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Saison VOS - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Saison VOSSaison VOS

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BA SCORE
87
very good

166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%


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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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
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 +23.4%
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 +7.5%
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 +13.9%
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 +5.4%
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 +5.4%
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 +1.5%
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 +0.3%
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 +4.1%
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
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2005 01:24:33 | More by Rastacouere
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle from the royersford location.. sweet label!

a bright golden brew in my chimay chalice. very intricate weblike lacing and belgian in its mild haziness, foamy head with small bubble stream. orangey, yeasty aroma is inviting and more belgian pale than saisony. flavor dips into the pilsner realm, fresh and fruity with ripe summer citrus. very comfortable brew to sip, very safe. spice is there but very mild, and presented in a way that introduces less peppery notes and more christmas, sweet spice. this would be a good place for a yuengling drinker to cut his teeth on spiced/saison ale.. i found this to be an excellent beer, just mislabeled. do not go for this if you're looking for something to hit the high funk notes of a fantome or the hoppy green notes of theriez or la chouffe.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 23:15:14 | More by goodbyeohio
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2005 21:01:54 | More by weeare138
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bmills1608

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker yellow with an orange tinge in color. Smallish head, fades fast.

On the nose was a little funk, floral/citrus goldings and a wee bit of earthy goodness. Taste was bright and clean, with spicy Belgian yeast notes. Overall very drinkable, with some slight earthy tones. Towards the end a lot of orange flavors began to push through. Carbonation was good, not super fizzy but not too soft either, nice and tight. Finish was fairly dry, clean with some more spice.

Overall a very drinkable and approachable beer. Perfect for summer quenching. Perhaps a bit on the light side with lower end complexity, but very well done.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2005 00:14:09 | More by bmills1608
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark yellow/golden colour with some patchy lace and very good head retention. The aromas of this brew are spicy with hints of coriander, lemon peel, and funky farmy hops. The taste is spicy up front and very wit-like. Fresh herbal hops hit you in the tongue, and than you are pummeled by various spices, and some zesty citrus flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied>light and the drinkability is very good. An interesting saison that drinks like a saison/wit hybrid.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2004 22:49:23 | More by francisweizen
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2004 23:26:36 | More by Gavage
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Boto

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Sly Fox: This one was a cloudy, lighter golden color. There wasn’t much head evident. The aroma contains many scents. It was somewhat spicy (mainly corriander). with some fruitiness coming through also(mainly citric and banana). Maybe musty also. A very well balanced taste. Yeasty, bready, spicy, all just in great proportions. A very nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2004 20:59:41 | More by Boto
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stingo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with hints of orange. Nose is light fruit flavors suggesting hints of banana and something citrusy/acidic, carried on an earthy, open breeze. Most of the taste is centered in the middle of the palate, with the flavors in the nose carried through. It seems to be fairly temperature sensitive - when served too cold it has an astringently dry taste which sours the rest of the experience, but when served somewhat warmer that dryness receides into the background to form the foundation of the beer. Mouthfeel is near ideal, with a light small finish.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2004 04:49:59 | More by stingo
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2003 13:35:27 | More by Jarod
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2002 18:28:28 | More by NeroFiddled
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Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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