Saison De Lis - Perennial Artisan Ales
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3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
05-09-2014 01:04:16 | More by metter98
3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
09-05-2013 04:38:06 | More by BEERchitect
3.5/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
11-15-2012 22:49:29 | More by kylehay2004
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
11-06-2011 04:32:11 | More by emerge077
4.08/5 rDev +6%
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.
04-15-2012 00:55:37 | More by zeff80
3.94/5 rDev +2.3%
Floral a bit, a fairly firm sweetness. Probably a bit too sweet for the style and coming across as more of a Belgian pale ale. Carbonation is decent. A bit nippy on the tongue. A nice beer, but seems more a Belgian ale than a saison really. Glad to be able to try anything from Perennial.
05-27-2013 02:58:50 | More by RblWthACoz
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
11-24-2011 16:24:38 | More by MasterSki
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
11-13-2013 00:27:34 | More by StonedTrippin
2.8/5 rDev -27.3%
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.
07-18-2014 06:02:58 | More by mactrail
2.95/5 rDev -23.4%
(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.
06-25-2012 13:25:06 | More by rhoadsrage
Saison De Lis from Perennial Artisan Ales
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