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Saison De Silly | Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Saison De SillySaison De Silly

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Silly S.A.

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 128
Reviews by SleepyMonk:
Photo of SleepyMonk
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle poured to its own Silly Saison branded glass, not sure what category its shape fits into.

Color is mahogany moving towards a burnt caramel.

On the nose are very mild cherry fruit like notes with strains of phenol and coffee like aromatics.

Taste is hugely driven by malt characteristics with only a very thin hint of those berry fruits which creates a proximity to the Lambic style.

In the mouth this Saison gives a moderate burst of flavor only to dry off quickly.

A good enough beer but no where not a solid representative of the style.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of swoopdog
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

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 admiral
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
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 moderndrunkard
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don't know, man, I don't know. I have loved just about all of the saison's I've had, but this one was an experience. Not a good one. Poured from the bottle at the wonderful, friendly Moeder Lambic in Brussels.

Very amber, very transparent body which immediately differentiates itself from the saisons I'm familiar with. Medium head retention.

The smell is again unusual. All malts. Very caramelly (sp?) with absolutely no apparent hops. This lacks completely the wheaty, earthy, spicy smells of most saisons.

Tasting reveals light carbonation and, just as the smell indicates, carmel sweetness. Not what I was expecting at all.

Letting the beer wander, I taste just more maltiness, and I start to think that this tastes mroe like a bock or even an english brown along the lines of Newcastle than any Saison.

Truth be told, though, it is very drinkable. But I don't think I would want more than two. It goes down easy, but when I ordered the beer, this was definitely not what I had in mind.

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Photo of Jason
2.61/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dull cloudy amber color with a thin creamy lace, smells of thick toffee and ripe cherries. The taste is sweet with a buttery malt, vague spice and ripe fruit in the back. Oddly slick on the tongue with a nearly cloying flavor, not a very balanced brew … not even sure if this is a Saison at all IMO. Light tartness in the finish. Not bland but not interesting at all.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz. amber bottle. Received as part of a beer trade with AKSmokedPorter. Interesting "Global Beer Network" symbol on the bottle.

Appearance: A deep dark amber. Strangely, my sample was very, very cloudy. A very rocky, creamy head settled down to a respectable finger-thick layer that clinged nicely to the glass.

Smell: Defninitely a sweet aroma, but there were other lurking...difficult to nail down. Slightly "musty"?

Taste: "Sweet-N-Sour". Like a Lemon-Head, it started off sugary sweet, only to be followed by a sourness that jumps out at you. Definitley something new in a beer for me. There's not a lot of matly or hoppy influence, but they are noticeable.

Mouthfeel: The sourness makes for a semi-mouth-puckering experience, but that's a good thing. A nice, dry finish.

Drinkability: Above average. Not one I would have more than once, but certainly easy to drink.

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Photo of deebo
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
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 pat61
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
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 jazzyjeff13
3.37/5  rDev +1.8%
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 WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Creekhouse: Appears a ruby amber tone with a large tuffet of off white caramel cream head leaves fine lacing down the glass very nice. Aroma has a tart fruit raisin notes somewhat light funky with herbal hops, but unlike most standard saisons this one really highlights fruity candy notes instead of citrus yeast funk tones. Taste is malty with roasted caramel tones with herbal spice mix flows very nicely fruity with a touch of raisin and red licorice. Mouthfeel has a medium body with fine carbonation slightly sticky on the palate. Drinkability has quality fruity tones easy going not standard for the style but definitely refreshing has potential especially during happy hour at the edge.

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Photo of rastaman
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty nice, kind of peppery aroma, mixed in with a caramel maltiness. Quite a spicy flavour with a nice bitter finish, very enjoyable, and probably better than i expected, i'm all for saisons.

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Photo of Auraan
3.74/5  rDev +13%
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 Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of DruC4
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of CanuckRover
2.4/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark copper. Thin head, but good sticky lacings. Quite cloudy.

Very sweet toffee nose.

Cloying sweetness all the way through. Toffee, sweetened apples, raisins, dates... all contribute to a sugar bomb. Really leaning towards cloying. Slight hop zing in the finish but overun right away by the sweetness.

Couldn't finish my small bottle. Not impressed. You expect a saison to have a certain roughness, a barn brew quality to it, but there's no excuse for something this unbalanced.

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Photo of kctrimble
5/5  rDev +51.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Vanz
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Kallenovsky
2.81/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Seaba
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of PhantomVodoo
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber in color with a light tan head that leaves lace.
Aroma controlled by a strong vinegar like smell. Whether this is intended to be this strong or not, I don't know, but I don't care for it either way. It seems unlikely this was intended to be present in this magnitude.

An underlying sweet caramel malt flavor seems genuinley good, but again flavors that should be minimal or not present at all are too strong. A sour, acidic taste in line with the aroma is quite noticable. A slight plastic like flavor also seems to be present. I'll work with the assumption that my bottle has seen better days and that these flavors would be minimal or not present in a fresh bottle, but I have no idea. Again, the flavor underneath these issues seemed quite good.

Good mouthfeel that I knocked down one notch due to the sourness of the beer.
Drinkability takes a hit due to the acidic, sour aroma and taste.
Overall, I'm left wondering how common or possibly even intended these off characteristics are in this beer. I'd like to sample a bottle I knew was fresh because the beer underneath seemed good.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, bread, fruit, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, cream, sugar, and subtle cherry. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I have to be honest that I would not have picked this one’s style based on a blind tasting. However, despite this fact all of the flavors and aromas on this one were actually pretty nice considering. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance and are looking for something a little bit different.

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Photo of wmobley
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Saison De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
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