Saison Vautour Du Bois - McKenzie Brew House
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Reviews by russwbeck:
3.88/5 rDev -11.4%
Bottle #84/372. Thank you KristinCooks from the TG it's the end of finals week BIF!
A: Hazy golden yellow pour with a very small, but creamy, white head. Doesn't stick around too long, but has some lacing.
S: The smell on this is funky! Grassy, earthy, lemony, really different.
T: Aged in win barrels, eh? That must be what that taste is. Very light to start out. Lemons and other earthy tones, but that gives way to the wine and oak. Really interesting taste that I didn't like on my first sip, but is definitely growing on me.
MF: Light and bubbly.
D: As per the style, the drinkability is nice. The wine/oak tastes make it more interesting, but not less drinkable.
02-27-2013 03:49:42 | More by russwbeck
More User Reviews:
4.23/5 rDev -3.4%
Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Sweetwater 15th Anniversary snifter. Poured golden with a minimal white head that subsided to none quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bubblegum, earth, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, subtle tart, and citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really liked the tart aspect that was going on in this one as it really added an unexpected level of depth to it. This was one of the more enjoyable brews of the evening for me as it was completely unexpected. I really wish that we had more than one bottle of this to get down on as it was really quite tasty. An absolute must try if you have not done so already, and if you have, you already know what I’m talking about.
09-27-2012 10:44:47 | More by thagr81us
4.2/5 rDev -4.1%
750ml shared by Todd (immobilisme) at Zwanze 2012 in Chicago. Thanks!
A: Yellow body with a decent white head.
S: The nose brings brett (pineapple, hay, slightly gamey), honey, wood, more pineapple.
T. The taste is mellower than the nose, but a bit more complex. Pleasant juicy tartness, tannic, honey, a bit herbal, pale candi sugar and some cakey esters, and plenty of fruity brett underneath.
M. Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: This was quite good.
12-02-2012 05:33:20 | More by Etan
4.5/5 rDev +2.7%
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white cap that slowly fades out into a gentle cap and collar. Lots of scattered bots of lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of tart lemon, citrusy blasts of key lime, obvious oakiness, vanillins, and perhaps a touch of butter from a pedio strain. Goodness...very, very complex for a beer. This is usually only reserved for well done wines but it's nailed.
Taste is of the aromas with a tart smacking of pumelo and Meyer lemons. Oaky white wine...on second thought...maybe not a pedio butter offset but perhaps a trace of Chardonnay, which is a style that I despise due to the butter bomb qualities 9/10 times. It's hidden...I'm making a bigger thing than what is is. Rambling. Blah blah blah.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, easy drinking, tart, and dry.
Reading the description now: someone goofed - "Belgian style dubbel brewed w/ our house saison yeast.". Huhhhh?
Great beer. Good job, guys.
01-27-2012 19:42:36 | More by weeare138
4.23/5 rDev -3.4%
Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.
3.0 A: Lightly hazed dark yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left.
4.0 S: Wow, this is really complex. Earthy and herbal. Funky and fruity. Dry grassiness to start things off. Musty basement and apple orchard funk. Peach, apple, lemon, melon, and pear fruitiness. Light peppery yeastiness. Straw and the slightest tartness (mainly lemony).
4.5 T: The herbalness and funk are what I immediately notice. An almost yerba mate-like herb to it. Funk keeps with what the nose offers, giving you woodzy and musty funk. Tart lemon and dare I say lime too. Actually, it's probably more lime forward than lemon. Also lots of melon and pear with apple and apricot a few steps behind. Grassy with hay. White grape vinousness. Slight peppery spiciness. The brett seems to do wonderful things here. This is as complex as anything you'd find coming out of any country in the world.
3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation is on the lower side and isn't as spritzy as I'd like. Still, it's super smooth and goes down very easy.
4.5 D: Hell of a beer. I had never heard of these guys before despite being out of Pittsburgh. I'll definitely be looking for more. Hell, this might be as good as Ann.
08-23-2012 01:35:15 | More by DavoleBomb
4.48/5 rDev +2.3%
Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for bringing this bottle to last night's tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass because I forgot to pull out the McKenzie glass that yourefragile got for me. Epic glassware fail.
Pours a clear yellow-golden color with a nice bubbly white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some nice peppery phenolics and spice. Also present is some light pilsner malt and a bit of stone fruit. Light acidity there as well.
The flavor is really nice and complex with some spice and earthiness combining with a nice, light stone-fruit presence and moderate acidity through the background. Light body with crisp carbonation and a moderately-acidic and very dry finish.
Another superb wild saison from McKenzie. Bravo.
02-12-2012 17:03:21 | More by Thorpe429
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
Thanks to MasterSki, the King of Pop, for sharing this one.
A - Golden colored beer with a lighter looking white head that had some decent retention. There's a nice bit of lacing left on the glass.
S - Good citrus qualities and some light lemon. There is some moderate funk, bit of yeast and spice, some stone fruit, and a bit of pale malts.
T - Taste is nice, kind of a stronger version of the smell. More fruity and a little bit sweeter, with a little more yeast presence and some lactic sourness as well.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slight drying on the end.
O - Good beer, faithful to the style and very refreshing. Would drink again and often as it goes down easily.
01-17-2012 22:43:53 | More by AgentZero
Saison Vautour Du Bois from McKenzie Brew House
95 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.