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Saison Vautour - McKenzie Brew House

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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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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.


Arenbeer, Nov 12, 2011
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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
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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
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

joefuzz, Oct 24, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

oline73, Oct 22, 2011
Saison Vautour from McKenzie Brew House
93 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.