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Saison VOS - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Saison VOSSaison VOS

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88
very good

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 14
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-07-2006)
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Photo of Crosling
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Crosling, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of ski271
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

ski271, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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
Photo of hwwty4
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

hwwty4, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lots of lacing is left behind from the thick fluffy white head atop the golden straw yellow body..

S: Nice sour fruity ness.. vanilla, oranges, coriander and pepper..

T: Each of the tones in the nose are presented slightly more assertively... complex... yet the flavors don't out do each other... they transition smoothly...

M: Good zesty mouthfeel. crisp finish.

D: A decent American saison that isn't coming out of NY! I like it!

callmemickey, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Bierguy5, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very light hay colored with a huge amount of carbonation which fits the style well. Pure white and quick to fade leaving some thick traces of lace sporadically about.

Spicey, grassy, acidic, full of floral goodness and stone fruits with some tropical and citrus notes. You can even smell the carbonation in this.

This is quite tasty, refreshing, resilient and full. Just a blast of acidity and fruit with a sour tartness in the middle and onto the finish. Tastes like a sweet tart almost, tropical flavored. Spicey, slightly herbal and grassy showing white pepper, sandpaper, and hints of iodine.

Mouth is very nice full and tight which I love when you can find it in a Saison. Not an easy task. mmmm!

mcallister, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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...

dsa7783, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of Biscuit033
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 C&C

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.

Biscuit033, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

barleywinebrewer, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

Viggo, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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
Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

grub, May 28, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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...

msubulldog25, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

dwarvenspirits, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Metalmonk
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Metalmonk, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
2.58/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

hopsaplenty, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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 WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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 ppoitras
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.