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Picnic Ants - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 19.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Gonzoillini, Aug 13, 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 pathman
4/5  rDev +18.3%

pathman, Jul 13, 2013
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 smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -11.2%

smartassboiler, Sep 15, 2013
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
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -11.2%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
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...

wagenvolks, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

BeerLover99, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

jzlyo, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Stevedore, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of ajzy
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

ajzy, May 27, 2013
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Zachtheporter, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of brewcrew76
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

brewcrew76, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of bennetj17
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pour is a bit disappointing. There is no discernable head, all that's left is a ring, and it's more like dissipated soap suds instead of foam. The color is a grapefruit rind yellow/orange and the beer is hazy throughout. Not much farmhouse twang in the smell, it's more like the hefty fruitiness of a tripel, but really lacking that yeasty Belgian quality. Yep, it's mostly citrus and coriander.

Man, this thing does not taste good. There's a sharp citrus bite throughout, as it tastes a bit like carbonated orange juice, yet more tangy. The finish leaves a bit dry, with some herbal spice, but is not enjoyable either. Carbonation is fizzy but the mouthfeel falls a bit flat and lacks depth for style.

Overall a disappointment. I'm always in the mood for Saison, but this is sadly the worst one I can remember trying in awhile, or perhaps ever. Not recommended...

bennetj17, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Dactrius
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Dactrius, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of spointon
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

spointon, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

beerwolf77, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

BeerBelcher, Oct 26, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

memphischas, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Soneast
2.2/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

Soneast, Oct 08, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
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)

cdkrenz, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of lunarbrew
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

lunarbrew, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

CWhite, Sep 10, 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
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Picnic Ants from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
78 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.