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Sly Fox Grisette Working Class Ale

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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Grisette is a Belgian style ale which was originally brewed in the Hainaut province to be the beer of the miners in the area, just as Saison was the beer of the farmers. It was lighter than Saison and frequently contained wheat as well as barley malt (as does the Sly Fox version). The name is derived from the French word for "gray," referring to both the drab factory frocks worn by the young women (the grisettes) who doled out pints as the men exited from the mines, and also the color of the cobblestone rock being mined.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GenDV138 (1620) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2014
4 oz draft pour at ChurchKey. Hazy yellow with off-white head. Aromas of lemons, floral and grassy notes. Tastes of lemon, floral and grassy notes, subtle tartness. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Decent attempt but doesn’t really stand out for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (12975) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Draft at Churchkey. Cloudy yellow color, white edge head. Aroma of herbal, dusty haystacks. Taste is herbal, spiced, peppery, earthy. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
McGarnigle (563) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Six cans. Given the associations we have about Belgian beer here in the States, it seems strange to see it labeled as working class. Apparently, the style does have proletarian roots. Light straw color, spicy aroma, flimsy white head, but it leaves good lacing. Fairly standard Belgian blonde, with good amount of spicy flavor. Could pass for a saison, given the looseness of that style. No funk.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4591) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2014
This poured a hazy yellow color with a white head. Aroma was earthy, cracked wheat, lemon Peel and.vanilla sweetness. Flavor was very well balanced, light tartness, wheat grain, some.marshmellow and yeast. Tasty stuff.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Jay_Dubbz (88) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Poured from 12oz can. Not a bad beer, but not necessarily a good one either. Nothin remarkable in terms of flavor or appeal. Could be looked at a a nice option to the corporate light beers i suppose. --you've been Dubbed.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerScout49 (23) - - OCT 10, 2014
OMG delicious! Both my spouse and I loved it and can't wait to get more. Great balanced example of a Belgian wit.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
60minuteman (830) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2014
A hazy but not quite opaque light piss yellow pour with moderate white lacing. Aroma is malt, hop, citrus, wheat. Taste is the same. Good flavor which isn’t too sweet; well balanced. Spice kicks in as well as it gets malty on the finish. Sticky on the back end. Sessionable beyond belief.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1341) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2014
When I think of a hazy thirst quencher, this one is that should set the standard. It isn’t heavy or over the top - just full flavored and delicious. I like it.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1334) - Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Appearance: very light gold, a little hazy, with a huge, fluffy, meringue of bright white head that lasts forever. Aroma: sweet and crackery, with notes of champagne, citrus zest, graham cracker, cracked black pepper. Taste: yeasty, with graham crackery sweetness, light clove, marmalade and light honey, with just a hint of funk. Finish: a bit of champagne dryness, with just a hint of astringency under a lingering, lightly spiced sweetness. Notes: Wouldn’t have thought this was a saison, as it lacked much of the traditional horseblanket funk. It did seem like an outstanding Belgian style ale. There was a nice bit of sweetness, but the light, zesty and dry palate, as well as the spicy yeast, kept things very drinkable and refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8700) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Keg at World of Beer Charlottesville. Pours a hazy lemon with a thin white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of pale malt, citrus, bready malt. The taste is pale malt, yeast, citrus. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.


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