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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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Photo of MrVonzipper
2.75/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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
Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.93/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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
Photo of Jmoore50
3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 31/372. Very interesting take on a great style. I will be honest, took me a while to get used to this one.

The appearance is a nice golden color with a light haze. Poured slow and gentle into my glass the beer produces a dense, white, fluffy head that stays for a good while. When I started to make my way through the beer the lacing was beautiful, just gripped the sides of my glass.

The smell was interesting and owned a bouquet of different floral notes. Strong hints of musty cellar coming from the Brett, with a lemon grass and spiced rye in the background. Not sure if it's the base beer or what it could be, but it has some really funky smells including wet cellar, must, lemon, orange rind.

I personally like my saisons dry with lots of floral notes. Sometimes a Brett laced version comes around and surprises me with how tasty it is. This just had an almost lemon-lactic sourness to it that I couldn't get into. Nice light biscuit malt flavor with a touch of spice. Flavors kind of going everywhere not melding very well, interesting palate teaser.

With the different sourness', musty Bretts, and spicy malts, this thing was a bit of a mouthfeel disaster. It wasn't offensive in any way but I was a bit confused by everything going on. I decided by the end that it was too much lemon sourness mixed with the dry and spicy flavors that I didn't care for.

Jmoore50, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

acurtis, Oct 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

djrn2, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

kscaldef, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of illidurit
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy goldenrod color with a crazy huge dense head that leaves massive lacing. Aroma is light banana pith and grains, with a hint of orange peel and a mild metallic note. Flavor is a nice banana/vanilla sweetness with an earthy character midpalate that includes mineral and grass notes. Finish is peppery with a light booziness. Bitterness is substantial.

illidurit, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken 12/11/10, shared at ClockworkOrange's tasting. Bottle #120/372

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a light hazy golden yellow color. A yellowish stained head appears and sticks with a webbing of lace around the glass and top of this brew. Somewhat poor retension, a swirl revives a quickly dissolving cap.

The aroma of this brew is very lemony, lactic and brett'd. The typical classic style saison scents of barnyard funk come through more as the beer warms. It has a light sulfur quality that leans towards a strange scent that is almost plastic-like.

The taste mimics the aroma with a full throttle taste of seemingly artificial lemon, lactic acidity, Brett, funk and a moderate oily bitterness from clingy hops. The aftertaste is somewhat plastic-like. A dry tannic aftertaste comes out once this brew gets warm.

This is a light bodied brew with a lower than expected level of carbonation. Somewhat watery at times in the feel. It is however, light refreshing and easy drinking for 7% abv. There is seemingly no indications of alcohol in flavor or warmth. I'm not sure about this particular experience/bottle, it is worth trying again though.

stakem, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a cloudy pale yellow color. Some good white froth.

(S)- Pretty dry with some orange peel. Slight Brett-like funk.

(T)- Fairly dry with lots of orange peel. Slightly sweet with minimal funk.

(M)- A bright and lively carbonation level. Nice balance of sweet, dry, and funky.

(O)- A good Saison from the states. Not too sweet, but balanced well overall.

sweemzander, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

ububru, Dec 14, 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  rDev -5.9%

phishphorce, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

klipper, Jun 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Georgiabeer, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

millerbuffoon, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

t0rin0, Oct 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

greg4579, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

BeerThursdays, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Coopersbeer, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, #44/372, poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a slight hazy golden yellow, off-white head, some bubbles along the edge of the glass, some whisps here and there as the cap.

S - Belgian yeast funk, lots of floral notes, some sweetness.

T - Loads of funk, some oak, nice rose pedal notes/floral.

M - Light to medium, smooth, light carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - A solid Saison, but after 4 in a row, Hill Farmstead Anna is the clear winner for me out of them all. I would def have again, and I will, because I have another bottle in the cellar. Recommend.

Sean9689, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle. Bottled with brett according to the brewer, unlike the draft version. Pours medium orange with a fluffy snow white head and decent legs, good retention. Really pretty looking beer. Served cold, nose is big saison yeast, distinctively McKenzie. Definitely a touch bretty, stays cohesive. Very nice flavor profile, starts with some mellow saison yeast and brett, opens into a light banana fruitiness, on to grass and mild hops. One of the more cohesive McKenzie beers for sure. These guys were kind of starting to annoy me a little bit with some flabby beers that just didn't evolve right, but this is quite a nice effort.

JAXSON, Sep 07, 2010
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Saison Vautour from McKenzie Brew House
93 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.