Le Saisonnier
Side Project Brewing

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #75
ABV:
5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,449
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 10.98%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
221
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Side Project Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  20
SCORE
94
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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.
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Blend #4 Bottle.

Beautiful clear golden pour. Frothy white head quickly rises and fills half the glass, but is quick to settle back into the body of the beer.

The nose is fairly musty, with notes of sprouted grain, cracked pepper, lemon zest, coriander, and a touch of ammonia.

The palate is considerably softer, with a great minerality and citrus-forward profile. Coriander strikes again, with undertones of dry oak and a balanced acidity on the back end.

Soft, mildly dry. Good minerality with low-medium acidity. Effervescent carb with good lingering funk and oak on the tail.

Oct 25, 2021
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Blend 4; poured into a pair of side projects stemmed bulbs.

This is a lighter and less acidic version of saison du Fermier. Same flavor profile. Soft and creamy t b exture. Less dry and saison do Fermier as well. Better text her as well.

Jun 12, 2021
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Sabtos from Ohio

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

Last I had this was at The Festival by Shelton Brothers in 2016. Not only were Side Project beers quite a bit more acidic back then, but my palate was probably pretty wrecked, especially considering the general nature of such a festival.

Appearance is clear to mildly hazy burnt orange, depending on how far down the bottle you get, with a lumpy khaki foam head of moderate height.

While a little prickly, this Blend 4 features pleasant lemony-yellow apple vibes with mild hay and oak accents, exhaling some soft aged cheese. A nice effervescence fills the medium body at first, softening and lightening up before the just dry finish. Some herbal qualities--something like lavender as well as a touch of passion fruit without the tartness or spicy funk--emerge as it warms.

Mar 15, 2021
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mothman from Minnesota

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

Blend #4. Bottle.

Wheat, fruit, and funk. A bit of citrus fruit, specifically grapefruit and and orange peel, and some grapes. Has a bit of funk in the finish. Faint tartness, but smooth all around. This is an awesome saison for 4%. Wow. So much flavor.

Mar 04, 2021
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange golden body, bright stonefruit, mild and soft but still slightly mouthwatering acetic acidity, mineral, a bit of coriander and zest. Medium bodied, soft but nice slightly pokey carbonation. So easy to drink, light on ABV but not on flavor.

Feb 22, 2021
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jorden-kegeler from Michigan

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

Pouted from a 750 mL bottle. The color is very light yellow hazy color. The aroma is a bit of funk with a bit of grain and oak, love it. The taste follows the smell with the typical SP acidity and a light bight taste. Its an awesome beer and tasty nonetheless.

Jan 12, 2021
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hops_for_thought from New York

3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle (blend #4) into a Belgian glass

L: pours a clear golden orange with a very dense and large white head. Medium+ visible carbonation, slight lacing left as the head fades

S: very clean and inviting farmhouse nose, slightly fruity with a more spicy/earthy note behind. On the fruit front get some orange, lemon (zest, flesh), bit of grapefruit, slight peach. Get a gentle funk with some slight lacto aroma, grassy/earthy note builds as it warms with a pepperiness to it

T: mixed feelings here - solid flavor, but not getting layers as much as a burst of farmhouse flavor. More of that lemon (flesh) flavor leading here, with a slight bit earthiness to it. Frankly finding it a disappointment compared to the nose - going to let this sit for a bit and revisit. Revisiting delivered more of the same - lemon citrusy upfront, bit more full toward the finish when a slight grassy note comes in. Some more bread/biscuity character as well. Not bad by any means, but doesn’t deliver what I got on the nose

F: medium+ body, medium+ carbonation, slightly drying but not as much as I expected, mouthfeel a little more full/viscous that I anticipated

O: a solid saison that falls short on the flavor. Don’t think the swallow lived up to the nose, very good but wouldn’t say outstanding

Dec 23, 2020
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superspak from North Carolina

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.

Oct 16, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Aug 08, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 750mL bottle into a stemmed bulb glass. pours a hazy, bright orange with a solid two fingers worth of frothy white head which dissipates leaving a white collar around the glass. smells of floral hops, grassy funk and musty, wet oak. taste has some hip bitterness but is more or less dominated by a grassy, lemony funk. so light and easy drinking yet incredibly flavorful. mouthfeel is fairly carbonated, moderately full. of the low abv saison from SP, i probably prefer BdP or Grisette but this is still very refreshing and tasty. not hardly any sourness or acidity but still quite flavorful.

Jul 04, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

Jun 17, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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!

Nov 30, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

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!

Nov 27, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

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.

Mar 09, 2016
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

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.

Jun 14, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

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.

Oct 07, 2014
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drmcleod10 from Missouri

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.

Jul 27, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

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.

Jul 04, 2014
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ThreeLions from Massachusetts

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.

Jun 23, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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.

Jun 22, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

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.

Jun 21, 2014
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

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.

May 12, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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.

Mar 25, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

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.

Mar 24, 2014
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rmaste6282 from California

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.

Mar 18, 2014
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 221 ratings