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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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Reviews: 101 | Hads: 221
Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of ski271
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy medium yellow with a large, white, pillowy head with good retention. The smell is of moderate wheat over yeast and mild malt aromas. Citrus, flowers, coriander, melon, green apple and some light banana. The fruitiness is light but very nice. Taste-wise, it’s quite similar to the nose, but better. Malts come on a little stronger accompanied by some fruity esters, dry hops, and a little more spiciness. The finish is floral, lightly bitter and slightly astringent. It has a medium-light body and slightly syrupy texture. Pretty good, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of ccrida
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to johnmichaelsen for bringing me this bottle!
Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Saison Vos is a chill-hazed, dark brassy gold, with a bigger, very light tan white head that leaves decent, foamy lace.

Smell is very floral, nice fruity esters, pears and bubble gum, very nice, if a little soft.

Taste is a little stronger, spicier and thicker then usual. Slightly waxy, with an earthy must and honeyed sweetness. Served cold, with a very sharp, lingering spicy finish that's phenolic with sugary fusels, but rounds out some as it warms. The effect is a puckering sourness, sugary grapefruit or lemon juice, but a more vinous acidity, almost akin to young chardonnay, or pear wine.

Mouthfeel is thicker, with an exceptionally creamy carbonation, yet dry, prickly on the tongue, a little solvent like.

Drinkability is ok, I'm really surprised this is only 6.9%, as it drinks a good bit stronger, to boozy and full for the style. It does, however, say it's made to age, and I probably should have done so, garding it until next spring, as a bière de mars or printemps. Oh well, we're still early into the fall, and having never had it before I couldn't wait!

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Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-clear golden color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-grain, yeast, citrus, pepper, hints of sweetness

T-citrus, grain, slight yeasty funk, pepper, grassy, slight sweetness, moderate bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a decent Saison at this price point, easy drinkability

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, earthy malt, citrus notes, and a nice yeasty presence. In the taste, just like the aroma, earthy, citrus, and a dry yeast. A spice bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry citrus like aftertaste. Nice spice and citrus notes, and good earthy qualities.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

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Photo of MacMalt
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer for the first time on draft at an outdoor sporting event. Poured medium yellow with a thin light head and lacing. Not much of an aroma. The taste features citrus: lemon and a hint of orange or pineapple and some spice. It is only slightly bitter. Nicely carbonated. Overall, this is a very nice saison and is delightful and refreshing on a warm day.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of RSBurney
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer for the first time on draft at a sporting event. Poured medium yellow with a thin white head and lacing. Not much of an aroma. The taste features citrus: lemon and a hint of orange and slight bitterness. Nicely carbonated. Overall, this is a very nice saison and is perfect for a lovely Spring day at an outdoor event.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of GreenJetta912
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of zrab11
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours A nice Golden Orange color with a 2 finger white head

S- Smells of pear and apples, also has some orange notes and grass as well. I also am getting some maleness and yeast.

T- Starts off with a nice sweet fruit flavor. the apples and pears you can taste, it has a nice bitter orange flavor in the middle and finish's with a sugary maltyness.

M- Has a medium body with good carbonation

D-Overall this is a good saison. Not my favorite ever but nothing you can really knock it on.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to yourefragile for this one. Best by 5/26/12. Corked and caged.

A - Giant head on a very slow pour, very light golden in color underneath all that fluffy head.

S - The crisp pils malt and the bright hops from the stronger hop level make this smell like a dry hopped pilsner instead of a saison. While it is fresh and inviting, it is somewhat confusing.

T&M - Again, very confusing. Part pilsner (light body, dry), part english bitter (bright crisp bitterness), part spicy belgian saison. Overall, the bitterness wins out on the yeast profile, which is a little disappointing, but it is still quite good.

D - A very refreshing beer, albeit one with a bit of an identity crisis. A great end of summer beer on Labor Day.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This slightly cloudy apricot-tinted beer produces a huge frothy head. Plenty of streams of carbonation arising from the bottom. Aroma is sour with a hint of clove. Taste is sour with good earthy feel. Nice malt finish with a pleasant aftertaste. A light tingly mouthfeel well in keeping with the style. Overall, I was pretty impressed with this beer and I look forward to having it again.

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Photo of jdg204
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this bad man as part of a sampler at the Sly Fox brewery and restaurant, both highly recco'd.

Appearance - Very nice hazy golden color, definetly lived up to Belgian standards.

Smell - Nice spiced citrus odor, would've like it to be a bit more powerful.

Taste - Very nice balance here between the sweet malt and citrus and the slightly bitter spices, extremely well done. The natural graininess really comes through nicely as well.

Mouthfeel - The is a big flavor beer so you definetly need to take your time drinking it, almost a bit much.

Drinkability - This was a high quality Saison, and Sly Fox deserves a lot of credit for having the guts to take a shot at this brew. This doesn't quite live up to Ommegang's Hennepin standards, but then again what does? If you happen to get to Sly Fox, do youself a favor and have this brew, but I'm not sure this is a go out of your way beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of drtth
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 oz goblet. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a bright clear golden yellow color with a 1/8" white head that quickly recedes to a small ring around the glass. The ring persists for a while leaving small speckles of lacing when sipping. Not much clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has some light malt character that mingles with and supports the spicy yeast. No alcohol is detectable.

Taste: The flavor is much as expected from the nose with some nice light sweetness from the malts that mingles well with the spicy, white pepper flavors created by the yeast.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with light carbonation that persists to the end but isn't very noticeable. The finish is medium length and is where the dry bitterness of the hops show as the sweetness fades first, leaving them behind.

Drinkability: This was an easy drinker which I enjoyed and could easily have another. That said it seemed to me to be a touch lacking in complexity so I'll not be going out of my way to stock it and there are a few others I'll buy in preference.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

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Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery

Appearance: minimal head, clear, gold in color,

Smell: honey, light toasted malt, grass, and earth

Taste: follows the nose

Mouthfeel: is bitter but on the sweeter end for the style, light bodied with minimal carbonation, dry.

Drinkability: This one I find to be on the sweet side for the style, but still very good. I would have two or three of these. I do like the taste of the malts in this one.

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