Picnic Ants - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 19.41%
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

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Beer added by: BoitSansSoif on 10-20-2008

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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 27
Reviews by drizzam:
Photo of drizzam
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of cokes
3.62/5  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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of Ri0
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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 alcstradamus
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Photo of klikger
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Wisconsinality
2.01/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
1.7/5  rDev -50%
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.

Photo of kmeves
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of adman08
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a decent white head that fades fairly quickly. When the head settles it leaves nothing, the beer appears flat.
S-Slight sour aroma with good spice, maybe a hint of coriander.
T-Slightly sour but good flavors typical of a saison. Warm spice flavors with a slight sweetness.
M-Light, fairly low carbonation.
Overall, this is a very good, easy to drink warm weather beer just not all that great for the style. Really quite under carbonated. I do like the flavors and again, good for the warm weather months.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is cloudy golden yellow with a stark white two finger head. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.

The aroma is a mix of tart citrus fruit, belgian yeaat, light black pepper and hint of woody barn yard funk.

The flavor is dry citrus fruits up front. Lemons, oranges and pineapples. Belgian yeast with hints of black pepper. Not super powerful.

Medium carbonated body. Rather dry finish.

Overall a decent attempt at a saison. Probably wouldn't pick this up again.

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got to try this after reading about it for a few years. the pour is a deep golden yellow with a fizzy white head. Not by any means an overwhelming saison when it comes to spices but very drinkable. Holy dry finish on this one. Love the fact that she's 8%. I could definitely see myself sitting out on the boat or just out at the lake in general knocking back a 6 pack of these and having myself a pretty awesome afternoon. I wouldn't say it's anywhere close to being one of Oso's BEST offerings however it kicks the shit out of a lot of there other regular year round lineup. It especially holds it's own being one of there older offerings. Im surprised that this flies off the shelves so quickly every year but then again If I remember correctly I believe I did talk to Marc about it earlier this year and I believe he said that they only brew a small amount of it. I think it may be a little more popular around the Plover area perhaps? This is the first time since 2011 I've seen it around in MKE and I frequent A LOT of beer retailers on a very regular basis. Decently carbonated with a bit of a tart off spicy finish, definetly not the worst representation of an American version of the style. Definitely worth the try, if you see it on the shelves, don't hesitate to grab a pack. The fact alone that they don't make too much of it is reason enough to at least give it a shot.

Photo of 2xHops
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not very experienced with Saison/Farmhouse Ales, so my opinion and review here is based on my previous experience with several Saison-style beers.

Kundstrache shared a bottle with me, so I'm glad he did. My previous experiences were with beers that was very, very sour. (At least to me!)

The taste was very good, and it wasn't overly sour to the point that it overwhelms my senses. There's enough tartiness to throw around, but it is pretty mellow compared to what I've tasted in the past. The mouthfeel really was pleasant, and you won't feel overwhelmed (or underwhelmed, I guess, for you sour ale lovers?) with the aftertaste at all.

Overall, I think this is at very least decent beer for Saison beer lovers, and pretty good one for the rest of us that don't normally want to drink this style.

Photo of TheSSG
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, frothy head that has nice persistence. A fruity, yeasty aroma. Hazy, golden color. Starts with fruity, floral hoppiness, and a medium bitterness. Big notes of yeastiness develops with the hoppiness. Sweet malt comes out through the yeastiness, with the bitterness remaining throughout. The finish is hop bitterness, sweet malt, and that earthy yeastiness. The lingering bitterness is slightly floral, which plays off the yeastiness in a pleasant way.

Overall, not too bad. A bit too bitter for my preferences for this style. The mouthfeel is great, and the malty/yeasty balance is actually very nice. Nothing mind-blowing, but it's very solid.

Photo of WJVII
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the change to get this on tap at Oso's and again in the bottle last night. Poured both times into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful bright orange color with a short white head that settles to nearly nothing. The aroma is potent with strong sweetness from the maple and sugars. The first sip is extremely tart but also sweet. I will admit you need a few sips to get this one right but once you are half way into it you want some more. There is a slight thickness to the brew that with moderate carbonation allows the taste to expand in the mouth. It is sweet and sour but nice. Not something you can drink too many of but another impressive feat by the Oso's bunch.

Photo of coopsta12p
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle. Poured into a 16oz. US Tumbler glass.

A - Hazy golden in color. Particulates can be seen pouring out of the bottle but dissolve nicely into the beer during the pour. Thin skimmy layer of head. Did not retain very long. Very slight lacing.

S - Real sour nose to this beer. Scents of grapefruit and possibly lemon are present.

T - A very sour taste immediately bursts onto the scene with very little follow-up of flavors. The taste is interesting and the sourness is a bit of a shock but actually quite delightful. The grapefruit flavor is potent in every sip.

M - Very crisp and refreshing feel. Very little aftertaste which is surpising considering the sour flavors. Not chewy at all. Carbonation is medium to light.

O - Overall I found this beer to be a great change of pace. The flavor was unique and powerful but yet didn't ruin the palate. This beer won't be a top favorite of mine but I would recommend trying it due to the unique flavors and refreshing overall feel. Definitely not your usual Saison.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.21/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is a re-review of this beer. My initial review is listed below. This bottle I cellared for 1 year below 45 degrees.

A - Crisp orange body with a moderate amount of rising carbonation. The head is white and starts out at about a 1/2 inch before receding to a thin layer just allowing the body of the brew to be visible.

S - The smell is fruity with a strong banana character. There's also a hint of sour cherries. The aromas here have become extremely inviting in the change since my previous review 10 months ago.

T - This has matured very well. It's slightly sour with a firm malty base. I imagine another few months or even another 1/2 year to a year and the sour would really begin to shine. This is a what I like to see in a Farmhouse Ale.

M - Mild abrasiveness and texture from the lips all the way through to the back of my throat. It's maintained its dry finish, which I certainly needs with it being that of a sipping style beer.

~ Let it sit and you will be rewarded. Don't open this beer before a year. You will find a great gift if you let the beer live for awhile before drinking it. I kept mine in a cardboard box in a refrigerator with the temp turned on as warm as possible for cellaring. The measured temp in the fridge is about 42.5 degrees F.

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I completed the review below on 12/24/2010. The below resulted in a B for a score of 3.58.

A - Big bubbled white top of an inch and a half. Cloudy orange body that allows for light to get through but that's about it. (4)

S - Musty, slight citrus accent. (3)

T - Sweet apples and tart grapes mix together making for a tasty elixir. These are not flavors common to many beers. In this brew, O'so does a fine job of many them work. (3.5)

M - Soft and smooth with little abrasiveness to note. It has a slightly dry finish that makes for a nice sipper. (4)

~ This is a good beer. One I certainly recommend you pick up if you can find it. While it is a seasonal brew, I was able to find a few six packs remaining on the shelves at the brewery. (4)

Photo of spointon
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bottle into my stemmed Allagash tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a fairly clear pale yellow color with a 1" white head. The head settled fast to a thin ring.

S= Lots of malt sweetness in the nose, along side some grassy and herbal yeasty notes. Not a lot of traditional barnyard funk in this one.

T= Started off malty sweet but quickly morphed into some odd flavors of faint grass and strong chamomille. The finish was soft and faintly tart.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a tight carbonation that lent a small bit of crispness.

D= This was not a bad beer, it just suffered in the taste and aroma departments.

Photo of brewcrew76
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden with 2 fingers of fluffy white head and good retention with patches of frothy lace on the glass.

S - Somewhat light aroma. Wheat, citrus zest, some floral notes and spciy clove.

T - Very metallic, wheat malt, spicy with some citrus.

M - Light to medium body but with a heavy feel, hard to describe but almost doughy like. Slightly boozy.

D - Somewhat of a disappointment.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel the need to preface this review by stating that I generally do not like the saison/farmhouse ale genre. That said, this is among the better ones I have had.

Poured into a sniffer, the ale was a cloudy straw colored yellow. The aroma brought to mind scents of belgian yeasts. After the mild aroma, the initial taste was a mildly sour lemon flavor accompanied by with notes of spiciness. The most apparent spice was a sense of pepperiness. The spice carried through to the aftertaste where the sourness of the lemon flavor matured in its bitterness.

Overall, the ale had a very full mouthfeel which coated the tongue nicely. The carbonation was present, but was not overwhelming and did not take away from the beer.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.76/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I recently returned from vacation in Belgium, and was surprised how few saisons or "farmhouse" beers I encountered in my travels. The ones I did were a bit better than this one.

It is a hazy straw color with pretty minimal head. Aroma is diacetyl and a bit wheaty...not so good. Flavor is more diacetyl balanced with some clove spice. Mouthfeel is OK, but this is pretty disappointing in general.

I paid about $12 for a mixed 6-pack at 3 Cellars in Franklin consisting of 3 O'so and 3 Viking beers I'd never had before. I hope the Vikings are good, because after 2 of the O'so beers, I'm having a little buyer's remorse.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy deep yellow/orange hue, trace head, zero lacing

S: belgian yeast, floral, ripe fruits

T: big belgian yeast, earthy floral middle, spicy semi-dry finish

M: med/light body, low carbonation, little sticky mouth,
hint of dryness

O: This beer confused me. The aroma and taste
were great, but the carbonation really needed a boost.
I would get this again and recommend this to newbies,
but not a stellar Saison/Farmhouse Ale (one of
my favorite styles). Has potential to be amazing.
Could be a very nice summer beer.

PRETTY GOOD, NOT A MUST HAVE!

Photo of Soneast
2.2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color, with moderate carbonation bubbles. With a vigorous pour, no head is produced. Just a bubbly, white ring.

Aroma is mild, probably due to lack of head. Mostly a sweet grainy malt character, with some decent fruit esters. Something in the aroma reminds me of how diacetyl feels in the mouth ie. buttery in my sinuses, lol.

The flavors starts out with a lot of fruit Belgian yeast esters and a touch of graininess followed by a good amount of hop character. Unfortunately there is a metallic finish, that is somewhat astringent and quite dry, and there is a sour, almost "acrid" flavor left in my mouth after each swallow.

Hard to make much of this beer, the flavors are muddled, texture is odd, finish is off-putting. Not much to look at nor smell. All in all, Picnic Ants=Fail, IMO.

Photo of NoLiberty
1.83/5  rDev -46.2%
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.

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Picnic Ants from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
78 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.