Silly Sour | Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Brasserie de Silly S.A.

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

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.

Added by OWSLEY069 on 07-10-2013

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Reviews by Apellonious:
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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 tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of barhoc11
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of otoolman221
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Torey
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle into Belgian snifter; no bottle dating.

Pours a deep ruby-brown color with a thin light brown head that quickly settles to a durable partial coat.

Aroma: sour fruits including cherry and green apple; hints of wet wood, wet hay, and wet leather. Better aroma than this sounds, with good complexity.

Flavor: sour fruit, including cherries, grapes and green apples. Moderately sour. ,Finishes with lingering notes of tart fruits, red wine, and raisins.

Feel: Medium body and near medium carbonation; fairly smooth.

Overall: a refreshing and unchalleging sour red ale with good complexity.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
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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3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Good name for a brewery to release a purportedly over the top sour brew.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly tan head, which leaves some streaky descending organic alien mothership lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of overripe red apples, cherries, and plums, with a weak bready and doughy caramel malt, and perhaps a suggestion of musty yeastiness. The taste is somewhat tart mixed apples, more semi-sweet blended dark orchard fruitiness, a bit of nutty and grainy caramel malt, tannic black tea, and subtle earthy yeasty notes.

The carbonation is quite tame in its near-AWOL frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with just a wee tartness trying oh so vainly to make its pejorative mark here. It finishes off-dry, the big (and duly moderated) fruity character the order of the lingering day.

Overall, this is certainly a well-made beer (but not really a Saison), with perhaps an unfortunate moniker - the place name does not exactly translate to the descriptive term, despite their best intentions. I'm guessing that our North American palates have been dulled to all things sour in beer (see the recent BA article on the Shelton Brothers for more insight), and this little guy is a sort of casualty of the fallout.

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Photo of KingEdward
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Roguer
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown hue, fairly clear, modest quickly fading head.

Sweet Belgian aroma: candi sugar and yeast, dark fruit.

Pleasantly tart and sour on the palate, but still fruity, yeasty, and quite musty. Quite a unique brew.

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Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of callmeopus
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stumbling Monk, Seattle, WA. Served in mini-goblet for $6.00!

Smells like freshly brewed beer, maybe a little green.
Red to light brown in color.
Very tart and lightly fruity start, an apple cider vinegar sour starts just behind the tip of the tongue, then lingers and tingles towards the middle and roof of the mouth. It finally finishes (after what seems like minutes) with a spicy pepper bitterness. Makes it an easy drinker... you are reaching for the glass as soon as you put it down.

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Photo of russpowell
2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
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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Silly Sour from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
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