Southside Blonde
Perennial Artisan Ales

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Style:
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #26
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #27,114
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 8.44%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
79
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Perennial Artisan Ales
 
Missouri, United States
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SCORE
85
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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed straw color with 2+ fingers of whippy pearl colored head. Some scary sediment as the can is emptied, great lacing and good head retention

S: Yeast, pears, grass, white pepper

T: White grape, peaches, dryness and some Mushroom up front. More white grape and dryness, a little pear once warm. Dryness, grassyness and a little white grape in the finish and yeastyness

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation

A decent take on the style, but not that memorable

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Doughy Pils malt, American noble hop clones, Belgian yeast tones. Tangerine, lemon honey biscuits, green grass and white pepper. Overall, a fruitier experience than expected. Light, rounded, and soft feel.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5/2/19 (Chicago): $2.63 plus tax, 16 oz can best buy 9/11/19 purchased at Beer on the Wall in Park Ridge during Perennial tasting event. Hazy blonde pour, generous rich puffy and thick white head, lasts long, leaves spotty lacing. Sweet hops, lemon, bread and grassy aroma. Strong and pleasant taste, well blended bread, grass and lemon, malt and pepper. Carbonation holds well, fizzy mouth feel, clean and crisp drinking, nice on a warm day. Overall excellent beer, really enjoyed the pour and will definitely grab more down the road!

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Photo of Parmesan
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a slightly hazy grapefruit juice yellow, with a very creamy large head that dissipates fairly quickly. A few specks of lacing left on the glass.

S: Notes of lemongrass, wild berries, some fuzzy peach, some Belgian spice, a light breadiness underneath it all. One of the more inviting aromas I've smelt in a blonde in a long time.

T: Lemon, grapefruit, lemon grass, wild berries, and some fuzzy peach mix very nicely with a Belgian spice, that leaves a stronger than expected spicy bitterness, but it is still pleasant.

F: Bubbly carbonation, fairly light.

O: This is a very enjoyable blonde.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Usually the thought of blonde ale evokes lackluster impressions of wet grain, dull complexity and an overall idea that the beer reeks with adequacy. But with the subtle spice, gentle fruit and a racy flare of effervescence of Perennial's Belgian styled blonde ale and they suddenly show that these blondes indeed have more fun.

Sparkling carbonation and a light golden sheen invites the eye to a wonderful, nearly champagne-like show. Building upon its fluffy, cloud-like froth, a bright bouquet of citrus laden scents billow onto the nose. Hints of wine and apple surround a croissant-like breadiness just before the first sip reveals hints of honey, angel-food cake, agave.

And as those racy bubbles carry away the bulk of malt sweetness and bready flavor, the fruit and spice battle out over the middle palate. A first wave of estery goodness reveals pear, apple, orange, lemon and white grape in anticipation of a balance from white pepper, gentle clove and radiant coriander. A hint of vanilla comes in before the hop spice sends a pleasant peppery and grassy note to the late palate.

Light in body, the evaporative cooling of alcohol and the popping bubbles highlight the spice for a lightened impression of texture and taste. A medium long aftertaste of spice outlasts the fruit and links up with the hops for a vinous tartness that keeps the session refreshing and whimsical.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a light haziness. There's a fingernail of eggshell on top. Moderate lacing. I smell coriander, pale malt, and faint citrus. I'm tasting coriander, delicate pale malt, and faint orange. The mouth is light and smooth.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a mug at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: yellow hue with a little bit of haze and a thin layer of white foam atop. Not too bad looking.

Smell: sweet with a little bit of fruity character and perhaps just the tiniest hint of funk, like a mild, sweet saison. Simple and enticing.

Taste: a little bit funkier and maybe a hair drier than the aroma. There's some grassy, vernal character here; it's not complex but it is nice.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and a satisfying creaminess.

Overall: I like this beer. It's not perfect, but it is refreshing and it really hits the spot.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft in a tall glass

Slightly hazy blonde yellow in color, foamy white head. Some lacing. Nice citrus and floral hop aroma. Mild hop flavor in the taste, light clean malt. Thinner bodied.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this sets a new standard in the american blonde ale for me, borderline a pale ale, this is about as hoppy as i would think would be traditionally allowable in the style, and its really good. i didnt even know these guys did a beer like this, but leave it to perennial to have it be pretty adventurous within the conventional limits. a little touch of haze to this pale yellow beer. the head is explosive from the tap, over two inches high, airy and delicate, holding on awhile. the aroma and flavor are nice, far less simple than is common in the style. the malt isnt sweet, which is odd, really dry example of the style. the hops are more aromatic than bitter, and not too much for the light grain base to handle. hints of lemon and lime in there with some soft grassy character as well, goes great with the lighter malt, which may even include some wheat. carbonation is way up and it finishes fast, the hops dont even linger. great food beer, lunch session type, good with a burger, a chicken sandwich, that kind of thing. they have done a lot in a small space here...

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice Belgian Blonde. Not overpowering, but has that characteristic Belgian Yeast present. It doesn't overtake though or seem to overpower. It is more reserved here.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: No.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery and poured into tulip.

A - Pours a mirky golden color, white head, spotty lace.

S - Malts, wheat, hay, spice, slight funk in there as well. All very light and subtle, easy to enjoy and pick out.

T - Yeast, sweet malts, light hops, hay. A little more yeast the the nose and lighter in the hops department. Sweet bready finish.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, easy to drink, good carbonation.

O - A decent Belgian Pale that goes down easily and is enjoyable. Nothing about this beer blew me away, it's just nice for what it is. A sessionable Pale that is easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of birchstick
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Royale

A - pours a clear pale yellow with a big head that dissipates rather quickly

S - the nose is of light citrus aromas and can't pick out too much else

T - sweet lemon citrus flavors upfront that fade to a bit of a grainy malts. Finishes with a splash of spicy hops with some more citrus flavor.

M - spritzy all over, almost bubbly

D - this is a nice, light, refreshing blonde ale. This was very easy drinking and flavorful enough to hold on to my interest. This is a great session beer.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a fairly crisp golden yellow with a nice light slightly pillowy head.

lots of malt and bread with a slight hint of spice and maybe some banana

comes across with a pilsner or lager flavor but with a bit more oomph in it. a bit of spice and belgian yeast takes it up a notch. i typically stray from belgian style blonde ales but this was just great. the belgian yeast was well integrated into this where it complimented the flavor well.

mild carbonation, smooth drinker.

this is an easy afternoon beer, well rounded.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at The Royale from a Perennial glass.

A - Pours a nice crisp and slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head that is pretty dense and sticky.

S - Aroma starts with some nice grainy notes. There are some bread notes in there as well. Slight wheat sweetness. There is some light spice to the beer as well as some yeasty aromas. Nice and fluffy nose.

T & M - Starts off with a distinct bready and slightly yeast full flavor. Very smooth yet crisp and refreshing at the same time. There are some slight apple and pear juice notes to the beer. They mix well with the more grainy and earthy notes. There is a slight funkiness tot he beer as well. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp with some slight sweet finishes.

O - Pretty good brew. Im excited to try some of their others but this is a good start.

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Photo of DCon
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the International Tap House in Chesterfield, MO for $4 (Labeled S.S. Blonde & 5% ABV on their "Tap Board"). Poured from the Wooden tap handle with PERENNIAL written down it in black into a 14+oz Tulip Glass.

Aroma- Tons of wheat in the aroma and light sweetness. Malts are evident as well but no hops.

Appearance- Received with a 2.5 finger head that keeps for a good amount of time. Has a pale straw color body that is clear. Good lacing afterwards.

Flavor- The taste starts out very soft actually and takes time to find out more of the character in it besides the initial wheaty flavor. Has malt and the normal sweetness to it with almost the lightest bitterness you can find.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Crisp, and has a bit of bite at the finish of sweetness.

Overall Impression- For my first brew from Perennial, I have to give it an Above Average rating! Very easy to drink and would have again and again. Not sure it has much character to it but a good blonde ale. Will be looking forward to having more tonight and other nights if I find this on-tap.
Cheers to new BrewPubs in the St. Louis area!

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a bright and hazy golden yellow with two fingers of bright white head.

Nice aroma of light fruity citrus, Belgian yeast along with a faint spiciness and floral notes.

The taste follows the aroma. Belgian yeast, light citrus fruitiness, faint spice and floral. Finishes clean.

Lighter bodied with a moderate carbonation.

A great session beer with good personality. More please.

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Southside Blonde from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 79 ratings