Saison VOS - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 15
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-07-2006

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Photo of Crosling
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL. First impression is, this is criminally underated. This is without question, one of the best Saison examples to come out of America. Most similar to the straight Saison Dupont, probably using the same yeast. It's a bit sweeter and not as dry as Dupont, a bit less hoppy as well. On the palate, there are some lovely fruit flavors, most notably pear and banana. This is a great saison, clearly the brewer is passionate about the style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Sly Fox brew showing up around the Buffalo area,poured into an oversized wine glass a slight hazed peach-like color with a huge blooming,sticky white head that takes quite awhile to settle.Funky aromas really hit ya at first somewhat like hay with wet blanket oddness with undertones of phenolic yeastiness and medicinal hop a light lemony note comes thru as well.The flavors grew on be after a bit and became quite refreshing quite phenolic in its spicey,cloviness with a noticable medicinal hop character with some mineral and a touch of toasted grain in the finish.Its complex for sure maybe a bit to much going on for me and Iam not a big fan of Belgian yeastiness but this a brew is to be respected and its quite refeshing as well.

Photo of steelerguy
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden, slight have, amazing carbonation, tall white head.

S - Fruit esters, ripe pear, some spicy hop aroma.

T - Really pick up some sweet, ripe pear here. Immediately followed by a tart sensation intensified by the high carbonation. Nice spicy hop flavor.

M - Crisp, dry, refreshing feeling. The hops and lightness of the beer make it very refreshing, especially for a 6.9% ABV.

D - A beer this refreshing is extremely drinkable. Perfect beer for a hot day or summer BBQ.

Photo of elinash
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one at Ommegang Belgian fest '07 for the first time and found it today at my local Key Foods.

Appearance is stellar. Beautiful straw color with a frothy, rocky head. Mounds of white peaks. Rivals Duvel.

Aroma reveals fresh cut grass and weeds, honeysuckle and lemongrass with a sweet backbone.

Taste is sweeter malts up front with dry hops finishing.

Soft and creamy in mouthfeel. Tight carbonation.

Really exceptional beer with exceptional drinkablilty. Great for summer as it should be.

Photo of Billolick
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large Belgian bottle caged and corked. Awesome, Duvel like head, explosive initially, then settling down to a thick frothy meringue, then a thick, thick film. World class so far. Tons of crazy, thick lacing. Light, yellowy, cloudy, yeasty looking creation. Soft peppery nose, creamsicle, wheat, and yeast also picked up. This is a wonderfully, tasty, complex and yummy saison. More light pepper, spice, gin, Belgian funky, yeasties, yum yum, nicely done, I'll be looking to pick up more of this.$5.50 @ New beer in NYC

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery

Appearance: minimal head, clear, gold in color,

Smell: honey, light toasted malt, grass, and earth

Taste: follows the nose

Mouthfeel: is bitter but on the sweeter end for the style, light bodied with minimal carbonation, dry.

Drinkability: This one I find to be on the sweet side for the style, but still very good. I would have two or three of these. I do like the taste of the malts in this one.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle clearly states that it's brewed in bottled at the Royersford locations...picked this one up at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Appears a clouded golden honey nectar something along those lines and it forms an off white head thick mountainous fine bubbled carbonation leaves behind thick chunky patches of lacing clinging to my chalice quite the resilient head definitely sticks around for quite awhile. Aromatics contain tart apple notes along with funky "farmhouse" traits, some call it hay and horse blanket type smells...I guess I could see that. Soft mellow sweetness along with ample spicing of noticable clove and coriander among a touch of citrus and herbal grassy notes. Flavor has a prominent mix of citrus character with those tart apple phenols seems slightly acidic but not gut wrenching with a healthy dose of funky yeast characteristics. Coriander and clove hovers over the palate with the herbal grassy hop character making it's statement as well. Definitely a lip smacking beer that challenges the senses by bringing so many complex flavors together...comes out as quality as an artisinal loaf of bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with effervescent sturdy carbonation yet has a substantial texture that is very smooth on the palate, to me it seems pretty dead on for the style. Drinkability...what can be said this is a quality product Sly Fox continues to impress me, having sampled this earlier in the year at a fest in Philly, I'm greatful to reacquaint with this fine brew.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No date on cork, but this bottle has the Royersford address and 2005 is printed on the label. (Thanks to melbatoast93 for this gem!)

Tight bubbles and a crazy rocky head explode on the pour, atop a beautiful copper-shaded golden color. The head's shape and form could give Duvel a run for its money. Lots of sticky lace left on the glass.

Aroma is stinky yeast, tart fruits, delicate spices, all coming together and reminding of a tripel. Yum.

Again reminded of Duvel at the front of the sip, where pilsner malts were obviously used. Also has a generous kick from the yeast, an earthy sweetness, and a dry, crisp, citrusy finish that morphs into a spicy glow. Banana, clover, perfumey hops, green apple...so many sensations on the tongue, so much depth and character...this is amazing.

Feels light but boldly present in the mouth, matches the flavors perfectly.

As close to a fine Belgian saison as any US brewery is likely to get. Superb.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to trading all star, Lum.

Pours a nice golden straw color with a tiny orange tint. A stark white head erupts on the poor leaving a billowing head that lingers for some time leaving nice lacing.

Nose is pretty accurate, a good light fruit appley profile, white pepper, and some mellow barnyard funk.

Hmmm. An interesting one. Taste begins with some light fruits, apples, etc. The carbonation is just a bit on the high side for a saison, i mean saisons need some bubblage, but this one is a tad too much. The pepper flavor comes out through the middle before the minimal funk (dont mean this in a bad way) makes its presence known on the finish along with a very dry finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is solid, aside from the over carbonation. Viscosity is dead on, and the dryness is right where i like it in a saison, up front.

Drinkability is good, but not as high as the more premium saisons. The abv is hidden well, but this one has a tad too much of a sweet side, and the carbonation doesn't help either.

Overall an enjoyable saison and a great representation of the style, one of the better american examples. I would like a bit more funk in it, but im not complaining. If the carbonation could just be toned back a tiny bit, still high, just not his high, this saison would defenitely be a regular in my line up (providing i had access to it that didn't require USPS) A good brew and example of the style from Sly fox.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap...

A- Straw colored grainy yellow beer. Nice lacing! White frothy head, quickly dissipating.

S- Really grainy, wheaty, and earthy. This was a very natural smelling brew with a really minor hop detection in the nose.

T- Really sweet and sugary. Very nice blend of candy and sugar with a citric earthy and grassy undertone. This beer had a medicinal quality to it that rounded the brew out nicely.

M- Very light bodied. Some warming as it went down, overall pleasant.

D- A very fine beer here that is as drinkable as it gets for a saison. Nothing cloying, nothing too sweet. Excellent!

Photo of Beertracker
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sly Fox Saison VOS starts off with a big, bang and pours up very regal with a voluptuous white head that towers above the bright goldenrod-golden orange body. The head is like the Energizer Bunny and seems to go on forever! The aroma is lively with a zesty spiciness (cilantro, coriander, grains of paradise) and lots of lovely esters (apple, pear, peach). Soft graininess. Low Noble hop aroma. Very nice. The flavor starts of with some underlying pils malt sweetness that quickly cut by a moderate hop bitterness and yeast spiciness. Very fruity from a warm ferment with a nice compliment of acidity. Dry, zesty finish. Some alcohol warmth. This light-medium bodied Saison is surprisingly complex, yet straightforward. Very effervescent. This is probably one of the best domestic microbrewed Saisons that I've ever had! Here's to the Sly Fox.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of njmoons
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recently tried this on tap, and was really impressed. An outstanding Saison.

Apperance a light gold, which poured a nice head which has some staying power.

Smell was crisp and clean, with the Belgium Sasion yeast coming through strongly and subtle hints of malt, apples, maybe apricot.

Taste started with a light malt character heavily influenced by the yeast. Complex and subtle fruit flavors start to take over and the finishes very crisply. Over all and great taste start to finish.

Mouthfeel was a little lighter than expected but very nice, and for a Saison I found this very drinkable.

A winner in my opinion.

Photo of Kolsch
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Windber Hotel, Windber PA.

Appearance: Light yellow pilsnerish color. No head to speak of. A little disappointing.

Smell: upfront sweet fruit and malt.

Taste: Fruity with that funky barnhouse taste. Sweeter than I think it should be. Should have more carbonation though is still quite tasty.

Overall: could have another easily and if available on tap more frequently, would drink all the time.

Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a highly carbonated beer. Poured into an oversized wine glass. Pours a nice golden color (reminds me of a tripel). There is a strong spicey aroma with a follow up of malt. Has a solid mouthfeel from the high carbonation. Reminds me of a belgian wit: spicy/peppery notes. A touch overwhelming but not too much. Has a nice light body, easy drinking summer beer. Now I know why people drink this in the summer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle towards last fall and have had it in the fridge ever since. I decided to crack this one open tonight with dinner as it had been sitting long enough. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 04/01/2009.

The pour was nice with a rich amber colr and huge foaming head of off white. Lots of carbonation here that kept the head reformed throughout the session. Nice aroma of light spice, touch of peach and light pear and a nice rich grain mix. Nice and smooth with a mellow carbonation that kepy everything nice and tight. Light grains led th way here before breaking off into a nice light frit taste mid palate, with a touch of hops coming in toward the back of it to really give it that nice drying finish.

Overall a very solid very of the style. Nothing mind blwoing here, just solid all the way around.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml. Hazy gold color with a bit of sediment floating about. Pillowy white head holds together for quite some time. When it does shrink, there is a great amount of lace on the glass.

Slightly sour aroma, hints of spices and floral notes. Maybe a bit of white pepper in the back. Nothing too intense, byt enjoyable in the nose.

Nice tartness, with some spicy, peppery flavor. Well balanced. I suspect the hops are adding to the spicy character.

Nice full mouth, with a good amount of carbonation. Seems just a bit warming. Finishes fairly dry. Enjoyable.

Photo of Immortale25
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Label says 5/24/14.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before shrinking to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and light, bubbly surface foam. Slippery non-stick lacing.

S- Sweet wheat smell with plenty of saison yeast aroma. Notes of honey, coriander and a hint of rosemary. Very floral.

T- Flavor is somewhat neutral. A little wheat here, a touch of yeast there plus some very faint spice and a mild alcohol kick. Pretty average all the way around and not much to say.

M- Also a letdown. Medium-low carbonation is nowhere near where I like it to be for this style. Semi-watery feel.

O- I don't know if I just have too high of standards for saisons now that I've had some of the best (Avec Les Bons Voeux, Saison Rue, etc.) but this one just did not do it for me. This is only the second Sly Fox beer I've had, the other being Incubus and I remember enjoying it very much. Shame this wasn't as good.

Photo of errantnight
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for this one, beerloco.

Really, really enjoyed this one. Been on a bit of saison kick (and brett tinged Belgian Pales), and this is right there with Sofie and Signature Ale for beers that I loved.

Pours a hazy pale straw with fluffy white head, a few fingers of it, with nice retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma is bready, funky, tart and a bit spicy. Wet horseblanket backdrop to the lemon and fresh sourdough aromas really make this a great one to savor in the glass.

Almost as good on the palate. Lots of subtle nuances and touches, dry and not very hoppy (but pleasantly bitter on the finish, helped by a nice mineral carbonation touch), the malt takes a backdrop here to playful citrus and floral yeast notes playing against musty, earthy tones. My kind of saison.

Nice high carbonation provides both depth and texture without making the brew feel heavy.

Drank this on the same day as the Victory Saison and it was a great contrast. Both well carbonated saisons that are true to the American interpretation of thes tyle, but whereas Victory went for a yeasty, bready, slightly hoppy interpratation, here the flavors are musty, earthy, and tart. Ah the wonderful world of saisons.

Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I prefer Hennipin, but when that is not available, I'll go for this small wonder.

a: Pour golden straw with good carbonation sometime clear, sometime hazy. Huge fluffy white head (maybe the biggest and maybe not such a good thing).
s: wonderful Belgian fruity yeasts and some citrus.
t: Great fruity Belgian flavors (second best in US next to Hennipin IMHO). Citrus follows quick and finishes with peppery bitterness.
m: wonderful effervescence. Medium body goes down smooth and cheerful (yes, I said that).
d: high alcohol keeps this beast at bay, that and the 750ml I puchase keeps it down. Other than that I would drink this till I was stupid.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taking a crap shoot on which Sly Fox Saison Fox to review since there are two...from 11/23/2008 notes. Either way, 750 corked and caged into Duvel tulip...

Huge, frothy head with ample carbonation atop natural honey-colored body with effervescent carbonation.

Sparkling apple and pear scent with great yeast electricity - quite rustic but clean...a little pine.

More malt-forward than the average Saison...a little caramel and white grape and solid yeast electricity. Straight-forward but enjoyable.

Ultra-clean and even feel - great carbonation tingle. A little less fruity than expected. Finish is uniform and solid.

Bring it on! Glad I found this one at Premier in Buffalo. This reminds me a lot of Hennepin (edit: but more of a traditional Saison. Maybe not so much of a gateway to the style rather than a bridge). And that's not a bad thing at all. I enjoyed the hell out of this. Well-done.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly cloudy straw / golden yellow in color, thick white head.
S - light biscuit malts, a touch of funky yeast and mild spice.
T - follows the aroma but leaning towards the milds side of the style.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated and crips
D - just funky enough to stand out but not enough to crack my top saisons list.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewpub in Royersford. Poured into a tulip and my god what a gusher. About the amount of a double shot poured into a glass and the rest is all heading. A bit scary as I my first thought was an infection but no just waiting to get out and be drank. I should have let breath a bit. Anyway A nice hazy yellow body and a crazy amount of bubbling action going on.

Nice fruity aroma's with a beaautiful like syrup sweetness mixed with some grainy notes.

The aroma wasn't that overwhelming but the taste to this bad boy had me excited.Nice wheat malt taste with a tremendous mix of light fruits and candy sugar and finishes with a slight pepperiness.

Nice even steven medium body, with great carbonation.Slight bit of slick butteriness in the mouth but in no way thick and sappy.

Very easy to go down and a very tasty saison.This one had me by surprise.

Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... This is perhaps the best American Saison that I've ever sampled... loaded with flavor, style, and character... a truly excellent depiction of the style, really worthy of praise and recommended as an exceptional Saison... beautiful golden appearance with an immense frothy head that lingered for some time before dissipating... smell was on-point for the syle, loaded with citrus, florals, lemons, coriander, and sweet sugars... taste strongly complemented the aroma, with noticeable fresh fruit flavors that really hit home and were very appealing... sweet, vanilla candied taste is also apparent... I was really surprised at the freshness and overall quality of this brew... a winner from Sly Fox... if you enjoy this style, this sample is definitely recommended...

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle, best by 04/13/09:

Pours nearly all head - white, with a hazy light yellow body. Subsequent pourings have little of this problem, as the head is thin and stays. Little to no lacing sticks.

The smell is of candy sweetness, grainy, some lemon, some leafy spiciness. A bit too clean, with only the vaguest of mustiness associated with the style.

The taste is of candy sweetness, grain, a touch of lemon - slightly tart with a touch of herbal bitterness. I can see it going towards the style, though it doesn't quite get there. But, it's a very nice taste anyway. Just a hint of mustiness. Sweetish finish.

Carbonation is a bit aggressive at first, though it calms. Light-bodied, but not thin.

Not a bad stab at the style. A bit different, but nice. Has a refreshing touch that is nice on a warm day, with enough flavor to make it worthwile. A nice warm-weather sipping brew.

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from BeerBeing as part of UTBIF. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 3" eggshell head over the clear golden brew. Head continues to expand for awhile, but eventually calms, with big-bubbled lacing. Aroma is light sweetness and spices. Taste follows the aroma, but seems to tend more toward sweeter, and not so much towards the crisp hoppiness I usually expect from a Saison. Also has tinges of lemon. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, and I wouldn't shy from adding this to my fridge again.

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Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.