Walloon | Southern Star Brewing Company

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Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Grisette was a style of beer developed in the 1800s in the Hainaut provence of southern Belgium to slake the thrists of coal and stone miners.

Added by champ103 on 05-16-2011

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of some farmhouse funk as well as some orange citrus and wheat notes. Very inviting. The flavor is more of the same. I get some hay, grass and grain notes as well as some orange citrus and other tropical fruit notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very easy to drink and very refreshing.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can that pours light coloured body, with rapidly dissipitating head. Neutral at best aroma, a tad cheesy and yeasty. Average mouthfeel, some satisfaction in "slaking thirst" but not too drinkable. A tad of yeast, just not interesting.Thanks SliverX.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another in a long line of beers provided by the creator of the can quest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color weith a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is refreshing, sweet, malty, some floral hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes for an easy drinking summer beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for this one. There was no info on the can to provide a clue as to what I should expect from this brew. With a name like Walloon however, I suspected something Belgiany.

Poured into 16oz nonic. Poured a lightly cloudy light gold color with 3/4 of an inch of just off-white head that had very good retention and light lacing.

The aroma started out with some yeasty spice (Aha! Belgiany, as suspected) and some nice grains in the background. The aroma reminded mostly of a Wit, I didn't realize that this was Saison until I logged in here to enter my review. The flavor profile was similar, but was more along the lines of a Saison than a Wit. The grains played a minor role to the yeast, but nothing really stood out. While there were no real wrong notes, neither were there any notable features.

The body was thin, even for a style that isn't known for fullness. Drinkability was OK, as I generally find the style to be easily and quickly drinkable. Overall, a rather bland and meh example of the style. Give it try if you see it, or don't.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) does not always have to rely on outside sources for new CANned beers. I was in Chicago recently on the back end of my annual trip to Madison, WI for the Great Taste of the Midwest when I came upon this one at Binny's (South Side Loop). Happy, happy, joy, joy!

From the CAN: "Seasonal"; "Break the circle, cut the plastic rings". This last was ironic as the four-pack utilized the new biodegradable snap-on holder.

The Crack revealed yet another brimful CAN and I quickly segued into the Glug so as to minimize messiness. I had a finger of rocky, tawny head that only hung around for a brief moment. Color was a hazy orangish-yellow. Nose had an interesting admixture of yeasty mustiness and a honey-like sweetness. I recognized it almost immediately as I had one CAN develop a puncture in my backpack and I smelled this for about a day until I got home. Mouthfeel was medium with a citrusy tang on the tongue, initially, followed by a taste of coconut. Wild! Finish was semi-dry, due to the yeast, but with a really odd unexpected fruitiness, also. A nice surprise, but one would be plenty for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of bunni
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass at The Libertine.

A- Really lovely for the style. Almost apricot in color and a nice haziness.

S- Slightly cloying sweet smell with a little biscuit

M- Nicely carbonated and surprisingly light given the nose. Texture is great for a summer beer, it rolls right off the tongue and is super refreshing.

T- Love the brett-y wild yeast notes on this. Helps echo the sweetness on the nose. Not quite as floral or as spicy as i like my saisons, and the finish is a little musty...

O- I was definitely impressed with this beer from Southern Star. Very tasty!

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can bought from Stein's in New Orleans, poured into a wine glass. No freshness date on can.

A: A one-inch head dissipates quickly. Retention is below average for a saison. Color is darker than expected for the style: opaque like a saison, but deeply copper like an IPA. No visible carbonation.

S: Grape? As it warms, yeast and barnyard smells strengthen. Some synthetic sweetness.

M: Better. It's velvety smooth, almost slippery. Despite the lack of visible carbonation, it prickles nicely on the palate and back of the tongue. Finish is expectedly dry.

T: A unique grapey start, like the smell. The yeast shines at the end, but subtly. Initial fruit sweetness disappears and becomes musty, hay-like. The taste transitions very quickly and the back end doesn't linger at all -- drops off, actually.

O: Wanted to like this a little more than I did (more unique than excellent), though I love that a southern brewery is canning a saison as their summer and selling it in four-packs instead of bombers.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Walloon from Southern Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 158 ratings