Rosé du Pays
Side Project Brewing

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #334
Ranked #10,036
4.4 | pDev: 2.95%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Notes: Rosé du Pays was inspired by the classic Saisons from the French and Belgium countryside and the Rosé wines of France. We blended mature Bière du Pays with Chambourcin grapes from Noboleis Vineyards in Augusta, Missouri to add a round tannin, soft dryness and a beautiful color to our already favorite Biére du Pays before naturally conditioning this beer in the bottle for several months before sharing with you!⁣
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4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle - blend 1 - poured into a white wine stem at 45F.

Pours a beautiful cloudy translucent garnet red and sunset orange hue. Less than a finger of webby, loose, sudsy pure white head builds up, and then just hangs around, slowly deflating one big bubble at a time. Tiny bubbles, lazy and slow, can be seen occasionally rising to the top. A quick swirl produces some spotty lacing.

Nose: Oh this is lovely. The malt actually makes it through, which is rare in sour ales like this. A faint thread of sweet toasty grain, with a hint of caramel runs beneath the main aroma - consisting of oak barrel, a ton of grape must, and a zip of acetic tartness. Beneath this foundation lay more subtle notes, including dusty brett, bales of hay, leather, old parchment, dusty farmhouse, and this stunning jammy berry compote note, presumably from the Chambourcin grapes. All the while, the tartness stays in check, and the malt remains identifiable. Delicate, gently nuanced, and inviting.

Palate: Rosé du Pays greets the palate with an immediate sharpness, which the nose did a very good job of masking. It isn't blindingly sour, but don't be fooled, this is very much a sour ale. There's a faint element of sweetness beneath the sourness, which I can only assume is from the malt. The actual character of the malt doesn't come through like in the aroma, but it helps to counter some of the acetic nature. There's a ton of white vinous influence. It isn't a jammy red wine element, but fermented white wine grapes for days. There's also a faint sour dark fruit note, that brings a hint of sour cherries or raspberries. The overall flavour is actually slightly one-dimensional until the finish. Quite sour, mostly acetic, and lots of sour grape. Some more malt presence would have done miracles here. As we approach the finish, the acetic tartness begins to quickly fade, and reveals a little hint of brett. Officially into the finish, the brett note fades, and some oak shows up, which is nice. Not a buttery vanillin oak, but more of a dry, ever-so-slighly tannic oak, with a hint of toast. This lingers for a bit, and the sourness basically disappears, and then that lively malt note just peeks through at the very end, barely enough to detect. The aftertaste is clean and dry with an oaky tightness and a sheer hint of unfermentwd white wine grape, and then finally, out of nowhere, a brief flash of tropical fruit - lychee and pineapple.

Mouthfeel/Body: The body is incredibly light and dainty. At 4%, that's too be expected. However, with the fairly high degree of sourness, that causes a whole other sensory layer, and as such, this ale never even comes close to feeling watery or weak. Note bone dry, but quite dry, with increasing dryness in the finish, and a classic oak tannin tightness. Effervescence is middle of the road. Not champagne, not 15% ABV barrel-aged stout. Similar to a typical New England IPA, maybe a touch less. Ultra clean, dry finish.

Overall: I think I set my expectations just a bit too high on this one. Biére du Pays was an amazing beer, and I thought this would be similar, but with a grape influence. These are entirely different beers altogether. The fruit addition really upped the sour level, and the sour level directly reduced the nuance and complexity of the base beer. It isn't bad at all, no no no, I'll happy finish the majority of the bottle, minus a share pour or two - I just know what Side Project is capable of, and perhaps the grapes didn't really improve this offering. If you enjoy truly sour ales, and the characteristics that white grapes lend, and you aren't chasing delicate nuance and complexity, you'll be right at home with this. Still very much worth trying for any wild ale fan.

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4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i liked this a lot as it was one of the very few wild beers we had in here this time that wasnt also extremely sour. so many of these seem like they are approaching too sour to drink more than a little bit of, so i was pleased with the more mellow acidity level of this. i think the sweetness of the fruit balances it some, the beer still tastes woody and mature, just with less of the intense bacterial pucker. there is a light murky pink hue to this, high carbonation but only a patchy white head, some neat wine characteristics in the aroma in addition to the musty barnyard funk, including hibiscus, rose hop, raspberry, and prune, all from the grapes, really well dosed too, not so much fruit that the fermentation profile isnt still the star, and thats what we come here for right? some light tannins from the grapes here too, a little sour twang, a white wine character with the oak, and even things like gooseberry, cranberry, and those tart little wild mountain blueberries come to mind. i dont taste much grain here but i can feel a little wheat malt texture to it, and the carbonation pops even in the absence of much accumulated foam on top. its sour enough to be fast finishing, but its not aggressive or gritty in that way. somewhat delicate as side project beers go these days, really tasty, one of the highlights of our recent visit to the cellar for me! grape wild beer is my thing right now, so this was a score!

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4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 750mL bottle into a stemmed bulb glass. pours a crimson red with plentiful amounts of almost pink head. smells of oak, red grapes, slight acidity. taste is grape forward with a hint of oak and finishes slightly acidic and sour. mouthfeel is soft with a pleasant amount of carbonation. it’s slightly dry. overall, i’m diggin this riff on BdP - from the beautiful color to the subtle grape flavors and aromas. excellent beer.

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Rosé du Pays from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 11 ratings