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Picnic Ants - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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BA SCORE
77
okay

57 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 20.42%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BoitSansSoif on 10-20-2008)
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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by NoLiberty:
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NoLiberty

Pennsylvania

1.8/5  rDev -45.9%

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.

02-02-2011 03:20:02 | More by NoLiberty
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -9.9%

11-15-2011 03:40:22 | More by bpfrush
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

10-18-2009 07:30:03 | More by cokes
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3/5  rDev -9.9%

08-13-2014 03:53:25 | More by Gonzoillini
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wmobley

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +20.1%

03-13-2013 20:37:38 | More by wmobley
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beersdmf17

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-30-2014 23:42:53 | More by beersdmf17
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McMuffin_1

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

07-20-2014 05:10:19 | More by McMuffin_1
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.45/5  rDev -26.4%

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.

08-17-2010 03:15:26 | More by BeerFMAndy
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BoitSansSoif

France

3.93/5  rDev +18%

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.

10-20-2008 19:55:15 | More by BoitSansSoif
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SF_Posse

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-21-2014 04:02:47 | More by SF_Posse
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CWhite

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

09-10-2013 01:16:53 | More by CWhite
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allouez86

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +20.1%

11-16-2011 20:59:47 | More by allouez86
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +20.1%

07-13-2013 12:13:06 | More by pathman
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.64/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

07-06-2014 19:21:28 | More by Ri0
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yankinwis

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +20.1%

08-17-2013 14:59:19 | More by yankinwis
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alcstradamus

Washington

2.55/5  rDev -23.4%

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.

10-04-2009 18:28:34 | More by alcstradamus
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Riik3

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -9.9%

06-30-2014 02:20:44 | More by Riik3
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klikger

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev 0%

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.

07-04-2010 22:10:30 | More by klikger
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -9.9%

09-15-2013 06:32:56 | More by smartassboiler
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

1.93/5  rDev -42%

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.

06-24-2010 04:46:04 | More by Wisconsinality
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Hokenfloken

Michigan

2/5  rDev -39.9%

11-15-2011 01:26:07 | More by Hokenfloken
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

1.68/5  rDev -49.5%

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes within seconds into nothing. The aroma is of rotten fruit with hints of leather. I often find these aromas appealing in a Belgian style beer, but as they are presented in this beer I do not like them. The taste is a bomb of rotten oranges. Yuck. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very low carbonation for the style. Overall, this beer is truly bad. I will not be drinking this again.

07-12-2011 21:35:37 | More by KarlHungus
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RobinLee

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

07-09-2014 21:06:14 | More by RobinLee
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-27-2013 21:11:10 | More by ajzy
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kmeves

Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -15.9%

Pours a golden/amber with a smallish white head. The aroma is sweet candy, light citrus and spices and a bit phenolic. The flavor sweet, more pronounced spices (pepper), citrus and some wheat. Medium-bodied, prickly mouthfeel. The finish is sour and somewhat long, neither dry or sweet really. 0-2 on Oso beers so far.

11-19-2008 14:45:24 | More by kmeves
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Picnic Ants from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
77 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.