Grisette - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DrJay on 09-29-2007

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Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can 13 oct 2014 stamped on the bottom

Yellowy hazed near golden, lifts a HUGE head that slowly morphs and fades. Leaves gobs of thicker froth.

Peppery and coriander infused nose.

More heavy pepper, Belgian yeast, and again herbal coriander. Light, zesty and flavorful.

Worthy saison in a can.

Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 A little out of date, but hopefully still in good order.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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Appears a slightly clouded golden hue, with a very bright color shade. Bright white head forms thick with fine bubbles, head retention is excellent with fine speckled lacing left on the sides of the chalice.

Aroma has spicy yeast notes, slightly peppery with a clean biscuit malt character.

Flavor has a spicy upfront yeast character, rough phenolic character slightly fruity a hint of band aids…it’s all there.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with even flowing carbonation not much else happening here. The dry finish just works for the style adding to how easy this is to consume.

Overall, an easy drinking sessionable Belgian style beer in a can the off band aid plastic fermented flavors don’t sit well with me but they aren’t overbearing in this beer.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice light farmhouse. Hazy light orange with good lacing. Funky aroma. Very fruity with a clean finish. Great beer for summertime. Experienced during a Sly Fox tap takeover. Not a huge fan if the style but I would try this again if I ran across it and it was very hot outside. And there was nothing else available.

Photo of Dcunicelli
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at at Hogan's Hideaway in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a hazy golden yellow, with a quarter inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells quite yeasty, with some clove, white pepper, and a bit of citrus.

Though this does have some citrusy sweetness, this more squarely on the dry side of things for a saison. Very peppery and clovey from the yeast. This also has a somewhat grainy flavor, however, the yeast on this one is the driving force, almost to the point of it being a little one note.

This has a fairly crisp mouthfeel, with a medium body, and a fairly high level of carbonation.

This isn't bad, but didn't exhibit a whole lot of complexity beyond the typical yeast character.

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can pours a hazed gold with an ample cap of white head. Nice retention and lace...a good looking brew here.

Nose is zesty, citrusy and grainy. Saison-esque but has a little less oomph to it. Smells alot like the Walloon from Southern Star here, a little too spicy and less yeasty.

Taste shows much the same, like a saison-lite with the hops and yeast leading the way. A fun little beer to drink, just not very deep. Yeast just is not as soft and delicate as some of the better Belgian examples. Better than Walloon though and Id buy it on the reg if I lived in the SF distro area.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.56/5  rDev +21.6%
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."

Photo of NiceTaps
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is opaque straw, head is white, nice smallish bubbles, good fine carbonation; head lingers very well with some lacing.

Smell malt forward, mostly light pilsner and biscuit; yeast off notes and some subtle hoppiness release as the glass pulls away.

Taste is great, clean and simple malt flavors, that are not sweet as the dry finish and yeast flavors takeover. Malt notes are biscuit and pils; yeast byproducts are some phenol and bananas and clove.

Mouthfeel is also very good: crisp carbonation and dry finish that is not too hard on the tongue.

Overall, a great farmhouse or simpler saison - not over complicated, and exceptionally easy drinking. My vote for beer of the summer season.

Photo of mgbickel
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Photo of micromaniac129
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass (a legit pint, not a short one) at Nostrand Pub in Brooklyn. I guess there are a couple of Sly Fox breweries on this site ... I've gone with the Grisette with the most reviews.

Appearamce: medium light gold with plenty of haze. Head is a finger of ivory foam with limited retention and lace. Still not a bad saison.

Smell: farmy and funky right up front; this is one dank horsey saison. I can get behind this.

Taste: plenty of funk along with a bit of farmhouse sourness and a hint of diacetyl. For some reason, this all rubs me the right way. I like a saison with a lot of weird character.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a ton of carbonation and a great creaminess; quite satisfying indeed! This might be one of the best-textured saisons I've had. Woo!

Overall: I really like this beer. I feel like I could quaff tons of it.

Photo of m1ked
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
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 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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of jwhancher
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +12%

I enjoyed this from the can in a cervoise chilled, review from notes.

The color is golden with light haze and thick 2 fingers of rocky white head with very fine bead and lace that sticks...retention is excellent. The smell has a mild tropical/banana scent in the yeast with light toasted grain and slight spice with hints of floral hop esters and subtle sweet malt aroma with light passionfruit odor. The feel is great with light spice and moderately high carbonation with gentle sweetness and mild yeast creaminess with a mild bitterness to balance and low alcohol with mostly dry finish.

The taste is very pleasant with yeast up front adding a mild phenolic tinge with subtle spice and fruity element with light tropical flavor and lightly toasted malt with a low bitterness perceived on the palate. There is refreshing amounts of carbonation with dry profile taste-wise as a result with slight hop in the taste and a noble-type mild citrus element which blends well with the gentle malt. The cracker like dry and tosted malt is followed with a subtle vinous taste of yeast in the finish. Overall this Grisette is excellent in every way -better than some Belgian examples I had with lots of yeast character and drinkable quality with light dry aspect and moderately low bitterness in the finish.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Grisette from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.