Saison Du Fermier
Side Project Brewing

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #6
Ranked #87
4.58 | pDev: 6.55%
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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Reviews by AndyEdgar:
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4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev -2%
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 boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Batch 2 poured into a stemmed wine glass.

A- Pours very hezy and a bright golden straw in color. The head on this beer is about a finger in thickness when half poured in a wine glass an retains just a little while before boiling down into a thin film on top of the body. The thin film of a head does actually lace fairly well. A beautiful beer in the glass.

S- The first scents that hit the nose are a bright and slightly tart fruitiness. Just a touch of citrus and peach like flavors hit the nostrils and are accompanied by a slightly bready undertone of yeast and brett. Throughout there is a slight to mild tartness and somewhat citric quality to the scent.

T- Where to start with this incredibly complex beer? It starts off with the same slightly tart and fruity note that the scent does. Just a touch of peach and some citrus notes accompany the tart flavor, as well as the underlying brett funk. The brett provides a breadiness and funkiness that dries out the tartness that preceded it and provides a layer of complexity. The beer's entire flavor moves toward a grainy and yeast like flavor while maintaining the slight tartness as well. Ends with a lingering touch of the fruitiness and the underlying funk.

M- This beer is light and almost fluffy on the palate. It is also smooth while still being fairly well carbonated. This beer is remarkably easy to drink and well balanced. You cannot tell it is 7% at all, and if I would have guessed, I would have said closer to 4%.

Overall, I'm so glad I traded for this beer. I missed the releases of both batches, but it is safe to say that I will not miss future batch releases. This beer is nearly perfect in every way.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle opened on 2.14.14
Batch 1
Barrel 32-34

A - Pours a cloudy, medium orange with a foamy off-white head that fades slowly leaving nice lacing.

S - Funky at first, then some oak and finishes with some nice earthy fruits. Nice.

T - Awesome funk - barn - wood, oak, wine. Just Awesome.

D - Soft medium body wiht good carbonation.

O - Awesome beer! FUnky and soft fruits. I loved it.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jared for trading me a bottle of this beer!!!!

750ml bottle sealed with silver pressure cap.

batch 2

poured into Side Projects Wine Stem.

Appearance: glowing golden yellow bodied beer with tall white head with lots of bubbles that has great staying power. Moderate lacing on the side of the glass. Eventually drops down to thin cap.

Smell: lots of juicy citrus in the form tangerines. Nice farmhouse rustic funk notes and almost moderate tartness; fruity and earthy brett too. Wet oak and white wine notes.

Taste: starts of with a mixture of sweet tangerines, tart lemons, and stone fruits. Very subtle barnyard funk thats got rotten hay with dusty mustiness to make this beer embody the "rustic" element that is so enjoyable in most saisons. Earthy oak and fruity brett in the middle. Finishes with even more orange notes and the tartness builds stronger in the finish. Lemons, white grape, and green apples in the finish. A little white wine bite in the finish that is slightly vinous and slightly boozey; which seems to build up with the dry finish. As this lingers on the palate there is a slight cheesy funkiness similiar to greek yogert and bleu cheese that lingers with the white wine notes long into the aftertaste. This is an excellant saison! All elements of the saison are really easy to find... the brett, the lacto, and the wine barrel notes are there in perfect harmony with the base saison.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Fantastic mouthfeel that is slightly creamy and supple. Very drinkable. Crisp ans spritzy finish that is semi dry. Drinks so light its almost "airy".

Overall: This is definately one of the best barrel aged saisons out there. I would imagine that this is the Missouri equalivant of Hill Farmstead Flora(still have to try this). I've only had a handful of barrel aged saisons, but this is definately at the top as my favorite barrel aged saison that I have drank! This beer is a saison that almost starts to drift into the the Gueuze category with its aroma and flavor profiles. All ements Wish that this was a beer that wasnt brewed in small batches, but very appreciateive that I could finally try this beer with a fresh palate to appreciate the awesomeness.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.61/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle of Batch 2, generously sent over by Dylan. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass 7/11/2014.

A- Hazy light copper/straw yellow body with a lovely, fluffy effervescent two finger white head with excellent retention, leaving rings upon streaks of lacing. Beautiful saison.

S- Intense citrus, yogurty lactate, pale malts with a touch of chardonnay and dry oak. Wow. Even a bit of dry, earthy funk. This is a very complex and pleasing nose. Wow.

F- Citrus on the front (acidity) with some tart orange zest on the backend. Lots of yogurt lacto throughout, which I really enjoy. Then there's a underlying background of pale malt sweetness, some earthy Brett funk supplemented by a distinct white wine flavour with a dry, oaky finish. Simply one of the most complex beers per se that I've had, and definitely the most complex saison thus far.

M- Medium bodied, suitably carbonated with a substantial, smooth mouthfeel with a nice complex finish- dry, zesty, with yogurt lacto. Very good! And certainly drinkable as I'm doming the entire bottle on my own and wishing I had another.

O- Phenomenal. This is more complex than Flora as it has the lacto character and the dry, funky Brett on top of the white wine barrel character. Flora b5 had more of the distinct Vermont tartness without the lacto and was quite heavy on chardonnay. Both are fantastic, but if I had to choose between the two, I would go with Fermier 6 times out of 10. Fantastic BA saison, and I'm glad to have had the opportunity to drink this.

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4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Saison Du Fermier from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 831 ratings