Brewed by Brasserie de Silly
Style: Saison
Silly, Belgium
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Saison style top fermentation old brown beer. Its taste is remarkable, light and favourably combined to offer a tone that is both modestly sweetened and fruity, leaving the mouth with a refreshing feel as is constantly asked of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sharkydodson (204) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - FEB 2, 2014
caramel and fruity aroma...taste of caramel malt, dark fruits and some spices with shades of banana in dry aftertaste... good beer, but it doesn’t smell like real saison...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thatgumyoulike (32) - Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2014
An odd one. Looks great, a deep red with a nice, thick head. Smells like a bland lager. Taste is completely unique. Very dry, very sharp, my first sip felt like drinking paper. The more you drink, the more you get used to it but it really is a strange beer. There’s a slight fruity hint in there but not enough to make it truly drinkable. Hard to rate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tobiasoe (55) - NORWAY - JAN 20, 2014
Decent thick beige head over dark (surprisingly) golden clear beer . Fruity (surprisingly) nose offering banana and vanilla. Spritzy fresh and dry on the palate, a little rough, medium minus bodied, medium plus hopped, still a little hollow on the midpalate. Tastes hold at medium minus intensity, some dried fruit, barnyard tastes and bread. OK balance, and it improves with time, still not all that I hope for in this style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2014
2010 bottle drunk on 1/19/14
Uh oh, didnt look when buying it, but the bottle is a 2010. Guess this didn’t exactly fly off the shelves...Any respectable Belgian bottle should be fine after three years, but consider me a little worried about Silly. Anyways, here goes....
Deep amber with dark oak tints. Off-white head is gigantic and well-retained. Clear, with fine carbonation rising and sediment left behind.
Initially metallic and vegetal, with powdery sugar notes and lots of vinousness (prunes, raisins). Special b malts and maybe just a touch of hop spiciness (not that I would expect any after three years). Medium strength of aroma. With some breathing and warming, the off-notes have mostly vanished, but what’s left behind is just more of the (moderately) sweet maltiness and finally some banana esters.
Sweet (very) cookie dough, raisins soaked in brandy, vanilla and light vegetal notes open up the flavor. No hop flavor or bitterness, but just a light acetic character (from the malt or yeast?). More celery and rhubarb on the end. Powdered sugar, underattenuated malts. Did they put dark candi sugar in this??? Geeze. I dont know what happened here. It’s not even showing oxidation, it just seems pretty poorly made/bottled. Way too many artificial flavors going on and much too sweet. Not sure what they think of when they imagine a saison, but I certainly don’t think of this. Torn between pouring this one down the drain. I mean it’s not horribly offensive, but there’s just very little to enjoy here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mothroy (80) - - JAN 18, 2014
Small 25cl. bottle at home. Rich brown ale. Very malty and toasty with a balanced bitter hoppiness. Not as assertive as some Saison styles. A little sourness is present throughout.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ThirstyBird (1564) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2013
Pours a clear deep amber color with a tan head. The smell is caramel, spice, fruit. Taste is caramel, fruit, some spice, quite sweet with a dry ending. Medium body with average carbonation. A sweet sticky mess of a saison.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StuffWine (128) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2013
Pourd red-tinged clear brown with creamy off white head, remnants remaining well. Aroma sweet funky and fresh, light honey, touch of pine resin, enticing but low intensity. Flavour long and sweet brown sugar but lifted by saison sourness. Light bodied on liquid but brought heavier by soft and thick carbonation, long dry sour finish. Great for a standalone refresher on a hot day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moravius (479) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2013
Flasche (25 cl). - Rotbraun wie Assamtee. Kräftiges Röstmalz, Karamel, dazu herausstechende Noten von Apfel u.a. herber Frucht, herb-frische Hopfenfruchtigkeit, leicht säuerlich. Nachtrunk ordentlich bitter mit erdigem Hopfen. - Sehr schönes, obwohl untypisches Saison. Bittere, Röstmalz und Frucht in nicht ganz spannungsloser Eintracht.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CanIHave4Beers (3260) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle from John’s Grocery shelf, so it’s a shelf beer.

The beer it’s self pours a deep brown color with a decent head and good lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet & malty, s’got some metallic character... perhaps some black pepper... real odd.

The flavor is sweet, and spicy, and tart... it’s got that odd unfermented candi sugar flavor that you get from some of the darker colored faros. It’s got some sherry character, that I would normally count as a strike against a beer, but it just sort of works with everything else here.

Such a strange interpretation of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cousin_Larry (327) - - NOV 1, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 Now I see why this style isn’t popular. Has a brown sugar quality but it’s not good. Really a disappointment.

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