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

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RATINGS: 578   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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.

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3.2
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2008
750ml corked & caged bottle: Pale lager yellow pour that rousts a rim high bright white that eventually settles, leaving plenty of lace in its wake. The aroma is quite lagerish with initial notes of grassy hops and sweet malts. More subtle notes of earthy wheat and citrusy esthers come through as the beer warms. Thinnish body that is spritzy with carbonation. Interesting, seems simplistic on the surface but is complex as you spend more time with it.

4.5
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 9, 2008
A cold pour throws up its arms in a fuming fashion pushing foamy suds to the brink of my goblet where it rests as if a sleeper in slow motion. Lacing is sticky and fluffy w/ strong aromatics perfuming the whole room. This is a class act people. I can smell vanilla cream, citrus, tropicals, milky spice, and a bit of sulpher. The color is a bright creamy yellow almost casting off a light of it’s own. Medium nectar w/ expansive effers on the palate. Crisp and malty, bright and refreshing w/ a defined gunsmoke thing going on. The flavors really follow the aroma to a T. Theres a nice skunky bittering component on the finish. It’s delicate yet very complex.

3.6
OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2008
750 ml bottle.

I remove the cage and the cork explodes out of this one almost before I can get my face out of the way. I put my hand over the bottle but it acts only as a thumb pressing the nozzle of a hose, spraying beer all over the kitchen, my clothes, and into my face. After all of the excitement settles down, the beer pours a lightly cloudy gold with a reasonable amount of light-bodied floaty material and a large, beautiful fluffy white head. The beer offers an aroma with yeasty spiciness, gently tart nose, some sour grass, banana esters, crisp euro-hops. Gentle lemon tartness, slightly chalky, definite spice and a bit of aged cheese from the yeasts (most notable on the last pour of the bottle with the yeasts along for the ride), hint of lemon peel, crisp hopfield close. The carbonation is outright prickly shortly after opening the bottle, too much so. As the bottle warms and the carbonation mellows over the susequent two hours, the beer improves considerably. It’s enjoyable, refreshing, and would be a delight to try fresh to tap. In the bottle, it’s good, but not as funky or complex as some other saisons and ultimately not near the top of the style for me even though I am hard pressed to point out any brewing flaws in the beer.

2.1
Rune (12753) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 28, 2008
Green 375ml bottle topped with a cork and a wire cradle. Huge, creamy snow white head, rapidly fading away. Unclear, straw-yellow body. Spreading smell of wheaty tartness. Very dry palate with flavours of late lemon, spices and dry yeast. Lively carbonated. Not memorable (carried home from LDBF in March, 27.04.2008)

3.7
daniele (9063) - ITALY - APR 26, 2008
chiara buona schiuma non fine mediamente peristente sentori freschi leggermente aciduli ringfrescante poco corpo buon luppolo in finale

3.3
RIXbeer (102) - USA - APR 20, 2008
Pours a tiny amount of beer with a gigantic amount of head. like 80% head. It took 10 minutes to pour the whole glass. Also This beer has a huge amount of "chunky" yeast. The first time I had this beer we poured the yeast into our glasses (split with Marc). The second time I kept the yeast out (split with Kevbo). Once the head fades, it leaves a barely visible amount of foam at the top and a ton of sticky lacing on the sides. You can taste the Spelt as long as you don’t pour the yeast into the glass. I swear to god the "Chunky" yeast kills the flavor of the spelt. But that’s all you can taste. In all honesty I wouldn’t go out of my way for this beer. I love this style of beer and this one is mediocre to barely good at best. It has a champagne like mouthfeel. Bubbly and very carbonated. Over all? hmmm At the time of this rating this beers averages an A-. That’s crazy. This beer isn’t better than a B- Grab a Hennepin instead! Not on my list of beers to have again.

3.1
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - APR 20, 2008
Amber, golden colored brew. Malty aroma. Malty flavor with modest sourness. A bit yeasty and spicy.

2.9
Bullit (4637) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 16, 2008
Unclear golden colour, huge white head. Aroma has malts and yeast. Flavour is light apple sour. Finishes dry and bitter. Not my style.

3.5
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2008
Bottle shared with Carlus12. Nose of apples and yeast. Pours a hazy amber beer. The taste is tart with some sweetness and minerals. Quite balanced.

3.6
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2008
Bottle on 4/3/2008. Faintly hazy light gold body with a medium foamy, quickly dissipating head. Aroma has some earthy qualities, countered by a light floral , citrus, and spice notes. Light body with a champagne like effervescence and very dry, palate cleansing mouthfeel. Not much sweetness at all, an underlying acidity, and spicy bitterness round out the flavor.


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