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Saison VOS - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Saison VOSSaison VOS

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BA SCORE
87
very good

195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with lots of carbonation rising up to the top. The head is two fingers high, and is barely off-white in shade. It has a fluffy texture and good retention, as well. Lacing is very thick on the sides of the glass.

S: There's a good amount of noble hops coming forward. Hiding behind this is a spicy note coming from the yeast - it's a good character loaded with bread, herbs, and black pepper; but lacking some of the unique notes featured in superior saisons.

T: Sweeter than the nose indicated. A touch of hops to start, gradually becoming sweeter near the finish. It's a slight cherry sweetness, and it blends well with the yeast spiciness. This tastes very metallic on the first sip, actually - this goes away after several more. Candied sugar flavors go up after even more sips. It works, but not perfectly.

M: While it's dry and drinkable, I'm missing some of the bone dry "evaporate off of the tongue" sensations I get from the best in the style. Nor is it particularly creamy before the dryness hits. But, it's still very drinkable. It's well carbonated as expected.

O: This is a really solid saison that nails all the basic notes well. But there in lies the problem - it doesn't do much apart from nailing those basic notes well. It's not bone dry, and the fruit/spice notes aren't particularly vivid or defined. You know what, though? It's still a decent saison, well worth drinking (but not my first choice in the style...)

ThisWangsChung, May 24, 2014
Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +3.6%

uturn, May 16, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

spinrsx, May 03, 2014
Photo of ACarp
4/5  rDev +3.6%

ACarp, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of AMarkle6524
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

AMarkle6524, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Adamostella
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Adamostella, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Hugonaut13
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Hugonaut13, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Twal
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Twal, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of ThreeFishes
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ThreeFishes, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Guden
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Guden, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Profchaos20
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Profchaos20, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of eklie
3/5  rDev -22.3%

eklie, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of jrfehon33
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jrfehon33, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of mdagnew
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked bottle bought from The Light House, Jordanstown

Poured a light golden yellow colour. White head poured big, thick and fluffy and a steady stream of carbonation maintained a good covering throughout... some sticky lacing...

A lot going on in the aroma... lots of spicy yeast mixed with tart juicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, mangoes, limes), very floral, talcum powder notes, light honey and candy sugar sweetness, some earthy farmyard traces, hay, some rubberiness, fresh bread, some pine...

Taste - Tart spicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, apples), pithy notes, quite a lot of yeastiness, floral honey, quite perfumed, light earthy funk, grassy hops, chalky, faint coriander, peppery, some thyme herbalness, metallic, sea salt... flavours develop well as the beer warms up...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... Extremely refreshing and drinkable at 6.9%...

Overall - A top class Saison... As good as any i've had... recommended...

mdagnew, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of OriolesFan1008
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

OriolesFan1008, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of RobertColianni
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

RobertColianni, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

micromaniac129, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +3.6%

oriolesfan4, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of rydev24
4/5  rDev +3.6%

rydev24, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of TheFightfan1
4/5  rDev +3.6%

TheFightfan1, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Herky21
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Herky21, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of BethanyB
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good clarity. Pale gold in color. Large, foamy white head is not as persistent as it should be.

Smell: Lemon zest, honey, pale malt, and coriander make for a truly delectable aroma. The bouquet is big, without being overpowering.

Taste: A distinct, sawdusty, barnyard taste is sweetened and balanced by honey, and a spritz of citrusy esters. A full, moderate bitterness settles in towards the end of each mouthful, but does not linger on.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, with medium-high carbonation. Effervescent, but with more smoothness than usual--nice.

Overall: Probably the best Saison I've had to date. Other styles are usually too spritley and fruity. This version stays true to the farmhouse, spice, and bitterness complexities a good old fashioned Saison should have, and milks them for all they're worth, while managing to stay crowd-pleasing. Truly impressed and...dare I say, inspired?

BethanyB, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

mendvicdog, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of EBeckett3
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

EBeckett3, Aug 16, 2013
Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.