Kriek Du Fermier
Side Project Brewing

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #49
ABV:
8%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,754
Avg:
4.59 | pDev: 6.54%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
32
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Notes: Kriek Du Fermier is our delicate and aromatic Saison du Fermier aged with cherries in French Oak wine barrels. The brightness, depth and rustic character are created by the wild yeast native to our family's Missouri farm. This Cherry Saison was fermented in and aged in wine barrels for over a year before being naturally conditioned in this bottle.

For those of you close to Side Project, you know that Kriek du Fermier has been in the works for several years now, but I can say that the wait was worth it. For the first Blend and release of KdF, we were fortunate enough to be allowed to use the Danish cherries from Frederiksdal. I first tasted the Frederiksdal Cherry Wines at the Mikkeller Copenhagen Beer Celebration in 2015. Their Cherry Wines were unlike anything I had had before and were distinctive in their cherry acidity, flavor and aroma. When we were given the opportunity to use these cherries, I was excited to put them in our favorite base for fruit, Saison du Fermier.
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Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Served in a stemmed glass. Pours a medium reddish pink body, one finger light pink head, short retention, not much lacing. Smell is cherry skin, lemon, moderate acetic acidity, light oak, a bit of lemon zest and light grain. Not quite a Belgian kriek, it would seem, in terms of the cherry presence. The skins are a nice presence on the finish, but there is little of that tart cherry flesh here- that being said, the base Fermier is noticeably changed from the aging on cherries. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, effervescent and appropriately dry, smooth with a fair bit of a cherry skin sweetness on the backend.

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Photo of WhaleSlayer85
4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful bright red with a finger of white-pink head. Bright nose of berries, getting the rich cherry notes, funkiness is present in the background. Tart Cherry, oak, some Vanilla, earthy flavors. Overall, a fantastic offering. Would love a bottle to take home with me. very well executed.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.62/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had a good pour at the dinner tonight featuring sp beers and Kevin Nashan's food. Thanks to both parties for a great event!

This beer has a bright red tint, suggesting a cherry greatness further hinted in the nose and huge on the palate. The cherry expression is pure, and the specialness of these cherries is special. Not too sweet, too tart. Like a special cherry liquor from some mountain village In Europe (minus the booziness and plus saisoniness). Best cherry beer I've enjoyed!
Cheers!

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4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

just a remarkable overall brew, and what these special cherries do to this base beer is special, regardless of what anyone thinks of the original foundational saison, its entirely transformed here, no denying. the color is dead sexy, ruby red, lightly pink in the right light, with a tall just off white head, valentines day looking, highly bubbly, and saturated red, really pretty and also sturdy yet also delicate, seems almost enshrined in the glass, permanent and fancy and something to look at as well as to drink. the cherry here is sweeter in nose and taste than i thought it would be, a really deep cherry, and it does remind of some of the mikkeller frederiksdal cherry stuff, beer and wine and otherwise. wholly dense on the fruit side of things, so much cherry, slight breakfast syrup and medicine, but thats just the fruit itself, with a nice woody maturity and pucker in behind thats far more compelling than the base beer is without the fruit, which obviously acts as a catalyst for maturation, strengthening, and complexity here. cherry and wood, almost has some of that fruit wine to the flavor, some sweetness as well, this isnt that dry, and there is a heaviness not just from the wood but from the grain too that i didnt love in the base beer but seems essential now. a different type of kriek, less lambic type to me, the funk and sour ratio isnt the same at all, and the aged hop thing isnt there at all, but its a new school kriek at the same time that its as good an anything from drie or cantillon or boon or whoever, its just splendid in overall quality, and despite some stylistic liberties taken, it ends up as one of my favorites out there. these guys can do no wrong right now, and if you are turned off by the price here, let me remind you, with side project, you get what you pay for more often than not!

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Photo of leroybrown10
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As good of a beer as I've ever had. Beautiful red hue. Huge cherry nose and flavor. Tart with some earthy funk that grows as the beer warms. Hints of cherry sweetness. Medium carbonation and and a moderate mouth feel. Semi-dry.

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Photo of gibgink
4.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally released after much anticipation, set back, and a second attempt. Pours a beautiful red, with a small white head. Cherry is present on the nose, and it intermingles with a funk. Loved the taste, as cherry is the star(and my favorite fruit flavor). Flavor doesn't seem forced, but outlasts the funk. Semi dry finish, and becomes a little more acidic as it warms. Good stuff.

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Photo of aasher
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was masterfully crafted and was the crown jewel of Fermier Day. It is cherry perfection. It pours a vibrant cloudy red. The pungent, juicy cherry aromas jump out of the glass with a touch of subtle, musty funk. The Frederiksdal cherries that Cory used have such a distinct, unique flavor that you can only find them in obscure liquers. It's a sharp cherry with delicate acidity. This is just a wow beer. I find it hard to believe that there could be a superior cherry wild out there. This beer is perfect.

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Kriek Du Fermier from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 32 ratings