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
Ranked #27
Ranked #376
4.47 | pDev: 5.15%
May 28, 2023
Jul 13, 2016
Saison Du Fermier - Pinot Noir PuncheonsSaison Du Fermier - Pinot Noir Puncheons
Notes: A favorite every time we release it, we brew our Saison du Fermier recipe but allow it to age in Pinot Noir puncheons instead of our traditional Chardonnay barrels. This subtle difference creates an expression of our spelt Saison that is worthy of its own labeling.

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.

Blend #4 was fermented in and aged in Pinot Noir puncheons for 12 months before being naturally conditioned in the bottle.

Blend #5 was fermented in and aged in Pinot Noir puncheons for 7 months before being naturally conditioned in the bottle.

Blend #6 was aged in puncheons for 10 months and then bottle conditioned for 3 months before being released.
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Blend #6.

Great pairing with Wagyu Tomahawk. Musty red grape skins on the nose; hints of pear & lemon. Palate is light & tart, w/ soft carbonation accompanying notes of grapefruit, raspberry, & a nice dryness from the oak. A floral character rounds it out nicely.
May 28, 2023
Rated: 4.49 by cp45 from New Jersey

May 27, 2023
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
10 year blend on tap. Yellow cloudy body with a full white head, spotted lacing. Smell is a wonderful use of the wine barrels getting all the vinous and oak trappings to come out and play with lemon, orange, slight sliced red apple, big flowers, wild yeast and mild funk. Taste is much the same with slight minerality, oak is dark than it smelled, red grape note really develops. The loverly barrel character continues in the feel, showing off rustic, vinous, and wild elements, smooth and sour in an artful way, dries out perfectly
Apr 28, 2023
Rated: 4.43 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Apr 16, 2023
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pinot noir barrel is an interesting choice, and and it comes off better than I would have expected. Tart, light, refreshing, nuanced, acidic and dry. Taste is grape, oak, barnyard funk, and lemon zest.
Apr 14, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by BSW from California

Jan 27, 2023
Rated: 4.19 by not2quick from Missouri

Oct 13, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by Original_Gravity from Washington

Sep 04, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Blend 5
Look - Fantastic bright golden clear with a fantastic white head and great rimming and lacing
Smell - tart Oakley red wine
Taste - tart Oakley red wine slight floral
Feel - medium full body slight fizz creamy
Overall - a really great tart oakey saison with a nice wine backbone and a great feel to it
Aug 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Blend #3

It's always a treat to have any kind of Side Project beer, but this one intrigues me. If you're going to age a Saison in wine barrels, white wine is the typical choice. But Pinot Noir? That's out there, and it excites me. Let's see what kind of character it lends to this beer

Pours a cloudy orange gold with a finger of white head that quickly fades to a ring of bubbles and leaves minimal lacing

The funk is definitely present in the nose, but it's gentle and nuanced to create a complex aroma. I'm picking up on aromas of lemon juice, crackery malt, earthy wheat, sharp oak, tart red grape, wet hay, apricot, apple skin, and light white wine vinegar

Damn, this is huge in taste, the Pinot Noir grapes really add a punchiness to it that keeps it interesting throughout the sip. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting red wine, wet hay, sharp oak, toast, peach pit, lemon zest, light leather, and apple skin. The swallow brings notes of white wine vinegar, dry oak, apricot, earthy wheat, red grape, lemon zest, straw, and light stone

A light medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a smooth yet funky beer. Finishes slightly sticky but the tartness dries it out eventually

Wow, this beer is awesome. It's to be expected from Side Project, but it's still such a treat. I need more from them
Jul 18, 2022
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.31 by kjkinsey from Texas

Mar 04, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by xdtfx from Illinois

Mar 01, 2022
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.5 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 29, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by mltobin from Connecticut

Nov 20, 2021
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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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Rated by ShutUpLiver from Missouri

4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This is a delicious pinot noir-accented saison.
Sep 05, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Jun 05, 2021
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.48 by chepi141 from Missouri

Mar 16, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Jamison85 from Indiana

Jan 16, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by pconn10 from Illinois

Jan 10, 2021
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Rated by Ckgibu from Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Such a wonderful blend between beer & wine
Jan 03, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Sep 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.25 by kevindp9 from Arizona

Jul 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 4.59 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

May 09, 2020
Rated: 4.44 by Beerbom from California

Apr 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.93 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Mar 31, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Feb 10, 2020
Rated: 4.81 by Bum4ever from California

Jan 08, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by unclekeith from Alaska

Dec 15, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Nov 01, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.53 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jun 29, 2019
Saison Du Fermier - Pinot Noir Puncheons from Side Project Brewing
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