Saison VOS - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Saison VOSSaison VOS

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 128
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.19%
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: 128
Photo of Cylinsier
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a clear honey gold with a big fluffy white head. Dissipates down but retains about a millimeter of head.

Smells of citrusy malts and wild yeasts.

Taste is similar. Light, citrusy, wild yeasts, and fresh grain malts.

Body is moderate to full with minimal carbonation.

Very good. Easy to drink. Not quite as nuanced or potent as some but it gets the job done. (378 characters)

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

A: Very clear golden color. Poured with a finger of white head with some very nice lacing.

S: Quite sweet in the nose. A touch of corn in the nose. A slight touch of fruitiness.

T: Sweet up front. A little bit of fruit in there as well. Very nice balance.

M: Very dry. Well attenuated.

D: Easy drinking. Super easy drinking and a great bargain. A friend brought this bottle from the souce. (394 characters)

Photo of BigMike
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a caged and corked 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Best date of 8/4/11.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with about a three finger head. The head is white and thick and looks like beaten egg whites. Great lacing. Very effervescent.

Smell is peppery lemon zest. Lots of spices. Clove and coriander.

Flavor is very similar to the smell. Lots of lemon zest and spicey pepper, cloves and coriander. Very sweet on the finish.

Very light mouthfeel. Fresh and clean. Very smooth on the palate and easy to swallow.

This is a great summer time beer and a style i'll definitely check out more during the warmer months. This is highly drinkable. (648 characters)

Photo of FirstMan
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this on a recent trip to State College, PA.

Pours deep golden and not as hazy as some of this style, but a slight cloudiness. Nice pillowy head takes a couple minutes to diminish. Sticky lacing after a few sips.

Nose has initial tinniness followed by a warm buttery clove and lightly fruity sweetness.

Similar aspects in the mouth with a very well balanced and light mixture of citrus, yeasty plantain, subtle clove and a pleasing bitterness at the back.

Mouthfeel us full and warm. Slick.

Overall a very nice representative of the style as it often appears in the US. Not as complex and well balanced as you'll find in northern Europe, but well done. (670 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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! (294 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew from mday, Thanks Mike!

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

Clear golden color with a fluffy white head that hung around and left thick layers of lacing. I poured very slow and kept all the sediment in the bottle.
Candied sugar sweet and yeasty aromas.
Very good tasting brew, plenty of sweetness but not overboard with a bit of fruity tartness towards the finish.
Medium bodied, crisp and light feel.
Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. (452 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 njmoons
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of OnThenIn
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Two fingers of beautiful cloudy white head. There is some seriously wonderful carbonation in this beer. The color is a very see through yellow that just won't stop fizzing. This was the most beautiful beer I have ever seen.

Smell: A very clean smell that reminds me of a few lagers I have had. A little earthy, with some nice malt aroma. A wonderful smell of fruity yeast smell is present.

Taste: This definitely has the definitive saison taste I am used to , but with a great deal of fruit and citrus flavors. There is definitely some sweet malt in this beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer has an aweome crisp finish with a medium body. The only issue I really have with this beer at all is that it seems a too carbonated for me.

Drinkability: Personally, I love this beer. I have had a few saisons and this is an exceptional example. I prefer it even to Hennepin. As I already said, I the carbonation was a bit much for me . I think I would have given this beer a high A if it wasn't for the carbonation. (1,015 characters)

Photo of errantnight
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,198 characters)

Photo of Nickls
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Nice half-finger of a tighly packed white head; decent staying power and a shimmer of lacing. Clear gold color.

S - Sweetish malts; whisps of yeastiness; touch earthy, but not funky by any means. Aligned with the style

T - Definitely saison qualities on all fronts; yeasty; touch of spice, but not much; pretty sweet for the style.

M - Thinnish, but not too thin. Subtle carbonation, and just a bit slick.

D - Very good drinkability. Nice rounded saison qualities, but not terribly interesting. Quaffable nonetheless, and fairly refreshing.

Overall, would have expected a bit more snap and tartness to balance out the sweeter nature of the brew. That being said, it's a good take on the style. Worth checking out, though there are better examples from the US out there. (796 characters)

Photo of steelerguy
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of Kolsch
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,445 characters)

Photo of Naugled
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220z corked bottle served in flute.

A - Gold straw hazy and very carbonated, with quick loose head that subsided quickly like soda.

S - Light pils malt aroma, fresh and crisp

T - Sharp crisp flavor with a light malt and sugar sweetness, low hop flavor. Late lingering hopiness with a touch of good sourness.

M - Carbonation explodes in the mouth, very fizzy but in a good way.

D - Very drinkable but a little gassy, you have to be a burper

Overall a good example of a refreshing and drinkable saison. (506 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml

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! (1,785 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,327 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (901 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 joepais
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kempleton, Seemed like a good day to open this one. Bottle poured into a challis produced a fingers worth of white head that turned into a thin layer of lace. The brew was cloudy and a pale yellow in color.

Aromas of citrus and sweet fruits, along with some spiciness, just seem to fill the room from this brew.

Great flavors remind me of a sweet tart. You get the initial sweetness from the malts. The spices set up a bridge to the nice citric sour flavor in the end. Nicely crisp and light on the tongue, nice and light in the mouth.

I looked outside and thought it should still be summer time so I picked this brew to help enjoy the last few days of warmth. It was true to the style and very pleasant to drink. Great brew SlyFox (741 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
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 (864 characters)

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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! (595 characters)

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