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Saison VOS - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Saison VOSSaison VOS

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87
very good

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-01-2002)
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 14:52:32 | More by yelterdow
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Crosling

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL. First impression is, this is criminally underated. This is without question, one of the best Saison examples to come out of America. Most similar to the straight Saison Dupont, probably using the same yeast. It’s a bit sweeter and not as dry as Dupont, a bit less hoppy as well. On the palate, there are some lovely fruit flavors, most notably pear and banana. This is a great saison, clearly the brewer is passionate about the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 06:07:46 | More by Crosling
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ski271

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2007 19:20:29 | More by ski271
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TexIndy

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with BeerBeing - thanks! No best by or bottled on info on label but it did have a copyright of 2005 so gonna assume '05 vintage unless using older labels. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle in a tulip glass. Was a hazy golden color with tons of yeast floating around. The aroma was typical saison with tad more dryness that average. Good fruit and spicyness. The taste followed the smell and was really good. I'd loved to try a fresh sample of it to see how the flavors are at the start but if '05 this one held up well. Good mouthfeel with good carb. Overall, I like this one but since older is a little muted but will seek out a new one. (3.5, RB, T, Y)

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 02:01:26 | More by TexIndy
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 21:01:52 | More by BlindPig
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Appears a dark golden yellow with a huge three fingers of dense and fluffy foam. Smells of peppery spices, and citrus. Tastes fruity, bitter from hops, sweet from the malt and spicy from the yeast. Stays very dry through the finish. Very crisp and clean tasting with moderate carbonation. This is one of my favorite Saisons. It paired nicely with some Asiago, Fontina and crackers.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 03:08:40 | More by ClockworkOrange
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jdg204

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2007 05:09:10 | More by jdg204
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ikats

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with fluffy, perfectly white head that subsides to a good-looking quarter inch cover. Slightly hazy.

Banana sweetness dominates the aroma. I also smell citrus notes, spices - wonderful yeast aroma.

Sticky sweetness in the taste is complimented by spicy bite. A very nice balance. I find my mind wondering away from this review back to the glass. I can't help myself but to take another sip. Very drinkable beer. I thought that a 750 ml bottle may be too much for tonight - this is not an issue anymore.

Strength is noticeable (but in a good, warming way). This brew is light to medium in body.

Now, I'll be honest and say that I cannot review this beer within the style since I am not very familiar with saisons. However, I can also honestly say that this is a very tasty beverage. Playful, satisfying, flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 03:41:48 | More by ikats
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 00:56:41 | More by brentk56
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear golden with a super high off-white frothy and moussy head which lasted for days to lace the glass.

The aroma was earthy, grassy and a bit spicy. The spice characer was low and in the background while the aroma was more floral and fruity as the beer warmed and the head finally fell. Some honeylike aromas were also present along with some DMS (cooked corn).

The flavor was rather light with a very nice and subtle spice character coupled with a perceptible, but low sweetness that reminded me of honey. The flavor had just a pinch of pepper along with a very slight cinnamon. Earthy characteristics were in the flavor just as in the aroma, but at a lower level.

The finish was dry with lasting light spice and a very light honey hanging on till the bitter end. The body was medium with a high carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation was just a bit overdone and a light warming does occur in the esophagus after consumption. A tasty treat!

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 22:03:14 | More by GCBrewingCo
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 01:02:31 | More by DrJay
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jaluria

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 13:51:01 | More by jaluria
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this because I have of late become interested in this style, because as Randy Mosher puts it, this style "is as close to homebrew as a commercial product can get." Before this, I had only tried Yards Saison, which apparently isn't the best example but was nonetheless a good introduction. As I type, I have a batch of homebrewed Saison fermenting in the next room.

Saison VOS comes in a very big La Fin du Mondish 750mL bottle, corked, no freshness information whatsoever. There was no dust on the bottle when I purchased it, so I figured I was good.

With a pop of the cork, it pours a cloudy gold color with a fizzy white head that doesn't go away as fast as you'd think. There's a lot of carbonation going on here.

I really took my time with this bottle, so I was sniffing it a lot as it warmed up. Coming right out of the fridge it smells very medicinal, almost too much, and there's a major farmhouse character, i.e. it's funky/pungent like gorgonzola or bleu cheese. Over time the aroma mellows out.

All the way through, the palate is consistently like perfume. It's a combination of the aforementioned farmhouse features and what I'm assuming are the usual Saison spices, coriander and bitter orange peel. It's almost too much, in my opinion. "Perfume vapors" linger in the aftertaste. As it warms, sweetness and stickiness become apparent. Any hop bitterness is being masked by something else because I am not picking it up.

There's no ABV statement on the bottle, but here on the site they say it's 6.9%... that sounds about right. To me this doesn't make it a traditional Saison, one that was made for summer refreshment. I'm not complaining, I'm just sayin'. Despite this, it's light-medium bodied, and has a champagne-like dryness.

In the end, the only thing I'm thinking about is that there might be too much of something at play here. It's too perfumey for me, too medicinal. It's a noble attempt, but they have to tone something down here.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 02:26:40 | More by edskirk3
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured (or should I say the beer expoded for the bottle) a hazy light amber color with massive white puffy, chunky head. Champagne-like carbonation bubble strem to the top. Nice lacy coating. Smell is malty, peppery, spicy. banana-like. Taste follows through with a firm spice, fruity, malty texture. Good creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 23:45:26 | More by tgbljb
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 00:59:42 | More by TastyTaste
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 20:27:58 | More by BEERchitect
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 00:12:11 | More by kmpitz2
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 00:02:23 | More by SheepNutz
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assurbanipaul

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 02:14:43 | More by assurbanipaul
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 21:27:36 | More by Foxman
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NolanGTI

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice Saison from Sly Fox. Presented in a nice bomber with great looking white label and cork finish. Bottle conditioned. Head is thick and white as a ghost, lasts for awhile on top of a pale cloudy raft of beer. Mouthfeel is nice and tight with lots of carbonation going on. Very peppery and not much citrus going on, slight hint of lemon here and there. Not a huge yeast profile, little souring, more spicy than anything. Could use a bit more orange/lemon and a bit less pepper, but overall very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 18:36:00 | More by NolanGTI
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 03:06:02 | More by ggaughan
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walleye

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 02:06:54 | More by walleye
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tomthumbsblues

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 03:45:40 | More by tomthumbsblues
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undone gold caged & corked bottle released into a Duvel tulip with a fantastic hazy straw light golden pour loaded with frisky bubbles topped by a huge ivory headcap that just won't quit. Amazing lacing and retention. Truly deserves this 5/5.

Scents are lightly peppery and doughy with a welcome airy note that opens up to a dry signature Belgian doughy aroma.

First swigs: Mirroring the nose, a light dough and pepper with an airy Earthiness. Some mineral notes and a touch of flour dough and a touch of lemony zest. Dry lingering aftertaste. This saison is like all other Sly Fox beers in that it is spot on. Just a fine interpretation of dry peppery dough and airy.

Feel is a medium bodied and super clean with a slight dry aftertaste. Quite frothy in the kisser and a frothy shush in each sip.

Last swigs: Was looking for a bit more horseblanket to please my personal palate, but still quite flavorful. Paid $12 for a 22 oz bottle at my local Union Jacks. A little step but I don't mind supporting Sly Fox, especially at a good local beer bar. This is also a great bottle to trade with fellow BA saison appreciators. Not Saison Dupont, but dry like it and a touch less funk.

Beer is good. Happy saison local beering.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 01:38:13 | More by blitheringidiot
Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.