Marietta Ave
Side Project Brewing

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #333
ABV:
6%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,581
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 6.68%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
150
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Side Project Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
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Rotating
Wants
  12
Gots
  22
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Marietta AveMarietta Ave
Notes: Marietta Ave. is our Farmhouse Pale Ale that was fermented in and aged in French Oak Puncheons with Belgian Saison yeast and a blend of soft Brettanomyces strains. It was brewed with floral and citrusy American hops and naturally conditioned in this bottle for several months.
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Photo of Sabtos
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Foggy yet shimmering burnt gold with a sturdy lumpy white foam head leaving some reaching arms of lace on the glass.

The softly fluffy medium-light body delivers a little weedy, bretty bite of bitterness and some hay, straw and grass before the wine barrel contributes a unique rosé sort of flavor, entirely unrelated to a floral note that comes out in the swallow.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Sep 10, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a slightly cloudy yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like peach, flowers, pear, vanilla, and soft oak.

This is very well balanced, and stupid drinkable. It's got a soft vanilla-tinged fruitiness, lots of floral character, light white wine grapes, and some oak. It's not quite as earth-shattering as some of Side Project's more well known saisons, but it's still a worthy pour.

This is light bodied, and really drinkable. It's clean and creamy to the max.

This is a really pleasant saison. Side Project is capable of better, but it's still better than 95% of saisons made in America.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Mar 11, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

blend #3 = 4.34

updated review for blend #4
poured from a 750mL bottle into a willi becher pint glass. pours gold with a slight murkiness to it. tons of fluffy bright white head. i get a lot of wine barrel on the nose initially that leads to more pronounced oak & funk as it warms. not a ton of hoppiness to this beer but i’m good with that. taste is more oak & brett forward. not very acidic or sour. semi-crisp, somewhat “belgiany.” feel is soft, lower carb than one might expect for the style. not as crisp as it tastes. overall, not my favorite SP but certainly not my least favorite either. very easy drinking farmhouse ale that puts the acidity and sourness aside for more floral & funky aspects.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a cloudy complexion and a fingernail of brilliant white on top. I smell white grapes and sweet Belgian yeast. I'm tasting tart light malt and dry sweet Belgian yeast. The mouth is dry, crisp, and heavily carbonated.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Jun 17, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange body with a thin white head that leaves a film and thin lacing.

Smell is earthy, floral with hints of bret

Taste is floral and earthy, but citrus flavors come out as it warms, it also starts to sweeten. Still. the floral notes dominate.

Feel is medium body with a dry finish that leaves a real earthy flavor on the tongue. No bitterness.

Overall, this is a nice saison that offers a pretty deep range of flavors. Easy to drink, very nice with pasta and seafood!

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: cloudy orange with a finger of white head
S: some funk and sourness with hay/straw
T: slight sourness, with very slight funk. But nothing bold that stands out like other so beers.
F: smooth and easy to drink
O: glad I got to try it.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

thanks for the tick rob! classic looks nose boasts Bretton over pale ale/saison. taste is nice sweet with some plastic over the top from the brett. tastes like crooked stave. good, not great.

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cosmicevan from New York, Jul 27, 2016
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3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange tinged gold color. Effervescent and opaque with a nice thin but frothy white head. Head dissipated leaving no lacing or residual head.

Smell was a subtle blend of peach, apricot, floral hops, and a mild gentle yeast.

Taste followed the nose with some notes of peach and apricot caressed by a gentle floral and herbal flavor. Gently gives way to a rather bitter hoppy finish. Strong hop notes on the finish. Not much of a yeast flavor since its so subtle, would love to see a strong yeast character. Some oaken woody notes are also noted.

Feel was very nice - light and airy, easy drinking with a dry finish.

Overall a solid saison from Side Project. Didn't get a ton of barrel character or yeast and that I felt detracted from the overall beer.

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FBarber from Illinois, Jun 29, 2016
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4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to bstyle for this
750 ml bottle, blend 2, poured into a teku

A- A slight hazy golden copper with a two finger white head.

S- Tart, nice funk/brett, some tannins, oak, some wine, mild hops.

T- Note as tart as the nose, citrus, some oak, nice touch of wine barrel, finish dominants this beer, finish is barnyard funk, peppercorns, and big piney bitter hops.

M- Smooth, crisp, very dry, light to medium body.

O- A nicely done wine barrel saison. Was hoping if would be more sour, but the funk is really nice in this, very easy to drink.

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larryi86 from Delaware, Jun 23, 2016
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3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blend #1

Gusher of a bottle Tons of white head. Golden melon orange color.

Lots of brett and funk here. Slightly medicinal. Earthy and herbal. Grassy. The wine barrels don't show very much. Maybe some tannins.

Light to medium bodied. Tons of carbonation.

Decent, but nothing out of this world.

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mothman from Minnesota, Jun 09, 2016
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4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Quite a gusher despite being kept cold and upright. First bottle I've had overflow after the first glass was poured. Signature Side Project yeast profile with a light lemony tartness, balanced with farmhouse funk, and crisp, dry finish. This beer specifically has a bitterness on the finish from the hops. A bit grassy. As it warms, the bitterness subsides and flowery hop profiles release on the nose and in the taste. Slightest hint of melon and tropical fruit closer to room temperature.

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PHBoiler from Illinois, Apr 29, 2016
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3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can't believe that I haven't reviewed this one yet. Basically, this is the Cory King version of an IPA. It is light and fluffy with a lot of carbonation (gusher!) on the palate. The pour is a medium straw yellow in color with a large, frothy head. Lacing is good. Scent is a combination of barnyard funk and mild bitterness from the dry hopping. The taste follows the same line as the scent, with dry hopping bitterness up front, and light, somewhat estery, funk following. Really not a great overall flavor impression, as the funk and hops don't really work together very well.

Overall, this is not among my favorites from Cory. If you are a funk and IPA lover, this might be your dream, but to me, this beer has split personality disorder between its primary flavors.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into SP sour flute. Going proper glass on this beer!

This is a really nice beer from Side Projects. Underrated and under-appreciated Side Projects beer here; that does not get said very much with most Side Project beers. This reminds me alot of Oxbow barrel aged farmhouse pale ale, but with wine barrel instead of straight oak aging, and a bigger brett profile. Really nice rustic saison mineral water, earthy, light fruit, light funk, light bitterness, and light white wine presence. Very balanced and on point blend farmhouse pale ale here. Mouthfeel is awesome. light body with low moderate carbonation. creamy carbonation with a slight hint of driness that is barely detectable. I would gladly drink this Side Projects beer any time.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is probably the least out there beer i have had from side project, definitely the least wild of the wilds, the belgian saison strain is at least an equal contributor to the yeast flavor of this beer, if not more. a slight orange hue to the heady hazy liquid, looks like it should, and its obviously very well carbonated. i smell the belgian aspect first, with a litle funk on the back end. white peach, white grape, green apple are all there in a subtle way, wine barrel influence i have to assume. there are some hops to this too, especially right in the middle, juicy and complimentary to the fruity flavors from the barrel. minimal bitterness. the complexity isnt quite as high as many other side project beers i have had, although i appreciate the way it comes together. i like the multiple yeast pitches, and think this beer demonstrates a great knowledge of times and temperatures for multiple strains in one brew. more time in the barrel might bring on a little acidity that would help it finish, but its nice and refreshing, just not as distinctive as many of the other beers they do. the quality of all this stuff is just through the roof though...

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Photo of emerge077
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was one of 3 house drafts at Side Project Cellar.
Served in a small stemmed taster glass.

Pale gold with a compact cap of white foam, rising streams of visible carbonation. Lasting lace around the edges and lasting surface coverage. Slightly hazed.

Aroma is light and floral, vaguely earthy. Pleasant but simple.
Taste has a light herbal earthiness to it, and a bone dry finish. It dries out and fades away pretty fast, enough to not make much of an impression. Light bodied and well carbonated. Just a little too simple considering the sum of it's parts. Could use more expressive Brett or barrel characteristics.

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emerge077 from Illinois, Oct 04, 2015
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3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer shares the same name as the street where the Side Project Cellar is located. Dare I say this beer "pales" in comparison to other outings from Side Project? Pours a light lemony color with a very fluffy white head. Unfortunately, that was the highlight of the beer for me. Slight earthy tones with a clean finish. With a description of pale ale on the label, I was expecting some more hop characteristics to come through.

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gibgink from Missouri, Oct 03, 2015
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3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Slow gusher of a bottle. Hazy bright yellow. Big white head and a thick collar. Smells tropical and herbal. Strong yeastiness. A little lemony. Tastes a lot less herbal and hoppy. More doughy malts and maybe even some oak in the back end. Bitter finish. Soft carbonation, despite the gushing. Simple beer from Side Project, which is surprising.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Side project experiments with the horizon of hops in a super-dry brett beer here. Pungent, bitter, and delicious. i love the shade of orange this thing pours and the way the hops and yeast combine in a tight, bright perfume.

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bennyman12 from Missouri, Sep 09, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at the Side Project Cellar. This one reminds me of Hill Farmstead Dorothy, which is not surprising given the style and description. Very nice beer.

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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey, Sep 04, 2015
Marietta Ave from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 150 ratings