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Grisette - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

15 Reviews
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 66
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 21.9%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ggaughan on 09-16-2006

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12 oz can 13 oct 2014 stamped on the bottom

Yellowy hazed near golden, lifts a HUGE head that slowly morphs and fades. Leaves gobs of thicker froth.

Peppery and coriander infused nose.

More heavy pepper, Belgian yeast, and again herbal coriander. Light, zesty and flavorful.

Worthy saison in a can.

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3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery—served into a tulip

Appearance: 1/4 head, golden-orange in color, clear, low carbonation

Smell: Belgian spices, grass, and lemon

Taste: hay, Belgian spices, and a good deal of orange and lemon

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, crisp, bitter start that gets sweeter in the middle then fades back to bitterness

Overall: A very different and interesting Belgian Ale. Can’t say I have had anything quite like this before. Nice and sessionable, but I am kind of on the fence as to whether I would get it again. Sly Fox does make some great beers and this is not on the same level as their best.

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A 355ml can with a BB of Oct 2013 (presumed). A little out of date, but hopefully still in good order. Acquired recently from the Brewdog online shop. An American take on a classic Belgian style.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A bright golden hue with plentiful carbonation and faint floating sediment. Produces a ridiculously massive head of creamy white foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of fruity saison yeast with hints of clove, banana, bubblegum, phenolics, coriander, spice, faint malt and earthiness. Rounded and delicious.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters and spice, with a bone-dry finish. Notes of clove, banana, mild bubblegum, coriander, spice, faint apricot, a twinge of grainy malt and earthy yeast. Highly attenuated, followed by a subtle, herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body for the style. Light but well defined. Mildly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity yeast, spice and earthiness.

Good stuff - a solid take on the style. Looks lovely in the glass, while the aroma and flavour are replete with fruity, spicy yeast notes. Decent body. Perhaps the only thing missing is conditioning with live yeast as in Belgium - I reckon it would add subtle depth to the flavour and texture. However this is a trivial point; nicely done and very tasty. Well worth sampling if you're a saison fan.

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Appears a slightly clouded golden hue, with a very bright color shade. Bright white head forms thick with fine bubbles, head retention is excellent with fine speckled lacing left on the sides of the chalice.

Aroma has spicy yeast notes, slightly peppery with a clean biscuit malt character.

Flavor has a spicy upfront yeast character, rough phenolic character slightly fruity a hint of band aids…it’s all there.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with even flowing carbonation not much else happening here. The dry finish just works for the style adding to how easy this is to consume.

Overall, an easy drinking sessionable Belgian style beer in a can the off band aid plastic fermented flavors don’t sit well with me but they aren’t overbearing in this beer.

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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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12 oz. can, "BB" date is not quite legible but looks like "11 OCT"... assuming 2015

First off it's a great back story of the style, and they've done a magnificent job with the packaging. Beyond that the beer looks great in the glass with a billowing bright white head that rises and the rests gently above its cloudy golden body. The head holds quite well, and it leaves very nice lacing on the glass as it goes.

The aroma is mainly spicy, and a touch phenolic, but backed by a subtle bit of sweetness in the malt. Some yeasty mineral helps to tie the two together, and it's quite pleasant. As it warms soft clove and a hint of plastic come out a bit more, as does a flicker of white pepper, giving it even greater depth.

The flavor, of course, offers up pretty much everything the aroma does right at the start. Additionally, there's just a subtle edge of tartness (that's probably coming from the yeast itself). I don't find citrus in the nose, or in the flavor directly, but when I get that little zing of yeast in the finish it makes me think of lemon. And of course the acidity helps to dry it, along with the spiciness and the stiff bitterness. A bit of yeasty earthiness rounds it out, reminding me of some of the great French Biere de Gardes.

It's not a beer that you'd drink quantities of as it's just too flavorful, despite the fact that it actually appears quite quaffable. No, this is a beer that you might have with your friends after work but you'd enjoy it and take it a bit slower because every sip leaves its mark, lingering for at least a few minutes. Superb!

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