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April 26, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
MU graduates, Emily and Phil Wymore opened their St. Louis brewery, Perennial Artisan Ales, in September 2011. In March, they started selling two of their Belgian beers in town: Hommel Bier and Saison de Lis. Emily describes the Hommel Bier as “hoppier” and says the Saison is lighter to preserve chamomile accents. Hops, the flowers of a plant used in beer making, contribute to the flavor. Beers with more hops tend to be crisp and dry; beers with fewer hops have more malt and are sweeter. Billy Cabral co-owner of 1839 Taphouse says both beers are selling well.
Saison de Lis, $5 at Taphouse
Emily and Phil have a 2-year-old daughter named Lily. Lis is French for Lily, and this name seemed to fit the lighter beer, Emily says. The Saison has a yellow color and a floral, spiced aroma. The taste is subtle but full-bodied. Drinkers taste maltand chamomile first in a slightly bitter combination reminiscent of tea. The flavors leave a nice finish that lingers a few minutes in a floral aftertaste.
Hommel Bier, $5 at Taphouse
The Hommel Bier is stronger than the Saison de Lis and has hop accents. It is a medium orange color and blends hops and citrus notes for a rich scent. This beer is made with dry hops and has moderate carbonation and a refreshing taste. The dry finish stays after the glass is empty.