Silly Sour | Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Brasserie de Silly S.A.

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Silly Sour is a unique brew that blends 13% of traditional dark Saison with 87% of soured ale. The delicate malt notes from the Saison manage to break through the striking green apple sourness upfront and than give a way to a finishing jolt of lactic sourness! At an approachable 5.5% Alc. by Vol. this chestnut colored brew adds a new page in the history of Saison brewing.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a little Cantillon glass.

Pours a pretty dark, cloudy, ruby. No head, not much carbonation. Smell is very fruity and slightly tart. Smells like cherries.

Taste is cherry, but not sweet, and not tart. More mellow. Sweeter, and it would taste like cherry soda. Sourer, and it could be really nice. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly dry. Overall, not bad, but certainly not special. I won't buy another.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Glarus flute. Amber color. Smell is almost vegetale. Taste is apples and malts. Feel is full bodied. Good carbonation. Overall, an average brew.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L: Thin dark beige head that dissipated into a ring around the glass right away. Dark, chocolatey brown liquid.
S: A heavier scent, kind of toasted malt with a little bit of funk.
T: Raisins, lots of raisins. Not getting any sour, just a somewhat syrupy sweetness.
F: Tasted kind of syrupy but didn't have a thick mouth feel.
O: Really disappointing, this did not seem like a sour at all.

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Photo of russpowell
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent caramel/amber with a sliver of beige head.Faint lacing & no head retention

S: Apple peels, pears, leafy hops, some vinegar notes, all fade once warm

T: Follows the nose, some apple juice. A little raspberry vinegar, plus sweet apple juice, not much sourness, some cherry juice as well as this warms. Finishes with apple juice & leafy hops, a whisper of sourness

MF: Light body, semi-firm carbonation

Drinks alright, this did not live up to expectations, not impressed at all, became more disjointed as it warmed

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Tart, Tannin, Apple

Deep brown hue, sticky head. Deep aromas of melon rind, lemon zest, walnuts, toasted bread, and faint phenols. Modest-sized body, smooth, mild tartness. Apple skin, nutty grain, lemon pith, very light hopping and heavy tannin show a wide range of flavors. Long, bone-dry finish. We get that this is a sour, but while the blending works, the mild astringent character in the end can be a bit much. A worthy sip to change things up.

STYLE: Saison | ABV: 5.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Awesome looking beer. Clear amber with a great head of foam and lacing.

A fruity tartness mixed with a typical Saison nose here.

Tastes just like it smells. Lightish fruity tartness complimenting a classic like flavour of a well brewed Saison. Easy to drink cuz it tastes good and the abv is easy to handle. I like.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Belgian tulip glass

A: Dark amber with a white head with lots of tiny bubbles, lots of lacing, the head and body create an interesting contrast, I don't see any carbonation coming off the bottom.

A: The aroma reminds me of a Rochefort beer, it has a nice Belgian candy yeast aroma up front, caramel, no alcohol on the nose, smells different than other saisons I've tried, which isn't many.

T: Right up front, get a really nice Belgian sweet caramel yeast flavor, quickly flows into a green apple sour flavor, not a very sour flavor, slight, tastes good, there is a slight medicinal bitterness as the beer warms, pretty complex beer.

M: Slight medium mouthfeel with a dry finish, lots of carbonation.

O: Impressive, a little different than other sours I have had, this is not as tart sour forward, kind of mellow, the saison characteristics come through, there is a nice Belgian yeast aroma and flavor that is also present. It reminds of a Rochefort aroma and flavor but not as intense. Very good, worth a try if you like sour beers. There's a nice complexity that makes me want to revisit this beer.

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Photo of cujocon
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Silly Sour Ale Brasserie de silly
5.5% ABV
11.2 oz brown beer bottle $4.45 at State St Northampton MA
Appearance:dark caramel, almost root beer color, very thin head dissipates quickly to tiny lacing, carbonating bubbles
Smell:green grapes, fruit candy, very sweet smelling
Flavor: very mild tartness, sweet fruit (fresh not dried), red grapefruit, just a hint of hops
Overall: 4/5 Fantastic fruity soda flavor without cloying sweetness, near to no aftertaste, finish is very dry.
If it wasn't $4.45/bottle I could drink 6 of these in a row. Just really enjoyable.

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Photo of ronricorossi
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweetness counteracts the sour quite a bit. So, if you're new to sours, this might be a good one to start with, as it's not as difficult a taste to acquire as some others.

Is it just me, or is there a noticeable flavor of red kool-aid? Tell me I'm wrong.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Chestnut brown with flashes of red in color; translucent. Pours with a small white head (less than 1 finger) that dissipates immediately leaving scant traces of foam on the surface of the beer. Looks like a typical high volume commercial dark beer; good but nothing special.

Smell: Sweet, scent of grains, slight funky/sour aroma.

Taste: Sweet and sour taste, a bit of grain. I found it unique and like it. Very good.

Fell: A little syrupy; thin to medium in body; low carbonation.

Overall: Very good. I found this refreshing, with unique flavor and would gladly drink this again. I liked that this comes in a small bottle.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smells and tastes kind of like sparkling grape juice. Just a little bit sour. Only slightly sweet.....................................................

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 11.2-oz. bottle
Glass: Westvleteren XII glass
From: Albertson’s in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Sept. 30, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 1, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark auburn, mahogany color with one finger of khaki, gray head, which dissipated fairly quickly. Light spots of sporadic lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled sour fruits up front in sour apple, plum, kiwi, grapes, faint cherry and raspberry. Altogether not as potent as I anticipated. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted similar to the nose, although I was hoping for something better. Got sour apple, sour plum, raspberry, black cherry, caramel and purple grape juice. (Taste - 3.50)

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Somewhat bitter, but mostly long astringent finish. (Feel - 3.75)

I was expecting a bit more, but this was decent nonetheless. Especially for the price. I guess I’d have it again. (Overall - 3.75)

3.61 | 82 | B

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Photo of TruePerception
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brasserie de Silly's Silly Sour. 5.5% ABV.

A: Red/Deep Orange. Hazy grey-yellow in the dimple. Very noticeable sheeting, and just the tiniest bit of lacing, but it does hold.

S: More of a barnyard aroma. Tartness is kind of a hybrid of citrus, melon, and stone fruit. Hay, earthy.

T/MF: Now that is interesting. It's got quite a bit of tree sap-like caramels, with a sour edge and just a touch of dried grass bitterness. Apple core/stem. Earthy, grassy, barnyard. A bitter-ish raisin pulp flavor. Quite different from other sours I've had. The tartness is more in the vein of green apple peels. Flavors create a deceptive sucrosity-like effect. It comes across as sweet in flavor, but in actuality seems to be quite dry. Raisin-y along the roof of the mouth. Very nicely complex.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.97/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

13% dark saison and 87% soured ale makes the sum of Silly Sour. From a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

On the darker side, as this beer has a toasted orange color which nearly crosses into brown. On top rests a frothy head which retains well per style, as does the webbed lacing. The aroma is vaguely sour. A kiss of strawberry, tannins, vague dry grain. But overall the aroma doesn't hit you with much intensity.

I'm confused. I know that it's supposed to be sour (it's called Silly Sour for a reason), but the way it is achieved is less than optimal. The fist bit tastes fine with a light kiss of toasted malt with a dose of vague sourness. The overall taste intensifies , becoming more sour, though that comes with a dull bitterness which is off-putting to me. Slightly toasted and sour throughout, and comes the spiced dryness of the saison aspect. But the liquid itself feels pleasing in the mouth, being a medium bodied, somewhat creamy brew.

Mediocre beer to come out of Silly. It might be useful if I'm on a sour binge, otherwise I'll skip past this.

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Photo of bodonnell
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Clean clear chestnut color. One of the few beers where the sourness grows as you drink it. Very similar sourness to green apple. Carmel hints in the aroma. No saison-ness in my opinion.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was served on tap at Monk Beer Abbey in Royal Oak, Michigan. It arrived in a generously sized house snifter showing a deep brown and maroon coloring blend. It held a one finger head of rust colored bubbles, showing nice retention, and easy reproducibility. No haze or sediment was appreciated, and carbonation appeared to be mild. The nose was nicely soured, as expected, with tart sourdough breadiness, red wine vinegar, and raspberry tartness. Otherwise the aromatics to hit were those of big yeasty metallics, cold brew coffee beans, plastic wrap celery, tin, sandpaper, lemon rind, and a warming amber graininess. The flavoring offered notes of sweaty plastics, soured Belgian yeastiness, amber and raw pale malt grit, musk and basement cobwebs, green apple acetaldehyde, lemon zest and rindy oils, black pepper, tar, synthetic orange cleaner, and the fatty oiliness of olives. Each sip gave decent slurp and smack to the beer’s medium body, while its higher carbonation minimized creaminess and left the palate to be tickled. The mouth was left dried with tight astringency. The abv was appropriate, and this one drank back as more of a sipper.

Overall, we’ve been psyched to try Monk for quite some time now. They are under the same ownership as Bastone, and literally connected to the building, but this is a great beer to illustrate what they’re all about. This beer was cooling and tart, but simultaneously refreshing and zesty, knocking your taste buds from here to there without so much as a warning. The sourness here seemed to stem equally from the yeast and from the dank, fermented fruity inclusions. The smell was actually our least favorite thing about this one, with little unity, but once you actually cracked into it, it drank like a nice Flanders red, with fruity cranberry and strawberry pucker over a light and sweet malt base. It didn’t come anywhere close to the likes of Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge or the Duchesse, but the principle comparison is there. Silly Sour seems to have been a little loose around the edges, but it sure did hit that after-dinner spot for a warm summer’s eve.

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Photo of utfiero
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- chestnut brown. Full head.

Aroma- apple and cherry pie.

Taste- starts dry and sour then turns grainy in mid-body, finishing sour apple with a bitter orange marmalade and tea leaf aftertaste.

Poured from 330 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Purchased from Whole Foods in Austin. Tasted July 2014.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a saison? Really? Seems totally Flemish to me.

Pours dark and clear. Minimal head. Mild sour tones on top of a fairly heavy cherry character. Mild vinegar edges. Totally Flemish style. And I like it. Kind of an easy going funky beer. Probably would be a good beginner's sour.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Belgian tulip from a 11.5 ounce bottle.

The pour produces a light, fluffy and airy head with plentiful carbonation bubbles and a pale-white color. The body is reminiscent of a plum in color, dark amber, brown and purple-hued. It's on the darker side but there is clarity visible at the edges of the glass where the color lightens.

Interesting smell found here, as it reminds me much more of a dubbel with that pungent malty flavor that smells a bit dated. There's some slight dark fruit aroma but nothing that makes a great impression.

The taste reminds me a bit of a dubbel as well, as it's heavy on that pungent malt flavor and has a dark fruit note and creamy vanilla and caramel. However, there's a tart cherry flavor that pierces the tongue and gives this a bit more of the flavor one would expect from a sour. Wine-like flavors seem to appear with the yeasty feel that lingers on the tongue.

Feel starts off nice and tart, but then there's a bit of yeast and malt overkill that really take away from the nice mellow tartness and make this beer, again, feel like a dubbel. There is a bit of a vinous feel too, but that too contends with the heavy-handed yeast.

Hell, for $4 this is a damn cheap sour and it really tastes the price. Not bad, but certainly nothing remarkable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark fruit (cherries, raisins), vinegar, tart apples, caramel, and some earthiness. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some red grapes, and bready malt noticeable too. Nice mix of sweet and tart flavors. I wouldn't call this sour, but there's enough tartness to make it interesting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy with low/moderate carbonation. I liked this, worth a try if you've never had it before. $3.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz(what happens to the .8 I wonder) bottle from CM poured into a tulip.

A - Brown, semi transparent, with black overtones. Pours with little head and a thin lace.

S -Vinegar, apple cider, lemons.

T- Yowsa. Like drinking Apple Head candies. Or Sweetarts. You also get some mild yeast and malt notes and a somewhat bready (and sour, of course) finish.

M - The mouthfeel is interesting. There is a very tart, dry, prickly finish. Heft is medium.

O - Second sour of the day (sandwiched around a Ruination), so my palate has been tested today. Also happened to my second sour (that I recall) ever, so still adjusting to this (very) different style. I enjoyed this one, similar to Monk's Flemish, but this one seemed to have more in your face tartness-wise. Silly indeed.

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Photo of illpass78
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2-ounce bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark, clear ruby brown with a third-inch white head that disappears fairly quickly. Lacing moderate.

Aroma: There's a lot here. Cherries, sour apples, malt, toast, biscuit, raisins, dark fruits and spices are all present.

Taste: Taste follows the nose. It's really delicious. Malt and dark fruit are the most forward. Deliciously tart.

Mouthfeel: Excellent depth. A very well balanced and smooth beer.

Overall: Artfully executed. The Cezanne of saison.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a hue reminiscent of a Flanders with a clean mahogany and the coursing of bubbles through its body. The head was thin yet stayed creamy as it collared.

The aroma is subdued with light balsamic character. A bit malty with some grain, maybe barley, the aroma is pleasant but not complex.

The sour is less sour in many of the same styles but the feel is full and clean. I taste a vinegar, wine, cola nut, grain and almost toasty quality.

The feel is dry, thin yet full, strangely enough, with a real ease.

This is a well conceived sour that maybe hasn't found its full maturity. Either way it's recommended for a try.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The peppery-dry, toasty-dark and tantalizing fruit character of saison is pushed and prodded along with a cidery and sour prop. The blend is both sweet and sour.

Its semi-spritzy pour shows a reluctance to dissolve its froth of a head as the foam struggles to retain any more than a minute or two. Its wine-like demeanor late is reddish brown with a tawny bronze haze, particularly around its edges.

Tangy and sweet in its scent, its acidity plays out like hard cherry candy. Complementing toast, nutty and grain give the fruity center a wrap of savory malt and robust toastedness. A vinous merlot-like scent rises as the fist sip ensues.

And just like the nose, the flavor kicks off with that hard candy-type sweetness, laced with cherry, berry and grape. Cola-like in its sweetness, the thin malt flavor is honey-thin and lightly of toasted caramel. As nutty brittle emerges, its middle is tempered by the wine-like tartness and peppery finish.

Medium bodied, the sour ale is kept from absolute dryness by its residual sweetness that's slow to fade. Somewhat thin across the middle, the ale's spicy finish concludes with a smoothly toasted and nutty-sweet sourness. Mild alcohol and wood tannin remain and give the ale a semi-flinty aftertaste.

Silly Sour is more of a sweet and sour beer with peppery and nutty aspirations. Outside of a pairing with pad thai, the beer might have a lackluster demeanor either as a saison or a proper sour. As is, it has a fairly ordinary Flanders Red profile.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grape juice, and grape jelly aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grape juice and grape candy flavors on the finish. There is a 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 a pretty good beer with a mild tartness and fruity profile that make this one easy to drink, but nothing too extreme for a sour.

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