Saison VOS - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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4.85/5 rDev +22.5%
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.
11-20-2006 14:32:21 | More by Metalmonk
4.63/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
07-14-2008 01:39:38 | More by elinash
4.47/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
09-24-2008 15:58:14 | More by Beertracker
4.45/5 rDev +12.4%
03/28/07- Received via trade with Jetsbeer.
Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. No freshness info to be found. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Orange-peach puree color. Larger than a inch very white head. Looks fairly chunky (the head), while the beer itself is a bit couldy from ultra fine yeast particles. Lacing is present, but nothing spectacular...an otherwise perfect appearance per style.
Smell- Mild farmhouse stink with some white pepper, corriander and some tart lemon. Maybe a bit of powdered sugar as well.
Taste- Mirrors the smell. Not as funky in flavor, but has plenty of spicyness going on with a light sugary flavor to balance out the mid range tartness. Lemony tang as well.
Mouthfeel- Fairly well carbonated with a light sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability- Good flavors and refreshing. One of the better american made saisons. Thanks for the great beer Steven!
03-29-2007 22:15:56 | More by GClarkage
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
Poured from a 750ml corked & caged bottle, sent during the winter by Metalmonk. I thought I'd be sharing this with my wife but the dry bitterness was a turn-off for her; I got it all to myself! Poured to a small Brasserie Millevertus tasting glass...
A: Big fizzy/foamy white head, cresting at 2-fingers+, above a hazy pale blonde. Lots of carbonation with bubbles percolating to the surface and keeping the beer 'active'-looking at all times.
S: Lots of wild yeast and a rustic wet grass/hay smell. Faintly floral with cloves, clover honey and light lemon. As good as any Belgian Saison I've tried.
T: Wonderfully grassy, lightly sweet and much like the smell indicated: cloves, honey, spice, hints of lemon and herbs. Finishes very dry and medicinally bitter.
M: As good as it gets; fizzy and carbonated, with a zesty dry finish. Despite the busy mouthfeel, it's not biting or acerbic and is considerably 'full'-feeling. Alcohol, despite being nearly 7%, never comes into play.. this is just crisp, refreshing and lively in the mouth. Wow.
D: Very, very good. Tastes like springtime; I'm glad we saved this for an April afternoon after working in the yard. I'd gladly have this one again. Thanks, Jeff - you forewarned me this would be a very good one and it did not disappoint...
04-17-2007 00:25:57 | More by msubulldog25
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
750 mL bottle, best by date of 10/02/10 poured into a tulip.
A: Pours a hazy, clear golden color with tiny bubbles of carbonation, a one finger white head that has little retention but thick coats of lacing. Reminds me of Duvel.
S: Earthy and grassy with slight sweet aroma of honey and fruit. Also notes of grain and bread, but very little in way of hops, nice balance.
T: Maltier than expected, but that's not a bad thing. Sweet sugars and yeast dominate the taste with a background of grassy and bready flavors. Medium body with very active carbonation makes this very sharp on the tongue and slightly tart. Finish is lingering sweetness. Overall excellent bottled or on tap.
12-09-2008 01:22:49 | More by yourefragile
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!
A very stubborn cork, I had to resort to using a cork screw. I lost about an ounce before pouring into my NB goblet.
It pours a bright clear yellow gold with a hge head of foam. After settling down, there's a 2 finger head of foam with lots of lacing. As I look at the bottle, the foam crept to the top and slightly beyond. Interesting to watch.
The smell is definitely right for the style. Lots of yeasty notes with some spice and fruit and mustiness. I can't wait to take a sip.
The taste is very fruity and yeasty with some candy sugar sweetness and some citrus tartness. The more I sip, the more I notice the fruity angle. Bananas poke their head out along with some pears and then...the spice hits me again with lovely coriander notes and some white pepper. Complex? You betchya!
The mouthfeel is medium and I think the carbonation just creeps over into high territory....slightly less carbo would improve the drinking experience, me thinks. The finish is a nice blast of lemon zest and spice. Yum.
Drinkability? I think it's great because of its complexity and realtively low abv. Hehe..everytime I take a sip, something different seems to take center stage. A wonderful Saison and *very* Belgian like, one I give high props to when it comes to recommending.
12-07-2008 20:06:41 | More by Bitterbill
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
06-23-2008 20:02:21 | More by Crosling
4.38/5 rDev +10.6%
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
09-29-2006 03:23:01 | More by Billolick
4.38/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
04-03-2009 00:07:45 | More by NiceGuyMike
4.35/5 rDev +9.8%
A: Hazy golden with thick fluffy head and lots of lacing that is there until the bottom.
S: Sour, funky aroma that if I were describing wine would call barnyardy. You also get hints of vanilla, orange, black and white pepper, and coriander.
T: You are hit up front with the same spices as above and there is the sour funkiness, orange zest and some bitterness that balances out the flavors. The alcohol is also apparent. At the very end you get green apple skin. There is a lot going on in this beer.
M: Nice feel on the tongue with a long bitter linger. There is a warming from the alcohol but nothing that is a bother. The finish is crisp.
D: This beer is good for all occasions and all seasons. This would also make a great beer to cleanse the palate because of its crisp, dry finish. Alcohol is present but is very welcoming in the cooler months.
11-14-2007 01:28:37 | More by Biscuit033
4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
Best By: 4/13/09
I got this saison knocked off my "wants" list courtesy of one of BA's finest, Mr. Lum himself! Saison Vos pours lemon custard yellow with dulled orange highlights. The entire body is full of carbonation bubbles rushing to the surface. A ginormous head of three plus fingers grew on an easy pour eventually fading to one finger and leaving intricate Belgian-esque chunk lacing everywhere. This is how a saison should look.
The nose has a metric ton of glistening orchard fruits including peach, pear and green apple (in that order) with a good deal of bright lemon. A Belgian candi sugar like sweetness lies underneath a vivid and enjoyable grassy hoppiness. The nose makes my mouth instantly water and gives me a twitch that hurries my glass to my mouth.
All those estery golden fruits hit the second this saison enters the mouth. Gritty pear, green apple, and peach all play major roles in this brew. Mid palate brings that sugar cookie like sweetness and some candi sugar before the solid grassy bitterness takes hold. The dry finish accentuates the moderate bitterness but that quickly fades into some residual fruity sweetness. This is a damn fine American made saison.
I thoroughly enjoy the mouthfeel on this beer although it doesn't quite hit the mark like the best Belgian examples of the style. The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum and the carbonation is lively, it just doesn't have the airy quality of the best.
A nice dry finish keeps me drinking. I could see myself drinking this beer all day long without a complaint. It really is that easy to put away.
Saison Vos is one of, if not, the best American brewed saisons I've yet had the opportunity to try. This really is a gem of a beer. Thanks for the treat Lum and send more ASAP!
01-12-2009 05:32:32 | More by joe1510
4.28/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
12-03-2008 13:26:14 | More by IBUnit63
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
06-15-2009 23:22:20 | More by errantnight
Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.