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Saison VOS - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Saison VOSSaison VOS

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101 Reviews
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Reviews: 101
Hads: 221
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of Metalmonk
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow color with three heaping fingers of egg-white foam. There is lots and lots of sticky lacing. The smell is spicy and fruity. There's black pepper, apple, white grape, and maybe a hint of ginger. A wonderful bouquet. The taste is tart and peppery up front. It's got a real zing to it, just bouncing all over the tongue. Toward the finish, there's lots of granny smith apple and white grape. The balance of flavors is brilliant. The mouthfeel is decently thick for a saison. The drinkability is through the roof, just incredible. A big thanks to Kev for sharing this one.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle. 8 oz pour. Beer is a hazy straw color with a 3 finger head that really sticks around well. There is an incredibly active carbonation and a moderate clarity on this one. Nose is nice, with banana esters, creamyness, herba, hop, spiceyness, and a touch of candied sweetness. Lots going on there...just what I want in a saison. Flavor is awesome. First thing I notice is the awesome noble hop that really comes through. The banana ester is more subdued. A moderate lemony zing comes through and really plays well with the noble hop. The candies sugar lends a very nice and subtle sweetness to it. It finishes with a very nice spicey hop that is just a bit bitter. A very complex and tasty brew. Feel is moderate with a very active carbonation that makes it feel light and airy. This one is an incredibly enjoyable beer. I really like the interplay between the hoppyness and the lemonyness. Very easy drinking beer with a great flavor.

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Photo of elinash
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one at Ommegang Belgian fest '07 for the first time and found it today at my local Key Foods.

Appearance is stellar. Beautiful straw color with a frothy, rocky head. Mounds of white peaks. Rivals Duvel.

Aroma reveals fresh cut grass and weeds, honeysuckle and lemongrass with a sweet backbone.

Taste is sweeter malts up front with dry hops finishing.

Soft and creamy in mouthfeel. Tight carbonation.

Really exceptional beer with exceptional drinkablilty. Great for summer as it should be.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into mini-heffe glass at 08 Long Island Brew festival. Brian Riley said this farmhouse ale is better in a bottle because it carbonates itself. Regardless, the tap version had my eyes rolling in pleasure. Cloudy golden to my eyes with mammonth head, white head reatined well.. Light and dry taste and fluffy sudsy mouthfeel and more pungent and tangy(lemon peel/white peper, floral something) as you finish it off. Very impessive saison and hope it's more complex next year as I hit Phonexville one mo time!

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Photo of lnashsig
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
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

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Photo of dennarb
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had my first taste of this surprising beer from a freshly opened keg at Standard Tap. Bright yellow with a big snow white head. This is a crisp, exceptionally refreshing beer with a hint of apple cider in the nose and a fun spicy quality including a little smack of home made root beer when it goes down. As the days get hotter this is going to become a favorite.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden in color (only a very mild haze) with a full frothy bright-white head that holds quite well. Streams of tiny slower moving bubbles gently rise as larger, standard sized bubbles race to the surface. Very nice appearance! The aroma is of a peppery spiciness above an earthy maltiness. The body is medium with a firm carbonation that gives it a crisp mouthfeel. The flavor is an immaculate blend of spice and lightly bready malt with a swirl of fruitiness running throughout. It's quite straightforward, but also kind of mesmerizing. At first the peppery spiciness commands the stage, followed by a "juicy" fruit-laced (and lemony) maltiness that's enhanced by earthy and spicy hops. But as you progress through the glass it warms, bringing the fruitiness to center stage, sending the maltiness to the wings, and relegating the spiciness to serve as the ever present (but large and wide) backdrop. Hop bitterness is well restrained. Very clean - almost too clean compared to imported versions - and exceptionally well balanced. Another brilliant example of the brewers art from this small brewpub. Absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very strong Saison. Not an outstanding feature that makes it great, it's just well balanced and void of any off flavors. A typical yellow, hazy brew with eruptive carbonation and head retention. Big fruity aromas. Citrus: oranges, lemons, pineapples, banannas and peppery. Grainy flavors are very low. Tastes fruity, juicy, lightly tart, musky, and yeasty. Very efforvescent on the toung (almost numbing). Finishes lightly sweet and dry. Great hot weather drinker. Almost wish it had a bit more funky flavors--woodiness and muskiness.

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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!

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden color with a meringue of a head that takes forever to drop

Smell: Lemon meringue, white pepper and yeasty tones

Taste: Starts with a yeasty tart lemon meringue pie aspect; after the swallow a a grainy bitterness appears and leaves abruptly, only to be replaced by the yeast and lemon meringue pie tartness that lasts into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation; some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: A very nice take on the style; great to see this brewery give it a shot

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Photo of Foxman
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy bubbly lemony yellow. Two fingers of tight white head settle to a satiny froth sheet. Arches of lacing bridge along the inside of the glass.

The aroma twirls the sweet berry fruit of light malt, along with green apple, lemon, pepper, and clove. An earthy yeast tang rounds things out.

Upon tasting, light biscuit malt sweetness flows in, bringing along clove spice, more apple and pepper, and a flash of lemon citrus. The middle shows a push of alcohol, which is soon subverted by a yeasty dough note. Toward the close a tart character arrests any residual malt presence and segues to a finish of dry bitterness and cassis, lingering mildly. Simply, it's a straightforward, well-managed and blended flavor.

Medium bodied, the carbonation and spiced malt combine to deliver a fine beer blanket on the palate.

From first glance to the last vestige of finish, this is one very pleasurable beer. It delivers what you'd expect, but then it goes a bit further by filling out each piece of the profile in a memorable fashion. It's lively and very smooth, and wonderfully drinkable in spite of any ABV concerns. Saison's one of my favorites, and this is now one of my favorite saisons.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of deanhead
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured aggressively into my Tripel Karmeliet glass producing a voracious head. Golden colored with a pure white billowy head that took some time to settle. One settled billows of foam seemed to coagulate in the glass here and there. These pockets stayed with the beer to the bottom of the glass. It was an amazing sight to behold.

The beer itself had a yeasty, spicy, grassy aroma with a hint of coriander and lemon zest and waffles.
Taste was slightly yeasty, with hints of biscuit, and honey.
Light to medium bodied beer that coated my tongue and teeth leaving a slightly sweet residual taste in my mouth.

Fabulous example of the style. I really really enjoyed this beer. Highly quaff-able!

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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...

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4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours with a huge thick white head on a pretty clear yellow body.
S- Citrus, lemons, bread, yeast, spices, light malts behind it all.
T- Follows the aroma just a little less on the citrus side and you get more of the yeast flavors. Spices build up on tongue and hops leave a nice lingering bitterness on the tongue.
M-Thin body with high carbonation.
D- It is a really good Saison. I could have a few of these just I wish it was a little cheaper. Still good and if I ever saw this when I went out of town I would pick one up.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerBeing for the 750 from BIF 25**

Appearance: Pours with a mountainous head of white foam, large bubbles fade slowly, leaving a rocky landscape. Body is light gold, hazy, with streams of carbonation.

Smell: Pepper and Belgian style yeast. Banana and some citrus. Alcohol adds to the overall sharpness of the beer.

Taste: Sharp and spicy. Initially citrus and pepper, slightly metallic. The citrus ends this with some nice hops, but overall a very strong and assertive flavor.

Mouthfeel: The good carbonation adds to the sharpness of the beer.

Drinkability: A good, enjoyable saison, could stand a little more complexity and depth, but still a well above average beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
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

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Photo of nickhiller
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep slightly hazy golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some pretty nice lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast with nice refreshing floral malt notes. Taste is also domination by some nice floral Belgian malt with some nice attenuation from the yeast. Body is slightly too light for the style with some great carbonation. Very well done for the style with lots of character and definitely something I would wish to try again.

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Photo of jorg2619
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to get this 750ml bottle in my quest to drink more regional brews from Pa and the Mid-Atlantic region.

I was surprised by the carbonation after opening the bottle. I carefully poured a tulip glass of foam and waited. This aside the foam settled into a clear light amber color with lots of carbonation rising throughout. It smelled of yeast and and a hint of bread. The taste is crisp, again bready, finishing smoothly with a mild tart ending of hops not noticed until a few drinks. A refreshing farm house ale, and another solid brew by Sly Fox. Over carbonation was not that big of a deal for me as it is bottle conditioned. I would buy this again.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was simply a great beer.

Appearance: Slightly hazy pale yellow in color with a short 1/4" head that actually lasted a bit and some nice lacing developed.

Smell: the aroma was of spice, a hint of pepper, and some field grains.

Taste: the flavor was a nice balance of malt and spice as coriander, clove, and pepper were matched with some grapefruit and yeast. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel was crisp at the start and finish as the carbonation levels were just right.

Drinkability: This was very drinkable and extremely enjoyable. A must have if it is available.

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Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.