1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Savant Beersel - Perennial Artisan Ales

Not Rated.
Savant BeerselSavant Beersel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

126 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 126
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 39
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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

(Beer added by: birchstick on 05-04-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Dontcounttoday
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Dontcounttoday, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of FanofHefe
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

FanofHefe, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of evilcatfish
4/5  rDev 0%

evilcatfish, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of jaminjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

jaminjohnson, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Florida9, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

TMoney2591, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

homebrew311, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev 0%

JAHMUR, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of rodkin
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

rodkin, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of brez8791
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

brez8791, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

heddar33, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Auror
4/5  rDev 0%

Auror, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

THECPJ, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev 0%

bsuedekum, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/16/2012

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.

HopHead84, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Treebs
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Treebs, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Sean9689, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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.

zeff80, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

MasterSki, May 23, 2012
Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev 0%

thewimperoo, May 23, 2012
Photo of ajs4bd
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

ajs4bd, May 21, 2012
Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Beezee, May 11, 2012
Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

hooliganlife, May 06, 2012
Photo of rebelmusic
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

rebelmusic, May 04, 2012
Savant Beersel from Perennial Artisan Ales
89 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.