Picnic Ants - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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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
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
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
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
3.5/5 rDev +5.1%
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!
07-15-2011 17:39:20 | More by BeerLover99
1.68/5 rDev -49.5%
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.
07-12-2011 21:35:37 | More by KarlHungus
3.15/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
06-14-2011 02:31:08 | More by adman08
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
3.95/5 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
1.8/5 rDev -45.9%
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.
02-02-2011 03:20:02 | More by NoLiberty
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
2.2/5 rDev -33.9%
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.
10-08-2010 19:11:17 | More by Soneast
2.45/5 rDev -26.4%
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.
08-17-2010 03:15:26 | More by BeerFMAndy
2.53/5 rDev -24%
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...
08-04-2010 03:06:24 | More by bennetj17
3.33/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-04-2010 22:10:30 | More by klikger
1.93/5 rDev -42%
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.
06-24-2010 04:46:04 | More by Wisconsinality
3.2/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
03-22-2010 00:13:34 | More by beerwolf77
Picnic Ants from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
77 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.