Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,550
Ranked #27,066
3.78 | pDev: 10.58%
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium light body with medium carbonation
Aroma is hay,dry,grass, some grain and citrus
Taste doesnt stray to far from aroma, has a slight dryness. Good summertime beer as it goes down quick and fast

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Photo of good_to_sea
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy yellow with a fizzy white head.
Smell: Belgian yeast, banana and clove. Lemon and wheat.
Taste: Lemon citrus and green apple up front with spicy clove. Delicious banana and wheat aftertaste.
Feel: Clean and fizzy, medium-bodied.
Overall: This is a clean, delicious, refreshing saison.

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Photo of Lucular
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can picked up as part of a mix six. Best by June so it is reasonably fresh. This is a beautiful sparkling grisette. Decent depth of flavor - citrus, wheat, hints of spice. A refreshing beer for summer.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can says Best by date of 7/18/19 so this must be pretty fresh. Nice hazy yellow appearance with 2 finger head. Aroma is really nice with some bannana esters and some fresh grassy aroma like a sunny spring day. Taste gives this beer more of an authentic Witbier /Hefeweisen flavor, more than a Grizzette or Saison IMO. Still very tasty and I've been craving a good Witbier lately so this hits the spot. Very light and respectable brew. Nicely done.

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Laughing Sun tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Grainy and citrus. Lemon and mild spice.

T/F: Just like it smells. Grains.. light wheat/spelt. Lemony citrus and mild yeast character. Melon and pear... grassy. Light bodied with zesty carbonation.

O: A refreshing lemon/citrus summer beer. Light and easy drinking. Great for a hot day and a nice take on an unusual style (grisette).

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-Summer ale. from can to chalice. BB 10.07.18. Consumed 07.18.18.

A: A strong raging amount of carbonation is feverishly pitched within a bright orange colored body. A crowning 3 finger + dishwater suds style head sits atop, foamy and bubbly. Small lash dressing on the vessel. Really bright and beautiful color.

S: Musky hay and wheat. Green melon fruit yeastiness with some apple and pear. Moderate strong with some soft wet dew morning grass. Back drop of semi-dry apricot.

T: Spritizy semi-dry orange - citrus with some cobweb muskiness. Some damp breakfast fruit, malted wheat and apple-plum esters. Damp grains, golden raisins, with a soft musky lemon grain finish.

M: Crisp and light bodied with a musky dampness.

O: A nice Belgian style fruitiness and muskiness. Tart farmhouse summer ale with a crisp dry finish.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow. Aroma isn't noticeable. Taste is a pretty generic malt pilsener/ lager style, there is a fruitiness underneath that adds somd depth, easy drinker.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy straw with an enormous creamy white head. Medium-solid retention, with sheets of lacing.

S: Really bright green apple, pear, lemon, and green banana, whose fruitiness is tapered by a sharp and grainy hay, crackery, and grainy malt backbone, with a tangible dryness of coriander and clove.

T: Like green apple juice, balanced with an excellent Belgian dryness. It follows the nose. Huge green apple skin, pear, lemon, and banana upfront. Tons of hay, coriander, cracker malt, and cracked grains provide backbone and balance. There are hints of pineapple. Finishes very dry with a powerful clove and earthy straw note.

F: Medium-light, but super carbonated. Dry and moves very fast on the palate; super refreshing and tasty.

O: This beer is wonderful. It lives up to the hype. I want to drink this all the freaking time!!!

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just slightly hazy straw colored with a nice white head. Belgian yeast with slight malt is what I could pick out from my draft (maybe a bottle would give me more nose). Its got a malty flavor and ending with some noble? hop type of bitterness. I came close to calling this a Belgian Pils. To me it was kind of thin with a bit less carbonation. Sort of ok but I wouldn't seek this one out.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy and very pale with a good white cap of belgian style foam. Nose is fruity and phenolic. A bit of spirit or funk. Lemony . slightly tart in the finish with a steady bitterness. Light banana ester. Dry and bubbly with a firm cracker malt

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Photo of cjgiant
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated BB 10/2016:
Pours straw colored and clear save for a bit of what could be chill haze. Clarity allows one to see the many streams of bubbles supporting the head. This head is a medium to larger bubble cloud-like whiteness sitting atop in this pour. With time, this of course lessens, but there is a cap for a while.

Nose is a dry grass and pitted fruit, like nectarine. There is a light amount of barn with more of a sour bite than a tart or funky one. In some whiffs, I get a white pepper feel that seems to come over the dry grass notes.

I like the way the malt comes out in this one (or maybe I am just proud I can discern it). I get the impression of grains and husks that sometime find their way to my palate on home brew days. The sweetness is not there, or that is to say it is hidden by the tingle of carbonation, a tart note (not sour like it smelled), and the yeasty fruity tang. The malt actually seems to strengthen near the end as these other sensations fade. Opening notes do hit with a not-too-sweet nectarine combined with a hint of tangerine. A bit of a banana bread note comes in underneath this, a little stronger with warmth.

This has a hint of Hefe to it as well (the wheat addition, maybe helping here), and in some ways this beer seems like it relative to my impression of a standard Saison. It's a little more approachable, and a little more fruity and maybe more floral, than the comparable beer. This beer's tang is nice. Since I prefer a little drier, more spicy saison, I cannot fall in love with this offering, but I must say it doesn't get sweet - more yeast-inspired fruity. As such, I can see a six pack of this or so each summer making its way into my fridge.

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Photo of drtth
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear, bright yellow with a 2" fluffy white head filled with many different sizes of bubbles, The head recedes slowly but visibly, leaving a ring and some scattered patches of foam on the sides and forming a ring around the glass and a thin layer of foam on the liquid with a small foamy island in the middle. Sipping creates both small and large patches of foam, most of which slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas are fairly complex but there is clearly Belgian yeast involved. There's a bit of white pepper in the general spiciness that seems mostly clove. This is all riding on the back the aroma of a light malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose, with the clove spiciness mingled with the white pepper that contributes to the spiciness. There's also fairly persistent sweetness from the malt in the background that keeps a degree of tartness under control. There's also a hint of bitterness in the mix.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly prickly from the persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness and most of the spiciness fade away leaving some peppery, slight tartness in charge before the bitterness becomes noticeable as everything fades to a final dry end. The persistent bit of earthy bitterness in the back of the palate seems to linger for a long time.

While this is my first Grisette, it bears a close family resembleance to Saisons so it definitely qualifies as a Farmhouse Ale even though it's history suggests Grisettes were originally brewed for Miners rather than farmhands. This is a beer I intend to revisit but I'm not convinced I'd want more than one in an evening. A well brewed, interesting beer that is well worth trying. If you enjoy Saisons I think you'll enjoy this beer as well.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a tulip glass. Canned Oct 2015.

Going a little out of control here. Froths open, can bursts in grain aromas, but oozes white froth. Glass fills with slow as possible decant but takes 50% headroom of head and body. Head manages big, but soapy and cascading retention, as the fistful head descends to manageable proportions. Top up is workable, soapy retention with fine pill lace. Body color manages orb glowing faint lemon to dark brown hues.

Aroma brings deep husky grain, with lots of chew. Inviting huge depth, almost peanut butter like esters coincide along with a sharp but fine hint of lemon and lime quality. Malt dense which comes off huge. Large chewy malt notes, but even a bit of wine white like grape also. Intriguing, inviting.. And very different but mostly pleasant and desirable.

Grisette is quite a style that seems to really take warming to, and understand it's subtle appreciations. Mellow and light bodied quality with chewy depth to match. A great contrast and impressive balance. Chewy wheat like texture with easy drinkabilty, and mild sensing muted yeast tones. Warming indistinct punch fruit like qualities, which are really inviting. Excellent subtle fruit tones, in easy drinking depths of big malt sweetness.

This is a real flavorful easy drinking saison, that just goes for the simple and subtle.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sly Fox Brewing Co. "Grisette"
12 oz. can, "BB" date is not quite legible but looks like "11 OCT"... assuming 2015

First off it's a great back story of the style, and they've done a magnificent job with the packaging. Beyond that the beer looks great in the glass with a billowing bright white head that rises and the rests gently above its cloudy golden body. The head holds quite well, and it leaves very nice lacing on the glass as it goes.

The aroma is mainly spicy, and a touch phenolic, but backed by a subtle bit of sweetness in the malt. Some yeasty mineral helps to tie the two together, and it's quite pleasant. As it warms soft clove and a hint of plastic come out a bit more, as does a flicker of white pepper, giving it even greater depth.

The flavor, of course, offers up pretty much everything the aroma does right at the start. Additionally, there's just a subtle edge of tartness (that's probably coming from the yeast itself). I don't find citrus in the nose, or in the flavor directly, but when I get that little zing of yeast in the finish it makes me think of lemon. And of course the acidity helps to dry it, along with the spiciness and the stiff bitterness. A bit of yeasty earthiness rounds it out, reminding me of some of the great French Biere de Gardes.

It's not a beer that you'd drink quantities of as it's just too flavorful, despite the fact that it actually appears quite quaffable. No, this is a beer that you might have with your friends after work but you'd enjoy it and take it a bit slower because every sip leaves its mark, lingering for at least a few minutes. Superb!

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Photo of ksimons
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A slightly hazy yellow color with white head.
Bready pale malt backbone with yeast and some spice in the aroma
Taste is similar to the smell though a little more understated
Mouth feel is crisp carbonation, lightish body
A nice refreshing saison

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on draft. yellow golden color, with foamy white head. aroma is a bit grainy and herbal. decently balanced, I'm just not a big fan of the overall flavor.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at at Hogan's Hideaway in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a hazy golden yellow, with a quarter inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells quite yeasty, with some clove, white pepper, and a bit of citrus.

Though this does have some citrusy sweetness, this more squarely on the dry side of things for a saison. Very peppery and clovey from the yeast. This also has a somewhat grainy flavor, however, the yeast on this one is the driving force, almost to the point of it being a little one note.

This has a fairly crisp mouthfeel, with a medium body, and a fairly high level of carbonation.

This isn't bad, but didn't exhibit a whole lot of complexity beyond the typical yeast character.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger billowy head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow With some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Herbal, spicy, yeasty esters, vanilla, green apple, pilsner malts, pale malts.

Taste: Same as above. Flavors work together and balance things out. Slight bitterness in the rear and a little chewy.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, chewy, a little dry, refreshing, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: This saison is a nicely put together beer. Simplicity at its finest and enjoyable. Every flavor works well together. Have to say I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can 13 oct 2014 stamped on the bottom

Yellowy hazed near golden, lifts a HUGE head that slowly morphs and fades. Leaves gobs of thicker froth.

Peppery and coriander infused nose.

More heavy pepper, Belgian yeast, and again herbal coriander. Light, zesty and flavorful.

Worthy saison in a can.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can pours a hazed gold with an ample cap of white head. Nice retention and lace...a good looking brew here.

Nose is zesty, citrusy and grainy. Saison-esque but has a little less oomph to it. Smells alot like the Walloon from Southern Star here, a little too spicy and less yeasty.

Taste shows much the same, like a saison-lite with the hops and yeast leading the way. A fun little beer to drink, just not very deep. Yeast just is not as soft and delicate as some of the better Belgian examples. Better than Walloon though and Id buy it on the reg if I lived in the SF distro area.

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Photo of BWED
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a goblet.

A- Golden yellow with a bit of haze. Head is white and retains around a quarter inch. A little lacing.

S- Citrus snap and Belgian yeast spice. A mild toasty malt aroma in the background.

T- Citrus and spice are still the main components, with bready malt coming in for a great balance.

M- Light in body, slight spiciness. Faintly dry and spicy finish. The carbonation is a little too smooth.

O- This one is really solid. Very well balanced. And really easy to drink.

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Photo of Act25
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A -Energetic, lacy, golden beer, as expected.
S - Powerful aroma of citrus hops, coriander spice, and lemon peel. Approachable. Good first beer of evening.
T - Follows smell with more fruit flavors and more citrus hop. Lots of citrus peel. Yeast.
M - Light, energetic, crisp and carbonated.

Solid Saison. Easy.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i always expect grisette to have unique grain characters. you know, oats and spelt and rye and all sorts of stuff. i also expect it to be very low alcohol, like session saison type beer. maybe thats because my limited experience with the style has showed me this, i dont know if thats required or not, but this beer doesnt really have either of those, and so to me seems more like a saison, just with a really mild yeast strain. the beery is hazy golden and bright, with a tall white head, looks lovely. the nose is dry wheat predominantly and the yeast, which is bready but fruity a bit too. the flavor shows some cool grassy hops in the finish where there was none in the nose. i like that, very old world feeling here. the yeast is more saison than belgian, but seems to have elements of both, without being all that interesting. its dry and well carbonated, definitely a summer refresher. not quite as dynamic on the grain front as i had expected and hoped for, but unquestionably a well made beer overall.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Appears a slightly clouded golden hue, with a very bright color shade. Bright white head forms thick with fine bubbles, head retention is excellent with fine speckled lacing left on the sides of the chalice.

Aroma has spicy yeast notes, slightly peppery with a clean biscuit malt character.

Flavor has a spicy upfront yeast character, rough phenolic character slightly fruity a hint of band aids…it’s all there.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with even flowing carbonation not much else happening here. The dry finish just works for the style adding to how easy this is to consume.

Overall, an easy drinking sessionable Belgian style beer in a can the off band aid plastic fermented flavors don’t sit well with me but they aren’t overbearing in this beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

$ 4.25/10 oz draft at Sly Fox Phoenixville, PA
Aroma of yeast phenolics and fruit
Head small (1.5 cm), white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm ring
Lacing good –narrow rings with small bubbles
Body medium yellow, cloudy
Flavor of yeast phenolics, fruity, sweet; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.625. Final weighted score: 3.75.

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Grisette from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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