Picnic Ants - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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4.18/5 rDev +25.5%
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.
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)
09-17-2011 18:23:30 | More by cdkrenz
4.05/5 rDev +21.6%
[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...
08-11-2011 00:33:08 | More by wagenvolks
3.98/5 rDev +19.5%
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.
01-07-2012 19:38:40 | More by JohnnyHopps
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
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
3.9/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
08-11-2011 16:22:03 | More by 2xHops
3.85/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
01-01-2011 19:15:44 | More by WJVII
3.75/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
06-10-2011 02:59:16 | More by coopsta12p
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
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
3.53/5 rDev +6%
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.
06-18-2014 03:11:58 | More by TheSSG
Picnic Ants from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
77 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.