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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 JAXSON
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw, with a big white head. Initially strange aroma full of grass, spices, and some citrus like sourness. Flavor is more earthy malts, lemon, grass, yeast, spices. Flavor profile is okay but comes across as a bit thin and unrefined compared to better saisons. Not the most perfectly balanced saison but a pretty good value.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at SF in Phoenixville. Appears clear gold with little head retention. Very spicy and clove-like in aroma. Pepper notes aplenty. Tastes spicy with good hop presence that tinges the tip of your tongue. Light bodied feel that does not feel like a 6.9% ABV brew!

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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 jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My third installment of Sly Fox thanks to Noslenwerd. This should be refreshing on this hot summer night.

A huge head rises up to take up 50% of the glass and bubbles over the top by almost a finger but holds steady in a round bulge and doesn't run down the sides. It pops slowly creating big pockets of air in the middle but doesn't lose shape easily, as the bubbles are reinforced by all the bubbles rising from the bottom and sides of the glass. As it eventually fades it leaves a mess of lacing all over the place. It's a perfect Belgian head. The beer itself is crystal clear with a light wheat golden yellow color. If it was a slight bit darker it would have been a 5 for appearance.

When I can eventually get my nose in the damn thing I get a nice Belgian saison like aroma, with some toasty malts, light Belgian malts, a light farmhouse dry saison aroma with very light spices, a gentle Belgian sugar sweetness, and a touch of Belgian yeast. A slight fruit comes through, the kind you would get from a typical Belgian blond. The nose brings more sweetness and malts than I expected from the color of the beer, but maintains a lighter composure for the overall aroma.

The taste starts a little rough, with some sweetness and farmhouse bitter spices. It has more of that Belgian candi sugar sweetness with lots of Belgian malts and slightly toasty. It has a sweet candy flavor that brings too much sweetness the table than I would like in what should be pretty dry Belgian Farmhouse Saison. It seems to add a touch of a tangy fruit too, just the slightest sour, almost lemony flavor. I think I get a bit of wheat as well. It does bring a bit of a rustic farmhouse feel to it though.

The mouth comes lighter with decent carbonation, less than I expected for how much head and bubbles it had, but it's been releasing all its carbonation quickly as it goes.

It finishes pretty light and crisp, refreshing at that. As it has a lighter body and feel to it, as well as overall taste, it drinks very well. The finish adds a touch of a sticky sweetness that sticks all over the mouth, but at the same time dries quite a bit from the initial sweet candy taste. A little bit of the lingering Belgian candi sugar as well as some malty qualities, a little bitter and sour lemon peel, and touch of that rustic farmhouse saison quality.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to psudrew for this.

4.0 A: Slightly hazed golden straw color. Three+ fingers of white frothy head with pretty good retention, but not too sticky.

4.0 S: Fairly simple, but pleasant. Main component is musty basement funk and there's plenty of that. As the beer warms up, a peachy fruitiness becomes more and more apparent. The fruitiness always plays second fiddle, which I like as I tend to prefer saisons on the dry end. Slight acid notes as well.

4.0 T: The taste is a bit more complex than the nose. Same basement funkiness and peachy fruitiness with the addition of hay, lots and lots of pear, and a lemony zing at the end. Moderate balancing bitterness. Pretty good.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

4.0 D: Good beer. Not much is spectacular, but nothing is flawed either. Actually, scratch that last part, there is one problem. The label is fucking ugly as hell. I have to get this last pour going so I can get it out of my sight. Anyway, back to the beer. All 750ml were well received and this is a good pickup if you haven't had it before.

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Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a snifter, two fingers of bright white head fades gradually, straw coloring.

s- slight pepper, lemon, lightly hopped, grassy.

t- white pepper, light lemon, some nice bitterness lingers, some grain, tasty saison!

m- light to medium bodied.

d- really nice saison, i would drink this again, i split the bottle with several non beer geeks, and it was enjoyed by all!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty decent beer. Doesn't jump out at you as "saison". Belgian pale similarities... Really, the closest thing this resembles is a saison, I guess.

Served in a 10oz chalice. Has the color of peach nectar - yellow-orange and slightly hazy. No head.

The aroma is fruity and only vaguely spicy. Has a juicy, medium-light bodied, mellow feel despite some noticeable carbonation in the appearance. The essence of peach or blush remains potent in the aftertaste and my mouth gradually became puckery and bordering on dry with successive each sip. The "special strain" of yeast felt pushed to the back. It's presence was just enough to notice and far from strong enough to frighten away someone hesitant about or uninitiated to the style.

Paired wonderfully with their amazing Jamaican Jerk wings. The fruit factor dropped out quite a bit and the beer became more crisp and clean.

It's a solid beer, lacking much of the zippy yeast and farmhouse nuances that characterize the style. But it's quite Refreshing and enjoyable, nonetheless.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a glass that I have no idea how to categorize or name...

A- Pours a hazy yellow straw color with about 2 fingers of perfect white foamy head that takes a little time to subside.

S - Lemony aroma up front with some spices and some yeasty/bready smells to it as well. A nice honey like aroma comes out as well.

T - Very sweet, yeasty and lemony flavors. A good bit of spices comes out as well; coriander and clove I think. Some grassy, earthy notes as well which makes it more like a saison than a strong pale ale to me.

M - Quite carbonated as I would expect from this style. A bubbly mouthfeel with a nice crisp feel as well.

D - Quite drinkable and would be great during the hot summer months. Very easy to drink and is light and airy enough to come back for seconds.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a golden straw colored head with a hint of haze and a thin bubbly white head.

S-yeast up front, light lemon and orange peel notes, oily aroma, floral herbs, corriander.

T-yeasty lemon, orange peel, corriander, notes of floral grassy herbs, light bitterness in back. very simple and straight forward.

M-grainy feel in a good way with a syrupy texture and nice carbonation to back it up with a lightly dry finish.

D-very easy drinker, very straight forward beer, not a lot happening here but still a great summer drink.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 5/15/10

Appears to be dated 11/18/11

Thanks to wedge341

Pours a light, golden amber in color. Bright yellow highlights. Faint cloudiness. A few stray chunks of yeast have settles on the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of billowy foam dies down quickly. Swirling revives an impressive layer. Retention is thin but decent. Marginal lacing at best.

The aroma is enticing enough. Lots of bright spicy tones; clove & citrusy lemon peel. Grassiness abounds, smelling fresh & clean. Mild hops & toasted grain overtones. There's an appreciable mustiness well-suited to the style.

The taste is pretty good; it mimics the nose for the most part. The grassiness is most apparent & actually seems to relegate everything else to a supportive role. Mustiness is prevalent, too. Thankfully the mustiness gives way to clove & lemon zest. Possibly some pear & apple to be had buried way down in it. A bit of toastiness as well.

Medium-light in body with ample carbonation. It's quite vigorous & pointed; definitely a higher-carbonated beer (maybe too much, actually). The finish is sharp with spices & grassiness lingering on the finish.

Drinkability is alright for the most part. I like the taste, but the carbonation just seems to overwhelm it at times. Other than that, it's a reasonably solid beer. While I likely won't go to geat lengths to try it again, it's worth a shot if you happen across it.

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Photo of mstyne
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked bomber from Beverage Mart on NY 66.

Best by 2/5/10. Oops. Does not seem to be any worse for wear. Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a thick (~1") creamy head and minimal lacing. Sharp spice and citrus throughout.

Very tasty brew. Would definitely like to see if there's a difference if I were to get one that was a bit fresher.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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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 aerozeppl
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy carbonation batman! A gentle pour yields a glass that was 75% foam and seems a bit over carbonated. That being said, the foam was bright white, rocky and lovely, leaving nice sloppy lace as it recedes. The beer itself is pale golden and dancing with bubbles. The aroma is typical saison with a nice floral and grassy sweet aroma, with a slight pepperyness and sweet malt. Flavor is very nice. Gently sweet and very light and clean. Grassy, floral, biscuity and light, with a nice dryness in the finish. Great pepper spice notes and a refreshing slight tartness. Very well balanced, and a bit more restrained than some of the classic examples. The mouthfeel is light with a nice lingering sweet/sour note on the tongue. Very drinkable, and a great American brewed saison.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Always good to see an American brewer taking a crack at saison. And bottle-conditioned, yeah, I'll definitely give this a go.

The cork took some coaxing, but it eventually blasted out. Big alabaster foam, sunny gold body. Looks great in a tulip.

Slightly sweet aroma, pears and a little pungent yeast. Smells more like a tripel to me.

Hmmm. This might be one of the best domestic Belgian Strong Pale Ales I've had in quite some time. Underlying sweetness, sweet pears and apples, little pepper, minor bitterness. Bit of a sweaty sourdough. Not really pulling too many saison characteristics here other than peppery. I think it falls short of the mark for a saison, but succeeds wildly as a Belgian pale.

As such, it has a very good, nah, damn near outstanding mouthfeel. The bottle-conditioning has really done well for this beer, it's soft, bubbly and full all at once. If I didn't know better I'd think this is Belgian.

As a saison, not my favorite, but that doesn't stop it from being a tasty, drinkable beer. Would be versatile with food, and I can also see a lot of people liking this. Saison or no, I can't deny the visuals, feel and overall drinkability. My low-ish score for taste only reflects that I think it doesn't meet the criteria for a saison.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer had a slight haze and the color was golden orange with a thin white head.

S: Citrus, honey, vanilla, jasmine, toasted grains and spicy yeast.

T: Sweet and spicy with a healthy dose of floral and citrus hops. Very fresh tasting hops. Toasted grains and mild honey with some spice and a nice belgian yeast.

M: Smooth light to medium body with small carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink and refreshing with a true to style flavor.

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Photo of BigMike
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of FirstMan
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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

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Photo of njmoons
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Cork exploded as soon as the wire was loosened! Guess that happens when you have a yeasty, bottle conditioned beer marked "best by 4/13/09." Once things calmed down: hazy, pale, and golden with a big lacy head.

S: citrus zest, pepper, white grape, yeast, grass, bit of sweetness

T: surprisingly mild given the complex nose. Basic mixture of pale malts, lots of hopping (but still basic; doesn't give the impression of blending too many things together), and some yeasty residue. Finish is crisp, bready, and mostly dry despite the sugar/lemon you might expect from the smell. Overall a very pleasant and unpretentious balance.

M: medium body with tons of fizz (see above!)

D: Spicy & interesting without anything to offend or overwhelm the palate. Nice.

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Photo of OnThenIn
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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