Saison De Rouge
Side Project Brewing

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Belgian Saison
4.3 | pDev: 10.23%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Saison De RougeSaison De Rouge
Notes: Red Saison that was fermented in red wine barrels and was 100% fermented with our house Brettanomyces strain. Aged 5 months and then dry-hopped before bottling with Mosaic, Citra and Simcoe hops.
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown. Big khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Brett is strong. Musty red wine. Intensely oaky.

Taste - Brett is again the strongest flavor. The red wine is as distinct as any red wine flavor I've had in a beer. Strong oak. Dry caramel and toasty malt. Very oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Starts off crisp and the wine gets a little heavier. Well carbonated.

Overall - Good, but certainly isn't as inspired as other Side Project bottles.

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Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy ruby hue with a good one finger off white head that fades to leave a light side lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of bright funky brett, good light red wine, faint hops, super pleasant fruit notes. Generic berry notes, good funky brett. Super aromatic and complex.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, awesome light raspberry note, good super funky brett, nice red wine notes, light barrel. Complex but a bit yeasty. Quite tasty. Super good.

M - Mouthfeel is very bright, clean, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was delicious, great red wine notes, great acidic wine notes, good berries, delicious and aromatic.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud.

Pours a nice thick 1 finger semi fizzy foamy head that fades pretty slowly, nice lacing, semi clear and hazy ruby mahogany like color.

Nose big Brett funk, little sour, good vinous funk aromas, bright Brett and wine itself, light musty funk, light sour generic fruit and some berry like fruit maybe boisonberry like, mild aged hop with little musty note and faint fruity, light smooth reddish malt base.

Taste starts yeasty, Brett funk with a yeasty flavor unfortunately, but still good, and into tannic raspberry seed, straight up seed, with little blueberry flesh and green tannic berry. Then nice funk, Brett funk and sourness, generic sour fruit, little oaky note, with big vinous flavours, and even a red wine flavor and acidic bite. Mild bitterness with the tannic notes and some grassy slight citrus fruity hops in there. Finish dry sticky touch flemmy bit acidic and little tannic bitterness and plenty fruity with berry skin and seed, light hop note, more red wine too.

Mouth is med bod with plenty of carb, little wine acidity.

Overall pretty nice, nitpicking things that are off, but those are mild compared to how nice this is for a Brett wild saison in wine barrels.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a russet, burnt orange color and is capped by a decent head; spotty lacing

Smell: Fruity, with grapefruit and cherry tones; musty and oaky

Taste: The fruit flavors jut forward, bringing both grapefruit and cherry (a rather unusual combination in beer); the taste grows vinous, after the swallow, with an oaky, musty and leathery finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; moderate pucker factor

Overall: Quite unusual to have the fruit, the bitterness and the vinous character all in one beer; worth seeking out

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared by that special someone - thanks. Batch 1.

A: Pours a hazed orangish red with a thin white head and leaves splotchy lace.

N: Big bretty funk with some cheese, some wood, fruity.

T: Fruity, vinous, barnyard, earthy, a bit of rot in a good way.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes fruity, tart, with some dryness.

O: This is quite good - very good. Well done.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass 6/29/2014.

A- Dark reddish-amber body, with a effervescent, frothy three finger white head that leaves silky thick lacing all over the glass as it slowly recedes. In normal lighting, this is a fairly ugly, dark reddish beer, but then again it is what I expected it to look.

S- Cheesy funk with some oak barrel presence really jumps out at first. A bit of freshly squeezed grapefruit, cherries along with tannins and peppercorns, a bit of musty hay. Very complex and nothing like anything I've smelled before.

F- There is a fairly strong grapefruit juice punch in the beginning that transitions to peppercorns that dance on the tongue, complemented by tart cherries, leather and cheesy funk; that eventually gives way to a dry, red wine tannic finish not unlike a good Cabernet Sauvignon. Again, fairly unique and like nothing else I've tried before. I think the grapefruit dry-hopped character is a bit lost in the complexity of the beer, and even clashes a bit with the tannic finish.

M- Medium in body, bubbly and effervescent with a bit more carbonation than I'd expect from a wine barrel aged saison. Regardless, this is a fairly tart saison with a lot of complexity, but some of the American-style dry hop character seems to clash a bit with the red wine tannins on the back-end. I'm not sure that I'd ever want to mix grapefruit juice with a Cabernet, if that makes sense.

O- Fascinating take on a red saison. I thoroughly enjoy the wine barrel character as it comes across very well on the finish, but with more interesting complexities than a regular Cabernet. Still, the freshly squeezed grapefruit character from the dry-hopping seems to make this an oddity, slightly clashing a bit with the red wine character.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a snifter.

dark murky brown color, slight white head. smell is absolutely excellent . slight cherries, brett, awesome! taste is on point as well. funky wine...slight tart. damn awesome. hard to describe but excellent. finish is amazing..the tartness is lingering and so great. body is quite thick. carbonation is mild.

overall great. good job guys!

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pleasant looking, dull, rusty brown color capped by a sticky and fluffy light tan head that provides modest lacing. The nose has a vinous tartness, big barnyard mustiness, oak, and a juicy, tropical hop profile. This is certainly not your standard barrel-aged brett saison as the dry hopping has really allowed this beer to take on a new shade of dankness. The flavors are the expected funk and oak upfront, followed by a dark, stone fruit sweetness (nectarine and plum) and juicy hop/tannin bitterness, which helps the beer transition into a drawn out semi-dry finish. It has elements of la terroir, but minimal sourness by comparison. The beer has a well carbonated, medium body with attenuated sweetness, labile funk, masked alcohol, fast hitting bitterness (reminiscent of eating the piece of decorative kale under your egg rolls), and dat acidity son, but is utterly drinkable. This is truly a unique take on the BA brett saison, I'd highly recommend this to others.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a dark amber with reddish hues. A medium sized off white head recedes to a collar and leaves good lacing.

S- The aroma is super funky! Lots of oak and brett, some slight cherry tartness, wet moss, somewhat cheesy. There's some obvious lacto elements, and even a magic marker kind of smell. Weird but awesome!

T- The taste follows the nose very closely. A ton of wood tannins and brett/lacto funk. Mossy, mildly tart, some cherry undertones, and some swiss and gouda cheese flavors. Super complex, delicate, and very tasty!

M- The mouth feel is medium, lightly carbonated, And super smooth. A bit drying.

O- This is an awesomely complex beer that's better than the sum of its parts!

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cracked my bottle to share at DLD. Amber body is somewhere between deep red and almost brown in color. Nice tiny bubbles form a bit of a head. Nose has some serious farmhouse scent almost like pollen and hay blowing through a field, but those juicy hops creep through just a little. That got me excited. This beer is not only complex but hits on everything you want it to. I get all the citrusy goodness of those hops but no residual sweetness. The body is clean with some maltiness to carry the tannins and deep cherry/plum from the wine barrel. That farmhouse yeast is there throughout the taste and blends well with the other flavors. Well worth the trade. Another awesome SP beer.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Bourbon Barrel Temptress snifter.

Appearance: Crimson at the base, fading to a rusty brown toward the top. A one-finger thick, creamy eggshell head fades into a thick creamy crown that persists forever.

Smell: Loads of funky, farmhouse brett with a prominent floral, citrus backing. Mildly sour smelling from the brett, a vinous character comes through too.

Taste: God damn that's complex. The first flavor to hit my palate is bitter hops and funky brett, sour grapes come next, with a hint of vinegar tartness. The other flavors fade away to leave behind a thick fig and molasses note on the finish. That's incredible.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation that fades quickly. Medium body, and the beer lingers in the mouth quite a while afterward.

Overall: This is one heck of a unique beer. Never had anything like it before, and likely won't have anything like it again. The combination of flavors is just so unique, the appearance so gorgeous, and the smell so special, Side Project has knocked it out of the park, again. Can't wait to try their other offerings!

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Photo of MarcWP
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into Side Project wine glass.

Pours a murky dark red with rusty brown highlight. Head builds big to about 3 fingers and settles nicely to a soapy froth. Color is tan and leaves pleasant lacing on sides of glass.

Aroma brings huge brett play of fresh hay, pineapple, earth, and locker room musk. The hops shine through with mandarin, nectarine, kiwi, and dragonfruit. White grapes, oak, and faint tawny port barrel interplay with the doughy and sweet malts to round out this completely complex and unique nose.

No shit! Talk about a knockout!! Le Saissonnier was fantastic but this is just in the sublime category of Saisons. Juicy as a mug. Deep brett flavors all up in this. Over ripe pineapple, grapefruit, apricot, the finest Bordeaux, fresh pasture, minerally earth, basement musk, sweetened sourdough bread, lemon pith, tart blackberry, and I could go on. Complex, juicy, tart, and dry chalky finish. As it warms a bit a lovely spiciness also comes through.

Mouthfeel is PERFECT. Light medium body, great carbonation, dry and tart finish giving me some cottonmouth! Starts creamy, ends bone dry. It's a roller coaster ride.

May I just say, this a diamond in the rough! You can't quite imagine how a "red" saison aged in chambourcin barrels fermented with 100% brett then dry hopped with some lovely varieties come out till you actually taste it. Everything comes into play wonderfully, the yeast, malts, barrel, and hops taking you forward in a direction not exactly visited in the history of craft beer. Yes, there is hopped up and dry hopped oak aged brett beers out there but few come close to this or can claim the innovation that this beer represents. Take one idea, and push the limits. That's where we are at in craft beer. Watch out Shaun Hill, Cory King is getting his nose all up in the barrel aged saison scene. A collab would be the thing dreams are made of.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a medium to deep brown with a ton of red color in body. Big head forms and sticks around a very long time with tremendous lacing. The pour is basically what you expect from the style, being very hazy, very carbonated, and very frothy. Head is tan in color and gives some of the most impressive lacing.

S- Where to start? I guess a list will suffice; citrus and floral hops, slight underlying pine hop presence, small amount of acidity, juicy, fruity, and just a little yeasty and funky at the end from the brett.

T- Starts off juicy and slightly tart with some citrus fruit presence. Funky and grainy flavor of the malts and brett move in next and transform the beer away from the tartness and fruitiness. Brett funk and grains linger a little before the hops kick in. The hops are moderately bitter and start off primarily citrus in flavor. Some pine flavors kick in and turn up the dull bitterness a notch. There is a slight trace of the initial tartness that makes a return appearance at the end before the hops bitterness lingers on the tongue.

M- This beer is moderately to highly carbonated and rather easy drinking. Not too thick and not to thin on the palate, with a certain level of smoothness. Feels and drinks like a saison should.

Overall, this is my second Side Project beer, and it definitely justifies the wait in line to get it. I had Saisonnier on tap when it was released, and while they are completely different beers, Cory King has forever changed my opinion on saisons with just 2 beers. I cannot wait to see what he does next.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Pours a very ruby and hazy ruby and amber color with a nice creamy off white head. The head is very dense and stays around for a while. It is quite sticky with some nice lace as it goes down.

Aroma is exquisite. Notes of juicy fruit. Mild orange and tangerine notes in the nose. Notes of dry semi sweet apple with some slight pear hints as well. Nice dry vinous notes are present. Very very dry in the nose. Notes of fresh cut oak bark and some cedar as well. The nose is extremely juicy and fruity. Nice notes of mild pineapple present as well. As it warms up there is more hoppy goodness that is perceived. The aroma has quite a bit of barnyard a funk as well. Mild juicy tartness in the nose as well as some slight earthy grain. Easily a 5.0.

Flavor is soo good. Starts of with hoppy juicy goodness. And not in the IPA sense but more in the grassy, herbal and juicy Saison sense. Notes of wine grapes, semi-sweet apples and some slight green apple sweet/tartness. More hop notes creep up mixed in with great grassy and earthy funk. The hop notes are rich with citrus and the funk has notes of dry hay and horse blanket with some nice notes of slight mild citrus lemon. Once again the yeast plays such and important role in these Saisons with grain and hops taking the backseat and complimenting the wonderful flavors that the yeast can impart. Nice and clean and dry mouthfeel with some slight mild acidity. Overall this has been delicious. Great notes of hops make the brew nice and fruity with great finishing yeast funkyness to boot.

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Photo of Abbbp
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap while waiting in line for the release, unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, it sold out. It was freezing outside when I got my first taste out of a wine glass.

Backstory, last weekend I was at the Jester King sours release and having tried Bière de Merlot and Cerveza de Tempranillo (the new grape sours from JK) I was anxious to try this as to see how much different it was or could be...

I was impressed. The appearance is a murky, so-purple-it-has-an-orange-tint-to-it, just gorgeous.

The smell was beautiful- spice, grapes, hops, and grass.

The taste is what made this above and beyond. Having had Le Saissonier and Pulling Nails last weekend at a PreJK share, I wanted to see what more they could do, differently. Nailed it! This was champagne dry, drier even, grapes, funk, hops, Citra, absolutely delicious.

The mouthfeel is very cleansing. Delicious!. Overall this is dang near perfect, i know you fellow BA's are gonna get some, love to hear your thoughts. Lucky that they tapped another keg of it and got to sit and enjoy it in the wonderful atmosphere that is the Perennial tasting room... Met and reconnected with so many fellow BA's. Thank you St. Louis, good work Mr. King, I shall return.

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