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Grisette - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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very good

15 Reviews
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 65
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: ggaughan on 09-16-2006

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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 65
Photo of jmdrpi
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on draft. yellow golden color, with foamy white head. aroma is a bit grainy and herbal. decently balanced, I'm just not a big fan of the overall flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i always expect grisette to have unique grain characters. you know, oats and spelt and rye and all sorts of stuff. i also expect it to be very low alcohol, like session saison type beer. maybe thats because my limited experience with the style has showed me this, i dont know if thats required or not, but this beer doesnt really have either of those, and so to me seems more like a saison, just with a really mild yeast strain. the beery is hazy golden and bright, with a tall white head, looks lovely. the nose is dry wheat predominantly and the yeast, which is bready but fruity a bit too. the flavor shows some cool grassy hops in the finish where there was none in the nose. i like that, very old world feeling here. the yeast is more saison than belgian, but seems to have elements of both, without being all that interesting. its dry and well carbonated, definitely a summer refresher. not quite as dynamic on the grain front as i had expected and hoped for, but unquestionably a well made beer overall.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

$ 4.25/10 oz draft at Sly Fox Phoenixville, PA
Aroma of yeast phenolics and fruit
Head small (1.5 cm), white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm ring
Lacing good –narrow rings with small bubbles
Body medium yellow, cloudy
Flavor of yeast phenolics, fruity, sweet; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.625. Final weighted score: 3.75.

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Photo of delta490
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured a hazy light gold with a thick creamy white head. Nice spicy yeast esters with a little but if citrus and banana for both the aroma and taste. There is a nice light body with a nice crisp finish.

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Photo of garuda
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at the brewpub.

Looks and smells decent, typical of style with some farmhouse funk. Drops off in taste though, and finishes sweet and not quite dry enough.

Medium body, feels heavier though, considering the abv. Residual sweetness left behind.

Decent, good for the price point, but not intrigued to get it again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can from CJ's Potsdam NY for $2

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fantastic lacing. The head lasted for around 10 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, citrus

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some clove/coriander and floral notes. There is also some tart lemon. It ends with a spicy and fairly tart aftertaste.

Overall - A winner from this brewer. Nice tartness and a great summer beer. It also has a fantastic appearance in the glass. I`d buy it again.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden hue with BRIGHT WHITE CLINGY HEAD. Lots of funk banana and clove. Some pear and tart granny smith apples underneath it all.

Nice sweetness up front.Sweet dried fruit like apricots and pears up front. Rolls into a very spicy and herbal finish. Extremely dry as well. Fruiy and spicy, faintly medicinal, dry, medium bodied that holds up against the brisk carbonation. A really nice session belgian style in a can.

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Photo of Oakenator
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a yellow color with significant head. Head remains on the top through consumption.

S: Lemon, citrus, spices - easily saison detected from just the aroma.

T: Pleasant spicing. The citrus mellows out on the tongue but really good spicing and flowers.

M: Thick and creamy - nice.

O: Really nice saison especially considering the lower ABV than most saisons. Definitely sessionable.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps my favorite beer during a series of recent trips to the Phoenixville brewpub. Pours a cloudy, pale yellow, with a small white head that settles down quickly and some modest lacing. Aroma is yeasty, floral, and spicy, with a clean hit of bright lemon and grass.

The flavor follows the nose for the most part and has an exceptionally quenching and clean feel; yeasty spice and pepper combine with citrus, light lemon tartness, wheat, and grass for a mild but flavorful summer session brew. Any small amount of sweetness dries up nicely in the finish.

Medium light body and crisp, effervescent carbonation enhance the refreshing quality of the beer nicely. Well done guys, this is the kind of beer to get things started after a long and sweaty day.

After writing this review I see this beer has been listed as retired; glad to see they brought it back for the summer, where its so obviously well-suited.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not retired but made seasonally. had it on a hot summer day as intended. a saison with a nice grassy lemon nose and accent in flavor and all the notes one would get from an american wheat in the grain build. german hops. definitely more wheat in this than the usual saison making it an easy drink. wheat on the palate feel predominantly. not as creamy thoughthe qualities of a savory wit.

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Photo of Stimack
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was able to give this brew a try at the Phoenixville brewpub. Was served in a 10-ounce tulip glass. Had a golden color to it with a slight white head; even though it was slight it had good legs as it stayed for its entirety. The aroma has a sweet scent to it mixed with a nice spiciness that seems to come out most prevalently. The flavor is excellent as the spice really comes out here. Also mixed in are flavors of candy, citrus hop, and a yeast taste at the tail end. I got this brew on a whim as it intrigued me and I am glad I did. This is a very easy drinking brew, one that went well with the food that I was having which was a little surprising as it was a burger, but think that the brew cleansed the palate nicely while showing off its flavors.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark golden colour with a semi-thin, wispy head that laces nicely and leaves minimal residue on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and candy-like, a touch hoppy and a bit spicy as well. There's a nice balance amongst the three for sure.

Flavour is more of the same: there's a touch of citrus blended with a healthy dose of spice (clove?), and sugary candy toward the finish of each sip. Also at the finish is a nice yeasty bite that blends well with the spice flavours. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and has a nice bubbly, hoppy kick to it overall.

Another nice brew from Sly Fox Phoenixville. Well balanced with a good amount of flavour and well-representative of the style.

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Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to egajdzis for filling this growler from his home kegerator...
Appears a hazy, pale gold with small amounts of CO@ bubbles slowly rising to the top. A small, foamy, bright white head fades into a mild cap and collar. Spotty lacing is left behind.
Smell is of light funk, sugary candy, fruity, malty, dusty, earthy, with cream, a "juicy fruit" gum aroma, and light aromas of water-logged lumber.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a funky, sugary, rubber like flavor that's a bit odd but seems to fit the style in the farmhouse mix.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, sweet, with a dry bitterness that makes the brew very light, short lived, and pretty easy to drink. There is a fizzy, sweetness runing along the tongue till she runs dry.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a bright golden yellow with a persistent, irregular white head that left a little lace behind.

Smells of spicy peppery triple-like yeast with a little banana and some big juicy oranges.

Tastes of big clove based yeast with some oranges and some other ambiguous fruity sweetness. Finishes with a lot more of the pasty yeast with a touch of a grainy wheat.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a moderate, easy going carbonation.

I really liked the yeast used in this one. It was a lot of fun for my palate to work over.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Per the Sly Fox website "Grisette is a Belgian farmhouse ale which was originally brewed in the Hainaut Province to be the beer of the miners in the area, just as Saison was the beer of the farmers. It was lighter than saison and frequently contained wheat as well as barley malt (as does the Sly Fox version). The name is derived from the French word for grey, referring to the young women (the grisettes) who doled out pints as the men exited from the mines while still dressed in their grey factory frocks. The style is nearly extinct and will be an interesting addition to the adventuresome and ever-growing Sly Fox portfolio."

I had this beer on tap at the Collin's Bar in NYC. When I returned from that trip I was glad to see that it is also no tap at the Phoenixville Sly Fox location. Definitely will get more of this. The beer poured a hazy golden color into a tulip glass. There was a slight white head that lasted for a short time and gave way to a white ring around the edge. The nose of this beer was a bit earthy and very aromatic, almost a touch of sweetness. The taste is very well balanced with a wheat character and a touch of bitterness, all making for a very drinkable beer that has a medium body and a good mouthfeel.

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Grisette from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.