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Saison Vautour - McKenzie Brew House

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 125
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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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.4%

03-26-2012 03:10:37 | More by DSlim71
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03-02-2012 02:11:02 | More by rydev24
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-23-2012 13:21:11 | More by MalReever
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

01-11-2012 07:14:12 | More by ygtbsm94
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-19-2011 04:42:52 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-17-2011 03:13:45 | More by hwwty4
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-16-2011 02:16:36 | More by canjeeps
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-14-2011 20:31:16 | More by ububru
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-08-2011 03:24:13 | More by geo1267
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-29-2011 04:01:42 | More by starrdogg
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-27-2011 20:56:04 | More by mcb4538
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-25-2011 17:24:45 | More by mdillon86
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-24-2011 06:11:06 | More by DearthVader
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New York

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-19-2011 01:51:40 | More by whartontallboy
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-19-2011 01:49:03 | More by ChrisPro
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-15-2011 18:27:26 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 03:28:37 | More by Arenbeer
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2.75/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 17:05:39 | More by MrVonzipper
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2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 04:23:37 | More by DarthKostrizer
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle sent me by G311 split with a fellow BA.

Pours straw yellow with a suddy white head.

Smells strongly of belgian yeast and wheat with a white grape like hint.

Tastes of papaya strongly upfront and mellows out to a nice wheat based saision. With a super dry finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and light carbonaton is pretty on the high side but I have come to expect that from this style, cap came off with mucho force.

Overall very good beer wish I had enough to drink year round.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 02:20:51 | More by joefuzz
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 14:34:18 | More by oline73
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Axic10 for sending me this one. 750ml unlabeled, capped bottle poured to a Lost Abbey tulip.

Little hiss when I cracked the bottle but still gushed for a while. Very hard pour yields only a 1/2" bright white head, unusual for the style, poor retention and little lacing. Color, on the other hand, is excellent. Seriously glowing orange but with a good bit of haze and cloudiness.

Barnyard funk in the smell, mainly, wet horse blanket, lemon and slight grassiness. Very strong smelling but not too complex. Taste is amazing. Funky, bretty, lemon, champagne-like flavors, peach and a hint of orange in the middle, with a nice tart finish. Creamy, creamy mouthfeel with still a good level of carbonation and medium body, odd for the style but very enjoyable.

Overall, easily the best saison I have reviewed and I'm really impressed, probably my favorite to date.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 00:44:25 | More by LSUPT
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Axic10 for sending this to me as part of the N00B Round5 BIF.

A – This beer pours a very light and hazy yellow with a very airy and wispy white foam. As the head settled it left some lacing.

S – Very crisp and clean smelling citrus and citrus zest. Obviously, due to the style this is some very apparent barnyard funk from the brett, but unlike others the funk is so well blended, it doesn’t punch me in the face as aggressively as others in the same style. Im also picking up other fruits such as peaches. Slightly grassy on the finish.

T – The taste follows the nose very closely, but is a bit more pronounced and bold. Slight pepperiness with wonderful citrus and farmhouse flavors blend together in one of the best crafted beers I have yet to enjoy. Everything comes together so well and is so balanced its really incredible. Its delicate flavors and aromas play off of each other very well.

M – The mouthfeel is perfect for the style, but like I mentioned its somehow more delicate and refined than other top-tier saisons I have enjoyed. Extremely refreshing and delicious.

O – What more can I say about this. This beer was part of an incredible tasting that include heavy hitting beers as Armand’4 Zomer, Mamouche, Brute, le blue, 06 BA Speedway, and many other huge, whaleish beers. This one really shined among those beers and garnered rave reviews among all the BA’s present. I will definitely try to trade for this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 17:17:04 | More by dubinsky
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks jyoungsbcp for this treat

Pours a light yellowed orange. Fairly clear. White frothy head. Smells funky and light. Phenomenal nose. Tastes a bit sweet. Very funky with a lot going on on the tongue. Smooth and rich. Very nice mouthfeel. Easily one of the best saisons I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 13:55:58 | More by Urbancaver
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4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml unlabeled bottle courtesy of Axic10. Many thanks!

Vautour pours well, with a cloudy, grassy-blonde body and a decent tuft of eggshell-white foam. The head doesn't stick around for long. Excellent Brett notes in the nose--bright and floral with aromas of mandarin orange, lemongrass, rye bread, and vinous vegetation. Very enticing.

Flavor is equal parts juicy and earthy, presenting a slight tartness alongside a huge burst of citrusy, fruity funk. Grainy rye malt in the finish, but not at all spicy or unpleasant. Mouthfeel is creamy with a perfect carbonation level, and the medium-light body is slightly dry in the finish but juicy and refreshing overall. What a superb saison. The Brett really shines in this beer. Job well done, McKenzie.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:41:19 | More by wagenvolks
Saison Vautour from McKenzie Brew House
94 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.