Saison De Silly | Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Saison De SillySaison De Silly

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Brasserie de Silly S.A.

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Vixie
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Different look than what I expect from the style. It is a deep red color with a small tan head that seems to linger for some time.

Malt, caramel, toffee, floral notes and yeast are what I smell.

Fruity up front, little bit of toffee and caramel.

Feels a little thin, get some tongue tingling from the carbonation.

Nothing real special going on here, and doesn't really fit my definition of a saison, and my score reflects how close I feel it is to the style, which is not very. That being said, it is not a bad beer, would be a good choice on a hot day, as it drinks very easily. Not sure how I'd classify it, but not a true saison in my book.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

An after the fact review, I feel this is a saison an older use of the term rather than the current style as it has been defined. Foam explodes from the bottle. Deep brownish red, smells of plumb and malt, tastes of plum and malt as well, somewhat syrupy, pleasant generally, most will consider this name a misrepresentation of the beer within so if you're looking for a saison look elsewhere but it is good and interesting and worth your time

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Photo of Beginner2
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was mystified why this saison has such bad ratings and so few reviews.
I saw it at least twice on Chicago shelves before buying a 4-pack, so it is not rare. And while I was not "wowed", I also felt it was refreshingly fruity and still well balanced... not easy to achieve.

So to answer this mystery, let me note the secondary scriptures.
Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

And the primary scriptures...
MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" says "some devotees find the fruitiness of Saison de Silly excessive. Others feel that its distinctive wineyness and tartness are a qualification for the style." (The latter includes me, to the extent that I understand the depth of that.) "On two grounds, some devotees feel that Saison de Sily is a particularly good example; first, it is made by blending; second, one component is a dark ale aged for a year... Saison de Silly does not have re-fermentation in the bottle and some zealots deduct points for that omission."

Now, we know why the ratings are so low.
So ye of little faith, open your minds to the possibility of invention ! .... (within context, of course.)

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

If you ever needed proof that saison was an undefinable style, here it is. It is so far off expectation, however, I don't feel bad saying this just isn't a saison. This time of year (October), I would have easily guessed Oktoberfest in a blind tasting. Pours amber brown with medium head that left with no lacing. Nose is malty and a bit earthy. Taste is malt forward with some sweetness and a touch of dried fruit. Bit of off metallic flavor on the finish. Good carb level. Overall, this is a decent beer, but I had to dock it overall for being so far off from what I wanted from a saison.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Light brown color. Aroma of floral hops, malt, caramel and fruit. Tastes caramel sweets or candy, fruits, light hop bitterness finish. Very nice.

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Photo of sprat1960
2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Look: Amber color; slight haze - translucent. No visible carbonation; appears kind of flat. Pours with a 1 finger light beige head that dies down quickly leaving a thin uneven coating of foam on the surface of the beer and bits of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Malt, grain, and slight sour aroma.

Taste: Sweet syrupy start, malty with a slight sour, metalic finsih.

Feel: Thinner body; slightly watery. Mild fizzy sensation from the carbonation. Slight syrupy feel on the tongue at the finish. Feel is the worst aspect of this beer.

Overall: Overall okay. I liked the malty, grainy, slightly sour flavor. However there were some unpleasant aspects such as being syrupy, metalic and thin. While I could drink this, there are so many better beers. This beer does remind me somewhat of a Flemish Red - which is a style that I personally do not prefer.

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Photo of Malt_Man
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served cool from 330ml bottle into Saison Regal glass.

L) Reddish-chestnut brown, not what I was expecting from my previous experience of saisons, which were all light in colour. Hazy, thin white head, doesn't look very fizzy.

S) Hints of sweetish malts, and not much else.

T) Malty with a slight metallic-edged tang. A bit of dry bitterness at the back of the mouth. Fruity hints are there, but soon overtaken by the less pleasant tastesl.

F) Quite flat, with only a hint of acidic carbonation.

O) I've had a few saisons now, and they were all better than this one.

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Photo of pat61
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saison de Silly pours darker than most saisons with a darker amber body and a vigorous, 3” off-white foam cap. The Silly Saison has a hint of wineyness and over ripe fruit on the nose that also comes across on the palate which also has a touch of tartness. The wine and fruit character dominate the malt and hops. It has a medium body and above average carbonation with creamy texture.

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Photo of LeahM
4.17/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. It's not like many other saisons, but delicious in its own right. It's both sweet and dry at the same time, with a crisp finish and refreshing aftertaste. Not hop forward at all, this beer is a unique, easy drinker if you happen to find it. Almost like a light sour.

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Photo of swoopdog
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

First brewed in 1850 this can be considered the original Saison. Pretty crazy it's more like an oud bruin/flemish (flanders) red with brown sugar and raisins. This beer gets hammered in reviews for the style they invented because it doesn't match the adaptation we are all familiar with in the United States. If you dig sours you will appreciate this.

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Photo of patpat
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Price was right at about 2 dollars US. Aroma was sweet and fruity and it was easy drinking but it didn't feel like any other saison I've ever had. Nevertheless it was small enough in the 250 ml to be enjoyable. 500 ml would have been too much perhaps, but I liked this one for what it was... Saison...I'm not sure but I'd have it again!

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Photo of doktorhops
2.74/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It's silly season here (winter in our nations capital is a silly time indeed) so I thought what better way to celebrate than to give Silly Saison a go, from the eponymous named Brasserie de Silly... does that sound silly enough for you? Right, well then let's proceed.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: First off - not your average Saison with a slight opaque brown body and a light dusting of tan head. All the Saisons I've tried have been of the cloudy straw coloured variety so I'm not sure what's going on here.

S: Aroma is a real oddity as well with heavy notes of brown sugar, macerated fig and raisin. It's the brown sugar that stands out and this suggests that a truckload of sugar awaits. Not much else otherwise, no yeast, no hops, no barnyard or apple aromas typical in a Saison.

T: Then the flavour pitches another curve ball; yes the brown sugar and raisin is upfront on the palate, but then there is a slight lingering coconut flavour (which I've encountered several times before in beers I believed to be skunked). The back end finishes with mild herbal hop bitters however it is more dry than bitter. Further sips in and the raisin flavour becomes more dominant. Overall here the sweetness is much better managed than expected.

M: Mid to light bodied with a balanced carbonation.

D: What a weird name for a beer that is evidently NOT a Saison, they should have instead named it "Silly Raisin" as that would have been much more apt. Hey if you like beers that taste like a packet of raisins then this is your brew. Personally I'm not a fan of raisins and I was disappointed to find this ale nothing like any other Saison I've ever tried, but I can see why others might dig this.

Food match: Can't get Christmas pudding out of my head now - I hate Christmas pudding!

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Photo of admiral
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent, easy drinking saison, that is different from many modern versions of the style.

aroma: malt, chocolate and light fruit

taste: brown sugar fruit with sherry and chocolate/malt notes. Easy to drink, refreshing and sweet.

This beer shows why the saison style is such a great style - it's diversity. I can easily imagine farm workers being thoroughly refreshed drinking this beer after a hard days work.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper color, a bit hazy with decent off-white head. Aroma of belgian yeast and some sourness. Taste is not as expected from the aroma. Starts with sweet malts and gets just a bit tart in the finish. Body is medium with good carbonation. Definitely not a saison true to the style. The sweet caramel character at the start doesn’t pair well with the slight sourness and also the aftertaste is not very pleasant. Overall I didn’t enjoy it and wouldn’t have it again.

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Photo of Auraan
3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy reddish amber with a half-finger off-white head. It looks too light for a Oud Bruin or a Flanders Red and too dark for a saison, but its not unappealing. Scents of sour funk, apple, white grape and some earthy must. A sour, wild ale aroma, not a saison at all, but not bad. Flavor starts with sour grape skin, some sour green apple and sour raspberry. In the middle and finish these flavors stick around and some lactic sour flavors also appear alongside funky musk. The finish and aftertaste are bitter with a bit of graininess. Again, not traditional for a saison at all, but not a bad wild ale flavor. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a drying feel. A good Belgian sour mouthfeel. Overall this is a good Belgian wild ale, with a nice all around profile, however it is not a saison like it claims to be.

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Photo of zlel
2.82/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ambre-brown colour with a small head.

Strong caramel smell and taste, toffee, even some coke and herbal medicines. It drinks like a soda anyway.

For a saison it's not exaggeratedly sweet. Not being my favourite type of beer, this one drinks well.

Mouthfill is rather smooth.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 31 October 2013.

Pours medium brown, about the color of apple cider. Huge 3-finger yellow-tan head. Good retention, plenty of lacing. Nice, though I find the color unusual.

Smells like apple juice. A little funky. More like apple cider. Fruity and earthy.

Taste is moderately funky, a little herbal. It's got that apple juice, but the funk, herbs, and earthy grains are more potent. Nice complexity.

Feel is medium-light in body, moderate carbonation. Not particularly notable.

A fruity, lightly funky saison. Reminds me of apple juice crossed with beer. Not sure that I'd peg this as a saison without the label on the bottle, but it's tasty.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.56/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours way darker than I was expecting. A reddish ruddy brown color with a thin tan head that disappears pretty quickly.

S: Sweet and syrupy smell with some caramel, grape, cat dander and toasted malt. Not exactly what comes to mind when I think of a saison.

T: This just isn't good. Starts with some toasted malt mixed with a lot of caramel/grape/gross syrupy sweetness. Lacks any sort of carbonation to break the sweetness up, so it comes off syrupy and flat. Really not sure why they call this a saison, because nothing about this beer says saison to me.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 250ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2013. Acquired ages ago from a webshop and stored in my garage. I always wanted to try this one, due to the silly name...

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A deep ruby-red hue with good clarity and intensely effervescent carbonation. Yields a vast head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for ages before reducing to a thick surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of grain, fruity yeast, grapes/raisins, mild phenolics, faint brown sugar and stewed leaves. Dry and vinous, with a metallic twang in the background.

Tastes of subtle caramel malt with a yeasty character and a dry finish. Notes of grainy malt, fruity yeast, raisins, faint dried fruit, mild phenolics, brown sugar and earthiness. Well attenuated, though also slightly sweet. Hints of cardboard in the background, followed by a mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with good carbonation and decent body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of caramel malt, cardboard and earthy yeast.

Hmmm, so-so. It looks OK, while the aroma and flavour have a dominant malty note and a vinous, yeasty quality. Body is alright. The caramel is a little surprising, but overall it's not too bad. Just lacking in depth, especially the flavour. Goes down easily enough but I probably wouldn't bother with it again. No need to seek it out.

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Photo of barczar
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy dark brown with copper highlights and a frothy cream head that leaves sheets of lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Wine-like aromas, along with sweet caramel malt and grape are evident initially. Fairly musty, with an almost overly toasted character.

Flavor reveals a sweet, toasted caramel malt base throughout, which is countered by vinous undertones, becoming fairly bitter and dry at the finish. There's a bit of an earthy, minerally character in the aftertaste.

Body is on the heavy side, with carbonation fairly high, giving a bit of a spritzy feel.

How they label this a saison, I don't know. The wine character is pleasant, but the malt is almost cloying. Somewhat dry at the finish, but lacks spiciness. It's not terribly unpleasant to drink, but odd, for certain.

Update: Never seen a yeast cake as dark or stubborn as the one at the bottom of this bottle. This thing must be ancient. Pouring some yeast into the glass improves drinkability greatly. Masks the caramel malt dominant somewhat.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.84/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Starting my week of saisons as I prep for judging a saison homebrew contest later this week.
This is listed in BJCP as a commercial example. Typically those listed score higher on BA than this one does.
Pouring into my Boulevard tulip. Date on bottle is 10/11/11. That's not good, exp. for Blue Max. However, brewery website notes it can be stored "...for a very long time under normal storage conditions", whatever that may be. For a low alcohol beer that seems a bit different.
This is dark for style. Goodness it's darn right close to brown in its amberness. Big darker head and rather cloudy .
Malty aroma that I have recalled from other Belgian made Belgians. Hints of fruit move in and out and are pleasant enough. Slight watery quality with the malt.
Wow is that still carbonated. My whole mouth got filled with activated liquid and expanded due haste. Soft flavors that are again malt forward - like an unsweetened caramel quality. Aqueous again. Any fruit is soft and very mild yeast flavors. Nothing unpleasant, just not typical saison.
Boy the carbonation really fills a guy up. It's not really all that dry, but then it's not very fruity either, and probably doesn't need to be. Once the carbonation calms down it becomes a lot more drinkable and enjoyable. Brings out more complexity in the flavor. A little more tartness (still low, but at least it is now there) and the makings of some dryness- and even more as it warms more.
Given time this turned into a pretty enjoyable little beer.
Patience Grasshopper.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured two and half fingers of head on a deep amber colored body.
The aroma was barnyard, yeast and lemon. One sided but fine.
The taste was basically malty sweet with some apple and pear thrown in the mix.
It was too carbonated, lots of fizz, but the texture was soft.
Not that great overall.

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Photo of deebo
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Belgium. This beer is dark brown and cloudy with a tall loose head. An unexpected aroma arises from this beer, beyond that spicy, hoppy and malty aromas a distinct cherry kool-aid note is definitely present. Taste is similar with more toasted sweet malt with a cherry like sweetness with some hoppy flavor to finish up. An interesting beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.26/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is transparent caramel brown with lively bubbles rising fast to the top and a light tan head. The nose has no saison to it, caramel and sugar with a stale grain and light floral hop. Taste is the same, lots of sugar and caramel, light lemon with notes of floral hop and low bitterness. Body is light but feel is syrupy with an underattenuated sugary feel with assertive carbonation.

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Photo of superspak
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Good soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, grape, pepper, apple, toast, clove, earth, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Pretty nice aromas with decent complexity and balance. Taste of caramel, toffee, molasses, grape, apple, earth, herbal, pepper, biscuit, toast, clove, and light yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, and light yeast spices on the finish. Ok balance, but it isn’t the flavors I was expecting at all. Slight cloying sweetness and tang on the finish, but not too bad. Light carbonation and medium body; with a fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel that is ok. No alcohol presence after the finish as expected. Overall this is a solid beer. Certainly not a saison in my experience, but it was still quite enjoyable for what is was. Solid flavor balance and complexity; and very easy to drink.

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Saison De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
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