Abricot Du Fermier | Side Project Brewing

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Abricot Du FermierAbricot Du Fermier
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Brewed by:
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
sideprojectbrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison du Fermier that was racked to French oak Cabernet barrels with Apricots and allowed to age until dryness.

Added by coryking on 09-19-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#93
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
287
pDev:
5.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of farnold
4.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1levelabove247
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RAKeeler
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is really good, no doubt about it, but not as good as they say it is i dont reckon, and once again a side project beer doesnt quite live up to its hype. their culture has trended super sour lately, and this is another expression of that, just really acidic beer, complex still, still lots of nuance, bretty funk and oak and all, but its the bacterial intensity that takes over this one and makes it a hard large bottle to drink, even split a couple of ways. i really like to let these types of beers warm up a little bit, but not here, its best when its colder, with temperature comes acidic intensity thats hard on the teeth and belly. i like all the apricot of course, about as natural as it gets, super ripe and even soft and fuzzy like the real fruit, very forward and incredibly natural and delicious, the authenticity is through the roof. i kind of wanted to taste more of the wine in the barrel profile, which is tannic and heavily oaky, but not as red wine forward as i might have thought for cabernet. all the wood is nice, subtle vanilla and even white tea somehow, killer with the apricots, peach juice notes, even green apple and white grape wrapped up in here, lots going on, but instead of mellowing into a slow tart bretty funkiness like i wish it did, the sourness cranks and disrupts the delicate beauty, it finishes harsh and big. i mean, in all respects this is great beer, but it just doesnt stand with the best wild beers in the world to my palate, maybe those who prefer a more assertive acidity will disagree, but i think its a little too much, unflattering to the fruit, and at $45 a bottle it just doesnt do it for me...

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Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oddlandf
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Oakhtar
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smartassboiler
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of imyourhero21
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of julielynndubee
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rugbypsu
3.98/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of coz
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful straw - light orange color. Pitch white frothy head which dissipates fairly quickly leaving a sudsy ring around the glass. Nose is ripe apricot, stone fruit, prickly pear, getting some oak, barnyard funk, bready yeast. Taste. Taste is follows the nose, getting apricots, green apple, lemon, a little grassy note. Tart, but not puckering. Acidic, but not harsh. Great smooth pillowy mouthfeel. Soft on the palate. Overall a fantastic fruited Saison. Everything you would want, very well balanced.

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Photo of dleiner
4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattmarka1
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Abricot Du Fermier, Batch #3, is beautiful. It's what you hope for based on its name. Glowing bright yellow, smooth and even soft looking. A fluffy white cloud is perched above the bright sunshine from below, and it's making me thirsty.

Cracked wheat and an acidic sour aroma is complimented, not overpowered, by wonderful levels of oak and the star of this show, the sweet, juicy apricots. Cut grass, hay, and more sunshine, as if wet wooden panels are being steamed by it in the morning. It's complex, yet beautifully simple.

And the flavors are even better. I can almost say they are identical, but the texture must play a factor here as it is velvety soft, and carries them remarkably. Everything you could ask for in a rustic wild Saison. Tart, but not puckering, light, but not something to guzzle, and full of all the right flavors of wood, hay, wheat, bread crusts, barn funk, and in this case the simple introduction of apricot.

This is a delicious beverage. One that I never even knew I wanted to try, but couldn't be more excited once I laid eyes on this bottle. I knew it was something special, and it is. I want more. If you can get it, consider yourself lucky and do so. Cheers.

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Photo of pcshotsauce33
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.21/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice sour qualities but on par with a lot of apricot sours. I dig the white wine barrel qualities. Quite full feel for a wild ale. Nice overall but nothing mind blowing particularly for the hype surrounding this one. As this warms the sour qualities become quite abrasive. Glad I split this between 4.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.02/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super vibrant orange, almost neon, with a persistent lumpy off-white foam that settles to a thick collar and thin film.

Aroma has faint notes of various fruits like apple, orange and apricot, all on toast, with some funk, peppery oak and cheese that's kind of reminiscent of Gose, even with accents of seaweed and salt. I also detect some PEZ towards the tail end of a whiff. However, as it warms, the toast transitions to a breadiness that becomes completely overwhelming at the end of the session.

Having just had a full bottle of Apricot Casey Family Preserves, that one tasted more fresh, herbal and orchard-like. AdF is sharper, more sour, a little less fruit expressive, but with a bit more oak. The sourness nears vinegar at times, but avoids it thankfully. It's also kind of orangey and grassy with some peach candy in the swallow. Finally, funk is more present than Casey's, albeit lightly so.

The medium body has a nice froth that fades to a crisp fizz. This is super tingly and salivatingly tangy, with a semi-dry finish, but a slight burn on the way down increases the longer you go at it.

Batch 3, 2018 vintage

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Photo of RealDeal
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Abricot Du Fermier from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 287 ratings