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Saison VOS - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Saison VOSSaison VOS

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87
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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-01-2002

A Belgian style Saison (or Farmhouse Ale) brewed with German Pils malt and hopped with East Kent Goldings. Fermented with a special proprietary yeast which imparts its dry, spicy character. Golden orange in color.
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Ratings: 211 | Reviews: 99
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is very good saison. blonde, hazy, and really really heady. tall tall lacy head bone white rises up all airy and foamy way above the rim of the glass and holds on, covering my nose as i smell. smells like it was fermented real warm with a cool belgian strain that has notes of pineapple and pepper, lots of that high tone fruit ester thing, pleasantly light malt base, and balancing hops only. the flavor here is almost white wine-like, with a tannic grapey thing going on, and the smooth orchard fruit flavor of an off dry chardonnay. a bit more spice though, especially in the finish, a cool yeast here that is new to my palate in a lot of ways. its also dried the beer out incredibly well, no residual sugar here at all. carbonation is effervescent, explosive might be a better way to say it, really fizzy as i hold it in my mouth. i have always liked this brewery, although its been awhile since i have had any of their beers. i think this is a fantastic saison, maybe lacking a little of the depth some of the best in the world have, but its not far behind in a lot of ways. worth picking up for sure.

Photo of Ale_Dog
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not dupont but very good

Photo of Pencible
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy straw color with lots of fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like sour lager yeast and grassy hops, with some spicy and metallic character.
T: It tasted like spicy and mineral and grassy hops, with some sour lager yeast. It had a clean spicy aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Bubbly body.
D: This was a decent saison, with earthy scent and taste. It was a bit sour for my preferences, and the body was too fizzy. At least the finish was mellow, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Not bad, but really not a terribly impressive brew.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with lots of carbonation rising up to the top. The head is two fingers high, and is barely off-white in shade. It has a fluffy texture and good retention, as well. Lacing is very thick on the sides of the glass.

S: There's a good amount of noble hops coming forward. Hiding behind this is a spicy note coming from the yeast - it's a good character loaded with bread, herbs, and black pepper; but lacking some of the unique notes featured in superior saisons.

T: Sweeter than the nose indicated. A touch of hops to start, gradually becoming sweeter near the finish. It's a slight cherry sweetness, and it blends well with the yeast spiciness. This tastes very metallic on the first sip, actually - this goes away after several more. Candied sugar flavors go up after even more sips. It works, but not perfectly.

M: While it's dry and drinkable, I'm missing some of the bone dry "evaporate off of the tongue" sensations I get from the best in the style. Nor is it particularly creamy before the dryness hits. But, it's still very drinkable. It's well carbonated as expected.

O: This is a really solid saison that nails all the basic notes well. But there in lies the problem - it doesn't do much apart from nailing those basic notes well. It's not bone dry, and the fruit/spice notes aren't particularly vivid or defined. You know what, though? It's still a decent saison, well worth drinking (but not my first choice in the style...)

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $10

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes or so before it was gone.

Smell - Cloves, lemons, grapes, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste green grapes, cloves and lemon juice/zest. There is also a honey sweetness and a bit of a yeastiness.

Overall - Nice stuff with some good fruity notes. Well worth trying but not something I'd go out of my way to grab again.

Photo of Profchaos20
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed 6/9/13 750 ML bottle in a tulip

A - Pours a clear gold with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves little to no lacing.

S - Not a ton going on in the aroma. Getting some grain and a bit of lemon and citrus. As the beer warms I start to get some pepper and clove.

T - Very clean tasting for a Saison. Slightly sweet, a bit of lemon in the middle finishes with some earthy hop and low bitterness. Pretty dry, hints of pepper and other spices.

M - Light body and low carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

O - A decent but overall underwhelming Saison.

Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked bottle bought from The Light House, Jordanstown

Poured a light golden yellow colour. White head poured big, thick and fluffy and a steady stream of carbonation maintained a good covering throughout... some sticky lacing...

A lot going on in the aroma... lots of spicy yeast mixed with tart juicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, mangoes, limes), very floral, talcum powder notes, light honey and candy sugar sweetness, some earthy farmyard traces, hay, some rubberiness, fresh bread, some pine...

Taste - Tart spicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, apples), pithy notes, quite a lot of yeastiness, floral honey, quite perfumed, light earthy funk, grassy hops, chalky, faint coriander, peppery, some thyme herbalness, metallic, sea salt... flavours develop well as the beer warms up...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... Extremely refreshing and drinkable at 6.9%...

Overall - A top class Saison... As good as any i've had... recommended...

Photo of BethanyB
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good clarity. Pale gold in color. Large, foamy white head is not as persistent as it should be.

Smell: Lemon zest, honey, pale malt, and coriander make for a truly delectable aroma. The bouquet is big, without being overpowering.

Taste: A distinct, sawdusty, barnyard taste is sweetened and balanced by honey, and a spritz of citrusy esters. A full, moderate bitterness settles in towards the end of each mouthful, but does not linger on.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, with medium-high carbonation. Effervescent, but with more smoothness than usual--nice.

Overall: Probably the best Saison I've had to date. Other styles are usually too spritley and fruity. This version stays true to the farmhouse, spice, and bitterness complexities a good old fashioned Saison should have, and milks them for all they're worth, while managing to stay crowd-pleasing. Truly impressed and...dare I say, inspired?

Photo of rawfish
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to lookrider for the opportunity. Corked and caged 750mL bottle. Pours a glowing summer sun yellow, opaque with yeast but with a dense cap od white that sticks through the entire drink. Terrific.

Yeasty, active carbonation brings up the aroma of orange peel, coriander, powder, ginger and lemon zest. Not much fruit or other complexities here.

Bright lemon zest, orange peel, and powdery yeast and coriander. Very bright. Unobtrusive malt character. Finishes very clean, powdery and palate scrubbing.

Active carbonation, bright and lightens up the yeast considerably. Not detection of alcohol. High carbonation doesn't impede the flavor profile either. Ideal.

Very nice take on a saison, not very complex but a bright beer, perfect refresher. Clean and crisp.

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass. Clear yellow/orange.

Smells like bananas, cloves, some ginger, pears, tea qualities.

Taste is spicy like the nose..more cloves, slight vinegar taste, grapes, pears, slight booze, little bitterness.

Had this with some wood fired pizza, twas tasty.

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottles 5 days out of code but let's see how it tastes anyway.

Very pale semi hazy yellow color with tons of visible effervescence. Bright white crystal like head. Funky barnyard smells, a touch of skunk. Medicinal phenols become present as the beer airs out.

Extremely vinous in its qualities. Bright and brisk carbonation is still there. Sour white grapes slide across the tongue, subtle tart citric explosion at mid palate. Coarse grain balance the fruitiness. Nutty like flavors compliment the other flavors in the beer. Full mouth feel.

Very in your face for an aged saison, makes me wonder what its like fresh. If it isn't good lay it down and forget about, makes for a pretty interesting drink. I wouldn't go about doing it myself though, just found it in the store that way.

Again, I wouldnt go out of my way to age this thing past the best by date, but it was still decent even past it. I'm clueless to how it tastes fresh however.

Photo of stakem
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged offering into a pub glass. The brew appears a clear golden color with 2 fingers worth of white head. A constant stream of bubbles maintains a half finger of white across the top.

The aroma of this brew is fresh and grainy with a sweetness about the nose somewhat like corn and bubblegum. The yeast is evident with a clove spice and very mild pepper inclusion. As it warms up, it almost gets a candy-like smelling attribute about it. Overall not bad.

The taste is fresh and grainy with a mild sweetness that blends into something like bubblegum. Belgian yeast aspects are present with bubblegum, clove and other mild spices vaguely reminiscent of pepper. As the brew is swirled around in the mouth, it picks up a mild pear flavor.

This is a medium bodied brew with a lively level of carbonation that stays light and refreshing in the mouth. The nearly 7% abv is felt mildly across the back initially but really picks up some strength as the experience continues. Overall not a bad brew. Nothing outstanding but also nothing wrong with it. Quite clean and well done. Worth a try if you never had it before.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to yourefragile for grabbing a bottle of this for me. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a clear light golden color with loads of visible carbonation bubbles that continue all the way down. Big fluffy white head with a sheet of lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention, as it settles to a half-inch cap for the duration.

The nose is clean with some light spicing and a very faint fruitiness. A touch of earth in the background. Everything is a bit muted, which is a bit surprising given how heavy the carbonation is; I would have thought that those little bubbles would have been pushing out a bit more aroma, especially as it warmed.

Flavor is much more intense than the nose with some nice spicy yeast notes plus a bit of apricot and pear. Other stone fruits in there as well. Some white pepper through the finish. It gets a touch fruitier as it warms up. The feel is dry and somewhat bitter. Very crisp. Body is light to medium.

Overall, this is a very nice sipping beer and great for warm weather on the deck. Recommended.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a 12 oz chalice

Appearance – A medium golden body with a slight off-white head. The head is filled with large carbonation bubbles and upon fading leaves a bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell – The smell is largely fruity up front, with nice citrus and some more tropical aromas. There is a biscuit-malty aroma toward the middle which is mixed in with an ever so slight astringent “funky” aroma.

Taste – A little on the sour side initially with some lemon and citrus. The more subdued sourness gives way to some hoppy and sweeter flavors toward the middle - sweeter citrus fruits with some more tropical’s; orange, mango, sweet lemon (lemonade) and even a little sweet apple. These sweet flavors are mixed with some yeasty flavors and a more sour green apple-lemon flavor, which come into play and rounds out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – A lighter bodied beer with a moderate to fairly high level of carbonation. The carbonation suits the beer quite nicely with the lighter body making it quite drinkable, although its thickness is lacking a little bit and it could use a bit more.

Overall – A nice “wild” brew. A little thin in the body which when mixed with the sourness makes it taste a little like an ale with a bit of lemon squeezed in (but just a bit; overall it is vastly better than this). It is well worth a try.

Photo of GreenJetta912
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours golden with small head, good lacing.

Spicy belgian yeast aroma. sweet malts. wheat notes. citrus notes.

Great mouthfeel. syrupy yet smooth.

taste is very smooth at first then the spicy belgian yeast character comes through in the middle. very sweet and malty. slight hop character balances this out.

finish is very wheat forward and smooth with sweet notes.

Photo of lnashsig
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to ShanePB for the chance to taste this. My first Sly Fox beer. The bottle nearly blew out my eye when the cork flew out after I unscrewed the cage. It gushed for a bit, but then subsided pretty quickly. Poured from bottle into my Boulevard Farmhouse glass. Pours a rich straw yellow and transparent color, thick cloud-like head fills the glass, and recedes very slowly. Excellent retention and lacing. Smell- clove, fruity esters, straw, spicy phenols. A wonderful smelling Saison. Taste- clove, cracked pepper, belgian yeast, some spicy notes and light fruity esters. Very well balanced between the flavors. On second sip, I get some winey flavors, similar to some of the bitterness and fruit flavors found in a sauvignon blanc. A very dry finish a rich carbonation here too. Overall, this is a great example of the style and a highly enjoyable and balanced beer I would seek out again.

Photo of railman
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy off yellow color with a huge billowy white head. Lots of sticky lacing on glass.
Mildly carbonated with tiny bubbles

Aroma of yeast and lemon/citrus.

Clean and refreshing taste. Would be perfect in the summer.

A little on the thin side as far as body goes.

Overall this is a decent brew for the style.

Cheers

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very hazy medium yellow color came gurgling out of the bottle, quickly coming to a head that reached a height of maybe two inches. There was then a rich coating of side glass lace that thoroughly coated the glass with some nice carbonation being visible throughout the session.

The aroma was highly charged on this one. Lots of light fruit swirling around with a healthy dose of spice in it as well. Nice touches of coriander, lemon, hints of pepper coming through, with a touch of pears warming up to it as it came up to room temperature. The initial taste was peppery, with a rush of lemon following suit almost immediately. A wonderful sense of light fruit really just ran all over this one. I was quite impressed I have to admit. Smooth mouth feel was more the adequately carbonated and really just kept the profile popping throughout. An easy sipper, the moderate ABV lended itself well to a warm late summer evening.

Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally a Slyfox brew that I can enjoy. This beer poured out as a really nice clear golden yellow with a fizzy white head and that doesn't leave much lacing. The smell is a little on the muted side but there are some fresh grains on the nose. The taste is very floral and hoppy, there is a nice sweet malt finish to it and is pretty refreshing. The mouthfeel is light and sharp, very crisp feeling. Overall it's a pretty damn good beer. Glad I had it!

Photo of SickGnar
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Huge rocky white head with a storm of bubbles rising to join it. Pours gigantic (be patient), settles reasonably, and leaves fair lace. Quite clear golden dark straw with just a touch of amber.

S: Earthy yeast, tart lemon, bready malts, peppery spice, herbal and grassy hops in the background. Maybe faint coriander? Good, but it leans a tad heavy on the yeast and to a lesser degree the lemon. Still, some decent complexity does come through.

T: Pepper spice and earthy yeast front and center. Some soft mustiness. A good dose of sweet / tart lemon fills in and then fades into bready & softly toasty sweet malts that have a nice juicy pils quality. It gets a bit more fruity as it warms with some tropical fruit notes. But it keeps that rustic (and almost brash) pepper/spice and earthy / yeasty base backing all the way through. Herbal and grassy hops come in at the end but stay fairly unassuming. Wheat notes come out more as it warms and malts lean more toward sweet bread.

M: Soft, yet plentiful, carbonation that is expansive, mouth-filling, and lusciously creamy. Medium body, but carbonation more than matches it to keep it feeling light. Still, it is sweeter than most saisons. Barest leaning toward a drying finish. Gets dryer as it warms. Refreshing and smooth.

D: The great mouthfeel saves this one (relatively speaking). Otherwise, without the softness of the feel, the palate strays too close to being rough and angular. Although it lacks some of the more forceful character of the style, this is a distinctly rustic brew. Highly drinkable though, and no doubt better with food. It does improve as it warms and the juicy pils and fruitiness comes out more. Some might say it closer to a Belgian Pale.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from youbrewidrink, I believe. Thanks!

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden body with a substantial, fluffy, and long-retaining off-white head. It clings to the sides of the glass as it falls, and it remains a decent cap on the beer for the entire time that I'm drinking it. Outstanding.

S: Yeast, orange peel, lemon grass, coriander. I'd love to have less yeast in the nose, as I gravitate toward saisons that have fruit aromas as the centerpiece.

T: Yeast and orange peel are prominent in the flavor, with light elements of white pepper and coriander. There's a lemon grass note that carries well into the finish. Again, a touch too yeast-forward for me, but hardly bad.

M: A little overcarbonated for my tastes, but that was easy enough to swirl out.

O: A fairly good American interpretation of a saison. I've had some better ones, but they were brett'ed, so maybe that's not a fair yardstick.

Photo of Imsothirsty
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into some large wine glasses. Huge head, nice bubbles streaming from the bottom, lighter orange/dark yellow. Big chunk of sediment in the bottom of the bottom.

Smell is sweet floral, grassy, and a little alcohol

Taste is excellent: Grassy, earthy, cloves and other spices, some banana, the alcohol comes through for just an instant, otherwise its well covered. Some bready yeast. Overall a little too much spice for my personal taste, but really good complexity

Mouthfeel: Light and very bubbly, clean

A solid beer, good complexity for the style, very glad to have tried this.

Photo of HotHands
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - arrived a clear gold color with a very rich, creamy white head.

S - Belgian yeast, citrus, fruitiness.

T - lots of different fruity and spicy flavors dancing around here with a good yeast backbone. There is a bit of toasty smokiness going on in the background, but it's significant. Finish is bitter and clean.

M - slightly below average carbonation. Good body.

Overall - a very nice American made saison that could give Hennepin a run for its money. Good job, Sly Fox.

Photo of nickhiller
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: crystal clear, straw colored, streams of champagne bubbles and a thick creamy head, great retention, rings of foamy lace

S: sour musty barnyard, florals, honeysuckle

T: sweet and tart, lemon zest, grass, green grapes, chardonnay, white pepper, nice bitter finish

M: light body, champagne-like, sharp, crisp and refreshing

O: this probably the smoothest Saison I've ever had. I suppose some might call it mild in a disparaging way, but I found it quite pleasant. And sessionable. And reasonably priced.

Photo of harryhood1
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great appearance and aroma in this Saison. Very dry and appealing. Great carbonation with tons of bubbles rising throughout the whole drinking session.

Was really impressed with this beer! Not as good as Hennepin but damn close and I'm a huge Hennepin fan. If you haven't had this one yet and you're a Saison fan, grab it. You won't be disappointed.

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Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.