Walloon | Southern Star Brewing Company

33 Reviews

Brewed by:
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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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Photo of EgadBananas
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, medium orange color with a cream colored head of about a finger or less. Big yeast and bread, some spices and grassiness. Taste was light spices, grass, prominent yeast and bread crust and slight bit of citrus peels. The feel is light to medium, could be more crisp, but it's pleasant.

Overall, it's an above average Saison. Refreshing.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bertram for this!

A. Pours a very cloudy dull orange. Half finger of crisp cream-colored head and excellent tightly-beaded, uniform lacing absolutely coats the glass. Lots of bubbles popping up from the bottom of the glass. Beautiful looking beer.

S. Very spicy. Traditional notes of apple, pear, grape skin. Some banana as well. But center stage here are the spices, what smells like clove and coriander. Very earthy and herbal. This saison is subtler on the bouquet than most I have had. While it's more spice forward, the nose as a whole is very refined, laid back, easy breezy.

T. Apple, banana, some clove. Lots of yeast as well, which kinda dominates the flavor here, especially on the finish. There's not a lot of punch to this saison, which isn't to say it's bad, but it certainly doesn't offer many of the bold flavors that are typical of the style. It's yeasty with some spice and light sweet fruit juice flavors.

M. Crisp and medium-light bodied. Plenty of carb. Flavors are a little muddled, needs more distinction.

O. A solid saison, but not memorable. Does nothing to distinguish itself. The nose and the appearance are the best features of this beer, but things fall off a little bit after that. Very yeasty and drying, and lacking in the fruity and spicy punch that are the hallmarks of a good saison. Not bad, but certainly not revelatory.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a very hazed gold color with a decent cap of off-white head. Retention is pretty good, but lacing not so much.

Nose is a nice mix of fruity yeast esters and freshly crushed grain. Has a nice saison-esque nose, the yeast is not necessarily farmhouse or funky, but it is rustic. It smells good, I like it.

Taste has a nice balance of crackery malt, generous hop bite and a nutty/pear yeast presence. Its light enough to be thirst-quenching, yet flavorful enough for thoughtful consumption. I like this better than the Le Mort Vivant they put out in the spring, even though that was good too. Think of it as a petit-saison. I like it enough to buy a few more 4-packs this summer, although it is a bit over-priced at 7 bucks for 4 of them.

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Photo of Ibanez
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much to compare to, but let's give it a go....

Out of the can, there's light to medium head that doesn't stick around very long. Color is a bit like hay, and it's not perfectly clear, but not all that hazy.

Smell is a bit grainy and earthy. No discernable hop aroma.

Taste is much like smell, a light huskiness, some banana and plum esters. Very pleasant, and subtle- not overpowering. Just (barely) enough hops to balance.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, not watery, but not draggy either.

Overall, glad to see this making it into cans. I'll be buying a few.

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Photo of jefe2
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southern Star Walloon Grisette Belgian Ale
Southern Star Brewing, Conroe Tx (in north Houston)
?% (5 ish)
Taster on tap at Whip In 5/11/2011

A - cloudy straw yellow, finger of white somewhat frothy head
S - bubble gummy saison
T - bubble gummy saison, lie Saison Dupont, but a bit more pungent and bubble gummy. Some pronounced belgian wheat ale flavors.
M - medium light, bodied and carbonated
D - good belgian style saison. A tiny bit untamed bubble gummy yeast flavor compared to Saison Dupont, but well above average for a US made traditional style saison.

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Photo of bens0n
4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Southern Star Brewery, review from notes:

Had this served in a Walloon tulip, it is a murky golden orange color with a good amount of creamy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

On the nose it has a very sweet smell to it, it has a bready smell with some cirtusy undertones.

Flavor wise its alot like a hefeweizen but there is alot more savory sweetness than I was expecting. Its very well balanced and smooth.

It has a very nice medium body with a low level of carbonation that makes it go down extremely smooth. I could totally make a session out of walloon alone definitely one of my favorite Southern Star brews.

NOTE: ABV listed in brewery was 5.6 not sure why its not listed on BA.

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Photo of kwill
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time as a small sample and couldn't wait to try it again so I picked up a growler first chance I got.

Pours like a light hefeweizen with a small head and plenty of carbonation. Smell has a nice light mixture of sweet citrus, banana, and a little saison farmhouse. Taste is very refreshing with a sweet character which mimics the smell. Mouthfeel is light with a good carbonation.

Overall this is a very solid beer. I would have preferred just a little heavier body, but as is it is a very refreshing drink on a hot summer day. It is a bit too easy to keep drinking this one.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Petrol Station. Pours a cloudy wheat looking color, pretty much opaque. Smell- clove, spice, lemon zest. Not as strong of a smell as I have experienced from Saisons in the past, but this is my first Grisette, so who knows? Taste- strong carbonation, a sharp orange lemon blast to the back of the throat. There is a wheat like presence here as well. This one is awesome, and I'm sad they aren't canning it.

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Photo of Randallt11
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Meddlesome Moth. Pours slightly dark for a saison-style, with a pillowy, not so fizzy head that stays for awhile. Smell is citrusy but not very funky. Has a little bit of a tart scent to it as well. Tastes a bit fruitier than I thought it might, with a background sourness that keeps it from being at all sweet. The sourness isn’t prosthetic to the flavor of the beer, but it doesn’t blend in perfectly either. More than anything I think the beer needs more carbonation to balance the sourness. It feels thick towards the end, leaving the beer much less refreshing than it could be. Still, a fine beer with some interesting character—and that I hope to have more of.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Cloudy orange, looks very much like a hefweizen. Big bubbly off white head, about 2 fingers that immediate dissipates and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell-Breadiness with some citrus and spice, some light banana peel in there as well.

Taste-Sweet citrus with some funk, followed by banana and spice.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied with alot of carbonation. Palate cleansing, slight crisp, somewhat refreshing.

Overall-Good beer. Drinkable, easy to drink. Would order one of these on tap.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of champ103
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This made it back to Petrol Station after the initial release, and I was glad to try some. I have no idea what style to add this under. I guess Saison makes the most sense.

A: Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color. A one finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing. No lace is left.
S: Spicy, phenolic, banana esters. Light funk character. Simple and a little one dimensional.
T: Again, very one dimensional. Phenolic, banana, spice and a lingering sweetness.
M/D: A light to medium body that is a bit under carbonated. Very dry which I like. I just wish there was a bit more body. Very easy to drink. I can certainly put a few away without a problem.

Very interesting, and enjoyable. Most of the flavor is coming from the yeast, which is nice. I just want a bit more character. Still, I can see myself drinking several more when I get the chance. Cheers to Southern Star for trying something unique.

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Walloon from Southern Star Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 157 ratings.
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