Saison Du Fermier - Pinot Noir Puncheons
Side Project Brewing

Saison Du Fermier - Pinot Noir PuncheonsSaison Du Fermier - Pinot Noir Puncheons
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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #25
Ranked #359
4.48 | pDev: 5.36%
Apr 22, 2022
Jul 13, 2016
Saison Du Fermier - Pinot Noir PuncheonsSaison Du Fermier - Pinot Noir Puncheons
Notes: Blend #1: Aged for 8 months

Blend #2 was aged for 13 months in Pinot Noir puncheons

Blend #3 was aged for 12 months in the same puncheons that blend #1 aged in.
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Photo of FBarber
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by FBarber from Illinois

Blend #5

Pours a cloudy golden color. Essentially opaque. Thick, frothy, velvety white head forms on the beer, lingers, then slowly dissipates until no residual head remains.

Aroma is lovely - notes of grain, slight funk, a hint of dry red wine, lemon zest, lemon grass, and some light oaky notes.

Taste follows the nose with notes of grain, lemon, lemon zest, moderate tartness, with a slight funkiness to it. The pinot noir puncheons bring some oak, some red wine notes - pinot noir - with a certain dryness and light peppery spice on the back end.

Feel is light to medium bodied. Tart enough to produce a light pucker. Light carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Absolutely delicious farmhouse ale. Expertly crafted all around.

Apr 22, 2022
4.31 by kjkinsey from Texas on Mar 04, 2022
4.5 by xdtfx from Illinois on Mar 01, 2022
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4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mothman from Minnesota

Bottle. Blend #5. White head. Cloudy orange color.

Nice saison notes. Peach and apricot, stonefruit. Oak. Some citrus. Oaky saison vibes. White grape vibes.

Light to medium bodied. Tart and refreshing. Great saison.

Dec 19, 2021
4.5 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 29, 2021
4.5 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Nov 27, 2021
4.49 by mltobin from Connecticut on Nov 20, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by MacMalt from New Jersey

I received a bottle of this Saison from @fbarber in the NBS BIF #14. Poured into a Side Project Lambic Style glass also provided by @fbarber. It pours a cloudy, golden-orange color with a half finger of creamy, bright-white head and lacing. Its nose has the classic farmhouse funky scent of a Saison, including musty tobacco notes, with addition of the Pinot Noir grape. It's a great aroma. The taste is unique and fabulous. The Pinot Noir barrel is evident in the first sip and gives it a great depth of flavor. The base Saison offers tart lemon and a hint of banana sweetness, along with the coriander and musty oak I'd expect. The local wild microflora is evident but not distracting and there is an earthy tobacco, as well. As it warms a bit the sweetness of the Pinot Noir becomes more evident and the balance is superb. It has a great, crisp mouth feel with lively carbonation, and at 7% ABV a second pour from the large bottle is welcome. This is my second offering from Side Project and I'm very impressed by the creativity and quality.

Oct 24, 2021
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4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by ShutUpLiver from Missouri

This is a delicious pinot noir-accented saison.

Sep 05, 2021
4.46 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Jun 05, 2021
Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by emerge077 from Illinois

Looks and tastes like many other AWA’s, with more barrel complexity and a relatively fine texture, but a little thin.

Bright pale gold, sharp clarity, thin cap of foam with minimal lacing. Aroma is fruity, sweet-tarts candy, oaky vanilla. Tart and mildly vinous, some wine-derived fruitiness from the barrel, but it veers lemony and sharply acidic. Dry oaky finish. Finely carbed with a smooth texture, overall it’s pleasant and drinkable, but no one is reinventing the wheel here. More wild ale than saison, but that’s the point. Thanks to Eric for this one!

Apr 03, 2021
4.48 by chepi141 from Missouri on Mar 16, 2021
4.5 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
4.5 by Jamison85 from Indiana on Jan 16, 2021
4.37 by pconn10 from Illinois on Jan 10, 2021
Photo of Ckgibu
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Ckgibu from Hawaii

Such a wonderful blend between beer & wine

Jan 03, 2021
4.46 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Sep 01, 2020
Photo of Franziskaner
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Copper colored with a fingernail of off white and covering two thirds of the top. The aroma is of lactobacillius, Pinot noir, and oak. I’m tasting oak, Pinot noir, and lactobacillius. The mouth is dry and moderately carbonated.

Jul 27, 2020
4.25 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Jul 25, 2020
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

750 mL bottle. Golden body. Smells of deep vinous notes, grain, light acidity. Tastes of deep wine flavors, more distinctly pinot noir here. Sweet wine up front cut quickly bit tart lemon and vinous sourness. Grain. Oak. Back end is earthy and winey. There's a lot of wine there. Medium body. Dry, oaky, and winey. It's good, but it's not a subtle beer.

Jul 08, 2020
4.59 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on May 09, 2020
4.44 by Beerbom from California on Apr 26, 2020
Photo of Harrison8
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a bright copper color with a clear transparency, just a bit of fog to it. Head is a finger of white foam that retains decently well. Aroma is cellar stone, biscuity and wafery malts with lemon zest and then green apple, dry pear and green grapes draped over the top. What starts as a standard saison evolves into a lightly tart white wine. Flavor profile is green apple, dry pear and green grapes with cellar stone, lemon zest and wafery malts beyond. Punchy dryness meats punchy tartness, both of which hit quick and then recede, exposing the underlying saison. Balance is good, with the first hitting just hard enough to be counterbalanced by the saison effectively. Mouth feel is crisp with a refreshingly dry and tight effervescence texture each and every sip. Thickness is medium. Overall, crisp and refreshing with punching notes that strike outside of the saison norm, this is a refreshing and unique twist on the style, while still coloring within the lines.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 750mL bottle. Batch #4.

Apr 19, 2020
4.93 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Mar 31, 2020
4.5 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Feb 10, 2020
4.81 by Bum4ever from California on Jan 08, 2020
4.39 by unclekeith from Alaska on Dec 15, 2019
4.28 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Nov 01, 2019
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Blend #1.

Bottled July 2016; drank 8/12/16 @ Golgi Apparatus.

Opaque light orange appearance.

Minimal bright white head; minimal lace.

Tart pineapple notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Tart pineapple & peach flavors; not overly sour but your jowls will notice by the end.

Fruity yet challenging.

Sep 08, 2019
4.53 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jun 29, 2019
4.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on May 27, 2019
4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on May 07, 2019
Photo of Sabtos
4.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

Clear burnt gold with a soft, tall froth.

This one's musty, dusty and nutty on the nose of oak and blue cheese funk accented by grapefruit.

Taste is tart riesling grapes and yellow apple accented by hay, straw and light minerals finishing semi-dry with an apricot exhale.

Apr 17, 2019
4.48 by MeLoynes from Missouri on Apr 14, 2019
5 by WolverineFan1243 from Colorado on Apr 11, 2019
4.5 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Apr 07, 2019
4.81 by Ajlvt from Washington on Apr 05, 2019
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This is Blend #3.

This one pours a golden hazy orange color, with a fluffy beautiful head, and a good amount of lacing.

The aroma on this is just absolutely absurd and wonderful - there's jammy red wine, cherry skin, stone fruit, damp hay, lime, sweet tarts, floral funk, etc, etc - there's so much going on here.

The pinot noir adds a cool berry/grape/cherry sort of fruity funk to this, and it works really well with the base saison. There's a wonderful citrusy and stone-fruit heavy funk here, too, with some grass, hay, and lemon rind, with some vague herbal character, too. This is just so tasty.

This is somewhat creamy, but also crisp, clean, and really refreshing, and super drinkable. It's a delicate and complex little banger.

This is really wonderful, one of the best expressions of saison that you can find.

Apr 01, 2019
4.31 by emottram from Massachusetts on Oct 28, 2018
Photo of GreatStoutman
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by GreatStoutman from Texas

Incredible balance and crisp finish... the Pinot notes are subtel, but it all rounds out so perfectly that you don’t want anything to pop out. Have one more, can’t wait to see how it develops

Sep 28, 2018
Saison Du Fermier - Pinot Noir Puncheons from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 106 ratings