Side Project Brewing

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Belgian Saison
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4.44 | pDev: 4.28%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Notes: Collaboration with Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Sunsets was brewed by drawing inspiration on the explorations and techniques in which Tim and I shared as homebrewers. As we did with Matrices - our Sante Adairius / Side Project collaboration brewed at their place - we wanted to reexamine lab-grade Brettanomyces strains (something that we rarely do at Side Project). We brewed a very lean, light base beer to let the Brettanomyces shine and provide the groundwork for the future blend. So, in 2017, we brewed a lager of 100% Pilsner malt which was cold-fermented with a lager strain. When it was time for a “diacetyl” rest, we racked the lager to French oak puncheons with a matrix of Brettanomyces strains.

After nearly 2 years of resting and maturing in oak, it was time to blend.

As both Side Project and Sante Adairius focus on mix-fermented saisons, Tim and I knew that once this base was mature, we would want to blend and balance the final beer with some of our best barrel-aged saisons. The lively, mature, Brettanomyces-forward hybrid was blended with one of our best barrel-aged saisons - Oude Fermier. The final blend was then bottle-conditioned with a blend of cultures from Saison Bernice and Saison du Fermier and allowed to develop for 8 months in the bottle before the release. These additions shifted the entire beer into a new saison realm for us, one which represents Side Project, represents the focus of this collaboration, yet with a beautiful touch of Tim and Sante Adairius.
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Photo of Sabtos
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Foggy burnt gold with a fuzzy, uneven white head leaving eggshell foam all over the glass.

Quite pungent, sour and funky, in a pleasantly complex way, accented by notes of spicy grapefruit, orange and peach accent.

The medium-full body's filling froth comes to a semi-dry finish, exhaling sesame seed.

This is very near to emulating that old world gueuze experience.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Mar 15, 2020
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4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 750mL bottle into a stemmed bulb glass. pours a hazy, juicy orange juice color with soapy white head. smells is oak, white wine, white grapes, citrusy orange and lemon. taste is orange rind and bready pilsner with a tart lemony finish. this has almost zero SP acidic characteristics i normally associate with their wilds and farmhouse ales. i appreciate the signature SP acidity and sourness but i’m also very into this subtle and restrained saison they’ve cooked up here. mouthfeel is full and finishes dry and oaky. this is a great one. Sante!

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Sunsets from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 14 ratings