Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Perennial Artisan Ales is a new brewery that produces their own take on Belgian and American craft beers. The addition of fresh spices, fruits, and nuts into their beers makes every sip a new adventure, and each bottle a whole new world to explore.
Perennial opened up shop less than a year ago in September of 2011, but is brewing like they've been doing it for decades. That could be because owner and head brewer Phil Wymore spent time at Goose Island and Half Acre before opening his own place. So far, their brews are only available in the New York, Chicago, and St. Louis markets.
Saison de Lis is brewed with chamomile and pours a mildly hazy straw color with a white, bubbly head. The smell is reminiscent of banana flavored Laffy Taffy mixed with spice, clove, and a hint of funk. The flavor is nuanced and balanced with shades of funky apple sauce and finishes long like a light brew of chamomile tea.
This clover honey colored beer displays small to medium bubbles in its thin but clingy white head. The nose favors a citrusy hop sensation without being overwhelming. Balanced flavors are slightly earthy with some lemon notes, brightening up the pleasant taste. We think Hommel would be great with earthy foods like mushrooms and pork belly.