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Aria - Perennial Artisan Ales

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52 Reviews
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Reviews: 52
Hads: 357
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 11
Gots: 53 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 11-15-2012

Belgian Style Ale with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis.
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Reviews: 52 | Hads: 357
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy copper gold forming a 1” persistent, clingy foam collar with a very fine bead. S: Lemony tart, some funk, barnyard and wet horseblanket. T: Attacks lemony tartwith fruit, pineapple, Hints of green apple, peach, and pineapple with a mildly tart, drying finish. F: Has a creamy, fine soft texture with a lioght to moderately light body. O: a deliscious Belgian Pale Ale made with Brettanomyces. (408 characters)

Photo of Domvan
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look - Light colored with a crazy foamy head
Smell - Belgian yeasty aromas
Taste - Nice hoppy and yeasty complex flavor profile
Feel - Thin bodied simple beer (158 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle served cold in a wine glass. No bottlin date.

Appearance: Orange with brown hints in the light. Fairly cloudy but that probably is chill haze. Small head that sank to a rim of foam.

Nose: tropical fruit, pineapple, funky nose from the Brett, slight rubber stopper smell. Funkier than I expected. Very nice.

Taste: fruity initially, sharp acidity and a decent sour flavor follows with a slightly bitter finish. Brett funk with tropical fruit and lemon.

Overall: great Brett ale. I want more. I think it could be funkier but I like that sort of thing. I was surprised by the sourness but this could also be aged a bit. It was in my cellar for a few months too. (679 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent orange/amber with a thin sliver of cream colored head. Slightly above average head retention & lacing

S: Pears & faint barnyard, sweet grassyness

T: Breadyness, pears, dryness, brown sugar, a faint bit of barnyard up front. A bit of apple jam as this warms, more dryness, green melon as well, dryness & green appleskins as well. Finishes fruity, a little dry, & slightly funky, a little musty

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Drinks okay, was hoping for more, a bit too sweet for my liking (527 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy, golden/amber color, slight, but lasting white head.

Aroma: Ah! The brett hits at first sniff. Wild, funky, wicked yeast-y aromatics. Semi-sweet, fruity malt lurks beneath. Hops lay low

Taste: First comes the fruit, we got some apple and apricot, peach and minor cherry notes behind them. Next comes the fuzz and the funk, that twisted sour attack on the palate that brett brings. Medium bodied, long finish, hangs lightly and delightfully in the mouth. Not too sour, not too sweet, and not too fruity, not really too anything, at all. The only characteristic that looms over all the others is that tasty semi-sour flavor of the brett. And I do like it.

Soft, malty, a little bit sweet, a little bit sour, and just enough fruity. Tasty, tasty stuff. (770 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

10oz snifter

A: Served a glowing golden with a soft white head. Streaks of thick lace were left down the glass.
S: Nice musty and earthy brett with a touch of fruit esters and spice. Smells sweet.
T: Nice clean brett character that is on the fruity side not the funky side. Stone fruits, mild spice, and a clean grain bill follow. I get a touch of pepper and grains of paradise. Clean and easy over. Finish has notes of fruity chewing gum and slight mineral. The aftertaste has a sticky sweetness to it that is sugary but not cloying. The spice quality comes through more as the beer warms. Sweetness and spice lingers in the aftertaste alongside a nice earthy brett quality.
M: Medium body, very drinkable, soft and fluffy carbonation, smooth and fairly drying and crisp mouthfeel.
O: Easy to drink and very clean, good overall but nothing epic. (847 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Service: Bottle


A:
Pours a cloudy brownish gold with a puffy two fingers of off-white head that settles to a healthy thin cap. Good retention; arches of sticky lacing. (4)

S:
Bready, dry, and barny. Sweet, doughy, barnyard, lime, pepper, marshmallow. (4.25)

T:
Funky fresh. Really bready with a slightly drying hop flavor, horse blanket, some alcohol, dusty, earthy brett character, lots of 'bready' bitterness as well. (3.75)

M:
Wow, like whipped cream, soft carbonation, mouth-filling creamsplosion, dry finish, quenching, drinkable (could be a touch lighter on the booze, though). (4)

O:
Very good BSPA.
A little richer than some, but still thirst quenching and delicious. This is a pretty drinkable but substantial beer with a nice earthy brett character. Pours nice and showcases brettanomyces in the nose and the flavor. The beer kind of explodes with tiny bubbles in your mouth, too. A pleasure to drink.
After a while I felt like it wore on my palate, but otherwise very good.
Would have again; worth getting ahold of. (3.75) (1,071 characters)

Photo of Austin32
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber that was ice cold, flavors didn't change much as it warmed. Overall a good but not amazing beer. Rich gold color, typical Belgian flavors, very easy to drink....but also easy to forget. (204 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on a trade. I have a few different beers from Perennial to compare building up to Abraxas.

Appearance: Not to set you up for what is in store, but this is the best part of this beer. It pours a huge head and it stands for a long time as the beer settles. It is aggressively carbonated and be prepared for some overflow when you open it. After the beer settled it maintained a inconsistent layer of head and also stuck to the sides of the glass while drinking it. Color is beautiful copper and hazy, not really transparent but is not a dark beer by any stretch. Unfortunately its all looks and no substance.

Smell: Pretty basic, not a lot going on, some yeast, some peach notes and a little bit of the brett is apparent on the nose.

Taste: Kind of sweet, finishes clean but not as flavorful as you would expect this beer to be. I tasted some of the brett in this beer but it was not nearly what I was expecting considering the reputation of this brewery and what it and Side Project can do with Wild fermentation.

Overall: Its not a very interesting beer, glad I had the opportunity to try it but I would not seek it out again. (1,146 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish-orange with a snow-white head.

Smells malty and yeasty with plenty of light fruits shining through.

On the palate a hint of grain is quickly wrapped up in a flood of lemon, orange, meringue, spice and distant brett.

Dry with a slightly syrupy middle and a medium body. Somewhat chalky in the aftertaste but nothing bothersome.

Not as flavorful on the brett end as I would like, but a nice brew that seems to hit all the right marks for style. (459 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draught in a small tulip glass, iridescent orange with a modest white head and no real lace.

Tart aroma of lemon and pineapple mixed with light funk.

The flavors are modest, sour, spice, some citrus and sweetnes.

Medium body, very dry and modest alcohol.

An enjoyable sour beer, but no real hook. (303 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A fairly average Belgian Pale Ale. Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a small white head and average retention. Aroma and taste are mostly light fruit and Belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is fairly rich and smooth, not much alcohol presence. A pleasant enough drink, but nothing outstanding. (287 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +7.8%

A-Cloudy orange, nicely carbonated with a two finger fluffy head

S-Wheat, some hops, grass, lemon and some tart notes.

T-Starts with the Belgian pale ale flavor; wheat spice and hops, the brett provides a moderate tart note.

M-Lighter, dry, crisp and well carbonated.

O-Not super sour but just enough tartness to add character to a solid BPA base beer. (356 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

Lively, expressive, crisp, and a touch of funk. Ripe exotic fruit ... dragon fruit. Cracker maltiness, nutty yeast. Some musty funk within. Hint of warmth from the alcohol. Great use of brett, like that there is still a hint of sweetness here though I wonder where this brew would be after another 6-12 months of cellaring. Glad I had it now though. (349 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a golden amber. Very faint haziness. The white head settles to a thin wispy cap. No lacing.

Beer smells surprisingly sweet given the use of Brett. Smells of candied sugar, apple, honey and pineapple. Maybe even some vanilla.

The taste is similar with the candied sugar and yeast imparting a fruity sweet flavor. Notes of honey, pear and apple. Finishes a little too sweet for my taste. I'm curious if some time would help to dry out the beer, which would improve it in my eyes. Mouthfeel is lively and medium light bodied. Very mild bitterness. Low Brett character.

I was hoping for a greater Brett influence and a drier beer. Not bad. Comes off as a fruity, semi sweet tripel. (697 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a caramel colored bronze. Some good white froth; minimal lacing.

(S)- A bit dry, but lightly spiced. Very subtle Brett meets a fairly citrus forward aroma of orange and lemon.

(T)- An interesting toasted nutty character meets a slight funk and slight sweetness with a yeasty biscuit and orange citrus finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level meets a deeper malt bill despite its lighter characters and flavors. Some good funk to it as well.

(O)- I like the Brett addition this has. Perhaps a bit richer with the malt bill than I expected, but I like being surprised. (615 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dujayhawk for sending this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Hazy and dark gold, with moderate visible carbonation and a finger's worth of white fluffy head.

S: Funky barnyard, pilsner and cracker malts, and some light Belgian fruity yeast esters (primarily apple).

T: Bretty dry funk, grassy barnyard, cracker malts, almost cider-like on exhale. Reminds a little of a saison in execution. Finishes quite dry.

M: Light body with good crackly carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: This was a solid beer, if nothing earth-shattering. Enjoyable, and I'm glad to have tried it. (656 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another rudzud share.

Decent creamy thick head fades fairly quickly then slows, hazy sediment laden honey orange color.

Nose grainy sweet malts, rye spiciness and fruity, light apple fruity and soapy, light watery malt, little Belgian note, rich peppery and decent esters.

Taste starts sweet, candy like, very peppery, esters as well with fruity notes, little stone fruit, faint flash of paint thinner phenols, little Brett funk and fruity notes, rich yeasty. Little rye spicy note. Finish is dry and light bitterness, little rye and fruity flavours lingering, bit more phenols too.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb, little sticky, mild burning phenolic note.

Overall eh. (686 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Shared with JLindros and Threelions.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear honey hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light blanket with light lacing.

S - Aromas of a Belgian beer with light brett, funk. Nice esters, pleasant, rye?

T - Taste is Belgian esters, light brett, funk, super light. Maybe some rye, phenolic, Relatively unpleasant. Too malty.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall the taste and nose were rather mediocre. I think it was the wrong base beer for the approach, unfortunate. (553 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a near perfect beer for thanksgiving. a little brett, not too funky or wild, but definitely more complex than your standard holiday swill. hazy light amber color, copper tinted, with an inch or so of thick white almost nitro looking head. the nose is as much Belgian yeast as it is brett, mostly very light malts, pale, and herbal on the hop front with a distinct spice on the back end. the flavor is basically the same as the smell, but the Belgian yeast and brett do some outstanding tandem work in fermentation. its a little bigger in body than I thought it would be, and has very lively carbonation. its fruited and spiced in at first, and the slightly tannic wild side comes out just in the finish with maybe a splash of vinegar, nothing harsh or abrasive. overall another beauty from perennial. maybe not as interesting as some others, but its a good potential gateway wild beer, given its noticeable but approachable brett characteristics. good stuff with the turkey! (974 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Haven't had too much from Perennial and I'd heard great things about them. This beer, while not bad, certainly was a let down. No flaws, just blahs

Looks great. Nice big white rocky foam atop a bright golden body. Awesome sight to see

Aroma is weak. Barely any spice from either Belgian yeast or hops. Semi sweet, semi grainy. Weak. Nothing bad

Flavor is a flash in the pan of pale malts and subdued sugar. Very light on the taste buds, almost invisible. Would probably go well with cheese if it had carbonation feel to it.
Maybe that's the magic part of this beer that I'm just not getting; carbonation. The head suggests it has some bubbles, but it feels filmy and slick. A BPA? I don't get Belgian or pale out of this beer.
Does hide the booze really well, though. (772 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Welcome to DC, Perennial!

Served in a Port City glass.

A: Poured a dark, cloudy orange color, with a whopping sudsy white head to boot.

S: More brown sugar and white pepper than citrus. Malty for sure….grainy even.

T: Sorta blah, and somewhat sugar heavy. It definitely want to make me go back for more. Actually, the initial flavor was good, but the aftertaste wasn't. Not much citrus here.

M: I actually like the feel. Spritzy and champagne-like, with lots and lots and lots of lacing.

O: For $13.99, I expected much better. (534 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's during BBW 2013 (from notes, 10/27/13).

A: Slightly hazy copper with great lacing.

S: Funky, yeasty and bready.

T: A yeasty farmhouse flavor dominates but I get no brett at all and was really in the mood for some. No slight tart or funk at all.

M: Smooth with massage bubbles.

O: A good pale ale, that was more saison than anything with brett. (368 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness 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 with a nice Brett presence that is slightly better in the taste. (575 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A bright, copper colored beer. There is a surprisingly small amount of head, though it has a very long retention due to the stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S: Malty, some earthiness, some fruity esters from the alcohol, as well as a pepperiness. Not much sign of the Brett from the aroma.

T: Quite grainy, almost pilsner-like in the light grain. Some bready notes through the middle with a nice amount of yeast give way to a slightly metallic finish, with a hint of sourness and a lot of nice earthiness.

M: Light and crisp with plenty of carbonation.

O: This beer is very overwhelming. Not much that is identifiable as Belgian Style, not much that's identifiable as Brettanomyces. For a beer that should be, theoretically, packed with rich, earthy funk, there isn't a lot to recommend it. It's not a bad beer by any stretch, but it doesn't stand out in any way either.

*Edit* - I will say this for the beer, I was probably a little harsh on it when I wrote the review, because as it warms it opens up immensely, and brings out a lot more earthiness. (1,075 characters)

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Aria from Perennial Artisan Ales
84 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.