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Saison Du Fermier - Side Project Brewing

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357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 575
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-15-2013

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.
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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jared for trading me a bottle of this beer!!!!

750ml bottle sealed with silver pressure cap.

batch 2

poured into Side Projects Wine Stem.

Appearance: glowing golden yellow bodied beer with tall white head with lots of bubbles that has great staying power. Moderate lacing on the side of the glass. Eventually drops down to thin cap.

Smell: lots of juicy citrus in the form tangerines. Nice farmhouse rustic funk notes and almost moderate tartness; fruity and earthy brett too. Wet oak and white wine notes.

Taste: starts of with a mixture of sweet tangerines, tart lemons, and stone fruits. Very subtle barnyard funk thats got rotten hay with dusty mustiness to make this beer embody the "rustic" element that is so enjoyable in most saisons. Earthy oak and fruity brett in the middle. Finishes with even more orange notes and the tartness builds stronger in the finish. Lemons, white grape, and green apples in the finish. A little white wine bite in the finish that is slightly vinous and slightly boozey; which seems to build up with the dry finish. As this lingers on the palate there is a slight cheesy funkiness similiar to greek yogert and bleu cheese that lingers with the white wine notes long into the aftertaste. This is an excellant saison! All elements of the saison are really easy to find... the brett, the lacto, and the wine barrel notes are there in perfect harmony with the base saison.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Fantastic mouthfeel that is slightly creamy and supple. Very drinkable. Crisp ans spritzy finish that is semi dry. Drinks so light its almost "airy".

Overall: This is definately one of the best barrel aged saisons out there. I would imagine that this is the Missouri equalivant of Hill Farmstead Flora(still have to try this). I've only had a handful of barrel aged saisons, but this is definately at the top as my favorite barrel aged saison that I have drank! This beer is a saison that almost starts to drift into the the Gueuze category with its aroma and flavor profiles. All ements Wish that this was a beer that wasnt brewed in small batches, but very appreciateive that I could finally try this beer with a fresh palate to appreciate the awesomeness.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle opened on 2.14.14
Batch 1
Barrel 32-34

A - Pours a cloudy, medium orange with a foamy off-white head that fades slowly leaving nice lacing.

S - Funky at first, then some oak and finishes with some nice earthy fruits. Nice.

T - Awesome funk - barn - wood, oak, wine. Just Awesome.

D - Soft medium body wiht good carbonation.

O - Awesome beer! FUnky and soft fruits. I loved it.

Photo of Stevedore
4.61/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | 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.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Batch 2 poured into a stemmed wine glass.

A- Pours very hezy and a bright golden straw in color. The head on this beer is about a finger in thickness when half poured in a wine glass an retains just a little while before boiling down into a thin film on top of the body. The thin film of a head does actually lace fairly well. A beautiful beer in the glass.

S- The first scents that hit the nose are a bright and slightly tart fruitiness. Just a touch of citrus and peach like flavors hit the nostrils and are accompanied by a slightly bready undertone of yeast and brett. Throughout there is a slight to mild tartness and somewhat citric quality to the scent.

T- Where to start with this incredibly complex beer? It starts off with the same slightly tart and fruity note that the scent does. Just a touch of peach and some citrus notes accompany the tart flavor, as well as the underlying brett funk. The brett provides a breadiness and funkiness that dries out the tartness that preceded it and provides a layer of complexity. The beer's entire flavor moves toward a grainy and yeast like flavor while maintaining the slight tartness as well. Ends with a lingering touch of the fruitiness and the underlying funk.

M- This beer is light and almost fluffy on the palate. It is also smooth while still being fairly well carbonated. This beer is remarkably easy to drink and well balanced. You cannot tell it is 7% at all, and if I would have guessed, I would have said closer to 4%.

Overall, I'm so glad I traded for this beer. I missed the releases of both batches, but it is safe to say that I will not miss future batch releases. This beer is nearly perfect in every way.

Photo of jeonseh
4/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Nice white head. Medium collar and nice lacing.

Smell - White wine. Orange and lemon acidity. Some tropical fruits. A little oak.

Taste - Oak and nice wine barrel presence. Hefty malt. A bit of stone fruit. A little astringent. Light tartness, kinda lemony.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Very light tartness. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - I'm going to sound overly critical here, so I only say this in comparison to the best of wine barrel saisons. This is just a little too sweet and malty to compare. Still a great beer, but doesn't quite compare.

Photo of jegross2
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of SadMachine
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

Photo of Get_Lowell
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Nice head which dissipates fairly quickly. Body of the beer is somewhat cloudy with a golden hue.
Smell: Copious amounts of fruits and other floral notes greet your nostrils.
Taste: Moderate tartness, citrus & lemon, bubblegum finish.
Feel: The tartness gently sticks with you while you're drinking this and slowly builds to a crescendo on each additional sip. It's really amazing, I have rarely experienced such a nuanced tartness.
Overall: Fantastic balance and nuanced from start to finish. Such a refreshing palate, you will feel light as a feather after drinking this elixir!

Photo of cfrances33
4.87/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average of the two batches together
batch 1 - 4.5
batch 2 - 3.5

Photo of cpetrone84
3.26/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pour is slightly hazed golden orange with a fairly tight white head. Nose has a hint of oak, rubbery phenols, white grapes, faint farmhouse notes and some citrus. Taste follows suit, oaky up front with notes of the chard barrels. A hint of rubbery grapy phenol, tangerine fruitiness and some leathery brett. Body is light and creamy, with notes of acidity in the finish and some acetic burn.

Photo of drmcleod10
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 bottle poured into a wine glass and shared with my dad on Father's Day. I have just recently entered the world of wilds and saisons. STL is definitely not a bad place to start

A- light orange hazy pour with a white bubbly head that dissipates back into the glass fairly quickly. Not too much lacing. With this early summer weather this beer looks extremely appetizing

S - definitely a good amount of funk smell going on with the front end of the nose. Hints of oak and citrus.

T- taste follows the nose with a bright first sip that starts with some light tart and ends with a citrusy lemony vest funky finish. Not too experienced with this style, but this is definitely my favorite so far. Perfect citrusy bright beautiful bomb and blends perfectly with this weather.

M - crisp clean mouthfeel that is somewhat bubbly. Once again not that experienced.

O- I drank most of the bottle myself and really enjoyed every sip. Debated opening a second bottle for myself after the first but advised myself against it. It's so refreshing and fitting for this time of year. I am glad my palate is developing to these styles because just stouts and IPAs was starting to get fatiguing.

Cory is doing some great things between this fuzzy and all his other releases. Keep 'em coming.

Photo of willis870ace
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2

Poured from a 750ml into a snifter, and sampled with a couple of other side projects. A very refreshing beer. A slight sourness to it. Not my favorite side project, but still a phenomenal beer. Other side projects are a little more complex compared to this one.

Photo of WTKeene
4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally opening a long-time whale of mine acquired several months ago and saved until graduation. Poured from a batch 1 bottle into a Prairie Teku glass and shared with Abbbp and my good friend Matthew.

Appearance: Pale yellow gold, hazy, with a big beautiful fluffy white head that leaves behind gorgeous thick lacing.

Smell: Oak, lots of bretty funk. Citrusy. Fruity. Saisonny. Beautiful.

Taste: Slightly sweet. Some oaky vanilla right off the bat. Lightly tart and funky in a cheesy sort of way, and a vaguely citrusy fruit flavor coming through as well. Some tannin-y vinous flavor too. A light crackery malt toward the end. Freaking delicious.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation. Dry and tannin filled. Crisp and doesn’t linger particularly long.

Overall: So glad to finally try this. This wasn’t a particularly unique saison, but it was an absolutely exceptional example of the style of sour, barrel aged saisons. Kudos to another job well done, Side Project.

Photo of jjdc
4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fermier is a hazy gold in the glass, like a San Francisco morning. The nose is tart, funky and fruity Riesling. The taste is beautifully complex. Juicy white wine grapes, barrel oak, Brett funk, vanilla notes and a drying tartness cleans up everything on the backend. Light, tart and balanced. This is simply a great saison.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | 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)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.49/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -34.5%

Starts with a lot of sulfur and poop. Better once that clears out, but still not a remarkable saison.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

batch 2, pour at the brewery
The beer pours a dull looking sunset yellow-orange with no sediment, head or visible carbonation. The nose is bright peach/apricots, a slightly vinous/tart funk, soft grains, and negligible booze. The taste places the same bright stone fruits upfront mixed in with a potent bacteria/yeast presence that coats the palate. The mouthfeel is relatively light bodied, flat, tart, semi-dry, and has a long-time lingering funk/apricot in the finish. This saison has a tremendous amount of character so far and I look forward to seeing how this will continue to develop in both flavors and mouthfeel (carbonation) with age.

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

B2

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!

Photo of Zaximus
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch no. 2 into HoTD tulip. Apricot orange appearance with small 1/4 finger head and generous lacing. Strong scent of citrus and a little funk. Taste follows the nose but with even a more distinct sour taste. If this was a blind taste test I'd swear this was a sour and a really excellent one.

I'm really loving this beer but it really doesn't fall under the farmhouse/saison class in my opinion. Still great and I'd love the opportunity to try it again.

Photo of MarcWP
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Saison Du Fermier from Side Project Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.