Saison Du Blé
Side Project Brewing

Saison Du BléSaison Du Blé
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #22
Ranked #412
4.41 | pDev: 6.12%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Saison Du BléSaison Du Blé
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 551 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Harrison8
Harrison8 from Missouri

4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent honey yellow with a finger of white foam. Head retention is pretty poor. Aroma is cellar stone, apricot, lemongrass, dark fruits with a lightly sour pucker. Flavor profile is cellar stone, apricot, peach, oak, dark fruits and lemongrass. Twinge of tangy pucker at the back. Mouth feel is medium-thin with a prickly effervescence that sooths out to a more soft texture as it warms. Overall, pleasant tartness within a well balanced profile. Delightful.

Served in a white wine glass from a 750mL bottle. Batch #5 (2016) consumed at brewery on 1/18/2020.

Jan 18, 2020
Photo of Sheppard
Sheppard from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden. Some lemon and hay on the nose. There's some tartness and some acidity that feels like it wants to teeter over the edge but holds its line. This is more balanced than some of the other Side Project beers I've had. That is to say that the overall flavors are good, but the acidity makes it difficult to want more. I think that if I had let the glass warm more, my teeth would have been in a world of pain.

Aug 19, 2019
Photo of Vidblain
Vidblain from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm told that Saison du Fermier is best enjoyed when fresh - but I've only had batch number 3, so I cannot comment. What I will say is that Side Projects saisons continue to surprise me with mouth-aching sourness. Seriously - perhaps it's a matter of my sensitive teeth, but it really does make my teeth hurt a bit!

Saison du Ble pours a lovely yellow-gold. It's very fragrant and smells lightly sour. As above, it is VERY sour. The texture is quite light, but feels full of lots of yeast. That last pour was probably a real slurry.

I really liked this bottle and would love to try other vintages. I intend to chase down some more of Side Projects saisons soon!

Apr 23, 2018
Photo of Phineasco
Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Clear orange with big white fluffy pillowy head. Medium high carbonation.
Smell: Brett funk, Chardonnay, hay, and cranberries.
Taste: Very tart, brett Funk, hay, Chardonnay, acidic, with a hint of cranberries.
Mouthfeel: Medium with lots of complexity.
Overall: A great barrel aged saison from Side Project.

Nov 19, 2017
Photo of gcamparone
gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a stemmed Side Project wine glass. Acquired in trade.

Pours a nicely hazy golden straw body with a pretty decent size white head that reduces very slowly to leave a ring of retention and nice lacing.

Aromas are nice and funky, musty, white wine and lactic acid, yeasty and lightly fruity. Smells very nice.

Taste is superbly balanced tartness, light stone fruit and white wine, hay, lacto funkyness, oak barrel, dry champagne-like finish. Very easy to drink, crisp and quenching light body.

I was really impressed with this Saison - extreme balance and drinkability with a good amount of flavor.

Aug 27, 2017
Photo of FFFjunkie
FFFjunkie from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look is clear golden and pours with a minimal amount of white head.

Aroma is tart citrus mainly lemon, wheat and a faint hint of funk.

Taste follows nose. Nice tart lemony citrus, soft wheat and a nice light hint of funk.

Feel is soft and lively at the same time. Nice lingering tartness on the backend.

Overall a really nice saison that I'm grateful for the opportunity to try.

Aug 13, 2017
Photo of kccraftenthusiast
kccraftenthusiast from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blend #7 from a 750ml into a flute glass.

Lots of tart lemony citrus, green apple, and that signature Side Project funk. As it warms the tartness resides a bit, revealing more of the warm oak and wine characteristics. Pleasant carbonation and a lingering acidic mouthfeel.

Jun 21, 2017
Photo of Buck89
Buck89 from Tennessee

4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A hazy golden color with a fluffy white head. A gentle funk on the nose with wheat, raspberries, and white wine. The taste was more tart than I expected, but not overly sour. I got the fruit as listed above, mixed with hay, pepper, and funk. Nice and dry on the finish and light on the palate.

Jun 21, 2017
Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

blend #9 poured from a 750mL bottle into a stemless wine glass. pours a semi hazy golden orange with a bountiful and beautiful white head. smells of lemon, grass, white wine, oak and even some flowers. taste is hints of white wine with a heavy dose of dry wheat that adds bread flavors as well as grass and lemons. a fluffy, pillowy mouthfeel wit a dry finish rounds out this saison. this has long been a favorite of the white labels for me so i’m a little disappointed i’m just now reviewing. that said, this blend is fantastically balanced with almost zero sourness it’s acidity for a Side Project saison.

Jun 02, 2017
Photo of Sabtos
Sabtos from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shimmering burnt gold with a frothy white head and clinging mounds of lace lifting off the edges.

On the nose, floral funk with apple and pear brightness pop big time, bringing to the palate tart grape, herbs, hops, grass, honey, hay, and again bright funk.

A delight!

May 20, 2017
Photo of nawpnawp
nawpnawp from California

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is blend #6 poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Careful with this bottle, myself along with others have had it come up extremely bubbly. The pour is a beautiful golden yellow with champagne like bubbles. It quickly dissipates without any lacing. The smell is tart with some farmhouse funk and lemon zest. I don't normally like sours, but this one is nice and palatable. There's a great wheat backbone that the tart flavors layer onto nicely. Up front it is lemon and the finish is a fantastic dark cherry that is wine like.

I'm not normally a fan of the sour craze, but this is one I can get behind.

Feb 04, 2017
Photo of Franziskaner
Franziskaner from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold to straw colored with minimal light penetration. No head is present. The aroma is earthy,peppery yeast. Oak reappears at the back of the palate. The languages as it warms. The mouth is bone dry.

Jan 13, 2017
Photo of Stevem68
Stevem68 from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Aug 10, 2016
Photo of jlindros
jlindros from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Jul 30, 2016
Photo of BeerSamurai34
BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Jul 12, 2016
Photo of rudzud
rudzud from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Jun 25, 2016
Photo of mothman
mothman from Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Jun 24, 2016
Photo of Myotus
Myotus from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Jun 09, 2016
Photo of Ciocanelu
Ciocanelu from Romania

4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Aroma has musty cellar and dusty grains. Taste starts tart with wild yeast notes and continues with grainy flavors. Overall it's quite clean and well made.

May 19, 2016
Photo of Lochnessmonster
Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.32/5  rDev -2%
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.

May 09, 2016
Photo of Gus_13
Gus_13 from Mississippi

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Mar 27, 2016
Photo of tempest
tempest from New York

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Mar 24, 2016
Photo of gibgink
gibgink from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 6 was a little bit of a gusher when opened.

Batch 7 was the best yet. Not going to change my rating, as I don't think that is fair, but much better than older versions.

Feb 26, 2016
Photo of PHBoiler
PHBoiler from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Jan 25, 2016
Photo of pmarlowe
pmarlowe from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Jan 12, 2016
Saison Du Blé from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 551 ratings