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.

Added by kylehay2004 on 11-15-2012

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of brewandbbq
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle.

Pours clear copper with a 1/2" head of off-white. A solid skim coat for the duration with tattered lacing.

Aromatics lead off with honey-drizzled malt, pineapple skins, caramel, and cinnamon-dusted apples. Hints of burnt plastic and band-aids follow through.

Medium bodied with a creamy, slightly crisp and tacky mouthfeel.

Ripe malt with spicy phenols start the palate. Clove-studded caramel with hints of schezuan peppercorns and dusty leather.

Finishes with a malty wave, drying funk, and medicinal overtones.

Funky and malty with some off flavors but pretty tasty nonetheless.

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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 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 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 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 SpeedwayJim
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger foamy white head with poor retention. Beer is semi-clear orange. Lacing is stringy with decent stick. Legs are thin and oily. Decent looking beer but head retention and clarity could use some work for the style.

Nose is coriander, peppercorn, Belgian yeast, honey, and cane sugar with a very mild Brett funk in the back. Pretty clean and appetizing. Appropriate for the style too.

Opens sweet and nutty. Coriander, nutmeg, brown sugar, and Belgian yeast in the middle. Some caramel and walnut flavors floating around too. End is clove and more Belgian yeast with a sweet, honey finish. Good complexity but really a bit too sweet for me overall.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Light, fluffy, and a bit prickly in the mouth. Goes down quenching and clean. Messy finish with a long, lingering, filmy finish. I kinda like this.

A nice sessionable beer that tastes nowhere near its ABV. This is dangerously drinkable but overall, the malt body is too much for me here. I'd revisit this one but its by no means one of the better offerings in its style.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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