Saison VOS - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Saison VOSSaison VOS

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 127
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 6.2%
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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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 127
Photo of hopsaplenty
2.61/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml brown bottle, no date information, but it is from 2006. The cork releases with a light 'pfft'.

Clear honey gold. Towering pillowy bright white head of loosely piled medium sized bubbles. Roiling pillar of medium bubbled carbonation that looks just like a bubble wall. The head just sticks and sticks, but as it settles it deposits clumps and bands of big bubbled lace. Aromas are of faint orange peel, cloves, lemon rind, bits of black pepper and some bright yeastiness. Add a dose of wet dog as it warms. Sticky sweet candied orange and lemon peel are tumbled around by fizzy soda-like carbonation. Stinging carbonation pounds a lemon pepper graininess into the tongue and down the throat. As this warms, a bit of a medicinal/rubbing alcohol flavor comes through as well as a thick, sticky sweetness and mouthfeel. There is simply no grace or subtlety here. Medium bodied, but excessively carbonated that over inflates the mouth. I couldn't finish the bottle.

Thanks to ggaughan for the opportunity. (1,012 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Re-rate summer of 2012 from tap at Sly Fox Brewery

Pours clear golden yellow with thin slightly off white head. The nose has hints of yeast, notes of lemon and clove with a faint bit of banana and candied sugar. The taste is overly sweet and sugary, a little thin in the back. Candied lemon and banana with just a touch of spice to it but not enough to balance. light body, thin, highly carbonated.

A-pours a golden straw colored head with a hint of haze and a thin bubbly white head.

S-yeast up front, light lemon and orange peel notes, oily aroma, floral herbs, corriander.

T-yeasty lemon, orange peel, corriander, notes of floral grassy herbs, light bitterness in back. very simple and straight forward.

M-grainy feel in a good way with a syrupy texture and nice carbonation to back it up with a lightly dry finish.

D-very easy drinker, very straight forward beer, not a lot happening here but still a great summer drink. (930 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to Centennial for sending this one my way. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with three fingers of fluffy white head. Thick gobs of sticky lace.

Reminds me somewhat of a cider. Apples in the aroma with a sharp tart edge. The pallet gives of notes of sweet apples, wet hay and a bit of grass. Mostly sweet with a funky edge.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overall this one is solid. Enjoyable enough. (461 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw, with a big white head. Initially strange aroma full of grass, spices, and some citrus like sourness. Flavor is more earthy malts, lemon, grass, yeast, spices. Flavor profile is okay but comes across as a bit thin and unrefined compared to better saisons. Not the most perfectly balanced saison but a pretty good value. (338 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- nice yellow color, white head, beautiful small bubbles stream the glass

Smell- Fruit, spice, and yeast with a very lively nose, plenty belgian spice and yeast

Taste- crisp refreshing flavor, strong yeast spice and coriander, slight citrus, overall decently refreshing flavor

Mouthfeel- medium to light, very crisp and decently carbonated

Drinkability- its a very refreshing beer for sure, nothing earth shattering but a solid example of the style that would certain make a nice session beer (506 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Corked & caged bottle poured into large tulip for review. Cork came out very easy. No audible pop. Appeared cloudy gold with tall, rocky white head. Okay carbonation. Smells mostly lemon with bready wheat. Tastes similar with faint saison yeast character. Tastes medium light & refreshing. Overall, a solid beer. Would like to see more Belgian saison characteristics. (367 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Golden-yellow pour, slightly hazy, with a finger or so of fluffy white head that retained well and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma of pale malt sweetness, citrus, spicy yeast. Similar taste, malt sweetness, rock candy, citrus notes, grass, yeast, herbal hops, moderate bitterness, slightly medicinal. Light-medium body, easily drinkable, but falls short overall for the style. (423 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

group tasting may 26/07 with biegaman, Viggo, Lexx, crwills, blankboy@RB, tupalev@RB, and me (grub). everybody threw something into the mix and we had a great lineup of beer. biegaman contributed this one, so thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and caged.

pours golden yellow colour with just a bit of haze. the huge fluffy white head drops very slowly and leaves lots of chunky lace.

aroma is nice. light funk. cracker malt. bit of light orange citrus. hint of alcohol.

taste is good. low bitterness level. bit of funk. light cracker malt. bit of pepper. touch of orange.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. nice light body with a dry finish.

drinkability is good. fairly straight forward, but balanced and nice. (737 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-clear golden color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-grain, yeast, citrus, pepper, hints of sweetness

T-citrus, grain, slight yeasty funk, pepper, grassy, slight sweetness, moderate bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a decent Saison at this price point, easy drinkability (321 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, earthy malt, citrus notes, and a nice yeasty presence. In the taste, just like the aroma, earthy, citrus, and a dry yeast. A spice bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry citrus like aftertaste. Nice spice and citrus notes, and good earthy qualities. (326 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at biegaman's super extravaganza spring Saison tasting! Biegaman cracked this one open.

Pours a golden yellow, slightly hazed, huge soapy white head, tons of sticky lace, good retention, doesn't leave, looks good. Smell is sweet, spices, yeast, caramel, sweet and sour note at the end. Taste is yeasty, sweet/sour, spices, more yeast, bread, some light fruits, not bad. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, spritzy, not bad, really refreshing. Thanks Jan! (488 characters)

Photo of ski271
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Zeno's in State College, PA... now smoke-free!
Slightly hazy light amber-gold with a medium-large, frothy, white head that very slowly diminishes. Smell is spicy, supported a fairly solid malt backbone. The taste follows suit, with spice and some fruit being most notable, but it's milder and more musty than the nose suggests. Pepper, banana, coriander, lemon. Bitter grapefruit rind on the finish. It has a medium body, bitter, dry mouthfeel, and moderate carbonation. Overall, it was pretty good, something I'd like to have again. (543 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GABF Weekend '08:

A decent Saison that is quite good with one sip and problematic with the next. The beer begins with a standard light yellow color, mild haze, loosely knit head formation that retained and laced very well. Aromas of malt sweetness and phenolic spiciness are all over the place. Fruity and spicy in the flavors with pears, apples, and orange peel taking the lead. Bready wheat malts set the tone for a lot of peppery, clovey character. Unfortunately the phenols also bring out some plastic, band-aid notes that are distacting. Mild hopping rates do little to offset the candy-like sweetness. The beer could use more musty, funky character to get closer to the preferred Belgian brands. Light, airy, and sweet to the feel, with a dry, warming, medicinal finish. A good beer that could show some improvement. (823 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once dislodged, the exploded out of the bottle like champagne. The pour produces 80% head, but it settles quickly, leaving lots of thick webby lace. The liquid has a mild haze. The color is golden.

Classic sour flower smell of a farmhouse ale. Missing is the the barnyard element, which makes this more appealing, IMHO. Light yeast, no hop.

Starts with a mild pale malt (dry) flavor. There is plenty of spice that comes quickly--white pepper, coriander, nutmeg and cinnamon. It is particularly pronounced in the swallow, although the aftertaste fades soon. The alcohol is notable. The body is typical for the style as is the heightened carbonation. (650 characters)

Photo of RSBurney
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer for the first time on draft at a sporting event. Poured medium yellow with a thin white head and lacing. Not much of an aroma. The taste features citrus: lemon and a hint of orange and slight bitterness. Nicely carbonated. Overall, this is a very nice saison and is perfect for a lovely Spring day at an outdoor event. (333 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange color with a huge white head that eventually settles down.

S: A strong aroma of apple and pear. There's plenty of orange peel, grass, wet hay, and coriander. There's a moderate malt character to it, providing a bit of lightly toasted bread notes.

T: More sweet fruits such as the apples and pears. A definite bitterness that seems to be from an orange peel sort of flavor. There's just a touch of sugar along with some white pepper and pale, cracker malts.

M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D: The peppery note on the flavor and the wet hay aroma are a bit strong, but otherwise this was not bad. (694 characters)

Photo of zrab11
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours A nice Golden Orange color with a 2 finger white head

S- Smells of pear and apples, also has some orange notes and grass as well. I also am getting some maleness and yeast.

T- Starts off with a nice sweet fruit flavor. the apples and pears you can taste, it has a nice bitter orange flavor in the middle and finish's with a sugary maltyness.

M- Has a medium body with good carbonation

D-Overall this is a good saison. Not my favorite ever but nothing you can really knock it on. (491 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stewdawg for this.
Best by 04-13-08 date on the bottle.

Poured a 750ml into my Chimay chalice in 2 pours. Pours a golden yellow, with a big, foamy, white head that mellows out into a thin layer on the top of the beer. Little to no lacing was left behind. The aroma was very fruity. There are definite notes of orange rind, and what reminds me of the skin of a plum. The slightly tangy almost sour part of the plum. There is also note of vanilla in the finish of the nose. Taste is slightly citrusy, with an earthy, funky flavor to it. Almost like what I think eating metallic dirt would taste like. The funny thing is, it's not an off flavor. This beer has a pretty spicy finish to it. It has, what seems to be, quite a bit of pepper in it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. It's a good beer, just not quite my style. (845 characters)

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml to pint glass.
From the pop of the cork and the size of the head, it's safe to assume there's plenty of carbonation. With a soft pour, I still have a glass that's mostly head. As the foam fades, a pale golden elixir rises up my glass. Smells tasty. Lots of ripe fruit and earthy spices. Palate is a tad raw but very tasty and complex. Earthy grains and spices play a big role with a green apple tartness complimenting it. Mouthfeel is lively and quite dry on the finish, making it hard to stop drinking. Solid effort that is worthy of a try and a great choice for warm weather drinking. (592 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the first annual Summer Saison Tasting!
750ml bottle, corked and caged, and pours with a huge abundance of frothy white head, each bubble clearly defined. My sample (which came from the bottom of the bottle) had plenty of yeast sediment. The appearance wasn't an overly attractive colour, an off-yellow shade. The aroma is an infusion of yeast (with a moderately "wild" character) and various spices. The flavour mimics, standing out most is pepper, which imparts quite a 'kick' (perhaps a little too much at times) but does well to finish off the taste at the end. Although nothing spectacular this is still a rather enjoyable saison. (647 characters)

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Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.