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Saison Vautour - McKenzie Brew House

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 124
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
McKenzie Brew House visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian style farmhouse ale balances a bold, spicy yeast character with a dry hoppiness. A significant addition of malted rye adds further complexity without betraying the styles roots.

GABF gold medal winner 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Draft/growler reviews should go here -  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... 1872/74927 

(Beer added by: tempest on 10-22-2007)
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Reviews by russwbeck:
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

russwbeck, Jun 02, 2013
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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Thanks to Nellie and thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is lemons and wheat. The flavor is yeast, lemons and wheat and is slightly tart. Very drinkable and refreshing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Sep 07, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with earthy hops, bright citrus hops, and light funk. Also present are hints of lemon rind and tropical fruit hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as complex. Light malts up front are joined by moderate amounts of light citrus flavors. Solid amounts of funk round things out. The ending is crisp. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was a solid beer and the funk from the brett was integrated well. A nice beer that’s well worth a shot.

glid02, Jul 01, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

acurtis, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of MrVonzipper
2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

Hazy orange color. Actually kind of looks like a dark orange juice. No head. Just white bubble that last seconds. Obviously no lacing from the lack of head.

Nose is nothing special at all. Sour with faint fruit like a blend of sour fruit juice along with a little bitter orange peel.

Flavor really isn't very special or good either. No nice distinguishing characteristics that stand out like I want in a good Saison. Just sour wild yeast up front then a watered down blend of fruit juice blend. Like sour orange juice, mango, and grapefruit juice. But hard to say cuz nothing stands out. Very muttled.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, pretty thin with no carbonation. Again like drinking fruit juice. Although this would be very tough to drink with high carb.

Overall I'm very disappointed by this one I had real high hopes. By reading others reviews previously I thought it was gonna have all the characteristics I like in a Saison but that was just not the case and in more ways than one it just fell flat.

MrVonzipper, Oct 29, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

2007 GABF Gold Medal Winner.

On-tap at the Malvern location. I'm told they brew this with a bit of rye, I don't know if I could taste that in the beer, but what I did taste was freakin' amazing. I'll just start by saying the only thing that seems off was the carbonation, the bubbles weren't fine like a good saison is. Mouthfeel aside, the flavor was all over the place, yet seemed balanced. It was sweet and bitter, funky and fruity, there's some spice, some white pepper and citrus rind. Yeah, just trust me that this is damn tasty. Find this beer while you can.

tempest, Oct 22, 2007
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

750ml bottle thanks to chswimmer.

Pours hazy golden-yellow with a nice lasting one-finger white head and good lacing.

Very funky, bretty, and a little tart on the aroma. Lemony with lots of horseblanket.

Flavor has pale malt, tart lemoniness, and lots of barnyard horseblanket. Some mild hops and rye. Seems like there's definitely some brett in there.

Medium-bodied with lively carbonation and a little acidity.

Really good stuff overall. Surprising.

nickd717, Jul 20, 2010
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4.16/5  rDev -2.1%

Unlabeled 750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Apparently barrel aged?

Appearance - Hazy orange. Nice white head. Eternal retention.

Smell - Bretty, oak. Yeasty and pale malt. Bright citrus.

Taste - Very bretty. Keeps a bright citrusy flavor going to stave off the earthiness. Yeasty and just a bit of funky. Earthiness comes back with some oak.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. Maybe too much. Bretty as hell.

Overall - Excellent without being overly complex. Just a solid brett saison.

Alieniloquium, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

PaBeerLover, May 10, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

An unlabelled bottle, distinguished only by a sticker. Thanks to Kramer for the share.

A: The saison is a darker amber color, still translucent but lighter than several other saisons from the night. A white head is generated but no lacing results.

S: The saison refuses to shy away from its bretty side, allowing a musty dirtiness to come through. Lemony citrus is the calling card for those funky beasts. Grainy breads joint the roll call of flavors, representing the malty base underneath the funk.

T: Lemons, citric and tart, come through thanks to the brett, a dirty mustiness coming through as a result. The brett dries the ale out, requiring multiple sips in a futile attempt to sooth my palate. The recurring bite is nice, reminding me of the complexity fo the saison. The wildness completely overruns tha multy base, dominating with its dirty flavors. Funkiness defines the finish; the dryness making me want another sip.

M: An appropriately complex saison, brett adding a mature depth to the ale. Sign me up for more, a delicious blend of funk and spicy saison.

akorsak, Jul 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

DearthVader, Nov 24, 2011
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4.97/5  rDev +16.9%

750mL bottle to tulip. 2009 version with Brett. "Blonde Farmhouse-Style ale brewed with rye" inscribed on the label.

A: Enormous pop upon cracking the gold wax dipped cap. The head pours with 4 fingers of fluffy/foamy bright white head becoming rocky as it recedes incredibly slow. The body is a pale, creamy, light colored orange, hazy, with a 90% opacity. Fair to good lacing. Great look.

S: Average malts of of hay, straw and lightly toasted grain. Meyer lemon scented hops stand out above a beautiful floral bouquet. Heavily yeasty with a pronounced brettanomyces character. Lightly funky. The barnyard aromas becoming even more prevalent on the second pour. The third pour becomes very funky with slight sulfuric notes. Quite a dynamic aroma.

T: Additional yeast derived fruity esters present flavors of apple and a very light bubblegum (think Extra, pink pack). The flavor duration is long with a perfect and mild sweetness from front to mid palate. Lightly acidic all the way through. The addition of rye may add to the depth of this beer, but it goes by unnoticed. While I don't miss it, I wouldn't dare recommend changing a thing about the recipe.

M: The body is medium full with a minerally texture. Perfectly effervescent with a fizzy and lively carbonation. Moderately tart and sour.

D: There is absolutely no improvement to be made. In my mind, this is THE perfect saison.

Read the notes section on [BAs] Saison Vatour's main page...Brett version is only in bottles. And I didn't find the draft version to be nearly as impressive.

FeDUBBELFIST, Nov 20, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

ububru, Dec 14, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

Chswimmer shared this one a while back. Thank you, Craig.

Cloudy, yeasty blond with a nice fluffy white head, signature saison appearance.

Really nice aroma, spicy and lemony, grainy and hoppy, yeasty and funky. Hard to tell if there's a mild brett character or if the saison yeast used to ferment this is just really intense.

On the palate there's some fruity sweetness up front, reminiscent of apples, pears and lemons. There's plenty of peppery spice too, and a little bubblegum. Medium in body, lightly tart and grainy with a moderate hop bitterness in the finish and a hint of orange peel and earth. Pretty damn good, this one really surprised me.

largadeer, Aug 05, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to finewinemike for hosting the tasting and providing this bottle.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow with an orange hut. There is a layer of white head that fades to just a trace on top of the pour.

Smell: Tart with some citrus, pineapple and mandarine orange. Bready yeast along with some Belgian spice.

Taste: A bit funky up front (in a good way). Tart citrus fruit notes with a nice amount of sweetness. Light and herbal with a bitter finish. There is a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side of medium. Tingly carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a really great beer. So much going on and it all works together.

oline73, Oct 22, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

The bottled versions of this beer are dosed with brett.
Lightly haze of gold with small white head that sticks around for a while. Scatered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, citrus, wet hay, vanilla, gently roasted grains, earthiness, barnyard, and a hint of dry, slightly tart rye.
Flavor is of the mentioned aromas with a beautiful taste citrus, caramel, spice, and vanilla cream. Beautiful beer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, dry, and spicy. This is such a cool beer. I could drink this one all night.

weeare138, Jan 23, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

Two HUGE shout outs on this beer. First, to BYO magazine for writing an article about this small brewpub making kick @$$ American Saisons, which initially peaked my interest, and then much more importantly, G311 for reminding me during our in-person swap this past weekend and for reserving me the final 3 bottles of the year.

Pours a gorgeous light yellow, almost golden color with a gorgeous white fluffy head. I let this get a little warms before I opened it to guarantee a nice pour.

The aromas begin with delicious smells of lemon zest, ripe pears, light vinous white grapes and lighter lemon juice. As you further examine you are greeted with the light grassiness and emerging Brett mustiness. Light pilsner graininess in the background.

The flavors perfectly follow the nose with initial tart lemons, clementines, melon, all backed by the slight pils graininess. As it warms more you get light earthiness and lesser amounts of musty funk. I cannot do the taste justice here. There are so many light fruits and slight tart, grass, herbal notes that continue to dance on my palate. As it warms you get a little more evident Belgian Saison spice and a nice crisp finish. The rye malt really adds a nice dynamic to this style which I originally did not think would work/balance because it can easily be overdone, but here it is a delight.

The mouthfeel is light in body with high carbonation. Drying hopping is evident here which helps to add a nice bitterness and allows this to finish both extremely crisp and clean while also being dry and sticky.

Overall I had no idea what a rye saison would taste like or if it would work but I am thoroughly impressed. This is definitely not one of my favorite styles by any means because it is often too clovey, spicy and doughy from the traditional old world estery Belgian yeasts. But this was different thanks to the dry-hopping and unusual rye malt additions. It is extremely drinkable and complex and I cannot recommend it enough.

claspada, Jul 06, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev -31.1%

Thanks to MrVonzipper for the bottleshare who won this in the WWF LIF

Look: Murky yellow orange in color which reminds me of watered down orange juice. 1/8 inch head and no retention

Smell: Notes of fresh fruits mixed with a bit of funkiness with a touch of sourness

Taste: This to me taste like watered down orange and pineapple juice that you buy at the store but you put just a bit too much water in it and it sucks and they on yeah it has a interesting grapefruit sourness on the backend

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and mild carbonation and a bit tart

Overall: I just dont get this style at all the flavors are not enjoyable the mouthfeel sucks and why do I want to drink something that is sour. The flavor has a sour fruitiness that is just not good

DarthKostrizer, Oct 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ChrisPro, Nov 19, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

22oz bottle into a Tulip Glass

Drank at last tasting. Thanks to my good buddy Finewinemike bringing this bottle.

A- Pours a cloudy lemonade/pineapple juice yellow with 1 finger of white head.

S- Slight funk, pineapple, white grapes, citrus, tropical fruits, lemon, banana, and bready belgian yeast.

T- Immediate funk and tartness with a nice bready background from the yeast with a good amount of lemon, banana, clove. Really great

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a slight funky dry finish.

SkÅL!

Arenbeer, Nov 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

mcb4538, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

ssimpson89, Feb 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

gcare02, Jun 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 11, 2012
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Saison Vautour from McKenzie Brew House
93 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.