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

bottled
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RATINGS: 450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrt (62) - USA - FEB 7, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2006 A decent beer, but rather light for a Saison Pours a pale lemon color. Almost tastes like a white beer! Certainly refreshing, but a little thinner than most Saisons.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Pours a lightly cloudy golden with tons of CO2 and a plentiful lasting white head. Aroma is elusive with grainy bread notes along with some acidity and funk and some grassy hops. The body is very light. The flavor is even more elusive but I pick up flavors of chamomille, orange, corriander, grassy hops and really light fruity esters. Finishes bone dry with moderate bitterness. I really enjoyed this a lot. I want it on tap all summer long.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2005
Cloudy golden colour. Dusty yeast aroma with hints of feet, biscuits, straw, wood and apple. Fizzy with light fruit notes, earthy hops and lots of dusty yeast. Basic pale malt profile, which becomes more dominant as the beer sits and loses CO2. Simple but well made saison.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Brown/Orange Coloring with White Head. Belgian Yeast and Spice Mixed with Sweet Malt...Bread Dough. Medium Mouthfeel. Nice Heavy Saison.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Hazy orange color with a large head. Slight yeast aroma with a solid hit of spice. Mild wheat taste with hops and more spice to finish. Moderately thick. Well balanced. That’s a pretty tasty Saison... coming from someone who doesn’t seem to care for the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1029) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 15, 2005
lively yet quiet pour that led to a massive white head, which diminished fast enough; golden yellow body, active; notes of hay, grassiness, lemon, some spice, reminiscent of weizen; tart, dry, fizzy creaminess; good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Pours a clear bright effervescent golden with a frothy, well-lacing white head. Semi-sweet Belgian malty and grassy, floral, yeasty aroma. First taste is lightly sweet, balanced with a semi-tart earthy spice. Finishes dry and lightly warming with nice character and authenticity overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2005
750ml 2.004 on cork. Pours a huge off-white head over lite, cloudy, straw colored ale. No lacing. Sweet nose with dank overtones of yeast, staw, and frsh cut grass. There is very fine sediment. The taste is great! Very dry and somewhat acidic, with hints of lemon and chamomile tea. The mouthfeel is a little over the top in carbonation. The yeast is starting to form a small yellow pile in the bottom of the tulip. All and all this was a very enjaoyable, refreshing, and relativly cheap beer experience.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Seeminly fresh-esque bottle with a 2005 cork: Pale blonde, hazy with some small chunks of white stuff, good snap when the cork came out, no gushing but a nice effervescent pour.Smells like a nice warm summer day in a forest downwind from a marble quarry or something, Sort of chalky texture with flavors of chamomile and lemon balm on a spritzy, refreshing blonde ale frame. Sort of extreme but I like it alot!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Stupendously carbonated, I am barely able to pour an inch and a half of beer before my glass is filled with a frothy meringue consistency, pale, off-white head. The beer is a lightly hazy straw gold color. The aroma is spicy and herbal with notes of grass, fresh cut basil and perhaps a hint of chive even. The spices and herbs sit atop a solid dry grain character. As expected the beer is quite spritzy and frothy as it hits my mouth. The taste is dry with a touch of tartness, which is reminiscent of limes. This finishes with a sharp pepper note that is joined by the piquancy of ginger. This beer is quite light on the palate, and is quite quenching in a perfectly lazy, hot afternoon kind of way.

Other flavors that dance across my tongue are fleeting notes of clove, a hayfield sort of graininess, . The finish has a nice herbal hop bite / astringency and bitterness to it. I must admit that I am quite enjoying this beer, it has a perfect mix of dry graininess, slight tartness, spicy sharpness, and astringent bitterness in the finish to be a great beer to drink, or even quaff for an evening, or even day if you prefer.


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