Aria | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Brewed by:
Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Style Ale with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an unbranded tulip glass

Pours a deep golden with heavy amber accents. In fact, this brew is nearly bronze. The thick, fluffy two finger clean white head has slightly above average retention and leaves behind some thin, delicate lacing. Grassy hops, mild pear, and general light earthiness. Grassy notes, very light hints of apricot, pearskin, and some accents of honey. Finishes dry and earthy with continued grassy hop notes. Light to light medium bodied with smooth, silky mouthfeel that feigns slightly heavier as the brew warms. Abundant, yet gentle carbonation. Subtlely complex and incredibly drinkable Aria joins Hommel Bier as another Perennial Belgian Pale Ale masterpiece.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy copper gold forming a 1” persistent, clingy foam collar with a very fine bead. S: Lemony tart, some funk, barnyard and wet horseblanket. T: Attacks lemony tartwith fruit, pineapple, Hints of green apple, peach, and pineapple with a mildly tart, drying finish. F: Has a creamy, fine soft texture with a lioght to moderately light body. O: a deliscious Belgian Pale Ale made with Brettanomyces.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a tulip, pale amber with orange hue, confident pour releases a nice head three+ fingers high of ivory foam; left sparse lace webbings

S: ripe, sweet orchard fruits, suggestions of cinnamon and spice

T: immediate pale fruits and wine, brief flashes of a dank, musty undertones; by and large sweet and more like a tripel than a pale - lots of fruity spice, peach and clove assertions

M: soft, fuzzy, medium-full body, modest carbonation, but some tingles

O: a very soft, juicy, lush drink - perhaps off-putting if you're expecting something dry and musty, or very pale, but I found similarities to Piraat in both color and flavor, as well as to Belgian tripels in general, with their lush fruit character and solid body. Totally recommended.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle served cold in a wine glass. No bottlin date.

Appearance: Orange with brown hints in the light. Fairly cloudy but that probably is chill haze. Small head that sank to a rim of foam.

Nose: tropical fruit, pineapple, funky nose from the Brett, slight rubber stopper smell. Funkier than I expected. Very nice.

Taste: fruity initially, sharp acidity and a decent sour flavor follows with a slightly bitter finish. Brett funk with tropical fruit and lemon.

Overall: great Brett ale. I want more. I think it could be funkier but I like that sort of thing. I was surprised by the sourness but this could also be aged a bit. It was in my cellar for a few months too.

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Photo of Tone
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, light copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, slight floral hops, wet hops, sweet malt, spices, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of spices, hops, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, great hoppy and spice blend in both aroma and body.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy dark cooper with some orange hues. There is a nice half inch head that is of medium density and has some pretty good retention and some sticky lacing.

Aroma is typical of a Belgian ale. Nice fruity esters of apples and peach. Some good bready grain mixed in there as well. There is some slight sugary sweetness in the nose as well as some mild funky notes. The yeasty esters are spicy and slightly phenolic.

Flavor follows the nose. Starts off with some nice fruity notes. Notes of crisp pear and apple. Some slight vinous notes are present as well. The flavor is clean and fluffy. With some nice bready notes and slight earthy grain. The finish has some slight funk but more of a phenolic flavor mixed in with yeasty fruit notes. Mouthfeel is fluffy and has a slightly sticky and fruity finish.

Pretty good BPA. I enjoy the heavier fruit notes slightly balanced by some earthy funk. Pretty refreshing and yummy brew.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at bainbridge barrel house

Clouded golden orange pour, topped by a cap of white, frothy head. Retains while sipping, survived by some patchy white lacing.

Funky yeast and brett in the nose with softer notions of hops. Spicier than their regular saison with cracked pepper and a hint of tempering sweetness.

Kiss of hops and Belgian yeast right up front. Citric peel, light bitterness and spicy cracked black pepper. Soft fruited sweetness, slightly malty and bready with a citric hoppy finish.

Medium body, somewhat higher carbonation, dry yet smooth on the tongue. Again, I tried about 5 of their beers in a row this evening and was impressed with every one.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +7.5%

A-Cloudy orange, nicely carbonated with a two finger fluffy head

S-Wheat, some hops, grass, lemon and some tart notes.

T-Starts with the Belgian pale ale flavor; wheat spice and hops, the brett provides a moderate tart note.

M-Lighter, dry, crisp and well carbonated.

O-Not super sour but just enough tartness to add character to a solid BPA base beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a caramel colored bronze. Some good white froth; minimal lacing.

(S)- A bit dry, but lightly spiced. Very subtle Brett meets a fairly citrus forward aroma of orange and lemon.

(T)- An interesting toasted nutty character meets a slight funk and slight sweetness with a yeasty biscuit and orange citrus finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level meets a deeper malt bill despite its lighter characters and flavors. Some good funk to it as well.

(O)- I like the Brett addition this has. Perhaps a bit richer with the malt bill than I expected, but I like being surprised.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy, copper/orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very fruity with some sweet notes. Some caramel notes.

T - It tasted fruity with apple and pear notes. Some nice Belgian spices and sweet caramel.

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

O - This is a very nice Belgian-style ale. Glad to find it on tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

10oz snifter

A: Served a glowing golden with a soft white head. Streaks of thick lace were left down the glass.
S: Nice musty and earthy brett with a touch of fruit esters and spice. Smells sweet.
T: Nice clean brett character that is on the fruity side not the funky side. Stone fruits, mild spice, and a clean grain bill follow. I get a touch of pepper and grains of paradise. Clean and easy over. Finish has notes of fruity chewing gum and slight mineral. The aftertaste has a sticky sweetness to it that is sugary but not cloying. The spice quality comes through more as the beer warms. Sweetness and spice lingers in the aftertaste alongside a nice earthy brett quality.
M: Medium body, very drinkable, soft and fluffy carbonation, smooth and fairly drying and crisp mouthfeel.
O: Easy to drink and very clean, good overall but nothing epic.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy, golden/amber color, slight, but lasting white head.

Aroma: Ah! The brett hits at first sniff. Wild, funky, wicked yeast-y aromatics. Semi-sweet, fruity malt lurks beneath. Hops lay low

Taste: First comes the fruit, we got some apple and apricot, peach and minor cherry notes behind them. Next comes the fuzz and the funk, that twisted sour attack on the palate that brett brings. Medium bodied, long finish, hangs lightly and delightfully in the mouth. Not too sour, not too sweet, and not too fruity, not really too anything, at all. The only characteristic that looms over all the others is that tasty semi-sour flavor of the brett. And I do like it.

Soft, malty, a little bit sweet, a little bit sour, and just enough fruity. Tasty, tasty stuff.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear golden with a white half finger head that dissipates fast. Decent lacing.

S: Brett, coriander, pineapple, floral and fruity. Could smell this one all day.

T: Smooth and light. Belgian funk shines through with caramel malts dropping in to visit. Cinnamon, too.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: A great summer sipper. Recomended.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a hazy copper-orange color with two fingers rich off-white head. A good amount of sticky lacing left behind.

The aroma was fruity with nice tropical notes, green apple, white wine and Belgian yeast.

The taste matched the aroma. Quite fruity upfront and lightly tart with tropical notes, green apple, white wine, candy sugar and Belgian yeast. The tartness lingered through the finish.

Medium bodied and smooth with a bright carbonation.

A tasty Belgian Pale for sure and one I'll definitely have again.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into stella artois looking glass at Flying Saucer in Kansas City. Pours a murkey brown golden...I love a murkey beer....
Smell is fruity belgian pale...typical belgian yeast mixed with nice fruit like notes.
Flavor of fruity belgian yeast...some slight noble hop and malts, but mostly belgian sweetness. Its an easy drinker, but like i find with lots of belgian pale's..they get heavy as they warm. Its a great belgian pale...not amazing but solid. Others mentioned some funk...i dont pick that up at all...wish I did; but nope. Still a nice brew, well crafted and solid. I just wouldnt pay the perennial price for a bomber of it...sorry.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dujayhawk for sending this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Hazy and dark gold, with moderate visible carbonation and a finger's worth of white fluffy head.

S: Funky barnyard, pilsner and cracker malts, and some light Belgian fruity yeast esters (primarily apple).

T: Bretty dry funk, grassy barnyard, cracker malts, almost cider-like on exhale. Reminds a little of a saison in execution. Finishes quite dry.

M: Light body with good crackly carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: This was a solid beer, if nothing earth-shattering. Enjoyable, and I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rich looking copper color with a thin white head that loosely blankets without lacing. The nose is relatively funky with a slight honey sweetness and a touch of spicy ethanol. The taste is definitely more farmhouse than belgian pale presenting great initial yeast/funk, mild honey and malt sweetness, balanced spice and fruit. Although the honey is present it's overpowered by the yeast until the beer has warmed well past cellar temperature. The spicy hops sit well on the palate and complement the beer's funk and sweetness. This is definitely a drinkable, age-able, balanced Belgian-style beer, but also presents a great depth and character and funk.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on a trade. I have a few different beers from Perennial to compare building up to Abraxas.

Appearance: Not to set you up for what is in store, but this is the best part of this beer. It pours a huge head and it stands for a long time as the beer settles. It is aggressively carbonated and be prepared for some overflow when you open it. After the beer settled it maintained a inconsistent layer of head and also stuck to the sides of the glass while drinking it. Color is beautiful copper and hazy, not really transparent but is not a dark beer by any stretch. Unfortunately its all looks and no substance.

Smell: Pretty basic, not a lot going on, some yeast, some peach notes and a little bit of the brett is apparent on the nose.

Taste: Kind of sweet, finishes clean but not as flavorful as you would expect this beer to be. I tasted some of the brett in this beer but it was not nearly what I was expecting considering the reputation of this brewery and what it and Side Project can do with Wild fermentation.

Overall: Its not a very interesting beer, glad I had the opportunity to try it but I would not seek it out again.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Service: Bottle

Pours a cloudy brownish gold with a puffy two fingers of off-white head that settles to a healthy thin cap. Good retention; arches of sticky lacing. (4)

Bready, dry, and barny. Sweet, doughy, barnyard, lime, pepper, marshmallow. (4.25)

Funky fresh. Really bready with a slightly drying hop flavor, horse blanket, some alcohol, dusty, earthy brett character, lots of 'bready' bitterness as well. (3.75)

Wow, like whipped cream, soft carbonation, mouth-filling creamsplosion, dry finish, quenching, drinkable (could be a touch lighter on the booze, though). (4)

Very good BSPA.
A little richer than some, but still thirst quenching and delicious. This is a pretty drinkable but substantial beer with a nice earthy brett character. Pours nice and showcases brettanomyces in the nose and the flavor. The beer kind of explodes with tiny bubbles in your mouth, too. A pleasure to drink.
After a while I felt like it wore on my palate, but otherwise very good.
Would have again; worth getting ahold of. (3.75)

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Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

Lively, expressive, crisp, and a touch of funk. Ripe exotic fruit ... dragon fruit. Cracker maltiness, nutty yeast. Some musty funk within. Hint of warmth from the alcohol. Great use of brett, like that there is still a hint of sweetness here though I wonder where this brew would be after another 6-12 months of cellaring. Glad I had it now though.

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Photo of kevanb
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a Perennial Artisan Ales tumbler glass.

It pours a nice light copper color, orange hues with light amber, slight haze with a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A small, cloudy white head rises from the beer, about a finger high even with an agressive pour that has minimal retention and leaves behind a touch of sticky lacing. The aroma is of light funk, floral elements and light bready pale grain with just a bit of light soft fleshy fruit, inviting, but not invigorating. Nice flavors on the tongue, pale cereal grains, light lavender and floral tones, touches of peach and tropical fruit and light berries with nice underlying bretty funk. The body is nice and lively, zesty, coats the mouth very well and has a smooth finish that is almost creamy.

Verdict: A very palatable Belgian Pale Ale from Perennial. Light and refreshing, easy to drink with an easy finish. It's not the most earth-shattering beer out there, but a well made beer that anyone who enjoys Belgian beer would like.

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Photo of stephens101
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish-orange with a snow-white head.

Smells malty and yeasty with plenty of light fruits shining through.

On the palate a hint of grain is quickly wrapped up in a flood of lemon, orange, meringue, spice and distant brett.

Dry with a slightly syrupy middle and a medium body. Somewhat chalky in the aftertaste but nothing bothersome.

Not as flavorful on the brett end as I would like, but a nice brew that seems to hit all the right marks for style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a near perfect beer for thanksgiving. a little brett, not too funky or wild, but definitely more complex than your standard holiday swill. hazy light amber color, copper tinted, with an inch or so of thick white almost nitro looking head. the nose is as much Belgian yeast as it is brett, mostly very light malts, pale, and herbal on the hop front with a distinct spice on the back end. the flavor is basically the same as the smell, but the Belgian yeast and brett do some outstanding tandem work in fermentation. its a little bigger in body than I thought it would be, and has very lively carbonation. its fruited and spiced in at first, and the slightly tannic wild side comes out just in the finish with maybe a splash of vinegar, nothing harsh or abrasive. overall another beauty from perennial. maybe not as interesting as some others, but its a good potential gateway wild beer, given its noticeable but approachable brett characteristics. good stuff with the turkey!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Aria tasted better than it smelled. This beer is brewed with a yeast called Brettanomyces which led to a conversation all its own on the back patio last night. It poured a murky copper color. It didn't have much head and nor did it leave a lace. The scent was floral/pot purri- ish. The taste was decent evenly balanced and not as floral as the scent would have suggested. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was pretty good.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing from notes after drinking on 11/8/14. Enjoyed out of a 750 mL bottle with no dating that I can seem to find on the bottle, but I do know that it was picked up by Mrs. Lambic directly from the brewery in late September, so it's reasonably fresh (not that it matters for this style). Poured into a large Belgian style tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0) - While this isn't the first time I've had this beer, it's certainly the first time I've enjoyed it out of a bottle, rather than on tap. And I don't know if it's common, but this one is a gusher, like so many Brett-fermented Belgian pale ales seem to be. One hour later (I keed), I've finally managed to get a reasonable pour into my glass, with a stark white head of four fingers towering over a body of murky honey-orange. By this time, the foam has begun to break down, leaving a web of large bubbles akin to swiss cheese or ciabatta. After a good while, it dissipates, leaving sticky patches of lace on the sides of the glass and a pile of stubborn foam forming an island in the middle of the liquid.

Smell (4.0) - A nice blend of aromas going on here. That distinctive funkiness that is quintessential in any brett beer, with a nice fruity complement of tropical notes, with some pineapple and perhaps starfruit coming through. Beneath the yeast characteristics is a pleasant bready base reminiscent of sourdough. I must say I'm a sucker for the aroma on these types of beers, but this one certainly does not disappoint.

Taste (3.75) - Many of the same elements from the aroma are still present, with light fruitiness and some musty funk going on, but all are a bit more subdued than in the smell, unfortunately. Still good, I just wish there were more going on. There is also some dry bitterness as often will be present in this style of beer, but that is far and away the most pressing characteristic.

Mouthfeel (3.75) - Medium body and high carbonation combine to create a mouthfeel I would be tempted to describe as fluffy or spongy, given the dominance of the carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall (3.75), while there are definitely some elements to this beer I positively love, I have to dock the score a bit for the gushing and for the fact that the flavor just isn't as vibrant as I feel it could be. It's strikes me as one of many Orval-inspired beers, but just doesn't quite recapture the magical funky weirdness of the original. That said, it's an excellent beer that can be found on the shelf at pretty much any time without needing to worry about freshness, given the style. I'm sure I'll find myself drinking it again in the future.

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