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Le Saisonnier - Side Project Brewing

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Le SaisonnierLe Saisonnier

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 169
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 100
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 01-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Reviews by JoEBoBpr:
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4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
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)

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Appearance - Murky and hazy orange. Medium white head. Lots of lacing and a thick collar.

Smell - Stone fruits and some citrus. Some wine barrel. Lots of yeast. A bit of a mineral character.

Taste - Stone fruit and more wine flavor. Pale malt is stronger here. Yeasty and pushing a bit sweet before the finish. Mineral character is strong and it has kind of a rotten fruit flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Not as light as I was expecting. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not as impressed as I normally am by Side Project saisons. It's got a weird aftertaste.

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Le Saisonnier from Side Project Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.