Saison Du Fermier
Side Project Brewing

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #7
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4.57 | pDev: 6.56%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Saison Du FermierSaison Du Fermier
Notes: Chardonnay barrel-fermented Saison that uses our house blend of Brett and bacteria. Batch 1 spent 3 months in oak and then 3 months bottle conditioning. Bright citrus, billowy mouthfeel, classic funk round out the flavor profile of this rustic Saison.
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.26/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thank you not2quick for this one!

750ml bottle - blend 5 - poured into a chalice at 50°F.

Pours a clear, deep straw-golden hue, with just a cast of unfiltered fog, and a finger of creamy, soft, off-white head, eventually settling to a thick collar leaving some lacing behind. Visible effervescence.

Nose: Soft, pale rustic grains, with crackery wheat and some round malted barley lend secondary notes of wet hay, dewy grass, and some dusty silo. There is some remarkable floral character, lending spring blossoms like lilac and hyacinth, with lemon blossom, wet stony minerality, and a lightly musty oakiness. Some very restrained white vinous notes, along with a touch of pear, apple, and apricot. Gentle hints of honey, lemon zest, and some phenolic peppery notes wrap it all up in a beautifully soft and rustic olfactory display.

Palate: Saison du Fermier greets the palate with simultaneous waves of gentle lemony tang, semi-sweet grist with some crackery, bready, and rustic grainy notes, and an explosion of bright, shimmery fruity notes. Lemon, nectarine, apricot, tart white plum, green apple, Asian pear, and a sweet-tart balance of fruity white grape. There's a bright but balanced minerality pushing these flavours to the front, along with some wet limestone. Some Belgian-like saison yeast brings that fruity, undertone with a bit of peppery spice intermingling with a touch of herbal hops. Finish is oaky, dry, and lightly tannic.

Mouthfeel/Body: It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied, with a tight, snappy crispness - bright and fluid, but there's enough grain to lend some softness and presence. Effervescence is incredibly lively and fizzy, but fine enough to stay soft and fluffy. Tart and wet up front, finishing with an increasingly dryness, and a touch of cling.

Overall: A lot of the fruited and more recent Side Project offerings have been trending more and more acidic, which can really bring it down fast. This one shows the balance and softness that I know they're capable of. It retains much of that classic Belgian saison character, while contributing the classic Side Project culture and grist character. Soft, balanced, bright, and absolutely dialed in. A top tier American oak-aged saison.

Feb 17, 2021
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.26/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper colored with a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering half of the top. The aroma is of green apple and pear and earthy saison yeast. I’m tasting green apple and pear. The mouth is moderately carbonated, dry, and crisp.

Jul 29, 2020
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FrauTotenkinder from Missouri

4.99/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect. Smells fruity, slightly floral as if a lovely Chardonnay fell into a bottle of Saison.
Light, airy carbonation, fruity up front and pleasingly sour on back. Mouthfeel like a cloud. Carbonation suitable for a Saison. So glad finally tried!

Apr 04, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you TimG_0913 this
750 ml bottle, blend 2, poured into tulip

A- A fairly clear golden copper with a two finger white head.

S- Tart, pears, some apples, oak, nice funk.

T- Sour, pears, apples, oak, some honey, funky, slightly earthy.

M- Smooth, light body, dry.

O- A tasty sour saison, very well balanced and easy to drink.

Mar 27, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a lightly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like funky pear, golden honey and citrus, oak, white wine, green apple, vanilla, and barnyard.

This is basically perfect stuff here. It's so well balanced - all the different complex flavors meld together perfectly into exactly what I think of when I think of American saison. There's some funky honey and citrusy flavors, along with tart white wine and grape skin, cider, barnyard funk, but mild, and oak and vanilla. There's a lot going on, and it's all good.

This is light bodied, clean and fluffy, with a great drinkability, and such a soft and clean mouthfeel.

This is as good as it gets outside of HF saisons for me. This is awesome.

Nov 13, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best Saison I've ever had. Pours golden with a white head. Great carbonation and mouthfeel. Tastes a bit like cider with hay, farmhouse, and citrus.

Aug 16, 2019
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just another example of Side Project leading the way in American wild ale production. This is b2, and it’s lightly carbed with rich hay, grain, funk and citrus flavors. All blended meticulously with some kick from the wine barrel at the finish. Outstanding.

Jul 04, 2019
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend #2
Appearance: pours a golden color with a white head that disappeared quickly. No sediment, fully translucent.

Smell: barnyard funk, tart apples, squeezed lemon, and white wine. A lot of depth with a subtle earthy spiciness.

Taste: tart green apples, lemon, barnyard funk, oak and white wine. Not one dominates over the other; it's well balanced, sweet, and tart. Flavors become more heavy and bold at room temp.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, slight spritzy feel.

Overall: excellent saison where flavors grow as a warms. Very well balanced and not overly spicy.

Mar 09, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color capped by a one finger head of foam; scattered lacing

Smell: Fresh mowed grass, crusty bread, green apple, vinous oak, barnyard funk and a rustic yeast character

Taste: Green apple and lemon rind forward, with a vinous oak barrel flavor building; underneath, there are tones of fresh mowed grass, crusty bread and barnyard funk; through the middle, the flavors grow increasingly tart with a rustic, spicy yeast character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The more this beer warms the more interesting it gets

Thanks, OakvilleKGB, for the opportunity

Feb 06, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. A bright yellow golden hazy beer with a medium white head. Aromas of hay, straw, lemons, and oranges. A hint of funk as well. Tart on the palate and mouth watering. More delicious with each sip. Great lemon and orange citrus mixed with hay, earthy notes, and a gentle funk. Dry and clean Easy drinking. Outstanding.

Jan 01, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Simplistic beauty is how I would describe this beer. The sour, funk, grain and sweet notes all are perfectly balanced with one another. Smell is oak sour with slight yeast funk, with accents of orange, lemon, vanilla, faint white wine, and caramel apple. Taste is taking all of the elements of the smell and putting them through an oaken filter, causing a delicate blend of flavor. Wish there was a little more potency there. Acidic sourness defines the finish.

Oct 05, 2018
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

03/2015 - Another effing tasty beer from Side Project; lemon, funk, some barnyard, yeast aromas; effervescent, champagne, sweet, tart flavors on the palate; clean, crushable finish.

Sep 27, 2018
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jvillefan from New York

4.84/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The best beer of 2018 so far. Bottle from Mikkeller NYC. Nose is pure farmhouse w/ some acidity, apple, pear, and wet leather. The taste is perfect. There is subtle tart w/ funk and earth from the yeast and grains. The blend is perfect. The feel is amazing, a little heavier then the typical tart saison but goes w/ this offering perfectly. Well worth actively seeking out if you are a fan of saison or sour beer.

May 27, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Shimmering, lightly sparkling gold-amber with a moderate white fizzy foam that settles to a creamy ring and thin central film.

Complex and mature aromas of vinous oaks and grapes are accented by peppery herbs, straw and honeysuckle.

Tangy and lightly sour, flavors of green apple come along with an excellently balanced note of bright wine oak that adds an infinite complexity of grapes, orange rind and a hint of olive brine, becoming more acidic as it warms.

The round, medium body comes in with a light, tingly fizz and finishes just barely semi-dry.

This reminds me a lot of Jester King's Biere de Coupage, and although SdF came first, I did enjoy BdC a bit more.

Apr 02, 2018
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moose1980 from Germany

4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

b1. Slight gusher, but it just flooded the immediate area with floral and citrus aromas. A closer whiff reveals the typical SP rustic characteristics, though this seems to be much fruitier than some of their other offerings (at least the few I've had). It's almost like sticking your head inside of a used wine barrel.
Not sour but tarter in taste than the nose lends one to believe, but fits well with the fruitiness; reminiscent of a Gewürztraminer.

Mar 29, 2018
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ragnar3 from Iowa

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4, poured into a tulip. Crisp and tart with a really nice soft mouthfeel and a bit of funkiness - I could drink this everyday. Looking forward to seeing how this one develops!

Aug 23, 2017
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4

Very tasty beer, but I would be hard pressed to identify this as a saison. Tons of oak and white wine as it is young, but much less dry and more tart than a typical saison. The only hints of saison are a few possible notes of saison yeast on the finish.

Aug 08, 2017
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jhavs from New York

4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch four, pour at FOFA.

Straw yellow, hint of cloudiness, whisp of a just off white head.

Citrus and earthy funk in the aroma, a hint of tartness in the form of green apple and sweet tart candy. Wine grapes and earthy wood.

Soft and rich feeling on the tongue.

An excellent brew, complex and refined flavors.

Aug 07, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 4 drank in a wine glass on 8/3/2017

L - slightly hazy yellow...thin white head, little lacing

S/T - white wine strong, oak, lemon, fresh cut grass, hay, slight funk, little green apple and grape

F - smooth as a baby's bottom, really soft but dense, subtle tartness

Overall - incredibly done, not overly complex, but really enjoyable. Totally understandable that this is the base for some of the best fruited saisons on the planet.

Aug 04, 2017
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

b4 poured from a 750mL into a snifter. pours a hazy light orange with fluffy white head. smells of oak, lemon, hay, white wine. taste is oaky and dry, lemony tart with a white wine finish. mouthfeel is fluffy, full & well carbonated. overall, amazing saison. definitely needs some time in the bottle.

Aug 03, 2017
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear golden color with a white head. The aroma is relatively subdued. Little bit of funkiness and typical Saison aroma. The flavor is where this beer really shines. Absolutely exquisite says on with the perfect amount of tartness to balance it out and add that punch to each sip. Chardonnay notes come through very nicely. Mouth feel is as you would expect for a beer of this style. Overall, this may be the very best Saison I've ever had

Jun 25, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a side project long stem tulip. Thanks Ryan for sharing this.

Pours a hazy orange body with a two finger white head that reduces to leave a layer of white foam and little lacing.

Aromas of hay and grain, green apple and a little spices.

On the tongue is tart citrus, green apple, white wine and oak on the finish, dry finish

Jun 24, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1. Poured a hazed golden yellow color with a bubbly, white head of foam. It smelled funky with strong lemon notes. Nice sour lemon taste with a good dose of acidity.

Apr 27, 2017
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Tommo from Texas

3.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This smells like a belgian dubbel and tastes like mild american wild. While this is a very nice beer, im dramtically underwhelmed. This is something along the lines of homebrew competition winner

Mar 18, 2017
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice funky beer. Side project is an awesome brewery. This review is for batch #3. Nice funky smell and taste. A glorious saison no fruit necessary. amazing job.

Nov 25, 2016
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