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Le Saisonnier - Side Project Brewing

Le SaisonnierLe Saisonnier

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 13.85%


Brewed by:
Side Project Brewing visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Le Saisonnier is named after the seasonal workers for which the first, old-world Saisons were originally brewed. Amber in color and fermented in and aged in Chardonnay barrels with a blend of yeast and bacteria, Le Saisonnier is bright, balanced and refreshing.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 01-10-2014)
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a proper Side Project Brew long stemmed tulip from a 750ml bottle.

The brew pours a nice slightly bright hazy orange with a good medium dense half inch white head. The head has some larger intermingled bubbles that break it up as it recedes quickly down to a nice thick ring around the glass with some spotty mats floating in the middle. The brew is orange and hazy with some nice bright golden hues on the edges. (5.0)

Aroma starts off with wild yeast tartness mixed in with some pungent and rustic grainy/malty must and funk. Notes of wood barrel and old farmhouse are present. The Oak from the Chardonnay barrels is impressive in the nose. You can tell this brew has spent most of its life in contact with wood. There is some nice citrus and acidic tartness that is perceived along with the musty funk that compliments it very well. The tartness in the nose leads you to believe its gonna be very intense. Aroma is extremely earthy ad grainy. Tons of malted barley in the nose. Fresh baked sourdough bread is present as well. As it warms a slight bouquet of slight fruity sweetness develops, maybe from the vinous character. (4.75)

Flavor is quite impressive. A nice dichotomy from what the nose might indicate but still true to the aroma. Starts off with a sharp citric/lemon tartness that shoots up and awakens the palette. This is then followed by some very grainy and bready malted barely/grain notes. Sooo much grain in the flavor. The grain leads the way to the earthy wood and funk notes. Hay, oak, slight sweetness with some vinous and buttery white wine notes. As the brew warms the tartness becomes less sharp and more smooth and even more complimentary to some of the notes of sweet grapes and even some green apple skin. Mouthfeel is near perfect. Great balance between fluffy Belgian level carbonation and prickly clean crisp acidity. (4.25)

Side Project keeps impressing. Great level of detail is put into all these beers. This one is no exception. The notes of grain are amazing and work very well with the funky and musty wood notes. The slight acidic tartness compliments everything very well. (4.5) (4.25)

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:49:29 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Le Saisonnier from Side Project Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.