Saison De Lis | Perennial Artisan Ales

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3.85/5
Very Good
575 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-Style Saison brewed with Chamomile Flowers.

Fermentation is too clean and industrialized. Chamomile was thought to be a preservative within industrialized breweries trying to export.

Added by hooliganlife on 10-21-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,761
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
575
pDev:
9.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
92
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 575 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of DefenCorps
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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 CCutch
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.39/5  rDev +14%
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 SpaethJam
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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 bigred89
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 ajdemma
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jewellrunner
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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 Beerucee
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice tasting wheat

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Photo of mig100
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xtonytx
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
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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Photo of kccraftenthusiast
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Zorro
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed golden beer with a tall white colored head.

Smells sweet and strongly of flowers. Scent of coriander and black pepper. Scent of honey and powdery yeast. Smells distinctly like a honey ale.

Starts out neutral in sweetness and not strongly flavored. Tastes flowery but not to an offensive level. Mostly tastes like conventional Saison really. Nothing off about it but not real exciting either.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall very inoffensive, just not real exciting.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Twelve ounce serving tasted in a snifter from draught at Firkin on September 8, 2017.

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Photo of Ssippisam
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Saison De Lis from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 575 ratings