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Picnic Ants - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 79
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 20.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 79
Photo of cdkrenz
4.21/5  rDev +29.9%
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) (2,031 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +25%
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)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.97/5  rDev +22.5%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of drizzam
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
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! (857 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.92/5  rDev +21%
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 2xHops
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
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. (807 characters)

Photo of Scooter1027
3.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting take on the saison/farmhouse style. Pours cloudy/yeasty as you'd expect, and has a sort of off-smell that frankly isn't overly appealing. However, the taste does not follow suit, with nice flavors of banana, lemon, a little clove, and some breadiness. The addition of brett gives it a slight sour characteristic that works pretty well. Overall, fairly enjoyable, a good summer drink. (399 characters)

Photo of WJVII
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of mjryan
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true to form saison in a historical sense. It's funky, like saison once was, and still sort of is. Strange nose, banana, and clove. Slight though. Belgiany, like a Tripel I would say, but with a sour note. Also, cut grass, hay, and a bit of ground black pepper. Ah ha! There's that saison I'm searching for. Sweet malt flavour, like fresh backed sourdough. Ripe banana, and faintly tart. Tannic, and hoppy in the middle, woody even. Finish is off dry, with a lingering tart, banana thing going on. Gorgeous clarity, and a beautiful golden hue. Seems to me like the love child of Westmalle Tripel, and Saison DuPont. Really well done. (635 characters)

Photo of coopsta12p
3.72/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (1,031 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Ri0
3.63/5  rDev +12%
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 cokes
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
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 TheSSG
3.53/5  rDev +9%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
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! (557 characters)

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.5/5  rDev +8%
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. (1,389 characters)

Photo of klikger
3.32/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad. Aroma is bread and fruit - not saison like. Appearance had a small off-white, quick to fade head, hazy dirty, amber color. Flavor's a bit on the tart side and not too much like aroma. Body's a touch thin. (213 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of spointon
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of adman08
3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of kmeves
2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.76/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
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)

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Picnic Ants from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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