Saison De Lis - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 26
Gots: 52 | FT: 4
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: hooliganlife on 10-21-2011

Belgian-Style Saison brewed with Chamomile Flowers.
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Photo of mactrail
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
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 rhoadsrage
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
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 Alieniloquium
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
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 shanblur
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased recently in St. Louis. No freshness date on bottle. Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip. A - Straw colored with a slight haze and a thick foamy white head which leaves extensive lacing. Really clings to the glass. S - A strong wheat smell with a slight spice component. A hint of grass, floral and citrus. T - Taste is heavy on the yeast, spicy and some floral. Acidic, a little harsh. M - Light in body with a heavy carbonation. Not a fan of the taste, but it looks and smells better.

Photo of seedyone
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
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 JustinMatthew
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orange to a Yards "Ales of the Revolution" tulip glass. An explosion of white head filling about half the glass. Smell is a bit funky with notes of grass and lemon. Taste is rather refreshing, very clean and easy to drink: herbal tea, lemon, Belgian yeast esters, some funk with a slightly tart finish. Very nice beer for the spring months. Good price, pick one up if you can

Photo of zeledonia
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

First review under the new quarter-point system. Fitting that it's a saison. Thanks to match1112 for another nice BIF beer. Tasted 8 January 2013.

Pours a hazy medium golden yellow. Hint of butterscotch color. Two plus fingers of big foamy white head, good retention and a fuzz of lacing up the inside of the glass. And a column of bubbles, just visible at the bottom of the glass. Very nice.

Smell is brightly floral, and simply delightful. Light grainy sweetness, soft yeast, topped with flower petals. It's got that distinctive floral saison character, and so much more besides.

Taste is tough to get a handle on (see mouthfeel below). What I can taste doesn't really impress me. Comes across like a pale ale with a light Belgian twist, and the faintest hint of flowers. Mostly I get light grains that don't impart a ton of flavor, followed by a middling bitter zap. Some spice and that juicy Belgian yeast flavor are the only saison elements I can find.

Mouthfeel is a zinger, and not in a good way. It's markedly overcarbonated, so much so that it stings my lips a little, then jumps up and gives my tongue and the roof of my mouth a bit of a burn. Like drinking seltzer water, so carbonated that I can barely taste it. Yikes. This is going to give me some serious burps.

I like a lot of things about this beer. But the extreme carbonation brings it way down, affecting both the feel and my ability to taste the beer. If not for that, my rating might be nearly a full point higher.

Photo of papat444
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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 AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy wheat color, with a pretty tall bubbly white head. Very pretty though the head dissipates fairly quickly.

Smells of bright lemon, farmhouse yeast, some very light pepper and spice. I get a vaguely shrub/grass character that might be from the chamomile but I doubt I would have identified flowers as an ingredient if I didn't know.

Taste is tart lemon again but the flowers are more present. They definitely don't dominate the flavor at all though. Finishes pretty dry with a peppery character.

Mouthfeel is nice, effervescent, you can feel the bubbles in the mouth. Light and refreshing.

This is a nice saison but nothing exceptional. I generally like beers with flowers, but I'd like a little more pronounced chamomile character in this.

7.1/10

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Up from Jacksonville FL and stopped in at the brewery.

A: thin head on a hazy dull golden body but still nice lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, chamomile, banana and orange citrus. Candied sugar.

T: herbal and only lightly yeasty with candied sugar, citrus, and pungent hops.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I wanted more from this one. It isn't bad just plain and simple.

Photo of Stevedore
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -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 KDawg
3.55/5  rDev -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 smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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 SportsandJorts
3.59/5  rDev -7%
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 TheCondor
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
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 MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Thick and ample white foam settles to a thinner cap, leaving behind nice lacework. Opaque pale straw body.

S - Lots of banana present here - actually reminds me of banana cream pie. Some vanilla sweetness and chamomile too, with only a mild amount of the peppery or spicy yeast that I associate with this style.

T - Taste is a bit more malt-forward, with more peppery yeast as well. Vanilla and stone fruit dominate, with some wheat and other unmalted grains in the periphery.

M - Medium body, with pleasant moderate carbonation. Texture has some milled grain and wheat grit to it, but otherwise it's quite enjoyable. Didn't realize this was only 5% and would have guessed it was a few points higher.

D - Reminds me of Bairn farmhouse from Half Acre. I was later told it is the same brewer down at Perennial, so I guess that makes sense. It's an enjoyable enough beer, but not a particularly Belgian take on the style.

Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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 StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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 MissSmisje
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Etan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 mdcrouser
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my Boulevard tulip, it's hazy gold, with a strong orange cast to it. Clingy white head looks like it will stick around for awhile, leaving a decorative crown in its trail.

Funky, musty, horsey - I wish I was getting more, something citrus, wheat, Belgian, anything really.

Similar to the nose, but with some of the lemon and floral notes I thought might also be there - the chamomille is actually pretty subdued, pretty still present, like noshing on an open field of wildflowers. Leaves a long trail of greenery as well. Hoppier than I might have assumed - like a light pale ale, but with a Belgian yeast.

Crisp, drying, a bit of tartness - pop rocks of carbonation at the close.

Not my favorite saison (I'm forever ruined by Saison-Brett and Tank 7), but a unique take on the style.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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 twiggamortis420
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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 xnicknj
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at bainbridge barrel house

Slightly hazy golden straw yellow pour, punctuated by a thin copping of white head on top.

Slightly herbal and floral in the nose, softly spicy. Funky yeast and a bit of sweetness with citrus fruit.

Herbal and floral notes kiss the tongue with lemon peel. Soft and refreshing throughout, hints of spice and funky, wet hay driven yeast. Finishes a little dry and floral.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, crisp and pleasant on the tongue. A slightly soft but well balanced saison from a brewery I'm growing to love.

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Saison De Lis from Perennial Artisan Ales
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