Le Saisonnier | Side Project Brewing

Le SaisonnierLe Saisonnier
BA SCORE
4.23/5
187 Ratings
Le SaisonnierLe Saisonnier
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 StoutSnob40 on 01-10-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,526
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
187
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
93
Gots:
17
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 187 |  Reviews: 23
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4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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 emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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, with a dry oaky finish. Lots of oak, zero diacetyl. Nice and crisp.
Thanks to Steve for this one!

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Photo of oline73
2.5/5  rDev -40.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.57/5  rDev +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 Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -29.1%

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4.07/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -18%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dfhhead25
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BMart
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Le Saisonnier from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 187 ratings
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