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Saison De Lis | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-Style Saison brewed with Chamomile Flowers.

Fermentation is too clean and industrialized. Chamomile was thought to be a preservative within industrialized breweries trying to export.

Added by hooliganlife on 10-21-2011

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Reviews:
77
Ratings:
512
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
25.52%
 
 
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 512
Photo of scruffwhor
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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

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Photo of TheCondor
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of papat444
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of KDawg
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Hjammer
4.57/5  rDev +19%
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!

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Photo of socon67
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter. Thanks to fo1ksguitar for the trade!

A soft pour releases a golden-orange body into the glass, slight haze included. Head builds timidly and eventually settles to a wispy batch of off-white foam. Aroma gives off notes of mandarin orange flesh, citrus peel, and floral grassiness. Mild, but enticing with Belgian yeast esters strewn throughout.

The flavor is unlike any Saison I've tasted in that it brings a bright burst of citrus flesh that doesn't seem to be derived from either the hoppiness or yeast. Very tasty and uber-bright across the palate with a spritzy carbonation level to boot. A very specific dried cranberry tart/sweet flavor lingers in the finish. Neat! Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a light body--superb. Overall, a very interesting little Saison. Very enjoyable, and one I would gladly purchase if given the chance.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of DCon
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ml 1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle of this from Whole Foods in Brentwood, MO for $11.99. Poured from the White labeled bottle w/ a Chamomile Tulip on the front into a Bordeaux Wine Glass. Has no freshness/bottle on date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a light spice, high fruity aroma with floral hops in the background. Very soft characters and awesome for the style.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger, frothy head that has incredibly long head retention. Has a deep copper, light orange colored body and leaves the thickest lacing behind.

Flavor- Has tons of malt and light fruit from the beginning of the drink. There are no signs of spice or hop in the taste even though I had a nice hint of spice in the aroma. A flower, floral taste is found mid drink but in the background. A semi-dry finish ends this one while the initial taste was sweet.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent, Refreshing, and leaves light malt with flowers on the palate.

Overall Impression- A great Saison by Perennial! The flower attribute was well planned as they brewed this one and came into play nicely. Wish there was more acidity or even some puckering/tartness in the taste but tough to include this when they were shooting to brew a beer with flowers infused into it. Would recommend picking up a bottle of this!

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Photo of shanblur
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a golden yellow-color, light frothy white head, thin collar, spotty lace, and wisps left over after the initial pour.

S - Sweet malts, funky yeast, banana, touch of spices, floral notes. The sweetness is pretty big on this one but the yeast/funk and floral notes help balance that out.

T - Banana, funk, sweet yeast & malts, floral, and a nice amount of spices. I pick up more spices on the palate then the nose, which helps the sweetness and floral notes balance out.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, nice clean finish.

O - A really nice Saison that's just super-easy to drink. The notes from the Chamomile flowers really help transform this beer from decent to really good. At 5%, it's just chugable. I need some more!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tan and somewhat hazy with a torrent of rising bubbles, making for a three finger foamy head that had great staying power and left good lace.

Smell is right on par with my expectations for a saison. There's yeast, plenty of spices, grasses, floral notes, and a nice bit of hops.

Taste is a bit bolder than the smell, with the spicy notes being more pronounced. Pepper and herbal notes come though first, quickly followed by a light honey sweetness and plenty of floral notes. Next up is a good yeast presence, followed by a slightly cinnamon like flavor. Grains make a nice appearance. A touch of funk is there too. Crisp hoppy flavors round it out. Very nice.

Body is light and heavily carbonated, slightly dry, leaving an earthy grain and lightly flowery aftertaste.

This is my second of Perennial's beers and I like it. This is a well made saison. If that's your style, definitely try this beer, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a very nice slightly hazy golden color. Very nice looking dense head that sticks around for a while and also leaves some sticky lacing. Nice and pure white almost like cotton.

S - Starts off very flowery with some slight funk notes. There is some nice slight pear juice and apple juice sweetness. There is some nice slight yeasty notes in the nose.

T & M - Starts off with a sharp and intense funk that is almost overwhelming. This is then curtailed a bit by some soft fruit juice sweetness and of course that awesome flowery note that comes up around the middle of the beer. There is some nice floweriness to this beer. It is quite interesting and delicious. It's almost hard to explain there is some slight sugary sweetness that is curtailed by the funk and a nice dry and bitter finish with a slight acidic end. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a medium body to it.

O - Interesting brew that is very delicious. There is some nice flowery notes from nose to palette. Very interesting beer.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into multiple glasses. Thanks to Matt for sharing!

A: Pours a cloudy straw-orange color. I got a bit of a thick rocky head that clumped up as it receeded and ended up as a thin skim that left a small amount of lace behind.

S: Clean and grassy with Belgian yeast and earthy/hoppy herbalness.

T: Not quite as hoppy as in the nose. Fresh cut green grass and dried herbs. Very enjoyable.

M: Dry and spicy with a grassy hop bitterness that plays on the tongue long into the finish.

O: Very enjoyable. A great beer for sharing with friends.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy greyish-yellow with two fingers of sticky off-white head.

Aroma of floral and spicy herbal notes, cinnamon and light tropical fruit.

Tastes of floral hops, cinnamon, green tea, chamomile, Belgian yeast and cracker. Surprisingly, a bit of warmth is delivered to the palate at the finish with just a 5% abv.

Medium bodied and dry with a sharp carbonation.

A terrific saison from one of our St. Louis local brewers.

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Saison De Lis from Perennial Artisan Ales
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