La Sirène Fleur Folie
La Sirène Brewing

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Belgian Saison
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4.08 | pDev: 6.13%
La Sirène Brewing
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time for another from Australia’s most veritable Belgian craft brewer: La Sirène. These guys (and possibly girls) have been hitting it out of the park with each beer they brew, and even though I’ve only reviewed their Hazelnut Praline - one of my favourite chocolate beers, I can attest to the exacting qualities of several of their brews. Fleur Folie (or “flower madness” if my cursory knowledge of French is correct) is in actual fact a Saison Miel (miel = honey) - a style that set off my “why didn’t I think of that before” brain reflex, surely this will be grand then.

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy with speckles of yeast floating around the pale golden body, with a lively white sea foam which drops back from 1 inch to 75 mm. So it’s right in that delightful farmhouse zone - big, fluffy head, yeast particles, there’s nothing not to like really. 8/10.

S: Peppery cardboard yeast upfront, lingers on for a long while, followed by notes of orange blossom flower, hints of honey and five spice. Aroma then is a classic Saison with that hint, though muted, of honey towards the back. There’s something else in there that I’m amiss to describe, something spicy (which is why I ended up going with five spice - the catch-all spice term). 8/10.

T: Well the honey really comes through in the flavour and imparts an overall sweet floral/woody tone throughout the entire palate. The peppery cardboard yeast comes through as well. The balance is sublime, sweet/bitter/dry/sour all make an appearance though no one flavour dominates. Finishes with an Ethyl Acetate (nail polish remover) aftertaste - don’t worry, this can be considered normal in a Saison. 9/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, ala the Saison style. 8/10.

D: This is a cracking Aussie Saison from the southern hemisphere kings of Saison: La Sirène. What indeed impressed me though is how the honey characters of this brew really “popped” in the flavour even though they felt quite muted in the aroma, yet another example of a beer that tastes better than it smells. Overall, at a better price and a bigger bottle, I would definitely get this fine Australian Saison again. La Sirène, you beauty! 8/10.

Food match: A traditional bouillabaisse or ratatouille niçoise will suit this hearty Saison.

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4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: almost straw in colour, and hazy
S; slight yeast ester funk, not a sour. Elder flower hint. Honey hint
T: effervescent light honey. Pleasant finish of floral notes.
F: carbonated and light,
Not too thin and not viscous at all
O: when poured first tons of quickly fading head. pleasant easy drinking saison, of a mid weight. Tons of honey, in the fore taste. No bitterness to finish. I think that a touch of Brett or wood aging would make this a touch less sweet and a top world beer

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Photo of heygeebee
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic looking beer, fabulous fluffy head on a reallllllll slow pour. Lemons, spice on nose, and a big taste to follow, some wood/chardonnay elements. Very zesty and wonderfully carbonated.
Top stuff.

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3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml green bottle, as is La Sirène's wont. Purchased from Barny's Fine Wines & Ales in Alexandria.

Uncaps with an almighty hiss that immediately gave me the adrenaline rush of a potential gusher. Fortunately, that doesn't happen, but it does form a massive head despite a delicate pour down the side of the glass. Body is a fine, cloudy yellow-golden with lots of streaming carbonation through it. The head is frothy and crackling initially, but this settles out to a slight foamy mess after a few minutes. Looks pretty good—certainly as alive as La Sirène often is.

Nose had lots of hay and dry grain characters, laced with a weird perfumey sweetness—possibly honey or elderflower. It gives it a slightly organic edge that's quite different from the standard funky organics you can get in a saison. Very bright and aromatic, and a pleasing twist on their standard saison.

Taste is also pretty good: light and fragrant for the most part, but with the organics lending a slight astringency towards the back, and a weird metallic character around the edges of the palate. Back is frothy with carbonation, which masks a lot of the aftertaste, but there is a fair bit of that astringency sitting around. Feel is frothy for the most part, and very highly carbonated.

Overall, though, this is yet another very interesting beer from La Sirène, who are one of the more interesting breweries in Australia right now, even though (or perhaps because) they focus on one particular style. I'm always pleased to drink more of them.

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La Sirène Fleur Folie from La Sirène Brewing
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 7 ratings