Leaner | Side Project Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
sideprojectbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fermented in and aged in French Oak with cultures from Missouri and Colorado, this saison spent 7 months maturing with Missouri Flamin' Fury peaches.

Our labels are a change of pace for both breweries as Troy decided to design their Leaner label himself and use inspiration from our Fuzzy label, so we did the same. Our label is designed after their Oak Theory!

Working with Troy on this one was awesome and hopefully it's something we do again (maybe a different fruit) in the future!
Cheers.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#179
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
69
pDev:
5%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 69
Photo of birchstick
4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had side by side Casey's Leaner. Side Project's had a bit more funk and layers to it, but I preferred Casey's powerful fruit notes. Both were fantastic!

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

blend #2 poured from a 750mL bottle into a side project bulb glass. pours a hazy orange. slightly off-white head dissipates quickly. smell is pure candied peach. do not get the normal side project acidity / funk. not a lot of oak. not complaining in the least. smells like a peach dessert. taste is candied peach, acidity, oaky vanilla. feel is bubbly and full. tingles in the mouth. slight dryness. overall, this is fantastic. not too sour and while the nose is straight peach the taste is so much more complex. delicious.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blend #2.

A: Pours a hazy, light orange-tinted gold with a finger of bright white, very fizzy head that fizzles out pretty quickly to a still surface. No lacing.

S: Bursting with barnyard funk, earth, light grainy malt, woody/dry oak, fruity white wine, and just a hint of peach. Well integrated.

T: Bracing moderate sourness transitions to juicy peach, mild earthy funk, medium-light sweetish grainy malt, finishing with a lingering sourness.

M: Medium-light bodied, mildly creamy, with medium carbonation.

O: Excellent funky sour beer with light barrel treatment and *very* mild peach component (not unexpected given past experience with peach sours). Great as a naked sour beer, but perhaps less satisfying as a peach sour.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bright pale gold color, nice 1+ finger white head and moderate lacing. Big peach aroma, slightly tart. Light crackery malt. Taste like the aroma, a bit more tart. Smooth mouth feel, tart, light, and crisp. Tremendous tart peach ale.

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Photo of markcp
4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Gorgeous cloudy peach color with a tight white head.
S: Peaches, a little funk
T: Tons of juicy peach, subtle funk and oak, not extremely sour
F: Delicate, soft, creamy, medium carb

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Photo of gibgink
4.37/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3 way split at Side Project cellar. Pours a peachy yellow with small, fluffy white head. Quite cloudy. Smells faintly of peaches, which became more pronounced as it warmed up. Tastes like a stoney peach, with a dry and surprisingly creamy finish. I was glad I got to try this on-site only release, and even happier that 2 other people that I met there were willing to split the cost of the bottle, as the price point is a little steep in my opinion to enjoy by yourself.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Caution: contains spoilers...
Love the peachy color, slight cloudiness, and bright white lacing on this one.
Smells oh so fresh and peachy!
The flavor get started just how I want--peach (you're getting the theme), then tart (not too sour, though), then a left turn to a Bazooka Joe bubble gum finish.
Mouthfeel is perfect.
Overall: I love this beer besides the bubble gum aftertaste. Damn you, Bazooka Joe! But wait, they're about to tap derivation one right now! Huzzah for the Kings!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, batch 1, served on site at Side Project Cellar.

Pours a lemon yellow, hazy and cloudy with a one finger thick white head with good retention, a bit of lacing. Smells of a very earthy, sulphuric mineral aroma at first, with a touch of peach. The peaches don't quite jump out at first, but if you let it warm up a bit and swirl it some, the peach aroma will climb out. Minerals, graininess, a bit of acetic presence though not a lot. Mild oak and funk presence. Flavour brings out more overripe peach, a bit of sulfur, mineral, yeast, oak, cereal, saison yeast. Mild funk. The peach is overall subtle compared to some other peach beers, but this does have a bit of that Casey house funk. It's interesting and the acidity is quite restrained compared to what you'd expect from a Side Project beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, good carbonation with an overall enjoyable sipping profile. It didn't blow my socks off, but it's a very nicely executed beer. Soft, delicate without too much acidity, and a fair amount of peach.

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Leaner from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 69 ratings