Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Picnic Ants - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

Not Rated.
Picnic AntsPicnic Ants

Educational use only; do not reuse.

31 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 31
Hads: 84
Avg: 3.27
pDev: 31.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: BoitSansSoif on 10-20-2008

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 31 | Hads: 84
Reviews by wagenvolks:
Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

[Different label than the one currently shown, so perhaps O'so changed their QC standards as well? Bottle was also well-carbonated and had no noticeable rotten fruit aroma/flavors noted by previous reviewers.]

12oz bottle courtesy of Kundstrache, who left it behind at a recent tasting and declined my offer to return it to him, suggesting instead that I drink it. Consider it DONE :)

O'so's Picnic Ants pours with a murky, muddled golden-orange hue. The head, sandstone in color, hardly budges thanks to an effervescent, scattered upward stream of bubbles. Typical farmhouse nose is full of earthy must and breaded graininess. A big citrus profile from the hops stands out as well, suggesting lemon and orange zest, while a tinge of booze weaves in and out of the background.

The flavor is delightfully tart--was NOT expecting that--with notes of sour berry vine and green apple skin. Alcohol meshes well with the grain bill and ultimately masks its 8% behind the Farmhouse funk. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly despite a nearly full-body, crisp and dry with some sugary, tarty residuals on the finish. Overall, this beer surprised me. The tartness excuses the alcohol and allows Picnic Ants to be passed off as, well, a picnic beer for a hot summer day. Worth checking out...

 1,278 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of Ri0
3.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

 764 characters

Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of cokes
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

 1,080 characters

Photo of TheArtOfWort
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of wmobley
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of beersdmf17
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of McMuffin_1
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

 1,084 characters

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

 561 characters

Photo of SF_Posse
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Palm9610
4.5/5  rDev +37.6%

Photo of enelson
3.84/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +30%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.69/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeer
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of allouez86
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of kevbie
4.52/5  rDev +38.2%

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of yankinwis
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of alcstradamus
2.63/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

 483 characters

Photo of Riik3
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From growler purchased the day before from Brass Tap:

Pours golden with thin white head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of tart lemon, grass, some sour fruit, bread.

The taste is of lemongrass, sweet bread. Refreshing sweet and sour a bit bitter finish. Some black pepper comes through in the aftertaste.

A nice, refreshing brew. Interesting take on the style.

 368 characters

Photo of atone315
3.5/5  rDev +7%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Picnic Ants from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
77 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.