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Saison VOS - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Saison VOSSaison VOS

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very good

101 Reviews
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Reviews: 101
Hads: 221
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | 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:
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: 101 | Hads: 221
Photo of Boto
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked & caged bottle, sent during the winter by Metalmonk. I thought I'd be sharing this with my wife but the dry bitterness was a turn-off for her; I got it all to myself! Poured to a small Brasserie Millevertus tasting glass...

A: Big fizzy/foamy white head, cresting at 2-fingers+, above a hazy pale blonde. Lots of carbonation with bubbles percolating to the surface and keeping the beer 'active'-looking at all times.

S: Lots of wild yeast and a rustic wet grass/hay smell. Faintly floral with cloves, clover honey and light lemon. As good as any Belgian Saison I've tried.

T: Wonderfully grassy, lightly sweet and much like the smell indicated: cloves, honey, spice, hints of lemon and herbs. Finishes very dry and medicinally bitter.

M: As good as it gets; fizzy and carbonated, with a zesty dry finish. Despite the busy mouthfeel, it's not biting or acerbic and is considerably 'full'-feeling. Alcohol, despite being nearly 7%, never comes into play.. this is just crisp, refreshing and lively in the mouth. Wow.

D: Very, very good. Tastes like springtime; I'm glad we saved this for an April afternoon after working in the yard. I'd gladly have this one again. Thanks, Jeff - you forewarned me this would be a very good one and it did not disappoint...

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No date on cork, but this bottle has the Royersford address and 2005 is printed on the label. (Thanks to melbatoast93 for this gem!)

Tight bubbles and a crazy rocky head explode on the pour, atop a beautiful copper-shaded golden color. The head's shape and form could give Duvel a run for its money. Lots of sticky lace left on the glass.

Aroma is stinky yeast, tart fruits, delicate spices, all coming together and reminding of a tripel. Yum.

Again reminded of Duvel at the front of the sip, where pilsner malts were obviously used. Also has a generous kick from the yeast, an earthy sweetness, and a dry, crisp, citrusy finish that morphs into a spicy glow. Banana, clover, perfumey hops, green apple...so many sensations on the tongue, so much depth and character...this is amazing.

Feels light but boldly present in the mouth, matches the flavors perfectly.

As close to a fine Belgian saison as any US brewery is likely to get. Superb.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-clear golden color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-grain, yeast, citrus, pepper, hints of sweetness

T-citrus, grain, slight yeasty funk, pepper, grassy, slight sweetness, moderate bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a decent Saison at this price point, easy drinkability

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to lookrider for the opportunity. Corked and caged 750mL bottle. Pours a glowing summer sun yellow, opaque with yeast but with a dense cap od white that sticks through the entire drink. Terrific.

Yeasty, active carbonation brings up the aroma of orange peel, coriander, powder, ginger and lemon zest. Not much fruit or other complexities here.

Bright lemon zest, orange peel, and powdery yeast and coriander. Very bright. Unobtrusive malt character. Finishes very clean, powdery and palate scrubbing.

Active carbonation, bright and lightens up the yeast considerably. Not detection of alcohol. High carbonation doesn't impede the flavor profile either. Ideal.

Very nice take on a saison, not very complex but a bright beer, perfect refresher. Clean and crisp.

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Photo of DIM
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a bright, clear, pale yellow. It poured with a large, sticky, incredibly long lasting bone white head.

s: Sweet banana esters, candied sugar, and some prickly yeastiness. There was a little warmth coming off of this one.

t: This was one of the sweeter saisons I've tried. The banana esters tasted a bit like banana flavored candy. There are some subtle flowery berry flavors as well before a semi-dry yeasty finish.

m: Mouth filling creamy carbonation and a semi-syrupy body.

d: I prefer Sly Fox's Saison Brune, which isn't as sweet. Still, this was pretty good.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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...

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Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very light hay colored with a huge amount of carbonation which fits the style well. Pure white and quick to fade leaving some thick traces of lace sporadically about.

Spicey, grassy, acidic, full of floral goodness and stone fruits with some tropical and citrus notes. You can even smell the carbonation in this.

This is quite tasty, refreshing, resilient and full. Just a blast of acidity and fruit with a sour tartness in the middle and onto the finish. Tastes like a sweet tart almost, tropical flavored. Spicey, slightly herbal and grassy showing white pepper, sandpaper, and hints of iodine.

Mouth is very nice full and tight which I love when you can find it in a Saison. Not an easy task. mmmm!

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Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

group tasting may 26/07 with biegaman, Viggo, Lexx, crwills, blankboy@RB, tupalev@RB, and me (grub). everybody threw something into the mix and we had a great lineup of beer. biegaman contributed this one, so thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and caged.

pours golden yellow colour with just a bit of haze. the huge fluffy white head drops very slowly and leaves lots of chunky lace.

aroma is nice. light funk. cracker malt. bit of light orange citrus. hint of alcohol.

taste is good. low bitterness level. bit of funk. light cracker malt. bit of pepper. touch of orange.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. nice light body with a dry finish.

drinkability is good. fairly straight forward, but balanced and nice.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... This is perhaps the best American Saison that I've ever sampled... loaded with flavor, style, and character... a truly excellent depiction of the style, really worthy of praise and recommended as an exceptional Saison... beautiful golden appearance with an immense frothy head that lingered for some time before dissipating... smell was on-point for the syle, loaded with citrus, florals, lemons, coriander, and sweet sugars... taste strongly complemented the aroma, with noticeable fresh fruit flavors that really hit home and were very appealing... sweet, vanilla candied taste is also apparent... I was really surprised at the freshness and overall quality of this brew... a winner from Sly Fox... if you enjoy this style, this sample is definitely recommended...

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Photo of Flounder57
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger billowy head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a slightly hazy golden straw yellow with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, apple, pear, pilsner malts, powdery yeast, spicy, grassy

Taste: Nice sweetness to this beer. Powdery yeasty esters, green apple, pear, pilsner malts, pale malts, spicy, grassy, and some bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, a bit dry, a little chewy, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A very enjoyable saison. Definitely grew on me as it warmed up. Will look for more of this next time venturing out of New England.

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Photo of Crosling
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from youbrewidrink, I believe. Thanks!

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden body with a substantial, fluffy, and long-retaining off-white head. It clings to the sides of the glass as it falls, and it remains a decent cap on the beer for the entire time that I'm drinking it. Outstanding.

S: Yeast, orange peel, lemon grass, coriander. I'd love to have less yeast in the nose, as I gravitate toward saisons that have fruit aromas as the centerpiece.

T: Yeast and orange peel are prominent in the flavor, with light elements of white pepper and coriander. There's a lemon grass note that carries well into the finish. Again, a touch too yeast-forward for me, but hardly bad.

M: A little overcarbonated for my tastes, but that was easy enough to swirl out.

O: A fairly good American interpretation of a saison. I've had some better ones, but they were brett'ed, so maybe that's not a fair yardstick.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of armock
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of yeast spice and lemon

T - Starts off with banana then the yeast and spice come out with a touch of lemon lots of stuff happening in the taste

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - One of the best Saisons that I've had very enjoyable definitely a beer to get others into Saisons or craft beer in general great taste that very easy to drink glad I picked this bottle out worth trying

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml. Hazy gold color with a bit of sediment floating about. Pillowy white head holds together for quite some time. When it does shrink, there is a great amount of lace on the glass.

Slightly sour aroma, hints of spices and floral notes. Maybe a bit of white pepper in the back. Nothing too intense, byt enjoyable in the nose.

Nice tartness, with some spicy, peppery flavor. Well balanced. I suspect the hops are adding to the spicy character.

Nice full mouth, with a good amount of carbonation. Seems just a bit warming. Finishes fairly dry. Enjoyable.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear golden color. Poured with a finger of white head with some very nice lacing.

S: Quite sweet in the nose. A touch of corn in the nose. A slight touch of fruitiness.

T: Sweet up front. A little bit of fruit in there as well. Very nice balance.

M: Very dry. Well attenuated.

D: Easy drinking. Super easy drinking and a great bargain. A friend brought this bottle from the souce.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 5/15/10

Appears to be dated 11/18/11

Thanks to wedge341

Pours a light, golden amber in color. Bright yellow highlights. Faint cloudiness. A few stray chunks of yeast have settles on the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of billowy foam dies down quickly. Swirling revives an impressive layer. Retention is thin but decent. Marginal lacing at best.

The aroma is enticing enough. Lots of bright spicy tones; clove & citrusy lemon peel. Grassiness abounds, smelling fresh & clean. Mild hops & toasted grain overtones. There's an appreciable mustiness well-suited to the style.

The taste is pretty good; it mimics the nose for the most part. The grassiness is most apparent & actually seems to relegate everything else to a supportive role. Mustiness is prevalent, too. Thankfully the mustiness gives way to clove & lemon zest. Possibly some pear & apple to be had buried way down in it. A bit of toastiness as well.

Medium-light in body with ample carbonation. It's quite vigorous & pointed; definitely a higher-carbonated beer (maybe too much, actually). The finish is sharp with spices & grassiness lingering on the finish.

Drinkability is alright for the most part. I like the taste, but the carbonation just seems to overwhelm it at times. Other than that, it's a reasonably solid beer. While I likely won't go to geat lengths to try it again, it's worth a shot if you happen across it.

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Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Best By: 4/13/09

I got this saison knocked off my "wants" list courtesy of one of BA's finest, Mr. Lum himself! Saison Vos pours lemon custard yellow with dulled orange highlights. The entire body is full of carbonation bubbles rushing to the surface. A ginormous head of three plus fingers grew on an easy pour eventually fading to one finger and leaving intricate Belgian-esque chunk lacing everywhere. This is how a saison should look.

The nose has a metric ton of glistening orchard fruits including peach, pear and green apple (in that order) with a good deal of bright lemon. A Belgian candi sugar like sweetness lies underneath a vivid and enjoyable grassy hoppiness. The nose makes my mouth instantly water and gives me a twitch that hurries my glass to my mouth.

All those estery golden fruits hit the second this saison enters the mouth. Gritty pear, green apple, and peach all play major roles in this brew. Mid palate brings that sugar cookie like sweetness and some candi sugar before the solid grassy bitterness takes hold. The dry finish accentuates the moderate bitterness but that quickly fades into some residual fruity sweetness. This is a damn fine American made saison.

I thoroughly enjoy the mouthfeel on this beer although it doesn't quite hit the mark like the best Belgian examples of the style. The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum and the carbonation is lively, it just doesn't have the airy quality of the best.

A nice dry finish keeps me drinking. I could see myself drinking this beer all day long without a complaint. It really is that easy to put away.

Saison Vos is one of, if not, the best American brewed saisons I've yet had the opportunity to try. This really is a gem of a beer. Thanks for the treat Lum and send more ASAP!

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a clear honey gold with a big fluffy white head. Dissipates down but retains about a millimeter of head.

Smells of citrusy malts and wild yeasts.

Taste is similar. Light, citrusy, wild yeasts, and fresh grain malts.

Body is moderate to full with minimal carbonation.

Very good. Easy to drink. Not quite as nuanced or potent as some but it gets the job done.

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Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.