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Saison VOS - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Saison VOSSaison VOS

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88
very good

124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 15
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-07-2006)
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

djrn2, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

nmann08, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head on a clear golden body with nice lacing. Aroma contains candied fruit, mostly orange and Belgian yeast. Flavor is pretty much your generic saison with spicy Belgian yeast, clove, corriander, banana citrus and light malt mustiness. Medium to light body and moderate carbonation. A very standard but still good saison.

kylehay2004, Jul 27, 2012
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

womencantsail, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

oberon, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

WVbeergeek, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

nickfl, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My third installment of Sly Fox thanks to Noslenwerd. This should be refreshing on this hot summer night.

A huge head rises up to take up 50% of the glass and bubbles over the top by almost a finger but holds steady in a round bulge and doesn't run down the sides. It pops slowly creating big pockets of air in the middle but doesn't lose shape easily, as the bubbles are reinforced by all the bubbles rising from the bottom and sides of the glass. As it eventually fades it leaves a mess of lacing all over the place. It's a perfect Belgian head. The beer itself is crystal clear with a light wheat golden yellow color. If it was a slight bit darker it would have been a 5 for appearance.

When I can eventually get my nose in the damn thing I get a nice Belgian saison like aroma, with some toasty malts, light Belgian malts, a light farmhouse dry saison aroma with very light spices, a gentle Belgian sugar sweetness, and a touch of Belgian yeast. A slight fruit comes through, the kind you would get from a typical Belgian blond. The nose brings more sweetness and malts than I expected from the color of the beer, but maintains a lighter composure for the overall aroma.

The taste starts a little rough, with some sweetness and farmhouse bitter spices. It has more of that Belgian candi sugar sweetness with lots of Belgian malts and slightly toasty. It has a sweet candy flavor that brings too much sweetness the table than I would like in what should be pretty dry Belgian Farmhouse Saison. It seems to add a touch of a tangy fruit too, just the slightest sour, almost lemony flavor. I think I get a bit of wheat as well. It does bring a bit of a rustic farmhouse feel to it though.

The mouth comes lighter with decent carbonation, less than I expected for how much head and bubbles it had, but it's been releasing all its carbonation quickly as it goes.

It finishes pretty light and crisp, refreshing at that. As it has a lighter body and feel to it, as well as overall taste, it drinks very well. The finish adds a touch of a sticky sweetness that sticks all over the mouth, but at the same time dries quite a bit from the initial sweet candy taste. A little bit of the lingering Belgian candi sugar as well as some malty qualities, a little bitter and sour lemon peel, and touch of that rustic farmhouse saison quality.

jlindros, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Rifugium, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

jwc215, Jun 02, 2008
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

smcolw, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

GClarkage, Mar 29, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

yourefragile, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +1.5%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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

Billolick, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/27/2014. Pours lightly hazy bright golden color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apple skin, pear, lemon zest, grape, grass, straw, floral, clove, light honey, bread, funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big pear, apple, lemon zest, pepper, clove, grape, light honey, grass, straw, bread, light funk, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, grass, straw, clove, pepper, floral, funk, light honey, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/funky yeast flavors; with a good malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent saison style! All around excellent balance and complexity of yeast ester flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy dep yellow color with big carbonation and a big white head. Nose is clove, grain, banana and wheat. taste is light hops, citrus from prange peel, spiciness, banana, clove and wheat. Very nice. Mouthfeel has a light alcohol bite with a spiciness and lightly tart. Very drinkable!

barleywinefiend, Nov 21, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

biegaman, May 28, 2007
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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.

ppoitras, Jun 24, 2006
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
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Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.