Saison De Lis | Perennial Artisan Ales

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3.85/5
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582 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:
#13,281
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
582
pDev:
9.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Up from Jacksonville FL and stopped in at the brewery.

A: thin head on a hazy dull golden body but still nice lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, chamomile, banana and orange citrus. Candied sugar.

T: herbal and only lightly yeasty with candied sugar, citrus, and pungent hops.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: I wanted more from this one. It isn't bad just plain and simple.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

i am really high on perennial right now, and for a guy who has gone t just about every brewery in the greater st Louis area, I have somehow missed this one. I think their beers are in the state, but I just got a recent delivery from a good friend. thanks phil. brewed with chamomile flowers, lovely. the color is much lighter and clearer than expected, with an inch of pure white bubbly head that doesn't last too long. a nose of French saison yeast that echoes my homebrew perfectly. almost wine-like, cidery, not my favorite saison strain, but it works with the intense bitterness of the flowers. not as springtime as the label hints at in terms of flavor. its simply a balanced saison with the hops being replaced by the flowers as a bittering agent. not a real floral beer other than that. clean and refreshing, but slightly odd from what may be a slight overdose of yeast. great carbonation and a super clean finish for the style, light and drinkable at only 5% abv. perennial has got some really cool beers out right now, and while this may not be their most adventurous, it is certainly a cleverly dreamt up and expertly pulled off beverage.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, spice, yeast, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with banana bread, spice, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting banana bread flavor that I wasn't expecting from a saison with floral additions.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: It poured with a finger high white head that died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
A: Light aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with some hints of floral hops and spices.
T: The taste seems to be a little fruitier compared to the smell and has notes of apples and slight hints of sweetness. Notes of Belgian yeast and pale malts are also present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have much of the complexities as in other saisons, but is pleasant to drink and has some refreshing properties.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It was just a matter of time. At some point in a brewer's life, chamomile will prove to be too interesting of a choice to ignore for too long. Its a fascinating set of aromas, tastes and textures to complement nearly any Belgian ale of lighter hues.

De Lis pours with a light eruption in the glass that nearly greets the top of the glass, even with the most modest pour. As it settles, it takes on the typical pale straw color with a milky haze. Its billowing head soon settles into a blanket of cotton-white foam with broken rings in retention and its lace.

Highly floral and perfumy- the scent of chamomile really takes on flowery proportions. But its bouquet doesn't stop there- complementing notes of coriander, fresh ground white pepper and a tinge of rosemary or thyme give an herbal complement to the botanical character. All that lays on a soft wheaty-sweet scent resting slightly behind.

And its that sweetness that greets the taste buds first. Its yeasty sweetness rounds into a light cookie dough base flavor. And that's perfect from which the herb, fruit and spice flavors will spring. Fresh-cut grass, lemon and apple peels bridge the gap from fruit to spice. That's where a light papaya (not quite banana), clove and rosemary-type herbal-ness rises to balance the fruit. Yet its finish is playfully acidic- much like a gentler sparkling white wine.

After the initial sip, I find the ale as creamy as it is zesty as the carbonation keeps the beer light and fluffy. But as the sweetness and bubbles dissipate, the grassy finish offers up a mild astringency to accompany the earthen hop bitterness. Also a soft spank of iron attempts to crispen the oil-like effects that chamomile lays on the surfaces of the mouth.

De Lis is a complicated beer that is easy to dismiss simply because of its friendly and delicate set of aromas, flavors and textures. But don't let it fool you- there's a lot of complexity packed into this recipe.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Hamms goblet, review from written notes.

Murky yellow orange body, webby skim on the surface that resembles the pattern of a sycamore seed oddly enough.Slow rising trails of carbonation. A lasting ring of foam remains around the edges of the glass.

Floral aromas of honey, herbs, hops and yeast. Simple and balanced.

Flavors of bitter herbal tea, chamomile, dry grassy bitterness. Lots of yeast, a "green" freshness to it. Light floral-derived phenolics. Honeyed malt appears in the aftertaste, mild spiciness. Effervescent with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall a pleasant saison, one i'd drink again for sure.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 1839 Taphouse, Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a cloudy, straw yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty, grassy, floral and slightly funky. There were notes of grain and caramel, too.

T - It tasted very spicy with a funky bite. Good caramel sweetness and grain flavor for backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty saison that is very sessionable at 5% ABV. Well, done by Perennial.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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
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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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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 vfgccp
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
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
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 582 ratings