Provence: Cup Of Love
Side Project Brewing

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Belgian Saison
4.27 | pDev: 6.09%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 31 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of gcamparone
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a side project wine glass.

Pours a clear straw body with a fizzy white one finger head that reduces fairly quickly to leave no lacing or retention.

On the nose, champagne and white wine aromas dominate with oak, lactic tartness, citrus and green tea.

On the tongue it’s pretty complex, evolving as you sip with white wine a tart apples upfront, giving way to oak and a peppery zest, finishing like dry champagne, tart with a herbal tea on the aftertaste. Lingering acidity on the the tongue. Crisp easy body, light with medium carbonation.

An interesting and delicious beer, a tad more sour than other Side Project saisons I’ve had with a unique tea taste.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate acetic acidity, a slight bit of tea. Lemon, touch of oak, some straw. Smells better than it tastes, but good carbonation, medium lighter bodied, refreshing.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle. Clear golden with a brief ring of bubbles. Smells of grape must, some wine, oak, and something earthy that might be tea. Tastes sharply sour. A little fruity with some of that deep earthy flavor, maybe tea. Grainy malt. Oak. Pretty light, though not what I'd call crisp. Not bad, but too sour for me to really enjoy.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straw-colored pour out of the bottle with a head that disappears surprisingly quick. Real quick. What's left is slightly cloudy, golden liquid with mellow effervescence.

Aroma of oak, green apple, lemon, herbal tea, light funk which all combine to snap the palate to attention.

Taste is citrus, funk, wood with an earthy undercurrent. Bacterial tang compliments the tartness and gives it a hefty zap of flavor. The wood that was present in the aroma is much more subdued and the tea is more essence than taste - there's an added grassiness to the taste that takes a seat between the tart citrus and musty earthiness.

Finishes dry with a twang. Delicious, even without a heavier presence of oak and tea.

With the addition of tea to the base beer, I couldn't help but compare the flavor profile to kombucha (which I love), if for no other reason than adding an additional reference point. The earthy and herbal aspects of the flavor profile certainly provide a basis for comparison, and each brings the tart and mineral combination to the table. That's where the comparison ends, though, so I'll leave it at that.

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Photo of FFFjunkie
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is murky golden straw and pours with an effervescent bubbly white head that dissipates almost instantly.

Aroma is tart lemon, wheat, oak and some light funk and maybe tea.

Taste follows nose. Tart citrusy lemon, wheat, oak and a light amount of funk and tea.

Feel is lively as carb is on the higher side.

Overall it's a fine saison. I've not had many side projects yet and while this one is not quite in the same league as others I've had it is still really damn good.

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Photo of gibgink
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oak aged saison brewed with tea. Pours a golden hue with fluffy white head. Tart and funky on the nose, and taste follows suit. Well made beer, I guess my only knock comes on the overall score, as I didn't pick up on the tea.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a wild saison type brewed with green tea. i got the bottle at the cellar and schlepped it back here to colorado. its a good one, but in the context of other side project saison types, its not super distinct and tastes a little young, mucky, and less refined than their best work. that said, its mighty good, although i could definitely stand a little more green tea in it. it is quite malty, a thicker, less cleaned up wheaty almost starchy base, sort of milky looking too, and not overly well carbonated. the aroma here is a grassy earthy dried herbal quality, this is where the tea is most prevalent to me. there is a nice woody bretty funk to it in both aroma and flavor, soft orchard fruit notes and a floral complexion, but it tastes like its still evolving to me. the tea is subtle, almost all in the finish, and not providing the vegetal bitterness i keep waiting for. fortunately, there is a nice bacterial tanginess to this, short of fully sour, but zippy for a moment, and its interesting enough to me that the subtle tea is not a missing element or anything, there is enough of it to do its thing i guess, but i still find myself looking for its full impact. more bubbles would be helpful, but this stays drinkable despite being a little mellower and having more body from the malts. clever idea, they could ramp it up a little in future batches, and its another cool display of their wild funky yeasts they develop in these beers, im sure it will age really gracefully...

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Provence: Cup Of Love from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 31 ratings