Saison De Lis - Perennial Artisan Ales

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414 Ratings
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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 26
Gots: 46 | FT: 5
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hooliganlife on 10-21-2011

Belgian-Style Saison brewed with Chamomile Flowers.
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Ratings: 414 | Reviews: 62
Photo of jwc215
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Catracho5
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of MissSmisje
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of humuloner22
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Photo of fourstringer
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Prost!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Reviews keep dropping out ugh

Did not like the over ripe pear taste, great nose & terrific mouthfeel...

Photo of gatornation
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Chamomile adds awesome flavor, really enjoyably spiced.

Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

Photo of Etan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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).

Photo of mactrail
2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Big spew at first pour. Have to watch every pour as half of it ends up on the counter. It's quite lovely whipped cream on top of the amber brew if you have 40 minutes to pour and wait. Lots of sediment.

The chamomile taste is not overly strong but it's that usual odd herbal tea flavor that doesn't add much to a beer, in my opinion. Scratchy and overly yeasty with a bitter acidic taste. Pleasant flowery aroma is the bright spot.

I'm getting tired of this run of big spew beers lately. Especially for 10 bucks. From the bottle-capped 750 ml bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquor in Denver. No bottled by date.

Photo of seedyone
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

05/14/14 On tap. Cloudy. Creamy. Full head. Full taste. Full body. All that given, it doesn't hit the spot. The balance is good, but it doesn't quench the thirst. It lingers on the tongue but without the 'bite' it's kind of like a date with someone your Aunt arranged...sort of attractive, but not enough for a second go round. I always feel bad about not having more enthusiasm for this kind of effort. It's well planned...but...

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: after gushing out maybe a third of the bottle it poured a golden orange color, with a two plus finger white head that leaves a sticky lacing on the sides. completely hazy and opaque.

Smell: mix of fruity and floral flavors. some apples, some floral and some chamomile.

Taste: opens up with apples and a quick kick of chamomile. backend has floral, yeast and maybe a little bit of a spicey character.

Mouthfeel: light and slightly sweet.

Overall: this is a pretty good beer. but it doesn't quite do it for me. I think for the style it could use more dryness and more yeast character.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station. Poured into a small Belgian style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a sunny golden body with a hazy disposition that prevents much light from passing through, and therefore creates a flatter depth of color than might otherwise be present. All the same, there are notes of goldenrod and lemon rind, lying in wait beneath a pillowy stark white head of luscious foam. Retention is excellent, and as it starts to fade, it leaves sheets of leopard print lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell - The initial aroma is an assertive blend of floral overtones and orchard fruit sweetness, bringing to mind notes of nectarine and faint apple. With subsequent smells, the aroma become a bit sweeter, with notes of nectar and honey. There is absolutely no bitterness to speak of, but there are some light grain elements of whole grain crackers.

Taste - Much like the smell, the floral nectar and fruity overtones of the chamomile are hovering over a rustic base including notes of nectarine and white pepper, with some other hard-to-identify spicing elements as well. Perhaps lemongrass and candied apple. Here there is a little bit of bitterness, but nothing very overt--just some faint bite, like light garden greens.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and a light carbonation that lends a foamy, almost cotton candy like feel to the mouth. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a fantastically light and floral saison, using the addition of chamomile to compliment the estery yeast notes from the base beer. If Tank 7 weren't so prevalent in my market, I could easily see this being a go-to for the style.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: It poured with a finger high white head that died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
A: Light aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with some hints of floral hops and spices.
T: The taste seems to be a little fruitier compared to the smell and has notes of apples and slight hints of sweetness. Notes of Belgian yeast and pale malts are also present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have much of the complexities as in other saisons, but is pleasant to drink and has some refreshing properties.

Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont into a tumbler glass.

Big white foamy head, but presented with about a finger length tall. Good staying power. Dull bodied lemon body color, slightly green, lots of good rising carbonation and some good ring like sheets of lacing while drinking.

Nose has a real interesting sweet yeast component. Mild sense of floral and herb notes, with a deep malt dough that dominates. Not particularly dry, and no sense of heat or funk or anything crazy here.

Palate is sweet, with a thick peanut butter aroma and taste. How odd. Big peanut butter cookie and dough white bread, really chewy texture to go along with this. Much of the aroma is slammed by this flavor profile, and thick sweetness that takes over.

It's an interesting beer but reminds me nothing of a saison character at all. Much of the classic dryness is lost here, and the floral and herbal muted notes are completely lost in the palate.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at pizza paradiso 5/8/14

A-Hazy citrus appearance with a creamy white head.

S-Smells faintly lactic with sweet apples, flowers and yeast, mildly tart in the nose.

T-Tastes basically like sweet cooked apples, cinnamon, raisins, cane sugar, sweet dough, sweet goodness

M-wonderful mouthfeel well balance and good carbonation

O-overall a great saison

Photo of Stevedore
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Perennial Tap Room in St. Louis, MO. Poured into a snifter glass today, 4/5/2014.

App- slightly hazy golden straw body, half a finger effervescent white head with minimal retention. Some lacing, not a ton. Looks like a beer, nothing surprising.

Smell- earthy saison funk and pale malt breadiness. Not particularly complex but a good simple combination. No chamomile tea or floral notes to be found. A bummer.

Flavour- still no chamomile character to be found; perhaps it's contributing to the earthy notes. Some non-descript yeast spices, bready pale malt, small touch of funk. Solid profile but nothing superbly interesting.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, almost creamy but not overly so that it would be out of style. Solid drinking beer, not offensive on this aspect. Saison funk, earth on the backend.

Overall- a fine saison, nothing too memorable but I wouldn't turn it down if offered to me. Worth a try at least once. But it's rather expensive for a bottle if I recall correctly.

Photo of aasher
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at Bailey's Range in St. Louis.

This beer arrived a crystal clear polished bright gold in color with a one finger head. It was the second beer I ordered but maintained the white head for over fifteen minutes. The nose featured light Belgian yeast and pale malt. It wasn't overly telling and unfortunately not very aromatic. The flavors however offered pale Belgian malt sweetness, real honey, and honey crisp apples. After the nose I didn't expect that. It is very well balanced. The apple in the after taste is pretty nice. It drinks light in body and doesn't show any of its alcohol. For a beer of the style it is very sessionable. Overall I was quite impressed. This beer was pretty nice on draft. I'd order another.

Photo of joe1510
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml
$7.49
Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen, IL

Saison de Lis sports a hazy sunset orange body. The haze is enough that you can't see through the body. When backlit gold becomes dominant and streams of carbonation can be seen rushing to the surface. A head, pure as the driven snow, grows to a couple fingers in height and never falls below a hefty cap. Spotty but chunky lacing is left behind after each drink.

Green apple and a touch of estery spice are noticeable from the first smell. There's a larger than expected sweetness, more sugar cookie and graham cracker than candy but it's there none the less. The chamomile jumps in midway through adding a unique quality with some cinnamon aspects. This beer smells like a softly sweet cookie of sorts. The more I smell the more I like but it's not what I expected.

The flavor profile dries up nicely losing some of that sweetness. Orchard fruits are present but run together and are tough to single out. Peach and apple are more apparent with some warmth. There's a soft floral quality from the middle through the finish that goes well with the fruitiness. Herbals linger on the swallow.All of this over the top of a clean graham cracker maltiness. A unique saison.

The guys at Perennial nailed the mouthfeel. A light body is accompanied by an active, prickly carbonation that lends a welcomed frothiness. The swallow is slightly dry and a mild bitterness lingers along with the orchard fruitiness.

Saison de Lis is an all around solid saison. The chamomile adds a unique character and while I don't run along such graham cracker maltiness very often it's grown on me. For $7.50 I'd pick up another bottle. It won't be in my regular rotation but will be drank again.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a hazed gold color with a bright white head that is fluffy and bright.

Nose is definitely chamomile...and some lemony yeast/hops and tangy florals. Nice nose.

Taste shows plenty of spices, the chamomile is big and I suspect there might be some other spices at work here...maybe orange peel? Peppery yeast and some thick malts...not as crisp as many a saison, but its not too bad. Ive used chamomile in homebrew before and it is tough to not use too much...deft use of chamomile here.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i am really high on perennial right now, and for a guy who has gone t just about every brewery in the greater st Louis area, I have somehow missed this one. I think their beers are in the state, but I just got a recent delivery from a good friend. thanks phil. brewed with chamomile flowers, lovely. the color is much lighter and clearer than expected, with an inch of pure white bubbly head that doesn't last too long. a nose of French saison yeast that echoes my homebrew perfectly. almost wine-like, cidery, not my favorite saison strain, but it works with the intense bitterness of the flowers. not as springtime as the label hints at in terms of flavor. its simply a balanced saison with the hops being replaced by the flowers as a bittering agent. not a real floral beer other than that. clean and refreshing, but slightly odd from what may be a slight overdose of yeast. great carbonation and a super clean finish for the style, light and drinkable at only 5% abv. perennial has got some really cool beers out right now, and while this may not be their most adventurous, it is certainly a cleverly dreamt up and expertly pulled off beverage.

Photo of DaveBlack
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden beer, with about 1 1/2 fingers worth of fluffy white head that has seemingly infinite retention and a lot of lacing.

S: Yeasty and spicy smelling. Crisp smell of grains, and a touch of floral notes. Not all that interesting, but pleasant.

T: Taste is light, with a lot of those grainy notes up front, some yeast in the middle, and the finish brings a whopping dose of chamomile. The chamomile plays nicely with the light, yeasty flavor, to make this a remarkably refreshing beer.

M: Light on the body (apparently my word of the day for this beer), and heavy on the carbonation to make this beer go down easy.

O: Really an excellent beer. Much more than I was expecting. I have to say, I am not a huge fan of chamomile generally, but this is a great application. The light, fruity notes play well in the saison, and add a depth that is unique. A great, warm weather beer.

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Saison De Lis from Perennial Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.