Review of Saison Cazeau

29 Jan
Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be sampling the Saison Cazeau produced by the Brasserie De Cazeau located in Templeuve, Belgium.

I can’t say that I know much about this brewery or this beer, so let’s just go ahead and check out the website,, and see what kind of information they provide.

Saison Cazeau is a light white beer, refermented in the bottle, with 5% alcohol content. As well as the Pilsen malt and two hops which give it a really nice bitter flavour, Saison is laced with elderflowers (Sambucus Nigra L.) which make it really refreshing.

The elderflower only blooms for three weeks between mid-May and mid-June, which means that production of our Saison is very time-limited.

Ok.  That sounds nice enough.  Let’s give it a try.

This brew came in a 25.4 oz. bottle with an ABV of 5.0%.

It poured a very clear, golden to yellow color.  A bright white, well sized head was formed from a medium aggressive pour.  It was soapy, fizzy and semi-rocky.  The retention time was suitable and lacing was patchy and somewhat clingy.  It looked pretty nice standing in the tulip I thought.

The nose was clean and fresh.  Springtime grass, freshly baled straw and floral notes popped at first.  Those characteristics were followed by a light, lemony citrus and semi-sweet Pilsner”esque” malts.  Some breadiness and a very slight peppery spice finished it off.  Overall, a nicely balanced and pleasant bouquet.

The taste was also very clean and fresh and nearly identical to the fragrance.  Grassy hops intermingled with bready malts and subdued lemon citrus savors.  The meager peppery spice gave a slight bite at the back end while the modest sweetness helped provide a nice “push/pull” profile that added some complexity.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin bodied.  Very crisp, smooth, refreshing and thirst quenching.  The carbonation was quite lively, however that didn’t hinder the flavor from sticking around on the palate for a few minutes after each swallow.

I thought this beer was solid for sure.  Very much like a more complex Pilsner than a Saison in my opinion though.  Not saying that’s a bad thing or anything.  The drinkability was outstanding and I do believe that it would be a spectacular beer to have during the warmer months.  Particularly after mowing the lawn or doing some yard work.  I’d have no trouble drinking it again I’ll tell ya that and I’d recommend that you give it a shot if it’s available in your area.  Have you guys ever tried the Saison Cazeau? What did you think?  Was it worth your time and effort?  Feel free to leave a comment if you’d like.  I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I greatly appreciate all the support.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.8 out of 5
Grade:  B+

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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Cazeau, Country: Belgium


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