Grisette | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
slyfoxbeer.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ggaughan on 09-16-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
224
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
10.68%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Photo of GulDukat88
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sludgeman
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

More saison than grisette.

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Photo of Houser
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peacefrog70
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 XsoldoutX
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Casey3236
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rjd722
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.56/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a Belgian guy, u may like if your style.

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Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Urk1127
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmcl16
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Uniobrew31
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, Quaffable low(ish) ABV for the style. Glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of FinkMeister
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Grisette from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 224 ratings.
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