Walloon - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 146
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: champ103 on 05-16-2011

Grisette was a style of beer developed in the 1800s in the Hainaut provence of southern Belgium to slake the thrists of coal and stone miners.
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Photo of Premo88
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into tulip

L: clear gold, minimal head of white foam, 1/2-inch tall, only a few bubbles rising in column; no sticking but a little bit of lacing

S: lots of spice and banana ... cloves, all-spice ... very sweet and the spice notes overpower all else

T: follows the nose (banana, spice) with a little grain added ... the grain flavor (rice) shows up on the finish; can't taste alcohol, but the lighter ABV (5.25% on website) still packs a punch -- I can feel a bit of warmth; slight tartness, but the banana flavor has too much sweetness to allow for any major lemon/citrus tart presence

F: perfect ... light and crisp, very drinkable

O: very easy-drinking saison with enough spice to taste a lot like a witbier; (737 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden body offers a moderate, dense white head, which fades only slowly. Thin, fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is sparse, and slow-rising.

Aroma: Strong , classic farmhouse aroma, tart, peppery, spicy, with phenolic notes, herbal hops, bitter apple rind, and yes, some barnyard, although restrained.

Taste: Opens somewhat tart, earthy, with a mild wave of phenols. As the taste progresses, grassy notes, and mild citric rind add their contributions. Late in the taste, there are also some peppery flavors.

Mouth fee: Smooth, soft, with zesty, almost Champagne-lie carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Wonderfully refreshing, would make a great "lawnmower beer".

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Presentation (832 characters)

Photo of rorjets
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was another gift from my son in Texas. Very interesting can design, with strange x-ray vision coming out of a double set of eyes from a gent with a 1890's handle bar mustache and attire standing in front of some striped tents. I love to know the story behind that design! Anyway on to the beer - this farmhouse ale pours a cloudy golden color with an off-white head, which slowly dissipates while being consumed. The first sip brings the sweet - sour taste of the farmhouse, backed by a mild hop bitterness. Refreshing finish with a lingering sour taste, but nothing unpleasant. Good representation of the style. (620 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.99/5  rDev +7%

A: 4.25 - Light orange gold color, hazy, with a thick head over a cm tall, persistent. Great lacing.
S: 4.0 - Nicely fruity, with peppery, bandaid-like clove notes, touch of tartness.
T: 4.0 - Initial bitterness (not too much hop flavor) gives way to a soft yeasty fruitiness. Phenols less present than I expected, but add a little bit of a clovey note at the end, where the malt leaves a touch of creamy sweetness.
M: 3.5 - Thin, watery. Could use more carbonation.
O: 3.75 - Decent effort from Southern Star, though there are much better saisons.

Weightings (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.99 (607 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden pour with a minimal white head. Really nice sour smell with just a bit of yeast and clove. Taste is really nice with lots of yeast and spicy upfront. There’s also a good mildly tart lemon presence that lingers through from start to finish. Finish with a slightly tart citrus flavor. (298 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a semi-cloudy golden color and hs a nice white bubbly white head that is quickly settled and leaves little to no lacing down the glass.

The nose is spicy hops with breadiness and hints of cloves, lemon zest all riding on a bed of rich maltiness.

The taste is drier and more bitter than I would expect for a Farmhouse ale, but it is from Texas. This one is dry in flavor that has a subdued malt that carries the hops all across the palate with a nice dominant flavor that is not too bitter and doesn't linger and has a clean finish.

The mouthfeel is a tad watery but acceptable for the style.

Overall it is drinkable and enjoyable and I will definitely drink some more. A good offering from Southern star. (723 characters)

Photo of nsheehan
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Walloon
Southern Star
20130803
12oz can to Libbey tulip

A – Hazy yet kind of clear; very translucent. A light amber with some yellow-green. Gives off a nice goldenish glow when backlit.

S – A nice sweet, bready Belgian smell, with a hint of green apple and straw. Some orange and honeydew from the Belgian scent, along with the bready, sugary goodness.

T – Taste follows smell closely. It fades quicker than I’d like. It tastes very much like a saison, and there is added hop flavor on the backend (in addition to the flavors that match the smell). I’m getting a sweet lemon upfront, then a bit of Belgian sweet bread and apple, but not as much as I’d like, and some spicy grass on the backend from the hops. As it warms, the last flavor lingers longer, but the middle Belgian flavor fails to come out.

M – A heavy-light body that slightly clings to the tongue. Finish is both wet and dry depending on location in the mouth. Moving outward from the tongue: dry, semi-wet, semi-dry. The carbonation spikes in the middle, which I don’t like. It lends itself to the refreshingness of the beer, but then goes a bit too far.

D – The smell is great, except for the slight off-smells. The taste follows the smell, but doesn’t express the Belgian character well enough, and fades a bit fast. The mouthfeel is refreshing, yet peaks a little too hard.
4.25, 4, 3.5, 3.5, 3.75; 3.7. (1,396 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger width carbonated head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is minimal at best. Only a slight Belgium yeast aroma. Hints of citrus involved, but the aroma is not very strong. More of a Belgian yeast taste. There is more farmhouse taste than aroma, but it still isn't very strong. Ends with a peppery, orange peel, coriander taste. Peppery aftertaste. Seems to overwhelm everything. it is a decent beer but nothing special by far. There are many other farmhouse ales on the market that are far better than this. (572 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can, into a footed tulip.

A: Orange-ish golden hue. Pours a quarter finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates very quickly. Very sparse lacing.

S: Orange, cherry, and raspberry with a little bit of breadiness.

T: White bread and hay. Accentuated with very slight hints of fruity sweetness.

M: Light but does have something of a syrupy texture. The little bit of fruit accentuates, come out in the finish and linger momentarily on the palate.

D: Not much resistance, but does have something of a savoring quality.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Interesting hue, slight head, and very little lacing. Nose is fruity and bready... well-balanced. Bready flavor accentuated with just a faintness of fruit. Light, crisp, and well-orchestrated. Overall, this is a good quaff. (788 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

For whatever reason, "Walloon" always sounded like an insult of sorts to me. Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly hazy brass-gold topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light Belgian yeast, very light biscuit, light banana peel, and a light twinge of lemon peel. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the flavors are a touch brighter, and there's a hint of coriander in the air (the air in my mouth, anyway). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid little farmhouse ale; nothing special by any means, but I could see enjoying this from time to time. (670 characters)

Photo of genitempo
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - From can to pint glass, pours with minimal violence, leaving an orange fog with a mealy, white head. Lace dissipates and descends quickly

S - Wheat and Citrus aroma, resembling a Hefe.

T - A subtle Saison, but simplified.

MF - hits a midpoint as far as weight goes, with little gas.

O - Southern Star puts out year-rounds that are more exciting. This beer, although not on par with the others in it's class, will definitely serve as a Gateway beer into the craft world for all those BMC devotees. (505 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1569th Review on BA
Can to Stemmed Tulip
12oz

No canning date
Thanks to Shoky_01 for this

App- A cloudy mix of oranges, yellows, gold and a little bit of white. A bit hazy and not easily see through. A nice one finger white capped head is there and then gone. Doesnt really leave any cling either.

Smell- Its a saison but just smaller. Has some citrus, wheat, yeast and a little bit of a hay aroma. Smelled nice enough, but was just kinda there.

Taste- I really wish I wouldve had a supply of this in So.Cal when it was 100+ degrees out. This really hit the spot. All the nice flavors and layers of a Saison but just toned down, so you dont get knocked on your ass. Was a bit wet instead of dry and added a bit of citrus as well.

Mouth- A nice lighter medium body with a fairly medium to high carbonation. A bit smooth and wet on the finish. Residual yeast, hay and citrus flavors.

Drink- This was really tasty. I enjoyed it alot. I might have to search out more for the style. Good beer. (994 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of some farmhouse funk as well as some orange citrus and wheat notes. Very inviting. The flavor is more of the same. I get some hay, grass and grain notes as well as some orange citrus and other tropical fruit notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very easy to drink and very refreshing. (372 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can that pours light coloured body, with rapidly dissipitating head. Neutral at best aroma, a tad cheesy and yeasty. Average mouthfeel, some satisfaction in "slaking thirst" but not too drinkable. A tad of yeast, just not interesting.Thanks SliverX. (249 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another in a long line of beers provided by the creator of the can quest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color weith a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is refreshing, sweet, malty, some floral hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes for an easy drinking summer beer. (326 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for this one. There was no info on the can to provide a clue as to what I should expect from this brew. With a name like Walloon however, I suspected something Belgiany.

Poured into 16oz nonic. Poured a lightly cloudy light gold color with 3/4 of an inch of just off-white head that had very good retention and light lacing.

The aroma started out with some yeasty spice (Aha! Belgiany, as suspected) and some nice grains in the background. The aroma reminded mostly of a Wit, I didn't realize that this was Saison until I logged in here to enter my review. The flavor profile was similar, but was more along the lines of a Saison than a Wit. The grains played a minor role to the yeast, but nothing really stood out. While there were no real wrong notes, neither were there any notable features.

The body was thin, even for a style that isn't known for fullness. Drinkability was OK, as I generally find the style to be easily and quickly drinkable. Overall, a rather bland and meh example of the style. Give it try if you see it, or don't. (1,069 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) does not always have to rely on outside sources for new CANned beers. I was in Chicago recently on the back end of my annual trip to Madison, WI for the Great Taste of the Midwest when I came upon this one at Binny's (South Side Loop). Happy, happy, joy, joy!

From the CAN: "Seasonal"; "Break the circle, cut the plastic rings". This last was ironic as the four-pack utilized the new biodegradable snap-on holder.

The Crack revealed yet another brimful CAN and I quickly segued into the Glug so as to minimize messiness. I had a finger of rocky, tawny head that only hung around for a brief moment. Color was a hazy orangish-yellow. Nose had an interesting admixture of yeasty mustiness and a honey-like sweetness. I recognized it almost immediately as I had one CAN develop a puncture in my backpack and I smelled this for about a day until I got home. Mouthfeel was medium with a citrusy tang on the tongue, initially, followed by a taste of coconut. Wild! Finish was semi-dry, due to the yeast, but with a really odd unexpected fruitiness, also. A nice surprise, but one would be plenty for me. (1,117 characters)

Photo of bunni
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass at The Libertine.

A- Really lovely for the style. Almost apricot in color and a nice haziness.

S- Slightly cloying sweet smell with a little biscuit

M- Nicely carbonated and surprisingly light given the nose. Texture is great for a summer beer, it rolls right off the tongue and is super refreshing.

T- Love the brett-y wild yeast notes on this. Helps echo the sweetness on the nose. Not quite as floral or as spicy as i like my saisons, and the finish is a little musty...

O- I was definitely impressed with this beer from Southern Star. Very tasty! (583 characters)

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can bought from Stein's in New Orleans, poured into a wine glass. No freshness date on can.

A: A one-inch head dissipates quickly. Retention is below average for a saison. Color is darker than expected for the style: opaque like a saison, but deeply copper like an IPA. No visible carbonation.

S: Grape? As it warms, yeast and barnyard smells strengthen. Some synthetic sweetness.

M: Better. It's velvety smooth, almost slippery. Despite the lack of visible carbonation, it prickles nicely on the palate and back of the tongue. Finish is expectedly dry.

T: A unique grapey start, like the smell. The yeast shines at the end, but subtly. Initial fruit sweetness disappears and becomes musty, hay-like. The taste transitions very quickly and the back end doesn't linger at all -- drops off, actually.

O: Wanted to like this a little more than I did (more unique than excellent), though I love that a southern brewery is canning a saison as their summer and selling it in four-packs instead of bombers. (1,013 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, medium orange color with a cream colored head of about a finger or less. Big yeast and bread, some spices and grassiness. Taste was light spices, grass, prominent yeast and bread crust and slight bit of citrus peels. The feel is light to medium, could be more crisp, but it's pleasant.

Overall, it's an above average Saison. Refreshing. (344 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bertram for this!

A. Pours a very cloudy dull orange. Half finger of crisp cream-colored head and excellent tightly-beaded, uniform lacing absolutely coats the glass. Lots of bubbles popping up from the bottom of the glass. Beautiful looking beer.

S. Very spicy. Traditional notes of apple, pear, grape skin. Some banana as well. But center stage here are the spices, what smells like clove and coriander. Very earthy and herbal. This saison is subtler on the bouquet than most I have had. While it's more spice forward, the nose as a whole is very refined, laid back, easy breezy.

T. Apple, banana, some clove. Lots of yeast as well, which kinda dominates the flavor here, especially on the finish. There's not a lot of punch to this saison, which isn't to say it's bad, but it certainly doesn't offer many of the bold flavors that are typical of the style. It's yeasty with some spice and light sweet fruit juice flavors.

M. Crisp and medium-light bodied. Plenty of carb. Flavors are a little muddled, needs more distinction.

O. A solid saison, but not memorable. Does nothing to distinguish itself. The nose and the appearance are the best features of this beer, but things fall off a little bit after that. Very yeasty and drying, and lacking in the fruity and spicy punch that are the hallmarks of a good saison. Not bad, but certainly not revelatory. (1,372 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a very hazed gold color with a decent cap of off-white head. Retention is pretty good, but lacing not so much.

Nose is a nice mix of fruity yeast esters and freshly crushed grain. Has a nice saison-esque nose, the yeast is not necessarily farmhouse or funky, but it is rustic. It smells good, I like it.

Taste has a nice balance of crackery malt, generous hop bite and a nutty/pear yeast presence. Its light enough to be thirst-quenching, yet flavorful enough for thoughtful consumption. I like this better than the Le Mort Vivant they put out in the spring, even though that was good too. Think of it as a petit-saison. I like it enough to buy a few more 4-packs this summer, although it is a bit over-priced at 7 bucks for 4 of them. (753 characters)

Photo of Ibanez
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much to compare to, but let's give it a go....

Out of the can, there's light to medium head that doesn't stick around very long. Color is a bit like hay, and it's not perfectly clear, but not all that hazy.

Smell is a bit grainy and earthy. No discernable hop aroma.

Taste is much like smell, a light huskiness, some banana and plum esters. Very pleasant, and subtle- not overpowering. Just (barely) enough hops to balance.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, not watery, but not draggy either.

Overall, glad to see this making it into cans. I'll be buying a few. (566 characters)

Photo of jefe2
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southern Star Walloon Grisette Belgian Ale
Southern Star Brewing, Conroe Tx (in north Houston)
?% (5 ish)
Taster on tap at Whip In 5/11/2011

A - cloudy straw yellow, finger of white somewhat frothy head
S - bubble gummy saison
T - bubble gummy saison, lie Saison Dupont, but a bit more pungent and bubble gummy. Some pronounced belgian wheat ale flavors.
M - medium light, bodied and carbonated
D - good belgian style saison. A tiny bit untamed bubble gummy yeast flavor compared to Saison Dupont, but well above average for a US made traditional style saison. (561 characters)

Photo of bens0n
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Southern Star Brewery, review from notes:

Had this served in a Walloon tulip, it is a murky golden orange color with a good amount of creamy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

On the nose it has a very sweet smell to it, it has a bready smell with some cirtusy undertones.

Flavor wise its alot like a hefeweizen but there is alot more savory sweetness than I was expecting. Its very well balanced and smooth.

It has a very nice medium body with a low level of carbonation that makes it go down extremely smooth. I could totally make a session out of walloon alone definitely one of my favorite Southern Star brews.

NOTE: ABV listed in brewery was 5.6 not sure why its not listed on BA. (741 characters)

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Walloon from Southern Star Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.