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Saison De Lis - Perennial Artisan Ales

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very good

67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 469
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 59 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
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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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It was just a matter of time. At some point in a brewer's life, chamomile will prove to be too interesting of a choice to ignore for too long. Its a fascinating set of aromas, tastes and textures to complement nearly any Belgian ale of lighter hues.

De Lis pours with a light eruption in the glass that nearly greets the top of the glass, even with the most modest pour. As it settles, it takes on the typical pale straw color with a milky haze. Its billowing head soon settles into a blanket of cotton-white foam with broken rings in retention and its lace.

Highly floral and perfumy- the scent of chamomile really takes on flowery proportions. But its bouquet doesn't stop there- complementing notes of coriander, fresh ground white pepper and a tinge of rosemary or thyme give an herbal complement to the botanical character. All that lays on a soft wheaty-sweet scent resting slightly behind.

And its that sweetness that greets the taste buds first. Its yeasty sweetness rounds into a light cookie dough base flavor. And that's perfect from which the herb, fruit and spice flavors will spring. Fresh-cut grass, lemon and apple peels bridge the gap from fruit to spice. That's where a light papaya (not quite banana), clove and rosemary-type herbal-ness rises to balance the fruit. Yet its finish is playfully acidic- much like a gentler sparkling white wine.

After the initial sip, I find the ale as creamy as it is zesty as the carbonation keeps the beer light and fluffy. But as the sweetness and bubbles dissipate, the grassy finish offers up a mild astringency to accompany the earthen hop bitterness. Also a soft spank of iron attempts to crispen the oil-like effects that chamomile lays on the surfaces of the mouth.

De Lis is a complicated beer that is easy to dismiss simply because of its friendly and delicate set of aromas, flavors and textures. But don't let it fool you- there's a lot of complexity packed into this recipe.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a teku)

A- This beer pours a slight hazy light apricot color body with a wall of microbubbles gliding to the 1/2 glass of antique white foam that last a good bit. The beer gets hazier with the second pour.

S- The white plastic phenol aroma has some clove qualities to it and a circus peanut ester finish that turns into hair perm chemical aroma as it warms.

T- The dry camomile flower flavor ends in a dry pucker with some plastic taste and circus peanut esters and banana esters really growing as the beer opens up. There is also a black pepper spice that comes through in the finish aswell.

M- The light mouthfeel is dry and has a bit of an astringent bite in the finish that is enhanced by the tight little fizz.

O- The big yeast character and off flavors are very unappealing together and it covers up much of the flower character. The fizz grows enhancing the off flavors and yeast esters making to difficult to finish the bottle.

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3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev +2.1%

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3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nate for this one!

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a bone-white head on top made up of lots of small bubbles. Nice head retention. Lacing forms close to the cap and gets thinner up the glass.

S: Light spice with some apple and a bit of lemon. I get a little bit of a flowery aroma, but wouldn't say it was chamomile.

T: Some cracker malt upfront with some pepper and yeast mixed in. There is some light lemon and zest. Slightly herbal.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Has a nice crispness.

O: Was hoping for a bit more of the chamomile, but a nice saison.

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Saison De Lis from Perennial Artisan Ales
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