (hops at last!) and strangely refreshing. I’d have it again, but someone else will have to open the bottle and pour.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (7379) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Bottle. Yeast and wheat aroma - similar to a Weizen. Tan-yellow color - cloudy with ample lasting head. Slightly sweet wheat flavor that ends dry. I really like this beer - it’s like a dry Hefeweizen - very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Bottle: Pale yellow, very cloudy and dull, large fizzy white head, falls quickly, strong carbonation, sparce lacing.   Other than the carbonation it seems rather still.   Spicy nose, fairly strong, slight citrus, strong wheat aspect.   Very spritzy in the mouth, wheaty, with a soft spiciness.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Slight sourness before the finish, but finishes fairly clean.   Not as floral or sharp as I would have liked.   It seemed rather still after the head died down.   Decent, but just not interesting enough.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Sourish, spicy and yeasty nose. Hazy yellow body, small white head. Quite spicy and yeasty flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 07.16.05 BCTC Hazed straw, lasting but bubbly head. Mild corn aromas of grass, light funk, more grass, weeds. Flavor adds light melon. Super effervescent, airy.

08.01.05 750ml (2004) and I have to say I concur 100% with my rating from BCTC. Also, it would be good to note that this bottle almost killed me as the cork and cage FIRED off of the bottle after three turns. Beer geyser that I foolishly tried to plug with my finger shot 8 feet to the right and two feet overhead onto the kitchen cabinets. Exciting, and I only lost about 100ml. This beer is one of the best 3.4 beers I’ve ever had. It’s like a 3.4 +

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4476) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
(Draught) Sampled at the Belgium Comes To Cooperstown 2005 in Cooperstown, NY. Shelton Brothers booth. Muddy and cow pasture. Fizzy, light and watery. Above average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3257) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2005
For what it is worth, my label looked nothing like the one shown here, but definitely the same brew. Very slightly hazy gold, massive head that slowly fades into a creamy cap. Beautiful. Aroma was citric, faint farmhouse funk, and honey. Initial flavor was also citric, with some yeast to round it out. Really opens up and changes as it warms. Citric orange moves into the background, some of the farmhouse becomes more evident, leather and oak notes appear, and the finish becomes remarkably spicy. Great stuff!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2005
Bottle. Golden color with a white head. This beer is a terrorist, it explodes upon opening. The taste is sweet and fruity with some spicy notes. A little thin but otherwise balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
Couleur jaune paille, apparence presque translucide, parsemé d’une grosse mousse blanche plutôt diminuante, laissant un cercle alentour du verre. Arômes de paille et d’herbes fraîchement coupés et de houblon et levure à caractère savonneux. Céréales et grains à plein, une belle touche herbale, légèrement phénolique rappelant ainsi le bois et les douces épices au travers des flaveurs presque sucrées. Corps d’épaisseur semi mince, présence en bouche semblant un peu aqueuse, du moins en comparaison avec leur Moneuse. La finale est plutôt sèche et nous ramène la verdure du houblon. Une différente mais toujours authentique bière de saison, très bien fait mais possédant simplement moins de caractère que la Moneuse. Bouteille partagée avec Joce et Léo, 24 Juin 2005.

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