Oude Du Blé
Side Project Brewing

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #31
ABV:
7%
Score:
96
Ranked #910
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 5.13%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
77
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Side Project Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
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Notes: Oude du Blé is the Barrel-Fermented and Barrel-Aged expression of our tart Missouri Wheat Saison, Saison du Blé.

Fermented in French Oak Chardonnay Barrels and then aged on the lees for more than a year before being naturally conditioned in the bottle, Oude du Blé showcases a refined vinous character, a nuanced Brett influence and the signature Side Project acidity from our local microflora that inhabit all of our wild beers.
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Photo of Sabtos
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the perfect blend of funk and tart. Shimmering gold-yellow with a fuzzy white head fading to a thin collar and wispy film, Oude de Blé delivers hay and grass with some very woody, dusty walnut all perfectly contrasted by tart grapefruit and lemon that are just in the Goldilocks range of sourness, which is hard to come by with most Side Project bottles. The champagne-like but softer body is crisply frothy and finishes dry, bringing out some white grape.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chardonnay and Saison simply have a natural affinity for one another and the Side Project team is playing match maker. Taking their Missouri wheated farmhouse ale, inoculating it with house strains of microflora and nestling it inside of spent chardonnay barrels and a wonderful melody emerges.

Pale straw and cast in a foggy gaze, Oude du Ble crowns with a frothy white honeycomb structured froth. Poignant aromas of whtie wine, pepper, funk and citrusy freshness swoon the nose while the initial taste is supple with sweetness, capturing a sense of sourdough, hard candy and key lime pie.

As the floral aromas settle and the sweetness dissolves the earthen spice and succinct fruit flavors begin to unfold on the middle palate. Green apple, white grape, gooseberry, lime and lemon all seem fresh to start but trend earthy, musty and branch weathered. A funky rebuttal is peppery, vinous and sharp while also applying a sense of damp burlap, leather and sun bleached oak on the late palate and retro-olfactory senses.

Light and spritzy, the effortless ale bounces off the tongue in true champagne fashion. Its arid substrate trails briefly with dried citrus and a nuanced funk of cellar-like conditions and the brininess of the sea. Vinous alcohols simmer on the throat with a tease of refreshment and supreme drinkability.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

if this is how you like your sours, this is excellent, but for me, as good as this is, its incredibly sour, i feel like these guys have been trending more acid and less funk as time has gone on, and i think its getting a little out of proportion, this is more sour than anyone could reasonably drink an entire bottle of, even a few sips is a lot on the teeth and tongue and in the belly. that said, the beer is remarkably well refined, this a 2016 vintage, perfectly clear honey golden color in the glass under a full inch of regal white head, oamy and rich looking. no sediment here until the very bottom, and great carbonation is evident. the nose is a ton of chardonnay, almost like there actually is fruit in here, or wine blended in, rather than it being aged in the barrel, tannic and mineral forward and tart and natural, gorgeous really, mouthwatering. its oaky too, but bright and new to me, despite the beer obviously being very mature. the acidity is obvious in the nose though too, past pucker and it feels like sucking on a lemon once i taste it. there is fine complexity here, lots and lots of wood character, and a simple seeming old worldy saison as a base. its great, but its caustically acidic, and less of that and more bretty funk would improve it a lot, maybe a product of its extended ageing in the barrels, maybe too long in the cellar, im not sure, but its too much. i wish they werent all trending this way, its slightly lowering my appreciation of their most prized beers, and my friends agree. the white wine character, even in the yeast, is amazing here though, and all the wood yet the whole thing being delicate is impressive. hard to cast a negative tone over a beer this good, but the over the top sourness has become a bit of a turn off in these...

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2017. poured from a 750mL bottle into a side project stemmed bulb glass. pours a lovely bright dense orange with soapy white head, which dissipates quickly leaving some foam swirls in the middle of the glass. smells of oak, white wine, sparkling acidity, slight barn funk. taste is oaky, slightly nutty, white wine and moderate tartness. it’s not the chardonnay bomb i remember Oude Fermier being. it is also not as sour as i remember Vintage 2016 tasting right out of the gate. feel is full, a decent amount of carbonation. overall, this is bubbly, tart and delicious. i’m a big fan of SdB and this takes it up a notch or two.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle, served on-site at Side Project Brewery. Served in a stemmed glass. Pours a medium lighter straw yellow body, slight orange hue, one finger thick white head, tons of retention and lacing. Smell is wonderful citrus, orange zest, vinous character, funky cheese, moderate funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, rich and vinous, with a nice slightly cheesy funk on the finish. Overall, wonderfully complex wine barrel aged saison with plenty of character and funk to it. I certainly believe that this is one of SPB's underrated wine-barrel aged saisons.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly orange tinged yellow, moderate haziness and a tiny light head. Aroma is smooth and enjoyable - light oakey buteric acid with tartness of lemon juice and a bit of pepper. Full flavor - crisp and tangy, oakey, with an extremely enjoyable finish. Reminiscent of a lighter Oude Gueuze, just phenomenal.

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Photo of gibgink
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Was fortunate enough to have b1 and b2 at the same time. Was really nice to see how well the beer develops in the bottle. Pours a golden hue with good white fluffy head. Earthiness on the nose. B1 at this point has mellowed. The tart/zest profile in B2 is no longer present. The beer has started a trip towards Tete du Cuvee in my opinion. I would assume the longer it is cellared the more and more it will progress towards that point.

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Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow. White head.

Wine and tannins. Oak. Light tartness and sour. Little acidity. No brett. Fruity.

Light bodied. Clean.

Great saison. This is what I wish they all tasted like. Right amount of sour and tartness with no Brett funk showing. Awesome!

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Photo of jakemn91
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant golden color with a slight haze. Puffy White head.
Aroma is white wine, gooseberry, slight mineral quality.
Taste is moderately sour, white wine again, lemons, little bit of oak, very mild funk.
Medium body

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Oude Du Blé from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 77 ratings