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: 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.

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Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 537
Photo of bound4er
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first PAA beer.

Turbid straw appearance with a fluffy two finger white head. Smells of grain (mainly bread and cracker), white pepper and earth. Flavor profile comes across very clean on the palate with grainy bread, Weiss beer estery banana, pepper and lingering yeast. Feel is spot on for the style. Nothing profound here but it is damn refreshing and easy to drink. Probably best suited for a hot July day.

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Photo of FrauTotenkinder
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow, slight head stays until near the end.
Floral smell. Poured in oversized wine glass and everyone in room appreciated smell.
Taste herby and follows nose. Dry finish.
Simple kind of tasty. Enjoyed with French bread and Irish cheese.

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Photo of Tommo
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty standard saison here. Nothing stand out about it. It has nice farmhouse notes, and doesn't over do it in any particular way. Certainly no off flavors like phenols etc. Lacks tartness, body, and malt flavor

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy bright yellow, white head. Aroma has sweet malt and floral perfume. Taste follows with yeast esters, sweet wheat malt and floral notes. Fresh and fizzy.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

First offering from this brewery and it is a delightful introduction. I was going to save some of this large bottle to share with others at a meal, but I was so intrigued by it that, well, I left very little for the others. I will give it a full review on a second tasting.

For this tasting, five words according to format: pretty, floral, Sweet, soft, food.

And a suggestion.... The chamomile oils coating my mouth went away once I ate some food. Save this to share with others at dinner.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

welcome to MN, Perennial. On tap, into a tulip. Pours a very hazy pale yellow with a crown of lacy white head, modest retention, modest lacing. Nose is of chamomile (as advertised) and coriander...and oddly, a hint of ripe banana. Taste: follows the nose, though I get more addition to the ripe banana, I also get some peach. The sweet fruitiness kind of battles it out with the more earthy floral and slightly bitter notes. In terms of feel, it is fairly well carbonated, almost creamy, with a little spritz and floweryness that starts midway and builds toward the end.

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Photo of biegaman
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Going by the label and description, Saison De Lis seems like a good springtime ale - judging by appearance, it looks like a great springtime ale! Golden and immaculately polished, this glass could pass for a trophy swiped from the mantle of a celebrity actor or decorated athlete. It is majestic.

The aroma is more reminiscent of a Belgian Pale Ale than Saison; not only is there an abundance of cereal grain sweetness but there's also a bready flavour imparted by the yeast and very little fruit or spice. Cinnamon-doused apple or pear perhaps, but this hardly registers on the zest-o-meter.

But the overtly floral and herbaceous notes imparted by the chamomile imply this was intended to be a more earthy farmhouse ale anyhow. Indeed the little yellow and white star of the show really takes stage on the palate and delivers a performance that has you forgetting all about the orchard.

The earlier mentioned notion of apple and cinnamon cereal only enhances as the beer warms - given it's only 5% can I justify having this for breakfast? Conversely, enough of the chamomile comes through that it simultaneously reminds me of my sleepy-time tea just before bed, the dollop of honey and all.

Perennial makes a great, classic, textbook Saison called Regalia - Saison De Lis is not that. It's a more experimental, slightly more interesting offering that uses chamomile in a far more distinctive way than I thought possible. It's a beer hard not to like and well worth trying for those with adventurous palates.

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Photo of mschrei
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty much a standard Saison. The usual straw color, pretty frothy with a lot of lacing. Slight citrusy funk on the smell with an acidic fruitiness hiding behind. Not the strongest in terms of farmhouse funk in the taste. Crisp, a slightly fat bitterness on the back end. A little flowery refreshing mouthfeel.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with a little head on it. Nose of flowers, bread and grass. Taste is very floral with notes of hops, melon, tropical fruit, lemon, pepper and yeast. Lingering finish but not overpowering. Not a usual fan of saisons but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of Suds
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on tap a a local place, with my Wife. It was a moderately clear, yellow colored brew with a thin head. The aroma was funky, with a brett, barnyard-like aroma that was fitting and appreciated. The taste was moderately dry, with a bit of dried fruit and some very pale malt underneath. The finish was clean and overall the beer was quite good. I wonder if the bottle and tap are notable different.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, golden yellow with a thick foamy white head on top. Little lacing around the glass. Yeast, lemon, and floral notes form an aroma that awakens memories of spring days. Taste is very yeast forward, with lemon, floral, and earthy notes to back i t up. Mouth feel is coating, while still remaining easy to drink. Neither thick or thin. Overall, a pleasant saison offering from Perennial.

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Photo of ArtAttackEd
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured nice and golden but was a bit hazy. It left some residue in the bottle. Definitely had some floral notes to it. This was very easy to drink. Had a bit of a tea aftertaste but honestly didn't get much of a Chamomile taste of it.

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Photo of Moose90
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a hazy lemony yellow color into the glass, there is a bit of clarity around the edges, but not a whole not. There is a puffy off-white colored head that leaves some sporadic lacing along the inside of the glass.

S — Smell is nice and light, big yeasty character with bright notes of white pepper, lemon, and chamomile, very floral, light, and chewy.

T — Light and floral with notes of fresh cut grass and flowers, little bit of a lemon pepper note as well.

M — Light-Medium bodied with a lingering clean finish.

O — Very good overall, not earth shattering, but this is a very well made floral Saison.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saisons can be hit or miss for me. Often there is a rubbing alcohol type flavor that comes through in some that I can't quite get around. In others I find exactly what i'm looking for. This is the latter. A great combination of dryness and some fruit/tea type notes to keep this interesting. Makes sense that is was brewed with Chamomile as there is a herbal quality that comes through. Extremely drinkable and well balanced. Pairs perfectly with food as well I might add.

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Photo of Tilly
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

P: Golden amber, wheat, white frothy head. Wonderful lacing on the surface and rim.
A: Floral, malt, fruit.
T: Floral, malt, pear, apple, ginger, slightly sour.
M: Dry, light bodied, well balanced very nice finish.
O: This is real good beer made in the true style of Belgian Saison. Bravo Perennial Artisan Ale!

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Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have a love/hate relationship with saisons. I love saisons from Belgium, but hate most American attempts at the style because they crank up the ABV and the end result is far from what the beer should be. Perennial's attempt is closer to what I expect from the style like few American brewers have successfully done.

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium sized head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass. Aroma is mildly spicy but still rustic and I am really surprised by the level of chamomile aroma. This is very floral. The flavor keeps phenols to a minimum that I absolutely loath in saisons. Good wheat malt base that allows yeast esters and chamomile to fully shine. Not as refreshing as I would of liked as this is sort of sweet. Light, crisp body and carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer but I would not pay the same price for a 5% ABV beer.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at a bar in St. Louis. I've had this one before and enjoy it. It's a pretty standard, good tasting saison. The chamomile flowers are very subtle and add an interesting flavor. Good carbonation. I've never had it from the bottle, because the price is outrageous.

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4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wheat golden body hosts a off white head full of big foamy bubbles. Leaves a skim as it slowly fades, but the retention is solid. Nose is big and zesty with tones of bubble gum ,raw wheat and uncut nutmeg but not in a sharp way. Taste is very earthy and zesty all in one. This is a unique flavor that is very hard to pinpoint but it is very good. Some lemon zest and a solid hop backbone play in the flavor as well. This is a very nice saison overall.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

for some reason everyone goes nuts over their stouts....which are good beers, but this saison is absolutely fantastic...I wish they would expand this program!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy pale gold under a clingy 1” white fluffy foam collar S: Earthy, herby, floral aroma, chamomile, a little pepper on the finish. T: Light honey and fruit flavors – peach and other pitted fruits that blend well with the chamomile added to the beer, light funk. F: creamy effervescent, very fine, soft carbonation, medium light body. O: Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Vixie
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice clear golden color with a huge white head. There's a lot of bubbles coming up from the bottom of my Duvel glass.The head lingers for some time, leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is floral up front, also some grass and hay. Smells like outside in the country, which is what I look for in this style.

Bit sweet and floral up front. There's some fruit, maybe apricot or peach. Bit of a pepper spice to it, and just a hint of hops on the finish.

Feel is ok, can really feel the carbonation going down.

I am trying this on a hot humid night, when an easy drinking summer beer is preferable, and I'm glad I tried this one. Goes down nice and easy, and has plenty of flavor. Maybe not quite the best of the style I have had, but still near the top. I'd have no problem drinking this again.

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Photo of JFrank78
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just an exceptional saison. Poured from a bottle picked up from my local shop. Bright, floral, but not overly robust. Slight hop finish. The chamomile is fresh, yet light, doesn't overpower. A very stellar farmhouse. This one will be a frequent guest in my fridge.

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Photo of jwc215
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clouded yellow with a thin head that becomes wispy. Plenty of spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is tea-like and floral with mild tartness.

The taste is mildly tart, slight sweet, well-balanced. A tea-like, floral finish gives a refreshingly spicy dryness.

Light-bodied and refreshing.

A nicely done, unique saison.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a bright white head, the head quickly vanished, lots of tiny bubbles, no lacing, looks like very juicy.

A: Belgian yeast, chamomile flowers are present in the aroma, reminds of chamomile tea, picking up biscuit aromas, there is spice peppercorn aroma in there as well, smells pretty good.

T: Belgian yeast, spice, slight chamomile flavor, the chamomile is stronger on the aroma, spice is pretty strong, it's the one flavor that lingers most.

M: Less than medium mouthfeel, lots of carbonation.

O: Impressive aroma but I was a bit disappointed with the flavor, very spicy, I would like some sweet pear, peach flavors to balance the spiciness. Not bad, most likely will not seek this out as I have had other saisons that I enjoy more.

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Photo of MissSmisje
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: hazy orangey-golden; two-three finger fluffy head with good retention. S: mild; cooked pear, some floral. T: cooked pear, ripe nectarine, delicate chamomile, with a white/pink peppercorn finish; a bit sweet; Belgian yeast. F: sweet but with some crispness, medium-high body; good carbonation. Tasty but not amazing.

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