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Saison De Lis | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-Style Saison brewed with Chamomile Flowers.

Fermentation is too clean and industrialized. Chamomile was thought to be a preservative within industrialized breweries trying to export.

Added by hooliganlife on 10-21-2011

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 505
Photo of mschrei
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty much a standard Saison. The usual straw color, pretty frothy with a lot of lacing. Slight citrusy funk on the smell with an acidic fruitiness hiding behind. Not the strongest in terms of farmhouse funk in the taste. Crisp, a slightly fat bitterness on the back end. A little flowery refreshing mouthfeel.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with a little head on it. Nose of flowers, bread and grass. Taste is very floral with notes of hops, melon, tropical fruit, lemon, pepper and yeast. Lingering finish but not overpowering. Not a usual fan of saisons but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of Suds
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on tap a a local place, with my Wife. It was a moderately clear, yellow colored brew with a thin head. The aroma was funky, with a brett, barnyard-like aroma that was fitting and appreciated. The taste was moderately dry, with a bit of dried fruit and some very pale malt underneath. The finish was clean and overall the beer was quite good. I wonder if the bottle and tap are notable different.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, golden yellow with a thick foamy white head on top. Little lacing around the glass. Yeast, lemon, and floral notes form an aroma that awakens memories of spring days. Taste is very yeast forward, with lemon, floral, and earthy notes to back i t up. Mouth feel is coating, while still remaining easy to drink. Neither thick or thin. Overall, a pleasant saison offering from Perennial.

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Photo of ArtAttackEd
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured nice and golden but was a bit hazy. It left some residue in the bottle. Definitely had some floral notes to it. This was very easy to drink. Had a bit of a tea aftertaste but honestly didn't get much of a Chamomile taste of it.

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Photo of Moose90
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a hazy lemony yellow color into the glass, there is a bit of clarity around the edges, but not a whole not. There is a puffy off-white colored head that leaves some sporadic lacing along the inside of the glass.

S — Smell is nice and light, big yeasty character with bright notes of white pepper, lemon, and chamomile, very floral, light, and chewy.

T — Light and floral with notes of fresh cut grass and flowers, little bit of a lemon pepper note as well.

M — Light-Medium bodied with a lingering clean finish.

O — Very good overall, not earth shattering, but this is a very well made floral Saison.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saisons can be hit or miss for me. Often there is a rubbing alcohol type flavor that comes through in some that I can't quite get around. In others I find exactly what i'm looking for. This is the latter. A great combination of dryness and some fruit/tea type notes to keep this interesting. Makes sense that is was brewed with Chamomile as there is a herbal quality that comes through. Extremely drinkable and well balanced. Pairs perfectly with food as well I might add.

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Photo of Tilly
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

P: Golden amber, wheat, white frothy head. Wonderful lacing on the surface and rim.
A: Floral, malt, fruit.
T: Floral, malt, pear, apple, ginger, slightly sour.
M: Dry, light bodied, well balanced very nice finish.
O: This is real good beer made in the true style of Belgian Saison. Bravo Perennial Artisan Ale!

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Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have a love/hate relationship with saisons. I love saisons from Belgium, but hate most American attempts at the style because they crank up the ABV and the end result is far from what the beer should be. Perennial's attempt is closer to what I expect from the style like few American brewers have successfully done.

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium sized head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass. Aroma is mildly spicy but still rustic and I am really surprised by the level of chamomile aroma. This is very floral. The flavor keeps phenols to a minimum that I absolutely loath in saisons. Good wheat malt base that allows yeast esters and chamomile to fully shine. Not as refreshing as I would of liked as this is sort of sweet. Light, crisp body and carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer but I would not pay the same price for a 5% ABV beer.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at a bar in St. Louis. I've had this one before and enjoy it. It's a pretty standard, good tasting saison. The chamomile flowers are very subtle and add an interesting flavor. Good carbonation. I've never had it from the bottle, because the price is outrageous.

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4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wheat golden body hosts a off white head full of big foamy bubbles. Leaves a skim as it slowly fades, but the retention is solid. Nose is big and zesty with tones of bubble gum ,raw wheat and uncut nutmeg but not in a sharp way. Taste is very earthy and zesty all in one. This is a unique flavor that is very hard to pinpoint but it is very good. Some lemon zest and a solid hop backbone play in the flavor as well. This is a very nice saison overall.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

for some reason everyone goes nuts over their stouts....which are good beers, but this saison is absolutely fantastic...I wish they would expand this program!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy pale gold under a clingy 1” white fluffy foam collar S: Earthy, herby, floral aroma, chamomile, a little pepper on the finish. T: Light honey and fruit flavors – peach and other pitted fruits that blend well with the chamomile added to the beer, light funk. F: creamy effervescent, very fine, soft carbonation, medium light body. O: Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Vixie
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice clear golden color with a huge white head. There's a lot of bubbles coming up from the bottom of my Duvel glass.The head lingers for some time, leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is floral up front, also some grass and hay. Smells like outside in the country, which is what I look for in this style.

Bit sweet and floral up front. There's some fruit, maybe apricot or peach. Bit of a pepper spice to it, and just a hint of hops on the finish.

Feel is ok, can really feel the carbonation going down.

I am trying this on a hot humid night, when an easy drinking summer beer is preferable, and I'm glad I tried this one. Goes down nice and easy, and has plenty of flavor. Maybe not quite the best of the style I have had, but still near the top. I'd have no problem drinking this again.

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Photo of JFrank78
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just an exceptional saison. Poured from a bottle picked up from my local shop. Bright, floral, but not overly robust. Slight hop finish. The chamomile is fresh, yet light, doesn't overpower. A very stellar farmhouse. This one will be a frequent guest in my fridge.

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Photo of jwc215
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clouded yellow with a thin head that becomes wispy. Plenty of spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is tea-like and floral with mild tartness.

The taste is mildly tart, slight sweet, well-balanced. A tea-like, floral finish gives a refreshingly spicy dryness.

Light-bodied and refreshing.

A nicely done, unique saison.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a bright white head, the head quickly vanished, lots of tiny bubbles, no lacing, looks like very juicy.

A: Belgian yeast, chamomile flowers are present in the aroma, reminds of chamomile tea, picking up biscuit aromas, there is spice peppercorn aroma in there as well, smells pretty good.

T: Belgian yeast, spice, slight chamomile flavor, the chamomile is stronger on the aroma, spice is pretty strong, it's the one flavor that lingers most.

M: Less than medium mouthfeel, lots of carbonation.

O: Impressive aroma but I was a bit disappointed with the flavor, very spicy, I would like some sweet pear, peach flavors to balance the spiciness. Not bad, most likely will not seek this out as I have had other saisons that I enjoy more.

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Photo of MissSmisje
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: hazy orangey-golden; two-three finger fluffy head with good retention. S: mild; cooked pear, some floral. T: cooked pear, ripe nectarine, delicate chamomile, with a white/pink peppercorn finish; a bit sweet; Belgian yeast. F: sweet but with some crispness, medium-high body; good carbonation. Tasty but not amazing.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one reminds me more of a well made lager than a saison, but nonetheless its not a bad beer.

Appearance: Light clear straw yellow very clear and no hazy to speak of. Reminds me of a Czech lager in appearance. Some light head remains.

Aroma: Smells like a lager, pilsner type malts are dominant in the aroma. Some Belgian yeasts are also present but not as prominent as others.

Taste: Very clean tasting, again reminds me of a very clean finishing lager. Which makes me question the validity of being called a Saison, it loses a lot of the character that is found in most Saison's but I guess interpretation can be everything.

Overall: I really liked this beer, as rating it as a beer I enjoyed, Its pretty high, but for the style its not really characteristic. Hard to determine? I am going to give it the benefit of the doubt and go middle road. I liked it, but its not as profound as a typical saison!

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Photo of fourstringer
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No identifiable date.

A: Cloudy, golden yellow-orange body. 1/2 finger of white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Sweet, fruit-foward Belgian yeast with notes of tropical fruit, peach, pear. Subtle floral hop notes. Candi sugar. Vanilla.

T: Fruity sweetness up front. Partially yields to a slightly herbaceous hopping. Semi-dry. Some indistinct floral notes midway. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body and a lightly creamy feel. Nice.

O: Nice Belgian style brew. Atypical for a saison. I had a little trouble fingering exactly what style to call this. Fruit heavy and sweet, but not too much. Solid quaff. Didn't catch anything specifically chamomile.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, spice, yeast, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with banana bread, spice, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting banana bread flavor that I wasn't expecting from a saison with floral additions.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of gatornation
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a sunshine yellow mostly clear with a very white head some spotty lacing
S-chamomile.yeast,vanilla woody earthy spices and lemon bread
T-follows the nose with bursts of lemon/citrus and chamomile followed by some yeast and dankness a spicy slight funky aftertaste
M--light sweet slight dryness lemon citrus
O-light drinkable tasty saison

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with active carbonation and a big three finger white head with good retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma of earthy camomile, apple juice, summer herbs, saison yeast, peppery and earthy. Flavor starts with bitter camomile and coriander then quickly develops a soft semi-sweet light stone fruit and pear juice element before finishing semi-dry with residual herbal bitterness, somewhat medicinal from the camomile. Light to medium bodied but nice peppery carbonation. A really nice flavor progression from the expected saison semi-dryness of the start with light fruit flavors developing reminiscent of a light dubbel. There are a lot of pleasant herbal flavors in the middle and finish. The camomile is distinctive but adds an interesting bitterness to complement the more typical Belgian spices. I really liked this saison and look forward to other varieties from Perennial.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev +4.2%

A: Cloudy bronze color, looks like a typical belgian. Steady carbonation throughout. Thick two finger white head that looks like cotton

S: Strong chamomile, belgian yeast, cotton, banana bread, lemon pith

T: Mild belgian beer, not too yeasty with a pleasant bitterness that fades to a faint citrus tea then banana bread before finishing with chamomile. Hint of orange, very simply and smooth.

M: Strong carbonation up front that fades to a pleasant citrus taste and cotton mouth feel.

O: Very pleasant drinking belgian, not too yeasty. I'm not the biggest belgian fan, usually the mix of spices and yeast tastes like honey baked ham to me, but this beer is pleasant and not too yeasty. For a belgian, I really enjoyed this one personally.

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Photo of Etan
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

750ml into a teku.

A: Pour is nice. Darkish gold with a spongy white head.

S: Floral, lightly soapy yeast, bit of grainy sweetness and clove.

T: Taste is mild caramel, dry yeast, bit of herbal chamomile, some stone fruit.

M: Medium-bodied and lightly frothy.

O: This is pretty nice. I appreciate the light hand with the chamomile. Still a bit boring. Good for the price ($8 for the 750ml).

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Saison De Lis from Perennial Artisan Ales
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