Le Saisonnier
Side Project Brewing

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #72
Ranked #1,410
4.28 | pDev: 11.45%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Le SaisonnierLe Saisonnier
Notes: Le Saisonnier is named after the seasonal workers for which the first, old-world Saisons were originally brewed. Amber in color and fermented in and aged in Chardonnay barrels with a blend of yeast and bacteria, Le Saisonnier is bright, balanced and refreshing.
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 197
Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Batch #3, bottled in 6/2019. Pours lightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and flufy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, peppercorn, clove, toasted oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light leathery/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, peppercorn, clove, toasted oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light leathery/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness; herbal, floral, woody, grassy bitterness; and Brett/wine tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, peppercorn, clove, toasted oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light leathery/musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/bitter/tart/tangy/spiciness balance; with no pucker/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spicy/tart/tangy and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and fairly crisp/sticky/acidic/tangy/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4%. Overall this is a fantastic sour/wild saison. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/spicy/acidic/tangy/drying finish. Great soft feel, and mellowly lactic/tannic. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Amazing balance of Brett/Bacteria/Saison yeast complexity and wine barrel presence/integration; with a great pale/wheat malt backbone for the ABV. Mild residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like white wine, grapes, citrus, flowers, and hay.

This is fairly simple, but well done, thoughtfully constructed, and very clean. There's some nice wine barrel softness, a bit of stone fruit skin and white grape, and a touch of pear.

This finishes pretty dry, with a great level of drinkability, and a very crisp feel to it.

This is expert-level saisonery here - I could drink a lot of this and be happy.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light copper to dark straw yellow. Cloudy. There's a fingernail of dishwater white that cover half of the top. The aroma is of sweet green grapes and white wine. I'm tasting green grapes, green apple, oak, and white wine. The mouth is light and delicate.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a really light and delicate saison here, aged in chardonnay barrels, but it doesnt get a ton of character from the wine itself so much as it does the wood, subtle but complex, like so many of the saisons these guys produce. its pale straw colored beer with a tall and permanent white head. beautiful beer to look at, minimalist looking, with a little haze to it and some visible carbonation, patient. the aroma and flavor are great, more oak than wine, but a little of that white grape fruitiness combined with the fruity nature of these particular brett strains, really compelling stuff, and far less sour than some of their other wild beers, the acidity remains low here, but the contribution of bacterial element is there, citrusy and brightening, very cool. smooth round wheaty base, some pils type malt flavor in here too, soft hints of lemongrass and earthy hops, great with the wood. upbeat carbonation and more body than you would expect for such a light beer. this is the kind of saison i could drink everyday, never get bored, and always be stoked, very much a table saison, cool brett profile and really dry. more please!

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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright gold with rising carb trails visible, wispy skim.
Aroma is lightly acidic with crabapple and oak traces.
Taste is oaky and tart, juicy acidic crabapple, white grape and apricot flavors dominate.
Dry oaky finish. Just lots and lots of oak, zero diacetyl. Nice and crisp.
Thanks to Steve for this one!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a thin film.

The light funk mingles well with soft refreshing graham, honey, lavender, grass, and lemon.

I'm unclear as to which batch we were poured, as this was at the Shelton Brothers Festival and they did not list this as being available. However, since they are blending this to an intended flavor profile, I'm sure they aren't drastically different.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this one a lot but was not blown away like I am with most SP beers. It drinks a lot like champagne due to the wine barrel aging. Upfront it has a lot of dry crispness that lends itself well for a brunch beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a very prominent nose and flavour of fresh hose water. Shared this bottle with 5 others who all got that same strange flavour. That being said, this was still a very nice beer and the flavour, although odd, was not off-putting.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Murky and hazy orange. Medium white head. Lots of lacing and a thick collar.

Smell - Stone fruits and some citrus. Some wine barrel. Lots of yeast. A bit of a mineral character.

Taste - Stone fruit and more wine flavor. Pale malt is stronger here. Yeasty and pushing a bit sweet before the finish. Mineral character is strong and it has kind of a rotten fruit flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Not as light as I was expecting. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not as impressed as I normally am by Side Project saisons. It's got a weird aftertaste.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Had this at MWBBF and thought it was just mediocre.

Had it again tonight and really got to enjoy a full glass.

This beer has changed dramatically for the better.

Bretty citrusy pungent hay smells up front followed by the tartness that has developed into this beer.

Taste is puckering and tart up front with earthy tones and brett flavors coming through. The finish is actually where it's at, after adding the dregs this beer began to take on peach skin notes as well as the fruit and flesh. Very complex that slightly resembles a blend between aged Fou Foune and Pulling Nails.

Right up there with the top tier Side Project beers. I can't believe how much age has improved this beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Batch 1.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, funk, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, funk, earth, and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice sour and funk qualities in the taste.

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Photo of ThreeLions
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

4.8% abv 750ml bottle split with JLindros and Rudzud.

A: Pours into a Treehouse tulip a very soapy 1/2-1/4 inch head that dissipates quickly leaving very solid, very soapy lacing. No head retention, but great lacing. Darker golden sunset hue.

S: Oh my! Smells very tart, very lactic acid like, Great lactic, brett type mix. Reminiscent of Flora. Oh my.

T: What an amazing taste. Very tart up front, quit sour but extremely balanced. There are very obvious green apple notes, great funk, citrus like almost.

M: Quite milky for what it is. Frothy even. Nice citric acid, big salivary gland action caused by this but again very balanced, not overly sour. Wow.

O: Pretty perfect. What else could I want? I literally have no complaints about this beer. Would jump in a heartbeat at the chance to drink this again and would obviously purchase it at a moment's notice.

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Photo of jlindros
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a soapy fizzy and fluffy creamy mixed 1/2 finger head that fades fairly quickly, decent lacing, super hazy murky a weird dirty water brown orange color.

Nose awesome, big funk, big Brett, Brett funk with yeasty note, with bacteria sourness, lacto perhaps, maybe pedio, not quite sure, little vinous white wine, etc. Hint lemony zest too.

Taste big funk, Brett all over, Brett funk, into big bacteria sourness, big acidity too, tart fruity apple like flavours, great funk etc. Although a little yeasty flavor. Some tart green apple, fruity sour flavours, grainy toasty like malts, saison wheat and toasty. Little earthy like too. Finish is nice tart sour fruity little lemony, nice sour bacteria funk, fruit, and wild yeast funk.

Mouth is med bod, nice light acidity, tartness, nice carb, little flemmy on the back end.

Overall very nice, great sour funk, tartness, fruit, etc. Only real downfall is yeasty flavor, and little nitpick things.

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Photo of rudzud
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared with JLindros and Threelions. Batch 1.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear copper hue with a thin one finger head that leaves a thin halo and light lacing.

S - Aromas of funky saison notes, blanket, great yeast notes, great brett, very nice chardonnay notes both barrel and beverage. Great barrel notes, loads of bacteria. Very inviting.

T - Taste is wowzer, tart green apple skins, sour funk, phenomenal brett and bacteria notes, awesome lemon acidity, quite tart. A touch yeast heavy and a bit of a yeasty lingering aftertaste. Light grains. As delicious this is there are subtle flaws here. Absurdly delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is very brightly carbonated, super crisp, awesome.

O - Overall this beer was just awesome. Great wine and bacteria and brett going on here. Great delicious beer. Touch too yeasty on the end.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 3.1.14
Batch 1

A - Pours a cloudy, dirty dark orange with a large light tan head that slowly bubbles down.

S - Funky, earthy, fruit - I can't really place it.

T - Chardonnay, then tart, acidic oak, subtle pear and apple.

D - Tons of carbonation with a medium body.

O - Tart and acidic, fruits in there with some nice chardonnay.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tangent-time coming right up! As the head brewer from Perennial Ales turns attention from the norm and into the barrel, Le Saisonnier opens up with all the charm and rusticity of the Belgian low country.

This tangy farmhouse ale opens with a golden gaze that captures highlights of lemon drop and canary as its back-lit glow is diffused with haze. As a creamy lather builds on top the beer, its texture is arid and honeycomb. As its rocky and liquified head character treks deep into the session, clumping lace links up with the glass walls in the beer's wake.

Its bright and tart scent is fruity and earthy. With only the tangy sweetness of under-ripened citrus, the ale prefers a drier scent of apple, pear, white grape and lemon. Its earthen balance of peppercorn, sawdust and sea air carries a cork-like tone with damp hay and fresh-cut grass in the backdrop.

Its short-lived bready sweetness is wafer-thin and short-lived. The beer's more wine-like taste shrugs off the malt and races in with bright acidity- lemons, limes, oranges, pear and grape make their large presence known upon the middle palate, and does so in a dry and spicy fashion. Lightly salty on the tongue, the rich taste of weathered oak, cork, cellar must and stewn straw round out the beer's spicy and crisply bitter finish.

Effortless on the mouth, the beer's exuberant carbonation allows the ale to take on champagne-like proportions, pulling the malt from the tongue and giving rise to the beer's acidic wine texture. As the bubbles carry the beer into a fast-fleeting finish with much of its nuances in flavor being more appreciated in aftertaste rather on the initial palate- much the way Belgians prefer.

Its good to see the taste of Saison is in good hands- if nowhere else, it's safe in St. Louis, Missouri! Who would have thought? Its certainly a tangent worth taking.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pear like color lends to the overall experience as pear seems prevalent. The aroma had orchard pear and Apple with a cidery sour and peppery scent. The flavors followed with pear and Apple but the sour is more balsamic and white wine. Though sour and tart the feel is smooth and seems more like a cider. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of rmaste6282
2.78/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was expecting a Saison, but tasted more like an American Wild Ale to me. Pretty tart with some fruit/citrus flavors, but I detected plastic/rubber off flavors. I'm hoping that this was a one off bottle issue and not the entire batch. Great body for 4.8%. Aroma is nice citrus and tartness, but I also get the plastic phenols. Color is between orange and amber, a bit cloudy, but not off-putting. You definitely get barrel and chardonnay, but the plastic ruins it for me. I've liked many of the Side Project beers, this one didn't do it for me.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into Side Project wine glass.

Appearance is a beautiful radiant light orange with a two finger frothy beige head that leaves a little lacing on the sides of glass. Looks like a double IPA a bit. Unfiltered.

Aroma is absolutely lovely. Chardonnay barrel, sweet citrus namely mandarin and loquat, light graham cracker, fresh blueberry, and faint floral yeast esters.

The palate explodes with lacto pucker, lemon pith, orange peel, tart apple jolly rancher, subtle spiciness, white wine, and some drying oakiness. Juicy mid palate and drys out nicely on the finish. Lovely lingering tartness at the back of the jawline.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on. Lighter body, medium to full carbonation, and dry finish that leaves the mouth watering for more.

Overall what a gem. At 4.8 percent abv this will not fade and is perfect for downing the whole bottle alone. Major lactic sour presence but not overly done. Drinks jucy yet finishes clean besides the lingering pucker and abrasive dryness. Can't say it's the most complex barrel aged saison but what it lacks in complexity it makes up for in sheer flavor presence for a "light" saison. Bonafide mouthgasm kind of stuff.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer looks and tastes like saison meets fresh lemonade without the sugar. Or maybe a saison meets a berliner. The bright lemony body pours with a billowing foamy white head. The scent is bright with lemons but also has that yeasty ester. The taste is outstanding. Crisp and clean saison body with just enough lemon tartness to make this complex. This is not a sour saison by any means. There is some brightness and acidity that reminds of a lemon berliner, but it is clearly a saison that has added complexity. Just so well made and effortlessly drinkable. Why did I share this and not just drink the whole bottle? I kid obviously, but you may want to hoard this one.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a hazed deep amber with a dark center and white head with some larger bubbles on top. Nose is very big but quite messy. Tons of lemon and dirty muddled wheat, aggressive tang and marmalade with a hint of fish. Taste is quite sour, a bit of chemical cleaner, loads of funky lemon, lighter yeast with an aggressive carbonation and quite a dry finish. Fuller body for the style, not really well integrated.

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Photo of beagley
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

le Saisonnier, as a sour beer fan, I could not have been happier. Waves of flavors ranging from vinegar to pineapple to sweet and sour sauce, green apple skins to atomic warheads crashed over my tongue. I was taken aback. This beer cannot be real, nothing in my life has ever tasted this good. I immediately felt like it was wasted on me. As if all of my years of drinking beer I had never quite lost my walmart palette. I had though. My favorite go-to is Goose Island's Lolita, a very nice sour that I would recommend to anyone, and this new beer promptly stomped it's head in the sandbox.

I had the beer on tap, at Perennial the day of release, several times. I also brought a few bottles home, but have only enjoyed one so far. I'm trying to save the others, but it's going to be very, very difficult.

Cory has made a fan for life with this one. I'll be at every release forward.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a proper Side Project Brew long stemmed tulip from a 750ml bottle.

The brew pours a nice slightly bright hazy orange with a good medium dense half inch white head. The head has some larger intermingled bubbles that break it up as it recedes quickly down to a nice thick ring around the glass with some spotty mats floating in the middle. The brew is orange and hazy with some nice bright golden hues on the edges. (5.0)

Aroma starts off with wild yeast tartness mixed in with some pungent and rustic grainy/malty must and funk. Notes of wood barrel and old farmhouse are present. The Oak from the Chardonnay barrels is impressive in the nose. You can tell this brew has spent most of its life in contact with wood. There is some nice citrus and acidic tartness that is perceived along with the musty funk that compliments it very well. The tartness in the nose leads you to believe its gonna be very intense. Aroma is extremely earthy ad grainy. Tons of malted barley in the nose. Fresh baked sourdough bread is present as well. As it warms a slight bouquet of slight fruity sweetness develops, maybe from the vinous character. (4.75)

Flavor is quite impressive. A nice dichotomy from what the nose might indicate but still true to the aroma. Starts off with a sharp citric/lemon tartness that shoots up and awakens the palette. This is then followed by some very grainy and bready malted barely/grain notes. Sooo much grain in the flavor. The grain leads the way to the earthy wood and funk notes. Hay, oak, slight sweetness with some vinous and buttery white wine notes. As the brew warms the tartness becomes less sharp and more smooth and even more complimentary to some of the notes of sweet grapes and even some green apple skin. Mouthfeel is near perfect. Great balance between fluffy Belgian level carbonation and prickly clean crisp acidity. (4.25)

Side Project keeps impressing. Great level of detail is put into all these beers. This one is no exception. The notes of grain are amazing and work very well with the funky and musty wood notes. The slight acidic tartness compliments everything very well. (4.5) (4.25)

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

On tap at the release
The beer pours a cloudy burnt orange/yellow, no sediment, and has a thin, loose, white halo of head around the perimeter. The nose is earthy and very unique, reminiscent of green tomatoes, a blend of savory herbs, and delicious funk. The taste is tart from start to finish with subtle Chardonnay oaky barrel notes which transform into bright and acidic strawberries. It's relatively light bodied with low abv, good drinkability, rustic maltiness, moderate tartness, and a dry, funky finish. I'm quite impressed by this beer, it's better than some of the previous SP saison offerings and highlights some interesting bugs.

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Photo of Msulax4
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer was amazing now if Mizzou could only win a GD basketball game life would be perfect.

Tart with an orange haze. great carbonation and event better taste. Tart, WOOD, finishes dry and leaves me wanting to drown myself in these amazing suds. Tasted in my great Side Project Glass. Great beer Cory!

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Le Saisonnier from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 197 ratings