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Le Saisonnier - Side Project Brewing

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Le SaisonnierLe Saisonnier

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 12%
Wants: 97
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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5/5  rDev +17.6%

jlee185, Feb 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer was amazing now if Mizzou could only win a GD basketball game life would be perfect.

Tart with an orange haze. great carbonation and event better taste. Tart, WOOD, finishes dry and leaves me wanting to drown myself in these amazing suds. Tasted in my great Side Project Glass. Great beer Cory!

Msulax4, Feb 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

stevec32, Apr 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Roze, Jun 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

holzhrusmc79, Feb 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

jackmax, Jul 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Lukahn, Mar 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

gfg0020, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of beagley
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

le Saisonnier, as a sour beer fan, I could not have been happier. Waves of flavors ranging from vinegar to pineapple to sweet and sour sauce, green apple skins to atomic warheads crashed over my tongue. I was taken aback. This beer cannot be real, nothing in my life has ever tasted this good. I immediately felt like it was wasted on me. As if all of my years of drinking beer I had never quite lost my walmart palette. I had though. My favorite go-to is Goose Island's Lolita, a very nice sour that I would recommend to anyone, and this new beer promptly stomped it's head in the sandbox.

I had the beer on tap, at Perennial the day of release, several times. I also brought a few bottles home, but have only enjoyed one so far. I'm trying to save the others, but it's going to be very, very difficult.

Cory has made a fan for life with this one. I'll be at every release forward.

beagley, Feb 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

cmdmzmjm, Feb 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Biff_Tannen, May 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

VAbdoyan, Jun 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

jklecko2, Mar 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

HoppyBastard2, Apr 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

WTKeene, Mar 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Dawgboned37, Jun 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

boilermakerbrew, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of PHBoiler
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer looks and tastes like saison meets fresh lemonade without the sugar. Or maybe a saison meets a berliner. The bright lemony body pours with a billowing foamy white head. The scent is bright with lemons but also has that yeasty ester. The taste is outstanding. Crisp and clean saison body with just enough lemon tartness to make this complex. This is not a sour saison by any means. There is some brightness and acidity that reminds of a lemon berliner, but it is clearly a saison that has added complexity. Just so well made and effortlessly drinkable. Why did I share this and not just drink the whole bottle? I kid obviously, but you may want to hoard this one.

PHBoiler, Mar 17, 2014
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4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

4.8% abv 750ml bottle split with JLindros and Rudzud.

A: Pours into a Treehouse tulip a very soapy 1/2-1/4 inch head that dissipates quickly leaving very solid, very soapy lacing. No head retention, but great lacing. Darker golden sunset hue.

S: Oh my! Smells very tart, very lactic acid like, Great lactic, brett type mix. Reminiscent of Flora. Oh my.

T: What an amazing taste. Very tart up front, quit sour but extremely balanced. There are very obvious green apple notes, great funk, citrus like almost.

M: Quite milky for what it is. Frothy even. Nice citric acid, big salivary gland action caused by this but again very balanced, not overly sour. Wow.

O: Pretty perfect. What else could I want? I literally have no complaints about this beer. Would jump in a heartbeat at the chance to drink this again and would obviously purchase it at a moment's notice.

ThreeLions, Jun 23, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared with JLindros and Threelions. Batch 1.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear copper hue with a thin one finger head that leaves a thin halo and light lacing.

S - Aromas of funky saison notes, blanket, great yeast notes, great brett, very nice chardonnay notes both barrel and beverage. Great barrel notes, loads of bacteria. Very inviting.

T - Taste is wowzer, tart green apple skins, sour funk, phenomenal brett and bacteria notes, awesome lemon acidity, quite tart. A touch yeast heavy and a bit of a yeasty lingering aftertaste. Light grains. As delicious this is there are subtle flaws here. Absurdly delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is very brightly carbonated, super crisp, awesome.

O - Overall this beer was just awesome. Great wine and bacteria and brett going on here. Great delicious beer. Touch too yeasty on the end.

rudzud, Jun 21, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into Side Project wine glass.

Appearance is a beautiful radiant light orange with a two finger frothy beige head that leaves a little lacing on the sides of glass. Looks like a double IPA a bit. Unfiltered.

Aroma is absolutely lovely. Chardonnay barrel, sweet citrus namely mandarin and loquat, light graham cracker, fresh blueberry, and faint floral yeast esters.

The palate explodes with lacto pucker, lemon pith, orange peel, tart apple jolly rancher, subtle spiciness, white wine, and some drying oakiness. Juicy mid palate and drys out nicely on the finish. Lovely lingering tartness at the back of the jawline.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on. Lighter body, medium to full carbonation, and dry finish that leaves the mouth watering for more.

Overall what a gem. At 4.8 percent abv this will not fade and is perfect for downing the whole bottle alone. Major lactic sour presence but not overly done. Drinks jucy yet finishes clean besides the lingering pucker and abrasive dryness. Can't say it's the most complex barrel aged saison but what it lacks in complexity it makes up for in sheer flavor presence for a "light" saison. Bonafide mouthgasm kind of stuff.

MarcWP, Mar 18, 2014
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4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a soapy fizzy and fluffy creamy mixed 1/2 finger head that fades fairly quickly, decent lacing, super hazy murky a weird dirty water brown orange color.

Nose awesome, big funk, big Brett, Brett funk with yeasty note, with bacteria sourness, lacto perhaps, maybe pedio, not quite sure, little vinous white wine, etc. Hint lemony zest too.

Taste big funk, Brett all over, Brett funk, into big bacteria sourness, big acidity too, tart fruity apple like flavours, great funk etc. Although a little yeasty flavor. Some tart green apple, fruity sour flavours, grainy toasty like malts, saison wheat and toasty. Little earthy like too. Finish is nice tart sour fruity little lemony, nice sour bacteria funk, fruit, and wild yeast funk.

Mouth is med bod, nice light acidity, tartness, nice carb, little flemmy on the back end.

Overall very nice, great sour funk, tartness, fruit, etc. Only real downfall is yeasty flavor, and little nitpick things.

jlindros, Jun 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

jaminjohnson, Jan 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

KCBeerNerd, Jun 18, 2014
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Le Saisonnier from Side Project Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.