Saison Du Blé
Side Project Brewing

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #20
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4.42 | pDev: 6.11%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
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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.
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Photo of Sheppard
3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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Photo of Phineasco
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of FFFjunkie
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of kccraftenthusiast
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Buck89
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
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 -0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 -1.8%
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 -3.6%
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 +3.2%
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 Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
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 +3.8%
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 -2.7%
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 gibgink
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -3.8%
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 +5.9%
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 +0.9%
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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