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Grisette - Sly Fox Brewing Company


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very good

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DrJay on 09-29-2007)
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Photo of metter98

New York

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light straw yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with notes of peppery spices.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of Belgian yeast along with notes of peppery spices—coriander in particular—and hints of grainy malts. The spices are most notable towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be a relatively good representation of the style and also quite drinkable.

Serving type: can

01-26-2014 20:37:03 | More by metter98
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 355ml can with a BB of Oct 2013 (presumed). A little out of date, but hopefully still in good order. Acquired recently from the Brewdog online shop. An American take on a classic Belgian style.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A bright golden hue with plentiful carbonation and faint floating sediment. Produces a ridiculously massive head of creamy white foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of fruity saison yeast with hints of clove, banana, bubblegum, phenolics, coriander, spice, faint malt and earthiness. Rounded and delicious.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters and spice, with a bone-dry finish. Notes of clove, banana, mild bubblegum, coriander, spice, faint apricot, a twinge of grainy malt and earthy yeast. Highly attenuated, followed by a subtle, herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body for the style. Light but well defined. Mildly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity yeast, spice and earthiness.

Good stuff - a solid take on the style. Looks lovely in the glass, while the aroma and flavour are replete with fruity, spicy yeast notes. Decent body. Perhaps the only thing missing is conditioning with live yeast as in Belgium - I reckon it would add subtle depth to the flavour and texture. However this is a trivial point; nicely done and very tasty. Well worth sampling if you're a saison fan.

Serving type: can

12-21-2013 23:59:01 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of Jimmys


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. date towards the bottom of the can is 12/21/13. no indication of a best before or canned on.

A: a slight hazy on a straw yellow body. head is very fluffy and bright white. retention is great . clouds of lacing.

S: very fruity. a little bit of bubblegum. pears. a mild black pepper. being this heavy on the fruit brings a lot of sweetness.

T: a light, fruity saision. not barny or funky. a mild grain in the finish that dissipates into dryness. fruity throughout the drink. light fruit. pears similar to the nose. good fermentation flavor.

M: good carb, good mouth. pretty spritzy.

D: not too shabby. no off flavors, good fermentation flavor. not having my socks blown off, but a very drinkable, tasty saison.

Serving type: can

12-13-2013 02:21:25 | More by Jimmys
Photo of DIM


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Cloudy pale golden color; big fluffy head, spotty lace.

s: Pils malts, lemony mineral, soft spice, and prickly yeast. Light and lively.

t: Lemony, with a touch of honey and grains. Dry, yeasty finish with lingering musty cloves.

m: Gently carbonated with medium body.

o: Shoulda bought the sixer instead of the single. Great beer at a great price.

Serving type: can

09-15-2013 15:29:49 | More by DIM
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with a bright white head. Funky barnyard of a nose with grainy and medicinal notes.

Full mouth feel but medium bodied with brisk carbonation. Delicate honeysuckle and apple flavors on the tip of the tongue. Clean medicinal flavors on the mid palate, some band aid, along with a sweet graininess, finishes clean with just enough spicy hop (or just spice) to balance things out leaving a faint sweetness in the mouth. Clean refreshing with a good amount of complexity. And it comes in a can!

Serving type: can

09-09-2013 18:23:19 | More by jtierney89
Photo of tone77


3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a whilteish/yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast, a little funkiness to it. Taste is tart, lemony, spicy, some mustiness, tasty and easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: can

07-13-2013 13:31:19 | More by tone77
Photo of thecheapies


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy lemon yellow color. About two inches of beaten egg white topper. Craggy as it deflates. Leaves chunky lace, like meringue on the sides of the mixing bowl.

Bright lemon creme nose with a white pepper and unripe banana note. Wheaty like a witte, but with a drier and spicier farmhouse yeast. Hints of sweetness.

Lemon, tart banana, white pepper, light clove, and coriander. Saison yeast starts to dry out the flavors a bit, but it starts late in the middle. Finishes with latent spice and light bitterness.

Feels nice. Has some body, but retains a lot of refreshment. Carbonation is light-medium. Perhaps it could use a little more gas.

A very good canned saison. Very lemony, very wheaty, almost creamy. Recommended.

Serving type: can

07-08-2013 01:46:22 | More by thecheapies
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4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It is gladdening to see that Sly Fox has not completely gone over to the 360-degree CAN or The CANQuest (TM) might have a serious bone of CANtention!

From the CAN: "Working Class Ale"; "Craft Brewed in Pennsylvania"; "This unfiltered, spicy Belgian-style ale was originally brewed for miners in the Hainaut province. Grisette derives its name from the French word for 'gray' and references the color of the factory frocks worn by the young women who doled out pints at day's end. The flashing blue eye of our saucy version celebrates these legendary working class coquettes as well as the whispered tales of more extensive favors they may also have offered."

The "flashing blue eye" reminds me of a detail from a Lichtenstein painting which was in turn a mock-up of a panel from a romance comic book!

I got some immediate foaming when CANducting the Crack, so an inverted Glug was out. Even a soft pour left almost nothing but foam in my glass initially, slowly falling to reveal a cloudy, lemon-yellow beer with a massive two-plus fingers of French Vanilla-colored head above it. Viewed from the side, it resembled a lemon meringue pie. Nose was full-on Saison: musty, earthy, spicy like black pepper, some lemon zest! The coquettes would be proud to serve something like this! Mouthfeel was medium and the lemony flavor hit my tongue immediately, followed by the black pepper spiciness. The finish was where the mustiness of the yeast came through, creating a very dry sensation in the back of my throat. I CANfess to not being a huge fan of Saisons, but this was great. It really nailed the style, if you care about such things and it was eminently drinkable. As the current commercial goes, "Un, deux, trois, quatre. I'll have some more of that! Je t'adore, je t'adore, je t'adore."

Serving type: can

07-05-2013 08:24:22 | More by woodychandler
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This will actually be my second Grisette. The beer looks great off the pour. Nose seems like a cross between a saison and a hefe. It's not exactly as light as I would expect. Consistent character. Well made beer. Seems a little too heavy though. Cheers to Sly Fox for putting out an unusual style.

Serving type: can

06-30-2013 18:57:41 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a nonic pint glass.

A- Hazy light sunshine yellow color with a thin white head. Full bore lacing.

S-Yeast funk, light fruits, spice, hint of lemon. A bit understated, good.

T- Fruity, light citrus. Big Belgian wild yeast flavor. Maybe some pineapple.

M-Wet and chewy medium body with ample carbonation. Full lasting flavors.

O- Pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2013 11:00:46 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of DrDemento456


3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A nice pillow of bubbles the head in this one over a 1/2 inch. The color is a nice hazy bright yellow as expected for the style.
S - Smells of mild citrus hops, coriander spice, and mild lemon peel. Strong enough but not loaded like some beers.
T - A nice flavor it's sort of dry with the yeast giving you some fruit flavors and the citrus hop taste in the finish. Flavors of orange and lemon seem natural enough and balanced with the peel. Not bad.
M - Light to medium, rather crisp and carbonated. Easy enough to drink from the can.

Overall a pretty great Saison not the best but easy on the flavors and has a great ABV that will not knock you down. May get this again.

Serving type: can

06-18-2013 17:19:29 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of jwhancher


4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack at the Pottstown brewery a few weeks ago. Popped open the last one and poured into a tulip glass for review. The guy working the counter said they had just canned these so this one is still pretty fresh. Didn't see a packaged date on the can.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with fluffy white head that laces the glass a tad.

S: Very phenolic with lemon and coriander. Reminds me of a witbier. Strong Belgian yeast character. Smells great!

T: Lemon and orange peel, a bit tangy. Nice upfront bitterness that fades to citrus sweetness.

M: Very light and refreshing. An awesome session beer. I will definitely be enjoying this beer over the summer as things heat up.

O: One my favorites from Sly Fox. Pushes the borders of a witbier into farmhouse ale territory. Glad to see this one in a can.

Serving type: can

06-15-2013 22:37:46 | More by jwhancher
Photo of Dcunicelli


3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice little local surprise for a farmhouse/Saison

Murky and cloudy appearance just begs to quaff your thirst. I am beginning to really love the farmhouse style. The lemony and yeast flavors work together to make this a great porch sitting beer while I read. The abv doesn't knock you out but allows you to stay engaged in your work be it the lawn or prepping for dinner.

A nice first beer that doesn't overpower your senses making it an easily sessionable beer.

Serving type: can

06-14-2013 21:00:41 | More by Dcunicelli
Photo of micromaniac129


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden straw with a good size white head on top. Fades fast but still some floating around. Some lacing too. Aroma smells along the line of a wit beer with a tad bit of funk and some spice. Taste is good with some malts and yeast. Drinks alittle flat but also has a crisp feel too. A pretty good beer thats worthy of a few more.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2012 20:48:00 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of kylehay2004


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin white head on a murky golden body and nice lacing.

S: very sweet, mostly banana and pineapple citrus with light wheat like notes

T: mild herbs mostly corriander with lemon custard sweetness. A slight musty grain and yeast sense up front but it fades quickly.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation and semi dry in the finish.

Overall: nice sweetness to this one. Clean and very drinkable but a little watered down.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 18:21:51 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of nickfl


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with one finger of dense, white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves good lace.

S - Light pilsner malt with some herbal hops.

T - Lightly sweet malt up front with a bit of grainy character. Some spicy hops I the middle and a musty hop character with moderate bitterness and some lingering peppery notes in e finish.

M - A moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Interesting, it is a bit heavier and happier than I would have expected but still refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 18:13:48 | More by nickfl
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Belgian Cafe in Philly, served in a pint glass.

Pours a really light, wispy pale straw color. Murky with a thin cover of head. Dry with a slight round middle, some spice, esters, candied lemon, hint of earth and straw, endlessly refreshing, dry finish. Supremely drinkable, light twist on saison - almost with a Berliner twist. Loved it, gladly have again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2012 04:26:45 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of tigg924


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery—served into a tulip

Appearance: 1/4 head, golden-orange in color, clear, low carbonation

Smell: Belgian spices, grass, and lemon

Taste: hay, Belgian spices, and a good deal of orange and lemon

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, crisp, bitter start that gets sweeter in the middle then fades back to bitterness

Overall: A very different and interesting Belgian Ale. Can’t say I have had anything quite like this before. Nice and sessionable, but I am kind of on the fence as to whether I would get it again. Sly Fox does make some great beers and this is not on the same level as their best.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 14:24:59 | More by tigg924
Photo of mgbickel


4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a plastic cup.

From speaking to the brewer, this is not a true Saison, but a style all of it's own, so I will judge it that way.

A small layer of pearly white foam formed on top of the straw-yellow body. The bubbles vanished quickly and did not stick to my plastic chalice (huh?)

Good nose...lots of classic aromas - funk, wheat and grains with a little hint of lighter fruits and citrus.

The taste is right where the nose indicates...a little sweet at the start with a funky finish. The wheat balances everything out with a grainy backbone.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation...not as dry as I was expecting.

This is a really cool, refreshing style that I could really enjoy. I hope more brewers offer this to their line-ups in the future...well done Sly Fox!

Serving type: growler

08-19-2011 15:32:23 | More by mgbickel
Photo of afksports

New York

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sly Fox Grisette is a very interesting style of farmhouse ale. It's got a tartness and a sweetness that's neither overwhelming or puckering. Appropriately balanced, it's got hints of farm, funk, but then also citrus zest.

I begged a few more samples of this to keep getting into it. Yellow and cloudy in appearance, it's not the sexiest beer, and the nose is somewhat subtle. But when you dig into the smell, it pops. Dried fruit, white grapes, lemon peel, hay, a little must and dust in there... it's a complex aroma, and all the while very floral. But it's light in smell and the same way in taste. Just a touch tart, in many ways it's like a Berliner Weiss, but maybe a little bit less sweet, and of course without the wheat component.

Truly a fun beer to drink, and one to absolutely enjoy on a summer day. If I weren't beer budgeting hardcore, I'd have taken home quite a bit. Cheers to Sly Fox. I bought a sixer of Phoenix to compliment you on this one!

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 01:22:00 | More by afksports
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4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at Phoenixville location.

Pours with a low, soapy-white head over a very cloudy gold-to-rust colored body.

Aromas are very fruity - sour green apple, lots of cardamom spice, wheat, and maybe a touch of lime. Inviting.

Quite creamy for a saison. Slightly tart on the palate, with flavors of sweet citrus - lemon, navel oranges - plus lots of spice from the yeast, then grass, and finally some floral and herbal qualities in the finish. Not much carbonation, but that could just be the growler transfer.

This is not as dry as some saisons, nor as funky, however it's absolutely perfect for a summer saison, and IMO a great gateway beer for those who have yet to dive headfirst into the Belgian farmhouse ales.

Serving type: growler

07-10-2011 14:40:17 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of Knapp85


2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this at Tap & Table right after their Saison Fest. They had a bunch of beers left over after that event and I went to get some of the left overs. This was the 3rd one I sampled that day. This was served nearly room temp in a 5oz. glass. The color was a lightly opaque color of yellow. The head was very minimal to say the least. The aroma was faint, not overly funky. It had some malts and some citrus zest in it. The flavor was light also, Hoped for some thing a little more intense but it wasn't. There was mostly a farmhouse grain flavor going on with it. I suppose it was decent but there are much better Saison's out there.

Serving type: cask

04-18-2011 03:54:07 | More by Knapp85
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2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Friday, just off work, enjoying a cold one on a ridiculously hot & muggy day at BT.

A- Looks like a light but unfiltered apple cider, or maybe like a hef. Totally opaque light sandy color. No head, nor bubble.

S-Gotta get right in there. A little yeasty, ever so subtle funk and a bit of sour apple....is that the power of suggestion? not to potent of an aroma though.

T- A slight sour tartness (lemony, sour apple?) that slowly changes to some graham cracker, light clove and white pepper then a bitter metallic aftertaste.

M-There is some sort of effescence to this, surprisingly. It lingers on the tongue well after the swallow (thats what she said).

D- I like this style because it is so loose and a mixed bag. this one is not my favorite, but as usual always glad to try something new, different and local.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2009 22:33:13 | More by m1ked
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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to grab a couple pints while it was available recently. It was a hazy, deep gold colour served with a thin wisp of white foam that remained for a while and produced a little bit of short-lived, spotty lacing. The flavour and aroma were quite bready, with a light funk, light peppery spice, and fruity banana/citrus. Bitterness was very restrained, but still enough to make you notice its presence. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, solid mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one. It made for a very easy pint and I made sure to grab another as a follow-up.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2007 03:17:11 | More by DrJay
Grisette from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.