Grisette | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Summer

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Added by ggaughan on 09-16-2006

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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 drtth
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 cjgiant
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Afroman
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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 tigg924
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery—served into a tulip

Appearance: 1/4 head, golden-orange in color, clear, low carbonation

Smell: Belgian spices, grass, and lemon

Taste: hay, Belgian spices, and a good deal of orange and lemon

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, crisp, bitter start that gets sweeter in the middle then fades back to bitterness

Overall: A very different and interesting Belgian Ale. Can’t say I have had anything quite like this before. Nice and sessionable, but I am kind of on the fence as to whether I would get it again. Sly Fox does make some great beers and this is not on the same level as their best.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 mrosenfeld32
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ggaughan
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Per the Sly Fox website "Grisette is a Belgian farmhouse ale which was originally brewed in the Hainaut Province to be the beer of the miners in the area, just as Saison was the beer of the farmers. It was lighter than saison and frequently contained wheat as well as barley malt (as does the Sly Fox version). The name is derived from the French word for grey, referring to the young women (the grisettes) who doled out pints as the men exited from the mines while still dressed in their grey factory frocks. The style is nearly extinct and will be an interesting addition to the adventuresome and ever-growing Sly Fox portfolio."

I had this beer on tap at the Collin's Bar in NYC. When I returned from that trip I was glad to see that it is also no tap at the Phoenixville Sly Fox location. Definitely will get more of this. The beer poured a hazy golden color into a tulip glass. There was a slight white head that lasted for a short time and gave way to a white ring around the edge. The nose of this beer was a bit earthy and very aromatic, almost a touch of sweetness. The taste is very well balanced with a wheat character and a touch of bitterness, all making for a very drinkable beer that has a medium body and a good mouthfeel.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +12%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy straw with an enormous creamy white head. Medium-solid retention, with sheets of lacing.

S: Really bright green apple, pear, lemon, and green banana, whose fruitiness is tapered by a sharp and grainy hay, crackery, and grainy malt backbone, with a tangible dryness of coriander and clove.

T: Like green apple juice, balanced with an excellent Belgian dryness. It follows the nose. Huge green apple skin, pear, lemon, and banana upfront. Tons of hay, coriander, cracker malt, and cracked grains provide backbone and balance. There are hints of pineapple. Finishes very dry with a powerful clove and earthy straw note.

F: Medium-light, but super carbonated. Dry and moves very fast on the palate; super refreshing and tasty.

O: This beer is wonderful. It lives up to the hype. I want to drink this all the freaking time!!!

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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