Saison De Lis - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 26
Gots: 50 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, spice, yeast, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with banana bread, spice, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting banana bread flavor that I wasn't expecting from a saison with floral additions.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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 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 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 StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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 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 zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mactrail
2.85/5  rDev -26%
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 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 MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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 jwc215
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clouded yellow with a thin head that becomes wispy. Plenty of spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is tea-like and floral with mild tartness.

The taste is mildly tart, slight sweet, well-balanced. A tea-like, floral finish gives a refreshingly spicy dryness.

Light-bodied and refreshing.

A nicely done, unique saison.

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 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 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 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 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 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 Tone
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, yeast, citrus (lemon?), spice (coriander?), hint of pine, and a hint of honey. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average-to-high carbonation level. Tastes of hops, citrus (lemon), sweet malt, hint of yeast, and slight spice (all spice?). Overall, great appearance, good aroma, and blend, but slightly weak in body.

Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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 scruffwhor
4.39/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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 rfgetz
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color, frothy head settling quickly. Scent brings a interesting mix of flowers, sweet cream, fruit, light breadyness, touch of lemon, some light spice. Taste is mellow at first, brining components of scent together as expected, end of sip produces some stronger saison typical notes of earthyness and spice but overall a touch more floral and sweeter. Lighter side of medium, moderate carbonation. Nice intro to this brewer but nothing earth shattering.

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.

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Saison De Lis from Perennial Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.