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Saison De Lis | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Brewed by:
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: 506
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 Hjammer
4.57/5  rDev +19%
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!

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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 scruffwhor
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden, mostly clear, faintly hazey, brass and bornze and hay sunshine color. About two fingers of head after a strong pour. Nice residual foam after a couple of sips. Good bubbling and decent lacing.

Soft floral aroma mixed with mildly toasted crackers, hay, and bread crust. Herbal, earthy, and malty in aroma overall.Nice!

Malty yet crisp, bubbly palate. Dry, toasted cracker bits. Great floral and herbal chammomile flavors. Dry, and just a little sweet. Very well balanced saison. This is an awesome session saison. Palate is clean and a little sticky sweet, but dry through and through.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Odell Brewing Belgian / Globe Snifter.

Appearance: Very slightly hazy. Half a finger of large-bubbled rocky head produced from an aggressive pour. Color is a darker yellow.

Smell: The appearance was disappointing, but the smell most certainly is not. Belgian candi sugar, slight funk, slight pepper, spices, a bit of vanilla perhaps.

Taste: Amazing. Quite complex. Begins with that funky yeast and black pepper flavor, and slowly transitions to belgian candi sugar, slight vanilla. Not really getting too much of the chamomile flavor, but I can't really complain. This is delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with light-medium carbonation. Nice and refreshing. Wet finish.

Overall: A solid 4.5 from me. Very good! I would love to see a bit more chamomile, but this is overall an incredible belgian style ale. I love that it mixes so perfectly the funk with the sweetness, with neither overpowering the other.

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Photo of DCon
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ml 1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle of this from Whole Foods in Brentwood, MO for $11.99. Poured from the White labeled bottle w/ a Chamomile Tulip on the front into a Bordeaux Wine Glass. Has no freshness/bottle on date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a light spice, high fruity aroma with floral hops in the background. Very soft characters and awesome for the style.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger, frothy head that has incredibly long head retention. Has a deep copper, light orange colored body and leaves the thickest lacing behind.

Flavor- Has tons of malt and light fruit from the beginning of the drink. There are no signs of spice or hop in the taste even though I had a nice hint of spice in the aroma. A flower, floral taste is found mid drink but in the background. A semi-dry finish ends this one while the initial taste was sweet.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent, Refreshing, and leaves light malt with flowers on the palate.

Overall Impression- A great Saison by Perennial! The flower attribute was well planned as they brewed this one and came into play nicely. Wish there was more acidity or even some puckering/tartness in the taste but tough to include this when they were shooting to brew a beer with flowers infused into it. Would recommend picking up a bottle of this!

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy greyish-yellow with two fingers of sticky off-white head.

Aroma of floral and spicy herbal notes, cinnamon and light tropical fruit.

Tastes of floral hops, cinnamon, green tea, chamomile, Belgian yeast and cracker. Surprisingly, a bit of warmth is delivered to the palate at the finish with just a 5% abv.

Medium bodied and dry with a sharp carbonation.

A terrific saison from one of our St. Louis local brewers.

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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 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 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 LambicPentameter
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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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 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 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 GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy pale yellow in color. Forms a modest white head that reduces fairly quickly to a bubbly surface coating and a thick ring around the edge. Leaves some spotty lacing on the way down.

S: Aroma is interesting and inviting. Yeasty phenols mixed with dried floral qualities and a touch of lemon give this one a somewhat medicinal and herbal feel to it.

T: Taste is mildly sweet on the front end with notes of lemon and yeasty spices. Finishes dry with lemon-pepper on the tongue.

M: On the lighter side with appropriate carbonation, a mild bitterness, and a bit of spice.

O: I liked this twist on a Saison. Easy drinking, but with a distinctive character.

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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 hooliganlife
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a golden yellow-color, light frothy white head, thin collar, spotty lace, and wisps left over after the initial pour.

S - Sweet malts, funky yeast, banana, touch of spices, floral notes. The sweetness is pretty big on this one but the yeast/funk and floral notes help balance that out.

T - Banana, funk, sweet yeast & malts, floral, and a nice amount of spices. I pick up more spices on the palate then the nose, which helps the sweetness and floral notes balance out.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, nice clean finish.

O - A really nice Saison that's just super-easy to drink. The notes from the Chamomile flowers really help transform this beer from decent to really good. At 5%, it's just chugable. I need some more!

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
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 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.

Prost!

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 1839 Taphouse, Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a cloudy, straw yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty, grassy, floral and slightly funky. There were notes of grain and caramel, too.

T - It tasted very spicy with a funky bite. Good caramel sweetness and grain flavor for backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty saison that is very sessionable at 5% ABV. Well, done by Perennial.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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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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Saison De Lis from Perennial Artisan Ales
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