Picnic Ants | O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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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:
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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
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From growler purchased the day before from Brass Tap:

Pours golden with thin white head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of tart lemon, grass, some sour fruit, bread.

The taste is of lemongrass, sweet bread. Refreshing sweet and sour a bit bitter finish. Some black pepper comes through in the aftertaste.

A nice, refreshing brew. Interesting take on the style.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of enelson
3.84/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Gotti311
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drpimento
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad. Aroma is bread and fruit - not saison like. Appearance had a small off-white, quick to fade head, hazy dirty, amber color. Flavor's a bit on the tart side and not too much like aroma. Body's a touch thin.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of atone315
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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

Photo of cokes
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent, hazy gold with a low cap of off-white suds.
Lemon peel and champagne aroma with traces of iron and chamomile, and a backing, doughy wheatiness.
That wheat bread is the first thing picked up on by the mouth. It turns immediately tarter with lime juice, then white grape juice, which begins sour and turns gradually more sweet. The middle finds a strange yeast doing strange things, and not all of them good. There's a big spurt of iron-rich blood, some cardboard-ish oxidized notes, wet sand, hay, rotten wood, and dried cloves. It finishes with a bit of honeyed sweetness, touches of lemongrass hops, and some lingering yeast oddities, all doused in champagne.
Medium-full feel-wise, with a steady, perky carbonation that prevents it from settling too fat on the tongue. Though it does get a big grabby and progressively boozier as it warms.
This is another weird one from O'so. It's yeast flavors are out-of-bounds, but they approach what a Saison should be...that is to say, the yeast imparted off-flavors are less of a distraction here than in many of their brews.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.51/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy deep yellow/orange hue, trace head, zero lacing

S: belgian yeast, floral, ripe fruits

T: big belgian yeast, earthy floral middle, spicy semi-dry finish

M: med/light body, low carbonation, little sticky mouth,
hint of dryness

O: This beer confused me. The aroma and taste
were great, but the carbonation really needed a boost.
I would get this again and recommend this to newbies,
but not a stellar Saison/Farmhouse Ale (one of
my favorite styles). Has potential to be amazing.
Could be a very nice summer beer.

PRETTY GOOD, NOT A MUST HAVE!

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Photo of jakea
3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

[Different label than the one currently shown, so perhaps O'so changed their QC standards as well? Bottle was also well-carbonated and had no noticeable rotten fruit aroma/flavors noted by previous reviewers.]

12oz bottle courtesy of Kundstrache, who left it behind at a recent tasting and declined my offer to return it to him, suggesting instead that I drink it. Consider it DONE :)

O'so's Picnic Ants pours with a murky, muddled golden-orange hue. The head, sandstone in color, hardly budges thanks to an effervescent, scattered upward stream of bubbles. Typical farmhouse nose is full of earthy must and breaded graininess. A big citrus profile from the hops stands out as well, suggesting lemon and orange zest, while a tinge of booze weaves in and out of the background.

The flavor is delightfully tart--was NOT expecting that--with notes of sour berry vine and green apple skin. Alcohol meshes well with the grain bill and ultimately masks its 8% behind the Farmhouse funk. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly despite a nearly full-body, crisp and dry with some sugary, tarty residuals on the finish. Overall, this beer surprised me. The tartness excuses the alcohol and allows Picnic Ants to be passed off as, well, a picnic beer for a hot summer day. Worth checking out...

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

Photo of einman
3.52/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RobinLee
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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