Saison Du Fermier - Foedre Fermier
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Saison Du Fermier - Foedre FermierSaison Du Fermier - Foedre Fermier
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #35
ABV:
7%
Score:
96
Ranked #934
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 4.99%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
111
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Side Project Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
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Saison Du Fermier - Foedre FermierSaison Du Fermier - Foedre Fermier
Notes: A limited expression of Saison du Fermier that was fermented in and aged in a medium-toast Missouri oak foedre with local microflora.
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Photo of Harrison8
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy orange with transparency showing through the edges. White foamy head swells up to two fingers in height, but dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is stone, cellar, red grape, oak, lemongrass and flowers. It has a twisty, curvy aroma that intertwines notes of oak foeder and stone and grapes. Really light. Flavor profile is much more forward and robust, hitting notes of cellar stone, oak, red grapes, green apple, dry pear and lemongrass. It has a soft opening which quickly transitions into a lactic sour bite with a bit of underlying dryness that keeps the beer from lingering on the palate. Mouth feel is medium-thin with a crisp, sharp effervescence at the onset that mellows out to a more soft crisp finish - think soda pop carbonation up front with a more freshly ironed and lightly starched set of linens crispness at the finish. Overall, complexities are subtle, but dynamic adding a lot to each sip. It's not in your face or brash making it very welcoming.

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

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Aug 19, 2019
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4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw color, thin white head, wheat haze

S: Tart, earthy musty funk, toasted oak, lime, white pepper, hay, green apple, lemon, honey, light witbier tones

T: Lemon lime tartness, toasted oak, earthy funk, sweet stone fruit, hay, coriander, apricot, applesauce

M: Light and integrated carbonation

O: Very unique. Tons of earthy funk, balanced tartness, some light citrus and stone fruit. Sometimes reminiscent of the hill farmstead tart beers

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Rimbimhoot from Illinois, Sep 20, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon yellow liquid with a slight haze. White head forms a nice corona around the glass. Bright, lemon and clove aroma. Touch of funk on the nose. Flavor is fresh and citrusy with lots of lemon. Earthy. Grass. Floral. Sage and cloves. Delicate spice. Finishes with a somewhat aggressive funk. It's a nice flavor, just a little strong for my taste. Light, effervescent body. Mild grain texture on the tongue. A very complex and interesting saison. Well done.

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bnes09 from Illinois, Mar 10, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blend #2, bottle purchased at The Side Project Cellar on 2/24/18.

Pours a nice sunny orange with a bit of haze, and a big bubbly yeasty head that crawls all the way to the top of the tulip glass before popping out to a halo and some collected bubbles atop the beer. Smell is subtle oak, cidery vinegar notes, some tart white grape and apple essence, a hint of straw. Taste is tart muscat, Granny Smith apple bite with some lingering light oak, that rounds out to a nice cedary, oaky palate coat, that gets really fruity- yellow plum and ranier cherry. Sourness is very balanced. Feel is micro-bubble fizzy and refreshing. Overall a very tasty and complex beer. Lots going on. I’ve not have the regular Fermier, but would love to do a side-by-side to see what the foeder treatment does to the original. Exceptional beer.

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4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Blend 2

Appearance: Pours cloudy and apricot nectar colored with a two finger head that grows rocky; a few shards of lace

Smell: Funky lemon/lime tones with the oak underpinning

Taste: Acetic lemon/lime flavors dominate the opening, with the leathery funk building, through the middle; increasingly bitter and sour, with an oaky finish; just a hint of apricot, almond and vanilla in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; rather puckery

Overall: A lot of subtle flavors in this beer though I think there is a lack of unity in the finished product; the bitterness, the tartness and the lemon/lime flavors seem to clash rather than complement

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Feb 01, 2018
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4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours and unclear orange. Head is fine and off white, falls quickly.

Smell is delicious with lots of things going on. Picking out some peppery yeast, apricot and grapes and a nice oaky bottom end.

Taste is outstanding! Up front you get the typical bretty pepperiness of a saison, but then it evolves into a deliciously sour beer with huge heaps of orange, apricot, grapes and grapefruit. Not super sour, but just right. Nice touches of oak.

Mouthfeel is medium, with sparkly carbonation.

Side Project had been a major want for me, and man, it did not disappoint. This was world class, and worth every bit of the 40 dollars the bottle cost.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Oct 31, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at a bottleshare. I loved the funk to it but i wished it was fruited. Probably because i had fuzzy beforehand. On par with some of HF non fruited BA funky beers.

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BEER88 from Bahrain, Aug 20, 2017
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4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

you have to take this one in the context of the rest of what they do, which is all so epic. on tap at the cellar, its great beer, more sour than i remember its parent beer being, but also somewhat more mushy in that its all sort of run together to the extent that its nonspecific or something, like the elements of it dont pop, its smushed or whatever, blended to oblivion, maybe just for me, i mean, its amazing beer, but man, its not as vibrant as a lot of them are, and the oak seems to overtake whatever else is there. heavier in its grain base, but somewhat nondescript in its flavor, dry as it is. notes of lemon and mature bacterial weirdness in it as well, tangy and sourer than other variants, but not as bright and lively to me. grassy and juicy hops at the same time finish it out, minerals, white pepper, dry oak, zested citrus super fresh, and at the same time a regal woody maturity. lingering acidity. really good, but the special foudre treatment doesnt necessarily make this memorable for me. i think maybe as a first wild beer or something from these guys it would be insane, but i have an inclination to put it up against the rest of the stuff they do, and in that context, good as it is, it seems lost in the shuffle. maybe in a side by side with the base beer it would be better, but next to the others i had this night, the kriek, a derivation blend, and a shared coffee shop vibes edition, it was the least remarkable by a considerable margin, and i was ready for something subtle and more drinkable after the others...

edit: the bottle version of this was vastly better than i remember the draft being, its more funky and sour, more complex, and with a lot more overall balance and depth to it. i have to raise up a few scores to reflect that. maybe more similar to the original saison du fermier than it was on tap, but thats a good thing...

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Photo of Stevedore
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at SPB, served in a stemmed glass. Pours a medium yellow body, slight orange hue, one finger thick white head, good carbonation, lots of lacing. Smell is rich oak, lemon and citrus, moderate lactic acidity, slight funk and mineral. Flavour is mineral, lemon, citrus, oak, moderate lactic acidity, slight zesty bitterness. Mouthfeel is a nice medium body, good carbonation, smooth and with a nice acidic finish. This is just as good as any of the other "non-foedre" Fermier's out there. Damn tasty beer.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, May 01, 2017
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4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend #1, 750 ml.... Funky nose followed by a funky taste!...Delicious saison, with lemon lime flavors, some grassyness, nicely soured with a good amount of funk... concentration is good--flavors linger a full minute or more---dee-lishious!

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Ready4aHeady from New York, Apr 01, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle. Hazy orange body with a big white head. Smells very oaky. Lemony and kinda grassy. Tastes of tons of oak as well. Some soft tropical fruitiness. Lemon and a bit of lime sourness. Dry grassy and an oaky finish. Medium body. While I still think Fermier is a phenomenal saison, this doesn't quite have the depth of flavor without the strong wine component that it usually has.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aggressively tart for a saison. Plenty of oak, vanilla, and wood character in the body. Slightly heavy body that lacks the full dryness of many SP saisons. Minimal funk at this point.

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PHBoiler from Illinois, Mar 13, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow color. White head that fades to nothing.

This is a fairly sour saison and I like it. Green apples, lemon citrus, and Belgian spice and yeast. Earthy, but clean!

Light to medium bodied. Nice feel. Ends with some sourness.

This is a really great saison. Wow!

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mothman from Minnesota, Feb 18, 2017
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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is almost Saison Du Fermier to a tee, but with a better mouthfeel and creamier carbonation levels. Also with Foedre Fermier you do not get the white wine notes that are found in Saison Du Fermier. Its as if Saison Du Fermier and the Foedre beer had a baby this beer would be the result of said conjugation.

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Photo of gibgink
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very typical Side Project like, with good layer of fluffy white head. Good funk going on in the nose. More earthy and less tart than what I remember of the other Saison du fermiers, and I picked up a slight apple sweetness at the end of the palate, which I found very delicious. Another great outing from Side Project.

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gibgink from Missouri, Jan 23, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gold to copper in color and very hazy in complexion. There's a fingernail of eggshell white around the rim and covering a third of the top. I smell tart brettanomyces, earthy season yeast, and oak. I'm tasting pear, green apple, and tart brettanomyces. The mouth is lightly to moderately carbonated and crisp.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Jan 14, 2017
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4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours straw gold, brightly hued and hazy. 1+ finger head is eggshell white and rather fluffy. Leaves a ring of foam once it recedes. Spiderweb lacing.

Aroma is funky brett, citrus, and flowers. Apricot and orange notes.

Lots of citrus on the tongue. Apricot, lemon, and tangelo. Funky brett. Just a touch of oak and vanilla. Something medicinal toward the end.

Pleasantly tart with a light mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Fruity and mildly earthy.

Love the fruity character of this beer. Less acidity then the Pinot SdF is a plus as well.

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leroybrown10 from Missouri, Jan 11, 2017
Saison Du Fermier - Foedre Fermier from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 111 ratings