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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 Ozzylizard
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated NOV 16 (apparently – date is lightly printed over bar code) at 42 degrees into snifter
750 mL bottle purchased at Sly Fox brewpub , Phoenixville
Aroma of yeast phenolics, fades out by end of glass
Head large (6.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to five to ten mm frothy ring and layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny to medium bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor light, yeasty, slightly fruity; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty decent beer. Doesn't jump out at you as "saison". Belgian pale similarities... Really, the closest thing this resembles is a saison, I guess.

Served in a 10oz chalice. Has the color of peach nectar - yellow-orange and slightly hazy. No head.

The aroma is fruity and only vaguely spicy. Has a juicy, medium-light bodied, mellow feel despite some noticeable carbonation in the appearance. The essence of peach or blush remains potent in the aftertaste and my mouth gradually became puckery and bordering on dry with successive each sip. The "special strain" of yeast felt pushed to the back. It's presence was just enough to notice and far from strong enough to frighten away someone hesitant about or uninitiated to the style.

Paired wonderfully with their amazing Jamaican Jerk wings. The fruit factor dropped out quite a bit and the beer became more crisp and clean.

It's a solid beer, lacking much of the zippy yeast and farmhouse nuances that characterize the style. But it's quite Refreshing and enjoyable, nonetheless.

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Photo of AltBock
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was able to try this Sly Fox beer on tap during High Street Grill's Sly Fox promo on 4/22/2008. They served it to me in a Sly Fox standard pint glass.

This Sly Fox poured a lightly hazy golden sunshine yellow with a decent 1/2 inch fluffy head of white foam. I thought it had good retention that left behind a small white film and single solitary blot of white lace. The aroma was lightly citrusy with hints of lemon, bubblegum, yeast, and pine needles. While the aroma was lighly citrusy, the taste couldn't get enough of the citrus flavors. Beyond the citrus flavor front was pine needles, grapefruit, lightly toasted wheat, yeast, and ended with a mild hop punch of dried citrus hops. The mouthfeel was light like it should have been, but it had a funky aftertaste that mixed together dried citrus hops, malted wheat, and something that tasted like it was antiseptic. It's hard to explain, but it sure was funky. In the end, I think Sly fox did a great job on their Saison. It's just too bad the aftertaste had to be funky.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer had a slight haze and the color was golden orange with a thin white head.

S: Citrus, honey, vanilla, jasmine, toasted grains and spicy yeast.

T: Sweet and spicy with a healthy dose of floral and citrus hops. Very fresh tasting hops. Toasted grains and mild honey with some spice and a nice belgian yeast.

M: Smooth light to medium body with small carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink and refreshing with a true to style flavor.

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

A: Lots of lacing is left behind from the thick fluffy white head atop the golden straw yellow body..

S: Nice sour fruity ness.. vanilla, oranges, coriander and pepper..

T: Each of the tones in the nose are presented slightly more assertively... complex... yet the flavors don't out do each other... they transition smoothly...

M: Good zesty mouthfeel. crisp finish.

D: A decent American saison that isn't coming out of NY! I like it!

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Photo of drtth
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 oz goblet. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a bright clear golden yellow color with a 1/8" white head that quickly recedes to a small ring around the glass. The ring persists for a while leaving small speckles of lacing when sipping. Not much clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has some light malt character that mingles with and supports the spicy yeast. No alcohol is detectable.

Taste: The flavor is much as expected from the nose with some nice light sweetness from the malts that mingles well with the spicy, white pepper flavors created by the yeast.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with light carbonation that persists to the end but isn't very noticeable. The finish is medium length and is where the dry bitterness of the hops show as the sweetness fades first, leaving them behind.

Drinkability: This was an easy drinker which I enjoyed and could easily have another. That said it seemed to me to be a touch lacking in complexity so I'll not be going out of my way to stock it and there are a few others I'll buy in preference.

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

From a caged and corked 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Best date of 8/4/11.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with about a three finger head. The head is white and thick and looks like beaten egg whites. Great lacing. Very effervescent.

Smell is peppery lemon zest. Lots of spices. Clove and coriander.

Flavor is very similar to the smell. Lots of lemon zest and spicey pepper, cloves and coriander. Very sweet on the finish.

Very light mouthfeel. Fresh and clean. Very smooth on the palate and easy to swallow.

This is a great summer time beer and a style i'll definitely check out more during the warmer months. This is highly drinkable.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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)

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Photo of Foxman
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of zrab11
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours A nice Golden Orange color with a 2 finger white head

S- Smells of pear and apples, also has some orange notes and grass as well. I also am getting some maleness and yeast.

T- Starts off with a nice sweet fruit flavor. the apples and pears you can taste, it has a nice bitter orange flavor in the middle and finish's with a sugary maltyness.

M- Has a medium body with good carbonation

D-Overall this is a good saison. Not my favorite ever but nothing you can really knock it on.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer slow and I mean real slow. Ended up with a goblet full of foam (only 1/4 was beer). Leaves some lacing as it finally starts to settle. Has a cloudy golden color, tons of carbonation.

Smells of fruits (apples, grapes and oranges), some yeasty mustiness and pale malts.

Tastes of fruits (apples and oranges more than anything IMO), yeast, spices and malts. This is very complex for such a quaffable beer.

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

Bottle: nice golden pour, bigg off-white mother of pearl head that stick around.

Aroma: Bit of earth, oranges, lemons, wheat, spice and peppers.

Taste: Spices (coriander), honey, lemon grass and light malt

Mouthfeel: Light body, well carbonated, very smooth

Drinkability: It isn't Fantome, but a good american take on the style.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sly Fox Saison VOS starts off with a big, bang and pours up very regal with a voluptuous white head that towers above the bright goldenrod-golden orange body. The head is like the Energizer Bunny and seems to go on forever! The aroma is lively with a zesty spiciness (cilantro, coriander, grains of paradise) and lots of lovely esters (apple, pear, peach). Soft graininess. Low Noble hop aroma. Very nice. The flavor starts of with some underlying pils malt sweetness that quickly cut by a moderate hop bitterness and yeast spiciness. Very fruity from a warm ferment with a nice compliment of acidity. Dry, zesty finish. Some alcohol warmth. This light-medium bodied Saison is surprisingly complex, yet straightforward. Very effervescent. This is probably one of the best domestic microbrewed Saisons that I've ever had! Here's to the Sly Fox.

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to trading all star, Lum.

Pours a nice golden straw color with a tiny orange tint. A stark white head erupts on the poor leaving a billowing head that lingers for some time leaving nice lacing.

Nose is pretty accurate, a good light fruit appley profile, white pepper, and some mellow barnyard funk.

Hmmm. An interesting one. Taste begins with some light fruits, apples, etc. The carbonation is just a bit on the high side for a saison, i mean saisons need some bubblage, but this one is a tad too much. The pepper flavor comes out through the middle before the minimal funk (dont mean this in a bad way) makes its presence known on the finish along with a very dry finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is solid, aside from the over carbonation. Viscosity is dead on, and the dryness is right where i like it in a saison, up front.

Drinkability is good, but not as high as the more premium saisons. The abv is hidden well, but this one has a tad too much of a sweet side, and the carbonation doesn't help either.

Overall an enjoyable saison and a great representation of the style, one of the better american examples. I would like a bit more funk in it, but im not complaining. If the carbonation could just be toned back a tiny bit, still high, just not his high, this saison would defenitely be a regular in my line up (providing i had access to it that didn't require USPS) A good brew and example of the style from Sly fox.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to Centennial for sending this one my way. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with three fingers of fluffy white head. Thick gobs of sticky lace.

Reminds me somewhat of a cider. Apples in the aroma with a sharp tart edge. The pallet gives of notes of sweet apples, wet hay and a bit of grass. Mostly sweet with a funky edge.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overall this one is solid. Enjoyable enough.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottles 5 days out of code but let's see how it tastes anyway.

Very pale semi hazy yellow color with tons of visible effervescence. Bright white crystal like head. Funky barnyard smells, a touch of skunk. Medicinal phenols become present as the beer airs out.

Extremely vinous in its qualities. Bright and brisk carbonation is still there. Sour white grapes slide across the tongue, subtle tart citric explosion at mid palate. Coarse grain balance the fruitiness. Nutty like flavors compliment the other flavors in the beer. Full mouth feel.

Very in your face for an aged saison, makes me wonder what its like fresh. If it isn't good lay it down and forget about, makes for a pretty interesting drink. I wouldn't go about doing it myself though, just found it in the store that way.

Again, I wouldnt go out of my way to age this thing past the best by date, but it was still decent even past it. I'm clueless to how it tastes fresh however.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy carbonation batman! A gentle pour yields a glass that was 75% foam and seems a bit over carbonated. That being said, the foam was bright white, rocky and lovely, leaving nice sloppy lace as it recedes. The beer itself is pale golden and dancing with bubbles. The aroma is typical saison with a nice floral and grassy sweet aroma, with a slight pepperyness and sweet malt. Flavor is very nice. Gently sweet and very light and clean. Grassy, floral, biscuity and light, with a nice dryness in the finish. Great pepper spice notes and a refreshing slight tartness. Very well balanced, and a bit more restrained than some of the classic examples. The mouthfeel is light with a nice lingering sweet/sour note on the tongue. Very drinkable, and a great American brewed saison.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly cloudy straw / golden yellow in color, thick white head.
S - light biscuit malts, a touch of funky yeast and mild spice.
T - follows the aroma but leaning towards the milds side of the style.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated and crips
D - just funky enough to stand out but not enough to crack my top saisons list.

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

Growler from the Phoenixville location. Golden orange with a good sized white head that laced up the glass fairly well. A good amount of funky things are going on in the aroma along with some fruity sweetness. A bit spicy as well. Flavor starts of a bit sweet with noticeable fruit notes coming through. Nice musty earthiness to it with some spice backing it up. Good mouthfeel for the style and it is quite refreshing. Pretty drinkable stuff as I had no problem finishing the growler.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taking a crap shoot on which Sly Fox Saison Fox to review since there are two...from 11/23/2008 notes. Either way, 750 corked and caged into Duvel tulip...

Huge, frothy head with ample carbonation atop natural honey-colored body with effervescent carbonation.

Sparkling apple and pear scent with great yeast electricity - quite rustic but clean...a little pine.

More malt-forward than the average Saison...a little caramel and white grape and solid yeast electricity. Straight-forward but enjoyable.

Ultra-clean and even feel - great carbonation tingle. A little less fruity than expected. Finish is uniform and solid.

Bring it on! Glad I found this one at Premier in Buffalo. This reminds me a lot of Hennepin (edit: but more of a traditional Saison. Maybe not so much of a gateway to the style rather than a bridge). And that's not a bad thing at all. I enjoyed the hell out of this. Well-done.

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Photo of joepais
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kempleton, Seemed like a good day to open this one. Bottle poured into a challis produced a fingers worth of white head that turned into a thin layer of lace. The brew was cloudy and a pale yellow in color.

Aromas of citrus and sweet fruits, along with some spiciness, just seem to fill the room from this brew.

Great flavors remind me of a sweet tart. You get the initial sweetness from the malts. The spices set up a bridge to the nice citric sour flavor in the end. Nicely crisp and light on the tongue, nice and light in the mouth.

I looked outside and thought it should still be summer time so I picked this brew to help enjoy the last few days of warmth. It was true to the style and very pleasant to drink. Great brew SlyFox

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass. Clear yellow/orange.

Smells like bananas, cloves, some ginger, pears, tea qualities.

Taste is spicy like the nose..more cloves, slight vinegar taste, grapes, pears, slight booze, little bitterness.

Had this with some wood fired pizza, twas tasty.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a glass that I have no idea how to categorize or name...

A- Pours a hazy yellow straw color with about 2 fingers of perfect white foamy head that takes a little time to subside.

S - Lemony aroma up front with some spices and some yeasty/bready smells to it as well. A nice honey like aroma comes out as well.

T - Very sweet, yeasty and lemony flavors. A good bit of spices comes out as well; coriander and clove I think. Some grassy, earthy notes as well which makes it more like a saison than a strong pale ale to me.

M - Quite carbonated as I would expect from this style. A bubbly mouthfeel with a nice crisp feel as well.

D - Quite drinkable and would be great during the hot summer months. Very easy to drink and is light and airy enough to come back for seconds.

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Photo of Stimack
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap when visiting the Royersford brewpub. Came in a 10-ounce glass, has a quite clear golden color with a slight haze to it. Also has a fair sized white head that has good retention leaving lacing along the sides of the glass. The aroma is very nice, malt is noticeable but it is the spices that clearly come out, mostly a peppery scent. The flavors that seems to come across the most clearly is a peppery spiciness but is not the only thing as I pick up a clear malt flavor that seems to give a bready taste with highlights of light fruit flavors and it ends with a nice spicy hop. I definitely did not do this beer justice in the review but needless to say it is well balanced, easy drinking and overall a very good brew. Clearly worth trying.

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