Saison De Lis | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Saison De LisSaison De Lis

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by hooliganlife on 10-21-2011

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Ratings: 592 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of drtth
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +16.4%
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 ChicagoJoe
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden straw color, plenty of Belgian funk and moderate carbonation make for a crisp finish.

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Photo of Chilmer
1.97/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Hopsohard
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrewTheBrew
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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%
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 LostHighway
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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
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 -10.1%
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.


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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | 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 Gkruszewski
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benish
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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Saison De Lis from Perennial Artisan Ales
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