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


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RATINGS: 521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3479) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2007
Hazy pale blond body with average carbonation and a huge white frothy head. Good hoppy aroma with coriander hints. Very sharp hoppy taste that carries herbal notes. Ends with a long, dry bitter finish. Without being complex, this is a very enjoyable Saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Bottle... DD Rating 3/21/07 ... Hazy straw-colored ale with a huge, fizzy, white head. Good retention. Delicate aromas of light grain, ancient yeast and earthy, aged hops. Uncomplicated, perfectly balanced flavors of stale pale malt, white bread yeast and a plethora of long forgotten herbs... meaning I really don’t know what they are. Light-bodied and watery with spritzy carbonation. Short, crisp, extremely clean finish. Well-made, but really not at all my thing. Refreshing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. 2005. The aroma is a bit like an herbal infused baby powder with lemongrass, musty notes, barnyard, citrus and ginger making a play as well. Very nice range of smells and concentration. The body is light yellow with mild golden tones and the head a is a beautiful fluffy white affair that is lasting and about three fingers thick. Crisp carbonation on the first sip. The first things tasted are a sweet grainy note and some mild vanilla. Very dry. Not as much flavor range as aroma range. Some grassy hop notes linger far into the finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat light and spritzy and gets thin in the finish, but is still nice ont he whole. could have been more impressed by the flavor, but all in all this is damn enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Thanks to Boutip for this bonus bottle. This stuff was loaded with volatile carbon dioxide. As soon as I removed the metal cork holder, the gunpowder gas ignited and sent the cork smoking into the ceiling. Poured an effervescent pale golden with a large frothy off-white head that left complex web-like lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet and complex, with notes of grass, gingerbread, citrus, honey, and a bit of attic mustiness. Flavor is lightly acidic with notes of lemon, ginger, a bid of alcoholic dryness and some light grass hops. Acidity comes through strongest initially, but fades to a refreshing dryness in the finish. Body is nice and light but perhaps disappears too quickly on the palate. Overall a solid and interesting saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (7262) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2007
(Bottle, Akkurat, Stockholm, 10 Mar 2007) Pale yellow colour with a huge, almost explosive, white head. Tart nose with grassy hops and a dry, acidic character reminding of a lambic. Malty, tart taste with grassy hops. Rather dry and tart, with a slightly wheaty character. Thin to medium body. A bit different, but interesting, saison. (This was my no 666, so I did expect some Iron Maiden here, but hey, I can live with Slayer).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2007
A Sim rate (bottle from ZBF): Very weiss-like aroma with subtle hints of vanilla. Lovely citrus in the flavour with not much else. Bright bright yellow colour. No head. No lacing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
goozen (3562) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2008 Bottle at ZBF. This Saison has the flavor and taste of a barn at start, but will loose the smell of the barn and becomes sweet bitter of taste at the end. Re-rate 20008 Bottle at ZBF, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium: No barn smell this time, but still sweet bitter and now an higher rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2007
Hazy white coloured, some light carbonation and an average white head. Very herby (spelt, citrus) aroma. Full palate. Finish is again very herby like, strong and long lasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RealAleDave (45) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Caged and corked 750 ml bottle. The cork had a rather cryptic "2.005" on it, which I assume to be the year of production. Poured a slightly hazy light gold with an outrageous bright white sticky head that threatened to overflow my glass with each pour. On the nose, it was wonderfully funky, with a ton of yeast character and some delicate, well-integrated spice notes (from the yeast and grain, not actual spices - I believe). Gorgeously harmonious in the mouth, with a firm spine of acidity supporting lovely dry crackery flavors. Really long and an excellent companion to the food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Lemony, grainy aroma, spices and what I suppose must be spelt. A little corny when first poured, that fades as the beer warms and breathes. Pour has a fabulous white head. Taste has more of that spelt thing, white wine grapes and a good bit of funk... including blue cheese and hay. A bit thin for my tastes, but that makes it quite drinkable. A touch boozy though, even at only 6%.

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