Kriek Du Fermier
Side Project Brewing

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From:
Side Project Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #24
ABV:
8%
Score:
98
Ranked #355
Avg:
4.53 | pDev: 6.84%
Ratings:
54
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 18, 2022
Added:
Oct 07, 2015
Wants:
  32
Gots:
  11
SCORE
98
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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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4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a raspberry red with a light fog to the transparency. The final ounces turn the transparency more towards murky. Head is a finger and a half of pink white foam.

Aroma is cherries right on the nose. Cellar stone, lemon zest, oak, grass, and faint grain form the rest of the nose. The whole aroma has a light sour funk to it, but it's not over powering, nor is it the focal point.

Flavor profile is cherries through and through. At the onset, the cherries are more sweet, especially if served around fridge temperature (~42F). As it warms up, the back half of the flavor profile becomes more and more tart and funky cherry. Nearing room temperature, and the duration of cherries is all light sour funk. Cellar stone, bread, earthy malts, and faint grass form the rest of the flavor profile, and ebb and flow in varying temperatures.

Mouth feel carries a light, mouth coating silt throughout the entire profile. Effervescence is moderately sharp at the start, but bubbles down to a soft finish. Thickness is medium.

Overall, cherries add a wonderful level of depths here, which just enhances the whole experience. It's not singular in focus on either sweetness of funkiness, which adds to the intrigue as well. Base Fermier is steadfast in its funky saison intention, with the cherries maintaining this same focus, while adding an additional level of depth.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 750mL bottle. Blend #2.

Feb 18, 2022
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3.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

750 mL bottle. Deep red. Smells of red wine, sour cherry, oak. Tastes of strong oak, earthy yeast, sour cherry, deep red wine sourness. Pretty sour, but not quite too much. Red wine is very strong. I didn't expect much from it, but it's not bad.

Jan 22, 2022
 
4.6 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Jun 06, 2021
 
4.5 by chepi141 from Missouri on Mar 16, 2021
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4.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by jorden-kegeler from Michigan

Pouted from a 750 mL bottle. The color is very pretty red hazy color. The aroma is a bit of funk with a big explosion of cherry, love it. The taste follows the smell with the typical SP acidity and a big cherry flavor. Its an awesome beer and tasty nonetheless.

Jan 12, 2021
 
4.43 by pconn10 from Illinois on Jan 10, 2021
 
4.42 by johnlatona from New Jersey on Dec 11, 2020
 
4.5 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Oct 13, 2020
 
4.57 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Sep 18, 2020
 
4.34 by kjkinsey from Texas on Aug 25, 2020
 
4.49 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Aug 15, 2020
 
4.79 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Aug 12, 2020
 
4.25 by Spaten454 from Texas on Aug 10, 2020
 
4.38 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Jul 22, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by eppie82 from Illinois

Batch 2 (2020) from bottle. This pours a beautiful cherry red color, with foam which dissipates quickly. Lots and lots of cherries popping at you in aroma and in initial flavor. A puckering brew for sure. There are those balanced krieks, and then there's this which feels extreme and unhinged. Better like tartness and be prepared for acidity. In a nutshell, I really like it.

Jul 01, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by unclekeith from Alaska

Batch2

May 30, 2020
 
4.52 by Montanabeerz from Montana on May 17, 2020
 
4 by Argento from Rhode Island on Apr 01, 2020
 
4.75 by Kmkapalka from Delaware on Mar 18, 2020
 
4.73 by MeLoynes from Missouri on Mar 18, 2020
 
4.46 by vfgccp from New York on Mar 08, 2020
 
5 by Ziosa from Missouri on Dec 18, 2019
 
4.75 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jul 15, 2019
 
4.25 by YvesB from Belgium on Aug 30, 2018
 
4.77 by ragnar3 from Iowa on Aug 16, 2018
Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Stevedore from Oregon

750ml bottle. Batch 1. 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.

May 21, 2018
 
4.29 by jaydoc from Kansas on Dec 23, 2017
 
4.69 by FreshZ from Missouri on Dec 03, 2017
 
3.71 by chippo33 from Vermont on Nov 28, 2017
 
4.92 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Aug 18, 2017
 
4.09 by Raziel313 from California on Aug 12, 2017
 
4.75 by edthehead from New York on Aug 11, 2017
 
4.59 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Aug 07, 2017
 
4 by acurtis from New Jersey on Aug 07, 2017
 
4.56 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Aug 07, 2017
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4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by WhaleSlayer85 from Illinois

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.

Aug 05, 2017
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4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by bennyman12 from Missouri

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!

Aug 01, 2017
 
4.25 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Jul 23, 2017
 
4.25 by fthegiants from California on Jul 17, 2017
 
4.5 by t2grogan from Arizona on Jul 16, 2017
Kriek Du Fermier from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 54 ratings