Prism: Mosaic | Perennial Artisan Ales

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4.17/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States
perennialbeer.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prism is an ongoing series created to reflect classic and experimental hop varietals through the form of dry-hopped saison. Three times a year we’ll release cans and draft of a new Prism using a simple grist and a blend of saison yeast strains to create a platform for showcasing a different combination of hops.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
46
pDev:
5.28%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 46
Photo of detpizzaboi
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice easy drinking saison, my first from Perennial. Getting really strong banana, carmel, earthy, dank but light and crisp. Great soft bubbly light crisp mouthfeel, this is a crusher.

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Photo of defunksta
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a completely clear, pale, almost white color with a prominent saison-like white head. Looks similar to a white wine or champagne, but not bubbly.
Aroma: A complex aroma profile here as expected. Lots of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, melon citrus & some pine. The citrus is not overwhelming and actually fades as the beer sits. An underlying tartness, light rubbery funk, bitterness, and Belgian spice complexity. Aroma reminds me of the Apex Predator.
Taste: As if a saison flavor profile wasn't hard enough to categorize, throw in some mosaic hops and this one truly has a lot going on. Some grapefruit, pineapple, and orange citrus upfront that is nice and subtle. A little red grape or berry. Not overpowering like your typical mosaic IPA. Followed by a pepper that turns into a Belgian spice flavor on the end. Subtle rubbery funk. Finally there is a small Belgian-candy sweetness that is wiped away by a tart, spicy, and bitter dryness. Finishes incredibly dry.
Feel: Light and crispy. Finishes bitter and dry on the palate as a saison should. So dry that even the 5% alcohol is detectable. The finish reminds of a brut IPA.

Overall: Belgium meets the USA here. This one is a true battle between mosaic hops and Belgian spices. I expected the mosaic to out-battle the saison quality, but this is not the case. The mosaic is nice and subtle. It's very well-rounded and complex. It tends to fade as the beer sets and the beer turns into a replica of the Apex Predator. I would describe this beer as a mosaic brut IPA meets a saison in a tug-of-war in which no clear winner emerges. So complex, one could argue that the Belgian-IPA or hoppy-saison could be a style of it's own. As the beer sits the mosaic fades and the saison reveals itself as the Apex Predator the whole time. It's an Apex Predator in disguise.

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Photo of zeff80
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured a cloudy, golden color with a fluffy, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, spices, caramel and yeastiness. Sweet caramel and citrus with spicy bite.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My beer list 5.5%. Love the nose on this beer. It’s just seeping with Mosaic wizzyness and some sweetness to boot. Interesting mix on the flavor , kind of a saison with a mosaic hop ending that blends really well. Well carbonated and medium in feel works on this one. Really like it.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2018-11-07
16oz can served in a pint glass. I don't see a date. My can says 5.5%, not the 6.2% shown in the listing currently.

Pours clear light golden with a huge head.Head fades moderately slowly, big (but spaced out) clumps of head clinging to the sides of the glass as lacing. Smell is bright brilliant hops, with a strong funky grassy saison undertone.

Taste is not as hop forward, but they're there. Funk comes across pretty strong, grassy/hay and spices.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp and dry. Overall, I like this beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a one finger white head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of grainy malt, saison yeast, lemon, light citrus hops; lightly floral and spicy. Flavor is grainy malt, saison yeast, lemon, clove, light grassy and citrus hops. Medium bodied with sharp, peppery carbonation. A nice, classic grain-centric saison base with light funkiness from the yeast. Hops are subdued, but noticeable, with the mixed dry grass and citrus notes I expect from Mosaic. The first one of this series I've tasted and I'll try others to experience the hops. The saison yeast is a little more complex than a traditional ale yeast and perhaps not a perfect base for exhibiting the hop character, but this tastes fine and rustic.

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Photo of NEIPA
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the better dry-hopped saisons I’ve come across. Bright tropical and citrus flavors from the mosaic pair with saison esters of light clove, hay, and bubblegum. Feel is nice and crisp, medium/medium-light body. Great example of how dry hopping saisons can pay off

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange-gold body with good head and lace. Bits of funky yeast, wood, and something like tropical fruit hops and a touch of sugary malt. Clean, thick, mild hops add a dry, citric hop snap to a slightly funky saison that has a crisp finish.

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Photo of MrRB
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautifully polished and quite subtle saison. Pear, peach, watermelon and other hop flavors on top of the delicate saison yeast. Medium bodied with a nicely full mouthfeel from the fine carbonation.

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Photo of jpkand
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful looks in the glass. Pale yellow a large white head with big bubbles that has some retention. Visible carbonation in the glass. It has a great fresh , bright taste. Saisin funkiness mellowed out by the hops, which clearly bring some bright tropical fruit flavors that match the nose. The bitterness is low but just shows up on the swallow that adds to the interest on the palate.

This is a great beer. Wasy to drink, freaking delicious, refreshing. I'm glad I took a chance given the price here in VA. Worth it. Heading to St Louis in a few weeks and I'm definitely paying them a visit!!

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Photo of gatornation
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon gold color. Has a dry funky hoppy wine like addition to this saison. mouth feel was dry and crisp with tropical notes and ended with a lingering bitterness. Loved the mosaic hops in this.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is darn fine beer right here, fresh as can be right now, glad this has made it to colorado! i think it smokes the previous edition, amarillo and wakatu there if i remember right, but maybe its just freshness and not hop compatibility, either way though, this is pretty epic beer, new school as saisons go, and clean, both of which usually turn me off, an american belgian is what that usually means, estery and over hopped and cheap tasting, but that isnt the case here, the yeast is subtle, not overly estery, and more french saison type than belgian, vinous and clean, but with subtle white pepper, rock candy, and rustic crackery heartiness to it, something like northern france, old world, its great yeast, patiently done here, and it really supports the hops well. amazing expression of mosaic too, no cat pee at all, and a lot of pineapple, lemon curd, and silky honey, its so good, so fresh, intensely hoppy but with no bitterness at all, although the spry yeast and popping carbonation make it finish faster than high dry hopped beers usually ever do, which makes this refreshing for what it is. the freshness is on point, the yeast reminds me of a de la senne beer or something, i love it, and there is a brightness, lightness, and tidiness all that flatter this like crazy. i will drink this until it is no longer available, i freaking love it! right when i thought i was getting over mosaic too...

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Photo of Lucular
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an excellent example of adding extra hops to a traditional style. The fruity/dank Mosaic hops add an interesting element to the dry saison base.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by 1/2/19, consumed 7/24/18

Wow, absolutely fantastic saison. This blend of the saison funkiness with the citrus/tropical fruit aroma and flavor is near perfect. Wonderful full, bubbly feel. One of the best saisons I've tried, will pick up more if it's still at the store.

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Photo of FrauTotenkinder
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Citrus fruity with that saison funk. Bubbly for days like champagne but with beer mouthfeel. Slightly tart. Mosaic is perfect name for hop because the pleasant aroma is multiple fruity and floral smells that can be gleaned even from a can. Delicious cold on a summer day.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank quite a bit out of the Amarillo + Wakatu version that came out earlier this year, so was pretty excited when these were released not too long ago. Pours from the can a quite hazy yellow, a decent sized head comes and goes. Rim is left behind, bubbles flying from the bottom. Smell is immediately fruity/citrusy, followed by a chunk of pine and the slightest touch of funk. Taste is equally citrusy, with a good bit of almost pilsner malt flavors, pine and a touch of funk on the very end. Pretty full bodied with a niiice amount of carbonation, it finishes off dry with a lingering bitterness. I'll grab a 4pk here soon, good stuff.

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Prism: Mosaic from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 46 ratings