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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: 96
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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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Batch 1.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, funk, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, funk, earth, and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice sour and funk qualities in the taste.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

djrn2, Mar 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Thorpe429, Apr 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

acurtis, Jul 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Tangent-time coming right up! As the head brewer from Perennial Ales turns attention from the norm and into the barrel, Le Saisonnier opens up with all the charm and rusticity of the Belgian low country.

This tangy farmhouse ale opens with a golden gaze that captures highlights of lemon drop and canary as its back-lit glow is diffused with haze. As a creamy lather builds on top the beer, its texture is arid and honeycomb. As its rocky and liquified head character treks deep into the session, clumping lace links up with the glass walls in the beer's wake.

Its bright and tart scent is fruity and earthy. With only the tangy sweetness of under-ripened citrus, the ale prefers a drier scent of apple, pear, white grape and lemon. Its earthen balance of peppercorn, sawdust and sea air carries a cork-like tone with damp hay and fresh-cut grass in the backdrop.

Its short-lived bready sweetness is wafer-thin and short-lived. The beer's more wine-like taste shrugs off the malt and races in with bright acidity- lemons, limes, oranges, pear and grape make their large presence known upon the middle palate, and does so in a dry and spicy fashion. Lightly salty on the tongue, the rich taste of weathered oak, cork, cellar must and stewn straw round out the beer's spicy and crisply bitter finish.

Effortless on the mouth, the beer's exuberant carbonation allows the ale to take on champagne-like proportions, pulling the malt from the tongue and giving rise to the beer's acidic wine texture. As the bubbles carry the beer into a fast-fleeting finish with much of its nuances in flavor being more appreciated in aftertaste rather on the initial palate- much the way Belgians prefer.

Its good to see the taste of Saison is in good hands- if nowhere else, it's safe in St. Louis, Missouri! Who would have thought? Its certainly a tangent worth taking.

BEERchitect, Mar 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Texasfan549, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

kjkinsey, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

spycow, Jun 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

GRG1313, Jul 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Knapp85, Mar 09, 2014
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4.59/5  rDev +8%

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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2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

oline73, Mar 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

imperialking, Jul 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

InspectorBob, Mar 30, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

yourefragile, Mar 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Gonzoillini, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ShanePB, Jul 01, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottle opened on 3.1.14
Batch 1

A - Pours a cloudy, dirty dark orange with a large light tan head that slowly bubbles down.

S - Funky, earthy, fruit - I can't really place it.

T - Chardonnay, then tart, acidic oak, subtle pear and apple.

D - Tons of carbonation with a medium body.

O - Tart and acidic, fruits in there with some nice chardonnay.

HuskyinPDX, May 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

chippo33, Apr 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Cynic-ale, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

claspada, Jul 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Axnjxn, Feb 12, 2014
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Le Saisonnier from Side Project Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.