Saison d’Erpe-Mere – Brouwerij de Glazen Toren (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: A-

Saison d’Erpe-Mere – Brouwerij de Glazen Toren, 6.9% ABV – 750ml, (Erpe-Mere, Belgium)

on the back of the paper wrapper:

“Saison d’Erpe-Mere of Brewery De Glazen Toren is a  blond  beer of high fermentation brewed according to the old Saison tradition of Hainaut. The beer is not filtered but slowly lagers in the cylindro conical fermentation tanks. Hopped in the boiling vessel with an aromahop and bitterhop, enriched by late hopping during the cooling process, the beer receives a sweetbitter touch with a pronounced hopflavour. The wheat used enriches the head and improves the drinkability. Saison d’Erpe Mere is a real natural beer!”

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  • Style: Saison
  • Taste Profile: creamy sweetness -> golden syrup malt/peach -> coriander dryness/soft bitter hop finish.
  • Where I got it : W.16th
  • How much: $13 (after 10% off), September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Wrapped in paper this is like a Christmas present in.. September! Unwrapping it reveals, a naked brown bottle with a De Glazen Toren cap to assure you no switcheroo happened. Pours cloudy light orange-yellow with a nice-sized foamy head, long retention, lots of sticky lacing, lots of activity.

Nose: sour citrus grassy wheat malts with unoffensive barnyard puke

Attack: ultra creamy mouthfeel, sweetness(7/10)

Mid-palate: (MAIN) golden syrup sweet wheat malt, peach (HINTS) hay, yeast

Finish: coriander dryness, peach exhale, subtle-attacking bitter hoppy malt finish

Summary: This tastes like a hybrid blond/saison, combining the best of both worlds. Sweet malts with a sour/tangy backdrop. Supremely drinkable, while soloing the whole bottle with a meal.