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Brewed by Kleinbrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Style: Saison
Erpe-Mere, Belgium
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 548   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
The wondrous fluffy white head tries to espace from the bottle upon opening, but once in the glass, it settles as a lacing contest champion atop the murky pure golden hue. Tear-bringing and heart-invigorating appearance. A first sniff: Dupont-esque yeastiness, fluffy and just bready enough to feel belgian, procuring all those impossible to distinguish spice notes. Beautiful hallertauer flower field bouquet as well. Slightly chaotic aromatic balance, the tightening citrus and intertwined nuances of a Dupont being replaced by dustier, powdery and less bright hops. Fluffy, bubbly body may even be a bit agressively biting, but its size fits perfectly. Soft tartness and slicing, though seemingly far away bitterness do the job. I don’t find the plasticy phenols that bugged me in my first encounter with D’Erpe-Mère which drifts me toward the hypothesis of variable bottles. A peppery, smooth, fresh, dry example. Becomes a bit over soapy through excessive carbonation and hesitating maltiness, but at this level, one word can sum it up: beautiful.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Oh goody - another weird saison that we had never seen before! Carefully popping the cork - you never know.... Hazy golden with a huge head and great lacing. Plenty of spices present here along with some quiet fields of flowers and lightly sweet malts. Taste is tart and lightly sour with an equal amount of sweetness and a spicy funky finish. Cool.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2005
750 mL, capped bottlegenerous, creamy, large bubbled white head, that falls slowly in the middle leaving a reverse plateau on top of the hazed golden body. Strongly yeasty aroma with hints of wheat, sweet must, distant honeycomb and rye. Soft and sweat, wonderfully yeasty flavour with fresh, creamy hops and lightly bitter rinds. Finish is long and smooth and turns lightly bitter with hints of cracked pepper as it warms, nice – but I really like a bit more spice and a bit fuller, slightly more carbonated palate…

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2005
My bottle seems to be conditioned perfectly, and I say that in part because of the incredible, rocky, lasting head formations. This is quite tingly on the tongue, but I do not think it is brewed with spices; the yeast is doing a lot of the work. Very dry. Slight woody thinness mixed with a pine herbality in the flavor, with a bit of sugar tossed in throughout the sip. The aroma is fresh and herbally clean, with great Hallertau nose. Well-integrated in every way. Sweetens up a tad upon warming, but if you like Dupont and Blaugies, this should be up your alley.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pour is golden yellow with nice rocky white head...smell is lightly citrus and yeasty...flavor is cardboardy...some vegetable bitterness, but not good...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2005
A straightforward brew, golden in body with a tall rocky head. Good lacing. The aroma is slightly sour, citric (tangerine?) with a light floral hopping. This is foamy in the mouth, it’s so light-bodied. The flavor is a tart/sour citrus fruit with light, grassy malt and a touch of herbal bitterness. It finishes on a refreshingly sour/bitter note. Not bad, if not very complex for a Saison.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2005
750ml. bottle dated 4/30/05. Clear golden color with a huge rocky head. Floral, citrusy aroma with some grassy notes. All the carbonation must have went to the head because this beer was nearly flat. Flavor of citrus, dirty grass and spices. A bit flat in the flavor department but very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3645) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2007 Bottle, at GBBF 2005. Hazy gold, good white head and moderate condition. Sweet and yeasty aromas with a touch of lactic milkiness, bitter yeast and flowery hops in the mouth with some honeyed perfumed sweet maltiness and a gentle Orval hopsack note, lingering alcoholic and yeasty finish with more perfumed tripel notes..

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Sampled at the Ohio Labor Day gathering, provided by Pailhead. Cloudy yellow-orange body, thin off-white head. Floral, earthy, spicy aroma. Earthy, peppery, floral body with mild sweetness. After that, my notes really become hard to read. Oh, but somebody wrote "Strict Constructionalist" on my notesheet so I remember discussing politics by this point in the evening.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
Couleur jaune pâle parsemé d’une belle mousse blanche. Arômes de houblons frais, camomille, herbes, lime et citron sont au repos à la ferme. En bouche, gains, foin et herbes, beaucoup de coriandre. Finale sèche et citronnée. Carbonatation active et bien dosée aux fines bulles pétillantes. En fût ZBF, voyage Europe 2005


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