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Picnic Ants - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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78
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 20.12%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BoitSansSoif on 10-20-2008)
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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by drizzam:
Photo of drizzam
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

drizzam, Feb 13, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -11.2%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

cokes, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Gonzoillini, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of wmobley
4/5  rDev +18.3%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of beersdmf17
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

beersdmf17, May 31, 2014
Photo of McMuffin_1
2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

McMuffin_1, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.45/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

BoitSansSoif, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of SF_Posse
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

SF_Posse, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Palm9610
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Palm9610, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

CWhite, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of allouez86
4/5  rDev +18.3%

allouez86, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of kevbie
4.52/5  rDev +33.7%

kevbie, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +18.3%

pathman, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Ri0
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Ri0, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of yankinwis
4/5  rDev +18.3%

yankinwis, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of alcstradamus
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

alcstradamus, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of Riik3
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Riik3, Jun 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

memphischas, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of klikger
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

klikger, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -11.2%

smartassboiler, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Wisconsinality
1.93/5  rDev -42.9%
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.

Wisconsinality, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of Hokenfloken
2/5  rDev -40.8%

Hokenfloken, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
1.68/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

KarlHungus, Jul 12, 2011
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Picnic Ants from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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