Saison VOS - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Saison VOSSaison VOS

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very good

99 Reviews
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Reviews: 99
Hads: 218
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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: 99 | Hads: 218
Photo of irishkyle21
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer slow and I mean real slow. Ended up with a goblet full of foam (only 1/4 was beer). Leaves some lacing as it finally starts to settle. Has a cloudy golden color, tons of carbonation.

Smells of fruits (apples, grapes and oranges), some yeasty mustiness and pale malts.

Tastes of fruits (apples and oranges more than anything IMO), yeast, spices and malts. This is very complex for such a quaffable beer. (423 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -25%
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. (944 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the Phoenixville location. Golden orange with a good sized white head that laced up the glass fairly well. A good amount of funky things are going on in the aroma along with some fruity sweetness. A bit spicy as well. Flavor starts of a bit sweet with noticeable fruit notes coming through. Nice musty earthiness to it with some spice backing it up. Good mouthfeel for the style and it is quite refreshing. Pretty drinkable stuff as I had no problem finishing the growler. (485 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of KAP1356
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of Stimack
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap when visiting the Royersford brewpub. Came in a 10-ounce glass, has a quite clear golden color with a slight haze to it. Also has a fair sized white head that has good retention leaving lacing along the sides of the glass. The aroma is very nice, malt is noticeable but it is the spices that clearly come out, mostly a peppery scent. The flavors that seems to come across the most clearly is a peppery spiciness but is not the only thing as I pick up a clear malt flavor that seems to give a bready taste with highlights of light fruit flavors and it ends with a nice spicy hop. I definitely did not do this beer justice in the review but needless to say it is well balanced, easy drinking and overall a very good brew. Clearly worth trying. (761 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark gold body, wearing a medium sized white head. Soapy hop/yeast carbonation appears both woody and herbal in the nose, but further studies reveal appealing candyish honey malts and underlying spices that, in mouth, take the shape of mustard seeds, coriander and sage. Developping a soft grassy bitterness, but despite full carbonation, it can’t hide its insufficient attenuation and therefore wins most of its saison character from the spices. Medium bodied, foamy texture. Too bad they didn’t have any of those famed bottles yet. (541 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a sightly golden color with a big cap of white foam that left plenty of lacing down the tulip glass. Nice aroma of yeast, pear, pepper, spice and lemon--a very appetizing combination.

On the palate, the beer is light to medium bodied but with nice carbonization. Club cracker-like malt along with with fruitiness from the yeast. Refreshing through the center with a pleasant sourness. Spice finishes it off.

A drinkable and tasty brew. I enjoyed it very much. (477 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip at just over fridge temperature. Cellared for one year.

Appearance- Phenomenal!! Hazy, light pale gold with a ridiculous four-finger monster of a head. Gargantuan patches of spiderweb lacing all down the glass. A small mountain of foam surrounded by a resilient head remains throughout.

Smell- Sweet and perfumy, with the most subtle pepper notes. *Very* floral. Excellent.

Taste- Spicy and peppery, and at the same time mellow and exquisitely balanced. Take the nose and translate it into flavor and there you have it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smooth with just the right amount of carbonation... prickly to the point of being exactly as it should be. A fantastic example of this style... the most pleasant surprise yet this spring. (767 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (1,268 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.78/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice bright golden orange color. Provides a thick white foam head with sufficient lacing.

S: Plenty of spice and yeast up front. There is some suble fruityness that comes through in the way of peaches or necterines.

T: A yeasty and spicy beer, with some nice citrus fruit undertones. There is a slight hop bitterness present as well.

M: A very dry and sweet taste on the palate, if that is possible.

D: This is a very nice Saison that should be tried. Not overly complex but quite tasty. (502 characters)

Photo of walleye
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to weeare138 for this big bottle tat was corked and caged. poured a golden color with a big fluffy white head that took forever to go down and left a lot of lacing. aroma big citrus nose with pepper and yeast, orange, musty. flavor a nice orange and lemon yeast and a nice bite of hops. I think this my 5th saison and it is the best I have had. I not a big fan of this style but I think this one is changing the taste buds (429 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of ski271
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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! (274 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. The beer poured a vibrant golden color with a huge foamy white head and very active carbonation. The head took quiet awhile for the foam to subside enough to drink but throughout there was a very strong citrus and hop aroma that is enjoyable. The taste is a nice mix of lemony citrus, hops and a bit of orange. Overall this is a very good representation of the style and with a medium body, easy to drink. (455 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
4.36/5  rDev +9%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light and pale green-gold with a massive, massive white head (as in 10% liquid, 90% head, takes forever to fill the glass). Aroma is grassy and musty, grainy sour just like it should be with a hint of sugar and lemon.

Taste is light and toasty, faintly malty, a little on the sweet side. Flavor elements of cream (?), yeast, dried grass and hay. Light white pepper, maybe some cardamom, a little fruity. Finish is dry and has just a hint of lemon, with no trace of alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel is light and fluffy, lots of carbonation, even zippy. I would prefer more farmhouse funk and less ease-of-drinking sweetness, but it's a nice alternative to champaigne. (674 characters)

Photo of Profchaos20
3.16/5  rDev -21%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of Jarod
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came to me fresh at the brewery.

It was poured a golden yellow color that had a slight misty appeal to it not cloudy because I could see the carbonation bubbles all through it. The head was pure white in color that was thick and foamy, and well lasting. The aromas that came from it were somewhat simple, very straight forward, I nosed malts, ash, earth, some hops, spices (bitey like white and green peppercorns) and a slight yeast. The tastes came from the glass were amazing. I tasted spices (again the bite from the peppercorns), breads, sweet malts, ash, dry earth, some hops, and fruits that seemed to come in and go out all through each swallow. This beer was smooth and all the flavors, from the first sip to the last sip, seemed to blend with each other very well. A very good beer from a very good brewery. I look forward to making another trip. (868 characters)

Photo of deanhead
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
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! (706 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,723 characters)

Photo of jaluria
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heavy carbonation comes with this particular beer. It poured a yellow-straw color with a frothy, white colored head that left behind rings of lacing. Aromas of honey, sugar, and dried fruit (apricot and honeydew) seemed to come out nicely. The taste followed the nose except that the beer was overly dry with bitter fruit flavors providing too sharp a contrast with the underlying sweetness. A milder version of this sweet & sour combination would work very well. Also, a bit too creamy in my mouth. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer with plenty of flavor. (557 characters)

Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.