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Saison De Lis - Perennial Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
87
very good

360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 23
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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:
Belgian-Style Saison brewed with Chamomile Flowers.

(Beer added by: hooliganlife on 10-21-2011)
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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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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.

Saison De Lis from Perennial Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.