Savant Blanc
Perennial Artisan Ales

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #101
ABV:
8%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,027
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 6.45%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
179
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Perennial Artisan Ales
 
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Notes: Savant Blanc is a 100% Brettanomyces fermented Belgian Blonde Ale aged for 5 months in Chardonnay barrels with Chardonel grapes. Bottle conditioned.
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

perennial is on to some really net level stuff. the ones with the wine grapes always excite me, and this is one of the best going right now. there are two really impressive elements to this one, the first is the barrels. you really get the acidity and tannins of the chardonnay specifically, tons of flavor from the wood, but just as much from the wine. it cuts through the somewhat more substantial wheaty malt base perfectly, and really brings out the grape flavor in the beer too. the other amazing feature here is the brett, and while it might not seem all the way fermented down here, it has a really impressive complexity to it, notes of melon and lime, both go perfectly with the wine elements, and very drying. the beer is more turbid than blonde though, and it seems like there is still a bit of residual sugar from the fruit in this, like it might be better in a year or something, a notoriously slow worker, maybe there wasnt enough patience to let the brett complete the job. its close though, and the flavor is amazing, its just not all dropped out and cleaned up yet. i love the wood profile in the finish, smooth and sweet, a hint of honey with the fruit, and a bit of sourness as well for an all brett beer. i loved this overall, got a very earthy natural springtime vibe from it, and frankly it was gone way too quickly. i hope they keep making this one, its one of their best!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy, pale straw in color. Soft and pillowy bright white head. White wine, lemon, minerally and some funk and lacto. Tart and sour. Dry. Nicely balanced and drinkable. It's really good.

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Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Mildly hazed golden hue, thin lacing on top. Slightly vinous nose, mild tartness, wood, hint of funk, esters, floral, and peppery. Light smoothness, a little slick on the palate. Kiss of medicinal phenols, rose water, peppery alcohol, honey maltiness, wood, grape skin, and exotic fruit. Lots of layers, each sip opens up a new flavor. Simply amazing.

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Photo of gibgink
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light yellow hue with a white head that dissipates quickly. Smell was amazing. There is a grapey musty smell going on, and a whiff of funk. Like a blue cheese funk. Loved it. The grapes make their presence known in the taste, which then turns a tart/sour mix on the back end. A fantastic assault on the senses.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at hopodyssey's tasting.

Bottled 7/2014.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, white wine grape, white wine, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, white wine, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic white wine barrel aged qualities that are especially great in the taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of JStampler
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Basically a hazy looking belgian blonde. Decent head that fades pretty quickly into a ringlet.

S: Smells like a weak bottle of chardonnay. That's not a bad thing at all considering it's not actually wine. It's got some Brett funk but the grape/wine scent takes the front seat.

T: This is where it shines. So much grape wine flavor to go along with the typical barrel characteristics of a chardonnay. Super dry finish compliments the initial sweetness very well.

F: Lightly carbed which is perfect for the style but the initial tartness gives it more of a carb feeling. The dry finish leaves your mouth begging for more.

O: This beer is awesome and doesn't get the street cred it deserves. I paid a premium for the bottle and I ended up going back for another.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Side Project stemmed glass 11/28/2014.

A- Clear golden body, half finger white head, solid collar and minimal lacing. About what I would expect here, really. [3.75]

S- Rich white grape flavours, lots of tannins, slight leather and barnyard funk. Lots of chardonnay scents here. [4]

F- Rich white wine grape must, leather, funk, a bit of white wine grape sweetness and dryness as would be expected. A good bit of tannins. Nice complexity, especially if you enjoy grapes. Sweet wheat and grain sweetness as well. Good balance, again nice complexity. [4.25]

M- Thinner-medium bodied, lower in carbonation, nicely carbonated and crisp. Refreshing. Nice sweetness with a good bit of white wine dryness and tartness on the back end. [4.25]

O- Very nice white wine grape and white wine barrel-aged beer. Nice complexity, easy to drink, and certainly not lacking in any flavour. [4.25]

Final score: 4.17

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Perennial wine glass from a 750ml bottle.
2014 release.

Pours a nice slightly hazy and pale golden color. There is a mild half inch fizzy white head that forms and recedes fairly quickly down to nothing.

Aroma is exquisite. Notes of white wine grapes, peach and apple notes. Tart and slightly sugary sweet. Delicious fruity aroma with some good mild acidity and sourness mixed in. Slight funk is present in the nose with some moldy, old woody oak and hay notes. Delicious.

The flavor is where this really shines. Layered and complex. Starts off with fruity apple, peach and tannic wine grape notes. Buttery white wine mixed in with some nice acidity. This beer has Cory King's signature all over it. The middle brings back some delicious grain notes followed by exceptional funk. Woody oak, hay and old barnyard notes are abundant throughout the middle and finish of the beer. While some nice slight acidic tartness rounds things of with sharpness. Mouthfeel is soft yet sharp and has a nice light approachable tartness and dry finish.

Overall I would say that once again Perennial continues to impress. Unlike the sourness of Savant Beersel, Savant Blanc brings more depth and complexity with a mix of sour and fruity all wrapped in a funky, vinous and woody package.

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Savant Blanc from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 179 ratings