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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.83 | pDev: 8.36%
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Inspired by the rustic Farmhouse-style Saisons of Southern Belgium, Regalia is brewed with barley, wheat and spelt and fermented with Brettanomyces. A sturdy malt character supports the complex array of flavors that the yeast provides, and will continue to develop over time.
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a brownish / orange color and an extremely cloudy consistency. There was a massive, fluffy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A pretty nice aroma of citrus fruit, yeast, barnyard funk, spices, and a grassy quality.

T: Tasted of a decent bit of the standard saison barnyard funk (not overdone), some citrus fruit (lemon, in particular), a little bit of the grassy quality (mostly in the finish; not a big factor), a fair amount of pepper (more up front than anywhere), and lot of Belgian-style yeast (present throughout). This is a well-balanced, focused flavor. Pretty tasty.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a fairly sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: In general, a well done, easy to drink beer. Worth a try.

Jul 07, 2020
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JayQue from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good!!! Pours a clear, bright gold color with a huge creamy and bubbly white head. Head retention is very good and there are scattered, small patches of lacing. Good aroma of lemon zest, Belgian yeast and lots of funk. Taste is more of the same except stronger and better. There is plenty of musty, barnyard funk to go along with the lemon and tart, yeasty taste. There is also some peppery spicing that adds to the rich mouthfeel. I have had a few really good American Saisons. This is one of them

Dec 28, 2016
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Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cellared 2 years, 4 months.

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: amber colored with orange hues. The head is a very dense and rocky light-tan that lasts indefinitely.

Aroma: Brett funk with sweet malt that is quite noticeable. The aroma contains apples and an earthiness like wet wood. This beer conjures memories of Normandy and Calvados.

Flavor: the Brett dominates the flavor, but the malt plays a close second. The malt is quite sweet, but by no means cloying. The Brett and malt sweetness are well balanced. This is what I envision a farmhouse beer to be - rather than using "farmhouse" synonymously with Saison.

Mouthfeel: light-medium, but seemingly light considering the beer's 8.5% abv. Nothing spectacular, but no flaws either.

Overall: much better than expected. The Brett is the headliner in this beer and provides a rustic funk. I'd like to try this beer alongside a fresh version to see how the Brett has developed. This is a buy-again, and would certainly be a worthwhile entry in a Brett flight.

Dec 03, 2016
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umustdrink from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In an attempt to coax out some more brett character, I cellared this for 15 months prior to drinking. Of course I had the glass ready when I pried the cap off.

Look - Pale orange color, mountainous foam.

Smell - Lemon, pepper, grass, funk. It hits you right in the back of the nose.

Taste - Mild hit of pepper up front, creamy in the middle, lingering funky aftertaste. Most of the flavor of this beer happens in the aftertaste. More lemon came through as it warmed.

Mouthfeel - Feels a bit on the heavy side at times, borderline slick. Lots of carbonation though, and the finish is very dry.

Overall - As we all (should) know by now, a 100% brett fermentation does not produce a huge funky sour. This is just a nice simple saison.

Jun 17, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one was just ok. It had a really nice mouthfeel with perfect carbonation, but the flavor was just a little basic. It didn't have a lot of big tartness, and was very mild.

Jun 09, 2016
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Murky orange rust color. One finger of frothy white head. Retention is a touch below average and a few wisps of lacing are left.

4.0 S: Very pleasant nose on this. Plenty of peppery spiciness right from the start. Earthy funkiness with grassy hay and wildflowers. Peach, apricot, pear, and apple fruitiness.

4.0 T: Again we start with big peppery spicy yeastiness. Fruits per above with more focus on apple and pear. Complex funk covering layers of earthiness, hay, dry wood, wildflowers, and some dank mustiness. Sweet upfront with a drying finish. Herbal, almost lemongrassy, aftertaste.

4.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly spritzy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Very nice beer. The spicy yeastiness mixes super well with the funky brett.

Mar 28, 2016
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KensWorld from Florida

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

From 375ml bottle dated 3/2015 into Pilsner glass. Semi cloudy honey color. Nice thick creamy white head like whip cream. Vigorous bubbles, champaign like. Perfect look 5.00. The betts have really left their mark on the nose. Very sour and funky 4.00. You definitely taste the sweet honey like taste of the Belgian style but then the funky slightly sour side kicks in. Has a syrupy thick sweet aftertaste that is not refressing at all. This is more of a sipper. 3.75. Overall a quality beer that puts a twist on the Belgian style. I personally think it's a little to strong and syrupy tasting for my pallet. I wish I could save the rest to try again in a few days but it looks like I'm committed to it now 4.00

Dec 19, 2015
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aquazr1 from California

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a tulip. Pours a mostly clear golden color with a white head that leaves a lot of lacing. The nose to me is mostly yeast. The taste is defiantly Belgian with a slight tartness.

Oct 29, 2015
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perennial Regalia, Belgian-style Ale fermented with brettanomyces. 8.5% ABV. Brewed and bottled by Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, MO.

Clear, bright golden coloring, slim white head.

Wildness starts off the nose, some tartness, some sharpness, a hint of spice and funk. A little lemony, and a whole lot of weird.

Taste: ah! Bracing, sour, sweet, spicy, and smooth. All that and more. Moderate mouthfeel, lean body, Crisp, funky, and refreshing. Ah, delicious. Ah….mmmm. Yeah. Just delightful. Spicy, spritzy, zesty, hoppy, fresh, and yum.

Oct 03, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with only the tiniest hint of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head pours a couple fingers of frothy white foam which leaves a chunky lace on the glass as it slowly dissipates. I like it.

Smell: rather sweet malt base with a strong Brett funk. The funk is nice but it masks any farmhouse quality that might have been there.

Taste: interesting funk and a sourness that was not hinted at all in the aroma. The sour quality brings a brightness and a fruitiness to the party that provide a great counterpoint to the heady sweet funk of the aroma. Again, any farmhouse character that may have been present is overshadowed by the Brett, but even so this is a pretty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and satisfying, if ephemeral, creaminess. Works for me!

Overall: I like this beer. I was a little hesitant after smelling the aroma, but it has grown on me. Perennial rarely disappoints.

Sep 06, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A cloudy gold pour produces a 2” cream colored foam collar that slowly descends to a thin, lacy film after 4 minutes. S: Fruit, lemon, citrus, over ripe fruit, and barnyard aromas rise from the glass. T: Tropical fruit, pineapple, and over ripe fruit are big on the palate joined by subdued malt and a moderate bitter hop accent. Lesser levels of peach and nectarine provide support. F: Has a very creamy, refined Brett texture with a medium light body, and a soft palate with very fine textured carbonation. O: A delightful saison with a fine, rich texture that drinks very easily.

Aug 23, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome clear amber brew with plent of foam in the first couple of pours into the Kasteel chalice. Substantial mouthfeel with plenty of fizz. The overused word "funky" comes to mind, but this does have the classic Farmhouse taste plus a whiff of the barnyard.

The deep and rich flavor jumps right out at you. Grains and pears, with a firm, malty mellowness. The fruit has an acidic edge with a butterscotch finish. Some yeasty bitterness but the Brett flavor is not so aggressive. The fruit is quite intense, fermenting apples with an aroma of fresh straw. This is thoroughly interesting and one of the best Belgian-inspired brews I"ve had this year. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, Wash.

Aug 20, 2015
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Stays effervescent, good head retention & lacing

S: Pears, slight mustiness

T: Follows the nose, white grapes & honey & dryness up front. Dryness, a little white grape & honey. Finishes dry, with a little muscadine & pear

MF: Firm carbonation & light/medium body, some warming

Drinks alright & fairly interesting, but I'm starting to get a lot of sameness from these guys. I need something different, starting to feel a little boredom coming on...

Jul 29, 2015
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Budlum from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy golden body with a bright white head that disappered a bit too fast. Nose is a lovely blend of cinnamon spice that translates directly to the flavors which are spicy and complex. The feel I lively which matches the spice. This will get much more interesting with time in the bottle.

Jul 24, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a hazy and quite foamy pale yellow color. Head does settle and there is some clarity to it. Slowly rising bubbles and some spotty lacing from the head.

S — Smells of big brett and barnyard funk, nice lemon and citrus bitterness to it as well.

T — Light notes of hay and barnyard, little bit of a tartness to it, nice enough brett representation but not real complex.

M — Light-Medium bodied, perhaps a bit thin.

O — Okay overall, unfortunately a bit underwhelming.

Jul 11, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A gusher that pours a cloudy apricot; nice head and plenty of lace

Smell: Leathery, funky and earthy, but indistinct, overall

Taste: A very unusual opening, with indistinct fruit and funk tones; in the middle, the beer gets increasingly estery, with rotting fruit and funky yeast tones; tartness and leathery tones in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not very pleasant to drink, the flavors are all over the place and indistinct

Jul 10, 2015
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draheim from Washington

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1/2 pint @ Chuck's, Seattle. Pours a hazy golden copper, minimal head.

Aroma is light grass, pear/apple, wheat malt.

Taste is spice, clove, floral Belgian yeast, earthy, citrus.

Mouthfeel is soft, a little prickly, crisp, light, medium body.

Overall a good earthy saison.

Jun 20, 2015
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy golden in color with little penetration to light. A fingernail of off white with tiny tightly packed bubbles covers the rim and half of the top. The aroma is a combination of sour Brett and loads of sweet light malt. The taste is very much in line with the aroma with an acidic and slightly alcoholic finish. The mouth is dry and moderately carbonated.

Apr 18, 2015
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours an orange, somewhat amber body with a two finger eggshell head. Lacing and retention are great.

S - Abundant yeast with lemongrass and tropical fruits. Funky brett plays as part as well.

T - Funky yeast and tart brett notes dominate the taste. The flavor profile is unripe fruit. Very raw and in your face, not so much ripe. I like it.

F - Medium to light bodied with high carbonation. Has a wet finish.

O - The brett does wonders to the fruity/yeasty aspect of this beer. I'm a fan.

Oct 08, 2014
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Gotti311 from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.4%

I was a little leery on this bottle since I knew Perennial had traveled along the more traditional Saison route. A nice burst of spice from the yeast that doesnt hang on the palate. Some citrus notes wipe them away a bit along with the brett notes, which again arent dominate. I wouldnt call this beer subtle, but everything pulls together really nicely

Sep 02, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not super impressed with this one, although i think its drinking a bit young, especially in terms of the under developed brett character, and much like some other perennial beers, this will likey improve radically with a little age. a spelt based brett saison type, murky and muted dull dried leaf color, with an extremely short lived inch of off white head. the beer settles to look almost flat, and has a lot of cloudiness. it smells and tastes about the same, more saison than brett to this thing, and the spelt gives it just a bit more body and prominent grain flavor, but its in low enough proportion to not yet be spicy in the finish or intensely bitter and earthy. its just all balanced out pretty well. my onl real critique is lack of brett character, which i hope will develop in time. there is some saison yeast type esters going on, and a clean finish for such a grain heavy brew. it could really use more carbonation, which may come along with the brett maturity, it usually does. good beer, especially for 10 bucks, probably worth picking up another and laying it down awhile.

Jun 15, 2014
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hagbergl from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle of Regalia at the Wine Harvest in Potomac Park, Potomac, MD on the recommendation of one of the clerks there. I've had one of Perennial's saisons before and was very impressed. Let's see how this one is. 750 mL bottle, dated 4/2014, into my Dogfish Head snifter.

Appearance (3.5/5): A brilliant burnt orange with a minimal white head that disappointingly dissipates quickly. Not much in the way of alcohol legs or lacing. The great color makes up for these other, more minor, shortcomings.

Smell (4/5): Yeast gives some grassy, lemongrass, herbal phenolic notes. Lots of tropical fruit and sweet citrus, namely orange and mango-like notes, making this one very unusual for a saison. .Juicy. Brett is also apparent in the nose and does a great job meshing with the other flavors, accenting them and at times accentuating them.

Taste (4.25/5): tart Brett notes in the front--lemon, grass, a general funk. Regalia comes back to its saison roots in the middle with a moderate bitterness, though the hop character leans strongly toward tropical fruit flavors–peach, mango, nectarine, sweet orange.. A very nice dry finish in which the yeast and phenolic, herbal flavors are the stars. Tartness of brett has faded by this point to the background. Complex and very interesting. I disagree with some of the other reviewers that this is a disjointed beer in terms of flavor profile. I quite enjoy the flow of flavors from tart to fruity hops and malt to dry, yeasty and phenolic. It works very well.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Vigorous (nearly too much) carbonation, medium-light body, very drinkable despite its high ABV. Excellent dryness in the finish that provides a nice counterpunch to juicy hops.

Overall: This is a very interesting interpretation of the saison style by Perennial. I particularly like how the Brett complements the herbal yeast and juicy/sweet hops and malt. Complexity from flavor to feel. Good stuff!

Jun 10, 2014
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Aaron for sharing this one!

Murky opaque orange, brownish around the edges. Thin layer of foam on the surface, settling to a ring around the edges of the glass.

Dried fruit aroma, indistinct apricot and currants, estery yeast.

Taste is a little messy, vague tartness, large saison yeast presence and a lingering sweetness that stops just short of being cloying. Slightly fruity and earthy, malt sweetness again. Seems like a too high temp fermentation. Brett isn't really noticeable at all yet. Seems to have potential if aged long term, but not one I'd attempt.

May 19, 2014
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gillagorilla from Maryland

3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Max's on 4/28/14 (from notes)

A: Light copper. Slightly cloudy. No lacing or head.

S: Slightly tart and funky.

T: Slight farmhouse funk to it that is a bit yeasty and earthy.

M: Prickly, with tiny carbonation bubbles that attack the tongue.

O: Good beer, but again not worth the high cost for a 750.

May 12, 2014
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange-gold color with a large, creamy cream colored head. Head is long lasting and has lots of sticky lacing.

Big funky, brett aroma. Horse blanket, oak, and citrus. Wheat malt and cracker.

Taste like the aroma. Brett very strong and dominate. Belgian yeast and musty straw.

Moderate body with crisp carbonation. Quite funky and just subtle tartness. Acidic citrus feel.

Really great beer. Other than the big stouts, my favorite from Perennial. Just gets better with age.

May 11, 2014
Regalia from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 224 ratings