Picnic Ants - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 19.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BoitSansSoif on 10-20-2008)
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Reviews by NoLiberty:
Photo of NoLiberty
1.8/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color. A slight fizzy head builds then resides into a modest cap and eventually just thin film around the edges.

Aroma is estery, fruity, slightly acidic and jarring. Subtle grainy notes with mild hop character.

Flavor starts with an acrid burst and mellows into a overly sweet, fruity ester quality and eventually lapses into astringent citrus flavors, subtle cardboard and then nothing at all. Overall the yeast does not seem happy or healthy in this beer. Spicing, sweetness, hopping and mouthfeel are out of whack.

Mouthfeel is similar to the flavor, overly carbonated in the front and lacking much depth. Body is light to medium with definite residual sugars.

Drinkability is quite low, unfortunately. I wasn't able to finish just one beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent, hazy gold with a low cap of off-white suds.
Lemon peel and champagne aroma with traces of iron and chamomile, and a backing, doughy wheatiness.
That wheat bread is the first thing picked up on by the mouth. It turns immediately tarter with lime juice, then white grape juice, which begins sour and turns gradually more sweet. The middle finds a strange yeast doing strange things, and not all of them good. There's a big spurt of iron-rich blood, some cardboard-ish oxidized notes, wet sand, hay, rotten wood, and dried cloves. It finishes with a bit of honeyed sweetness, touches of lemongrass hops, and some lingering yeast oddities, all doused in champagne.
Medium-full feel-wise, with a steady, perky carbonation that prevents it from settling too fat on the tongue. Though it does get a big grabby and progressively boozier as it warms.
This is another weird one from O'so. It's yeast flavors are out-of-bounds, but they approach what a Saison should be...that is to say, the yeast imparted off-flavors are less of a distraction here than in many of their brews.

Photo of TheArtOfWort
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of wmobley
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of beersdmf17
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of McMuffin_1
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date or info.

A - It pours a beautifully clear golden yellow color but even despite the tall pour, very little head rises. Low retention to what's there and some clingy white lace left over.

S - Hints of a Belgian-type of yeast starts to flourish right away. A bit of lemony citrus cuts in with very mild yeast-imparted spice. Pale malts, a bit of candi sugar sweetens up the aroma considerably and a husky dry straw finish leaves me wanting.

T - Yuck! A gross, off-tangy astringency hits the tongue right away and doesn't let up. Dusty, dry cardboard and husky pale malts are ushered in with a very mild spice hint and yeast in tow. This flavor is just a mess.

M - Dry, chalky texture and poor tangy astringency is not appreciated in the least bit. Otherwise the initial swallow is pretty smooth and the medium body goes down ok.

D - Off-putting but I could drink this on a hot day...provided it was the only thing around, and that's being very nice of me. This one isn't worth a second try, it's just a mess that needs some real work.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy honey-amber w/light, fizzy head. Label has illustration of ants pillaging a picnic basket.
S-Apricot, floral notes, pleasantly sweet. Spice, pepper, faint clove and banana.
T-Banana, apricot, light malt, faint hop bitterness, finish is of faint grapefruit zest and wheat.
M-Light-to-medium-bodied, light carbonation, and a warm, boozy texture.
D-Had this on tap as well, and it was labeled as an "imperial saison." This is a saison a little on steroids, and ABV seems a little higher than normal...not that there's anything wrong with that.

Photo of SF_Posse
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Palm9610
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of allouez86
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of kevbie
4.52/5  rDev +32.9%

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Ri0
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pored 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Rather dark gold and cloudy with a 1.5 finger white head. Decent retention that leaves a collar and some lacing on the glass.

S - Aromas of yeast, earth, floral hops, wet grass, hints of citrus and spice. The earthy scent is a bit stronger than most in this style.

T - Quite yeasty with a pleasant amount of peppery spice. The earthiness works well with the floral hops to add a subtle bitterness. Hints of citrus and wet grass are also found in the taste.

M - Medium body and well carbonated with a somewhat spicey and dry finish.

O - I think this is the first time this has been bottled in a few years, unless I have missed it. A 77 rating is a bit low and I would score this in the lower 80's for a farmhouse style.

Photo of yankinwis
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of alcstradamus
2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden yellow with just a bit of cloudiness. 2 fingers of fluffy head.

Smell is light yeast and clove, a bit less funkiness than I would expect from the style but still decent overall.

The taste, however, isn't quote what I would call "decent." Somewhat offensive, actually. There is a nice expected funkiness present but underneath is a bit of sourness that doesn't work.

Mouthfeel is normal for the style, but this just isn't drinkable because of the odd sourness.

Photo of Riik3
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of atone315
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of memphischas
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of klikger
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass

A - Light amber w/ small head and decent lacing

S - Yeast and small amounts of orange and some grain

T - Orange, lemongrass, and yeast appear in the first few seconds and are followed by some honey and something sour.

M - Medium-bodied; undercarbonated

D - Hot for 8%, but not horrifically. Another one's not in the cards for tonight.

O'so has been hit or miss for me, and this one's kind of in-between. If you're a fan of the style, it's worth a try. It's not a great farmhouse ale overall, but it's tasty enough for me to finish the six-pack I purchased.

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Wisconsinality
1.93/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle regretfully poured into standard pint.

A- A pretty blah golden color with minimal head, about an 1/8 of a fingers head. A little haze to it.

S- It all goes wrong here. Very bland. A very stale chalkboard taste. A slight hint of hint yeast and that is about it.

T- Cardboard and wheat. Less than surprised. A little bit of Belgian yeast but a whole bunch of off flavors.

M- Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. No hops and no real Belgian yeast. A little sweet on the tail end and that is about it.

D- Minimum at best. A whole bunch of off flavors. I don't know if I had a bad bottle or what.

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Picnic Ants from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
78 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.