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Saison De Lis - Perennial Artisan Ales

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416 Ratings
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 26
Gots: 48 | FT: 5
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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Ratings: 416 | Reviews: 62
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of socon67
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy yellow with a high white foam. Slight lacing, and some carbonation.

S - Scents of lemon and a funky yeast strain. Has a bit of a musty hay smell.

T - I tasted cherry and lemon flavor, along with a bit of acidic bite at the end.

M - A bit lighter than I'd like, but it is a refreshing summer beer.

O - Worth trying again. I liked the fruit flavors with a mellow tartness. Good beer for sunny days.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip

pours a bright hazy golden yellow. huge fizzy fluffy head pours over the top. slowly diminishes leaving some chunky lacing. light retention.

funk up front with a light chamomile in the back. hint of alcohol.

quite funky through out. light chamomile through out. seems to mute the funk a bit, in a good way, making this very drinkable. some slight hoppy bitterness and citrus deep within. some bread and yeast emerges at times.

great carbonation really accentuates the flavors and brings them to life. light body.

a great saison all around, no complaints here.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale hazy yellow orange. Big white head. Great retention, nice lacing.

Smell - Pale malt. Slightly floral and doughy.

Taste - Grainy, pale malt. Lots of chamomile, or whatever that is. Slight apple in the back. Touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Bland.

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 Hjammer
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass.

Perfect for a Summer evening.

A: Looks are subjective, but this is one heck of a pretty looking beer. The clearest, most filtered, pale yellow I've ever seen. Wonderful pearly white, soapy head. Just about a finger's worth of head, that sticks around for a decent amount of time. Does not go completely flat, clings to the edge of the glass. There is something about the bubbly head of a saison that is just fantastic; this guy is no different. Very pretty!

S: Just a bit of saison-funk, and a lot of sweetness. The chamomlie definitely comes out here. Second best smelling beer behind Daisy Cutter, IMO. Pleasant.

T: Wow wow wow. This is just fantastic. I assume the chamomlie is giving the beer just a subtle amount of sweetness. Finishes with a moderate amount of bitterness. Not a hoppy bitterness, but an earthy/vegetal bitterness. A wonderful balance of flavors.

M: Nice, light and refreshing. Nothing out of the ordinary here, but I will say this brew carbonates a lot in your mouth. It is a little distracting to swallow the beer, and have to take an extra gulp to get the bubbles out of your mouth. Never experienced this, maybe I did something out of the ordinary?

O: Maybe it's the fact that I had a long day at work and this was the perfect solution. Seems to smell and taste sweeter as you work through the bottle. A fantastically refreshing beer. Makes me wish I had a couple more! Well done Perennial!

Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with honey highlights. The head is pure white and dense, almost meringue like; and settles into a chunky cap.

The aroma is of tart apple and lemons. There is a floral sweetness as well as some light phenols. Good saison aroma, highlights the yeast.

The taste is of a dry pilsner malt. Some sugary sweetness to go along with some floral notes. Don't get much of the goodness from the yeast as I did in the nose. Not very tart and doesn't really have that funkiness that saisons have. More of a bright pilsner without the grassy hop bitterness.

Its refreshing as hell, which a good saison should be and has tons of drinkability. Its dry but has a nice general sweetness to it. Great balance. Perhaps too fizzy with the carbonation.

A very drinkable and sessionable saison. I could drink this all day. I just wish it had more yeasty flavor to it. Definitely bland for the style.

Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer resembles a champagne in its carbonation and fizzy, bubbly appearance. The color is almost like a champagne in a bright golden sort of way but there is an intriguing cloudiness.

The aromas on the nose are sweet, perfumey, because I actually smell perfume, and fruity. Nice scent of honeysuckle seems strongest but I get some Apple, pear, banana and some yeasty clove.

The taste seems kind of earthy minerals with a bit of banana and some honeysuckle. Not bad, but not great.

The carbonated appearance transfers to the feel as the fizzy bubbling seems to grow in the mouth.

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Hamms goblet, review from written notes.

Murky yellow orange body, webby skim on the surface that resembles the pattern of a sycamore seed oddly enough.Slow rising trails of carbonation. A lasting ring of foam remains around the edges of the glass.

Floral aromas of honey, herbs, hops and yeast. Simple and balanced.

Flavors of bitter herbal tea, chamomile, dry grassy bitterness. Lots of yeast, a "green" freshness to it. Light floral-derived phenolics. Honeyed malt appears in the aftertaste, mild spiciness. Effervescent with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall a pleasant saison, one i'd drink again for sure.

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 KDawg
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from tap. Pours a clear gold color with a small head. Was rather surprised at how clear the color was and how small the head was.

Nice aromatics that lean towards the higher tones with aromas of citrus, lemon peels, florals and a touch of spices. Not that much depth though.

Medium bodied with a nice smooth feel and flavors of citrus, spices and lemon peels. It's lacking a mid though, but the feel on the whole is good.

This is a nice solid saison. Was hoping for more on both the smell and taste, but it is what it is.

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 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 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 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 TheCondor
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had heard a lot around my area about the tapping of Perennial beer kegs and such, so I decided to give their brews a shot. This is my first Perennial beer. Side poured from the bottle into a Becks mug, for sheer volume sakes.

Appearance - Pours a hazy, golden yellow color with a big, fat, fluffy two finger head that makes for a decent presentation. Head retention is minimal, no lacing to speak of. The bottle packaging is decent.

Smell - What you would think of in a farmhouse ale/saison. It has a very floral aroma, can't say I could specifically point out chamomile. Some sweetness, mild yeast and grain notes, with a pop of yeasty funk. Pretty good smell, I liked it.

Taste - Other than a yeasty funk, there is really no prime mover on the palate. There is a light floral character, a bit of grains and fruit, but really not too much in any direction. A little disappointing.

Mouthfeel - A little bitter, a little funky. Highly carbonated. Finishes on the crisp side.

Overall - Mediocre at best. I am disappointed in this brew, given the hype on Twitter about some of Perennials other beers I heard about in the area. I was really expecting something. Not recommended, there are a hundred other farmhouse ales you could buy that are a lot better.

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 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 papat444
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml. bottle (no freshness info) and shared with my wife.

Appearance: Pale yellow (vaguely reminiscent of a witbier?), nice and hazy, chunky mountainous head with thick lacing remaining.

Smell: Smells of flowers, delicate herbs, mild chamomile.

Taste: Mild, flowery, Belgian yeast, finish does have a chamomile flavor. The thing with this is there isn't much depth for a saison.

Mouthfeel: Aggressive carbonation, particularly going done the throat. Has a good feel once you get past that.

Overall: It's good, like the flavor but there isn't much beyond that. Good but not great.

Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into multiple glasses. Thanks to Matt for sharing!

A: Pours a cloudy straw-orange color. I got a bit of a thick rocky head that clumped up as it receeded and ended up as a thin skim that left a small amount of lace behind.

S: Clean and grassy with Belgian yeast and earthy/hoppy herbalness.

T: Not quite as hoppy as in the nose. Fresh cut green grass and dried herbs. Very enjoyable.

M: Dry and spicy with a grassy hop bitterness that plays on the tongue long into the finish.

O: Very enjoyable. A great beer for sharing with friends.

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 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 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

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Saison De Lis from Perennial Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.