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Walloon - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 148
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 32.07%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 bens0n
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

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Photo of Ibanez
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of kwill
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time as a small sample and couldn't wait to try it again so I picked up a growler first chance I got.

Pours like a light hefeweizen with a small head and plenty of carbonation. Smell has a nice light mixture of sweet citrus, banana, and a little saison farmhouse. Taste is very refreshing with a sweet character which mimics the smell. Mouthfeel is light with a good carbonation.

Overall this is a very solid beer. I would have preferred just a little heavier body, but as is it is a very refreshing drink on a hot summer day. It is a bit too easy to keep drinking this one.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%

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

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Photo of lnashsig
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Petrol Station. Pours a cloudy wheat looking color, pretty much opaque. Smell- clove, spice, lemon zest. Not as strong of a smell as I have experienced from Saisons in the past, but this is my first Grisette, so who knows? Taste- strong carbonation, a sharp orange lemon blast to the back of the throat. There is a wheat like presence here as well. This one is awesome, and I'm sad they aren't canning it.

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Photo of bunni
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1569th Review on BA
Can to Stemmed Tulip

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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Banana, Clove, Rind, Dry

A Grisette is an old Saison-like style from French speaking Wallonia region of Belgium. Like a Saison, it’s unfiltered and pour on the cloudy golden side with thin white lace. The aroma is more akin to a German Hefeweizen with a distinct yeasty aromas of banana and clove. Creamy, smooth, more banana and clove, citrus rind bitterness, some grassiness, touch of saltiness, and rose water. Yeasty, earthy, herbal, and dry finish. Delicious.

STYLE: Farmhouse Ale | ABV: 5.25% | AVAILABILITY: Summer

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #96 (JAN 2015)

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Photo of Randallt11
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Meddlesome Moth. Pours slightly dark for a saison-style, with a pillowy, not so fizzy head that stays for awhile. Smell is citrusy but not very funky. Has a little bit of a tart scent to it as well. Tastes a bit fruitier than I thought it might, with a background sourness that keeps it from being at all sweet. The sourness isn’t prosthetic to the flavor of the beer, but it doesn’t blend in perfectly either. More than anything I think the beer needs more carbonation to balance the sourness. It feels thick towards the end, leaving the beer much less refreshing than it could be. Still, a fine beer with some interesting character—and that I hope to have more of.

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Photo of jefe2
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.


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Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of nsheehan
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Southern Star
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of genitempo
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Premo88
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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;

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Photo of rorjets
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This made it back to Petrol Station after the initial release, and I was glad to try some. I have no idea what style to add this under. I guess Saison makes the most sense.

A: Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color. A one finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing. No lace is left.
S: Spicy, phenolic, banana esters. Light funk character. Simple and a little one dimensional.
T: Again, very one dimensional. Phenolic, banana, spice and a lingering sweetness.
M/D: A light to medium body that is a bit under carbonated. Very dry which I like. I just wish there was a bit more body. Very easy to drink. I can certainly put a few away without a problem.

Very interesting, and enjoyable. Most of the flavor is coming from the yeast, which is nice. I just want a bit more character. Still, I can see myself drinking several more when I get the chance. Cheers to Southern Star for trying something unique.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.57/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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