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Saison Du Blé - Side Project Brewing

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Reviews: 25
Hads: 339
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 24.09%
Wants: 213
Gots: 72 | FT: 16
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Side Project Brewing visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: coryking on 11-07-2013

Saison du Blé is our Chardonnay barrel-aged Wheat Saison. Batch 1 was fermented in stainless and then aged in oak for 3 months with our rustic house blend.
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is desert island beer for me, the kind of stuff i love to drink, and the kind of beer every single brewer out there just has to wish they made themselves. its expert, and while its not the most wildly conceived of the side project beers ive been lucky enough to drink, it might well be the most flawlessly executed. the chardonnay barrel is immediately evident, lots of acidity and oak, with a mild buttery vibe you get from certain wines. tons of texture preserved from the wheat, this has a lot of body, but is also very dry and refreshing, which makes it unique in its class. mild taste to the grain, its obviously about the yeast here. mix of bretts from what i can tell, and something producing a little more acidity than is normal for brett alone, although it doesnt quite have that mature lacto sting to it yet, tough to place, hints at lemon, and the balance between the funk and the acid is splendid. not as woody as i would have thought, more about the actual wine than the vessel here, which is pretty neat in a beer like this. these guys are fast becoming the kings of multiple yeast pitches in the same beer, its an art for sure, and they have it absolutely dialed. this is up there with the best of side project in my limited experience.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at 2015 Hill Farmstead Festival of Farmhouse Ales. This one took a distant second for the Side Project offerings at FoFA, but only because Framboise du Fermier was so incredible. Side Project seems to nail it every time.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright hazy yellow with a nice contrasting white fluffy head. Excellent retention.

Smells lemony, citrusy, acidic, and yeasty.

Great flavor. Tangy citrus, both lemon and orange. The wheat makes itself known. Funky yeast. Oaky and vinous. Acidic.

Crisp and sour. High carbonation cuts the acidity.

Excellent beer. There's a lot going on and it works well, all flavors very pronounced and not overpowering with a moderate degree of pucker.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this at a recent gathering, poured chilled in a glass from the bottle.

The color is golden hazed with white head. The smell is very good with sour aroma and lemony lactic odor with slight funk. The feel is tangy with high amount of carbonation lingering acidic texture.

The flavor has lots of wild yeast with citrus fruit tang and slight tropical fruit flavor with low malt sweetness and slight acetic character. Overall I loved this -a very enjoyable saison/wild ale hybrid of sorts.

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Photo of BWCampbell
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is phenomenal - I think the real distinction between this and King's other saisons is in the mouthfeel - that wheat is really doing wonders. Other than that, the taste is tart, crisp, funky, and sharp. Perfect.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend #2: This is a nice barrel aged saison. It has a heavy wine presence throughout that compliments the base beer well. The addition of greater sour notes would add to the balance between the two, and perhaps future blends will be tweaked more to my liking.

When I read the description on the bottle, I immediately thought of Hill Farmstead's Flora. While this beer falls short of Flora, it parallels the flavors of a 6-month-plus bottle conditioned Hill Farmstead saison (which would then be introduced to a white wine barrel.)

A solid introduction into the works of Side Project.

Update: Blend #3

This is a much nicer beer overall, warranting the bump in scoring. Batch 3 is very well balanced, not as dry as Batch 2, not as heavy on the wine barrel, and a bit more tart.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 shared last night by myself.

This one gushes a tiny bit upon opening, but fizzles out quickly, pouring a cloudy yellow, with a 2 inch head, and a good amount of foamy lacing.

This one smells like tart farmhouse yeast, minerals, lemon-lime, and a good amount of rustic funk, whatever that really means.

This is quite minerally, but in a good way, with a very slight menthol taste that doesn't detract from anything. There's some grapiness, and a good amount of lemon. There's also some stone fruit, and sourdough bread. Really a lot of flavors that work nicely together.

This has an incredibly long sour finish that's bold and lingering. The body is light, with a creamy and minerally mouthfeel. Really quite drinkable.

A super excellent BA saison here, very unique and very interesting.

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Photo of aleigator
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Saison du ble

batch 2 - Many thanks to Kevin for the bottle.

Pours a cloudy peach-yellow color with a one finger broad, stable head.

The nose offers a complex tartness between citrus peel, sparkling wine, bretts and a note of vinegar. This impression gets enhanced, due to hay, wet grass, tree bark, earthy mushrooms and a mineral quality. Sweeter, fermented grapes blend flawlessly into the funky character of the beer, among a well pronounced foundation of straw and wheat.

Has a lower carbonation with an almost smooth mouthfeel, due to soft water and a medium body.

Begins with bread, minerals, unripe citrus pulp and hay. Old, fermented white grapes become recognizable during the middle part, revealing not only a fruity note, but also a mellow hop presence among sweeter turning malts, still providing a decent amount of earth. The beer got a sparkling wine aspect to it, leading to a very refreshing, slightly fruity impression, finishing with an enjoyable bitterness and a slick, long lasting citrus dryness.

Fantastic beer, with a generous depth of different flavors, while it comes together convincingly well. Exhibits a tart fruitiness, with both citrus and grapes, while hay and wheat build up an incredible soft, enjoyable mouthfeel, through which the flavors can unfold without any distractions. Finishes tart, while not getting monotonous sour, almost like a Belgian sour.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good. Kind of forgotten in the middle of an action packed day. Remembered it a couple days later. No oak, or Chardonnay notes at all. it was a darn tasty "traditional" saison in my mind when I had it nonetheless.

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Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev -14.5%

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sourness, funk, earthiness, slight yeast, fruit, and alcohol. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is tart and dry, sharp and crisps, and average carbonation level. Tastes of funk, sourness, hint of berry, slight yeast, alcohol, and a hint of earthiness. Overall, a light, crisp, sharp, dry, and sour saison. Dryness is the dominating feature.

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Photo of jjdc
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%

Late sunset in the glass. Sharp and vinous nose. Tangerine, oak, Chardonnay and a bit of hay funkiness. The barrel character on this is one of the best I've had in a beer. Crisp, tart and completely refreshing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a clear golden-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, spice, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, fruit, white wine, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with nice white wine barrel aged qualities in the taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch 2...it was a gusher shortly after opened.

A- Pours bright, light, and hazy, like most of Cory's saisons. The body is a light to almost medium golden yellow. Aside from the gushing after opening, the head that forms is small (about 1 finger) and dissipates quickly. No lacing, except when swirled, and that fades away quickly as well.

S- Tart with only a small bit of funk upfront on the nose. There is a somewhat citric tone to the tart flavor, with a hint of lemon. Secondary scents include a grainy smell from the wheat, a tiny bit of funk from the yeast, and slight tingling sensation from the high carbonation in the pour. Really bright and only slightly tart the entire way through the smell.

T- Starts with the same slightly tart flavor as in the scent. The tartness is once again citric with a bit of lemon, but a sweeter version of raw lemon. After the initial tartness, the wheat kicks in a bit and provides a good and grainy base. The wheat flavor is almost grassy and gives the overall flavor a funky quality. On the back half of the drink the flavor turns more funky with all of the grains and yeast blending together, yet the bright tart flavor also stays steady. Lingering flavor on the tongue is rather grassy and grainy overall.

M- The feel of this beer is somewhere between beer and champagne due to high levels of carbonation. The light and bright flavor profile helps to keep the feeling of this beer light on the tongue despite the amount of wheat and grain in the beer. Very easy to drink and easily sessionable.

Overall, this is another great saison from Cory that displays the slightly tartness that I love in a saison. {slow clap ensues}

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle sealed with silver pressure cap.

Batch 2; poured into SP Wine Stem.

Appearance: hazy and glowing straw yellow bodied beer with 2 full fingers of white head that drops down to a thin cap. Head retention is fair. Spotty lacing left on the glass.

Smell: light and airy citrus. Slightly sweet wheat malts. A light tartness in present in the nose along with almost a moderate level of barnyard funk. Slightly floral and yeasty too.

Taste: Light tartness in the form of lemons. Slight sweetness from the wheat malt profile and more citrusy notes, this time it is the form of a light tangerine flavor. Hint of oak barrel and light levels of lacto cheesy funk and then a stronger concentration of moderate brett funkiness in the form of barnyard, fruity, earthy notes. Little bit of that white wine shows through in the finish. Geez...what a nice saison!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. This beer is extremely drinkable. Light, pillowy, and airy. Creamy carbonation. Only a very slight dryness in the finish. Its very crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Overall: What a great white wine barrel aged saison. Saison Du Fermier is better than Saison Du Ble, but its not by very much. This has a little more finesse and drinkability than Fermier does, but I like the heftier orangey citrus flavors and white wine found in Saison Du Fermier. Cork King makes some fantastic saisons that is for sure. I would have to say that between Side Projects and Hill Farmstead these two breweries are brewing the best saisons in the USA. Very impressed by Saison Du Ble. I wish Saison Du Ble could be an every day beer for me.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with healthy eggshell white head that clings to the glass. Smell is very funky...aged cheese, hay, barnyard mustiness but with a distinctly sweet buttery cracker smell and muted lemon and orange. Almost like a Ritz cracker with aged camembert and lemon zest. Fantastic. Taste matches the smell...sweet butter cracker with some oak, citrus, pear, and good white wine presence. Somewhat dry but well carbed and quaffable. Overall fantastic beer, love the oaky butteriness that is missing from much chardonnay thesr days. Should be renamed Saison du Chardonnay. If you can get it past the STL trade mafia that seems to regulate most Side Project exports, it is well worth the effort.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened at Perennial 7/3/14 for on-site consumption. 2 bottles split between 3 people.

A - Pours a lot like Fermier with the yellowy white hazy. White foam head this dissipates back into the glass.

S - Citrusy funk tartness comes up on the nose with white wine notes

T - Taste follows the nose wight he citrusy mild tartness and funk that reminds me somewhat of fernier with a little more tart and citrusy

M - Nice card light mouthfeel

O - This reminds me a lot of Fermier but not quite as good. Not overly complex but definitely worth going after. I drank about a bottle and a fourth to myself

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Photo of WTKeene
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared immediately following Saison du Fermier to celebrate my graduation, courtesy Abbbp. Poured from a batch 1 bottle into a Prairie Teku glass.

Appearance: Light yellow/white, incredibly hazy, with a creamy but small head that goes away fast. A thick bubbly crown hangs around for a while afterward though and leaves some healthy lacing.

Smell: Lots of bretty funk, citrusy, fruity. Like any good saison should taste, but pales a bit compared to Saison du Fermier.

Taste: Not very tart, definitely brett funk. A hint of bitterness. Lots of saltine-like cracker malt, with an almost browned, roasted quality to it. Not getting a whole lot of the chardonnay here, or the oak barrel at first, but more of it comes through as the beer sits a bit. Becomes a lot more sour too.

Mouthfeel: Quite high, prickly carbonation. Lingers a while and is quite dry.

Overall: Quite good, like everything Side Project does. Wasn’t as good as the Saison du Fermier that immediately preceded it, but still nothing to shake a stick at.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A huge cloud of bright white foam capped a golden pear colored body that had a bit of cloudiness and intense brightness.

The nose is wine like and cidery with some woodsy oak. Wheat and pear aromas meld well together.

This is slightly sour and semi sweet with a perfect balance between both. Cider, lemon, pear and wheat act in harmony to deliver the most balanced Saison I've ever experienced.

The feel is intensely smooth and refreshing, with a bit of sour or bitterness.

I like a Saison but have not enjoyed one more than this. It's strong flavors are so well weaved that it sets itself far above others in the style.

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Photo of EliotRosewater
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - hazy, sunset orange color. Moderate head.

S - soft lacto, funk, citrus, white wine (think more acidic like Soave, gruner, Sauvignon blanc, etc) slight herbal aroma. Very inviting.

T - amazing light citrus acidity balanced with a very slight funk. Seems like the Brett and lacto are pretty evenly balanced with neither overpowering. Very delicate flavor but insanely drinkable. Lots of white wine characteristics.

M - well attenuated but not overly so like some saisons. Nice lingering sweetness.

O - easily one of the better saisons I've had. Very clean acidity. Very good.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.61/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a hazed bright golden yellow with a tight white head and thick lacing. Nose is heavy yeast and creamy lacto up front with a strong balance of dry white wine and wet oak. Their yeast is very unique and different, I'm not really a huge fan. It gets tangy and spicy but has a strange cream of wheat thing going on. Taste has less of the cream of wheat, yeast is uniquely tangy, lemon zest and a hint of spice. Stronger oak, less wet wood, very dry in the finish and the chard barrels give it a temptation quality, just not nearly as well done. The lacto probably adds to the yeast flavor, similar to the saisonneer without as much off flavor. Its ok.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow orange body. Nice white head. Good retention. Medium collar.

Smell - Wine barrel is prominent. Lemony. Oaky. Grainy wheat.

Taste - Tart wine barrel. Sweet pale malt. Oaky. Lemony. Grainy wheat. Lingering oaky finish. Minimal funk to it.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Crisp and tart. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Very nice barrel aged saison. Flavorful.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour from the brett takeover @ perennial
The beer pours a cloudy, dull golden color, no sediment, with a white head that fades to nothing rather quickly. The nose is a rustic graininess, tart vinous white grapes, lemony citrus, and some straw. The taste has a mild grain sweetness upfront that quickly becomes tart and fruity as it sucks all saliva from your palate. It has a mouthfeel that is also grainy and quite tart, quenching and dry, and has interesting fruit qualities that pull all beer's funkiness together. It's definitely not an end of spectrum sour, in fact it's quite drinkable in. I'm definitely excited for the next release.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 12.18.13

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a fluffy off-white head that fades slowly.

S - Funky, tart lemon citrus, oak, wheat.

T - Soft citrus, lemon, wheat, floral. Excellent.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Light body, but very flavorful and welcoming. A wonderful saison.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75cl bottle, generously shared at a 4elf hotel bottle share; approx 6oz poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 12/15/2013.

App- Hazy straw-yellow body. Nice one finger white head with very good retention, fades into a nice thick collar, fair and spotty lacing.

Smell- Lemon, oak, vinous white grapes, chardonnay, a little bit of funk.

Taste- White wine barrel, oak, white wine grape tartness, lemons, and a little bit of funk. Some wheaty sharpness. Follows the nose. Not superbly intense, but fairly complex.

Mouthfeel- Lighter bodied, refreshing, good carbonation with a nice dry finish. Very easy to drink.

Overall- A fine wine barrel-aged saison. Its not quite Flora, but I enjoyed this more than I did HandFarm, to give an example.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Side Project Saison Du Ble

Poured into a wine glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice golden straw color with a nice bright slight orange hue with a slight haze. There is a nice quarter inch white head that is pretty dense and recedes quickly down to a thin film.

Aroma is pretty nice. Notes of mild lemon tartness in the nose with some nice white grape vinous character as well. Notes of woody musty oak are present in the nose as well as some grainy and mildly sweet wheat notes. Fresh citrusy tartness and some slightly buttery vinous and funky wood notes.

Flavor is pretty awesome. Grainy and bready notes that are earthy and sweet start things off with a back note of mild lemony tartness. Tartness is milder than De Fermier and there is a pretty noticeable woody must to the brew along with some barnyard and husk notes. Great notes of mild vinegar are also present. Overall nice and dry as a saison should be. Sooo good.

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Saison Du Blé from Side Project Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.