Saison De Lis | Perennial Artisan Ales

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3.85/5
Very Good
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:
#13,284
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
582
pDev:
9.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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25
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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jaminjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of marshmeli
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mtlasley
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a teku)

A- This beer pours a slight hazy light apricot color body with a wall of microbubbles gliding to the 1/2 glass of antique white foam that last a good bit. The beer gets hazier with the second pour.

S- The white plastic phenol aroma has some clove qualities to it and a circus peanut ester finish that turns into hair perm chemical aroma as it warms.

T- The dry camomile flower flavor ends in a dry pucker with some plastic taste and circus peanut esters and banana esters really growing as the beer opens up. There is also a black pepper spice that comes through in the finish aswell.

M- The light mouthfeel is dry and has a bit of an astringent bite in the finish that is enhanced by the tight little fizz.

O- The big yeast character and off flavors are very unappealing together and it covers up much of the flower character. The fizz grows enhancing the off flavors and yeast esters making to difficult to finish the bottle.

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy pale yellow in color. Forms a modest white head that reduces fairly quickly to a bubbly surface coating and a thick ring around the edge. Leaves some spotty lacing on the way down.

S: Aroma is interesting and inviting. Yeasty phenols mixed with dried floral qualities and a touch of lemon give this one a somewhat medicinal and herbal feel to it.

T: Taste is mildly sweet on the front end with notes of lemon and yeasty spices. Finishes dry with lemon-pepper on the tongue.

M: On the lighter side with appropriate carbonation, a mild bitterness, and a bit of spice.

O: I liked this twist on a Saison. Easy drinking, but with a distinctive character.

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Photo of Hjammer
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass.

Perfect for a Summer evening.

A: Looks are subjective, but this is one heck of a pretty looking beer. The clearest, most filtered, pale yellow I've ever seen. Wonderful pearly white, soapy head. Just about a finger's worth of head, that sticks around for a decent amount of time. Does not go completely flat, clings to the edge of the glass. There is something about the bubbly head of a saison that is just fantastic; this guy is no different. Very pretty!

S: Just a bit of saison-funk, and a lot of sweetness. The chamomlie definitely comes out here. Second best smelling beer behind Daisy Cutter, IMO. Pleasant.

T: Wow wow wow. This is just fantastic. I assume the chamomlie is giving the beer just a subtle amount of sweetness. Finishes with a moderate amount of bitterness. Not a hoppy bitterness, but an earthy/vegetal bitterness. A wonderful balance of flavors.

M: Nice, light and refreshing. Nothing out of the ordinary here, but I will say this brew carbonates a lot in your mouth. It is a little distracting to swallow the beer, and have to take an extra gulp to get the bubbles out of your mouth. Never experienced this, maybe I did something out of the ordinary?

O: Maybe it's the fact that I had a long day at work and this was the perfect solution. Seems to smell and taste sweeter as you work through the bottle. A fantastically refreshing beer. Makes me wish I had a couple more! Well done Perennial!

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Photo of socon67
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy yellow with a high white foam. Slight lacing, and some carbonation.

S - Scents of lemon and a funky yeast strain. Has a bit of a musty hay smell.

T - I tasted cherry and lemon flavor, along with a bit of acidic bite at the end.

M - A bit lighter than I'd like, but it is a refreshing summer beer.

O - Worth trying again. I liked the fruit flavors with a mellow tartness. Good beer for sunny days.

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Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with honey highlights. The head is pure white and dense, almost meringue like; and settles into a chunky cap.

The aroma is of tart apple and lemons. There is a floral sweetness as well as some light phenols. Good saison aroma, highlights the yeast.

The taste is of a dry pilsner malt. Some sugary sweetness to go along with some floral notes. Don't get much of the goodness from the yeast as I did in the nose. Not very tart and doesn't really have that funkiness that saisons have. More of a bright pilsner without the grassy hop bitterness.

Its refreshing as hell, which a good saison should be and has tons of drinkability. Its dry but has a nice general sweetness to it. Great balance. Perhaps too fizzy with the carbonation.

A very drinkable and sessionable saison. I could drink this all day. I just wish it had more yeasty flavor to it. Definitely bland for the style.

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Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, yeast, citrus (lemon?), spice (coriander?), hint of pine, and a hint of honey. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average-to-high carbonation level. Tastes of hops, citrus (lemon), sweet malt, hint of yeast, and slight spice (all spice?). Overall, great appearance, good aroma, and blend, but slightly weak in body.

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Photo of Beezee
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of wagenvolks
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter. Thanks to fo1ksguitar for the trade!

A soft pour releases a golden-orange body into the glass, slight haze included. Head builds timidly and eventually settles to a wispy batch of off-white foam. Aroma gives off notes of mandarin orange flesh, citrus peel, and floral grassiness. Mild, but enticing with Belgian yeast esters strewn throughout.

The flavor is unlike any Saison I've tasted in that it brings a bright burst of citrus flesh that doesn't seem to be derived from either the hoppiness or yeast. Very tasty and uber-bright across the palate with a spritzy carbonation level to boot. A very specific dried cranberry tart/sweet flavor lingers in the finish. Neat! Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a light body--superb. Overall, a very interesting little Saison. Very enjoyable, and one I would gladly purchase if given the chance.

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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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Photo of DCon
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ml 1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle of this from Whole Foods in Brentwood, MO for $11.99. Poured from the White labeled bottle w/ a Chamomile Tulip on the front into a Bordeaux Wine Glass. Has no freshness/bottle on date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a light spice, high fruity aroma with floral hops in the background. Very soft characters and awesome for the style.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger, frothy head that has incredibly long head retention. Has a deep copper, light orange colored body and leaves the thickest lacing behind.

Flavor- Has tons of malt and light fruit from the beginning of the drink. There are no signs of spice or hop in the taste even though I had a nice hint of spice in the aroma. A flower, floral taste is found mid drink but in the background. A semi-dry finish ends this one while the initial taste was sweet.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent, Refreshing, and leaves light malt with flowers on the palate.

Overall Impression- A great Saison by Perennial! The flower attribute was well planned as they brewed this one and came into play nicely. Wish there was more acidity or even some puckering/tartness in the taste but tough to include this when they were shooting to brew a beer with flowers infused into it. Would recommend picking up a bottle of this!

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of shanblur
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased recently in St. Louis. No freshness date on bottle. Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip. A - Straw colored with a slight haze and a thick foamy white head which leaves extensive lacing. Really clings to the glass. S - A strong wheat smell with a slight spice component. A hint of grass, floral and citrus. T - Taste is heavy on the yeast, spicy and some floral. Acidic, a little harsh. M - Light in body with a heavy carbonation. Not a fan of the taste, but it looks and smells better.

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Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Madjr
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of paxchristi
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jmvecchio1
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Sean9689
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a golden yellow-color, light frothy white head, thin collar, spotty lace, and wisps left over after the initial pour.

S - Sweet malts, funky yeast, banana, touch of spices, floral notes. The sweetness is pretty big on this one but the yeast/funk and floral notes help balance that out.

T - Banana, funk, sweet yeast & malts, floral, and a nice amount of spices. I pick up more spices on the palate then the nose, which helps the sweetness and floral notes balance out.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, nice clean finish.

O - A really nice Saison that's just super-easy to drink. The notes from the Chamomile flowers really help transform this beer from decent to really good. At 5%, it's just chugable. I need some more!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Thick and ample white foam settles to a thinner cap, leaving behind nice lacework. Opaque pale straw body.

S - Lots of banana present here - actually reminds me of banana cream pie. Some vanilla sweetness and chamomile too, with only a mild amount of the peppery or spicy yeast that I associate with this style.

T - Taste is a bit more malt-forward, with more peppery yeast as well. Vanilla and stone fruit dominate, with some wheat and other unmalted grains in the periphery.

M - Medium body, with pleasant moderate carbonation. Texture has some milled grain and wheat grit to it, but otherwise it's quite enjoyable. Didn't realize this was only 5% and would have guessed it was a few points higher.

D - Reminds me of Bairn farmhouse from Half Acre. I was later told it is the same brewer down at Perennial, so I guess that makes sense. It's an enjoyable enough beer, but not a particularly Belgian take on the style.

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Saison De Lis from Perennial Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 582 ratings