Saison De Lis | Perennial Artisan Ales

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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
Ratings:
544
Reviews:
83
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
82
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 544 |  Reviews: 83
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 sorandomok
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Dirtyhands
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nurt20
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sgregory
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dipso123
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gspeer711
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taybeh
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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 fruit...in 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 +0.5%
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 JeltMaaj
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shradical
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet Chamomile scent golden blonde color. Light and smooth saison perfect for summer drinking

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Photo of mschrei
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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 pants678
2/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Photo of bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jmd1978
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
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 -4.2%
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 +4.4%
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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Saison De Lis from Perennial Artisan Ales
3.85 out of 5 based on 544 ratings.
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