Hereafter | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian style ale brew with white sage and pears.

Added by JoEBoBpr on 10-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 82
Photo of sjdevel
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Tons of foam... ran out of fingers to measure this one. Cloudy, dark, orange/brown color. Head recedes, but a 1/4" of foam remains. Nice lacing.
Smell: Sour apple, white grape, some caramel, and a slight vinegar scent. Some earthiness and spice.
Taste: Tart fruit and some sour flavors. Can't really make out pear, but you can tell it's fruit. Spices kick in. Starts slighty sweet with the sour, but dries out quickly. Nice tart wild yeast flavor along with Belgian yeast notes.
Feel: Medium-light. Thinner than expected.
Overall: Decent brew. Lighter side - not heavy. Refreshing like a session beer, but high ABV. Slightly tart and sour.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden hue with plenty of haziness. There's a fingernail thin layer of off white head on top. Just a faint bit of sweet pear and light malt in the aroma. A nice sharp,crisp flavor of light Belgian candy sugar and sweet pear is prominent. The mouth is fairly crisp and bone dry.

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Photo of cvm4
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours an amber body with golden hues and a two finger eggshell head that sticks around.

S - Sweet malts aromas, tart pears, a bit of white pepper, sage and a kick of Belgian yeast.

T - The pear is definitely the star. It's tart and a bit sweet. Belgian yeast comes through along with sage.

M - Medium bodied and high carbonation. A bit on the sweet side, but not cloying.

O - Instead of a Belgian Strong Ale, it's more of an Imperial Saison to me. Easily drinkable, very refreshing and has some tart goodness.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: unlike others, my beer poured a muddled cloudy mess that resembled a dirty river. There was a decent amount of head.
S: yeasty and tart, with just a hint of sage
T/M: the taste starts with a decent amount if tartness, like a Belgian. Then the pear sweetness makes a little presence, but a peppery spiciness creeps in as well. The sage is more recognizeable late in the taste when the carbonation bite subsides
O: this to me was a solid Belgian that didn't overdo the fruit and spice additions, and they provided an interesting accent, but they don't push it to greatness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a well made beer, but just not a flavor profile that really gets me off. never had a pear beer i really cared for until the dogfish head pils, the pears here are way too sweet, and not totally congruent with the sage, which is subtle compared to others like cellar door, but still quite prominent. honey colored and mostly clear, not a huge head, and certainly a short lived one. lots of left over sugar from the grain bill, which maybe puts a little more body in this than we need, especially the sweetness imparted by the pairs, its close to overkill. i like the belgian yeast though, but maybe it needed more time fermenting, i dont know. clean finish though despite the sugar, the pears outlast the sage, and its a little confusing really, but not at all unpleasant, just not my personal favorite. this is the first beer from perennial that hasnt absolutely blown me away, so i guess they were due for an average brew. this may hit the nail on the head for some out there, but it was a little messy for me. a little more alcohol than i need in the style too, but it is reasonably well covered up.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rustico Alexandria

A-pours a golden color with a one finger white head that dissipates moderately. Good lacing

S-great warm pear and sweet malt aromas with a hint of pepper

T-the pear definitely showcased with a spicy sage flavor

M-well balance light body dry and floral mouthfeel. Light moderate carbonation

O-very enjoyable beer hide the ABV well

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Photo of Jimmys
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

big bottle into tulip. roughly two months old according to the bottle shop.

A: slightly opaque pour. head is bright white and bubbly. good retention, limited lacing.

S: smells slightly sour. smells a lot like pears. slightly rich, but smells fuller than what the abv states.

T: tastes a lot like sage. virtually no bitterness. slightly sweet, slightly sour finish. a bit unpleasant imo. just lacking in body and appeal.

M: moderate to full body. bottle conditioned but not effervescent.

D: a big time pass. just nothing outrageous and for the price of bottle it is not worth it. try some other stuff perhaps, but not worth spending the money on.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Proletariat, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a thin bright white head that died down, leaving just a collar on the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sage are present in the nose along with hints of peaches.
T: The taste starts out with some flavors of peaches but quickly transitions to sage, the latter of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels just shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like an imperial version of a saison that has flavors of sage instead of spices. It's not too difficult to drink because no alcohol is detectable in the taste.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange body with some carbonation showing and a two finger head that slowly died and left lace. Has some of that citusy, orangey, Belgian yeasty aroma along with some tropical fruit and maybe apple skins/grape. Smooth, a little juicy, filling, lots of light fruit flavors like pear, apple, again possible grape, some tropical fruit sweetness (mango?). Not overly sweet as it is balanced with minimal hop graininess and finishes sharp thanks to lively carbonation. Can't put my finger on it as this is not the most complex or crafted beer of this style that I have ever had, yet I really like it and will have again.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap at Local Option. This pour looks strikingly similar to some pulpy orange juice. Super cloudy and orange with white head and sticky lacing. Nose is fragrant with sage up front which brings an interesting element to the table. Citrus and wheat come next along with fruity notes (pear?) Taste is a bit tart at the beginning with notes of orange and fruit. Mouthfeel is medium with high carb. Overall, this beer just didn't quite work for me. Definitely earns points for uniqueness, just not my thing.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not sure if this is a different recipe than the Penrose listing (pilot batch), although this is the bottled commercial batch released at Perennial. There are some differences...

Pours a murky orange into a tulip glass, with a finger of dense creamy foam on the surface. Retention is good and long lasting, there's ever present coverage but little in the way of lacing. A tiny bit of clinging spots after each sip.

Aroma of fresh cut pears, not sweet or overripe, but very distinct. Traces of yeast.

Natural tartness of underripe pear, initial rush of carbonation was a little harsh, but it settled down after swirling out the excess CO2 a couple times. As it warms the yeast comes to the forefront, adding some estery depth, trace bitterness and some funky graininess as well. Not sure if that's Brett yeast or not. Smoothes out towards the end of the glass.

In contrast to the Penrose pilot batch, it's way more carbonated with a more pronounced pear aroma. Better, I don't know but it bodes well for Penrose.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a medium hazy, light orange to golden color. Big head that's light and frothy and retains for days. Lacing is very good.

S- Light and mild with a slight fruity hint. Smells sort of like a hefeweizen, minus the overbearing clove scents. Just a hint of sage spiciness at the end of the scent.

T- Starts light and fruity. Pear flavor is fairly strong, but not overbearing. Little bit of yeasty flavor mixes in with the pear and grain flavors. At the end, there is a definite sage presence that lingers. Underlying the flavor during most of the drink there is a balancing bitterness that ends up warming and drying the back of the throat...hello alcohol level.

M- Highly carbonated and medium in weight. The amount of grains and yeast in the beer add a little to the weight, while the alcohol level will catch up to you fairly quickly.

Overall, a very interesting and well done take on a traditional Belgian style. The pears add a great flavor and a little change of pace. The higher level of alcohol does dry out the mouth and provide a dull bitterness throughout the drink. Still, one of the better one's I've had from Perennial.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a cloudy and dirty orange-gold with one finger of off-white head.

Tart aroma of pear and cherry along with candy sugar and sage,

The aroma spoke well for the taste with tart pear, cherry and sage. The tartness lingered through the finish. The 9.3% abv was well-hidden.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this tart take on the Belgian style. Highly recommended if you can find it.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow with some foamy off white head. The nose is fairly light but complex. You get strong Belgian esters and farmhouse notes from the brett. You get earthiness and some faint fruitiness. The beer has a definite tartness to it. There is distinct Belgian flavors which turn fruity at times, but the sage is more apparent. This version lacks the juiciness of the pear from the Penrose tap versions from Chicago Craft Beer week. Very well made, smooth, and easy to drink. The alcohol is well hidden. While still very good, the juiciness of the pear was missing for me.

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Photo of tpaetow
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I can't even write a full review. All I will say is that it's basically similar to Duvel but done with the creativity of a great American craft brewery. Truly an amazing beer. If you like Duvel or Belgian golden ales or even just beers that drink really well with dinner, PICK UP A BOTTLE! This beer is the real deal

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Photo of kemoarps
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes. The only usable notes from last night, in fact.
Had at the 2nd Anniversary party (you missed out).

The pour shows a murky peach, with almost a milky white characteristic. Opaque, almost more colloidal than clear. Fine white head with a lazy transverse retention and minimal lacing.

The nose is all about the white sage. This happens to appeal greatly to me for reasons of personal history and meaningful associations. After the huge sage hit I can find that green pear poking through, both the juicy meat and the slightly drier more bitter exterior bits. Some yeastiness and belgian spice draws it all together.

The first thing that jumps out at me as I sip is that it strikes me as dry. The sage/pear starts things off, but quickly gives way to a decisive tart nature. Lemon zest, if I didn't know better I'd almost think there was some brett or something, but I know there's not and it's probably just because I haven't fully explored THAT flavour that I think it's coming through here. But back on track. After the dry sage with pear to back it up and that lemony tartness I get some of the traditional belgian notes: yeast, cloves, other spices. Nary a hint of booze, despite clocking in at almost 10%. Low carbonation, tiny piercing bubbles. Makes me want some dry sage rubbed chicken. Mmmmm... food....
Drink this beer. Love it. It is good for you.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Perennial snifter from a 750ml bottle.
Bottled: 9/2013

Pours a nice hazy pal golden straw color. There is a nice half inch white head that rises up and has some medium dense bubbles. The head recedes pretty quickly.

Aroma is quite delicious. Sweet notes of pear juice start things off. Then there is some nice pear skin tartness in the nose. Mild lemony notes are also perceived in the nose. There is also some slight clove sweetness that is very nice. Some mild yeasty esters are perceived. The back end of the brew has some grassy and earthy tones that are very faint on the back end.

The flavor is pretty delicious. Starts off with notes of sweet ripened pear followed quickly by a nice clean and tart pear skin note. The pear notes really are exquisite. Great fruit juice sweetness with some nice yeasty sweetness and esters. Notes of mild clove blended in very well with the tartness. Slight lemony notes. Nice earthy and grainy Belgian notes after the pear sweetness and tart notes. Nice notes of spice typical of most Belgian Golden ales. The sharp tartness comes back up into the mix near the back end of the brew. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp. Medium carbonation for a Belgian but still enough to clean the palette.

Overall, great job by Perennial. Good use of pear and the earthiness and dry spice of the sage. There are some nice cider notes to the brew as well because of the Belgian yeast.

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