Saison VOS - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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3.43/5 rDev -11.4%
The smell is a bit barnyard, with lots of malt behind it. The taste, from a medium plus mouthfeel,is hoppy and mildly spicey, and is a bit astringent (likely from pepper) in the finish.Drinkable though not best of style.Orange with off-white head.Worth a try.
10-23-2008 04:38:02 | More by Sammy
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
04-03-2012 21:53:59 | More by Thorpe429
4.45/5 rDev +15%
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
10-13-2006 00:56:41 | More by brentk56
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
11-02-2011 02:43:29 | More by mikesgroove
4.45/5 rDev +15%
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.
05-05-2006 20:27:58 | More by BEERchitect
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
10-16-2007 16:19:19 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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!
06-21-2011 22:57:54 | More by Knapp85
4.47/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
12-01-2002 18:28:28 | More by NeroFiddled
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
The beer pours a nice gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wondefully fruity nose along with a dry spiciness as well. The grassy noble hops blend nicely with the yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a solid pilsner malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes quite dry and fruity. THe earthiness is outstanding. The mouthfeel however is lacking. The carbonation is a bit too powerful. Otherwise, this is a top notch saison. It's well brewed and easy drinking.
06-14-2008 20:58:33 | More by WesWes
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
10-29-2004 23:26:36 | More by Gavage
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Appears a light hazy gold with mild streams of carbonation coming up to the top. Solid white head does not want to yield to the surronding pressure. Spotty and streaky lacing abound.
Smell is of slight barnyard funk mustiness with apple skin, coriander, pepper, and lemon zest with perhaps just a touch of bananas.
Taste is of the same aromas matched with that slight funkiness.
Mouthfeel is dry with some of the lemony zest and coriander peaking quickly before the dry finish.
This is going to be the shiznit when bottled. Only a few weeks away.
10-02-2005 21:01:54 | More by weeare138
4/5 rDev +3.4%
A corked and caged 750 mL bottle, a remnant from the Stone Soup III gathering.
A: The saison is a golden yellow color, hazy even after it has warmed. The bottle opened with nary a pop and barely managed a head. All that remains after the pour are some isolated patches in the middle of the glass.
S: The aroma is dry, fruity with a combination of sweet honey and dark licorice. It doesn't jump out as exciting but it fits within the saison style.
T: Dry yeast and pale malts set the stage for the saison, leaving little in the way of sugars. Pepper and biscuity bread mix with licorice and citrusy non-hop elements. Despite the lack of bubbles on pour, the ale is well-carbonated as I drink it. There is little in the way of tart funkiness, making this a nice sipper that remains sweet (if not sharply dry) throughout.
M: The mouthfeel has a sweet/sour edge that keeps the ale firmly in the saison family. The finish takes a nice twist towards anise that makes it worthwhile.
D: The ale is a little heady, packing more alcoholic punch than it should. A nice saison.
05-02-2009 01:38:47 | More by akorsak
3.6/5 rDev -7%
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.
04-27-2012 00:32:06 | More by stakem
4/5 rDev +3.4%
(Served in a talk sided tulip glass)
A- This beer has a lemon yellow crystal clear body with tiny bubbles swirling around forming a super thick mousey foam that soon turns to dish soap bubbles.
S- The biggest aroma is the dry green herbal note that is still light but followed by a lighter earthy perfume note.
T- This beer has a smooth dry taste that develops into a slightly sweet note followed by some light pepper and spice finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish.
D- The light smooth flavor makes this very nice to quaft with some subtle hints of flavor that add a good depth.
10-11-2008 01:43:53 | More by rhoadsrage
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
A: Poured a clear golden-rod with a huge billowy white head that was fully lasting leaving a great film lacing behind. Visible carbonation was high and steady.
S: yeasty, bursting with a big banana aroma, some lemon bread and light dried citrus.
T: The flavor was spicy, lemons, dry oranges, coriander and bananas. There is also a noticeable fruitiness (pineapple) and some spicy tart citrus notes as well a lemony hopping.
M: medium bodied, citrusy and very clean with a good carbonation bringing out the spicy tart nature of the beer.
D: Great drinkability, clean and well balanced drinking very nicely. Can easily drink this in multiples and not tire of it, great complexity and spiciness.
10-05-2008 14:55:13 | More by beerthulhu
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
Cloudy straw yellow with a rocky, fluffy, white head supported by constant streams of bubbles. As the foam subsided, thick clumps of lace were left on the glass. Very nice. Lemony, bready aroma with a bit of tartness and white pepper. Sweet, doughy flavour with some citrus and spice. Alcohol and peppery tingle lingers on the palate along with a hint of tart fruit and white grapes. Medium/light body and high carbonation that fills the mouth with foam at each sip. Just off-dry with a hint of residual sugar. Nicely balanced and quite enjoyable.
06-10-2006 01:02:31 | More by DrJay
Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.