I’m on a mission to try as many Belgian beers as possible in the next several months. Certainly a worthy mission under normal circumstances, but this is an especially worthy mission because I’m going to Belgium this fall. My intent is to try what’s available here in the Pacific Northwest so I can seek out the stuff I can’t get here. That, and I just love Belgian beer. Lately, I’ve been on a saison kick. Saison d’Erpe-Mere is a rare Flemish saison. Most saisons are brewed in the French-speaking portion of Belgium. The story behind this beer and brewery (Brewery De Glazen Toren) is quite nice. It’s basically the home brewer’s dream. A couple of guys started making beer, got some bigger equipment (just barely) and managed to create a beer that’s recognized world-wide as a leader in its category.
Appearance: Hazy, yellow with gold highlights and pillow-y, white head with amazing retention.
Aroma: spicy, citrus-y nose with a nice malt undertone and subtle hop character.
Taste: Malt undertones continue. The huge bouquet of spice and ester-y fruit character is very
intense, but not overwhelmingly so. The high carbonation level makes this beer extra “spritzy” on the palate.
Overall Impression: This is a very exciting beer. I can see so many food pairing options with it. It’s delicate enough to go with more subtle, light dishes and also powerful enough to handle more hearty fare. The high carbonation will help refresh the palate and ready you for more food. This beer is a must if you see it. It’s well worth your time and effort to find it.
Availability: Nationally at better beer stores in larger cities.