Aria - Perennial Artisan Ales

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BA SCORE
84
good

336 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 9
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 336 | Reviews: 55
Reviews by brewandbbq:
Photo of brewandbbq
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle.

Pours clear copper with a 1/2" head of off-white. A solid skim coat for the duration with tattered lacing.

Aromatics lead off with honey-drizzled malt, pineapple skins, caramel, and cinnamon-dusted apples. Hints of burnt plastic and band-aids follow through.

Medium bodied with a creamy, slightly crisp and tacky mouthfeel.

Ripe malt with spicy phenols start the palate. Clove-studded caramel with hints of schezuan peppercorns and dusty leather.

Finishes with a malty wave, drying funk, and medicinal overtones.

Funky and malty with some off flavors but pretty tasty nonetheless.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden with a bit of reddish highlights. Minimal carbonation. Effervescent carbonation. The nose seems to be a battle of Brett and coriander. I'll give the Brett a slight advantage. The taste is again a struggle between the Brett and coriander and this is a much tighter race. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth. I just don't know that this blend of flavors really works well together.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger foamy white head with poor retention. Beer is semi-clear orange. Lacing is stringy with decent stick. Legs are thin and oily. Decent looking beer but head retention and clarity could use some work for the style.

Nose is coriander, peppercorn, Belgian yeast, honey, and cane sugar with a very mild Brett funk in the back. Pretty clean and appetizing. Appropriate for the style too.

Opens sweet and nutty. Coriander, nutmeg, brown sugar, and Belgian yeast in the middle. Some caramel and walnut flavors floating around too. End is clove and more Belgian yeast with a sweet, honey finish. Good complexity but really a bit too sweet for me overall.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Light, fluffy, and a bit prickly in the mouth. Goes down quenching and clean. Messy finish with a long, lingering, filmy finish. I kinda like this.

A nice sessionable beer that tastes nowhere near its ABV. This is dangerously drinkable but overall, the malt body is too much for me here. I'd revisit this one but its by no means one of the better offerings in its style.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish body. Clear with a nice off white head. Good retention.

Smell - Fruity. Caramel. Yeasty and malty.

Taste - Malty with a apple-y flavor. Very fruity. Deep caramel in the middle. Dries out in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, maybe medium heavy. High carbonation.

Overall - I don't get the brett at all. Generic maltiness and yeast flavors.

Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of ninyetric
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very light yet flavorful taste. It has a nice fruity aftertaste.

Photo of Austin32
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cellared for 6 months in hopes of some Brett development.
Hopes aren't too high considering the varied reviews.

Bright saturated orange color, high clarity with a fluffy head of lasting white foam. Sticky arcs of lacing in the glass, lasting skim on the surface, thin collar around the edges.

Aromas of wet hay, dried pineapple, sweet malts and spicy Belgian yeast.

Dry and effervescent, spicy and yeast forward, but not all that funky. Lightly sweet and spicy, again not really funky at all. Medium bodied, peppery and dry in the finish. Overall okay, not really all that much Brett even after 6 months of cellar time, but drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a tulip, pale amber with orange hue, confident pour releases a nice head three+ fingers high of ivory foam; left sparse lace webbings

S: ripe, sweet orchard fruits, suggestions of cinnamon and spice

T: immediate pale fruits and wine, brief flashes of a dank, musty undertones; by and large sweet and more like a tripel than a pale - lots of fruity spice, peach and clove assertions

M: soft, fuzzy, medium-full body, modest carbonation, but some tingles

O: a very soft, juicy, lush drink - perhaps off-putting if you're expecting something dry and musty, or very pale, but I found similarities to Piraat in both color and flavor, as well as to Belgian tripels in general, with their lush fruit character and solid body. Totally recommended.

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into stella artois looking glass at Flying Saucer in Kansas City. Pours a murkey brown golden...I love a murkey beer....
Smell is fruity belgian pale...typical belgian yeast mixed with nice fruit like notes.
Flavor of fruity belgian yeast...some slight noble hop and malts, but mostly belgian sweetness. Its an easy drinker, but like i find with lots of belgian pale's..they get heavy as they warm. Its a great belgian pale...not amazing but solid. Others mentioned some funk...i dont pick that up at all...wish I did; but nope. Still a nice brew, well crafted and solid. I just wouldnt pay the perennial price for a bomber of it...sorry.

Photo of Srkolodn
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This looked great, smelled great, the first sip was good, but as it warmed up I felt this just wasnt very drinkable.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a hazy copper-orange color with two fingers rich off-white head. A good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

The aroma was fruity with nice tropical notes, green apple, white wine and Belgian yeast.

The taste matched the aroma. Quite fruity upfront and lightly tart with tropical notes, green apple, white wine, candy sugar and Belgian yeast. The tartness lingered through the finish.

Medium bodied and smooth with a bright carbonation.

A tasty Belgian Pale for sure and one I'll definitely have again.

Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing from notes after drinking on 11/8/14. Enjoyed out of a 750 mL bottle with no dating that I can seem to find on the bottle, but I do know that it was picked up by Mrs. Lambic directly from the brewery in late September, so it's reasonably fresh (not that it matters for this style). Poured into a large Belgian style tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0) - While this isn't the first time I've had this beer, it's certainly the first time I've enjoyed it out of a bottle, rather than on tap. And I don't know if it's common, but this one is a gusher, like so many Brett-fermented Belgian pale ales seem to be. One hour later (I keed), I've finally managed to get a reasonable pour into my glass, with a stark white head of four fingers towering over a body of murky honey-orange. By this time, the foam has begun to break down, leaving a web of large bubbles akin to swiss cheese or ciabatta. After a good while, it dissipates, leaving sticky patches of lace on the sides of the glass and a pile of stubborn foam forming an island in the middle of the liquid.

Smell (4.0) - A nice blend of aromas going on here. That distinctive funkiness that is quintessential in any brett beer, with a nice fruity complement of tropical notes, with some pineapple and perhaps starfruit coming through. Beneath the yeast characteristics is a pleasant bready base reminiscent of sourdough. I must say I'm a sucker for the aroma on these types of beers, but this one certainly does not disappoint.

Taste (3.75) - Many of the same elements from the aroma are still present, with light fruitiness and some musty funk going on, but all are a bit more subdued than in the smell, unfortunately. Still good, I just wish there were more going on. There is also some dry bitterness as often will be present in this style of beer, but that is far and away the most pressing characteristic.

Mouthfeel (3.75) - Medium body and high carbonation combine to create a mouthfeel I would be tempted to describe as fluffy or spongy, given the dominance of the carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall (3.75), while there are definitely some elements to this beer I positively love, I have to dock the score a bit for the gushing and for the fact that the flavor just isn't as vibrant as I feel it could be. It's strikes me as one of many Orval-inspired beers, but just doesn't quite recapture the magical funky weirdness of the original. That said, it's an excellent beer that can be found on the shelf at pretty much any time without needing to worry about freshness, given the style. I'm sure I'll find myself drinking it again in the future.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I hope it's something from "Rigoletto"... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a short finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises dry corn, light Brett funk, mild caramel, and a kiss of booze (you know, like that just straight-up bombed chick you've been eying for a little while, noting the number of shots o' tequila she's been rocking, who then comes up to you in a minor careening stupor and plants her tongue right in your throat...we've all been there...right?...). The taste holds notes of mild orange zest, mild caramel, light grass, and a firm stranglehold of Brett (in a good way). The body is a lithe medium, with a moderate carbonation and a bone dry finish. Overall, a nice enough Brett-infused BPA, but the smell leaves plenty to be desired, and the Brett doesn't mesh entirely well with the rest of the flavors.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an unbranded tulip glass

Pours a deep golden with heavy amber accents. In fact, this brew is nearly bronze. The thick, fluffy two finger clean white head has slightly above average retention and leaves behind some thin, delicate lacing. Grassy hops, mild pear, and general light earthiness. Grassy notes, very light hints of apricot, pearskin, and some accents of honey. Finishes dry and earthy with continued grassy hop notes. Light to light medium bodied with smooth, silky mouthfeel that feigns slightly heavier as the brew warms. Abundant, yet gentle carbonation. Subtlely complex and incredibly drinkable Aria joins Hommel Bier as another Perennial Belgian Pale Ale masterpiece.

Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Tone
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, light copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, slight floral hops, wet hops, sweet malt, spices, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of spices, hops, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, great hoppy and spice blend in both aroma and body.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

At CS on 10.2.14.

Meh, pretty mild.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy, copper/orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very fruity with some sweet notes. Some caramel notes.

T - It tasted fruity with apple and pear notes. Some nice Belgian spices and sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very nice Belgian-style ale. Glad to find it on tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

Photo of scottfrie
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Aria from Perennial Artisan Ales
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