Le Saisonnier | Side Project Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
sideprojectbrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by dwagner003 on 01-10-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
187
Reviews:
23
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
17
For Trade:
1
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Photo of POTABLE83
1.77/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Smelled like Band-aids, taste was metallic & vinegar. Very unpleasant, but hoping this was just a bad bottle.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of rmaste6282
2.78/5  rDev -32.7%
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 cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
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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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -16%
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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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
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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3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of bahnfire
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of DucksFan16
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -9%
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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Le Saisonnier from Side Project Brewing
4.13 out of 5 based on 187 ratings.
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