Saison De Lis - Perennial Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 442
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 25
Gots: 53 | 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 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. (1,148 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (890 characters)

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. (1,945 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (585 characters)

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. (351 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of ChrisKayler
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (925 characters)

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. (288 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750mL into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden color w/ a loose, fluffy white head.

Aroma is floral, almost perfumy with Belgian yeast and spice.

Taste is light and gentle. Pale malt, dried flowers, Belgian yeast, spice.

Mouthfeel is likewise light and soft.

Overall an approachable table beer. Nothing that will blow anyone away, just an enjoyable everyday saison. (371 characters)

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. (563 characters)

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. (464 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear straw yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly down to nothing with little lacing. The nose is quite herbal with notes of shoe polish, tart white grapes, lemon/tangerine zest, nail polish, and chamomile. The taste presents the same herbal accents to a yeasty, grainy saison leaving a lingering herbal bitterness in the finish. It's a very light bodied and drinkable beer with a clear chamomile presence, notes of tart citrus, and lingering, mild bitterness. I enjoyed this beer, but prepare for a drinkable, herbal-forward saison. (561 characters)

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. (594 characters)

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 (763 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,259 characters)

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. (589 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (1,491 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of JustinMatthew
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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 (391 characters)

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. (404 characters)

Photo of KDawg
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (532 characters)

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. (955 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of Hjammer
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
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! (1,474 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy yellow with a high white foam. Slight lacing, and some carbonation.

S - Scents of lemon and a funky yeast strain. Has a bit of a musty hay smell.

T - I tasted cherry and lemon flavor, along with a bit of acidic bite at the end.

M - A bit lighter than I'd like, but it is a refreshing summer beer.

O - Worth trying again. I liked the fruit flavors with a mellow tartness. Good beer for sunny days. (409 characters)

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Saison De Lis from Perennial Artisan Ales
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