Saison Vautour Du Bois - McKenzie Brew House
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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
3.83/5 rDev -12.6%
I have no idea what happened to my review. I posted this a long time ago and it appears that it was removed since the "du bois" and "clean" versions have been segregated. Review from paper 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.
12-28-2012 22:35:07 | More by stakem
4.15/5 rDev -5.3%
Bottle 32 of 372. Received this in a BIF nearly 2 years ago and am finally cracking it open. Thanks!! Really excited for this one as I love wild saisons!
A- Body is a dynamically very thick and cloudy pale golden yellow hue. Pours with a very fizzy 1-2 finger white head that fades to an eggshell while collar and some swirling along the top of the body. Very little lacing left behind in the glass.
S- The nose is very sweet, bready, funky, and complex. Lots of bready yeast , lemon, and sugar up front with huge brett (funky, slightly sour) overtones and also a hint of floral hop overtones.
T- The flavor is not nearly complex as the nose. At 2 years this beer is becoming a brett bomb. Brett funk all over the place with a hint of sourness aand a backbone of barnyard funk, breadiness, lemon, and yeast with a slight acidicness to it. What is left to linger is a lot of funk and some breadiness and just a mild hint of lemon peel and sour.
M- Medium carbonation and a smooth, bready yeasty body that is somewhat lightweight. It does have some acidic notes but is mostly bready. Awesome overall for the style.
O- Very good beer overall and something that I enjoy. I don't know what this was like fresh but it is now very much a Brett bomb-which I like- it embraces the funk ion a funky saison. It would be nice if the flavor was as complex as the nose. Overall I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to other McKenzie brews!
12-27-2012 02:29:52 | More by PittBeerGirl
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
4.23/5 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
4.23/5 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
Saison Vautour Du Bois from McKenzie Brew House
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