Saison De Lis
Perennial Artisan Ales

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,012
ABV:
5%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,097
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 9.56%
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
622
From:
Perennial Artisan Ales
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Saison De LisSaison De Lis
Notes: Belgian-Style Saison brewed with Chamomile Flowers.

A straw colored Belgian-style Saison brewed with chamomile flowers. It is fermented with a traditional saison yeast strain that imparts fruity and spicy notes that dovetail perfectly with the tea-like quality of the chamomile. Finishes dry, tart, and refreshing.
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can from 4 pack purchased at Hy Vee in KCMO. Best by 4/12/20.

My third can of this beer, it's definitely delicious but not my favorite Perennial. I'm serving it tonight in a White Elm Willi Beecher glass.

Hazy blonde straw color with a lager-like head of 2 fingers, leaving lots of lace as it recedes. Nice head.

Aromas are very lager-like, with bready graininess, corn, hay, straw, and a touch of floral chamomile and lavender.

Flavor brings clove, very green vegetal hop, some honey-like sweetness, lemon rind, some grapefruit rind, and pepper.

Feel is stabbing and sharp with carbonation, bringing some dryness and light body. Slightly resinous finish.

Overall, a tasty beer that again, is not really wonderful but is a solid beer from an exceptional brewery.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint to moderate pale bright yellow + pale golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering approximately 75% of the surface of the beer surrounded by a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly spicy/peppery saison yeast along with moderate aromas of Belgian yeast. Light to moderate aromas of wheat + pale malts along with a hint of Belgian candi sugar sweetness and light hints of lemon citrus. Light to moderate aromas of floral + herbal hops as well as a light aroma of chamomile.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of wheat + pale malts along with a hint of Belgian candi sugar sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of lemon citrus and slightly stronger than moderate flavors of slightly spicy/peppery saison yeast along with moderate flavors of Belgian yeast. Light flavors of chamomile as well as light flavors of floral + herbal hops. There is a light amount of bitterness which fades quickly leaving light lingering sweet floral + herbal + yeast + ester flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Drinks pretty easily with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable though not as complex and a little sweeter than some other examples of saisons.

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Photo of stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taster at Interstate. Very light, subdued. Mellow, light fruity flavors, grainy notes. Tasty, but extremely light, so focus. The flavor is in there, if you look for it..

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Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nicely done saison, but largely unremarkable except for the unique chamomile flower herbal character. Stands out from the crowd. I liked it. Glad to try it freshly tapped at PAA tasting room.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, lemons. Taste is of yeast, black pepper, lemons, some floral notes. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of hman43
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours golden and clear with a white head and very tight beading. Head retention is very good.

Smell: It has aromas of bread, flowers, and earthen elements. There is also very low levels of lemon and spice.

Taste: The bread flavors with lemon and spice are more forward with the earthen flavors being throughout the taste and the lemon being more prominent on the back end.

Feel: It has a medium body with a high level of carbonation. It has a dry finish.

Overall, the chamomile flowers works well as it integrates with the other flavors rather than dominating them.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pleasant yeast and bready character throughout, getting some fuirtyness, bubblegum, nanner, spice invoking pepper and clove, mellow floral qualities, grassy, slightly funky. a cohesive and well executed brew.

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Photo of defunksta
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a pale lemon, pineapple color with a slight orange hue. Completely hazy. Massive head that lingers.
Aroma: Floral Belgian spices- coriander, flowers, yeast. Some tart apple and grape. Pale malts.
Flavor: Strong funk upfront, but it is light and white pepper. Evolves into a tart but slightly sweet apple and grape. Finishes with some Belgian spices and yeast-moderate clove & coriander. Good amount of pepper on the back-end.
Feel: Light to medium bodied. Excellent carbonatioyet maintains a soft mouthfeel. Yeast makes it finish dry. Tart but not astringent. Alcohol is well-hidden

Overall: I don't really detect a whole lot of chamonille, which maybe is a good thing because the flavor is probably subtle. Less pepper and more Belgian spices of clove and coriander than I expected. The chamonille florality probably contributes too. Flavors remind me of the Apex Predator that leans slightly floral and has lower body and alcohol. (If you don't know the Apex Predator, you're on the wrong site.) Ultimately its well-rounded and a very drinkable and flavorful saison for 5%.

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Photo of MonicaAJC
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice balance of tart, funk and hops. Light and easy to drink. Good example of an American made Belgian style. To me it’s stronger than a typical Saison. Flavor profile leans into Belgian blonde. In a good way.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5/3/19 (Chicago): $2.63 plus tax 16 oz can purchased 4/18/19 from Beer on the Wall (Park Ridge), can marked best by 8/22/19, poured into a tulip glass. Light golden pour, puffy bubble white head lasts long, leaves generous lacing. Very heavy carbonation flows well after the pour. Nice aroma, banana, grass, bread, floral. Taste mirrors aroma, bread, banana and grass predominant, pear noted as well. Light texture, carbonation holds well throughout, dry, easy crisp clean drinking. Overall very good pour, looking forward to more of these!

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Date: Best by 07/28/19 with an imbibing date of 03/23/19.

Appearance: Pours out an attractive bright gold color, is rather opaque, and produces a creamy two plus finger white head. This one is well carbonated with tons of bubbles streaming toward the top of the glass.

Aroma: Beautiful funky and floral aromas slam the nose with the traditional pear, tart green apple, some banana, and some clove style spiciness. It smells like a saison, but with an undercurrent of an almost floral vanilla sweetness, which must the chamomile.

Taste: All of the aforementioned elements from the nose are present on the taste. It starts off funky and yeasty while adding the sweeter apple and pear flavors creating a complex taste. Mid palate, things begin to dry out as the beer moves toward a dry white wine like finish, although the fruit sweetness never totally goes away. The chamomile is a nice addition and is identifiable without being too assertive. Saison De Lis is light on the mouthfeel yet feels bigger than 5%, easily mistakable for something more in the mid six range. The beer ends with a pleasant champagne like spritz. I was happy to see Perennial beers available locally, so I just grabbed one and I was not disappointed in the least.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy straw with two finger head that fades quickly. Smells of sweet honey malt with some floral aromas and fruity, funky yeast character. Mild and refreshing with slight funk. Fruity and floral/chamomile with a hint of coriander. Somewhat sweet with a medium light body and a medium finish.

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Photo of drtth
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The clear golden yellow colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 2” finely bubbled fluffy white head that recedes slowly to a cap of foam and then eventually to become a thin layer on the surface while leaving some fluffy patches and scattered leggy lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some arches and a web like pattern of leggy lacing.

The aromas are floral and spicy with the chamomile, some coriander and some white pepper against a background that includes a touch of wheat and malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some bready wheat sweetness, some floral notes from the chamomile along with bit of white pepper and some light herbal grassy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and creamy with some active, finely bubbled carbonation rising in a steady stream from the nucleation point in the bottom of the glass. The finish begins as the sweetness fades to allow more of the chamomile floral character to show before it too begins to fade away into the slightly tart dry ending that is also a bit spicy with the white pepper and lightly bitter with some herbal grassy character.

On the whole I rather enjoyed this beer for the complexity of its aroma/flavor profile and the interesting difference the chamomile brings to the mix. I’d be willing to have another. But that all said it won’t be displacing any of the other US brewed saisons/farmhouse ales that currently top my list for regular purchase (e.g., Tank 7 and Sofie).

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Photo of johnreggie
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic Belgian Saison from this St. Louis brewery. Crisp and dry , loaded with pear, pepper, tart apple flavors beautifully balanced by chamomile flowers. First beer ever for me from Perennial. Where have I been?

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Photo of Sabtos
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly foggy sparkling pale gold with a persistent white blanket that clings at the edges.

Smell is wheat, light spice, licorice and yellow apple.

Some more phenols come out in flavor, as wheat, lemon, yellow apple and green grape share the stage. This is really drinkable, but closer to a Hefe to my mind.

The frothy medium-light body finishes semi-dry .

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Photo of Buck89
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet. Very hazy with a bright golden yellow color. Two fingers of foam very slowly settled in the glass. Aroma was floral but not overdone. A nice mix of hay, white bread, and grass. The taste was close. More floral and bready than most Saisons. Some earthy and grassy notes with a subtle funk. No spice or tartness. Dry finish. Definitely more clean than most but also enjoyable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy with a light amber hue; the cap fills out to a finger and leaves a few strands here and there

Smell: Wheat bread, banana, honey, coriander and chamomile; rather floral
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Taste: Wheat bread and sugar cookie sweet tones; a layer of floral tones from the chamomile juts against the more herbal, grassy tones; a hint of lemon leads into the mid-palate; rather herbal with the complex layers merging into the dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A lot of complexity in this beer; not my favorite blend of flavors but something to contemplate

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy amber, big frothy head.

Orange peel, flowers, spices, light breadiness, banana.

Mellow and refreshing, light herbal notes, bready and banana notes.

Mouthfeel zesty and crisp, ABV feels light but not watery.

Good.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best By 12/4/18, consumed 7/17/18

L: Great gold color with a hazy body and just a massive head that left tons of terrific lacing.

S: Herbal & floral, cracked pepper, grassy, earthy, grainy, and all of it funky. Very pleasant.

T: Follows nose but also pick up a little bit of bright lemony citrus. Everything is so nicely blended.

F: Light, very lively carbonation and a little bitterness.

O: This is a pretty terrific, tasty, easy-drinking saison. I don't understand what the hell other folks are doing with all these low scores. Very well-crafted, certainly a cut above.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can from Market of Choice.

A mostly clear light orange with a white head with good retention and lacing this looks solid. The nose is pure Saison. Grainy, straw like with floral and spicy notes, this is great. A mild chamomile note, along with white pepper, allspice and some phenol are present. The palate opens with a nice blend of grainy straw, floral honey and pleasantly sharp lemon hops. Bright, rustic on the mid palate with straw and chamomile to go with the blend of white pepper, clove and allspice. Drying, crisply carbonated on the finish, there's lingering spice, earth and lemon. Just a hair watery. Excellent, especially given the $3/16oz can pricepoint.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Saison de Lis is gorgeous. It looks exactly as a Saison should. The overgrown sudsy white foam might be the only argument against that statement, but stunning regardless. Underneath lies a bright Sunshine's golden yellow body with just the right amount of clarity that says, "I'm a Saison.". That overambitious cap is equally stubborn, and equally impressive as it leaves spots everywhere.

It smells glorious as well. Soapy, dusty, and herbal with a freshly cracked grain undertone, and a soft white pepper and dried grass finish. It smells like daytime out in the fields, man and machine busy tending them.

Once again, Saison de Lis continues to impress. The flavor matches the aroma, but with just a little less intensity. Lemon and lime join in and add great elements. The earthy and peppery notes pair evenly in the finish.

It does feel a bit watery, but that's not entirely a negative. It's unquestionably thirst quenching, as that watery quality is met by higher carbonation and superb dryness. It's well balanced, but in no way necessarily sweet nor bitter. It's almost at a constant.

This beer is criminally underscored, unless this latest batch really is that much better than its predecessors. It looks good, smells good, tastes good, and feels good. I couldn't ask for much more out of a Saison than this. Cheers.

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Photo of teromous
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED ON 03/26/18"

Appearance: The beer has a light gold body with a cloudy appearance and ample carbonation. On a careful pour, the head is massive and white with a thick creamy consistency.

Aroma: The beer smells a bit fruity like orange peel. It has a sweet-smelling aroma reminiscent of a Belgian Tripel. There is a floral aroma that is light and difficult to point out.

Taste: Up front there is a very floral and herbal flavor which is tea-like and mellow. There is just a light touch of caramel. It has a wildflower character to it but it is a bit more earthy. It is very pleasant to drink.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels soft and pillowy. It has a light body. Depending on how much head is left in the beer it will either finish with a bubbly wash and a mostly dry finish or a smooth and clean but also mostly dry finish.

Overall: This is one of the "odd birds" that doesn't quite fit the mold where flavor is concerned but it delivers an experience that is memorable and enjoyable. The beer has a soft and floral tea-like flavor that is very gentle, refreshing, and somehow feels rejuvenating. It really doesn't feel like the typical Saison but it embodies the spirit in a highly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden body, pretty clear, big fluffy white head, nice lacing.

S - Slight sour note, a bit of floral, then strong funk.

T - Follows the nose, a sweet bread malt hit, minerality and a herbal honey note.

M - Brisk and clean, with just a trace of dryness in the close.

O - This is a rock solid saison. Tasty, pleasant and drinkable.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a style-appropriate murky gold color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. While it's quick to recede, it leaves behind some lacing on the glass.

The aroma reveals a lot of sweetness for the style - not just seemingly from chamomile, but also from a significant wheaty backbone. Notes of vanilla and honey also show up. I seem to miss a lot of the saison yeast, as the black pepper, grass, and non-chamomile flower qualities are overly muted. It's a pleasant-smelling wheat beer, but it lacks the desired rusticity for me.

It tastes more rustic, thankfully. Honey and vanilla flavors first hit the palate, with the saison qualities I missed from the nose show up around the middle. Black pepper, flowers (especially chamomile), lemon, and fresh-cut grass close things out well. I don't think it's particularly integrated well, but it satisfies well enough.

In some ways, the texture is a bit off. It's chalky and angular instead of silky smooth and soft. Still, it has that off-dry quality desired from a saison. Carbonation is medium-high.

It's not bad. The basics here are good, it just lacks fine-tuning and refinement. This was a pretty expensive 4-pack, so I won't buy it again - still, it's a better value than the $10 750s it used to be in!

3.15/5: Competent, but certainly not enough to give the best saisons any fits

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured to an Ora et Labora taster.

A: Body is yellow and hazy. Head is white, and has an awesome retention, and also good lacing. Amazing looks just like a regular Farmhouse.
S: The aroma is so soft of chamomile, belgian yeast, white barley, wheat, clove, banana. It's so rich and so soft. Like a session beer.
T: The taste is basically the translation of the aroma, it starts with a flowery, banana and clove like aroma. Like if some wheat was used in here. It then moves to a more watery profile based on belgian yeast and finishes off on a very low bitterness. It's soo drinkable. It's soo session. It's amazing.
M: Body is medium to low. Carbonation is medium to low being close to perfection. Bitterness, sweetness and everything is mild and very balanced.
O: First Perennial I guess, and another Farmhouse I'm totally in love with. It's amazing.

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Saison De Lis from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 622 ratings