Abricot Du Fermier
Side Project Brewing

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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #7
Ranked #74
4.59 | pDev: 5.66%
May 01, 2022
Sep 19, 2014
Abricot Du FermierAbricot Du Fermier
Notes: Saison du Fermier that was racked to French oak Cabernet barrels with Apricots and allowed to age until dryness.
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4.31 by Affinity from Missouri on May 01, 2022
4.45 by loganburgh from Michigan on Apr 05, 2022
3.86 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Mar 30, 2022
4.75 by PDinunzi from New Jersey on Mar 22, 2022
4.44 by paresis from Massachusetts on Mar 06, 2022
4.46 by sweemzander from Illinois on Feb 23, 2022
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4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours an apricot orange with a little haze to the translucency. Transparency drops towards murky when the last of the bottle is poured into the glass. Head never forms. Aroma is apricot right off the cuff, although it's mild and nuanced into the profile. Stone, lemongrass, and earth add some more depth. It has a pleasant tartness to it, leaning into a little acidity. Flavor profile takes the acidity up a notch, especially when served at fridge temperature. The acidity wanes as the beer warms. Apricot adds some sweetness, and is more forward than the nose, taking up a more dominate role. It's still well balanced and nuanced into the flavor profile. Cellar stone, earthy malts, grass, and lemon zest create the rest of the profile, all accompanied by some minor tartness. Mouth feel is still in effervescence, delivering a smooth texture. Thickness is medium. Overall, a tart apricot saison that delivers tasty simplicity.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 750mL bottle. Blend #5.

Jan 23, 2022
4.73 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 19, 2022
5 by MrNate from Florida on Dec 31, 2021
4.46 by Eman17 from Illinois on Dec 19, 2021
4.62 by LumpkinBrews from Colorado on Dec 15, 2021
4.66 by notchucknorris from California on Dec 14, 2021
5 by Hefewiseman from Florida on Dec 13, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by mschrei from Illinois

Truly excellent beer. Not too funky, but plenty of saison characteristics. Pleasant apricot flavor. Dry finish. Aging in wine barrels gives it a subtle booziness.

Dec 12, 2021
4.34 by Lucoli from New York on Nov 22, 2021
4.68 by sarpedon52 from Georgia on Nov 14, 2021
4.43 by o29 from Texas on Nov 12, 2021
4.6 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Nov 07, 2021
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4.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by jb_4226 from Texas

Great brew!

Nov 01, 2021
4.75 by rarapacz from Minnesota on Oct 10, 2021
4.7 by Chilmer from Iowa on Sep 25, 2021
4.5 by Dadthew from New York on Sep 13, 2021
4.48 by kreg02 from Illinois on Sep 10, 2021
4.5 by paulish from New York on Sep 04, 2021
4.42 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Aug 21, 2021
4.25 by Adamostella from Washington on Aug 02, 2021
4.5 by Benish from Wisconsin on Jul 13, 2021
3.9 by BeerMe8 from Florida on Jun 27, 2021
4.25 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
4.19 by JAWS from New York on Jun 14, 2021
4.45 by bret27 from California on May 29, 2021
3.99 by TimG_0913 from Delaware on Mar 07, 2021
4.2 by Bugsmcl from Ohio on Feb 12, 2021
4.25 by Nedster10 from Michigan on Jan 20, 2021
4.33 by pconn10 from Illinois on Jan 10, 2021
4.59 by osseo222000 from Illinois on Jan 08, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Ckgibu from Hawaii

So good! So much fruit with a tart bite

Jan 02, 2021
4.44 by SG_H44 from Korea (South) on Jan 02, 2021
4.6 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Dec 30, 2020
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4.52/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

Batch 5 - 750ml bottle - Poured into a white wine stem at 40°F and allowed to warm up.

Pours a deep, foggy, apricot orange, with absolutely zero head formation, and no sign of effervescence. A couple of tiny floaties can be seen, looking like pulp in fresh-squeezed orange juice. A few spots of lace cling to the glass, but otherwise, the ale is lifeless. Pretty colour though.

Nose: That instantly recognisable Side Project base is instantly recognisable. A nice toasty grain backbone, tons of funky farmhouse wet hay bales, musty wet oak, tons of leather, dusty attic, musty stone cellar, mineralic rover stones, dried leaves, petrichor, mineral-rich white wine (Riesling, Pinot Gris), pitty fruit notes of cherry, plum, apricot, peach, etc.., wood shavings, magnolia blossoms, gardenia, lilac, honeysuckle, deep bretty funk, with some sweaty, horsey, stable notes, some lemon, lemon zest, and lemon oil acidity, and heaps of sweet, saturated stone fruit notes. This is seriously complex.

Palate: AdF greets the palate with a blast of minerality and acidity. The acidity ia actually fairly tame, leaning more lacto than pedio, but it's compounded by this insane level of minerality. Sea shells, stone, aspirin, vitamin C - it almost lends a gooozie salinity. It all explodes at once, and it's hard to pull complexity out. Plenty of white oak, vinous cask notes (almost a Rosé), some farmy wet hay, dried grass, big fresh lemon and even some white grapefruit, tart pear, green apple, unripe gooseberry, underripe nectarine, peach, and lots of apricot, and strangely, some dark fruit shows up - overripe cherry, plum, and blackberry, which pair up with the stone fruit, and quickly dry out, seeing the acidity disappeared in the finish. This allows more oak, cereal grain, and some sweaty, musty brett to reemerge, turning back into musty wet wine cask - again, with this almost cherry note underneath it. The finish is bone dry, ultra clean, and lifts off nicely.

Mouthfeel/Body: The body here is fantastic. Like most of these Side Project fruits, the ABV is at 8%, and it's right where it should be. Enough grain to lend some body and not be thin, but crisp enough to be a light-bodied ale, further lifted by that acidity and overall brightness. There's a bit of sweetness in here, but it eventually dries out completely. Effervescence is moderate. That is, it's a bit sparse, and not champagne-like. Spritzy, but neither fizzy nor lacking. Not puckering, but definitely sour.

Overall: This is a beautiful beer. In a lot of ways, it's similar to Fuzzy. Fuzzy is a more complete beer. This has more flavour, more fruit, more acidity, but less oak, less character, but more flavour. If stone fruit sours are your jam, and you don't mind the bite, this is just a must try. Perhaps a bit more funk and complexity on the palate (like the nose) would improve this, but as-is, batch 5 is still delightful.

Dec 12, 2020
Abricot Du Fermier from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 438 ratings