Aria | Perennial Artisan Ales

54 Reviews

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.

Added by kylehay2004 on 11-15-2012

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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 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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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 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 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 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 russpowell
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent orange/amber with a thin sliver of cream colored head. Slightly above average head retention & lacing

S: Pears & faint barnyard, sweet grassyness

T: Breadyness, pears, dryness, brown sugar, a faint bit of barnyard up front. A bit of apple jam as this warms, more dryness, green melon as well, dryness & green appleskins as well. Finishes fruity, a little dry, & slightly funky, a little musty

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Drinks okay, was hoping for more, a bit too sweet for my liking

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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