Abricot Du Fermier
Side Project Brewing

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #5
Ranked #88
4.61 | pDev: 5.64%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
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Notes: Saison du Fermier that was racked to French oak Cabernet barrels with Apricots and allowed to age until dryness.
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.52/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An upbeat melon, carrot orange pour with mild yellow inserts. The collar is practical and comes slightly off-white with adequate retention

S: The scent is energetic with rustic acidity, and upfront leggings in Riesling stone fruit: cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines. The development is delayed from sharp acidity, but eventually picks up on the courtyard subtleties in oaked woodland, wheat orchards, cellared satchel, and peppered haystacks against the tempered/relaxed wine barrel

T: More shaded barrel on taste peering alongside the wild horse blanket and funky greenwood. Tartness remains on crisp apricot, earthy pine needles, and honey fruit leather to skins of crunchy gold apple pears. There is a peppery, cutting sour bite throughout, but not crumbling to palate or too forceful/cut-throat with slight ventilation. Intensity varies and contracts in lapses, as involvedness constructs in temperature to warming cedar, mildewed pastures, white grape-vanilla jam, and softened fruit-nut bread

M: Light, effervescent feel with medium carbonation and a prickly, peppery spice that ends parched

O: A fair bit of workings coming out of a matured (2+ yrs.) Blend #3, where stability bobs thru piercing acidity: gravitates more sensibly over time to composure

Sep 29, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gold In color and hazy in complexion. There’s a fingernail of off white around the rim. The aroma is an assault of apricots and a touch of brettanomyces. I’m tasting tart brettanomyces and apricots. The mouth is very dry, highly carbonated, and crisp.

Jul 28, 2020
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

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

7 May 2020 - Beer #88 - BA Top 250 Alert!

Corona Day #56

Acquired via trade

Appearance: 5 - a glowing apricot orange. Beautiful white head still maintaining a strong presence after several minutes.

Nose: 5 - SOUR! Remember when classic saisons weren't sour? I recall that actually being a thing. This one will be super sour. Apricot in there too.

Taste: 5 - ok, so it's not insanely sour, but the apricot certainly comes to the fore. And that barnyard funk they're always talking about? Really shines on the back end.

Mouth: 5 - oh lordy! I'm amazed at how thick this is. Like it takes a couple swallows to get it all down.

Overall: 5 - this is a real standout. Wow!

May 20, 2020
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange body with tons of funk on the nose. Some tartness, but not too much. Delicious funky flavor that you only get biting into an apricot, just perfect.

Jul 20, 2019
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

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

The beer pours a hazy straw yellow with a moderate white head, it has medium carbonation. It smells of apricots, nectarines, and red wine. The beer is tart, with big apricot, juicy nectarines, red wine, and oak. The beer is multi layered, and very juicy. An excellent saison from Side Project.

Mar 17, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

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

This is the best sour saison I have ever had. Not even up for debate. The apricot is the perfect star for all of the delicately balanced flavors in the original. Has a bit of wine dryness to go with the sour and smooth tartness that really made the mouthfeel just mind-bendingly good. Rich, complex, smooth and acidic.

Oct 05, 2018
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

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

Another superb SP fruited sour - eff yes! Awesome apricot, peach abound; yet not acidic whatsoever; nice tartness in the back of the palate; creamy, slightly sweet, and just crushable AF.

Sep 26, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a SP stemmed wine glass.

Pours a hazy orange body with a fluffy white head that reduces to leave leggy lacing and minimal retention.

Aromas are potent and pungent - ripe stone fruits, apricot, a little grassy and floral, white wine, tart but not sour smelling.

On the tongue, it's pretty tart with lots of stone fruit, apricot, citrus, lactic acid, oak, funky on the finish and rounded out with wine and oak. Dry, crisp, easy to drink.

This was a real winner - the aroma stole the show but the taste was world class.

Aug 23, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

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

Pours a beautiful golden - surprising clarity, I'd expected more yeast suspension. Immediately after popping the cap, apricot permeated the air - it has a tremendous nose, clean and tart and fruity. The taste follows suit - tart, sour, full of apricots. Rich, yet not the yeasty beast that I had anticipated. Finish is fairly clean as well, which is surprised me a bit. This is quite likely one of my top 3 beers from Side Project at this point - I'd gladly trade for more any day!

Aug 18, 2018
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into a teku at a share.

Look is golden orange. In the glass, it resembles the color of an apricot. Really great looking beer. Minimal head, no lacing and good carb.

Aroma is of fresh apricots followed by some funkiness. Really smells great.

Taste is very apricot prevalent with funk and tartness bringing up the rear. Super balanced as nothing overpowers. Also, where's the 8%? This drinks like something half the abv.

Feel is light and bubbly as you'd expect for this style.

Overall, another fantastic SP fruited saison. They do them right and this AdF is no exception.

Aug 15, 2018
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Blend #3.

A: Pours a pale orange, nearly opaque, with a half finger of bright white head. Pretty good retention and a bit of lacing.

S: Juicy stone fruit (apricot), horseblanket funk, oak and a bit of spice (clove), light white wine and tropical fruit. Pretty appealing.

T: Medium-high sour dominates the flavor, with a decent dose of apricot, a bit of vanilla, funk, and rounded white wine. Medium length finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

O: The fruit is a nice addition to Saison du Fermier, but the sourness is a bit high. I definitely prefer the base.

Jun 25, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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...

Jun 06, 2018
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WhaleSlayer85 from Illinois

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.

May 05, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

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.

Apr 30, 2018
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putonyourwalkingshoes from California

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.

Apr 27, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

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

Apr 27, 2018
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sandstd1 from Maryland

4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this on tap last weekend at the cellar- look and feel were both light and great for the style. Smell was good but not overwhelming. The taste was off the charts incredible. The best sour I've ever had.

Feb 02, 2018
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

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

poured from a 750mL bottle into an oversized snifter. pours a hazy and bubbly orange with fluffy bright white head, which eventually dissipates leaving a nice foam collar around the glass. some off-white swirls remain throughout the pour. smells of fresh sliced apricot, oak, wine and a hint of vanilla. it’s all there and combines for an amazing aroma but the fruit is the star here. the barrels give it more complexity than it would have otherwise but it’s very fruit forward. taste is basically dominated by fruit, however, the barrel characteristics are more noticeable than on the nose. it’s sour but it’s also refreshing. borders on light and heavy as it starts off lighter, simple and more refreshing but gets heavier and more complex as it lingers on the tongue and finishes. feel is smooth and full with an oaky dryness on the finish. overall, this is my favorite fruited fermier as i feel like apricot works so well with sour beer. the combination of the base beer along with red wine barrels and apricots is exquisite. this one probably doesn’t show the balance that some of the other fruited fermiers have (Pêche and Kriek come to mind) but i don’t mind that at all as this allows the apricots to shine with just enough backup from the extended-aged base SdF.

Dec 17, 2017
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ragnar3 from Iowa

4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2, poured into a taster. Funky apricots and oak, soft mouthfeel, nice tartness without being super acidic. One of my favorite Side Project offerings to date!

Aug 23, 2017
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a orangish opaque color with a small white head. Smells of funky sour apricots. Taste is very acidic and tart with a pungent sour finish. A realmouth puckered. But in a great way. Wonderful thick mouthfeel.

Jul 04, 2017
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Shogun250 from Vermont

4.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

B2, Had this side by side with 30 other tremendous apricot sours and saisons. It was a damn good beer but i liked La Fosse better and Westly. Maybe it was more apricotty fresh but it was tart and good, but didn't blow me out of the water either.

Jun 26, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

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

batch 2 drank on 5/13/2017 at dld

Look - nice thick orange body and minimal head....really bold looking
Smell and Taste - huge burst of fruit! apricot galore! oaky and fruitiness are so bold
Feel-mild puckerness but the flavors really sit and linger well...tastes closer to a Wild than a Saison, but no complaints at all
Overall - amazing. Will seek this out again as the SP fruits continue to amaze

May 15, 2017
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

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

Combined notes for Batch 1 and Batch 2. Really nice apricot notes and a bit creamy. Batch 2 was a bit too acidic for my taste, though I'm fairly sensitive to that. As with Fou Foune, would prefer to drink this one as fresh as possible to avoid too much acid buildup.

Jan 23, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured alight peachy color ale with a bubbly head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light apricot and tart notes is pretty refreshing and pleasant. Taste is a nice mix of tart notes with some fresh apricot notes and a white wine-like finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Acidity level is kept at a reasonable level. Very refreshing with solid mix of complexity.

May 12, 2016
Abricot Du Fermier from Side Project Brewing
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