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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour Mash Belgian Dark Ale with Black Currants (Brewed in Collaboration with Half Acre).

Added by JoEBoBpr on 02-11-2012

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Photo of homebrew311
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown, minimal tan head, no lacing

S: nose is rather vegetal which is pretty gross for the style, some fruit skin is present and a touch of metallic character

T: taste has earthy character with a considerable amount of fruit which provides a bit of tang and spice, better than the nose, very unique

Mf: light body, high carbonation

O: overall, the word I would use to describe this is weird. Lots of sweetness along with some veggie quality... Not delicious

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Photo of Florida9
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown in color but still a little translucent. Forms a thin light tan head, though it's not much more than a surface coating. Very light lacing.
Aroma is borderline offensive: metallic and vegetal. Thankfully the flavor is much better with notes of dark malts, dark fruit, a slight bit of coffee, and something approaching sourness. Medium bodied with a slightly slick feeling to it. Mild bitterness. Overall this beer is off and something just isnt right with it.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 1/2012.

A: Pours a dark brown with crimson highlights under a quarter inch thick fine tan head which slowly fades leaving spotty lace.

N: Yikes! Earthy mushrooms, dark fruit, bready yeast. Somewhat unpleasant.

T: Whew, dark currants, yeast, slight chocolate and coffee, some nutty notes and a slight metallic quality.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Slightly sweet and yeasty finish.

O: Well, gave this a second try and still not thrilled.

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Photo of Pencible
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy roasted barley and copper, with a little currants and grassy yeast.
T: It tasted like fresh currants and roasted earthy barley, with bitter copper and sour grassy yeast. It had a dirty earthy aftertaste.
M: It was thick with subtle carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This wasn't a very compelling brew. The scent and taste were less than enjoyable. The body was very nice and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Just not worth it at all.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, toasted nuts, and some slight fruity aromas. Taste the same with a somewhat tart dark fruit presence. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the tartness is a bit weird.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A collaboration beer brewed at Perennial with Half Acre and bottled "1/2012". Landed this one as part of a recent trade with my buddy Andrew out in St Louis. Thanks.

Into a Victory tulip glass.. Pours a darkish brown with a thick tan head. Smell dosent pack a punch but what I can gather is some Belgian yeast, and Candied brown sugar. The taste is very unique, It didn't exactly blow me away but it wasn't like anything I'd tasted before. The currants come through well, Some coffee, nuts, brown sugar and light grain. Not picking up on anything "sour" despite the sour mash, Nice carbonation and Glad to try any thing Half Acre is involved in. I've become a big fan of Perennial thanks to my friends in the mid west.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Collaboration between Perennial and Half Acre. Poured into a tulip glass form a 750 ml bottle.

Pours a dark mahogany almost balck color with some nice reddish purple hues. There is a nice 0.5 inch head that is off-shite and slightly ecru with some nice dense bubbles. It recedes at a moderate pace to a nice thin mat.

Aroma starts with some nice Belgian yeast notes. There is some midl chocolate sweetness in there as well as some bready malt notes in the nose. Definitely some sweet fruit and berry like juice notes. I've never had a currant but I take it that the sweetness comes from these berries. After some further inspection the sweetness begins to be a bit more intense with some nice prune and dark fruit notes.

Starts off with some typical Belgian Dark Ale notes. Some nice malty and grainy bread notes and sweetness with some nice Belgian yeast notes. There is some almond and peanut notes in the middle as well. Then there is the nice sweet currant notes that come up with some slight tartness to them. It is very interesting in taste but pretty straight forward. It taste like a Belgian Dark with some nice sweet berries in it. Pretty nice. Slight carbonation.

Pretty good offering from Perennial. Nice Belgian hints with some flare.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/09/13 notes. Had an 8 oz. pour of this on tap at Pony Bar HK in NYC.

a - Pours a murky, reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, roasted malts, some chocolate, toasted malts, currants, and sour red wine. Interesting mix of stout and sour dark fruits.

t - Taste follows the nose pretty closely, with maybe a little bit more stout quality to it. Tastes of roasted malts, sour dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, toasted malts, and burnt malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, a slightly sour twinge to it.

o - Overall an interesting sour-stout type of beer, though not my favorite. Not a ton going on other than roasted notes and sour dark fruits. Decent, but wouldn't seek it out again...would probably just go for Bruery ToD.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a dense black body that glows a hint of walnut brown at the base of the glass, there is a thin meniscus of beige film that sticks to the glass.

S- There is a dark berry hint that blends with some dark toffee notes and then more roasted malt notes cover the fruit character as it opens

T- The earthy flavor with a soft berry note with a fruity yeast note and some cola notes in the finish. There is a slight vinous and resin note in the finish and some darker roast malt flavor come through as it opens.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a good little fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This is a well-balance beer but the flavors that are there are a bit subtle and get covered by the roasted malt notes as it opens up.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a reddish hue around the edges. Minimal rusty brown colored head.

The currants really pop in the scent along with blackberry. There's a touch of chocolate and the aroma reminds me of a port.

There's a nice tartness to the flavor along with some bready malts and dark fruit. Unfortunately, there's a musty cardboard aftertaste that's off-putting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some prickly carbonation.

This was a decent beer, but the musty aftertaste was a major drawback for me.

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Photo of Chaney
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just put a B & W pic of this beer entitled "Plan B From Outer Space." I guess you've gotta be an Ed Wood fan to appreciate.

Served in a 3 Stars snifter.

A: Dark, dark brown, with less murkiness than I was expecting and a slight 1/8 finger head.

S: Disappointing on this front. Not much, maybe some toasted grain and malt.

T: Nice, with almost a Belgian yeast quality to it but not quite.... only on the front part. I did some research: Black currants can supposedly be VERY overpowering. This brew was quite subtle, so I guess that's a testament in and of itself. However, for the price, I was expecting more complexity.

M: Nice mouthfeel: Spritzy enough, not sticky in any way, without being watery at all, and it didn't lace the palate either.

O: I'm so glad Perennial is now available in my area. This was my first brew and it won't be my last. This was okay.

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Photo of birchstick
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in color with a white head. Nose is sweet fruits and candy malts. Taste is nice, with sugary malts uP front and through the middle. A bit of a berry vinous flavor shows up and is rounded off with some currant spicy sweetness. Mouth is smooth and full. Really solid brew here. I wish the nose was better, bit the palate delivers. I have had this a couple of times and like more each time I try it.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, tan head of foam. It was short-lived and left minimal lacing.

S - The aroma of currants really came through with some sour funkiness.

T - It tasted tart and sour. There was a touch of nuttiness that I didn't expect.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had a slight puckering bite. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is an interesting beer. The use of currants really comes through in aroma and taste.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Fountainhead. Served in a goblet. Apparently this is named after a Huey Lewis record that was played ad nauseum at Half Acre, and not the popular birth control option.

A - Creamy tan foam settles to a near-complete cap, leaving behind a few spots of lace. Very dark brown with ruby highlights.

S - Smells oddly like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? There's a vaguely metallic dry roasted nut sharpness, mixed with jammy sweet malts, and a hint of tangy sourdough bread.

T - Taste is a bit sweeter, with sweet, jammy currants dominating mid-palate before giving way to roasted nuts and dusty cocoa powder.

M - Smooth texture, medium-full body, with present but medium-low carbonation. Some dry roastiness in the finish. Alcohol is well-hidden.

D - A very unique and strangely enjoyable flavor profile. I enjoyed this significantly more than Small Animal Big Machine, and I'd drink it again, but that merely means that it's 'good'.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a near black with creamy head, retains for a bid. some lacing draped around the glass.

heavy on the belgian yeast. lots of bread, yeast, and banana.

taste is much different, in a good way. nice sweetness, light tartness from the black currants. deep in the back is the belgian back bone.

body is moderate, feels a bit light. carbonation fills this out and brings it to life.

very pleasant. the black currants worked out great. i typically am not into belgian darks but i am a sucker for black currants, glad i checked this out.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take at a BSDA with black currants

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped bottle. Brown label with the name of the brew made by tape coming from an audio cassette. Notes bottling on 1/2012, and 8.0% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown pour, fair frothy head, medium to low retention, fair surface memory and small touches of lacing.

S - Good nose with a fruity and yeasty sense insinuating malt.

T - Malty, soft fruity sweetness, black currants come through with some acidity but flowing well as it goes back to some yeasty Belgian touches.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, and a slightly acidic touch. Rather direct and constant in its flow.

O - Nice flow with a fruity sense, bordering on a tiresome hint but never crossing there.

Notes: Glad to try it, not sure about the nature of the collaboration, and while nice it is not that remarkable. Good quality brew in any case.

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Photo of TCMike
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Produced a 2.5 finger cream colored head. Lacing was minimal. Beer color is a dark walnut, (non-translucent).

The smell is of dark chocolate, and roasted malts, and a little dark fruits.

The taste was similar, but with the dark fruit producing a slightly tart taste. Dry finish. Medium mouth-feel, and carbonation.

Good stuff, I'd get it again.

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Photo of shand
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice.

Plan B pours out a very deep brown with a small head. The aroma is interesting, it's yeasty, chocolatey, tart, and sour. The taste is tart and fruity at first, with more sour aspects coming through on the finish. Some of the chocolate comes through too, along with some roasted malts. Unique and tasty. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and medium-bodied, with a dry finish. The drinkability is pretty good. Overall, this is an enjoyable sour Belgian strong ale with a strong fruit component. Recommended.

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Photo of Tone
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of coffee, hint of hops, and a hint of smoke. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, hint of sour, slight roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of syrup, and a hint of juniper. Overall, good appearance, great aroma, good body, and blend.

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Plan B from Perennial Artisan Ales
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