Saison De Silly | Brasserie de Silly S.A.

BA SCORE
78
okay
204 Ratings
THE BROS
62
poor
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Saison De SillySaison De Silly
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Silly S.A.
Belgium
silly-beer.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
204
Reviews:
126
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
17.61%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

i have to agree with the masses here that this just isnt that good. there is a little part of me that is romantically tied to all these old world beers that are hard to find here in the states, like they all have to be something special. well, this one really isnt. really dark for the style, amber from the (likely very old) bottle, not much head, and a little haze. its dark for the style for sure, and there really isnt the belgian yeast or rustic saison yeast aroma i look for in these, its kind of moderate, a little sweet, and more grain driven than yeast propelled. some sweet dark fruits in the flavor at first, then a bit of more generic oxidized deep crystal malt, and lastly a little alcohol and belgian fruity yeast, all sort of old and in a fog. i wanted a lot more from this one, and while i appreciate it being a bit different from convention with the darker malt profile and all, its really not very good, especially compared to its peers. it should taste better than it does by a mile, but i recognize that the bottle is likely old, and i will give it another shake sometime when i can assure its quality. disappointing for now.

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Photo of Mbbc
2.69/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Doesn't taste like a saison, more like a Belgian golden ale, pretty forgettable.

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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 SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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 fostachild
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 jsh420
1.7/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

saison ? hells no
sugary mess yep!

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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 kofukasho
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A decent pale ale, which tastes a little strong and comes in a small bottle (250ml).

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Photo of Onnthwanno
2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not heavy our hoppy, light without much flavor. Sour aftertones. Do not recommend.

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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 a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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 ruckus232
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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Saison De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
3.35 out of 5 based on 204 ratings.
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