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Saison VOS - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Saison VOSSaison VOS

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87
very good

183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
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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KimbarkBrewCrew

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-11-2012 22:49:14 | More by KimbarkBrewCrew
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 00:32:06 | More by stakem
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ElkSherpa

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

04-10-2012 22:31:39 | More by ElkSherpa
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 21:53:59 | More by Thorpe429
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DSlim71

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-12-2012 21:58:16 | More by DSlim71
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LukeONeill


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-27-2012 04:49:22 | More by LukeONeill
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tammy829

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16%

02-20-2012 01:04:04 | More by tammy829
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RnRManifesto

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-19-2012 05:25:52 | More by RnRManifesto
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a 12 oz chalice

Appearance – A medium golden body with a slight off-white head. The head is filled with large carbonation bubbles and upon fading leaves a bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell – The smell is largely fruity up front, with nice citrus and some more tropical aromas. There is a biscuit-malty aroma toward the middle which is mixed in with an ever so slight astringent “funky” aroma.

Taste – A little on the sour side initially with some lemon and citrus. The more subdued sourness gives way to some hoppy and sweeter flavors toward the middle - sweeter citrus fruits with some more tropical’s; orange, mango, sweet lemon (lemonade) and even a little sweet apple. These sweet flavors are mixed with some yeasty flavors and a more sour green apple-lemon flavor, which come into play and rounds out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – A lighter bodied beer with a moderate to fairly high level of carbonation. The carbonation suits the beer quite nicely with the lighter body making it quite drinkable, although its thickness is lacking a little bit and it could use a bit more.

Overall – A nice “wild” brew. A little thin in the body which when mixed with the sourness makes it taste a little like an ale with a bit of lemon squeezed in (but just a bit; overall it is vastly better than this). It is well worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 15:19:06 | More by Darkmagus82
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-13-2012 11:54:22 | More by gafferjohn
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-13-2012 07:48:11 | More by ithinkimasofa
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GreenJetta912

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours golden with small head, good lacing.

Spicy belgian yeast aroma. sweet malts. wheat notes. citrus notes.

Great mouthfeel. syrupy yet smooth.

taste is very smooth at first then the spicy belgian yeast character comes through in the middle. very sweet and malty. slight hop character balances this out.

finish is very wheat forward and smooth with sweet notes.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 18:35:36 | More by GreenJetta912
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-31-2012 03:27:03 | More by slimntubbs
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grownfool

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-27-2012 01:27:39 | More by grownfool
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Mudawg

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-15-2012 18:01:35 | More by Mudawg
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heff316

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.7%

01-14-2012 01:50:38 | More by heff316
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-12-2012 00:42:10 | More by greg4579
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Corkpuller

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-02-2012 18:43:42 | More by Corkpuller
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lnashsig

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to ShanePB for the chance to taste this. My first Sly Fox beer. The bottle nearly blew out my eye when the cork flew out after I unscrewed the cage. It gushed for a bit, but then subsided pretty quickly. Poured from bottle into my Boulevard Farmhouse glass. Pours a rich straw yellow and transparent color, thick cloud-like head fills the glass, and recedes very slowly. Excellent retention and lacing. Smell- clove, fruity esters, straw, spicy phenols. A wonderful smelling Saison. Taste- clove, cracked pepper, belgian yeast, some spicy notes and light fruity esters. Very well balanced between the flavors. On second sip, I get some winey flavors, similar to some of the bitterness and fruit flavors found in a sauvignon blanc. A very dry finish a rich carbonation here too. Overall, this is a great example of the style and a highly enjoyable and balanced beer I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 01:24:52 | More by lnashsig
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brutalist

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-24-2011 03:48:40 | More by brutalist
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HumphreyLee

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-14-2011 07:18:39 | More by HumphreyLee
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railman

New York

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

Pours a somewhat hazy off yellow color with a huge billowy white head. Lots of sticky lacing on glass.
Mildly carbonated with tiny bubbles

Aroma of yeast and lemon/citrus.

Clean and refreshing taste. Would be perfect in the summer.

A little on the thin side as far as body goes.

Overall this is a decent brew for the style.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 16:53:43 | More by railman
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OneEyedJack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-30-2011 20:20:12 | More by OneEyedJack
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-19-2011 19:28:26 | More by whallgren
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-16-2011 02:06:39 | More by oline73
Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.