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Saison Du Blé - Side Project Brewing

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 408
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 22.05%
Wants: 226
Gots: 100 | FT: 22
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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States | website

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 PHBoiler
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer on draft at The SP Cellar. Pillowy, cloud-like white head on top of a clean honey blonde body. Fairly straight forward funky saison with a clean acidity that balances the experience.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at HF FOFA 2015. HF Taster glass. Clean, with aroma and flavors of lemon and some grain, mild funk and tinge of tart. Medium-light body, nice crispness. Not much barrel character. Tasty, but a bit one note and not overly exciting.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A. A cloudy nectar color with a very small white head that disapates fast.

S. Aroma of banana and slight wheat characteristic.

T. Again banana with some pineapple and light spice. Very refreshing. Also some nice tartness.

M. Light and crisp. Dry finish that makes you want more.

O. Really nice beer. Would love it on a hot summer day. Really don't even want to share the bottle. Want to savor it. Would look for again.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at Side Project Cellar. Very hazy yellow, slightly straw color. Bright with huge, pillowy white head. Smell is very much funk. Taste is a massive surprise of tart. Initial hit almost had me puckering but immediately transferred to a smooth, sweet, sour. Liked this a lot.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice treat. Poured a really hazy, straw gold with a massive, pillowy white head. Smell is a great balance of white wine grapes, lemon zest funk, and slightly doughy grains. Taste is bright and effervescent. Big punch of lemony tartness that is softened by the grain bill, then gives way to honeydew and bright, white grapes. The feel is a little more acidic than anticipated, but that's OK. This is a highly complex, well-balanced brew

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was lucky enough to come up with a few bottles of this from the last release which was batch #4. Very delicious likely tart saison with just a light hint of Chardonnay Barrel character.
Light and refreshing and everything you would expect from a side project beer!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from trade. Pours hazy yellow with a quickly receding white bubbly head. Aroma is very tart and sour, more sour, with some wheat malt notes, hay, more sour. Flavor follows with a pretty sour punch up front and on the finish, a bit of brett in the background. Nice light wheat malts and some sweetness, but is really overpowered by the unexpected sour notes. Light bodied, dry, lightly bubbly. Overall this was really nice. It's not a wild ale, but it's pushing that limit pretty hard. I was expecting a bit more brett notes here, but it's a solid brew as is. A good number of steps back from Fermier, though, and I think I even enjoyed Grisette a bit more than this one. But that's just a comment on how amazing Side Project is, as even this one is bordering on world class.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My first Side Project beer, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect....

Poured into a tulip, I immediately was impressed with the golden hue and eggshell head...the smell I can't quite put my finger on, but the taste definitely put me on notice! Way more tart than I expected, plenty of lemon juice/green apple on the flavor profile, with a white wine note. This guy finishes dry and crisp, and makes me wanna go back for more immediately.

This definitely reminded me of Hill Farmstead saisons, and that is a great comparison to have.

Very much enjoying this!

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Photo of danh53
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great mouth feel from the wheat. Almost like lacto. Taste is lemon and green apple. Has a cheesy aroma. Not much barrel character. Tart and refreshing.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just finished a draft pour of batch 3.

Beautiful golden beer with impressive lacing.
Smells vaguely of fruit and Romano cheese.
Mid-palate tartness with a long green apple finish. Much more tart than funk.
Rather full-bodied for the style, which I like.

Great stuff. Amongst sour Saisons, this and Arthur are the best I've had. It's better than Anna and crooked stave Surette for sure.

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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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Saison Du Blé from Side Project Brewing
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