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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Red saison fermented with a blend of ale yeast and Brett and dry-hopped with Centennial and Simcoe.

Added by mendvicdog on 04-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Billed as a "red saison," Dual Artisanship might raise questions about gimmicky faux-hybrid style marketing - if one of its two breweries wasn't Prairie, one of the best American producers of the Belgian style farmhouse ale/saison. I had to pick this up when I saw Prairie's name on it. Let's see if it's up to snuff...

PACKAGING: 750ml brown glass bottle. Branded pry-off crown cap. Blue label with fun label art poking fun at snooty craft beer drinkers (though those being parodied probably have their heads too far up their asses to realize it).

6.90% ABV. Bottled 10/2014 (and refrigerated since that time). Label describes it as a "red saison fermented with a blend of ale yeast and Brettanomyces and dry-hopped with Centennial and Simcoe." Brewed & bottled by Perennial in collaboration with Prairie.

Served chilled into a tulip and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as a saison per the label.

Still has a healthy carbonation hiss upon opening, even after almost 2 years.

HEAD: Head occupies easily 85% of the glass, indicating potential overcarbonation (my suspicions are confirmed as some foam blossoms out of the neck of the bottle, verifying overcarbonation and requiring a pour into a second glass to quell). Foamy but a bit thin, lacking the creaminess and thick froth of superior beers in the style. Strong as it is initially, it dies relatively quickly, receding within 4 minutes. Consistency is decent; complexion is nice enough. Leaves no lacing as it fades.

BODY: Murky and nontransparent, with a glowing orange-reddish colour. Red saison? Not quite - at least in terms of colour -but it's more red than traditional saisons, sure. I see no yeast/lees particulate within. Translucent, but far from vibrant.

It's a decent looking saison, all things considered.

AROMA: Suggests a dry, starchy brew. Faded hop character is noticeable, and it's surprisingly American; the Centennial and Simcoe do come through after all. Brettanomyces dryness is evident, but any concomitant funkiness is restrained. Not estery. Malt backbone seems rather neutral, and this seems very well attenuated owing to the absence of any noticeable sweetness. I hoped for more of a Fantome-like spice profile, but all I really pick up on here are hints of clove and white pepper.

Aromatic intensity is subdued.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Just as the aroma suggested, it's dry and starchy, but it's not parching. Sure, it's somewhat coarse and scratchy, but that helps drag out more of the overly timid white pepper spiciness. Between the ale/cerevisiae yeast and the brettanomyces (bruxellensis), this is near fully attenuated, lacking any residual sugar at all. No perceptible malt sweetness here whatsoever.

Does the malt backbone have an amber/red malt bend to it? I guess, but that's more noticeable in the beer's colour than in its flavour.

What I love here is how light-bodied and easy to approach the beer is (in spite of its overcarbonation). I don't feel comfortable judging it based on its stated aim to hybridize West coast hoppiness and Belgian farmhouse characteristics since it's been aged almost 2 years (and the hops have likely since faded), but it does have an American hop profile albeit a subdued one - and the American hop profile actually works in this build, never clashing with the Belgian aspect of the beer. However, it isn't all that Belgian or farmhouse-redolent to begin with, lacking barnyard notes like hay, straw, leather, oak, grass, et al., intricate spice, and pungent funkiness...indeed; the funk here is rather subdued to its detriment. The ale yeast strain does have a Belgian feel to it, though.

I do find it balanced, but it's rather shallow (if not flat-out simple) for a saison. Flavour duration is above average. Flavour intensity is mellow.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh. Some may find its scratchy dragging feel on the palate slightly irritating, but it's style-appropriate. There's not an ideal harmony of texture and taste, but the former suits the latter decently.

OVERALL: I had high hopes coming into this given that Prairie's name is on the label, and the result - while not disappointing per se - is a hum-ho simplistic expression of a farmhouse ale that doesn't play to any extreme, but also doesn't benefit from playing it safe well within style conventions. What works here is its well-integrated American hop profile (surprisingly), its softness, and some intangible yeasty nuances. It's a drinkable brew in its own right, but I couldn't recommend it either as a go-to example of the style or as a world-class paradigm thereof. I'm glad I tried it, but I wouldn't purchase it a second time.

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great farmhouse beer and is very refreshing. The flavor is very good, but nothing special. I really enjoyed this beer but probably wouldn't seek it out. I think it would be perfect to have on a hot day in the summer.

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Photo of popery
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid saison with some light brett funk. The beer is a medium-light amber-orange. It’s quite cloudy. Big, puffy white head. Solid lacing. The aroma is dusty and earthy. Some light stone fruit funk. Fresh grain maltiness, a bit doughy. A touch of lemon rind. Everything is nice enough, but it doesn’t too much to stand out from the crowd of saisons. Taste has nice malt sweetness, a good bit of funk, mild but growing bitterness and a satisfyingly dry finish. The grassy bitterness cuts through the malt nicely. There’s a little bit of citrus and some juicier tropical flavor in the finish. The beer doesn’t get bone dry but cleans up the malt sugariness well enough. The yeast character is earthy and funky but a bit restrained. There’s a peppery flavor spicing up the dusty backbone. It’s a nice saison-ish beer. Medium light feel. Goes down easily.

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Photo of Zach136
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/2014 - Enjoyed 6/12/15

Appearance: Muddy deep brown. Rocky white head, fine lacing.

Aroma: Medium citrus-tropical hop aroma up funk with a touch of acetone.

Flavor: Hops have faded a bit. Nutty malt character with a hint of dark fruit. More traditional horsey brett funk. Still a touch of that acetone, but seems to faded as I taste more.

Mouthfeel: Nice and dry.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

from a bomber into a tulip

a: dark golden amber with some reddish tints, big 2-3 finger puffy head and decent lacing
s: earthy and citrus (orange, nectarine) hops, pretty serious funky Brett.
t & m: greets you with some breadiness and a little splash of spicy bitterness and citrus, then the Brett kicks in and dominates, and it isn't doing it for me, nor is it blending well with the Simcoe; distracting band-aid taste, some mustiness but little of the pleasant tartness or snap that I look for in a saison. this has a lot of good parts to it...great potential, in fact, but the Brett isn't well-integrated for me, and it overpowers everything else in the back-half and the finish. The mouthful is actually quite nice...substantial and interesting, really brings out some interesting spicy notes, nice carbonation...

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated from 07/2014 served in a pint glass at a bit above cellar temps.

Appearance: turbid dark gold with tons of head. Kinda ugly.

Nose: farmhouse Belgian funk, Brett character, apples, pears, spicy hops character

Taste: tropical, heavy on the funky Brett notes, almost too funky for me, wet hay, mild sweetness, classic Belgian yeast character under the Brett punch to the palate, initially good carbonation but it fades quickly, the dry hoping has faded to a saint wiff and taste of hops for balance but I think it would have been more hops- less Brett when fresh.

Overall: for those out there looking to see what Brett is all about, look no further. Great beer for those who are looking for something outside of the normal West coast IPA scene. I hate the look, love the taste. Any longer in the cellar and this get would be overrun with Brett character and leave nothing left of the beautiful farmhouse ale underneath.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light copper color with a fair amount of haziness. There's a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering nearly all of the top. Brussels lacing. The aroma is Brett with some earthy hops intermingling. The flavor is a very nice balance of tart Brett and tropical hops with notes of passion fruit and pineapple. The mouth is crisp, dry, and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of rand
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer, earthy and leathery, but it's got a strangely watery mouthfeel. Short, slightly citrusy finish.

On tap at Bottlecraft, poured into tulip glass

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perennial Dual Artisanship, Belgian-style Ale fermented with Brettanomyces. 6.9% Alc. by Vol. Brewed and bottled by Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, MO.

Appearance: clear and bright golden-hued, with a lush, blooming ivory head.

Aroma: Brett's up in there from the get-go, bold and sour, wicked and wild, wild and crazy. Cra-zay. Lemon-y. Sour. Funky.

Taste: Starts out bitter, bright, brash, even alarming. Much malt, smooth and slightly sweet. I'm getting the feeling of a Belgian golden ale, or even a saison, where the malt is more in charge, the hops lay low, and funk is in full effect.

I'm going to take a break and read the label: "With equal parts Belgian farmhouse and West Coast hoppy, Dual Artisanship is a red saison fermented with a blend of ale yeast and Brettanomyces and dry-hopped with Centennial and Simcoe. Bursting with tropical fruit and citrus, it evokes both old and new world brewing traditions, while remaining wholly it's own. We brewed this in collaboration with our friends at Prairie Artisan Ales." Bottled 10/2014.

Simcoe makes sense. Big time cat pee. And I'm not just saying that because I just changed the litter box.

Damned delicious, and ridiculously easy to drink. This is the first Perennial brew I've purchased locally. There's no reason why I should stop here. Drink 'em up, people.

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Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber color with an abundance of foam and lacing in the Ciney snifter. Pleasant mouthful of carbonation. This even smells like Brett, an inviting fresh yeasty aroma with a hoppy note.

A light, dry fruity flavor, like pear cider but the Saison taste is unmistakable. The Brett adds that delightful funk without any sourness. A textbook example of a decent Saison. A little murky after some sips. The bitter yeasty finish edges up as well.

Highly drinkable stuff. This should be in cans for ten bucks a sixer instead of the pretentious packaging. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler - I get the feeling that it had lost a bit of its carbonation. Poured an amber red with very little head. Aroma was good. Flavor improved as the beer warmed. The sweet spot for me was the second 10 ounce glass. After that the carbonation faded further. I liked how clean and mildly tart this beer was. It was very refreshing after shoveling all day.

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Photo of nickfl
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, somewhat septic funk with earthy, sweaty hops. Citrus juice and pithy bitterness dominate. Medium thick body fairly high carbonation. Not bad, the aroma is great, but the flavor falls a bit flat by comparison.

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Photo of draheim
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear coppery straw color w/ a thin white head, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is is fruity and light: apple, pear, some fresh-cut grass, a hint of spice.

Taste is earthy and a touch funky. More apple and pear, a bit of minerally coarse grain. Touch of citrus.

Mouthfeel is reasonably light, almost spritzy. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall a nice Brett saison, but falls a bit short compared to a few others.

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Photo of Tone
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of wheat, pale malt, slight sweet malt, biscuit, caramel malt, hint of black pepper, slight yeast, hint of alcohol, and a hint of citrus. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Tastes of floral hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, slight clove, slight yeast, hint of citrus hops, and slight lavender. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Bottled 10/2014.

A: Hazy, golden yellow-brown body. 1 finger of dense off-white head. Good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Musty brett, grass, hay. Lemon, lighter grapefruit. Touches of pine, peach, mango. Juicy and funky.

T: Earth and spice up front with parallel development of pale malt notes and American-style hops. Finishes rather dry. Alcohol presence is light. Lingering pine, grapefruit pulp bitterness and a bit of brett in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate, smooth carbonation with a light to medium body. Easy on the palate, if not a touch thinner feel than I think it merits.

O: Well balanced and good drinkability. The fruity hops and brett-fueled funk blend surprisingly well. Nice outing.


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Photo of cjgiant
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle, no apparent date. Had this on tap after purchasing the bottle. Enjoyed on tap, but the review is 100% on the bottle:
Pours a pale dirty yellow, quite hazy. Head is fluffy/foamy white, decent lacing. Nose definitely indicates a Brett beer. Funky tartness w/farmhouse behind it (hay, dirt, herbal). Really a very nice nose for the style, quite impressive.

The taste, however, seems to fall just a little flat when chilled. The earthy notes (dirt/clay) dominate to me. I don't get any peppery note that I'd expect, although I guess I do get some herbal notes. The Brett also doesn't seem to add much funk to the taste like it does the nose. The feel is probably towards medium from light, the flavors I think make it seem a tad watery moreso than the body. There is some carbonation, but it is dampened by the flavors and is lost until the end of the taste.

I enjoyed this more at the bar than I did this bottle. I did have a more sour beer before this one, but long enough before to have little affect I think. I think more of a showing of Brett or spice would have improved my rating significantly

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Photo of cvm4
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a hazy amber/orange body with an off-white one finger head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

S - Citrus fruits (grapefruit), orange peel, grassy and an earthy funk.

T - Bitter, nice tropical citrus hops and a good amount of funk. A sour lingers all over, but not overpowering. There's a sweetness on the end I can't quite pin down.

F - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slick body and easy to drink with a wet finish.

O - Nice collaboration here. Nothing earth shattering, but I dig it.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle. Served in a snifter glass 12/28/14.

A- Medium golden-orange body. Two finger white head, nice lacing, good longevity and retention.

S- Grapefruits, caramel, straw, leathery Brettanomyces funk, toasted malts.

F- Lemon zest, grapefruit, a bit of resin, bread, toasted malt, caramel, leather, mild funk.

M- Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, good carbonation. Plenty of flavour, mild leathery flavour on the backend.

O- Pretty solid saison with nice dry-hopped grapefruit notes.

Final score: 3.70

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Photo of sjccmd
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light amber/orange with a creamy white head. Good lacing, medium carbonation.

Smells is quite nice. Citrus, tropical fruits with earthy funky brett. Like an amped up Orval. Grapefruit and pineapple along with honey. Nice mingling of hops and brett.

Taste follows the nose with some pithy hop bitterness. Mango and citrus. Grapefruit peel. Solid amount of funk, but not overwhelming. Hop bitterness builds throughout.

Medium carbonation with a slick body. Somewhat tannic. Some sweetness remains in the finish.

Nice complexity, but bitterness and some residual sweetness affects drinkability.

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Photo of mschantz
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reddish orange very clear pleasant looking beer. Minimal head with some lacing. Fruity - perhaps peach, grassy nose. Tastes like I imagine orange leaves np minus the astringency would taste. A bit of dry wood on the finish. All in all a very interesting and enjoyable beef.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice subtle brett character with a whole lot of hops. Not so much the tropical or piney hops, but a great balanced hop profile not dissimilar from a refined pils. Underrated beer IMHO

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

not a bad beer here by any stretch, im not sure the two collaborators could make a bad beer if they tried, but this one seems laze to me, and certainly came in well below expectations. its haay and orange tinted. the head is enormous and creamy white, catching some specks of yeast as i get over ambitious with my pour. almost too cloudy at this point. the nose is funky from the brett, mildly astringent from the hops, and thickly grainy. the flavor too is a bit thick on the grain, tannic and proteiny, its harsh a little bit in the feel there. i get the juiciness of the hops for sure, and the brett obviously, but it doesnt seem well designed, or completely though through at all to me. its more like hey, lets just chuck this weird culture in a random beer, which is ironic given its name, i get very little of the artisanship in this, at least it doesnt radiate for me, like whoa, what a work of art, its more like a haphazard sort of thing. the beer is thick and almost gritty in texture despite enormous carbonation of big bubbles. the wild aspect is great, but its really raw and unrefined. i liked the beer fine, but i expected to be floored and i wasnt at all.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Draft at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA.

Orange copper body with a thick, white head. Earthy, funky, grassy, herbal scent and flavor. Hops and mild bitterness amid a wonderful funky character. Tasty.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a short off white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose along with notes of Belgian yeast. There are also some hints of funk in the back end.
T: The taste seems to be more balanced and has bright flavors of tropical fruits along with notes of Belgian yeast and spices.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This saison is very interesting as it combines flavors of tropical fruits from the hops along with spices and Belgian notes form the yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Hopleaf-

Semistill orange-red body with a pillow head. A split headed aroma with a strong dry hop head and a barnyard dirt base. It is quite interesting but there isn't any malt in the nose. The taste was again split headed between bitter and tangy against farmhouse yeast strains. It seems to be fighting against itself with various levels of success.

Not quite my favorite collaboration brew. You might be wise to pass on this, but support each brewery individual.

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