Brett Venture #1 - Lactobacillus
Side Project Brewing

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Belgian Saison
4.21 | pDev: 6.65%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Same beer as Brett Project/Venture #1, but in addition to the 100% Brett fermentation, Lactobacillus was added to this barrel.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 70 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of chippo33
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Knew this might be a wild card given the time on it, but it was wonderful. All of the downfalls of the reviews here are non existent in this bottle. Dry, tart, funky, perfect carb.

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Photo of bahnfire
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to HF glass

A: Hazy opaque golden color. 2 finger fluffy white head recedes to nothing very quickly.

S: Lactic funk, maybe some stone fruits. Not terribly aromatic to my nose.

T: Lactic lemony funk. Definitely some wine barrel in the finish.

M: Medium body, but lacking in carbonation IMO.

O: Not a bad beer by any stretch, but I prefer my funky saisons with a little more carb, and a dryness and tartness this doesn't have. Lacto pretty much dominates and is rather one dimensional.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75cl bottle of batch 1 Brett Venture. Thanks Josh. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 2/27/2014.

App- When Josh opened this up, it was a mild gusher. But well- pours appropriately like a saison- hazy yellow straw body, with a one finger white head with good retention. Not much lacing.

Smell- Reminds me a ton of Schell's Star of the North. So much lactate and very yogurty. Kind of covers up the base malts a bit. Not much sign of funk. I consider this to be fairly one-note, and it delivers on that count.

Flavour- Very yogurty, lactic with a bit of lemon tartness. I may even get a bit of wheat in this. A touch of white wine and oak. But dominated by a strong, acidic lactate, 7/10 which is very surprising for what's labeled as a saison- might be more appropriately labeled an AWA. Regardless, this is a quite acidic and tart saison.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, just the right amount of carbonation, not difficult to drink by any means. Quite tart and acidic though. Nice and dry finish that makes you want to drink more.

Overall- Very interesting grey area between saison and American Wild Ale here. I like the lactic yogurt qualities this imparts, but I can see why some people may not like it. After all, this does have lactobacillus in the blend.. it's necessary to remind ourselves that there is no true "saison" style but rather it is a style with a wide range of qualities and characteristics.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow orange body. Diminishes to nothing.

Smell - Less winey than the Saison de Ble. Wine barrel. Oak. Not overtly bretty. Lemony and oaky.

Taste - Sharp lemon tartness up front. Grainy wheat. Oaky and a little bit of wine. Lingering tartness.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Pleasantly tart.

Overall - Very similar to the Saison de Ble. This is less wine-forward, though.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 12.9.13

A - Pours a cloudy, light orange-straw with a fizzy off-white head that is gone fast.

S - Funky, tart, green grapes, pear, apple, and a touch of barn.

T - Tart light citrusy, funky green fruits same as above.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - A tart crisp brew with lots of various fruity flavors.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a slightly golden straw yellow with some effervescent head, quickly fades.

tart apple and lemon, ripe fresh oak. white grape.

similar to nose with more of a funk and cheese. lots of gueuze characteristics up front and some sweet malt and bread in the finish.

moderate carbonation and some slight dryness

pretty astonishing overall, should age quite well but amazing fresh. has Cantillon characteristics and for good reason, below is what Cory said about this one

"This is the renamed Brett Project #1, so 100% brett from Cantillon fermented, but I added lactobacillus to the Chambourcin barrel it was being aged in. The result is similar to the lively characteristics of Brett Project #1, but with more acidity. Sat in oak for 6 months. 6%"

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Brett Venture #1 - Lactobacillus from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 70 ratings