Review: Perennial Southside Blonde | Craft Beer & Brewing
Perennial Southside Blonde
89 out of 100

Style: Belgian-style Blonde Ale

ABV: 5.0 IBU: 45

89/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 2
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

Perennial Southside Blonde

What the brewers say

“Southside Blonde is a sessionable Belgian-style blonde ale that is light-bodied and dry with a hint of fruitiness from the yeast. Southside is a friendly pairing with a variety of foods and an approachable choice for all types of beer drinkers.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Strong clove phenols up front with moderate bubblegum esters. Behind the yeast character, there’s an herbal and grassy hops character and light bready malt.”

Flavor: “Still clove-forward on the front, but the hops come through more on the palate with lemon, grassy, and grapefruit character. Low sweetness and low bitterness. This is almost like a spiced holiday wine. Moderate carbonation accentuates a crisp finish. A bit fuller in body than a ‘traditional’ blonde.”

Overall: “An interesting combination of hops-forward flavors and Belgian fermentation characteristics. Definitely a unique beer that is well-executed for what it was intended to be. The fruity esters from the fermentation nicely complement the hops flavors.”

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