Aria | Perennial Artisan Ales

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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.

Added by kylehay2004 on 11-15-2012

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a hazy yellow-light orange. Short white head with light lace. Minimal bubbles.

S - spicy Belgian primary yeast, soft caramel malt, nothing from hops, mild Brett Brux character. The overall aroma is faint when still, but wakes up with a swirl and reveals some funk from both yeasts.

T - light flavor for the style. Mild caramel, faint butter and maybe some orange peel. Not interesting, but certainly not offensive. A touch of sweetness. The Brett B provides a mild tangy quality in the finish.

M - light-medium body with a watery texture and low carbonation. Low bitterness. Some warmth from the booze. Slightly tangy.

O - not something I'd purchase again at $12/750ml, but it was decent to try once. Too mild for me and it lacks complexity. If it was a $6 bomber, it would be a good value.

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Photo of Chaney
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Welcome to DC, Perennial!

Served in a Port City glass.

A: Poured a dark, cloudy orange color, with a whopping sudsy white head to boot.

S: More brown sugar and white pepper than citrus. Malty for sure….grainy even.

T: Sorta blah, and somewhat sugar heavy. It definitely want to make me go back for more. Actually, the initial flavor was good, but the aftertaste wasn't. Not much citrus here.

M: I actually like the feel. Spritzy and champagne-like, with lots and lots and lots of lacing.

O: For $13.99, I expected much better.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Haven't had too much from Perennial and I'd heard great things about them. This beer, while not bad, certainly was a let down. No flaws, just blahs

Looks great. Nice big white rocky foam atop a bright golden body. Awesome sight to see

Aroma is weak. Barely any spice from either Belgian yeast or hops. Semi sweet, semi grainy. Weak. Nothing bad

Flavor is a flash in the pan of pale malts and subdued sugar. Very light on the taste buds, almost invisible. Would probably go well with cheese if it had carbonation feel to it.
Maybe that's the magic part of this beer that I'm just not getting; carbonation. The head suggests it has some bubbles, but it feels filmy and slick. A BPA? I don't get Belgian or pale out of this beer.
Does hide the booze really well, though.

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Photo of rudzud
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Shared with JLindros and Threelions.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear honey hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light blanket with light lacing.

S - Aromas of a Belgian beer with light brett, funk. Nice esters, pleasant, rye?

T - Taste is Belgian esters, light brett, funk, super light. Maybe some rye, phenolic, Relatively unpleasant. Too malty.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall the taste and nose were rather mediocre. I think it was the wrong base beer for the approach, unfortunate.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden with a bit of reddish highlights. Minimal carbonation. Effervescent carbonation. The nose seems to be a battle of Brett and coriander. I'll give the Brett a slight advantage. The taste is again a struggle between the Brett and coriander and this is a much tighter race. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth. I just don't know that this blend of flavors really works well together.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish body. Clear with a nice off white head. Good retention.

Smell - Fruity. Caramel. Yeasty and malty.

Taste - Malty with a apple-y flavor. Very fruity. Deep caramel in the middle. Dries out in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, maybe medium heavy. High carbonation.

Overall - I don't get the brett at all. Generic maltiness and yeast flavors.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I hope it's something from "Rigoletto"... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a short finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises dry corn, light Brett funk, mild caramel, and a kiss of booze (you know, like that just straight-up bombed chick you've been eying for a little while, noting the number of shots o' tequila she's been rocking, who then comes up to you in a minor careening stupor and plants her tongue right in your throat...we've all been there...right?...). The taste holds notes of mild orange zest, mild caramel, light grass, and a firm stranglehold of Brett (in a good way). The body is a lithe medium, with a moderate carbonation and a bone dry finish. Overall, a nice enough Brett-infused BPA, but the smell leaves plenty to be desired, and the Brett doesn't mesh entirely well with the rest of the flavors.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a golden amber. Very faint haziness. The white head settles to a thin wispy cap. No lacing.

Beer smells surprisingly sweet given the use of Brett. Smells of candied sugar, apple, honey and pineapple. Maybe even some vanilla.

The taste is similar with the candied sugar and yeast imparting a fruity sweet flavor. Notes of honey, pear and apple. Finishes a little too sweet for my taste. I'm curious if some time would help to dry out the beer, which would improve it in my eyes. Mouthfeel is lively and medium light bodied. Very mild bitterness. Low Brett character.

I was hoping for a greater Brett influence and a drier beer. Not bad. Comes off as a fruity, semi sweet tripel.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's during BBW 2013 (from notes, 10/27/13).

A: Slightly hazy copper with great lacing.

S: Funky, yeasty and bready.

T: A yeasty farmhouse flavor dominates but I get no brett at all and was really in the mood for some. No slight tart or funk at all.

M: Smooth with massage bubbles.

O: A good pale ale, that was more saison than anything with brett.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My expectation for this beer was that it would be a Bretted up saison/pale style beer. What poured out made me think I was having a regular dubbel. Looks like a dubbel with its dark brown hue. And it smells like one too. Sadly, there’s not a strong—if any—presence of Brett funk. Very disappointed. And that carries through to the flavor where again the funk is missing. What I get is mainly a sweet, malty ale with light leafy hop bitterness in the finish. Slight medicinal flavor too (not bad).

I had high hopes for my first Perennial ale and was pretty disappointed. I’ll definitely try more by them though.

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Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another rudzud share.

Decent creamy thick head fades fairly quickly then slows, hazy sediment laden honey orange color.

Nose grainy sweet malts, rye spiciness and fruity, light apple fruity and soapy, light watery malt, little Belgian note, rich peppery and decent esters.

Taste starts sweet, candy like, very peppery, esters as well with fruity notes, little stone fruit, faint flash of paint thinner phenols, little Brett funk and fruity notes, rich yeasty. Little rye spicy note. Finish is dry and light bitterness, little rye and fruity flavours lingering, bit more phenols too.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb, little sticky, mild burning phenolic note.

Overall eh.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

S: lemon, candied sugar, pineapple and Belgian yeast.

T: starts with syrupy candied sugar with orange and lemon notes finishing with Belgian yeast.

M: medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: not impressed here. It's pretty plain. So far I am. It sure if the prior reviews of this brewery are up to par with what I am expieriencing.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a little less than I was hoping for, after trying several brews from Perennial. The beer is thick with the kind of profile for a Belgian ale that seems to be prevalent in a lot of American interpretations. Thick and somewhat clogged. I think the use of Brett here kind of adds a little complexity and pulls it away from being a one-track brew. I guess it softens things up. An alright Belgian ale. But it could be something so much more.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A bright, copper colored beer. There is a surprisingly small amount of head, though it has a very long retention due to the stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S: Malty, some earthiness, some fruity esters from the alcohol, as well as a pepperiness. Not much sign of the Brett from the aroma.

T: Quite grainy, almost pilsner-like in the light grain. Some bready notes through the middle with a nice amount of yeast give way to a slightly metallic finish, with a hint of sourness and a lot of nice earthiness.

M: Light and crisp with plenty of carbonation.

O: This beer is very overwhelming. Not much that is identifiable as Belgian Style, not much that's identifiable as Brettanomyces. For a beer that should be, theoretically, packed with rich, earthy funk, there isn't a lot to recommend it. It's not a bad beer by any stretch, but it doesn't stand out in any way either.

*Edit* - I will say this for the beer, I was probably a little harsh on it when I wrote the review, because as it warms it opens up immensely, and brings out a lot more earthiness.

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Photo of Florida9
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear dark golden amber in color. Forms a ragged, big-bubbled head, more from the surface tension of the beer itself than anything from the carbonation. Actually, this one appears to be flat. No lacing.

S: Aroma is moderately malty. Honey, some light spice and a little Brett funk.

T: Taste is very one note: moderately sweet honey complemented by a bit of spice as well, but aside from that there is little else. Maybe some floral hops.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Under-carbonated. Light spice. Very mild bitterness.

O: A very approachable though rather simplistic beer. Flavor is sweet, yet under-Bretted (if there is such a word). Drinkable, but not worth the price.

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Photo of emerge077
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cellared for 6 months in hopes of some Brett development.
Hopes aren't too high considering the varied reviews.

Bright saturated orange color, high clarity with a fluffy head of lasting white foam. Sticky arcs of lacing in the glass, lasting skim on the surface, thin collar around the edges.

Aromas of wet hay, dried pineapple, sweet malts and spicy Belgian yeast.

Dry and effervescent, spicy and yeast forward, but not all that funky. Lightly sweet and spicy, again not really funky at all. Medium bodied, peppery and dry in the finish. Overall okay, not really all that much Brett even after 6 months of cellar time, but drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 02/27/13 notes. Had on tap at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC. 8oz. pour.

a - Pours a hazy burnt orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, burnt malts, honey, floral hops, toasted malts, light fruit. Brett is there but a lot of burnt malts which mixes oddly. Not bad but not great.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, brett, burnt malts, roasted malts, some floal notes, earthy notes, and toasted malts. Less brett and more fruit than the nose; a tiny bit better.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink; nice mouthfeel to it.

o - Overall a decent beer but I was disappointed. It was listed as a wild ale so I was expecting more funk and brett, but the brett that was there in the nose didn't mix great with burnt and roasted malts. If this is as expensice as some of their other 750ml bottles I'd say pass on it, but if you see it on tap it might be worth having once.

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Photo of Domvan
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look - Light colored with a crazy foamy head
Smell - Belgian yeasty aromas
Taste - Nice hoppy and yeasty complex flavor profile
Feel - Thin bodied simple beer

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Photo of Austin32
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber that was ice cold, flavors didn't change much as it warmed. Overall a good but not amazing beer. Rich gold color, typical Belgian flavors, very easy to drink....but also easy to forget.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a hazy orange in color, finger of fluffy detergent-like head.. nice amount of lacing left behind. scents of sweet pilsner malts, wheat, honey, coriander.. brett smells very tame.
this is a very yeasty saison-style beer. there is a faint barnyard quality to this, but nothing outstanding as most of the recent brett beers i've had.. herbal bitter hops, lots of sweet malt, an overall honey-like flavor. a medium body beer with average amount of carbonation.

this is a fairly average beer, a very subtle mix of flavors. nice, but i don't think it's worth the price i paid ($13).. nice to try it, but no specific quality of this beer stands out.

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Photo of Shumania
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a Goose Island goblet

a: Hazy orange color, looks to have good carbonation, 1 inch head that goes away to little lacing

s: barnyard funk from the brett, peppery, citrus, Belgian yeast

t: really funky, grape and bumble gum hits first, then strong pepper and a dry finish

m: a pop for the hops at first and then a very dry mouth feel

The brett really makes this beer complex. There is a lot going on here. Did not expect the grape and they are pushing the funk.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip. On draft at Brasserie Beck. $10 for about a 10 oz pour.

O – A well balanced beer. I like the fruitiness in the nose, but nothing too special after that. Is this a Belgian Amber or Belgian Pale?

A – Pours a slightly cloudy (-) light amber/copper with a white dense one-finger head, which quickly dissipates to a lasting layer. Average lacing.

S – Funky, malty, some fruitiness (maybe pears), slightly sweet, faint hoppy pepperiness.

T – Honey, faint lemon, some minor lasting bitterness.

MF – Medium light bodied, medium dry finish.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a fluted tulip.

A: Pours a slightly-hazy straw/gold with 1" foamy white head that recedes at a moderate pace. Retention is quite good, lacing is stellar.

S: Tart apple & citrus. Slight hints of sourdough & vinegar. Not terribly deep, but fairly rich given the limited components.

T: Comes on with a watered-down blend of vinegar, apple & bread dough. Mid palate is underripe pear, white grape, stale cracker & lemon rind. Finishes with an almost artificial citrus note.

M: Slightly-above-average (to style) carb married to a mid-weight, almost creamy body. Finishes a bit heavy.

O: In terms of the way that the Brett is integrated, this brew is out-of-this-world. In most other ways, this brew has issues.

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Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A fairly average Belgian Pale Ale. Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a small white head and average retention. Aroma and taste are mostly light fruit and Belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is fairly rich and smooth, not much alcohol presence. A pleasant enough drink, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice Brett presence that is slightly better in the taste.

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