Saison Du Fermier - Pinot Noir Puncheons
Side Project Brewing

Saison Du Fermier - Pinot Noir PuncheonsSaison Du Fermier - Pinot Noir Puncheons
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #27
Ranked #637
4.49 | pDev: 5.35%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
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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emerge077 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
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
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.7/5  rDev -17.6%
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
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
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
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
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
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL of blend #3 into perennial wine glass. pours a lovely light orange. a bit hazy. white, soapy head. foam dies off into a white, bubbly ring around the outside of the glass. clings to the glass as the beer gets consumed. smell is typical side project: some funk, some acidity, some slight wine notes. not overly powerful on the wine smell but it’s definitely there. flavors of red wine, oak, funk. not overly sour. very dry, mineral, oaky finish. dryer the more it warms. feel is full bodied. bubbly with a spritzy acidity. this beer does it for me. the puncheon aging takes the base SdF up a notch. it’s just complex enough without being overly so. very accessible, very well done beer.

Jan 14, 2018
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kevanb from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, Batch #1, poured into a FFF mini snifter. Enjoyed on 9.4.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright golden straw color, hazy and cloudy with a thin white head that has good retention and leaves a nice amount of lace behind, clinging to the glass. The aroma is nice, very tropical and fruity, strong funk, wood, red wine acidity, straw, grain and a bit of spice. I was surprised at how fruity and tropical it was on the nose and how quickly it translated to the flavors, tons of pineapple and tropical fruit, acidity from the puncheons, chewy oak, earthy wood, prominent funk and a signature Side Project yeast character, mineral water, light cereal grains with a nice floral bouquet as well. The mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body, very lively carbonation and a thin finish that is snappy and tart.

Verdict: A very nice puncheon saison from Side Project, certainly one of their more complex beers to date, very bright and a delicate. It's quite refreshing, a touch of tartness, a touch of dryness but at times it's a bit acidic and just don't pop the same way that the Chardonnay aged version does.

Oct 16, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, batch 1. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark purple body, like a good red wine, of course with plenty of carbonation. One finger white head, good retention, nice bits of lacing. Smells of tart red grape must, lemon tartness, citrus, oak, lactic acidity, light wheat graininess, plum. Pretty nice, powerful aroma that is distinctly grape-forward, especially when drank right after the first three batches of the base Fermier. The aroma has a nice strong pungency to it. The flavour profile is also distinctly grape-forward with a nice fruity punch to it, transitioning into lemon and citrus of the base saison. Light farmhouse funk. Oak and tannins. Minerality and a moderate lactic tartness finishes things off. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, well-carbonated, soft feel overall, with grapes in the background. A nice wine barrel saison; kind of like Casey Cabernet Franc CFP though not as grape-forward; as stated before this tastes distinct to the base Fermiers sampled the same evening, and in a good way.

Aug 15, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really bright citrus notes. Maybe a hint of aged pineapple. Funky, fruity, and tart. Really crisp and clean throughout. Takes a few drinks to get all of the flavors as the finish is super dry. Towards the far edge of tart saisons on the brink of acidity but really flavorful.

Aug 11, 2016
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: not quit clear, pours a finger of white foam
S: funk, but with saison characteristics.
T: nice sour and puckering. Nice wine barrel notes.
F: big carbonation but smooth.

Aug 06, 2016
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drmcleod10 from Missouri

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Taco fisticus aborgine.

Blind ambition followed by drunken disorderly, a full fist of depth and flavor allowing the base to shine. Slight and light notes of pinot noir that give way to some grapey dark fruits and full on full frontal of oak. The base is the killer here, shining like a diamond amongst mere brethren of fapper baby delight. I give this beer 5 stars and 5 fists too.

Glad I have 11 of them. Taco Truck meat salad

Jul 28, 2016
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright gold going to orange. Very hazy. 1 finger chalk white head and moderate lacing. Heavy aroma of lacto, brett, and oak. Grain and musty straw. Mild citrus. Taste much like the aroma. Heavy wild, funky notes. Some darker fruit notes. Vinious. Mild mouthfeel with crisp carbonation. Extremely sour and acidic. Another great beer from Side Project though the acidity could be taken down a notch or 2.

Jul 16, 2016
Saison Du Fermier - Pinot Noir Puncheons from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 96 ratings