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Saison Du Fermier - Side Project Brewing

Saison Du FermierSaison Du Fermier

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 5.84%


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

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Chardonnay barrel-fermented Saison that uses our house blend of Brett and bacteria. Batch 1 spent 3 months in oak and then 3 months bottle conditioning. Bright citrus, billowy mouthfeel, classic funk round out the flavor profile of this rustic Saison.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-15-2013)
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.74/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes from 1/11/14

A- Pours a pale orange that is slightly hazy and opaque. A good sized white head of small bubbles that leaves tons of lacing. Very pretty!

S- Super funky, almost cheese-like, dank, and almost gueuze-like. Moss, wet horse blanket, a bit of sour cherry. Overripe fruit, perhaps orange? This is super complex, and I am honestly struggling to pick out some specific aromas. Some oaky tannins and some berries.

T- Holy hell this is delicious! it is super juicy, bright and citrusy, but not in the IPA sense. It is sour and funky, again in a gueuze kind of way, more smooth and velvety, and as mentioned, juicy! There is a ton of oak, and some big white wine influence. Mandarin orange and wet grass as well. It's tart, it's funky, it's juicy, it's citrusy, and there's tons of barrel character. Just incredible!

M- The mouth feel is smooth, velvety, with lots of tiny bubbly effervescence. Fantastic!

O- Overall this is probably the best barrel aged saison I've ever had! The gueuze characteristics really make this different and awesome!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 01:13:18 | More by SadMachine
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jegross2

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Saison Du Fermier from Side Project Brewing out of St. Louis, Missouri. This bottle conditioned saison is aged and fermented in Chardonnay oak barrels.

Score: 94

September 2013 release bottle served in a Surly Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 11/28/13 (Thanksgiving dinner). Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a murky orange-ish golden color with a half finger layer of fizzy white head. Leaves a line of lacing with good retention. 3.75/5

Smell: Orange peels, white wine, oak and light/young Bretty funk. There is a dandelion-like grassy aroma too. Nice citrus undertones. Most of the aromatic complexities hit upfront, while the Brett notes and a subdued "strawiness" make up the back end of the whiff. 4.5/5

Taste: A nice citrus/tropical fruit flavor and mild tartness hit upfront, with the citrusy flavor lasting and acting as a nice backbone for the beer. Overlaid is a white wine spriztiness, oak and a lighter amount of earthy Brett than the nose led on. A little musty, with zesty lemon rind notes too -- reminisce of a fresher Cantillon Classic Gueuze in this regard. The Brett and citrusy flavor linger nicely, with the citrus outlasting the funk. The Brett/funk growls slightly as the beer warms up and breaths. The oak and white wine come across stronger when the bottle is colder, akin to how The Bruery Confessions tastes, but the taste opens up nicely from there. Everything integrates well, making it hard to really single out any flavors. Quite pleasant. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Has a good dryness, with a light tartness to it -- more so than most saisons. 4.25/5

Overall: Whatever yeast and bacteria Cory is using in his saisons is pure money. I love how citrusy/fruit his saisons come across, despite there being no fruit being added to them. It is no wonder why Fuzzy and Blueberry Flanders are so delicious. Saison Du Fermier is probably my favorite of Cory's bottle releases to date, but that is only because Fuzzy and Blueberry Flanders have not been released in bottles...yet...

Cost: $15 for a 750 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 19:04:42 | More by jegross2
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap numerous times, but this review was taken from Zwanze Day 2013 at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in the appropriate Cantillon tulip glass.

A - White foam settles to a collar, partial cap, and specks of lacework. Hazed golden straw body.

S - Lots of Chardonnay and brett here; one of the more vinous Saisons I've had recently. The brett character is a bit on the dirtier side of things, with perhaps a hint of sulfur, although that seems to have cleared up when I had it again at Jake Melnick's leaving behind more musty attic and hay. Base Saison imparts some light phenolic yeast character and unmalted grain.

T - Tangy stone fruits, and significantly more vinous acidity to it. Sweet Tarts candy mixture of fruits and sourness, with a bit of the base Saison's hand lotion-esque pale malts. Not as much brett as the aroma, but significantly more lactic acidity and oak.

M - Pleasant medium carbonation, soft medium body, and a dry, tannic finish. Some bottles are gushers, so I get the sense Cory is still dialing in the carbonation, but the kegs have been superb in this regard. No alcohol, and only mild lingering acidity.

D - Quite excellent; reminds me of Hill Farmstead's offerings actually in its balance of oak, wine, funk, and farmhouse ale. Best beer of Zwanze Day for sure, and probably my favorite Side Project offering so far. Top-notch stuff; I look forward to subsequent vintages.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 03:37:38 | More by MasterSki
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jeonseh

Indiana

4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose is light lemon, barnyard funk and white vinegar. On a first sip, this is a light and balanced saison that leans more towards the tart side. This has light vinegar and lemon as well as slight funk on the backend. The finish is dry and that dryness lingers on the tongue after the beer is gone. The body is a bit thin overall which would make this one that you could drink continuously on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2013 00:06:59 | More by jeonseh
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very bright golden blonde body that is so clean and transparent. Tiny white bubbles along the top of the glass almost like a fog or haze. The nose is citrus, tropical notes, lemons, and fruit almost like wine. The chardonnay shines in this beer. You get the fruit from the wine, and a hint of oak that helps balance the body. The beer drinks like a dream. Top notch body just like Logsdon in the almost champagne like saison body. The taste has all those chardonnay notes with bright lemons. A more mellow berliner type of tartness that is almost there to balance the clean body of the beer. Such a joy to drink. As good as any saison I've ever had, and that is one of my favorite styles. A real treat to try a beer with so much depth.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2013 16:48:47 | More by PHBoiler
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Side Project Saison du Fermier
Poured into a wine glass at the Side Project Release 9-28-2013
Copied from notes on my iPhone.

Pours a nice bright yet hazy golden straw yellow color. Golden hues on the edges with a nice dense and frothy head. Very tiny white bubbles pack in there giving the brew a whipped cream or meringue-like looking head. (5.0)

Aroma is delicious. Starts off with some grainy and hay notes followed by some great barnyard funk. Then some sharp lemony tartness hits the nostrils. Nice white whine vinous notes with some woody notes in the nose. The brew has some wonderful saison aromas with some mild pear and apple sweetness that mix well with the woody oak notes and the mild tartness. (4.75)

Flavor is wonderful. This brew is pretty impressive. Starts off with some sharp lemony tartness mixed in with some good fresh grain and fresh baked bread notes. Some nice phenolic and funky barnyard notes come up as well as woody oak notes. There is an underlying sugary and fruity sweetness that balances stuff out very well. And the vinous and white grape skin character of the brew. The brew is light and refreshing and has a nice dry character to the finish. The brew has wonderful playful carbonation that cleans the palette after each sip. (5.0) (4.75)

Overall this brew is delicious. I love the way the wine barrel adds some tartness and vinous notes. The interplay between the saison funk and some of the very mild fruit sweetness I near flawless. Well-done Side Project. (4.75)

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2013 00:14:27 | More by JoEBoBpr
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle and tap, multiple times. Served in a wine stem each time.

Pour: Body is a nice, hazy pale orange with two fingers of white frothy head. Some lacing, and the head recedes to a nice film.

Smell: Forward white wine and buttery oak, with some funk, eathy yeast, lemon rind, and light citrus.

Taste: Tart lemons and citrus upfront, that quickly evolves into a vinous white wine. Toasted, buttery oak throughout. A nice dose of funk through the back half gives way to an abrupt dry, vinous finish.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated. Medium tartness, and juicy through the middle. Finish is bone dry.

Overall: A delight to drink, and one of the best wine barrel saisons I’ve had the please to have. Intensely flavorful, but a joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 03:33:28 | More by cfrances33
Saison Du Fermier from Side Project Brewing
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