Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Saison is a classical beer style from the north of Henegouwen and the south west of Brabant. These beers are light, fruity, sourish, amber coloured, refreshingly carbonated, and slightly bitter. They are brewed at a high temperature, releasing a high amount of unfermented sugars. Dry hopping and refermenting on the bottle are optional. Originally saison beer was brewed in winter to quench the thirst of the field labourers during the summer that followed. Saison beers are being brewed throughout the year nowadays, and some are also sweetish.


Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 5.0-8.0% 

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Saison D'Epeautre 6°- 37.5 cl - 12.7fl.oz

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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 wheat 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.

Saison 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.

“A fine revival.” – Michael Jackson

TMarie Noellehe Blaugies brewers, a husband, wife, and son team -- mom does the brewing -- are 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.

Marie-Noelle Pourtois and husband Pierre-Alex Carlier are schoolteachers living in Blaugies who together have come up with a formula for great traditional specialty beers. She does the brewing. Their hearty, flavorful, and sometimes exotic styles are all made in their tiny garage brewery. The brewery was first fired up in 1987.

Pierre AlexThe Brasserie de Blaugies uses yeast from Dupont, but its beers are generally a bit warmer and fruitier, and less hoppy and hard-edged than Dupont’s. The Darbyste and Saison d'Epeautre are quite dry. The Blaugies beers are discussed at some length in Jackson’s The Great Beers of Belgium, with photos of the brewers and the beers. The brewers, a husband and wife team, are very adventurous in re-creating traditional beer styles – and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. The beers are very highly regarded among connoisseurs in Belgium. The Moneuse Winter beer and Darbyste are especially highly rated in The Beers of Wallonia.

The brewery is very literally built into the garage of a comfortable farmhouse in tiny, agrarian Blaugies. When the mashing is finished, Marie-Noëlle backs the tractor up to the door and shovels the spent grain into the back. The grain goes right out to the livestock. The Carlier/Pourtois 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 of these beers. They give you the feeling that the brewer put this beer in the bottle just a few days ago, especially for you. Like many saisons, the beer is over-lively in carbonation, due to conditioning in the bottle with perhaps a touch too much live yeast. This does give it a little youthful freshness to offset the impression of age and the strong “cellar” aromas.

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Saison Dupont 6.5° - 1/4L -8.4fl.oz

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This is a top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle. Since 1844, this beer has been brewed in the farm-brewery, during the winter time. Then there is a second refermentation in the barrel. A very thirst-quenching beer that was served to the “saisoniers” which were working on the fields. Coppery blond, the finest aromas and a strong bitterness transform this beer into a thirst-quenchener with no equal, just the way it was created.

Saison 1900 5.2° - 1/3L -11.6fl.oz

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It is a gusher so beware. Pours a murky amber/orange. The white head billows and billows and as it recedes quickly, then slowly at the end it leaves some nice lacing. It smells pretty strong, with nice spicy yeast, dark fruits, banana, clove, tropical, and candy sugar. It is definitely one of those scents that smells oh so good. Take that smell, add a touch of malt and you have the flavor of this beer. It is pretty sweet but not cloying. Slightly bittersweet, but overall it is a bottle of yeasty, fruity goodness. Lip smacking good.This is a damn good beer, one of the best Saisons I have had, it is sweeter and darker than most but pretty much with a high drinkability, just beware the gush.

Saison De Dottignies 5.5°

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Pours a perfect, slightly cloudy yellow with a billowing white head. It leaves something that's more akin to webbing than "lacing"...must be loaded with hops. A little whiff confirms that crisp, floral, grassy hops abound. Light pilsner malt aroma with slight yeasty hints. The taste is also quite hoppy, but in a mostly aromatic sense. That's not to say it isn't bitter--it is--but it's a dry, refreshing bitterness. Very light sweetness from the malts at the start, but it finishes without any hint of it; very well attenuated. Substantial body for a Saison with just the right amount of carbonation.

Saison Voisin 6°- 1/3L -11.6fl.oz

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Brewed according to the original receipt and according to the councils of Mr. Close Leon, reprocessed brewer, this beer is amber and contains 5% vol. alc. Refreshing, with a light bitter and fruity key, the Season Neighbor results from a high fermentation. It is not filtered, not pasteurized and is also refermented in bottle. Pours a hazy orange-ish amber color with a big, yeasty light tan head. In the aroma, light fruitiness, yeasty and a small hop presence. In the taste, quite hoppy, small fruitiness and a small yeasty taste too. A hoppy bite, and light mouth feel, with a dry, hoppy and refreshing aftertaste. Refreshing and nice hop presence, with just a touch of fruit.

Saison Silly 5° -1/4L- 8.4fl.oz

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The Brewery of Silly is well known for its Saison beer. The Saison style is a blend of old and new beers. Its taste is remarkable, light and favourably combined to offer a tone that is both modestly sweetened and fruity, leaving the mouth with a refreshing feel as is constantly asked of it.

A beer to be serverd chilly on a summer evening.

 

Saison Silly LogoLast century saw large farms in Hainaut brewing barley and hops. Silly is a village lying in the Ath, Enghien and Soignies triangle and is crossed by the Sylle, the river from which the village takes its name. Silly possesses a brewery that was founded in 1850 as Cense de la Tour, and that is today operated by the 5th generation.

From 1947 the Brewery became more prominent than the farm yet was still only producing top fermentation beer like Grisette, Saison and Scotch. Several years later in 1950 when the Brewery already had a chain of bars, it began producing a bottom fermentation beer Pils as part of its product range.

1975 is noted for the purchase of the Tennstedt Decroes Brewery in Enghien which meant that it could add Double Enghien to its range, today available in two forms: brown ale and lager.

1990 saw the creation of a white beer known as Blanche Titje. This beer together with Saison de Silly, Double Enghien and Divine, have contributed to the growth of this independent and traditionally based family business.

But it doesn't stop there! Research efforts have helped in producing the latest family beer, a pink grapefruit flavoured white beer: Pink Killer, with a bright promising future.

Over recent years the Brewery has been enhancing its export business.

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Saison Regal 5.5° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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Appearance : copper colored, sparkling with a fine, dense head. Flair : complex, hop base with fruity touch. Taste : well pronounced bitterness, appreciated for its thirst-quenching and lightness. Remark : tasting between 5° and 12°C.

 

 

Saison Regal LogoEverything began in 1858 when Martin BELOT, farmer in Purnode, started brewing a beer in his farm. In the very beginning, the beer was only brewed in the winter, when there was no work for his farmworkers on the fields.
The discovery of a well of water of outstanding quality and quantity close to the farm was, of course, an additional asset.

The brewery proposed a very wide range of products, going from table-beer to strong beers, passing through a large mix of densities, colours, bitterness and tastes. The brewer distributed the beers himself to his customers, mostly within a few kilometers around the brewery. It was after the first worldwar that the beer La GAULOISE top-fermented brown beer, started to be brewed.
From the very beginning, this beer has been very successful. La Gauloise brown is nowadays the oldest beer brewed and produced by Brasserie du Bocq.

The Old BreweryBrasserie du Bocq was a PLC since 1949. 100% family concern, the brewery still remains independent of all Belgian or foreign brewing groups. All the farmactivities and door-to-door deliveries were definitely stopped in 1960. The delivery of the beers started through supermarkets, drinkmarkets and beermerchants.
By taking over the Brasserie Centrale de Marbaix-la-Tour in 1967, Brasserie du Bocq added two new beers to its range of products : SAISON REGAL and REGAL CHRISTMAS. 
The Belot family decided at that period to specialize in the production of special top-fermented beers with refermentation in the bottle.

In 1983, Brasserie du Bocq stopped all production at Brasserie Centrale de Marbaix-la-Tour in order to concentrate the entire production of beers in Purnode where the production equipment is being modernized with own cash.

Taking advantage of the query for traditional beers, Brasserie du Bocq started with the exportation of its products. And this became a success. Indeed, Belgian beers have an excellent reputation all over the world.  Brasserie du Bocq exports mainly to France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Great Britain, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, Australia, Japan …  The production volume has doubled in seven years and reached almost 60.000 hectolitres in 2000. With actual sales of more than 6.250.000 Euros, Brasserie du Bocq is considered as being one of the most important independent breweries of Wallonia.

Moreover, Brasserie du Bocq has the necessary production facilities and adequate sales department in order to bear a contract brewing production. This way, the company provides an outstanding know-how and industrial tool to its customers.

Brasserie Du BocqToday, nothing has changed in Purnode, at least in the art of brewing. Even if the company has widely extended its local activities, it nevertheless remains a family concern. Be sure this story will last for many years and that the beers of the Brasserie du Bocq will animate for ever and ever this charming little village of Purnode.

At Brasserie du Bocq, two brews a day are produced : one brew contents about 22.000 litres or 220 hectolitres.

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Saison Regal 5.5° - 3/4L - 25.3fl.oz

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Appearance : copper coloured, sparkling with a fine, dense head. Flair : complex, hop base with fruity touch. Taste : well pronounced bitterness, appreciated for its thirst-quenching and lightness. Remark : tasting between 5° and 12°C.

 

 

Saison Regal LogoEverything began in 1858 when Martin BELOT, farmer in Purnode, started brewing a beer in his farm. In the very beginning, the beer was only brewed in the winter, when there was no work for his farmworkers on the fields.
The discovery of a well of water of outstanding quality and quantity close to the farm was, of course, an additional asset.

The brewery proposed a very wide range of products, going from table-beer to strong beers, passing through a large mix of densities, colours, bitterness and tastes. The brewer distributed the beers himself to his customers, mostly within a few kilometers around the brewery. It was after the first worldwar that the beer La GAULOISE top-fermented brown beer, started to be brewed.
From the very beginning, this beer has been very successful. La Gauloise brown is nowadays the oldest beer brewed and produced by Brasserie du Bocq.

The Old BreweryBrasserie du Bocq was a PLC since 1949. 100% family concern, the brewery still remains independent of all Belgian or foreign brewing groups. All the farmactivities and door-to-door deliveries were definitely stopped in 1960. The delivery of the beers started through supermarkets, drinkmarkets and beermerchants.
By taking over the Brasserie Centrale de Marbaix-la-Tour in 1967, Brasserie du Bocq added two new beers to its range of products : SAISON REGAL and REGAL CHRISTMAS. 
The Belot family decided at that period to specialize in the production of special top-fermented beers with refermentation in the bottle.

In 1983, Brasserie du Bocq stopped all production at Brasserie Centrale de Marbaix-la-Tour in order to concentrate the entire production of beers in Purnode where the production equipment is being modernized with own cash.

Taking advantage of the query for traditional beers, Brasserie du Bocq started with the exportation of its products. And this became a success. Indeed, Belgian beers have an excellent reputation all over the world.  Brasserie du Bocq exports mainly to France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Great Britain, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, Australia, Japan …  The production volume has doubled in seven years and reached almost 60.000 hectolitres in 2000. With actual sales of more than 6.250.000 Euros, Brasserie du Bocq is considered as being one of the most important independent breweries of Wallonia.

Moreover, Brasserie du Bocq has the necessary production facilities and adequate sales department in order to bear a contract brewing production. This way, the company provides an outstanding know-how and industrial tool to its customers.

Brasserie Du BocqToday, nothing has changed in Purnode, at least in the art of brewing. Even if the company has widely extended its local activities, it nevertheless remains a family concern. Be sure this story will last for many years and that the beers of the Brasserie du Bocq will animate for ever and ever this charming little village of Purnode.

At Brasserie du Bocq, two brews a day are produced : one brew contents about 22.000 litres or 220 hectolitres.

Brewers Website: click here

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