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Saison De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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BA SCORE
76
okay

179 Ratings
THE BROS
62
poor

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.77%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002)
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Reviews by ccrida:
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ccrida

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +19.9%

The Silly is a classic sustenance 'style' Saison - rich, sweet and malty, with a rustic yeast finish, unfiltered but highly attenuated (granted, at ~85%, its on the lower end of Saisons).

App: Brilliant amber with very slight haze and thick, rocky whitish head. Well carbonated with very small bubbles. Served on draft in the Silly Saison tulip glass. Very impressive appearance, which turns out to be the Silly's best attribute.

Aroma: light and fruity with fresh bread, with no noticeable hops

Taste: Rich and full bodied in spite of attenuation and lower ABV, dominated by sweet toasted malt with caramel, prunes and toffee, resulting in a slightly syrupy mouthfeel offset by the carnation, and to a lesser degree the bitterness. Fruity sweetness and tart apple esters, slight acidity, subdued oak and Brett. Highly complex, with a balance of sourness from the blending of old and young beers. Farmhouse pedigree is readily apparent in the doughy yeastiness, slight tang, and acridness, perhaps from the phenols of 6-row/Winter barley? Regardless, the spiciness appears to come from the yeast, water and general terroir more so then any particular adjuncts. The bite from the hard water works well with vinous and earthy finish, although the iron taste is certainly present. There were no noticeable finishing or aroma hops.

All and all, the Silly is a well done and interesting interpretation of a classic Saison, but with a bit too much body to be much of a session beer.

06-10-2006 17:48:30 | More by ccrida
More User Reviews:
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moderndrunkard

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

2.53/5  rDev -23.8%

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.

04-24-2006 13:06:41 | More by moderndrunkard
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -21.7%

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.

09-21-2004 19:10:17 | More by Jason
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

01-30-2003 15:58:09 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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deebo

Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

04-17-2013 02:01:09 | More by deebo
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.35/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

08-28-2013 01:52:55 | More by jazzyjeff13
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

09-29-2006 20:56:07 | More by WVbeergeek
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

07-22-2002 16:21:32 | More by rastaman
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Auraan

Arizona

3.74/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

03-06-2014 04:49:19 | More by Auraan
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-09-2014 14:28:32 | More by Griffith
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DruC4

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

06-18-2012 21:08:14 | More by DruC4
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -29.2%

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.

10-06-2010 20:09:44 | More by CanuckRover
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kctrimble

California

5/5  rDev +50.6%

09-24-2013 01:50:07 | More by kctrimble
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-28-2014 21:24:29 | More by Ciocanelu
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Vanz

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

03-22-2014 01:19:46 | More by Vanz
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

05-25-2013 22:59:54 | More by Fatehunter
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Kallenovsky

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-26-2014 03:42:00 | More by Kallenovsky
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Seaba

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

02-28-2013 14:21:41 | More by Seaba
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

2.8/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

02-11-2003 07:26:29 | More by PhantomVodoo
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

03-10-2012 03:45:48 | More by thagr81us
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wmobley

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-09-2013 16:34:54 | More by wmobley
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GRG1313

California

2.53/5  rDev -23.8%

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.

02-06-2011 03:15:43 | More by GRG1313
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.28/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

07-22-2003 21:43:30 | More by hotstuff
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GeorgeH

California

4/5  rDev +20.5%

09-05-2013 23:22:24 | More by GeorgeH
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fattyre

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

04-11-2003 20:14:27 | More by fattyre
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Saison De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
76 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.