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Saison Vautour Du Bois - McKenzie Brew House

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 6.61%
Wants: 57
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
McKenzie Brew House visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: craytonic on 09-20-2011)
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Reviews by weeare138:
Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

weeare138, Jan 27, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

WeisGuy, Jan 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.2/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

Etan, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

DarthKostrizer, Mar 19, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

DavoleBomb, Aug 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

Thorpe429, Feb 12, 2012
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nathanjohnson, May 19, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

AgentZero, Jan 17, 2012
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sideshowe, Jan 10, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +4.3%

Big thanks to my buddy G311 for the hook-up. This is a good one. Saison Vautour Du Bois, bottle 43?/372.

A - It pours a bright lemon-yellow hue with a wispy film of white froth atop. Lacing ensues despite the relatively small head.

S - The nose immediately is greeted with zesty lemon and various sweet orchard fruits such as pear, peach and white grape. There are also small amounts of pineapple-y brett funk and some sweaty-musty farmhouse notes as well as a bit of herbal grassy hoppiness.

T - The flavor follows the aroma but offers additional notes of white pepper, hay, wildflower and citrus blossom. The funky lemon pepper nuances juxtaposed against the pristine pale malt is a dynamic that works fabulously. Sweet fruity pear-ish notes pop up on the finish. Delicious.

M - The feel is light, refreshing and velvety; quite enhancing.

O - I am greatly impressed by this one; it is tremendously crushable, complex, and all-around well-done. I really want more.

ktrillionaire, Oct 05, 2011
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Saison Vautour Du Bois from McKenzie Brew House
96 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.