La Ruche (Blend 1)
Side Project Brewing

La Ruche (Blend 1)La Ruche (Blend 1)
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Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Ranked #75
Ranked #1,410
4.32 | pDev: 4.86%
Jul 02, 2022
Jul 13, 2017
La Ruche (Blend 1)La Ruche (Blend 1)
Notes: La Ruche is a delicate Missouri Saison fermented using a blend of our local microflora and a traditional Saison yeast. Orange Blossom honey was added to this soft beer for refermentation in a Missouri Oak Foedre and was aged to maturity before being naturally conditioned in this bottle.
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
750ml capped bottle into a Side Project snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a clear goldenrod. Sparse white head, thin filmy legs. Nose is super funky. I get notes of citrus, straw, barnyard, peppercorn, and flower. Prickly, aromatic. Beer opens soft honey, peppercorn, lime, and citrus. A nice barnyard and cheesy funkiness appears in the middle. Some straw and peppercorn as well. Stonefruit, oak, and more funk near the end. Lightly tart finish. This is well balanced, delicious. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and goes down aggressive, sparkling. Quenching going down. Lightly lingering aftertaste.

Each saison I have from this brewery is better than the next. This is real impressive.
Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

May 10, 2022
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Reviewed by hops_for_thought from New York

3.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle (#4) into a Belgian glass

L: Completely clear golden yellow, with consistent lighter carbonation. Big, fluffy white head that fades after a minute or so but a nice layer of foam remains, fed by that carb. Nice lacing left with each sip - attractive pour for sure

S: slightly earthy note to a solid standard saison aroma. Lemon flesh and zest, bit of vinegar, sharp Granny Smith, some white grape as well. Slightly more acidic on the nose than I expected, not off putting though. An almost lactic/aged hop funk to it which I wasn’t expecting

T: swallow is decent, nothing too exciting. Would say it opens like a complex Welches white grape juice, if that makes sense. A bit more earthy depth toward the middle, slightly sweetness from the honey (pick it up more as it warms in the glass). That vinegar note from the nose (to be clear it’s quite mild, but there) comes out toward/through the finish, but it’s not a deal breaker. Finished my glass while eating a salad heavy on the balsamic vinegar - found the fruit notes shined more, got a more malty/biscuit character in the finish that I was not picking up earlier

F: medium body, medium+ carbonation. Acidity may be a bit elevated toward the back vs. desired, not quite that target refreshing character. I also get an almost viscous feeling to the swallow - not like real thick mind you, just not the lighter swallow I expected

O: solid saison that has a bit of a vinegar/acidity thing that brings it down from that outstanding level for me. Nose is good, swallow has a slightly off middle and finish/lacks a bit of complexity. IMO! Am sure others disagree, as you can see here
Apr 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a near clear orange-copper with two fingers of fluffy white foam. Aroma is stone, green apples, green grapes, lemon zest, and biscuity, bready malts. It has a twangy mix in the middle, but is otherwise smooth. Oak adds some smoothness at the end. Flavor profile is green apple, green grapes, lemon zest, yeast sweetness, and biscuity, bready, earthy, and nutty malts. It has a very tart start, but balances out at the end with oak soaking up the tartness for a smooth, crisp finish. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a crushed, bubbly velvety texture. Overall, comforting and funky. This saison develops a lovely funkiness while retaining a refreshing presence.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegelau tulip from a 750mL bottle. Blend #4.
Apr 03, 2022
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Reviewed by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Blend #2, 750 ml bottle, poured into a tall New Glarus glass at ~40 degrees F.

L: Pours a hazy spring clover honey burnished gold, and forms a finger or so of white head with decent retention.

S: Honey and grasses abound in the nose, with some cracked white pepper and a smidge of orange citrus.

T: Sour orange with a jot of unripe peach, lemon zest, and cracked white pepper. Some faint honey notes in the backdrop, alongside a crackery malt base. The ghost of a whisper of a rumor of the suggestion of oak is detectable by the finish.

F: Light, fairly lively, and crushable if one doesn't enjoy savoring their sours slowly.

O: Not quite as complex as the other Side Project saisons I've had, but delightful nonetheless.
Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Blend #4. Meadowfoam Honey for this batch, not Orange Blossom.

Transparent golden pour. Nice frothy head of white foam that settles quickly at 50 degrees.

Bright, citrusy nose, undertones of yeasty funk. Notes of black pepper and malted grain contrasted by grapefruit juice and underripe peach.

The palate is tart yet approachable, with little acidic and a finish that is bursting with lightly puckering citrus. It is balanced with flavors of restrained honey, grain, new Oak, and a touch of dry, yeasty funk on the tail.

Mouthfeel is light-to-medium, fairly dry with a bright, tart, juicy predominance. Finishes soft and effervescent, and continues to soften with temperature.
Dec 20, 2021
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle. Blend 4. White head that fades. Lightly cloudy golden yellow.

Tart, but balanced. Green apples. Saison yeast, white wine/Chardonnay, champagne notes. Dry. Bubbly. Crisp red apples in the finish. Fruity.
Dec 05, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 29, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Nov 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Gold in color with with a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering a quarter of the top. The aroma is of malted barley and peppery saison yeast. I’m tasting malted barley and peppery and earthy saison yeast. The mouth is moderately carbonated but otherwise smooth.
Jun 06, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by chepi141 from Missouri

Mar 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750 mL bottle. Blend #3. Clear golden. Smells of honey, grain, lemon acidity. Tastes of bright lemon tartness, honey, oak, light grainy malt. Light body. Simple and very drinkable.
Feb 21, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by pconn10 from Illinois

Jan 10, 2021
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Rated by Ckgibu from Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Sooooo good
Jan 03, 2021
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Blend 3
Nov 01, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by morrowd3 from Vermont

Sep 29, 2020
Rated: 3.55 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Sep 29, 2020
Rated: 4.53 by CreightonSM from New York

Sep 01, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by paresis from Massachusetts

Aug 30, 2020
Rated: 4.56 by Vysta from Missouri

Aug 22, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

Aug 03, 2020
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Reviewed by eppie82 from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From bottle. Pours a bright yellow, clear with small amount of foam. It's a really pleasant yellow color. The flavors are bright, floral and funk melding together. The sweetness that comes from the honey isn't noticed so much in flavor, but certainly in some sweetness. That definitely helps dull some of the tartness and acidity. It is a lighter mouthfeel, which makes it an easy drinker and especially in the summer.
Jul 02, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by Beerbom from California

Jun 20, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by coz from Illinois

Nov 19, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by TylerJ from Iowa

Sep 27, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by drstalker from Illinois

Sep 07, 2019
Rated: 4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Aug 26, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Aug 22, 2019
Rated: 4.58 by jvillefan from California

Jul 05, 2019
Rated: 4.2 by Eman17 from Illinois

May 18, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by RyanTheLion13 from Iowa

May 02, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Apr 19, 2019
Rated: 4.11 by A_Rad from Wisconsin

Feb 06, 2019
Rated: 4.36 by warnerry from Michigan

Feb 02, 2019
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Rated by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Blend #1
Jan 27, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Dec 26, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Dec 10, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A delicately beautiful sour saison. No obnoxious or overwhelming flavors, rather subtle pieces make a wonderful whole. The taste has sour oak, sweet honey and citrus, funky yeast and floral overtones. Smell is more sour forward than funky, has a oatmeal element in the background with the oak. Well craft in feel, smooth, medium to full bodied sweet spot, slightly chewy and easy drinking.
Nov 15, 2018
Rated: 4.32 by vfgccp from New York

Oct 24, 2018
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