Picnic Ants | O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

BA SCORE
78
okay
87 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Picnic AntsPicnic Ants
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Wisconsin, United States
osobrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BoitSansSoif on 10-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
87
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.29
pDev:
18.54%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of KarlHungus
1.7/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes within seconds into nothing. The aroma is of rotten fruit with hints of leather. I often find these aromas appealing in a Belgian style beer, but as they are presented in this beer I do not like them. The taste is a bomb of rotten oranges. Yuck. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very low carbonation for the style. Overall, this beer is truly bad. I will not be drinking this again.

 479 characters

Photo of NoLiberty
1.83/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color. A slight fizzy head builds then resides into a modest cap and eventually just thin film around the edges.

Aroma is estery, fruity, slightly acidic and jarring. Subtle grainy notes with mild hop character.

Flavor starts with an acrid burst and mellows into a overly sweet, fruity ester quality and eventually lapses into astringent citrus flavors, subtle cardboard and then nothing at all. Overall the yeast does not seem happy or healthy in this beer. Spicing, sweetness, hopping and mouthfeel are out of whack.

Mouthfeel is similar to the flavor, overly carbonated in the front and lacking much depth. Body is light to medium with definite residual sugars.

Drinkability is quite low, unfortunately. I wasn't able to finish just one beer.

 785 characters

Photo of Hokenfloken
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of Wisconsinality
2.01/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle regretfully poured into standard pint.

A- A pretty blah golden color with minimal head, about an 1/8 of a fingers head. A little haze to it.

S- It all goes wrong here. Very bland. A very stale chalkboard taste. A slight hint of hint yeast and that is about it.

T- Cardboard and wheat. Less than surprised. A little bit of Belgian yeast but a whole bunch of off flavors.

M- Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. No hops and no real Belgian yeast. A little sweet on the tail end and that is about it.

D- Minimum at best. A whole bunch of off flavors. I don't know if I had a bad bottle or what.

 613 characters

Photo of Soneast
2.2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color, with moderate carbonation bubbles. With a vigorous pour, no head is produced. Just a bubbly, white ring.

Aroma is mild, probably due to lack of head. Mostly a sweet grainy malt character, with some decent fruit esters. Something in the aroma reminds me of how diacetyl feels in the mouth ie. buttery in my sinuses, lol.

The flavors starts out with a lot of fruit Belgian yeast esters and a touch of graininess followed by a good amount of hop character. Unfortunately there is a metallic finish, that is somewhat astringent and quite dry, and there is a sour, almost "acrid" flavor left in my mouth after each swallow.

Hard to make much of this beer, the flavors are muddled, texture is odd, finish is off-putting. Not much to look at nor smell. All in all, Picnic Ants=Fail, IMO.

 811 characters

Photo of McMuffin_1
2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.5/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date or info.

A - It pours a beautifully clear golden yellow color but even despite the tall pour, very little head rises. Low retention to what's there and some clingy white lace left over.

S - Hints of a Belgian-type of yeast starts to flourish right away. A bit of lemony citrus cuts in with very mild yeast-imparted spice. Pale malts, a bit of candi sugar sweetens up the aroma considerably and a husky dry straw finish leaves me wanting.

T - Yuck! A gross, off-tangy astringency hits the tongue right away and doesn't let up. Dusty, dry cardboard and husky pale malts are ushered in with a very mild spice hint and yeast in tow. This flavor is just a mess.

M - Dry, chalky texture and poor tangy astringency is not appreciated in the least bit. Otherwise the initial swallow is pretty smooth and the medium body goes down ok.

D - Off-putting but I could drink this on a hot day...provided it was the only thing around, and that's being very nice of me. This one isn't worth a second try, it's just a mess that needs some real work.

 1,084 characters

Photo of bennetj17
2.59/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pour is a bit disappointing. There is no discernable head, all that's left is a ring, and it's more like dissipated soap suds instead of foam. The color is a grapefruit rind yellow/orange and the beer is hazy throughout. Not much farmhouse twang in the smell, it's more like the hefty fruitiness of a tripel, but really lacking that yeasty Belgian quality. Yep, it's mostly citrus and coriander.

Man, this thing does not taste good. There's a sharp citrus bite throughout, as it tastes a bit like carbonated orange juice, yet more tangy. The finish leaves a bit dry, with some herbal spice, but is not enjoyable either. Carbonation is fizzy but the mouthfeel falls a bit flat and lacks depth for style.

Overall a disappointment. I'm always in the mood for Saison, but this is sadly the worst one I can remember trying in awhile, or perhaps ever. Not recommended...

 872 characters

Photo of alcstradamus
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden yellow with just a bit of cloudiness. 2 fingers of fluffy head.

Smell is light yeast and clove, a bit less funkiness than I would expect from the style but still decent overall.

The taste, however, isn't quote what I would call "decent." Somewhat offensive, actually. There is a nice expected funkiness present but underneath is a bit of sourness that doesn't work.

Mouthfeel is normal for the style, but this just isn't drinkable because of the odd sourness.

 483 characters

Photo of brewcrew76
2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden with 2 fingers of fluffy white head and good retention with patches of frothy lace on the glass.

S - Somewhat light aroma. Wheat, citrus zest, some floral notes and spciy clove.

T - Very metallic, wheat malt, spicy with some citrus.

M - Light to medium body but with a heavy feel, hard to describe but almost doughy like. Slightly boozy.

D - Somewhat of a disappointment.

 386 characters

Photo of Fitzmke
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.76/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I recently returned from vacation in Belgium, and was surprised how few saisons or "farmhouse" beers I encountered in my travels. The ones I did were a bit better than this one.

It is a hazy straw color with pretty minimal head. Aroma is diacetyl and a bit wheaty...not so good. Flavor is more diacetyl balanced with some clove spice. Mouthfeel is OK, but this is pretty disappointing in general.

I paid about $12 for a mixed 6-pack at 3 Cellars in Franklin consisting of 3 O'so and 3 Viking beers I'd never had before. I hope the Vikings are good, because after 2 of the O'so beers, I'm having a little buyer's remorse.

 622 characters

Photo of kmeves
2.78/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a golden/amber with a smallish white head. The aroma is sweet candy, light citrus and spices and a bit phenolic. The flavor sweet, more pronounced spices (pepper), citrus and some wheat. Medium-bodied, prickly mouthfeel. The finish is sour and somewhat long, neither dry or sweet really. 0-2 on Oso beers so far.

 318 characters

Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Riik3
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of BeerDazed
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of redleg411
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Westuh
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of adman08
3.12/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a decent white head that fades fairly quickly. When the head settles it leaves nothing, the beer appears flat.
S-Slight sour aroma with good spice, maybe a hint of coriander.
T-Slightly sour but good flavors typical of a saison. Warm spice flavors with a slight sweetness.
M-Light, fairly low carbonation.
Overall, this is a very good, easy to drink warm weather beer just not all that great for the style. Really quite under carbonated. I do like the flavors and again, good for the warm weather months.

 547 characters

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of spointon
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bottle into my stemmed Allagash tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a fairly clear pale yellow color with a 1" white head. The head settled fast to a thin ring.

S= Lots of malt sweetness in the nose, along side some grassy and herbal yeasty notes. Not a lot of traditional barnyard funk in this one.

T= Started off malty sweet but quickly morphed into some odd flavors of faint grass and strong chamomille. The finish was soft and faintly tart.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a tight carbonation that lent a small bit of crispness.

D= This was not a bad beer, it just suffered in the taste and aroma departments.

 661 characters

Photo of beerwolf77
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is cloudy golden yellow with a stark white two finger head. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.

The aroma is a mix of tart citrus fruit, belgian yeaat, light black pepper and hint of woody barn yard funk.

The flavor is dry citrus fruits up front. Lemons, oranges and pineapples. Belgian yeast with hints of black pepper. Not super powerful.

Medium carbonated body. Rather dry finish.

Overall a decent attempt at a saison. Probably wouldn't pick this up again.

 499 characters

Photo of italianstallion
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Picnic Ants from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
3.29 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More