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Saison Du Blé | Side Project Brewing

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Saison Du BléSaison Du Blé

Brewed by:
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison du Blé is our Chardonnay barrel-aged Wheat Saison. Batch 1 was fermented in stainless and then aged in oak for 3 months with our rustic house blend.

Added by coryking on 11-07-2013

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 462
Photo of Stevem68
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden straw yellow Color with pure white head. Aroma is tart crisp and acidic, has some pineapple core notes. Flavor is tart and tart and acidic. The unripe pineapple flavor is there but kind of Arthur. Overall this is a very nice tart flavorful beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing. Batch #3

Nice fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger head that fades at a fair pace, decent lacing, hazy pear straw color.

Nose big juicy stone fruit, juicy vinous wine, little tangy wild funk, mild sweet wheat malt creamy thing, little chardonnay barrel, bright fruit almost citrus stone fruit.

Taste brings big sweet fruit, tart tangy funk, nice tart fruit, stone fruit little citrus, almost apricot thing, little acidic bacteria funk, mild wheat malt starchy, saison malts. Finish little flemmy nice acidity, decent funk, lingering tangy acidity fruity sour funk.

Mouth is med bod, nice bright carb, little flemmy nice acidity.

Overall very nice.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is pretty great. It drinks a lot like wine and seems like the perfect base beer for fruit. I really liked the dry clean finish and the wine presence throughout.

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Photo of rudzud
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing. Batch 3

A - Poured into a Kate the Great a nice hazy golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light halo.

S - Aromas of nice yeast and funk, light wine barrels, solid lactic tartness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice lactic fruitiness, almost tropical, light pineapple, good subtle funk. The tartness and yeast strain is very nice, and the fruit flavour is great considering there is no fruit added.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, good crispness.

O - Overall this was a solid beer, good funk with nice fruity tartness. Really pleasant.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of mothman
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow color. White head.

Lemon and citrusy. Spices. Black peppercorn. Herbal. Nice saison. White wine flavors.

Lighter bodied. Clean and refreshing.

A very nice saison.

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Photo of Myotus
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured gently at 51°F from a 750ml bottle (batch 4) into a long-stemmed tulip. Consumed on 08Jun16.
LOOK: A half fingers worth of white foam shrivels into a line within twenty seconds after pouring. Yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. There is a large quantity of both small and medium-sized bubbles. Lacing is thin and hardly existent.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sour green apple and earthy yeast are balanced by mild aromas of sweet chardonnay, white grape, tobacco, oak, peach, apricot, pear, lemon zest, wheat, and subtle hay.
TASTE: Strong chardonnay and sour green apple flavors burst on to the taste buds at first sip. The yeast profile makes itself known as mild flavors of earthy yeast and tobacco caress the taste buds while chardonnay and sour green apple flavors grow stronger. Strong flavors of lemon zest, mild flavors of oak, peach, apricot, white grape, pear, wheat, and subtle hay flavors all trail as both tobacco and earthy yeast grow stronger. When you think the taste theatrical has ended and before the flavors fade away, peach, apricot, pear, and white grape flavors all grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the carbonation. Finishes dry.
NOTE: I've always been a sucker for chardonnay barrel-aged beers. The was a chardonnay forward, sour bomb. The other flavors presented an incredible balance that left me wanting more.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Side Project experience, and while I loved the hazy color, and the tartness was nice without being overwhelming; I was just a bit letdown. But I've had a couple more SPs since then, and now that my expectations have been curbed a little bit, I'd love to give this a retry.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Woody, earthy, fruity and tart on the nose. Flavor is tropical fruit with a good tart lemon charter and the finish shows the barrel but just some earthy characters nothing to vanilla or overly done. Really clean finish that leaves you wanting more.

This is Blend 4. Only ding would be no head retention but that's difficult in a barrel aged beer with the cultures I'm sure Cory uses.

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Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has a big, bright acidity, likely amplified by the chardonnay barrels. The flavor is an earthy, spicy lemon on wheat bread. It reminds me of a younger lambic for the sharp citrus dominating, with minimal barnyard funk.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer on draft at The SP Cellar. Pillowy, cloud-like white head on top of a clean honey blonde body. Fairly straight forward funky saison with a clean acidity that balances the experience.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at HF FOFA 2015. HF Taster glass. Clean, with aroma and flavors of lemon and some grain, mild funk and tinge of tart. Medium-light body, nice crispness. Not much barrel character. Tasty, but a bit one note and not overly exciting.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A. A cloudy nectar color with a very small white head that disapates fast.

S. Aroma of banana and slight wheat characteristic.

T. Again banana with some pineapple and light spice. Very refreshing. Also some nice tartness.

M. Light and crisp. Dry finish that makes you want more.

O. Really nice beer. Would love it on a hot summer day. Really don't even want to share the bottle. Want to savor it. Would look for again.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at Side Project Cellar. Very hazy yellow, slightly straw color. Bright with huge, pillowy white head. Smell is very much funk. Taste is a massive surprise of tart. Initial hit almost had me puckering but immediately transferred to a smooth, sweet, sour. Liked this a lot.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice treat. Poured a really hazy, straw gold with a massive, pillowy white head. Smell is a great balance of white wine grapes, lemon zest funk, and slightly doughy grains. Taste is bright and effervescent. Big punch of lemony tartness that is softened by the grain bill, then gives way to honeydew and bright, white grapes. The feel is a little more acidic than anticipated, but that's OK. This is a highly complex, well-balanced brew

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was lucky enough to come up with a few bottles of this from the last release which was batch #4. Very delicious likely tart saison with just a light hint of Chardonnay Barrel character.
Light and refreshing and everything you would expect from a side project beer!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from trade. Pours hazy yellow with a quickly receding white bubbly head. Aroma is very tart and sour, more sour, with some wheat malt notes, hay, more sour. Flavor follows with a pretty sour punch up front and on the finish, a bit of brett in the background. Nice light wheat malts and some sweetness, but is really overpowered by the unexpected sour notes. Light bodied, dry, lightly bubbly. Overall this was really nice. It's not a wild ale, but it's pushing that limit pretty hard. I was expecting a bit more brett notes here, but it's a solid brew as is. A good number of steps back from Fermier, though, and I think I even enjoyed Grisette a bit more than this one. But that's just a comment on how amazing Side Project is, as even this one is bordering on world class.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My first Side Project beer, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect....

Poured into a tulip, I immediately was impressed with the golden hue and eggshell head...the smell I can't quite put my finger on, but the taste definitely put me on notice! Way more tart than I expected, plenty of lemon juice/green apple on the flavor profile, with a white wine note. This guy finishes dry and crisp, and makes me wanna go back for more immediately.

This definitely reminded me of Hill Farmstead saisons, and that is a great comparison to have.

Very much enjoying this!

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Photo of danh53
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great mouth feel from the wheat. Almost like lacto. Taste is lemon and green apple. Has a cheesy aroma. Not much barrel character. Tart and refreshing.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just finished a draft pour of batch 3.

Beautiful golden beer with impressive lacing.
Smells vaguely of fruit and Romano cheese.
Mid-palate tartness with a long green apple finish. Much more tart than funk.
Rather full-bodied for the style, which I like.

Great stuff. Amongst sour Saisons, this and Arthur are the best I've had. It's better than Anna and crooked stave Surette for sure.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is desert island beer for me, the kind of stuff i love to drink, and the kind of beer every single brewer out there just has to wish they made themselves. its expert, and while its not the most wildly conceived of the side project beers ive been lucky enough to drink, it might well be the most flawlessly executed. the chardonnay barrel is immediately evident, lots of acidity and oak, with a mild buttery vibe you get from certain wines. tons of texture preserved from the wheat, this has a lot of body, but is also very dry and refreshing, which makes it unique in its class. mild taste to the grain, its obviously about the yeast here. mix of bretts from what i can tell, and something producing a little more acidity than is normal for brett alone, although it doesnt quite have that mature lacto sting to it yet, tough to place, hints at lemon, and the balance between the funk and the acid is splendid. not as woody as i would have thought, more about the actual wine than the vessel here, which is pretty neat in a beer like this. these guys are fast becoming the kings of multiple yeast pitches in the same beer, its an art for sure, and they have it absolutely dialed. this is up there with the best of side project in my limited experience.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at 2015 Hill Farmstead Festival of Farmhouse Ales. This one took a distant second for the Side Project offerings at FoFA, but only because Framboise du Fermier was so incredible. Side Project seems to nail it every time.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright hazy yellow with a nice contrasting white fluffy head. Excellent retention.

Smells lemony, citrusy, acidic, and yeasty.

Great flavor. Tangy citrus, both lemon and orange. The wheat makes itself known. Funky yeast. Oaky and vinous. Acidic.

Crisp and sour. High carbonation cuts the acidity.

Excellent beer. There's a lot going on and it works well, all flavors very pronounced and not overpowering with a moderate degree of pucker.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this at a recent gathering, poured chilled in a glass from the bottle.

The color is golden hazed with white head. The smell is very good with sour aroma and lemony lactic odor with slight funk. The feel is tangy with high amount of carbonation lingering acidic texture.

The flavor has lots of wild yeast with citrus fruit tang and slight tropical fruit flavor with low malt sweetness and slight acetic character. Overall I loved this -a very enjoyable saison/wild ale hybrid of sorts.

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Photo of BWCampbell
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is phenomenal - I think the real distinction between this and King's other saisons is in the mouthfeel - that wheat is really doing wonders. Other than that, the taste is tart, crisp, funky, and sharp. Perfect.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend #2: This is a nice barrel aged saison. It has a heavy wine presence throughout that compliments the base beer well. The addition of greater sour notes would add to the balance between the two, and perhaps future blends will be tweaked more to my liking.

When I read the description on the bottle, I immediately thought of Hill Farmstead's Flora. While this beer falls short of Flora, it parallels the flavors of a 6-month-plus bottle conditioned Hill Farmstead saison (which would then be introduced to a white wine barrel.)

A solid introduction into the works of Side Project.

Update: Blend #3

This is a much nicer beer overall, warranting the bump in scoring. Batch 3 is very well balanced, not as dry as Batch 2, not as heavy on the wine barrel, and a bit more tart.

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