Saison Du Fermier - Side Project Brewing
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4.69/5 rDev +2%
Bottle into Side Project wine glass.
Pours out a light gold, hazy body, with a white, compact head that leaves a little lacing on the sides of the glass. Glad to see some carbonation going on since this was barrel aged.
Aroma is succulent orange, strong lemon, yellow grapefruit, tart pineapple, and faint juicy mango shows briefly. Along with the fruits you get some of the oak and Chardonnay from the barrels. A little funky earthiness and dank basement like character also encountered on the nose.
Flavor has a lovely blend of tart citrus fruits, mainly lemon, orange peel, and lychee. But what really catches my attention is how deep the barrel flavors are penetrated within the palate. First off, there is a hefty amount of vanilla coming through. And the Chardonnay is nicely integrated with straight oak from beginning to end. Other than that I don't get many other flavors except for a minute amount of dank like funk. It's a stunner in this department.
Mouthfeel is brilliant on this. Body is light to light medium. Carbonation is fluffy and soft. Has almost a creamy consistency upfront and ends mouthwateringly tart and dry. It's that creamy start that makes the mouthfeel feel like a rollercoaster ride. Lovely.
Overall the kind of beer experience that, well, I drink beer for. Everything is great about Fermier, but what struck me the most was how much vanilla I got from this, a saison of all things. It's not in your face vanilla, just a vanilla essence that really sticks out. But it's no surprise given the barrels held Chardonnay. And the mouthfeel, oh the mouthfeel, glides on the rogue before an abrupt tart, dry finish. A beautiful barrel aged saison and no doubt among the best.
07-30-2014 00:38:19 | More by MarcWP
Saison Du Fermier from Side Project Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.