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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Reviews: 128 | Ratings: 209
Photo of BartholomewRoberts
5/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

+1 to LordWoolley. Insanely complex and well-balanced beer for 5% ABV. Don't let a preconceived, anachronistic notion of what a "saison should be" ruin or cause you to bypass a fantastic experience. World-class beer that will actually help expand your understanding of the style and its development. To suggest that a beer that is probably very close to historical saisons (the low to moderate ABV, malty, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-into-the-wort ones brewed on farms for field hands) isn't true to the style because it's not like uber-dry, high ABV, hyper-flocculated products lke Saison DuPont or Tank 7 (cough, cough)? Therein lies madness.

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Photo of LordWoolley
5/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Saison. Some caramel, slight sour notes, some hop bitterness as well. You can see a nice balance of the blending that goes on between the old beer and new. Rather than regurgitating tasting notes and how well I loved this beer just see that it was a 5.0! I also have to say that many reviewers including the Brothers have it all wrong on this beer and Saison in general. Just because a beer does not fit into the "American" style guidelines for the style doesn't mean it is not a Saison. This brewery has been doing this since 1850 long before fake style guidelines were made. This is as much a Saison in taste and style as a Saison DuPont. So let's stop slamming beers for "stylistic" points when in fact it is true to the style, not some fake guidelines.

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Photo of StevieW
4.5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small 12 oz. bottle.
Shiny ruby tinged medium chestnut brown depending on the light. Dense full beige head. Stayed together and laced the glass like no other belgian beer I have sampled.
Smell was slightly sweet, and reminded me of candied apples. Creamy smooth sweet taste, nearly syrupy. Candied fruit, tart apples, carmel creme tastes all ease by your taste buds. Maybe a hint of cinamon slips by. Subtle sour finish. Faint whisper of hops, might not be any. Not sticky through. Just the right feel. Light to medium bodied, light carbonation. Very easy to drink, smooth a real treat.
Another cheers to my new beer neighbor Belgianbum.

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Photo of Gusler
4.3/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a splendiferous ruby red; the head prodigious in size and a winsome light tan in color as it slowly erodes, the lace forms a nice thin sheet. The nose is spicy and malt sweet, even a tad musky. Front is ambrosial, the top light, the finish is parchingly dry, temperately acidic, docilely hopped, and a quite good beer and well worth the sample.

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Photo of swoopdog
4.25/5  rDev +28%

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 thierrynantes
4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Belle mousse onctueuse qui coiffe une robe rousse. Pétillement soutenu.
Smell : Nez léger de caramel, subtilement boisé.
Taste and mouthfeel : Rondeur moyenne, elle nous offre une richesse de saveurs qui dansent sur des notes aigres-douces s'éteingant lentement dans la gorge.
Drinkability : une bonne bière de style saison

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Photo of LeahM
4.17/5  rDev +25.6%
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 GCBrewingCo
4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived on the table clear medium amber with a white frothy head which lasted very well to lace the glass.

The aroma was slightly fruity with some slight farmhouse character and earthiness from hops and yeast. The earthiness and farmhouse characteristics increased as the beer warmed.

The flavor contained some of the same hop and yeast earthiness with a quite decent level of bittering, but only to a moderate level. Their was also some spiciness present form the yeast.

The finish was dry with lasting pleasant earthy bittering long into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a very creamy carbonation. Everytime I have tried a bottle of this beer it has really been awful and riddled with diacetyl. This was a great change of pace!

Pint at Summits in Cumming, GA. Kinda odd seeing a Saison served in a Redhook glass.

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Photo of Paddez
4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy; dark-orange/amber coloured brew with a huge but slightly messy head.

Smell: Honey; malts, butter and caramel-candy.

Taste: Really sweet. There's malts and spices but somehow it tastes a lot like a scotch ale in some aspects with it's flavours of caramels, butter and fruit yoghurt. finishes slightly dry.
It's weird, but I thought it was very tasty.

Mouthfeel & Drinkabillity: This one's creamy and smooth. The carbonation is gentle and the beer was very drinkable for me. I finished my 25cl in about 3 minutes. Too bad I only had one bottle.

Conclusion: Not a classic saison really, and probably too sweet. Still, I liked it a lot. Eat me.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.13/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the Saison de Silly glass, poured a dark opaque amber brown with a massive, heavy cream-colored head. The glass is fairly small, necessitating the foam nose dip.

Nose held an intense fresh strawberry jam of esters, which fluidly carried over into the taste. Fairly thin and sweet in the mouth, with the belgian candy sugar being a big taste factor. Taste carries over to an extra layer of rich drying bitterness in the aftertaste, which made this beer very much drinkable for me. Pretty unique for the style and complex enough to appreciate.

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Photo of OatherS
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle with a simple tan label with a tapped old fashion keg with a farmer with a scythe and a beer in hand on the keg.

Appearance: Very dark for a saison (at least the other Saison's I have had). Brown to amber in color. Dark, but still slightly transluscent.

Smell: Sweet, caramely odor.

Taste: Pretty tasty. Not like the other saison's I have tasted so I should perhaps give it lower than a four, but it is mighty tasty. Chocolate hints which is strange.

Mouthfeel: Normal mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I wish I had another of these to drink.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork and Caged 0.75 litre green bottle poured into four tulip glasses in one go.

Deep red/brown/mahogany body with a good off-white head on all four glasses.

The smell was fairly sweet, toffee and toasted malts simular to oven fresh biscuits.

The sweetness carried on into the taste with the toffee coming out on top, the malts appearing more in the aftertaste.

The best beer of the evening during a 'Big Belgian Bottle Night'.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, excited to see this brew at Hi-Times as I love the Scotch Silly, poured into a St. Bernardus chalice,

A: Pours mahogany with a soft white head, good retention and nice lace.

S: Oak/darkwood, toffee and a hint of balsamic vinegar. Like an Oud Bruin would smell if it wasn't sour.

T: Has some sweet molasses and cookie flavours immediately. Nice little hop character, good complexity with a lot of dark fruit especially prune.

M: To be honest a tad thin, but easy to drink and creamy as well. At 5%, I really didn't mind the lighter body.

D: This is a really nice lighter saison. Not hugely alcoholic and therefore more traditional I would say. This is why I love saison, you never know what to expect when you open a bottle, it appeals to the adventurer and explorer in me.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.07/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draft at the BJ's August 2004 Saison tasting.

Dark brown with orange highlights and tiny white belgish head that sticks hard to the side of the glass.

Aroma is softly earthy and musty with large doses of caramel and cherries.

Flavor is soft malty with cherries and a sweetness that's cut by a long acide bite, but still retaining a caramel and brown sugar graininess to the final equation.

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Photo of silenius
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy chestnut brown with a massive rocky off white/sandy head. The head causes lacing as it dissapates somewhat after a few minutes. A very handsome beer.

The aroma is dark, pressed apple cider. Fresh cut apples comes into play as the beer warms up. Not quite as herbal or funky as I would expect a saison to be.

Taste is all about cooked, unsweeted apples with a hint of cinnamon. This would probably complement an apple cobbler or apple crisp very nicely. Cider lovers take note. Reminds me of fall, actually.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation is nice.

Very drinkable. I'll try this again sometime.

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Photo of thekanna
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown, DC.

A: Pours a clear orange-yellow with a little white head.

S: Some sweet malts and a suggestion of citrusy hops.

T/M: Modestly sweet and bland at first, with a subdued juiciness. Finishes off with a nice fruit hop flavor that's not imposing at all; this was not reminiscent of the style.

D: Makes for a solid American pale ale, but this did not remind me of a Saison at all.

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Photo of admiral
3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
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 ccrida
3.92/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Silly is a classic sustenance 'style' Saison - rich, sweet and malty, with a rustic yeast finish, unfiltered but highly attenuated (granted, at ~85%, its on the lower end of Saisons).

App: Brilliant amber with very slight haze and thick, rocky whitish head. Well carbonated with very small bubbles. Served on draft in the Silly Saison tulip glass. Very impressive appearance, which turns out to be the Silly's best attribute.

Aroma: light and fruity with fresh bread, with no noticeable hops

Taste: Rich and full bodied in spite of attenuation and lower ABV, dominated by sweet toasted malt with caramel, prunes and toffee, resulting in a slightly syrupy mouthfeel offset by the carnation, and to a lesser degree the bitterness. Fruity sweetness and tart apple esters, slight acidity, subdued oak and Brett. Highly complex, with a balance of sourness from the blending of old and young beers. Farmhouse pedigree is readily apparent in the doughy yeastiness, slight tang, and acridness, perhaps from the phenols of 6-row/Winter barley? Regardless, the spiciness appears to come from the yeast, water and general terroir more so then any particular adjuncts. The bite from the hard water works well with vinous and earthy finish, although the iron taste is certainly present. There were no noticeable finishing or aroma hops.

All and all, the Silly is a well done and interesting interpretation of a classic Saison, but with a bit too much body to be much of a session beer.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper color, not what I expected. A massive head forms and slowly recedes.

Aromas of peaches, apricots and light black pepper emerge.

Taste is much more malt-forward than other saisons I have had. Begins with smooth, balanced maltiness and a hint of caramel that moves towards a light fruitiness with hints of minerals. The finish is effervescent and contains light caramels, apples, tartness and some white wine character.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall this beer is not what I expected, it's unlike any saison I have had. Though it threw me for a loop it is still a good beer that is quite drinkable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've come to love Saisons. The combination of sour and sweet, richness and spritzy, and its pedestrian roots mean that it will never put on any airs.

This starts off with a decent and lasting head that generates ample lace. The beer is a cloudy yellow.

The smell is sweet, but the flavor is a complex blend of spices, golden malt and light hop. The body is lighter than most Saisons. So, I describe this beer as more refreshing and less heavy than some.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.84/5  rDev +15.7%
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 Andrewharemza
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
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 vancurly
3.82/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to see some new lines in the Belgian Beer Cafes in Sydney.
The waitress poured it very head to speak of, so hard to judge that. The colour of the beer is a hazy, mahogany depth, leading to edges of pale orange.
Aromas and Flavours very similar, but for the tartness on the palate. Strong berry/blackcurrant fruitiness, with a dark malt sweetness offsetting the sourness. Hints of allspace, ginger powder, hazelnuts and pine boxes. A component that I best describe as "wine cork" (not corked wine) must be that combination of oak and fruit. Very appealing.
Has a nice blend of sweet, sour, and bitter.
Reminds me somewhat of Rodenbach.

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Photo of malty
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear russet orange with a fluffy 1" light beige head. Smattering lacework.

Estery tart nose with sweetness reminiscent of rummy figs. Quite a nice depth in the sweetness.

Flavors start off sweet, powdered sugar come to mind. A mild spice hides inconspicuously behind the prevalently sweet liquid. It's funny, I can't really make out this 'powdered sugar' sweetness and this 'spice' is merely a feeling at the back of my tongue, no flavor components make themselves apparent. The flavors are there and gone in an instant. A very minute tart component is revealed toward the end.

Mouthfeel is playful due to the ultra-fine carbonation that keeps this medium body dancing on the tongue. Quick sweet finish.

Drinkability is quite good if you're not looking to study or ponder this ale. It's very one-dimensional and non-intrusive.

Overall a very nice sweet ale with that telltale artesian (Belgian) flavor. Not much else to say about this ale, really.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting saison, because it is blended gives a deep amber color, with a off white head that quickly goes away. It is a bit thicker than a standard saison, but also gives a little sourness in the finish. A different twist to a saison but overall worth a try for something different.

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Saison De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 209 ratings