Perennial Artisan Ales

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Belgian 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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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
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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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mactrail
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.

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Photo of djhowell
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of hagbergl
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!

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Photo of mikepcarney
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

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3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of draheim
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.

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Regalia from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 223 ratings