Oude Du Blé
Side Project Brewing

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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #31
Ranked #458
4.46 | pDev: 5.16%
Jun 04, 2022
Jun 17, 2016
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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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4.22 by eppie82 from Illinois on Jun 04, 2022
4.69 by reebtaerG from Maryland on Mar 26, 2022
4.5 by BEER88 from Washington on Mar 14, 2022
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4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Alieniloquium from Florida

750 mL bottle. Clear golden. Smells of strong oak, white wine, mineral notes. Tastes of strong white wine, soft fruity sweetness, lots of oak, mild acidity. Earthy yeasty back end. Medium light. Simple and very pleasant.

Jan 08, 2022
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4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a copper hue with a light fog and frost to it. One and a half fingers of white foam top it. Aroma is white grape, even from a distance. Raisins, fig, grassy, cellar stone, green apple, and pear. Mild dryness with a light funk. Flavor profile is white grapes, fig, jammy grapes, grassy hops, cellar stone, wafery, crackery malts, pear and green apple. Finish is tart, with the lead up weaving between sweet and funky. Mouth feel is crisp with an initial sharpness. Medium-thin with a sharp leading edge. Overall, crisp and refreshing with prickly sour notes for texture.

2018 vintage. Reviewed from notes.

Nov 13, 2021
4.27 by mltobin from Connecticut on Sep 26, 2021
4.76 by Chilmer from Iowa on Sep 25, 2021
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4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

2017 vintage.

This one pours a hazy-ish golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like white wine, grape, grassy funk, lemon rind, floral character, and stone fruit.

This is definitely one of the better Side Project beers that I've had. There's a much more refined acidity than I'm used to with them, with a nice sweet and sour funk to it, lemon, floral sweetness, white grape, oak, grapefruit, etc.

This is light bodied, clean, and very drinkable, with a really refined and elegant feel to it.

This is as good as saison gets, really. This is very well done.

Jul 15, 2021
4.67 by chepi141 from Missouri on Mar 16, 2021
4.5 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
4.71 by STLBeer7458 from Missouri on Jan 05, 2021
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4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Ckgibu from Hawaii

Such an incredible saison

Jan 03, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by kevanb from Illinois

750ml bottle, "2018 vintage" stamped on the front label, poured into a stemless wine glass. Enjoyed on 07.02.2020, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright copper color, cloudy and bubbly with a fizzy white head that offers no retention nor lacing. The aroma is nice, super funky, sweet stone fruits, white wine grape, dry candied hop, crusty cereal grains, green apple skin and loads of wildflower. The flavors are good, quite floral with a nice punch of funky white grape, chewy oak and tart and tangy citrus while there is a nice peachy/apricot layer of sweet stone fruits and berries and lingering pale dough and mineral water. The mouthfeel is good, lively, crisp, coating with a nice medium body and a tart and dry finish.

Verdict: A very nice funky saison from Side Project. It's not as bracingly sour as many of their wild beers tend to be, which really lets the nuanced layers of flavor come to fruition.

Jul 12, 2020
4.76 by vfgccp from New York on Jun 13, 2020
4.16 by 22Blue from Kansas on May 25, 2020
4.5 by PprBurke from Virginia on May 20, 2020
4.68 by Kmkapalka from Delaware on May 01, 2020
4.5 by MeLoynes from Missouri on May 01, 2020
4.38 by mgundy32 from Wisconsin on Dec 24, 2019
3.76 by rex_4539 from Greece on Dec 11, 2019
4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Sep 24, 2019
4.44 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Aug 11, 2019
4.39 by kjkinsey from Texas on Aug 06, 2019
4.6 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Jul 21, 2019
4.67 by FreshZ from Missouri on Jun 30, 2019
4.43 by Eman17 from Illinois on May 18, 2019
4.5 by YvesB from Belgium on May 07, 2019
4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Apr 14, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Apr 01, 2019
4.75 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Mar 04, 2019
4.47 by jheimbigner from Washington on Mar 04, 2019
4.51 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania on Feb 17, 2019
4.53 by mig100 from Texas on Aug 24, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

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.

Jun 05, 2018
4.5 by Kurmaraja from California on Jun 04, 2018
4.5 by cd34 from Illinois on May 22, 2018
4 by ADTaber from South Carolina on May 20, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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...

May 14, 2018
4.59 by Samdaddy from Massachusetts on Apr 28, 2018
4.4 by StoutSnob40 from California on Apr 15, 2018
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Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 96 ratings