Silly Sour - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Silly S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 07-10-2013

Silly Sour is a unique brew that blends 13% of traditional dark Saison with 87% of soured ale. The delicate malt notes from the Saison manage to break through the striking green apple sourness upfront and than give a way to a finishing jolt of lactic sourness! At an approachable 5.5% Alc. by Vol. this chestnut colored brew adds a new page in the history of Saison brewing.
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Reviews by Apellonious:
Photo of Apellonious
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz(what happens to the .8 I wonder) bottle from CM poured into a tulip.

A - Brown, semi transparent, with black overtones. Pours with little head and a thin lace.

S -Vinegar, apple cider, lemons.

T- Yowsa. Like drinking Apple Head candies. Or Sweetarts. You also get some mild yeast and malt notes and a somewhat bready (and sour, of course) finish.

M - The mouthfeel is interesting. There is a very tart, dry, prickly finish. Heft is medium.

O - Second sour of the day (sandwiched around a Ruination), so my palate has been tested today. Also happened to my second sour (that I recall) ever, so still adjusting to this (very) different style. I enjoyed this one, similar to Monk's Flemish, but this one seemed to have more in your face tartness-wise. Silly indeed.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Tart, Tannin, Apple

Deep brown hue, sticky head. Deep aromas of melon rind, lemon zest, walnuts, toasted bread, and faint phenols. Modest-sized body, smooth, mild tartness. Apple skin, nutty grain, lemon pith, very light hopping and heavy tannin show a wide range of flavors. Long, bone-dry finish. We get that this is a sour, but while the blending works, the mild astringent character in the end can be a bit much. A worthy sip to change things up.

STYLE: Saison | ABV: 5.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle into Belgian snifter; no bottle dating.

Pours a deep ruby-brown color with a thin light brown head that quickly settles to a durable partial coat.

Aroma: sour fruits including cherry and green apple; hints of wet wood, wet hay, and wet leather. Better aroma than this sounds, with good complexity.

Flavor: sour fruit, including cherries, grapes and green apples. Moderately sour. ,Finishes with lingering notes of tart fruits, red wine, and raisins.

Feel: Medium body and near medium carbonation; fairly smooth.

Overall: a refreshing and unchalleging sour red ale with good complexity.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Belgian tulip from a 11.5 ounce bottle.

The pour produces a light, fluffy and airy head with plentiful carbonation bubbles and a pale-white color. The body is reminiscent of a plum in color, dark amber, brown and purple-hued. It's on the darker side but there is clarity visible at the edges of the glass where the color lightens.

Interesting smell found here, as it reminds me much more of a dubbel with that pungent malty flavor that smells a bit dated. There's some slight dark fruit aroma but nothing that makes a great impression.

The taste reminds me a bit of a dubbel as well, as it's heavy on that pungent malt flavor and has a dark fruit note and creamy vanilla and caramel. However, there's a tart cherry flavor that pierces the tongue and gives this a bit more of the flavor one would expect from a sour. Wine-like flavors seem to appear with the yeasty feel that lingers on the tongue.

Feel starts off nice and tart, but then there's a bit of yeast and malt overkill that really take away from the nice mellow tartness and make this beer, again, feel like a dubbel. There is a bit of a vinous feel too, but that too contends with the heavy-handed yeast.

Hell, for $4 this is a damn cheap sour and it really tastes the price. Not bad, but certainly nothing remarkable.

Photo of callmeopus
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stumbling Monk, Seattle, WA. Served in mini-goblet for $6.00!

Smells like freshly brewed beer, maybe a little green.
Red to light brown in color.
Very tart and lightly fruity start, an apple cider vinegar sour starts just behind the tip of the tongue, then lingers and tingles towards the middle and roof of the mouth. It finally finishes (after what seems like minutes) with a spicy pepper bitterness. Makes it an easy drinker... you are reaching for the glass as soon as you put it down.

Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a hue reminiscent of a Flanders with a clean mahogany and the coursing of bubbles through its body. The head was thin yet stayed creamy as it collared.

The aroma is subdued with light balsamic character. A bit malty with some grain, maybe barley, the aroma is pleasant but not complex.

The sour is less sour in many of the same styles but the feel is full and clean. I taste a vinegar, wine, cola nut, grain and almost toasty quality.

The feel is dry, thin yet full, strangely enough, with a real ease.

This is a well conceived sour that maybe hasn't found its full maturity. Either way it's recommended for a try.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark fruit (cherries, raisins), vinegar, tart apples, caramel, and some earthiness. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some red grapes, and bready malt noticeable too. Nice mix of sweet and tart flavors. I wouldn't call this sour, but there's enough tartness to make it interesting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy with low/moderate carbonation. I liked this, worth a try if you've never had it before. $3.99 a bottle.

Photo of Catracho5
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Belgian tulip glass

A: Dark amber with a white head with lots of tiny bubbles, lots of lacing, the head and body create an interesting contrast, I don't see any carbonation coming off the bottom.

A: The aroma reminds me of a Rochefort beer, it has a nice Belgian candy yeast aroma up front, caramel, no alcohol on the nose, smells different than other saisons I've tried, which isn't many.

T: Right up front, get a really nice Belgian sweet caramel yeast flavor, quickly flows into a green apple sour flavor, not a very sour flavor, slight, tastes good, there is a slight medicinal bitterness as the beer warms, pretty complex beer.

M: Slight medium mouthfeel with a dry finish, lots of carbonation.

O: Impressive, a little different than other sours I have had, this is not as tart sour forward, kind of mellow, the saison characteristics come through, there is a nice Belgian yeast aroma and flavor that is also present. It reminds of a Rochefort aroma and flavor but not as intense. Very good, worth a try if you like sour beers. There's a nice complexity that makes me want to revisit this beer.

Photo of TruePerception
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brasserie de Silly's Silly Sour. 5.5% ABV.

A: Red/Deep Orange. Hazy grey-yellow in the dimple. Very noticeable sheeting, and just the tiniest bit of lacing, but it does hold.

S: More of a barnyard aroma. Tartness is kind of a hybrid of citrus, melon, and stone fruit. Hay, earthy.

T/MF: Now that is interesting. It's got quite a bit of tree sap-like caramels, with a sour edge and just a touch of dried grass bitterness. Apple core/stem. Earthy, grassy, barnyard. A bitter-ish raisin pulp flavor. Quite different from other sours I've had. The tartness is more in the vein of green apple peels. Flavors create a deceptive sucrosity-like effect. It comes across as sweet in flavor, but in actuality seems to be quite dry. Raisin-y along the roof of the mouth. Very nicely complex.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Photo of ThisGirlDrinksBeer
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Best sour I've had yet!

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass. This died down and left just a bit of lacing.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruits and vinegar are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grapes along with notes of acidity as well as hints of oak.
M: It feels light- to medium bodied and slightly tart on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a simple Flanders Red Ale and doesn't have too much in the way of complexity. It is a good introduction to the style for someone who is just getting into sour beers.

Photo of Devehf
4/5  rDev +9%

Center pour great foam that subsides. Sour without bitterness. Light bubbles. Good backbone.

Photo of illpass78
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2-ounce bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark, clear ruby brown with a third-inch white head that disappears fairly quickly. Lacing moderate.

Aroma: There's a lot here. Cherries, sour apples, malt, toast, biscuit, raisins, dark fruits and spices are all present.

Taste: Taste follows the nose. It's really delicious. Malt and dark fruit are the most forward. Deliciously tart.

Mouthfeel: Excellent depth. A very well balanced and smooth beer.

Overall: Artfully executed. The Cezanne of saison.

Photo of utfiero
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- chestnut brown. Full head.

Aroma- apple and cherry pie.

Taste- starts dry and sour then turns grainy in mid-body, finishing sour apple with a bitter orange marmalade and tea leaf aftertaste.

Poured from 330 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Purchased from Whole Foods in Austin. Tasted July 2014.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear deep reddish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and significant amounts of garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy creamy dark beige head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate flavors of dark fruits (cherry and red grape) along with a slightly stronger aroma of vinegar.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of vinegar with light to moderate flavors of dark fruits (red grape and cherry). Hints of oak but overall this beer is pretty tart though not overly sour.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Glad to find another Flanders Red Ale as it is a style I really enjoy but this one lacked some of the complexity of flavor that can be found in other examples of the style. Not overly tart/sour so this is likely a good starter for someone new to the style.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep amber color, with an off white head. In the aroma, notes of tart cherries, but just a touch sweet. In the taste, tart to sweet cherries, a touch of oak. A small sour bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small tart to sweet cherry note in the aftertaste. A decent sour, kind of a starter sour, sour, but a touch sweet still.

Photo of bendukes86
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Not the taste I was looking for...but above average and very drinkable

Photo of sprat1960
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Chestnut brown with flashes of red in color; translucent. Pours with a small white head (less than 1 finger) that dissipates immediately leaving scant traces of foam on the surface of the beer. Looks like a typical high volume commercial dark beer; good but nothing special.

Smell: Sweet, scent of grains, slight funky/sour aroma.

Taste: Sweet and sour taste, a bit of grain. I found it unique and like it. Very good.

Fell: A little syrupy; thin to medium in body; low carbonation.

Overall: Very good. I found this refreshing, with unique flavor and would gladly drink this again. I liked that this comes in a small bottle.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Smells and tastes kind of like sparkling grape juice. Just a little bit sour. Only slightly sweet.

Photo of Weixiaobao
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A delicious beer. Not overly sour. Pretty sweet. A nice oakiness. Very smooth. Tastes better than its rather unassuming smell.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was served on tap at Monk Beer Abbey in Royal Oak, Michigan. It arrived in a generously sized house snifter showing a deep brown and maroon coloring blend. It held a one finger head of rust colored bubbles, showing nice retention, and easy reproducibility. No haze or sediment was appreciated, and carbonation appeared to be mild. The nose was nicely soured, as expected, with tart sourdough breadiness, red wine vinegar, and raspberry tartness. Otherwise the aromatics to hit were those of big yeasty metallics, cold brew coffee beans, plastic wrap celery, tin, sandpaper, lemon rind, and a warming amber graininess. The flavoring offered notes of sweaty plastics, soured Belgian yeastiness, amber and raw pale malt grit, musk and basement cobwebs, green apple acetaldehyde, lemon zest and rindy oils, black pepper, tar, synthetic orange cleaner, and the fatty oiliness of olives. Each sip gave decent slurp and smack to the beer’s medium body, while its higher carbonation minimized creaminess and left the palate to be tickled. The mouth was left dried with tight astringency. The abv was appropriate, and this one drank back as more of a sipper.

Overall, we’ve been psyched to try Monk for quite some time now. They are under the same ownership as Bastone, and literally connected to the building, but this is a great beer to illustrate what they’re all about. This beer was cooling and tart, but simultaneously refreshing and zesty, knocking your taste buds from here to there without so much as a warning. The sourness here seemed to stem equally from the yeast and from the dank, fermented fruity inclusions. The smell was actually our least favorite thing about this one, with little unity, but once you actually cracked into it, it drank like a nice Flanders red, with fruity cranberry and strawberry pucker over a light and sweet malt base. It didn’t come anywhere close to the likes of Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge or the Duchesse, but the principle comparison is there. Silly Sour seems to have been a little loose around the edges, but it sure did hit that after-dinner spot for a warm summer’s eve.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The peppery-dry, toasty-dark and tantalizing fruit character of saison is pushed and prodded along with a cidery and sour prop. The blend is both sweet and sour.

Its semi-spritzy pour shows a reluctance to dissolve its froth of a head as the foam struggles to retain any more than a minute or two. Its wine-like demeanor late is reddish brown with a tawny bronze haze, particularly around its edges.

Tangy and sweet in its scent, its acidity plays out like hard cherry candy. Complementing toast, nutty and grain give the fruity center a wrap of savory malt and robust toastedness. A vinous merlot-like scent rises as the fist sip ensues.

And just like the nose, the flavor kicks off with that hard candy-type sweetness, laced with cherry, berry and grape. Cola-like in its sweetness, the thin malt flavor is honey-thin and lightly of toasted caramel. As nutty brittle emerges, its middle is tempered by the wine-like tartness and peppery finish.

Medium bodied, the sour ale is kept from absolute dryness by its residual sweetness that's slow to fade. Somewhat thin across the middle, the ale's spicy finish concludes with a smoothly toasted and nutty-sweet sourness. Mild alcohol and wood tannin remain and give the ale a semi-flinty aftertaste.

Silly Sour is more of a sweet and sour beer with peppery and nutty aspirations. Outside of a pairing with pad thai, the beer might have a lackluster demeanor either as a saison or a proper sour. As is, it has a fairly ordinary Flanders Red profile.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of sour cherry, cherry skin, apple, grape, raisin, oak, clove, red wine, white vinegar, hay, straw, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and balance of yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of sour cherry, cherry skin, grape, apple, pear, raisin, oak, clove, light pepper, red wine, white vinegar, hay, straw, light leather, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, apple, grape, pear, raisin, oak, clove, light pepper, red wine, white vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of yeast ester flavors; with a good sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Flanders red ale. Good complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of Tony_Tee
3/5  rDev -18.3%

As the name implies... a kind of sour taste.

Photo of cujocon
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Silly Sour Ale Brasserie de silly
5.5% ABV
11.2 oz brown beer bottle $4.45 at State St Northampton MA
Appearance:dark caramel, almost root beer color, very thin head dissipates quickly to tiny lacing, carbonating bubbles
Smell:green grapes, fruit candy, very sweet smelling
Flavor: very mild tartness, sweet fruit (fresh not dried), red grapefruit, just a hint of hops
Overall: 4/5 Fantastic fruity soda flavor without cloying sweetness, near to no aftertaste, finish is very dry.
If it wasn't $4.45/bottle I could drink 6 of these in a row. Just really enjoyable.

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Silly Sour from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
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