Side Project Brewing

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Belgian Saison
4.19 | pDev: 4.77%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Farmhouse Pale Ale fermented in french oak Pinot Noir puncheons and then dry hopped before bottle conditioning.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 77 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Kurmaraja
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps time has done this well? Far exceeded my expectations. A slow gusher. Pours a slightly muddy honey tone with a nice head. Clings and leaves a bit of filmy lace. Nose has some pretty musk followed by peach, passion fruit and oak. Flavor adds rule cantaloupe to the mix for a remarkably juicy taste. A bit of Lacto and soft breadiness rounds out the middle.

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Photo of danh53
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this from my brother Ben in a trade and it exceded expectations. Pours a cloudy honey color with three finger head and good lacing. Aroma is lemon, herb, lacto, and bread. Taste follows the nose and banana comes through as it warms. The mouth feel is medium with good carbonation. Slightly sour.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale with a huge white head. Great retention. Lots of lacing.

Smell - Hoppy. Herbal hops. Wheat. Pale malt. Has a light white wine aroma, but I don't see anything on the bottle indicating it's wine barreled.

Taste - Hoppy up front. Grassy, but has some lemony characteristics. Some of that gets the slightest bit tart. Has some of that lemony flavor again. I get white wine and oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Well carbonated.

Overall - Grew on me as I drank it. Didn't quite live up to the 2nd Shift version. Are these supposed to be the same beer?

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Straw yellow body, half finger white head, good retention time. Looks the part of a farmhouse ale although a bit lighter in body and more effervescent.

S- Citrus aromas mixed in with a bit of graininess, a so very slight bit of earthy funk. Not a ton of complexity, a bit muddled but overall a pleasing aroma.

F- Mildly chalky flavours, accentuated by grainy pale malt sweetness, a bit of oak and funk. Throughout, citrus hop flavours bounce around in and out. Not as clean as I'd like, but still reasonably tasty.

M- Medium bodied, soft mouthfeel that helps softens the slight messiness of the flavours on the palate a bit. Mild-moderate bitterness on the backend without any distinct hop flavours which seem to be found more in the early aspects of the flavour.

O- Decent farmhouse ale. Not terrible and I would never turn this down, but it is not as clean on the palate as I would like it to be.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a nice straw golden hazy color with a quarter-half-inch white head that is of medium density.

Aroma of sweet fruity hops with earthy grassy notes. Slight wine barrel character. Soft and fluffy beer in the nose with slight fruity yeast esters of horse blanket and barnyard.

Flavor starts off with notes of grain and saison yeast. Slightly fruity and chalky. Nice notes of oak are present with slight vinous character. Earthy, grassy hop notes add some spice to the beer. A yummy fluffy soft mouthfeel compliments a slight tartness that develops from the Brett as it finishes dry and super funky. Winner as always.

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 77 ratings