Stupid Silly Sour
Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #28
Ranked #7,853
4.03 | pDev: 12.41%
Brasserie de Silly S.A.
Very Good
Notes: Brasserie de Silly has taken their signature Silly Sour and taken it to a whole new level. Completely unblended Sour ale, this beer lacks the 13-15% saison normally blended into Silly Sour. The result is a deep garnet colored beer with aromas of tart cherries and raspberries. The intial taste is puckeringly sour with a soft sweet undertone and a thick lactic acid heavy mouthfeel. While the finish is not cloying, it lingers more than its original version.
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johannyne from California

4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy, mahogany red; wimpy head, low retention; mid to low lacing; bubbles floating on top; white ring around glass
Smell: Sweet laced with sour, funky, oaky, woodsy, cherry with hints of raspberry; smell perfectly matches the color.
Taste: Subtly sweet at the top with notes of oak and cherry. What follows is a small punch of sour in the finish with tastes of woodsy malt, cherry, and light notes of raspberry.
Feel: Medium-bodied; effervescent burn is present.
Overall: Pretty darn good. I especially like the interplay between sweet and sour here. I really wished the head was beefy with good retention, but ah well!

Oct 13, 2020
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EriksAleES from Colorado

2.53/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served as a taster at Yard House

Appearance: Copper/light brown with a tan head with medium retention and slightly firm.
Aroma: Grape Jelly (Welch's Concord) and not much else. It was hard to get past the grape jelly to other flavors. Hops were low to none, as was the malt.
Taste: Grape Jelly/Jolly Rancher. Very candied. A firm sourness that I would call a 3.5 of 5. Sourness felt primarily lactic and lacked complexity. No discernable malt or hop notes on the tongue. The beer had a very slight amount of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation. I'd put the carbonation more on the standard pressure used by Yard House than on the beer itself.
Finish: Slightly sweet, which could have been an enduring impression from the grape candy on the aroma and flavor. Sourness was sharp and did not linger.

Overall I found this beer to be mostly one-note and not typical for what I expect of an Oud Bruin. Blind, I would place this beer closer to an American Sour or Kettle Sour. For me, it lacked the complexity and oak character I typically associate with classic Oud Bruin like Liefmans Goudeband or Petrus Oud Bruin.

Nov 19, 2019
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Saturated orange with ample lacing. Smells and tastes like grape jelly. Saccharine. Lactic acid spiked, fairly dumbed down, the name is very appropriate. Zero finesse or nuance. Cash grab sour ale, highly doubtful this ever saw a barrel.

May 19, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brasserie de Silly S.A. "Stupid Silly Sour"
750 ml brown glass bottle, corked & caged, seemingly without production codes or freshness dating
$16.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: The cork has come out easily, and without too much of a pop, and the beer has poured a cloudy brown body beneath a very short head of khaki colored foam. I'll assume I should have let this sit longer to allow it to sediment out. The aroma is interesting, I can't quite get a grip on it. There's an acidity to it, and an earthiness that I can't quite place. There's an edge to it, maybe like green coffee beans. I'm not sure. There's a very light fruitiness to it, and a hint of something caramelish and maybe even roasty, but that's very, very light. I won't call the aroma, which is not that strong by the way, off-putting or unpleasant but it's not exactly enticing either. On to the flavor... OMG, that's a sour one! Jeebus, I wasn't expecting that. It's gueuze level sour, and maybe more, at least an 8, and maybe a 9 or higher on a scale of 1 to 10 for sourness. What else is there? There's a bit of caramel malt, medium and maybe medium-dark I'd say, and a similar fruitiness to what's found in the aroma. It's a kind of generic fruitiness. In the aftertaste I kind of get cherry, but other than that I'd say apple, pear, raisin, raspberry, blackberry, and fig. Hmm, maybe it's not so generic after all? The head dropped quite quickly, basically straight-off except for a collar, but it's somehow got 'mountains' of lace rising up around the glass. I understand the head dropping because it's a sour beer, but how is the lace forming and holding? Interesting. The more I become accustomed to the sourness the more I'm drawn to it. It's an interesting beer, I've never had one quite like it. As for mouthfeel the acidity plays a great part, and although there's not a lot of carbonation to it there's still a bristle. It's medium-light in body. If you're a fan of sour beers this one is not to be missed!
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Oct 25, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of dark cherries, green apple and bready notes. Sweet fruitiness with a touch of tart bite.

Jul 07, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, thin grape soda color with beautiful garnet highlights. The pour produces a shortlived, purple-beige head that leaves no surface cap, collar or lace. Aroma is lactic, grape vinous, barnyard, briney, acetaldehyde, phenolic, medical tape. Taste is intensely lactic sour, vinegar, acetaldehyde, brine, brettanomyces like notes, Band-Aids & funk with hints of red fruits in the background. I have no idea whether this has salt in it or not but it tastes very salty to me. Maybe I have a confused pallet! Medium bodied, moderate-high carbonation, Tounge grabbing tart, prickly & puckering. Slightly astringent. Very, very different. This is one you will definitely either like or hate, hate, hate. Take heed! It grows on you. Be careful!

Jan 04, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From one of my favorite breweries from the 750 ml bottle in a snifter.
This sour pours a amber hued medium brown with a modest head of off white
foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and showcases some nice light lacing.
Nose of grapes, apple cider vinegar, and tart pie cherries with notes of light oak. Flavors
follow the nose with cider vinegar bashing grape skins in an oaken barrel that have
mingled with dry red wine and cherries with just a touch of tobacco and pepper.
Dry almost alum finish, light carbonation, and a tart beating of ones brains out.

This beer was a gift from a friend and I must say thank you (Randy) for this offering,
but it outside of my taste buds and will most likely be poured into his feed for his
cattle who LOVE beer in their feed. As for me I will finish it, but it is a bit unbalanced
on the tart side for someone who is not a fan of a straight up lambic.


Nov 21, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stange, the appearance was a mahogany color with a thin dissipating white foamy head that slid off to barely leave any lace.
The aroma had some acidic sweet to sour black and red cherry flesh and skin up front and rolling over into some apple cider vinegar and a light grassy sweetness. Sour and funky tones conglomerate to create expected nose.
The flavor was sweet and sour through the prior noted aromas and seemed to bring in a slight oak sweetness and a light lemon sour quality. Light sour semi-acidic aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was light bodied with a fair sipping quality about it due to it's sour nature of a sturdy puckering quality embracing my tongue just as I expected it to. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt as projected.
Overall, pretty nice Lambic, I'd have again.

Jul 09, 2017
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jeremygriffith from Illinois

4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Flying Saucer Fort Worth. Clear brown color, a little fruity vinegar in the nose and then comes the sour. This is a true mature sour and and is puckering sour.

Apr 21, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Yard House in Las Vegas. Poured into a goblet.

L: Semi-opaque copper/mahogany pour. Thin off-white head. Modest lacing.

S: Apple cider vinegar... dark stone fruits and a bit of funk.

T/F: A nice mix of sweetness and tart. Dark cherry, apple cider vinegar, and caramel sugars. Modest funk... lemon and unripened apple. Medium in body... somewhat acidic.

O: Delicious Belgian beer... reminds me more of a Flanders red or Oud Bruin. Easy to drink... complex flavor. Hard to go wrong here.

Apr 20, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Kelly and Paul, thanks for the opportunity!
Deep amber color bordering on copper with a decent sized bubbly off white head. Tart lemony light cherry with bits of earthy tart and light balsamic. Pretty tasty beer.

Dec 05, 2016
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tony12hd from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect score on this beer. This is a unique beer category and this particular beer is very unique. On tap at yh murky brown color, taste is sour red wine vinegar acidic. This beer 8s only for heavy drinkers and only to be had after a high btu west coast dipa.

Nov 26, 2016
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atomicbeer from New Mexico

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in Goblet at Yard House Las Vegas Red Rock. Murky garnet color with little to no head. Vinegary aroma with apple, sour cherry, brown sugar. Taste is mainly sour cherry. With red wine vinegar. And some pepper. Mouth is all tartness. Lots of wildness here. A Flanders Red.

Apr 15, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Yardhouse.
Clear, dark reddish brown body with a decent head and minimal lacing.

Aroma has way too much vinegar but at least has some promising fruity notes.

The flavor is also afflicted with vinegar, but the strong sour notes and some fruit make it acceptable. Some toffee too, which sounds odd but blends

Feel near puckering sourness, medium body light carbonation

Apr 02, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown with low retaining, thin head.

Not as acetic to me as others have mentioned, maybe a much less extreme Duchess.

Cherry plum. Tart, round, a little sharp but pleasant.

Mar 17, 2016
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Duffman79 from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Expecting this beer to be a real mouth puckering sour - looking forward to it, in fact! It had a real nice color of deep reddish purple with little carbonation. The flavor was not extremely sour and left me wishing it had been more intense. Very easy to drink and glad I was able to try this.

Nov 04, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/4/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear ruby red/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of sour cherry, plum, lemon, grapefruit, orange zest, green apple, red grape, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted oak, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, light pepper, light red wine vinegar, light leather, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak, and moderate dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, plum, lemon, grapefruit, orange zest, green apple, red grape, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted oak, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, light pepper, light red wine vinegar, light leather, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate amount of acidic/tannic tartness and peppery spice on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, plum, lemon, grapefruit, orange zest, green apple, red grape, brown sugar, toasted oak, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak, and moderate dark malt flavors; with a nice malt/acidity/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately acidic, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent unblended Flanders red Lambic style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, oak, and moderate dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

Sep 12, 2015
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babaracas from Florida

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark brown and orange tinted red, thin off white head. Smell: acetic, a little leathery a little cheesy, raspberry, steely caramel. Taste: green apple, tart cherry juice, cola. Fine but ample carbonation, finish is drying tart green apple. Flanders-y aspects to this lambic but swapping some complexity for more acid.

Aug 07, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lending a notion of Flemish red and brown ale, the unadulterated lambic taste in Stupid Silly Sour carries slightly more robust flavors and moderate body than most, but making absolutely no apologies about its bracing acidity.

Its dark and rusty hues allow for a modest translucent glow. Above which pull the fruit and funk from its gently swirling swath of foam. Cherry, apple, orange peel, grapefruit and grape link up with the slight robustness of stone fruit. To taste however, the sweetness is candied and caramelized, seemingly of cola, pecan and toast.

With the sweetness in its quick retreat over the middle palate, the brunt of sourness charges in. All those luscious dark fruits of date, plum, fig and black cherry take a balsamic and sherry turn as its tangy, savory and sour character intertwines.

As the slight semblance of peanut skin, steely caramel and cola remain, the medium-bodied lambic finishes semi-dry and with the earthiness of merlot-soaked cork while the aftertaste invites the retro-aromatic pungency of curing leather.

Jul 20, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very acetic aroma, with woody, leather notes, tart cherries, and strawberries.

Flavor is piercingly sour, with lightly sweet cherries and raspberry skin softening the finish. Oak lingers in the aftertaste. Not a starter sour. I like the fruit character. Very acetic.

Jul 17, 2015
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Lucular from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not what I expected. Too sweet with a strong honey flavor. Could have been a draft line issue since the second time I had it it was much worse. Overall, not bad but not nearly as sour, funky, or fruity as I had hoped.

Jun 24, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is sweet and sour with grape juice, fruit punch, and grape hard candy aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grape juice, grape hard candy, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is not all that sour and seems more like juice than beer to me.

Serving type: on tap.

May 21, 2015
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Auraan from Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a semi-clear deep red body with a brownish tint and one finger of off-white, bubbly head. Overall impression of appearance is of more of a Flanders Red than a lambic, but still quite appealing to the eye. Scents of grape and apple, honey and hints of berries mingling with sour, wild barnyard aromas of horse blanket, goat, earthy aromas and light hay with a mild oak presence in the background. Overall impression of aroma is of a very nice, aged smelling lambic with a wonderfully fruitiness, but also with the earthy, wild character of the style. A fantastic, complex example of an unblended lambic aroma, that with no fruit accomplishes a wonderfully fruity aroma. Flavor begins highly sour, with notes of wild, barnyard and lactic flavors blending wonderfully with bright fruity flavors of grape, light honey, oak, tart red wine and tangy rhubarb. Middle continues to be highly sour, picking up more abundant flavors of lactic acid and sour barnyard funk, with the same fruity flavors present. Finish is dry and highly sour, continuing lactic and barnyard sourness with a nice presence of oak, tannins, and fruity brightness. Aftertaste is sour, with notes of oak, red wine and tart grapes. Overall impression of flavor is of a very nice unblended lambic that has aged to a wonderful level of both funk and fruitiness. Quite well done. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with light carbonation and a puckering feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a typical lambic, quite nice and true to style. Overall this is a fantastic unblended lambic. It has aged long enough to pick up an amazing degree of depth and complexity in aroma and flavor that are complimented by the excellent mouthfeel. A wonderful example of a rather rare style.

Apr 04, 2015
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KVNBGRY from Florida

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this one. It had a deep oud bruin look to it. A thin head that quickly faded away. Smelled and tasted sort of like a soured welch's grape juice.

Jan 21, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark garnet red, with a small quarter inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells kinda off, almost like plastic, with some big sour aromas, and dark fruit, as well.

This has a nice dark cherry and raspberry to it, but I wish it was a bit stronger. It's not really that sour, it smells more sour than it tastes, really. There's a very small, almost negligible amount of oak. I don't get any of that weird plastic I got in the aroma in the taste, and this tastes much better as it warms up.

This has a body of medium strength, with a juicy fruity mouthfeel, and a medium amount of carbonation.

This was alright, the taste could've been a little better, and the aroma could have been a lot better.

Nov 16, 2014
Stupid Silly Sour from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 117 ratings