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Saison Du Fermier | Side Project Brewing

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Saison Du FermierSaison Du Fermier

Brewed by:
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful saison, both to look at and to drink. For this being Side Project's flagship, I'm very impressed. You can tell great care went into making this.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Golden straw hues with a minimal white soapy head with decent retention
S: Apricots, Meyer lemons, and a bit of funk
T: Juicy lemons and frank tartness; quintessential saison with bold citrus fruits and a refreshing dryness
F: Very evenly carbonated with a creamy finish that lingers
O: A fantastic saison offering by Side Project. The crisp fruitiness is complemented well by a distinct dryness on the finish reminiscent of an on-point chardonnay. Well executed and very memorable saison.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Saison! Was lucky to trade for this recently and then took it to a share which included other Saisons and fruited Sours by SARA, Libertine, Council and Side Project and this one held its own and was top notch!! Light tart and smooth drinking!

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Photo of mothman
3.86/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 3

Bright hazy yellow. White head. Mini-gusher of a bottle. Light funk, tannins, and lemon zest. Earthy, dry, brett, and some wine barrel flavors. Lots of carbonation. Fizzy. Ends with brett.

Good saison. Nothing out of the ordinary, but quality.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 3 shared at a tasting in Pittsburgh. I'm tempted to give this a 5. There's nothing even close within the style, honestly. In it's own class. Pours murky yellowish with some white fuzzy bubbles around the top. Aroma is beautiful brett funk, sweet malts, hay, must, dust, some more slight sweetness. Incredible. Flavor follows with what can only be described as perfect. There is the funky brett yeastiness, then there is just enough sweet malt backbone that makes it impossible to forget it's in your mouth. What I find lacking in Hill Farmstead saisons--great beers, they are--is the perfect malt sweet balance that I find in this behind the funk. Just beautiful. Super easy drinking, but not too light bodied, medium plus carbonation, and oh so good. Among the best beers I have ever had. Going to be hard to drink any other saison after this one. (4.93/5)

Now trying Batch 2 on 10/17/15. Interesting and large differences here relative to Batch 3. This one is overtaken by the lacto with big cheesy notes and much, much less Brett influence than before. The beer is beautiful, top level, and yet lags well behind the Batch 3 I had that was more fresh. Really interesting differences here, and I really miss the musty Brett funk and hay I was expecting to get from this. Nonetheless, delicious beer. (4.61/5)

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Photo of tywhite
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure I can agree with others on here -- this is nothing at all like Saison Bernice (which is not sour/tart at all), nor is it all that juicy. It's just flat out sour. Perhaps I had an odd bottle (b3), but the sour was so dominant that other flavors had to struggle their way through. I thought it was dramatically more sour than Pulling Nails, even. It's tasty, but so sour that I wouldn't say I enjoyed it a whole lot (and I do like sours).

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: hazy golden straw
S: Meyer lemon pulp, straw, some funk
T: similar to nose but on the tart end of tart-sour spectrum. Juiciness and some honey sweetness on the mid palate, tartness lingers.
F: light, a touch of body from the sweetness
O: fantastic

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Blend 3. On tap at HF FOFA 2015. HF Taster glass.

Straw colored with fine white head and generous lacing/retention. Absolutely delicious: Tropical notes, chardonnay, and oak. Medium body and carbonation, slight creaminess. No alcohol. The best beer at FOFA this year.

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Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma hits of lemons, fun,k stone fruit, Bleu cheese, sweet tropical fruits and mango.

The flavor hits of dried pineapple, high prickly carbonation, a slight fruit bitterness, full tart flavor of lemon peel, with a really dry oaky finish.

One of the best saisons I've encountered. Despite the full tart quality, the tropical fruit flavors and barrel balances the beer very welll.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste is lemony and vinous, good wine notes, a slight bretty earthiness and only a bit of funk. A slight bit of sweetness, almost vanilla or cream underlies along with some mineral character. Mouthfeel is creamy and effervescent. Very different that Saison du Ble. That one was funky, oaky and crackery with a little bit of citrus while this one is very bright and citrusy with more wine character and only a slight funk. Both fantastic but I like this a little bit better.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

like lemon meringue pie--- light, airy, fluffy and citrusy. Medium complexity, funky, with a nice long finish. Reminds me of Saison Bernice but has more going on... But less concentrated and powerful than Le Sarrasin--still my favorite of this style!

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Photo of kevanb
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, batch 3, generously shared by Erik, poured into a Side Project oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 6.20.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright golden color, hazy and cloudy with apricot and copper hues and a big, billowy, white head, about 2 fingers tall, great retention and lace. The aroma is lovely, big mineral water quality up front, lemon citrus, bretty funk, must, oaky, wildflower, white wine, pale grain. Really well balanced and inviting nose, nice and delicate with good brightness. The flavors hit the spot, lots of lemony citrus, mineral water, light tartness, chardonnay acidity, pale grain, chewy oak brings out just a touch of Bretty funk, wildflower lingers at the finish. The mouthfeel is very nice, spritzy, zippy medium high carbonation, coating, with a creamy finish and a bit of a sour bite.

Verdict: A fantastic barrel fermented saison from Side Project, easily one of the better beers of this style that I've tried to date. Really bright and delicate, well balanced, inviting, refreshing and a pleasure to drink. Definitely worth of all the accolades.

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Photo of jkrug5
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

b3, absolute perfection in a bottle. This is my first beer from SP, and this crushed my expectations. Perfect tartness, with just the right funk. Extremely drinkable, I need more!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

whats crazy about this beer, is that in essence, its what about a million brewers want to accomplish. the perfect wild saison. no fruit, no crazy hopping, no bourbon barrel, none of that, just a really well done example of the style, using the chard barrel for refinement and nuance, not major flavor. its pale yellow in color, lacy in the glass, and emitting an incredible aroma of young oak, mature brett, and a simple but elegant wheat malt base that has the perfect amount of sweetness and texture, expertly mashed. the brett here is what everyone is after, complex, im sure multiple strains in cahoots, super drying in the finish, tangy and beautiful, dramatic even in its layering, and completely resolved in the finish. there is a light fruity acidity from the wine barrel, but its never abrasive in the least, and adds a needed counterpoint to the wheat malt. more than anything else, this has set the standard for brett saison, and the bar is very very high. i was lucky enough to experience batch number 3. a special treat, king of its field.

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Photo of danh53
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Everything is in perfect balance here. Bright aroma of lemony citrus and lacto. Taste opens with sour kick of chardonnay and more lemony citrus fruit. Fresh mineral quality is balanced by oak and bread. Mouth feel is fantastic. Perfect carbonation and smooth vanilla make this very enjoyable on the palate. Overall this is a fantastic beer. Thanks to Ben for bringing this to share on his Florida vacation.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3.

Bright, lemony, minerally, hints of wine, passion fruit and earthy brett. Medium carb. Slick mouthfeel. Bit of sourness. Short finish. Delicious.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 3

Loads of lemon, nice interplay of sour and tart, but there's a spoiled fruit and buttery chardonnay note that hits hard and rides the finish unpleasantly. It's a shame because there are plenty of nice things happening here, but...that finish just isn't for me.

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Photo of aleigator
4.26/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Saison du Fermier batch 2

Has an orange-yellow color with a decent, white head.

Has aromas of crisp lemon peel, wet grass, soft hay and shreded unripe blood orange. This gets coated up by a mellow, slightly funky sourness, which leaves enough space on the palate for the fruits to unfold. The nose gets balanced by mellow, old dusty wood, exhibiting a well functioning melange.

Has a medium to lower carbonation, with a round mouthfeel to it, resulting in a dry, sour finish.

Tastes of earthy, wooden malts, together with leather and dough straw among flowery grass. Sour lemon peel is recognizable from the beginning until the very end, blending perfectly into the beers acidic, slightly funky tartness, resulting in a wooden, fruity dryness. Durings its finish, the beer offers an incredibly soft, minerals infused mouthfeel, together with juicy lemon and a fitting lactic acid.

Ranges between an irresistable fruiti- and funkiness, creating a wonderful, complex taste. Both taste directions offer a decent range of well integrated flavors, which blend outstandingly soft together during the finish. In contrast to many other american sours, this features a very pleasant, not over the top sourness, which creates a wonderful interaction with the beers subtle, mellow fruitiness.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at a bottle share on 5/18/15 and reviewing from notes. Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle from Batch 3. Poured into a large Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5) - The pour is cloudy and opaque, with light coming through, but very little ability to see into the liquid itself, giving almost the appearance of a pulpy variety of fruit juice. The apricot flesh hue is brighter, more vibrant down near the bottom of the glass and shadowy, darker up near the top where it is shaded by two fingers of foamy white head. The retention is quite good, leaving sticky lace swaths on the side of the glass as the foam dissipates.

Smell (4.5) - The initially wafting from the glass brings strong notes of yogurt and chardonnay in fairly equal parts. White wine grapes and faint green apple come through on the latter, with acidic funk comprising the former. Citrus zest, primarily lemon, also adds some zing to the nose, but I keep coming back to the underlying tartness that promises a truly puckering taste to come.

Taste (4.75) - As expected, it's bursting with sour, lactic flavor bringing forth notes of lemon yogurt and musty hay. The notes of chardonnay are also present here as in the aroma, with the green apple element becoming more prevalent than before, as well as some sweeter notes of nectarine and pear. The finish is marked by a distinct note of musty wood and balancing hints of oaky vanilla.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - The overwhelming feel here comes from the puckering sensation created by the sourness. The body is medium-to-light, and the carbonation is full. Finish is extremely dry.

Overall (4.5), another fantastic offering from Side Project, and one that is top notch when you're in the mood for a light, sour saison. The only reason I didn't rate it higher is because in my personal opinion it goes a little too far with the sourness, which at times can overwhelm all the other interesting flavor profiles going on. Still a world class wine-barrel aged saison. Would gladly enjoy as many bottles of this as I could get my hands on.

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Photo of gibgink
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured at CBC. Slight gush, but not all over the place. Very foamy white head. A little funk on the nose. Citrus notes on the palate, and a little chewy. Very well balanced. I would highly recommend.

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Photo of Get_Lowell
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Nice head which dissipates fairly quickly. Body of the beer is somewhat cloudy with a golden hue.
Smell: Copious amounts of fruits and other floral notes greet your nostrils.
Taste: Moderate tartness, citrus & lemon, bubblegum finish.
Feel: The tartness gently sticks with you while you're drinking this and slowly builds to a crescendo on each additional sip. It's really amazing, I have rarely experienced such a nuanced tartness.
Overall: Fantastic balance and nuanced from start to finish. Such a refreshing palate, you will feel light as a feather after drinking this elixir!

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Photo of jjdc
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fermier is a hazy gold in the glass, like a San Francisco morning. The nose is tart, funky and fruity Riesling. The taste is beautifully complex. Juicy white wine grapes, barrel oak, Brett funk, vanilla notes and a drying tartness cleans up everything on the backend. Light, tart and balanced. This is simply a great saison.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch no. 2 into HoTD tulip. Apricot orange appearance with small 1/4 finger head and generous lacing. Strong scent of citrus and a little funk. Taste follows the nose but with even a more distinct sour taste. If this was a blind taste test I'd swear this was a sour and a really excellent one.

I'm really loving this beer but it really doesn't fall under the farmhouse/saison class in my opinion. Still great and I'd love the opportunity to try it again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Nice white head. Medium collar and nice lacing.

Smell - White wine. Orange and lemon acidity. Some tropical fruits. A little oak.

Taste - Oak and nice wine barrel presence. Hefty malt. A bit of stone fruit. A little astringent. Light tartness, kinda lemony.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Very light tartness. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - I'm going to sound overly critical here, so I only say this in comparison to the best of wine barrel saisons. This is just a little too sweet and malty to compare. Still a great beer, but doesn't quite compare.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 2 previous review (11/9/14): Starts with a lot of sulfur and poop. Better once that clears out, but still not a remarkable saison. 3.0


Batch 1-3 side by side 5/17/15

Batch 1 - very good, 4.5

Batch 2 - still underwhelming, 3.0

Batch 3 - good, not great, 3.75

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