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Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 18 5 9 2009
750ml
$11.99
Sam's Marcey

Bottled 7/1/08

This beer gushed like mad when I first cracked it. Luckily I caught it soon enough to not make a huge mess but it is sitting in the sink right now still slowly gushing. Half my tulip fills with a glowing golden liquid with a touch of haze but surprisingly not a glassful of restless yeast after the gushing. The other half fills to the rim with a sticky, meringue-like head that falls so slowly it's almost painful to watch leaving sticky intricate lace behind. This is what a saison should look like.

The nose has all the expected saison goodness. Green apple gets things started before being quickly overtaken by sugar cookie and freshly husked grains, which is fairly unique for most saisons. There's a little wheatiness in the back but the freshly husked grains segue into a barnyard quality that continues to grow. The second pour doesn't have the funkiness upfront but as it settles comes right back. A mild hay and grassy hoppiness flit around in the back. This is what you expect to find in a rustic saison.

The barnyard qualities aren't there as much as the nose suggested but the lightly tart, lightly sweet green apple and sugar cookie come along in all their glory. The fresh barley is there as well and adds a unique characteristic. Wheat isn't as prevalent but the finish is fruity (golden pears and peach) and hoppy with grassy notes that linger long after each drink. This saison is vibrant and the flavors nearly explode on the tongue. When this beer warms candi sugar comes noticeably forward.

The mouthfeel is stellar and exactly what I look for in the best saisons. The carbonation is lively but never reaches prickly. The body is moderate with an airy feel when the carbonation kicks in and the grassy hoppiness adds a solid bitter backbone. The bubbles are dialed in just right on this beauty.

I could drink this beer all day long with no problem at all. The abv is up pretty high for a saison but there isn't one hint in either the flavor or the aroma. One bottle is not enough.

This, for some reason, is my first tasting of D'Erpe-Mere and it surely won't be my last. This is one of the classic saisons on the shelves at the moment. I would recommend this to anyone that's a lover of the delicious nectar that is saison.

Reviewed: 5/23/09

Price: $11.99 Served In: Tulip