Grisette | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of cjgiant
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated BB 10/2016:
Pours straw colored and clear save for a bit of what could be chill haze. Clarity allows one to see the many streams of bubbles supporting the head. This head is a medium to larger bubble cloud-like whiteness sitting atop in this pour. With time, this of course lessens, but there is a cap for a while.

Nose is a dry grass and pitted fruit, like nectarine. There is a light amount of barn with more of a sour bite than a tart or funky one. In some whiffs, I get a white pepper feel that seems to come over the dry grass notes.

I like the way the malt comes out in this one (or maybe I am just proud I can discern it). I get the impression of grains and husks that sometime find their way to my palate on home brew days. The sweetness is not there, or that is to say it is hidden by the tingle of carbonation, a tart note (not sour like it smelled), and the yeasty fruity tang. The malt actually seems to strengthen near the end as these other sensations fade. Opening notes do hit with a not-too-sweet nectarine combined with a hint of tangerine. A bit of a banana bread note comes in underneath this, a little stronger with warmth.

This has a hint of Hefe to it as well (the wheat addition, maybe helping here), and in some ways this beer seems like it relative to my impression of a standard Saison. It's a little more approachable, and a little more fruity and maybe more floral, than the comparable beer. This beer's tang is nice. Since I prefer a little drier, more spicy saison, I cannot fall in love with this offering, but I must say it doesn't get sweet - more yeast-inspired fruity. As such, I can see a six pack of this or so each summer making its way into my fridge.

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Photo of drtth
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear, bright yellow with a 2" fluffy white head filled with many different sizes of bubbles, The head recedes slowly but visibly, leaving a ring and some scattered patches of foam on the sides and forming a ring around the glass and a thin layer of foam on the liquid with a small foamy island in the middle. Sipping creates both small and large patches of foam, most of which slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas are fairly complex but there is clearly Belgian yeast involved. There's a bit of white pepper in the general spiciness that seems mostly clove. This is all riding on the back the aroma of a light malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose, with the clove spiciness mingled with the white pepper that contributes to the spiciness. There's also fairly persistent sweetness from the malt in the background that keeps a degree of tartness under control. There's also a hint of bitterness in the mix.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly prickly from the persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness and most of the spiciness fade away leaving some peppery, slight tartness in charge before the bitterness becomes noticeable as everything fades to a final dry end. The persistent bit of earthy bitterness in the back of the palate seems to linger for a long time.

While this is my first Grisette, it bears a close family resembleance to Saisons so it definitely qualifies as a Farmhouse Ale even though it's history suggests Grisettes were originally brewed for Miners rather than farmhands. This is a beer I intend to revisit but I'm not convinced I'd want more than one in an evening. A well brewed, interesting beer that is well worth trying. If you enjoy Saisons I think you'll enjoy this beer as well.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Canned Oct 2015.

Going a little out of control here. Froths open, can bursts in grain aromas, but oozes white froth. Glass fills with slow as possible decant but takes 50% headroom of head and body. Head manages big, but soapy and cascading retention, as the fistful head descends to manageable proportions. Top up is workable, soapy retention with fine pill lace. Body color manages orb glowing faint lemon to dark brown hues.

Aroma brings deep husky grain, with lots of chew. Inviting huge depth, almost peanut butter like esters coincide along with a sharp but fine hint of lemon and lime quality. Malt dense which comes off huge. Large chewy malt notes, but even a bit of wine white like grape also. Intriguing, inviting.. And very different but mostly pleasant and desirable.

Grisette is quite a style that seems to really take warming to, and understand it's subtle appreciations. Mellow and light bodied quality with chewy depth to match. A great contrast and impressive balance. Chewy wheat like texture with easy drinkabilty, and mild sensing muted yeast tones. Warming indistinct punch fruit like qualities, which are really inviting. Excellent subtle fruit tones, in easy drinking depths of big malt sweetness.

This is a real flavorful easy drinking saison, that just goes for the simple and subtle.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sly Fox Brewing Co. "Grisette"
12 oz. can, "BB" date is not quite legible but looks like "11 OCT"... assuming 2015

First off it's a great back story of the style, and they've done a magnificent job with the packaging. Beyond that the beer looks great in the glass with a billowing bright white head that rises and the rests gently above its cloudy golden body. The head holds quite well, and it leaves very nice lacing on the glass as it goes.

The aroma is mainly spicy, and a touch phenolic, but backed by a subtle bit of sweetness in the malt. Some yeasty mineral helps to tie the two together, and it's quite pleasant. As it warms soft clove and a hint of plastic come out a bit more, as does a flicker of white pepper, giving it even greater depth.

The flavor, of course, offers up pretty much everything the aroma does right at the start. Additionally, there's just a subtle edge of tartness (that's probably coming from the yeast itself). I don't find citrus in the nose, or in the flavor directly, but when I get that little zing of yeast in the finish it makes me think of lemon. And of course the acidity helps to dry it, along with the spiciness and the stiff bitterness. A bit of yeasty earthiness rounds it out, reminding me of some of the great French Biere de Gardes.

It's not a beer that you'd drink quantities of as it's just too flavorful, despite the fact that it actually appears quite quaffable. No, this is a beer that you might have with your friends after work but you'd enjoy it and take it a bit slower because every sip leaves its mark, lingering for at least a few minutes. Superb!

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Photo of ksimons
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A slightly hazy yellow color with white head.
Bready pale malt backbone with yeast and some spice in the aroma
Taste is similar to the smell though a little more understated
Mouth feel is crisp carbonation, lightish body
A nice refreshing saison

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on draft. yellow golden color, with foamy white head. aroma is a bit grainy and herbal. decently balanced, I'm just not a big fan of the overall flavor.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at at Hogan's Hideaway in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a hazy golden yellow, with a quarter inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells quite yeasty, with some clove, white pepper, and a bit of citrus.

Though this does have some citrusy sweetness, this more squarely on the dry side of things for a saison. Very peppery and clovey from the yeast. This also has a somewhat grainy flavor, however, the yeast on this one is the driving force, almost to the point of it being a little one note.

This has a fairly crisp mouthfeel, with a medium body, and a fairly high level of carbonation.

This isn't bad, but didn't exhibit a whole lot of complexity beyond the typical yeast character.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger billowy head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow With some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Herbal, spicy, yeasty esters, vanilla, green apple, pilsner malts, pale malts.

Taste: Same as above. Flavors work together and balance things out. Slight bitterness in the rear and a little chewy.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, chewy, a little dry, refreshing, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: This saison is a nicely put together beer. Simplicity at its finest and enjoyable. Every flavor works well together. Have to say I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can 13 oct 2014 stamped on the bottom

Yellowy hazed near golden, lifts a HUGE head that slowly morphs and fades. Leaves gobs of thicker froth.

Peppery and coriander infused nose.

More heavy pepper, Belgian yeast, and again herbal coriander. Light, zesty and flavorful.

Worthy saison in a can.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can pours a hazed gold with an ample cap of white head. Nice retention and lace...a good looking brew here.

Nose is zesty, citrusy and grainy. Saison-esque but has a little less oomph to it. Smells alot like the Walloon from Southern Star here, a little too spicy and less yeasty.

Taste shows much the same, like a saison-lite with the hops and yeast leading the way. A fun little beer to drink, just not very deep. Yeast just is not as soft and delicate as some of the better Belgian examples. Better than Walloon though and Id buy it on the reg if I lived in the SF distro area.

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Photo of BWED
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a goblet.

A- Golden yellow with a bit of haze. Head is white and retains around a quarter inch. A little lacing.

S- Citrus snap and Belgian yeast spice. A mild toasty malt aroma in the background.

T- Citrus and spice are still the main components, with bready malt coming in for a great balance.

M- Light in body, slight spiciness. Faintly dry and spicy finish. The carbonation is a little too smooth.

O- This one is really solid. Very well balanced. And really easy to drink.

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Photo of Act25
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A -Energetic, lacy, golden beer, as expected.
S - Powerful aroma of citrus hops, coriander spice, and lemon peel. Approachable. Good first beer of evening.
T - Follows smell with more fruit flavors and more citrus hop. Lots of citrus peel. Yeast.
M - Light, energetic, crisp and carbonated.

Solid Saison. Easy.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i always expect grisette to have unique grain characters. you know, oats and spelt and rye and all sorts of stuff. i also expect it to be very low alcohol, like session saison type beer. maybe thats because my limited experience with the style has showed me this, i dont know if thats required or not, but this beer doesnt really have either of those, and so to me seems more like a saison, just with a really mild yeast strain. the beery is hazy golden and bright, with a tall white head, looks lovely. the nose is dry wheat predominantly and the yeast, which is bready but fruity a bit too. the flavor shows some cool grassy hops in the finish where there was none in the nose. i like that, very old world feeling here. the yeast is more saison than belgian, but seems to have elements of both, without being all that interesting. its dry and well carbonated, definitely a summer refresher. not quite as dynamic on the grain front as i had expected and hoped for, but unquestionably a well made beer overall.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Appears a slightly clouded golden hue, with a very bright color shade. Bright white head forms thick with fine bubbles, head retention is excellent with fine speckled lacing left on the sides of the chalice.

Aroma has spicy yeast notes, slightly peppery with a clean biscuit malt character.

Flavor has a spicy upfront yeast character, rough phenolic character slightly fruity a hint of band aids…it’s all there.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with even flowing carbonation not much else happening here. The dry finish just works for the style adding to how easy this is to consume.

Overall, an easy drinking sessionable Belgian style beer in a can the off band aid plastic fermented flavors don’t sit well with me but they aren’t overbearing in this beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

$ 4.25/10 oz draft at Sly Fox Phoenixville, PA
Aroma of yeast phenolics and fruit
Head small (1.5 cm), white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm ring
Lacing good –narrow rings with small bubbles
Body medium yellow, cloudy
Flavor of yeast phenolics, fruity, sweet; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.625. Final weighted score: 3.75.

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Photo of delta490
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured a hazy light gold with a thick creamy white head. Nice spicy yeast esters with a little but if citrus and banana for both the aroma and taste. There is a nice light body with a nice crisp finish.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

I enjoyed this from the can in a cervoise chilled, review from notes.

The color is golden with light haze and thick 2 fingers of rocky white head with very fine bead and lace that sticks...retention is excellent. The smell has a mild tropical/banana scent in the yeast with light toasted grain and slight spice with hints of floral hop esters and subtle sweet malt aroma with light passionfruit odor. The feel is great with light spice and moderately high carbonation with gentle sweetness and mild yeast creaminess with a mild bitterness to balance and low alcohol with mostly dry finish.

The taste is very pleasant with yeast up front adding a mild phenolic tinge with subtle spice and fruity element with light tropical flavor and lightly toasted malt with a low bitterness perceived on the palate. There is refreshing amounts of carbonation with dry profile taste-wise as a result with slight hop in the taste and a noble-type mild citrus element which blends well with the gentle malt. The cracker like dry and tosted malt is followed with a subtle vinous taste of yeast in the finish. Overall this Grisette is excellent in every way -better than some Belgian examples I had with lots of yeast character and drinkable quality with light dry aspect and moderately low bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%

This can looks pretty cool. Murky, dark golden color. Head forms well. Leaves ribbons of lace. I enjoyed the aroma because, while the phenolic Belgian yeast elements were present, they were nowhere near overpowering. Lightly spicy, yeasty and clovey upon each sniff. The flavor also wasn't too overbearing in its Belgian yeast character. Light clove and pepper. Some grain and cracker with a lighter. Soft bitterness. Buzzy carbonation. I did not mind my portion of this can.

From a can.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is opaque straw, head is white, nice smallish bubbles, good fine carbonation; head lingers very well with some lacing.

Smell malt forward, mostly light pilsner and biscuit; yeast off notes and some subtle hoppiness release as the glass pulls away.

Taste is great, clean and simple malt flavors, that are not sweet as the dry finish and yeast flavors takeover. Malt notes are biscuit and pils; yeast byproducts are some phenol and bananas and clove.

Mouthfeel is also very good: crisp carbonation and dry finish that is not too hard on the tongue.

Overall, a great farmhouse or simpler saison - not over complicated, and exceptionally easy drinking. My vote for beer of the summer season.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass (a legit pint, not a short one) at Nostrand Pub in Brooklyn. I guess there are a couple of Sly Fox breweries on this site ... I've gone with the Grisette with the most reviews.

Appearamce: medium light gold with plenty of haze. Head is a finger of ivory foam with limited retention and lace. Still not a bad saison.

Smell: farmy and funky right up front; this is one dank horsey saison. I can get behind this.

Taste: plenty of funk along with a bit of farmhouse sourness and a hint of diacetyl. For some reason, this all rubs me the right way. I like a saison with a lot of weird character.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a ton of carbonation and a great creaminess; quite satisfying indeed! This might be one of the best-textured saisons I've had. Woo!

Overall: I really like this beer. I feel like I could quaff tons of it.

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

A Pours light opaque straw color with a white foaming head.
S- Light banana and clove mixed in with a mild funk.
T- A crisp bready flavor that finishes clean with a little pepper. There is a Belgian funk that plays well with the other flavors with a perfect trio of tastes. The yeast and malts are on point to say the least.
M- clean with a Belgian bite at the end.
O- This is a very satisfying beer. None of the flavor components overpowers the others and this is quite enjoyable for the warmer weather.

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Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice light farmhouse. Hazy light orange with good lacing. Funky aroma. Very fruity with a clean finish. Great beer for summertime. Experienced during a Sly Fox tap takeover. Not a huge fan if the style but I would try this again if I ran across it and it was very hot outside. And there was nothing else available.

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

Poured from a tap at the brewery into my Sly Fox Foxtrot 5k can glass. This was the beer they were serving after running their 5k this weekend.

A: A medium hazy orange color that was deep and vibrant. Some glass lacing sticks and the head was one finger nice and white.

S: Yeasty, fruity, some mustiness, grainy and a bit of pepper.

T: Really fruity upfront with lemon, tangerine, peach that gets mixed with spicy clove and pepper flavors. A bit of grainy biscuit malt couples with the spices, some mustiness and the herbal hops. Finish is slightly bitter and dry. Good beer.

M: Medium mouthfeel with spicy notes and a dry bitter clean finish. Perfect for a saison.

O: I rated this beer based on style, and it is spot on for a summer saison that is easy to drink, very refreshing and semi-sessionable with the low ABV.

A really nice easy drinking and enjoyable saison. This was my first sampling of it and I really enjoyed it. Great day for a run and my first try of the Grisette. I guarantee it won't be the last time I drink it.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light straw yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with notes of peppery spices.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of Belgian yeast along with notes of peppery spices—coriander in particular—and hints of grainy malts. The spices are most notable towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be a relatively good representation of the style and also quite drinkable.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 355ml can with a BB of Oct 2013 (presumed). A little out of date, but hopefully still in good order. Acquired recently from the Brewdog online shop. An American take on a classic Belgian style.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A bright golden hue with plentiful carbonation and faint floating sediment. Produces a ridiculously massive head of creamy white foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of fruity saison yeast with hints of clove, banana, bubblegum, phenolics, coriander, spice, faint malt and earthiness. Rounded and delicious.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters and spice, with a bone-dry finish. Notes of clove, banana, mild bubblegum, coriander, spice, faint apricot, a twinge of grainy malt and earthy yeast. Highly attenuated, followed by a subtle, herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body for the style. Light but well defined. Mildly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of fruity yeast, spice and earthiness.

Good stuff - a solid take on the style. Looks lovely in the glass, while the aroma and flavour are replete with fruity, spicy yeast notes. Decent body. Perhaps the only thing missing is conditioning with live yeast as in Belgium - I reckon it would add subtle depth to the flavour and texture. However this is a trivial point; nicely done and very tasty. Well worth sampling if you're a saison fan.

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