Noir Du Fermier
Side Project Brewing

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #115
Ranked #2,564
4.23 | pDev: 7.57%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
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Notes: Noir du Fermier is a dark farmhouse ale in which the robust, yet dry malt bill is balanced with the brightness, depth and rustic character of the wild Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus found on our family's Missouri farm. This farmhouse ale was fermented in and aged in red wine and bourbon barrels for several months before being naturally conditioned in the bottle.
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend #2.

This one pours a fairly dark brownish/black color, with a small white head, and a good bit of lacing.

This smells like funky and sour red wine, charred malt, roast, chocolate, oak, black cherry, and light whiskey.

This is definitely one of the better dark saisons that I have had. The barrel character is pretty killer, with lots of oak, some char, lots of fruity and funky white wine, and just a touch of bourbon.

This is medium bodied, and slightly creamy, with a nice drinkability, and not too much lingering acidity.

This is very underrated in the Side Project pantheon - it's one of the better dark saisons you'll be able to find.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a quarter inch of beige on top. The aroma is of brettanomyces and red wine. I'm tasting brettanomyces, red wine, vanilla, and caramel. The mouth is sticky, chewy, and dry.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

without a doubt one of the best side project beers i have had to date. i can generally go back and forth on dark saisons, but this one sets the standard as far as i am concerned, just expert from top to bottom. fermented and aged in both red wine and bourbon barrels, i think this unique combination makes the beer, and is done more tastefully and seemingly wholistically here than i have ever seen before. deep brown color with some maple amber notes in the right light, short of black but very dark, with an airy tan head on top, lazing about, in no real hurry to stay or go. it smells insane, snaps the head back at the neck and instantly puckers my mouth and makes it water, its profound really, with some nice oak and tannins from the wine barrels, a cool char to the bourbon barrel and the dark malt, and a classic side project yeast complexion thats fully wild and interesting, bacterial first and the bretty, really mature, notes of fig and black cherry and whiskey here. lots of bourbon in the flavor, just ahead of the red wine for me, molasses and vanilla elements to it, woody and burnt, bringing up some cocoa and some earthy roast in the malt, but also leaving space for its own sweetness. the wine adds a nice red fruity layer, dried and concentrated and sort of autumnal with all the wood that comes with it. a cutting lemony acidity, and a prolonged funk at the end, dry but flashing back a few times before its gone. charcoal and leather and whiskey to finish, im in awe of this and my glass is empty way too fast. among the best side project beers i have ever had...

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Photo of gcamparone
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Side Project stemmed wine glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep brown body with a light brown fizzy two finger head that reduces pretty quickly to leave a small layer of retention and minimal lacing.

Aromas are tart and lactic, red wine and oak come in too, black cherry, molasses and light sweet caramel, maybe some vinegar in there too.

Taste is pretty sour upfront, citrus and lactic acid, a tad roasty with molasses, dark fruit and dried cherries. Finish is dry, tart, with funk and oak in the background. Mouthfeel is light-ish and crisp, dry, medium carbonation.

Overall quite enjoyable, reminds me of a flemish red.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep purple in color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- smells of red wine & bourbon barrels with underlying notes of funky brett and some lacto notes

T- nice mix of bourbon and red wine up front, followed by funky brett and barnyard funk on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- an interesting blend of barrel treatments

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Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a deep black with a light tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Citric acidity, hints of cherry, oak and chocolate.

T: The same as the smell. Tartness hints of citrus, oak, stone fruits and chocolate.

O: Not my favorite SP Saison. Still a solid beer though.

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the cellar.

Black in color. Light tan head.

Lots of wine flavors. Reminds me of a dark sour more than a saison. Very nice surprisingly. Acidic and lemony. This would be tough to call dark if I didn't see the color. Has a light sour flavor profile.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this bottle along with many others of its caliber for a small group tasting and it was definitely a solid beer! Side project is killing the Wild and Saisons these days!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one hits the glass in a swirl of very dark brown and black hues. A small, almost chocolate colored head is there then gone again quickly. There is very little lacing. On the nose, this is classic Side Project saison; mild and slightly tart scents up front with a bit of oak and funk moving in during the middle of the smell. Very light toasted malts creep in at the end of the smell as well. The very end of the scent sees a slight return of a slightly more sour and lactic scent that lingers after the smell ends.

The beer hits the tongue in a small burst of light tartness with a bit of citrus thrown in. This initial taste is pretty close to the scent. Next up is the same light funk and hay from the scent. The initial tartness is still the stronger flavor, but the light funk makes the beer a little more complex in nature. On the back half of the drink, just a touch of juicy stone fruit flavor mixes in. The very end of the drink and just a little while after the drink displays a touch of lightly toasted malt, that is most like cracker malt. After the drink, there is a bit of lingering tartness and citrus fruit. On the palate, the beer is smooth, yet fairly highly carbonated. It is very thirst quenching and pretty easy to drink as well.

Overall, this is a solid dark saison and is basically a darker version of its older sibling. That being said, I wish the darker malts were a little more prominent in the flavor of this one. It has the trademark Side Project tartness and funk that make Cory's saisons so delicious, but it is just a tick below the base SdF. In any event, this is still a stellar beer.

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Photo of Tommo
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I dont love dark saisons, but for the style this is easily the best. Very dry, with malt character that is present but very mellow, well hidden, and non hindering. The body is deep for a saison, and the flavor is typical side project. Overall good

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Hunahpu Day. Again, not sure if bottles or tap. Black body. Smell is acidic. Bright and lemony. Wine. Light roasted malt. Oak. Taste is thankfully not dominated by roasted malt or its typical sourness. This still has the bright wine and lemon sourness of a blonde saison. Roasted malt just adds a bit of a roasty flavor and bitterness. Medium body. Nice, especially for a dark saison.

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Photo of Abbbp
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black saisons matter. \_('o')_/ Surprisingly very well executed beer. Most of the time when I think of the word black to describe a beer I immediately think of darkness in look, and unfortunately, overly roasty in taste. This is neither- of course it's a darker saison, but i'm convinced that anything w the du Fermier suffix is worthy to be sought as it's gonna be good- this followed suit.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin dark color. Aroma is very tart. Flavor is really complex. Tart up front with an evolving flavor. Has a lingering sour / fermented flavor that is just fantastic. Overall I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, blend #1, served in a Derivation snifter glass.

Pours a dark brown, nearly black body, two finger slightly offwhite head, good retention, not a ton of lacing. Smells of cherry tartness, dark chocolate, a fair amount of sulfuric acidity, minerals, a minimal touch of roast, mocha. It's very similar in profile to Farmhouse Noir or Edith. Flavour is mild dark chocolate roast, minerals, acetic, with a touch of dark fruit tartness. If you search for it, there is some lemon as well. Oak, touch of funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, nice slightly prickly tartness on the backend that leaves the palate dry and clean. Very similar to Edith in terms of the acetic tartness behind it, but in the same way, similar to Farmhouse Noir with the additional base malt expressing itself in the appropriate amount. Essentially, a tart black saison that is executed nicely.

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Photo of gibgink
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the Side Project tweet, "Noir du Fermier is our first black saison. A variation on SdF, but aged in used whiskey and red wine barrels"

Pours pitch black with off-white head that quickly disappears. Not a whole lot going on in the smell, just a slight earthiness. Never having had a black saison before, I was extremely impressed by the taste. There is a mild citrusy tartness that finishes with just a hint of sweetness.

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Noir Du Fermier from Side Project Brewing
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