Reflections 04/27/2015
Side Project Brewing

Reflections 04/27/2015Reflections 04/27/2015
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
5%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 4.16%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
32
From:
Side Project Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  2
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Reflections 04/27/2015Reflections 04/27/2015
Notes: Reflections 04/27/2015 is a blend of just 2 barrels that have a prestigious lineage. The previous beers that these barrels held include the first blend of Bière du Pays that was inoculated with a large dose of our Oude Fermier Blend 1 cultures and also the first Oude du Blé that later became a thread in the first blend of Tête de Cuvée. After their last empty, the direction that they had taken was so unique, yet delicate and inviting, I chose to barrel ferment a new Saison in the unrinsed barrels to allow and hope that their microenvironment would reemerge in this new beer. Dated as 04/27/2015, this beer was fermented in oak on that day more than 2 years ago and was aged in the same barrel until being racked and bottled.
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 32 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

somewhat of a rarity from what i gather, relatively old and mature beer now, this one has gotten quite sour. its as acidic and sharp as any beer i have had from these guys so far, but its also somehow still mellow. i think the mature funkiness to it, all the wood, and the relative dryness of the whole thing help the bacterial harshness not be too much. this is really pale yellow in color, pretty with a patient but rising white frothy head, good clarity until close to the bottom of the bottle. strong vinous notes to the aroma here, light melon and lemon, a lot of lactic pucker, but a freshness to in its maturity, minerals and an almost brined quality, super bright, distinct, intense in the right ways. as i drink it, it fills weird pockets of my mouth with flavor, the sides of my tongue take to a watermelon rind sort of bitter but fresh groove, while the back of my tongue gets light honey sweet and floral aspects. grain is everywhere, and for how light this feels and tastes, the malt is relevant. i get white grape up top, tart wild blueberry in the back, and rose or something there as well. it burns a little going down from the acidity, and sits a little caustic in the belly. i am glad to be sharing the small bottle a couple of ways, more of this would just be too much, but in a small dose slowly sipped, it delivers a wealth of mature woody, yeasty, and intricate flavors that are both unique and impressive. shutting this down a little sooner to reduce acidity may have improved drinkability, but who cares, when you pay this much for a bottle you want to share it...

 1,588 characters

Photo of gibgink
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a sampling at the brewery during Fencerow b3 release. A very soft and subtle beer, even from the pour. A very light yellow in appearance, I'd even assume it was a pale ale if it wasn't poured into the small SP glass. Fruity funk on the nose, with a pleasant sweetness on the palate. A good outing that I was pleased to try.

 335 characters

Photo of bennyman12
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ditto stevedore.

Clean finish is a plus in some cases, but this goes down too easily and lacks the complexity I'd expect in a beer that costs $25 for a 375. I liked all the sp 375s except punchdown better than this.

 217 characters

Photo of Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, served on-site at Side Project Brewery. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pour is clear golden yellow body, one finger thick white head, good retention, rings of lacing. Smell is mild lactic acidity, oak, touch of funk, mineral, touch of soft cheese, with a touch of vinegar. Flavour is similar; not all that complex or interesting when compared to the likes of Saison du Fermier. The acidity is mild-moderate, somewhat soft mineral funk, fairly heavy oak presence. Mouthfeel is soft, lighter bodied with good carbonation, but it just seems like it's missing a good amount of depth. In a way, it is watery and seems to lack that definable coeur et âme that we find in just about all the other Side Project saisons. It's a very good beer, but for the standards that Side Project has set, it seems to fall short.

 819 characters

Reflections 04/27/2015 from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 32 ratings