Saison Du Fermier - Side Project Brewing
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Reviews by JoEBoBpr:
4.93/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
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. (5.00)
Serving type: on-tap
10-05-2013 00:14:27 | More by JoEBoBpr
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4.69/5 rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 00:38:19 | More by MarcWP
4.71/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
750ml bottle of Batch 2, generously sent over by Dylan. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass 7/11/2014.
A- Hazy light copper/straw yellow body with a lovely, fluffy effervescent two finger white head with excellent retention, leaving rings upon streaks of lacing. Beautiful saison.
S- Intense citrus, yogurty lactate, pale malts with a touch of chardonnay and dry oak. Wow. Even a bit of dry, earthy funk. This is a very complex and pleasing nose. Wow.
F- Citrus on the front (acidity) with some tart orange zest on the backend. Lots of yogurt lacto throughout, which I really enjoy. Then there's a underlying background of pale malt sweetness, some earthy Brett funk supplemented by a distinct white wine flavour with a dry, oaky finish. Simply one of the most complex beers per se that I've had, and definitely the most complex saison thus far.
M- Medium bodied, suitably carbonated with a substantial, smooth mouthfeel with a nice complex finish- dry, zesty, with yogurt lacto. Very good! And certainly drinkable as I'm doming the entire bottle on my own and wishing I had another.
O- Phenomenal. This is more complex than Flora as it has the lacto character and the dry, funky Brett on top of the white wine barrel character. Flora b5 had more of the distinct Vermont tartness without the lacto and was quite heavy on chardonnay. Both are fantastic, but if I had to choose between the two, I would go with Fermier 6 times out of 10. Fantastic BA saison, and I'm glad to have had the opportunity to drink this.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 02:21:36 | More by Stevedore
4.25/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A- Orange, golden honey in color. Translucent, kinda murky. Pours minimal lacing with big legs.
S- Tons of orange/lemon zest, very juicy as well. The brett lacto funk is hidden well in the background. Almost smells like a mimosa.
T- Light, watery (but not in a bad way). The orange and lemon are a bit muted. The lacto and brett are still in the back; just a bit of a void in the middle. But I feel many saisons have that.
M- Light bodied for sure. Refreshingly light though. I bet this would be great in a tropical environment. Little bit of a sting from the sharp carb that goes away very quickly. Almost no carb in this, but at first it gets ya.
O- A very well done saison! Great breakfast beer!
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 00:43:55 | More by gueuzedreg
Saison Du Fermier from Side Project Brewing
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