Saison De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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BA SCORE
76
okay

192 Ratings
THE BROS
62
poor

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Silly S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002

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Reviews by Fatehunter:
Photo of Fatehunter
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured two and half fingers of head on a deep amber colored body.
The aroma was barnyard, yeast and lemon. One sided but fine.
The taste was basically malty sweet with some apple and pear thrown in the mix.
It was too carbonated, lots of fizz, but the texture was soft.
Not that great overall.

More User Reviews:
Photo of admiral
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent, easy drinking saison, that is different from many modern versions of the style.

aroma: malt, chocolate and light fruit

taste: brown sugar fruit with sherry and chocolate/malt notes. Easy to drink, refreshing and sweet.

This beer shows why the saison style is such a great style - it's diversity. I can easily imagine farm workers being thoroughly refreshed drinking this beer after a hard days work.

Photo of moderndrunkard
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don't know, man, I don't know. I have loved just about all of the saison's I've had, but this one was an experience. Not a good one. Poured from the bottle at the wonderful, friendly Moeder Lambic in Brussels.

Very amber, very transparent body which immediately differentiates itself from the saisons I'm familiar with. Medium head retention.

The smell is again unusual. All malts. Very caramelly (sp?) with absolutely no apparent hops. This lacks completely the wheaty, earthy, spicy smells of most saisons.

Tasting reveals light carbonation and, just as the smell indicates, carmel sweetness. Not what I was expecting at all.

Letting the beer wander, I taste just more maltiness, and I start to think that this tastes mroe like a bock or even an english brown along the lines of Newcastle than any Saison.

Truth be told, though, it is very drinkable. But I don't think I would want more than two. It goes down easy, but when I ordered the beer, this was definitely not what I had in mind.

Photo of Jason
2.61/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dull cloudy amber color with a thin creamy lace, smells of thick toffee and ripe cherries. The taste is sweet with a buttery malt, vague spice and ripe fruit in the back. Oddly slick on the tongue with a nearly cloying flavor, not a very balanced brew … not even sure if this is a Saison at all IMO. Light tartness in the finish. Not bland but not interesting at all.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz. amber bottle. Received as part of a beer trade with AKSmokedPorter. Interesting "Global Beer Network" symbol on the bottle.

Appearance: A deep dark amber. Strangely, my sample was very, very cloudy. A very rocky, creamy head settled down to a respectable finger-thick layer that clinged nicely to the glass.

Smell: Defninitely a sweet aroma, but there were other lurking...difficult to nail down. Slightly "musty"?

Taste: "Sweet-N-Sour". Like a Lemon-Head, it started off sugary sweet, only to be followed by a sourness that jumps out at you. Definitley something new in a beer for me. There's not a lot of matly or hoppy influence, but they are noticeable.

Mouthfeel: The sourness makes for a semi-mouth-puckering experience, but that's a good thing. A nice, dry finish.

Drinkability: Above average. Not one I would have more than once, but certainly easy to drink.

Photo of deebo
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Belgium. This beer is dark brown and cloudy with a tall loose head. An unexpected aroma arises from this beer, beyond that spicy, hoppy and malty aromas a distinct cherry kool-aid note is definitely present. Taste is similar with more toasted sweet malt with a cherry like sweetness with some hoppy flavor to finish up. An interesting beer.

Photo of pat61
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saison de Silly pours darker than most saisons with a darker amber body and a vigorous, 3” off-white foam cap. The Silly Saison has a hint of wineyness and over ripe fruit on the nose that also comes across on the palate which also has a touch of tartness. The wine and fruit character dominate the malt and hops. It has a medium body and above average carbonation with creamy texture.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.37/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 250ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2013. Acquired ages ago from a webshop and stored in my garage. I always wanted to try this one, due to the silly name...

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A deep ruby-red hue with good clarity and intensely effervescent carbonation. Yields a vast head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for ages before reducing to a thick surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of grain, fruity yeast, grapes/raisins, mild phenolics, faint brown sugar and stewed leaves. Dry and vinous, with a metallic twang in the background.

Tastes of subtle caramel malt with a yeasty character and a dry finish. Notes of grainy malt, fruity yeast, raisins, faint dried fruit, mild phenolics, brown sugar and earthiness. Well attenuated, though also slightly sweet. Hints of cardboard in the background, followed by a mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with good carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of caramel malt, cardboard and earthy yeast.

Hmmm, so-so. It looks OK, while the aroma and flavour have a dominant malty note and a vinous, yeasty quality. Body is alright. The caramel is a little surprising, but overall it's not too bad. Just lacking in depth, especially the flavour. Goes down easily enough but I probably wouldn't bother with it again. No need to seek it out.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Creekhouse: Appears a ruby amber tone with a large tuffet of off white caramel cream head leaves fine lacing down the glass very nice. Aroma has a tart fruit raisin notes somewhat light funky with herbal hops, but unlike most standard saisons this one really highlights fruity candy notes instead of citrus yeast funk tones. Taste is malty with roasted caramel tones with herbal spice mix flows very nicely fruity with a touch of raisin and red licorice. Mouthfeel has a medium body with fine carbonation slightly sticky on the palate. Drinkability has quality fruity tones easy going not standard for the style but definitely refreshing has potential especially during happy hour at the edge.

Photo of rastaman
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty nice, kind of peppery aroma, mixed in with a caramel maltiness. Quite a spicy flavour with a nice bitter finish, very enjoyable, and probably better than i expected, i'm all for saisons.

Photo of Auraan
3.74/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy reddish amber with a half-finger off-white head. It looks too light for a Oud Bruin or a Flanders Red and too dark for a saison, but its not unappealing. Scents of sour funk, apple, white grape and some earthy must. A sour, wild ale aroma, not a saison at all, but not bad. Flavor starts with sour grape skin, some sour green apple and sour raspberry. In the middle and finish these flavors stick around and some lactic sour flavors also appear alongside funky musk. The finish and aftertaste are bitter with a bit of graininess. Again, not traditional for a saison at all, but not a bad wild ale flavor. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a drying feel. A good Belgian sour mouthfeel. Overall this is a good Belgian wild ale, with a nice all around profile, however it is not a saison like it claims to be.

Photo of CanuckRover
2.4/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark copper. Thin head, but good sticky lacings. Quite cloudy.

Very sweet toffee nose.

Cloying sweetness all the way through. Toffee, sweetened apples, raisins, dates... all contribute to a sugar bomb. Really leaning towards cloying. Slight hop zing in the finish but overun right away by the sweetness.

Couldn't finish my small bottle. Not impressed. You expect a saison to have a certain roughness, a barn brew quality to it, but there's no excuse for something this unbalanced.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber in color with a light tan head that leaves lace.
Aroma controlled by a strong vinegar like smell. Whether this is intended to be this strong or not, I don't know, but I don't care for it either way. It seems unlikely this was intended to be present in this magnitude.

An underlying sweet caramel malt flavor seems genuinley good, but again flavors that should be minimal or not present at all are too strong. A sour, acidic taste in line with the aroma is quite noticable. A slight plastic like flavor also seems to be present. I'll work with the assumption that my bottle has seen better days and that these flavors would be minimal or not present in a fresh bottle, but I have no idea. Again, the flavor underneath these issues seemed quite good.

Good mouthfeel that I knocked down one notch due to the sourness of the beer.
Drinkability takes a hit due to the acidic, sour aroma and taste.
Overall, I'm left wondering how common or possibly even intended these off characteristics are in this beer. I'd like to sample a bottle I knew was fresh because the beer underneath seemed good.

Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, bread, fruit, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, cream, sugar, and subtle cherry. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I have to be honest that I would not have picked this one’s style based on a blind tasting. However, despite this fact all of the flavors and aromas on this one were actually pretty nice considering. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance and are looking for something a little bit different.

Photo of GRG1313
2.53/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark orange brown with a thin white head.

Nose is fresh pears and some light white pepper.

Mouthfeel is thin but elegantly carbonated and appealing.

Flavor starts with sweet simple sugar, goes into assertive green herbs, green pepper, celery and some spice that is appealing and pleasant.

Finish, however, is like a dull green pepper; dull bitter white pepper and ends with a soapy characteristic and taste. Nice until the soapy characteristic kicks in.

Photo of hotstuff
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When this beer was poured into my glass, it poured a medium light brown head with fine-small sized bubbles. The lacing was sparse on the sides of my glass. The body was cloudy and the hue was reddish-brown. It had a plum aroma in my opinion with a light body.

Photo of fattyre
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a moderate creamy light tan clingy head with nice lace. The mouthfeel is a rather disappointing thin to moderate. The smell is malty, tealike and earthy. The taste is sweet, sour, tea like, with an acending hoppy bitterness. This is a not altogether unenjoyable beer but it is not great.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper with a small fading head.
Aroma shows toasty and nutty malt, some cola, light spices and treacle. Quite malty, and very different to other saisons I've tried.
Flavours echo the aromas with loads of toasty malt, almost approaching lightly roasted. Very light bitterness. Hints of honey.
The carbonation is too high in my opinion.

Photo of jsh420
1.7/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

saison ? hells no
sugary mess yep!

Photo of thekanna
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown, DC.

A: Pours a clear orange-yellow with a little white head.

S: Some sweet malts and a suggestion of citrusy hops.

T/M: Modestly sweet and bland at first, with a subdued juiciness. Finishes off with a nice fruit hop flavor that's not imposing at all; this was not reminiscent of the style.

D: Makes for a solid American pale ale, but this did not remind me of a Saison at all.

Photo of rallison
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Sierra Madre, served into a mini-Chimay goblet.

Interesting version of a saison. Definitely sweeter than most saisons - get some caramel malt flavor in there even. It's got the earthiness too. Thicker than most saisons, but enjoyable. The drinkability is good, although the sweetness and thicker mouthfeel do slightly hurt the drinkability.

I knocked the taste score down a bit for two reasons - the complexity that exists in the really good saisons just wasn't there, and this was too sweet for a saison. With that said, I still enjoyed it quite a bit, even though it doesn't fit within the style so well.

Photo of blackie
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: served in a cylinder glass with a full layer of carbonation that retains well and leaves some lacing, the beer itself a light amber-brown in color

s: musty maltiness, plum, aged hops, stale citrus peel, leafy

m: carbonation light to moderate, smooth, with a body occupying the same range

t: much the same set as the aroma - a musty toasted malt flavor runs through, carrying with it some fruity dried plum flavors, papery aged hops, lemon pith, earthy with a light bitterness, tends towards the sweeter malt side but maintains balance

d: not a bad beer, and interesting I guess, but unexpected for a "saison" and not really complex in any way

draft at Rustico, Arlington

Photo of StevieW
4.5/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small 12 oz. bottle.
Shiny ruby tinged medium chestnut brown depending on the light. Dense full beige head. Stayed together and laced the glass like no other belgian beer I have sampled.
Smell was slightly sweet, and reminded me of candied apples. Creamy smooth sweet taste, nearly syrupy. Candied fruit, tart apples, carmel creme tastes all ease by your taste buds. Maybe a hint of cinamon slips by. Subtle sour finish. Faint whisper of hops, might not be any. Not sticky through. Just the right feel. Light to medium bodied, light carbonation. Very easy to drink, smooth a real treat.
Another cheers to my new beer neighbor Belgianbum.

Photo of Gusler
4.3/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a splendiferous ruby red; the head prodigious in size and a winsome light tan in color as it slowly erodes, the lace forms a nice thin sheet. The nose is spicy and malt sweet, even a tad musky. Front is ambrosial, the top light, the finish is parchingly dry, temperately acidic, docilely hopped, and a quite good beer and well worth the sample.

Photo of Paddez
4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy; dark-orange/amber coloured brew with a huge but slightly messy head.

Smell: Honey; malts, butter and caramel-candy.

Taste: Really sweet. There's malts and spices but somehow it tastes a lot like a scotch ale in some aspects with it's flavours of caramels, butter and fruit yoghurt. finishes slightly dry.
It's weird, but I thought it was very tasty.

Mouthfeel & Drinkabillity: This one's creamy and smooth. The carbonation is gentle and the beer was very drinkable for me. I finished my 25cl in about 3 minutes. Too bad I only had one bottle.

Conclusion: Not a classic saison really, and probably too sweet. Still, I liked it a lot. Eat me.

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Saison De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
76 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.