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Savant Beersel | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
100% Brettanomyces-fermented ale aged on Missouri wine grapes.

Added by birchstick on 05-04-2012

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 194
Photo of birchstick
2.61/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a grapefruit red color with a thin white head. Nose is wildly funky with some rotting vegetables, funky cheese, and citric notes. Taste starts off with grainy malts and some grape flavors. Moves on to some sweeter malt flavors mixed in with a vinous character. A lot of corn flavors finish it off, with lingering vinous flavors. Decent body that goes down well. Overall, this one didn't excite as much as I hoped. It seemed a little rough around the edges in the nose and taste. It might settle out over time...I would sit on this.

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Photo of Treebs
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Vav at Alex's (Masterski) Birthday shindig at Pipeworks. 750 ml bottle served in a New Glarus taster glass. Bottle April 2012.

A: Pours a cloudy cherry color with some amber hues. A frothy white head forms on the pour and recedes to a nice bubbly color that leaves some splotches of lace.

S: Baby diaper up front. Definitely sweet grape with light oak. There is a mild white wine flavor on the finish. Slighlty tart with some big funk.

T: Grape juice like flavor is up front. There is an oak body with some sweetness. A slight acidity takes over and then this weird funk just takes over on the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Funky finish.

O: This just had some odd flavors to it. I wanted to like it as it sound delicious, but the brett just really provided some off flavors that didn't mesh well with the base beer. It seems like it's night and day between the tap and bottle versions so I would like to seek that out.

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Photo of Florida9
3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish-orange-brown in color, lightly cloudy. Forms virtually no head and leaves no lacing.

S: Aroma is rather vinous, mixed with notes of wood and cardboard. Lots of foxy grape, with some notes of brett as well.

T: Tart and very vinous, with notes of acidic red wine, concord grapes, and oak all mixed with a slight funkiness.

M: Tart, lighter body, with a spry carbonation.

O: I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of sours, but I do feel I can appreciate a quality sour when I come across one. However, I simply did not care for this beer. Between the brett and the heavy vinous quality, I just got the impression this was a wine that went bad.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 4/2013.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Thanks to homebrew311 and Bellabananas for sharing this bottle!

Regardless of what follows these words, I'm still trying to figure out what this beer is a savant toward (or whatever the appropriate preposition is for that...)... This stuff pours a hazy sunrise amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light brett funk, light white grapes, light tannic grapes, clove, and light berries. The taste holds notes of tart red wine, tart berries, and Welch's grape juice. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mildly sticky finish. Overall, a tasty little sour, for sure. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Slightly murky orange body with red hue. No head and no lacing.

The aroma is not complex - mostly fruity grape and some solid funk from the brett.

I like the flavor much better than the aroma. Plenty going on here: grape, cherry, tart vinegar, and oak. Just tart enough to enjoy but not overbearingly sour.

Medium mouthfeel and no real notice of the alcohol. I expect more flavor and aroma will appear as this warms. Solid Wild Ale.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dirty brown. has this bit of clearness with a muddy mess. looks nice. lacks head from pour, otherwise nice.

light grape, comes off as a white grape. fairly fresh. slight vinegar tones with a slightly oaky and funkiness.

light sourness, maybe a hint of tartness up front. as it fades, the grape flavor emerges and brings out the life in this. some light brown ale through the finish with a lingering funk. aftertaste is grape.

mild carbonation, but smooth. dry finish.

overall, this is good. would maybe like a bit more grape. i would not sit on this as once the grape fades, the complexity of this will fade. drink now IMO, would drink this again. drinks easily.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this both from the bottle as well as on-tap. The draft version was superior, so I'll go mainly from that. Consumed at Foutainhead, out of a tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving thin white foam settles to a collar, a few wisps, and no lace. Murky cidery-like body.

S - A mix of vinous and sweet grapes, oak, sweet malts, tropical brett notes, and some mild lactic and blue cheese flavors. The bottle unfortunately suffers from some sulfurous diapers, but thankfully that flavor isn't present from the keg. Bottle shock perhaps?

T - Lots of grapeskins, sweet white grape juice, light malt, mild sourness, oak, and a slightly salty note? Some stone fruits and candy-like sweetness - mildly evocative of sweet tarts. Fairly consistent from bottle to draft, with more tartness on-tap.

M - Medium-full body, very dry with plenty of tannic grapeskins, no alcohol, moderate acidity and pucker. Carbonation is low in the bottles, but medium on-tap.

D - The bottles remind me a little of Oui Oui, complete with the heavy wine character and sulfurous aroma. I'd consider giving the bottles a few months to see if it carbs up and loses the sulfur. However, it's quite nice on-tap.

It's a low A- on-tap, but more of a low B+ out of the bottle.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Tim.

An amber-orange color with a tall off-white head. A really nice funk to the nose that picks up as the beer warms. Lemon zest and strong lactic tartness with a lot of wine and grape character. A fair amount of oak/barrel, too. The flavor is lactic and tart with a lot of wine flavor. Moderate funk, mostly grassy with a bit of hay. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of rodkin
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange, with a small off-white head, reduces very quickly.

Smells great. Funk, bit of mustiness, grapes, lactic tartness, a bit of wood. Vinous.

Taste is some lactic tartness and grapes upfront, bit of funk. Kind of malty sweetness follows, and a sweet grape flavor. Almost too much sweetness, but still very tasty.

Mouthfeel is fine, though a touch undercarbonated and slightly too thick.

Love me some Perennial, and this does not disappoint. A fine sour.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown going to a dark ruby color when held to the light. Very small tan head and no lacing.

Get the funky, horse blanket funk first. Red grape, dark cherry, and oak. Hint of caramel and dough.

Fruity and wine like on the tongue. Grape, cherry, and raspberry. Funky brett, almost like an overripe cheese. Oak and mild vanilla.

Light and mildly tart on the tongue. Medium carbonation. Lingering fruit and brett.

Nice, light, easy drinking beer. Good wine characteristics. Brett is present but not overpowering.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy orange color. Head barely forms then fizzles off.

S-Aroma is tart and mostly dry. Vinous. Bretty and oaky as well. The Brett really doles out some earthy aromas.

T-Flavor is nice as well. Dry wine must. A bit dusty. Brett and oak. Definitely sour. Tart fruits. Earthy.

M-Booze hidden well. Relatively light in body. Tannic and lingering with its tartness.

O/D-A really neat beer. I would love to try more beers by Perennial. One of the better NOTF beers for me.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Perennial brew and I must state that I am impressed. The appearance was a ruby red color with a slight bubbly head topping off the glass. The aroma was the sour vinegary note that typifies the American wild ale style. It smelled like a sour. In the initial taste, one detects dry grape but little sweetness. It seems as though they used the grape skin but not the grape. I enjoy drier sours, but this may not be for everybody. The drier sour notes evolve to dominance in the aftertaste. The carbonation allows the taste to linger which is a generous aspect of the beer. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer though probably a bit too pricey.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium stemmed snifter: Nice bright amber with orange highlights, big island of thin head with an active collar, lots of little nucleation bubbles rushing to the surface.

Smell is pretty tart, with some cherry, red wine, oak, green apple.

Taste is sweeter than I expected, with the afore-mentioned flavors from the aroma plus a pineapple juice note backing it up & smoothing it out. Still a bracing tartness plus a little sweet tea character. Just when you think it's going to tip into lambic territory, that sweet tropical fruit picks it up & gives it some balance. A little melon in there, too.

Crisp, snappy mouthfeel with some tannins & that sweet flavor/feel giving it just a little lubrication. Now think I think about it, a little booze warmth as well.

Not sure what I expected, but it wasn't quite this. Very good, I like that kind of hidden note of sweetness to give it some legs.

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Photo of cvm4
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2015

A - Pours a rusty amber with hues purple showing up. Little to no head develops.

S - Earthy brett, oak, sweet grapes & a tart berry on the back.

T - Really dominated by red juicy grapes on the front. Midway earthy brett shows up. Finish is a tart berry.

F - Light bodied and high carbonation. Has a dry finish.

O - Awesome wine character in this beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance is a murky reddish brown with minimal lacing and no head. The nose features heavy notes of grapeskin with a bit of bretty funk in there as well. Next comes oak and acid along with a bit of cherry. The taste features in your face sourness up front that is of the lactic variety. Cherry, grape, oak, and funk all work together to make for a complex midpalate. Finish is clean with a touch of sweetness. The body is medium with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, I was a big fan of this. Very unique with lots of flavor.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, caramel color with a pink tint. It had a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sour tartness with good grape notes.

T - Good sour grape flavor with a touch of spicy yeast and some funky, phenolic flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a touch of pucker-quality. A medium bodied ale with some sneaky ABV.

O - This is a really good sour ale. Love the Bret character that come through.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brown to amber colored with no head. The initial pour was much clearer and then you get very heavy cloudiness from the yeast as you finish the bottle. I smell tart Brett, sweet wine grapes, and a light scent of oak. The initial impression upon tasting it is that initial tart and acidic Brett. It is quickly followed by sweetness from the wine grapes and then you can pick out notes of oak and cabernet in the fade. There's a lot going on here and somehow it works well. The mouth is very dry and highly carbonated.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks for sharing!

A: Dark orange with a fast fading white head.

S: Grape skin and flesh, lots of oak, dark cherry, and plum. Barnyard blends with leather and earth. The grape becomes much stronger with warming.

T: Tastes like a grape SweeTart. Lots of plum and dark cherry. Firm lactic sourness with dusty grape skins and a firm tartness. The sweet-tart combination is mouth-watering. Oak accompanies leather, salt, and mild barnyard character as well as a sugary sweetness. Mild acetic and citric acidity throughout.

M: Lower medium body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: Quite good. Not rife with harsh acids like most American sours and it has a nice grape flavor with adequate complexity.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Fountainhead for their Perennial/Half Acre Event.

A - Pours ruby reddish/brown, cream-colored head, thin collar.

S - The Missouri grapes shine though and are mixed with a nice layer of funky brett and oak. There's a vinous quality that works nicely with the base beer along some light tartness and grape skins that add some complexity.

T - Nice vinous notes, grape skins, yogurt, funky brett, and oak. There's a lot going on here right off the bat, but the oak/brett/grape combo works well together. Some light tartness and tannins also come though as the beer warms. The alcohol is really well-hidden and I would never guess it's 8%. The finish is light tart grapes and oak.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, dry tannic finish.

O - I had this beer out of the bottle as well, and I think the draft version is vastly superior at the time of my review. I think this beer will continue to develop on the bottle and I look forward to trying this one every few months to see how it's coming along. Good stuff, guys!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

just because side project is making such good beer doesnt mean perennial has fallen off, not in the least, and this is one of their most inventive and delicious beers i have had. the color is like a light brown ale, less purple than it might be from the fruit, but relatively clear from the tap. it smells fantastic, sour for just brett which i like, suggests maturity, and adds a layer thats almost needed with the fruit character in here. the malt base is tough to place, i would guess a little wheat, a little toasted barley, and some lighter pale malt too. tangy on the first sip, almost more of a white grape than a red, which surprised me. not sharp, but acidic too. just enough sweetness left from grain and fruit to be balanced. the star of the show however, is the yeast. its funky to the max, musty almost, moist and harvesty, it takes me someplace, reminds me of some allagash stuff, and has given a lot of life to this entirely unique beverage. maybe a touch less carbonated than i would like it to be, but thats being picky at this point. in my top two or three beers using grapes ever, its delicious and i want to find a bottle to compare it to the draft format. they still make this one?

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Photo of Stevedore
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Bottle dated 5/2015. Served in a stemmed glass 1/2016.

Pours a dark ruby reddish-purple body, half finger white head with very minimal retention time, no lacing. Looks still, like a lighter red wine would. Smells of a ton of wine grape, leather, a bit of citrus, solid acetic tartness, oak, a bit of biscuity sweetness. Flavour is hefty on the wine grape, mild oak, good bit of funk, fairly acetic that is slightly more restrained than a typical Side Project fruited 375ml release, and well, is decently sour. Leather, a bit of citrus zest seems to round things out. Mild grainy sweetness in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, substantial, good carbonation despite what the lack of head might indicate, and a moderately dry finish. Very tasty wine barrel aged saison with a lot of grape flavour in it. It's delicious and would recommend grabbing one to drink each year, even though it is not a cheap bottle at approximately $20+ a bottle. Not sure how it would do with age, but all I can say is that at 6 months, it's pretty damn tasty if you like red wines.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark ruby red with some violet. No head
S: Vinous, sweet grape, red berries, very light earthy Brett, oak
T: Red wine, sweet grape, oak, light acidity, sweet raspberry, dark cherry, hint of earthy Brett
M: Medium light body with soft carbonation
O: A very nice sour that has some good wine character

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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, there was a thin layer of white foam that faded after a couple minutes, leaving behind a broken surface skim and minimal collar of lacing. Color is a deep saturated russet reddish-orange. A ring of stray bubbles remains in the glass.

Funky and acidic aroma, Brett comes through with some farmy notes, as well as wet wood, acidic fruit. Barrel character lends some complexity, vanilla and woody aromas.

Pleasantly tart and rounded, lingering fruity vinous notes, moderate acidity that is balanced well by a tiny bit of sweetness upfront and dry tannic notes in the finish. Cherry pit and almond, tart and dry. Medium bodied and spritzy, creamy and slightly vinous. Stylistically it resembles a Flanders Oud Bruin.

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Photo of Jamie4beer
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I see this beer as Savant Blanc but with red grapes. Delicious beer. The 2015 batch is a notch or two above the last (2013) batch. Definitely an underrated beer with the current score (87) and assume that's largely due to scores of the older batch.

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