Picnic Ants - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by drizzam:
3.95/5 rDev +18.6%
A - Cloudy amber in color, topped by a frothy half finger white head. The head actually left a very nice veil of lace down the inside of my pint glass.
S - The aroma of Belgian yeast combines nicely with a pleasant citric lemon smell. Doesn't have as strong of a "funky" barn smell as some other Saisons. Smells like it will be tasty and light.
T & M - A lighter malt body with a nice tart lemon finish. As is warms, it seems to go from the tart end of the spectrum and seems to get sweeter. Maybe this is just a deception of my taste buds getting used to the tartness. Light bodied with a bit of tartness for aftertaste. A little coarseness from the carbonation.
D - This is a very drinkable brew from O'so. I'm not sure what to make from the negative reviews, but I could see stocking this as a regular Summer staple. Kudos to O'so on a brew well done!
02-13-2011 22:03:45 | More by drizzam
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Picnic Ants from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
77 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.