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Wild Ale
Ranked #243
Ranked #2,942
4.26 | pDev: 6.1%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Notes: SpontanFermier is a blend of our Chardonnay barrel fermented and barrel aged Missouri Spelt Saison with Belgian Lambic from Mikkeller that is used in their “Spontan” series beers. Saison du Fermier was our first Saison and Blend #4 was just released several weeks ago. It has been used in many blends of ours, aged from 5 to 24 months in oak, and has seen multiple fruit additions. It is a beautiful, yet very flexible beer for Side Project. The Lambic that we purchased for this blend is traditional Lambic, inoculated via coolship in the Senne River Valley of Belgium and then fermented in old French and Hungarian Oak. All of the Lambic stock for SpontanFermier was aged for 2 years in oak before being racked and shipped to us for blending.

After tasting the Lambic and the 7 month oak aged Saison du Fermier, I settled on a straight blend of 50% Lambic and 50% Saison du Fermier to let both components shine in their own way, at the exact same ratio. I wanted to see which would age more assertively, which would exude more aromatics, and which would present the more impactful experience on the palate during a sip.

The result is obviously a whole new experience for a Side Project beer. Elevated levels of funky, spicy phenols on the nose blend well into the experience of Brettanomyces and aged hops. The bright, citrus like, Side Project house character is the backbone of the acidity and the finish is long and complex, yet light and airy.
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large white foamy head with light retention and some lacing. Aroma of light funky ester notes with some tart notes is enjoyable. Taste is a quite mxi between some tart notes with some oak and light sour notes with medium level of funky ester. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice wild ale with right balance between complexity and drinkability.

Apr 02, 2021
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper colored with no discernible head. The aroma is of green apple and Belgian saison yeast. I’m tasting tart green apple and melon along with Belgian saison yeast. The mouth is bone dry and crisp.

Jul 29, 2020
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light and funky; I taste the lambic first but it has a smooth finish that isn’t quite like a gueuze that I can only assume is the SP saison. Also probably due to the bottle aging as I had this beer onsite at SP some time after it’s initial release. Overall a very pleasant beer to consume and a different experience for sure!

Jul 01, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. White head. Clear golden color.

Very wine and Chardonnay like. White grapes and tannins. Very bright and a little bit citrus and tropical fruit. Melon notes. Funky, but not sour or tart. Very drinkable. Clean. Ends a little dry.

May 24, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up from the Side Project Cellar a few months ago on a visit with my wife. It is a lightly hazy, golden beer with a thin, wispy white head. The aroma is tart, with scents of oak, grape-skins, apples, a little citrus peel, and a background of malt. There is a hint of musky aromas as well. The taste is dry, a little tart, with a full flavor. It is a well made and interesting beer.

May 10, 2018
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kevanb from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle, poured into a Mikkeller middle finger teku glass.

The beer pours a copper color, lightly hazy with decent clarity and a fizzy white head, hardly any retention and soapy lace. The aroma is pleasant, soft funk, a bit earthy with some dead leaves and musty oak, citrus rind, candied hop, light spice and a bit of pale grain and mineral water. The flavors are good, candied hops, citrus peel, tart white grape and green apple, funk is nice, soft oak, dead leaves and a bit of grassiness with soft grain, mineral water and light peppercorn. The mouthfeel is good, medium body that is lively and coating, crisp carbonation with a tart and dry finish.

Verdict: A good wild saison from Mikkeller and Side Project. It's nice as bitingly sour as I expected it to be and there is decent balance. I don't love the funk profile on this one, it's a bit heavy handed and not as delicate or nuanced, but still this is a very fine beer.

Mar 03, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a collaboration between two of my favorites! no doubt the side project base for this is quite a lot different than the boon lambic in the other spontan beers (i believe thats what most of them use, or else whatever they have been coming up with at de proef, a radical departure either way). this is paler in color than almost any of them, richer and fuller bodied, and quite a bit more subtle on the yeast side of things, very side project here, and instead of the mikkeller aspect being so obvious as it is in the others, its the side project elements that jump right out at me here. i get a similar mature mixed funk that i get in some of their saisons, which i suspect is what was used as a base, or as a significant part of any blend, woody and white winey, even chardonnay specifically to my nose and tongue, with a subtle acidity compared to the european sour beers previously issued in this series, and with a familiar side project brett strain complexion, floral and musty but fresh at the same time, very rustic, but also very clean. lots of wood on this and lots of wheat too, although i do taste what i think is a little more pils type malt than i remember in others. rather than breaking this down to its elements though, this is more about what they create together. incredible woody richness, candied citrus bitterness, sweetness, and acidity, and delicate wild fermenting agents in full maturity. lemongrass and green tea and white wine and dandelion, elderflower, and cut lawn, fuller bodied than expected for what it is, almost heavy in its woodiness, but clean at the end, off dry but still crisp somehow, the perfect amount of bacterial acidity to close it. this definitely is lambic-esque and really well done, and hopefully the foundation for future experimentation with the two of these operations together...

Feb 26, 2018
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cosmicevan from New York

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Git this little bugger in a fairly open ended swap not that long ago...was excited to pop it. Really digging everything about it. Cheesy almost geuezy funk over a nice light saison type of a thing which I guess is exactly as advertised. Really well done...refined even. Really liking this.

Feb 24, 2018
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Thin white head, straw body
S- Bit of barnyard funk, sweet straw/hay, apple cider vinegar
T- Funky and slightly tart. Many notes of a classic lambic- hay, green apples, stinky cheese
F- Light and crisp
O- Impressed with this one. Complex and layered. More towards barnyard funk than all out sour/tart

Jan 19, 2018
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Clear golden body with a thin white cap. Slow and sparse effervescence. Aromas of mineral funk, grass, lambic. The lambic character definitely comes through in the flavor as well. Wet wood, rain water. Graceful and elegantly balanced. Mild sweetness. Delicious.

Dec 16, 2017
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gibgink from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours basic yellow with small white head. The Belgian lambic dominates both the smell and taste, with the Fermier hinted at in the background. A good collaboration.

Sep 09, 2017
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 375mL bottle into a stemmed bulb glass. pours a murky dark orange with a firm white foam head. the lambic is strong with this one. idk if it’s because of the age (little over 3 years) on this bottle or what but it’s definitely the dominant force in this beer. musty barn funk and hay on the nose. sour apples and lemony grassy flavors abound. the SdF cuts it in a very good way but i feel like a 70/30 SdF to lambic ratio would’ve been better. it’s got a good, full mouthfeel with an extremely dry finish. overall, a very delicious blend that has held up well in the bottle. can’t say i like it that much more with age than i did fresh but i’d drink one again in another year or so.

Aug 30, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-site at Side Project Cellar. Served in a stemmed glass. Essentially, to boil it down fast, this beer is about 80% Spontan lambic and 20% Fermier. On the nose, the funk is heavy and lemony, and I think it covers up the Fermier's soft mineral and vinous character. In a way, the lambic is somewhat harsh around the edges and domineering here. I am unsure how this will do over time, but if the Fermier component is able to stick around a bit while the Spontan component mellows out, I think this will be of great benefit to the experience.

Aug 19, 2017
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bennyman12 from Missouri

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Shocked no one has even rated this yet, as sp cellar has been selling it for 5 days now...

Bottle poured into a Teku at home. Not too cold.

It's really a very good beer. I'd compare it to the other non-fruited sp 375s, vintage 2014 and blended 2017 in terms of American lemony wild saison notes turning up in a lambic-style package, but I like this one better b/c its significantly geuezier in flavor. There's a deeper lambic spontaneous ferm funk than the sp solo efforts, but you can tell the fermier is there, making it smoother than a straight up geueze. Some phlegminess but not grossly so. Should age well, I'd think, but it drinks nicely now.

Aug 14, 2017
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 74 ratings