Blaugies Saison D’Epeautre

750 mL, corked and caged green bottle.

Pops with pleasing vigor. Hazed, light butterscotch body. Huge head, but lacing and retention only slightly above average when considering the initial foam; likely because the foam was so wispy and light.

Nose offers light bread, not a great deal else.

Any funk and spice comes in upfront, and to be honest there is not a lot of it. The beer backs away pretty quickly, and becomes an easy drinking, smooth, sweetish, light fruit experience. Oddly, in contrast to the sweet elements that are there at the outset, the beer finishes ultimately quite dry. Then there are a few grassy notes in there as well. Some light acidity finishes the glass. A bit odd, not very consistent, a little all over the place.

The beer initially threatens some prickly mouthfeel, then backs off to be smoother than one first might think. To be honest, it feels a little thin. There’s not a lot of body here, and the lack of funk really gets a little exposed by the light feel of the beer.

This is an extremely easy drinking beer, but perhaps not for the best reasons. It’s inoffensive to the point of being even a little bland. An experienced palate can certainly pick up some of the more subtle notes, but in the final analysis it leaves me wanting more. I like my saisons more aggressive in terms of funk, horseblanket and general rustic nature, and this is not one of those beers.

Competently brewed of course, but not really tearing up any trees here. I need a bit more, and that’s coming from a guy who generally love subtle, low ABV, easy drinking beers. Dare I say it? A little bit ‘meh’. One of those odd occasions when the sum of the parts is less than the individual elements added together. Nowhere near the best Blaugies beer.

 

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04/10/2022
Format:
bottle
ABV: 6.0 %
Appearance: 4.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.0
Overall: 3.0
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