Saison VOS
Sly Fox Brewing Company

Saison VOSSaison VOS
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #743
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,028
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 11.25%
Reviews:
169
Ratings:
343
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Sly Fox Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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88
Very Good
Saison VOSSaison VOS
Notes: A Belgian style Saison (or Farmhouse Ale) brewed with German Pils malt and hopped with East Kent Goldings. Fermented with a special proprietary yeast which imparts its dry, spicy character. Golden orange in color.
Reviews: 169 | Ratings: 343
Photo of Crosling
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL. First impression is, this is criminally underated. This is without question, one of the best Saison examples to come out of America. Most similar to the straight Saison Dupont, probably using the same yeast. It’s a bit sweeter and not as dry as Dupont, a bit less hoppy as well. On the palate, there are some lovely fruit flavors, most notably pear and banana. This is a great saison, clearly the brewer is passionate about the style.

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Photo of ski271
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy medium yellow with a large, white, pillowy head with good retention. The smell is of moderate wheat over yeast and mild malt aromas. Citrus, flowers, coriander, melon, green apple and some light banana. The fruitiness is light but very nice. Taste-wise, it’s quite similar to the nose, but better. Malts come on a little stronger accompanied by some fruity esters, dry hops, and a little more spiciness. The finish is floral, lightly bitter and slightly astringent. It has a medium-light body and slightly syrupy texture. Pretty good, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with BeerBeing - thanks! No best by or bottled on info on label but it did have a copyright of 2005 so gonna assume '05 vintage unless using older labels. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle in a tulip glass. Was a hazy golden color with tons of yeast floating around. The aroma was typical saison with tad more dryness that average. Good fruit and spicyness. The taste followed the smell and was really good. I'd loved to try a fresh sample of it to see how the flavors are at the start but if '05 this one held up well. Good mouthfeel with good carb. Overall, I like this one but since older is a little muted but will seek out a new one. (3.5, RB, T, Y)

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked & caged bottle, sent during the winter by Metalmonk. I thought I'd be sharing this with my wife but the dry bitterness was a turn-off for her; I got it all to myself! Poured to a small Brasserie Millevertus tasting glass...

A: Big fizzy/foamy white head, cresting at 2-fingers+, above a hazy pale blonde. Lots of carbonation with bubbles percolating to the surface and keeping the beer 'active'-looking at all times.

S: Lots of wild yeast and a rustic wet grass/hay smell. Faintly floral with cloves, clover honey and light lemon. As good as any Belgian Saison I've tried.

T: Wonderfully grassy, lightly sweet and much like the smell indicated: cloves, honey, spice, hints of lemon and herbs. Finishes very dry and medicinally bitter.

M: As good as it gets; fizzy and carbonated, with a zesty dry finish. Despite the busy mouthfeel, it's not biting or acerbic and is considerably 'full'-feeling. Alcohol, despite being nearly 7%, never comes into play.. this is just crisp, refreshing and lively in the mouth. Wow.

D: Very, very good. Tastes like springtime; I'm glad we saved this for an April afternoon after working in the yard. I'd gladly have this one again. Thanks, Jeff - you forewarned me this would be a very good one and it did not disappoint...

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Photo of BlindPig
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours with a huge thick white head on a pretty clear yellow body.
S- Citrus, lemons, bread, yeast, spices, light malts behind it all.
T- Follows the aroma just a little less on the citrus side and you get more of the yeast flavors. Spices build up on tongue and hops leave a nice lingering bitterness on the tongue.
M-Thin body with high carbonation.
D- It is a really good Saison. I could have a few of these just I wish it was a little cheaper. Still good and if I ever saw this when I went out of town I would pick one up.

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Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a highly carbonated beer. Poured into an oversized wine glass. Pours a nice golden color (reminds me of a tripel). There is a strong spicey aroma with a follow up of malt. Has a solid mouthfeel from the high carbonation. Reminds me of a belgian wit: spicy/peppery notes. A touch overwhelming but not too much. Has a nice light body, easy drinking summer beer. Now I know why people drink this in the summer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

03/28/07- Received via trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. No freshness info to be found. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Orange-peach puree color. Larger than a inch very white head. Looks fairly chunky (the head), while the beer itself is a bit couldy from ultra fine yeast particles. Lacing is present, but nothing spectacular...an otherwise perfect appearance per style.

Smell- Mild farmhouse stink with some white pepper, corriander and some tart lemon. Maybe a bit of powdered sugar as well.

Taste- Mirrors the smell. Not as funky in flavor, but has plenty of spicyness going on with a light sugary flavor to balance out the mid range tartness. Lemony tang as well.

Mouthfeel- Fairly well carbonated with a light sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Good flavors and refreshing. One of the better american made saisons. Thanks for the great beer Steven!

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Sly Fox brew showing up around the Buffalo area,poured into an oversized wine glass a slight hazed peach-like color with a huge blooming,sticky white head that takes quite awhile to settle.Funky aromas really hit ya at first somewhat like hay with wet blanket oddness with undertones of phenolic yeastiness and medicinal hop a light lemony note comes thru as well.The flavors grew on be after a bit and became quite refreshing quite phenolic in its spicey,cloviness with a noticable medicinal hop character with some mineral and a touch of toasted grain in the finish.Its complex for sure maybe a bit to much going on for me and Iam not a big fan of Belgian yeastiness but this a brew is to be respected and its quite refeshing as well.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Appears a dark golden yellow with a huge three fingers of dense and fluffy foam. Smells of peppery spices, and citrus. Tastes fruity, bitter from hops, sweet from the malt and spicy from the yeast. Stays very dry through the finish. Very crisp and clean tasting with moderate carbonation. This is one of my favorite Saisons. It paired nicely with some Asiago, Fontina and crackers.

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Photo of jdg204
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this bad man as part of a sampler at the Sly Fox brewery and restaurant, both highly recco'd.

Appearance - Very nice hazy golden color, definetly lived up to Belgian standards.

Smell - Nice spiced citrus odor, would've like it to be a bit more powerful.

Taste - Very nice balance here between the sweet malt and citrus and the slightly bitter spices, extremely well done. The natural graininess really comes through nicely as well.

Mouthfeel - The is a big flavor beer so you definetly need to take your time drinking it, almost a bit much.

Drinkability - This was a high quality Saison, and Sly Fox deserves a lot of credit for having the guts to take a shot at this brew. This doesn't quite live up to Ommegang's Hennepin standards, but then again what does? If you happen to get to Sly Fox, do youself a favor and have this brew, but I'm not sure this is a go out of your way beer.

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Photo of ikats
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with fluffy, perfectly white head that subsides to a good-looking quarter inch cover. Slightly hazy.

Banana sweetness dominates the aroma. I also smell citrus notes, spices - wonderful yeast aroma.

Sticky sweetness in the taste is complimented by spicy bite. A very nice balance. I find my mind wondering away from this review back to the glass. I can't help myself but to take another sip. Very drinkable beer. I thought that a 750 ml bottle may be too much for tonight - this is not an issue anymore.

Strength is noticeable (but in a good, warming way). This brew is light to medium in body.

Now, I'll be honest and say that I cannot review this beer within the style since I am not very familiar with saisons. However, I can also honestly say that this is a very tasty beverage. Playful, satisfying, flavorful.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No date on cork, but this bottle has the Royersford address and 2005 is printed on the label. (Thanks to melbatoast93 for this gem!)

Tight bubbles and a crazy rocky head explode on the pour, atop a beautiful copper-shaded golden color. The head's shape and form could give Duvel a run for its money. Lots of sticky lace left on the glass.

Aroma is stinky yeast, tart fruits, delicate spices, all coming together and reminding of a tripel. Yum.

Again reminded of Duvel at the front of the sip, where pilsner malts were obviously used. Also has a generous kick from the yeast, an earthy sweetness, and a dry, crisp, citrusy finish that morphs into a spicy glow. Banana, clover, perfumey hops, green apple...so many sensations on the tongue, so much depth and character...this is amazing.

Feels light but boldly present in the mouth, matches the flavors perfectly.

As close to a fine Belgian saison as any US brewery is likely to get. Superb.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.61/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml brown bottle, no date information, but it is from 2006. The cork releases with a light 'pfft'.

Clear honey gold. Towering pillowy bright white head of loosely piled medium sized bubbles. Roiling pillar of medium bubbled carbonation that looks just like a bubble wall. The head just sticks and sticks, but as it settles it deposits clumps and bands of big bubbled lace. Aromas are of faint orange peel, cloves, lemon rind, bits of black pepper and some bright yeastiness. Add a dose of wet dog as it warms. Sticky sweet candied orange and lemon peel are tumbled around by fizzy soda-like carbonation. Stinging carbonation pounds a lemon pepper graininess into the tongue and down the throat. As this warms, a bit of a medicinal/rubbing alcohol flavor comes through as well as a thick, sticky sweetness and mouthfeel. There is simply no grace or subtlety here. Medium bodied, but excessively carbonated that over inflates the mouth. I couldn't finish the bottle.

Thanks to ggaughan for the opportunity.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden color with a meringue of a head that takes forever to drop

Smell: Lemon meringue, white pepper and yeasty tones

Taste: Starts with a yeasty tart lemon meringue pie aspect; after the swallow a a grainy bitterness appears and leaves abruptly, only to be replaced by the yeast and lemon meringue pie tartness that lasts into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation; some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: A very nice take on the style; great to see this brewery give it a shot

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Photo of Billolick
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large Belgian bottle caged and corked. Awesome, Duvel like head, explosive initially, then settling down to a thick frothy meringue, then a thick, thick film. World class so far. Tons of crazy, thick lacing. Light, yellowy, cloudy, yeasty looking creation. Soft peppery nose, creamsicle, wheat, and yeast also picked up. This is a wonderfully, tasty, complex and yummy saison. More light pepper, spice, gin, Belgian funky, yeasties, yum yum, nicely done, I'll be looking to pick up more of this.$5.50 @ New beer in NYC

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle clearly states that it's brewed in bottled at the Royersford locations...picked this one up at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Appears a clouded golden honey nectar something along those lines and it forms an off white head thick mountainous fine bubbled carbonation leaves behind thick chunky patches of lacing clinging to my chalice quite the resilient head definitely sticks around for quite awhile. Aromatics contain tart apple notes along with funky "farmhouse" traits, some call it hay and horse blanket type smells...I guess I could see that. Soft mellow sweetness along with ample spicing of noticable clove and coriander among a touch of citrus and herbal grassy notes. Flavor has a prominent mix of citrus character with those tart apple phenols seems slightly acidic but not gut wrenching with a healthy dose of funky yeast characteristics. Coriander and clove hovers over the palate with the herbal grassy hop character making it's statement as well. Definitely a lip smacking beer that challenges the senses by bringing so many complex flavors together...comes out as quality as an artisinal loaf of bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with effervescent sturdy carbonation yet has a substantial texture that is very smooth on the palate, to me it seems pretty dead on for the style. Drinkability...what can be said this is a quality product Sly Fox continues to impress me, having sampled this earlier in the year at a fest in Philly, I'm greatful to reacquaint with this fine brew.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear golden with a super high off-white frothy and moussy head which lasted for days to lace the glass.

The aroma was earthy, grassy and a bit spicy. The spice characer was low and in the background while the aroma was more floral and fruity as the beer warmed and the head finally fell. Some honeylike aromas were also present along with some DMS (cooked corn).

The flavor was rather light with a very nice and subtle spice character coupled with a perceptible, but low sweetness that reminded me of honey. The flavor had just a pinch of pepper along with a very slight cinnamon. Earthy characteristics were in the flavor just as in the aroma, but at a lower level.

The finish was dry with lasting light spice and a very light honey hanging on till the bitter end. The body was medium with a high carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation was just a bit overdone and a light warming does occur in the esophagus after consumption. A tasty treat!

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from BeerBeing as part of UTBIF. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 3" eggshell head over the clear golden brew. Head continues to expand for awhile, but eventually calms, with big-bubbled lacing. Aroma is light sweetness and spices. Taste follows the aroma, but seems to tend more toward sweeter, and not so much towards the crisp hoppiness I usually expect from a Saison. Also has tinges of lemon. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, and I wouldn't shy from adding this to my fridge again.

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Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw yellow with a rocky, fluffy, white head supported by constant streams of bubbles. As the foam subsided, thick clumps of lace were left on the glass. Very nice. Lemony, bready aroma with a bit of tartness and white pepper. Sweet, doughy flavour with some citrus and spice. Alcohol and peppery tingle lingers on the palate along with a hint of tart fruit and white grapes. Medium/light body and high carbonation that fills the mouth with foam at each sip. Just off-dry with a hint of residual sugar. Nicely balanced and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of jaluria
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heavy carbonation comes with this particular beer. It poured a yellow-straw color with a frothy, white colored head that left behind rings of lacing. Aromas of honey, sugar, and dried fruit (apricot and honeydew) seemed to come out nicely. The taste followed the nose except that the beer was overly dry with bitter fruit flavors providing too sharp a contrast with the underlying sweetness. A milder version of this sweet & sour combination would work very well. Also, a bit too creamy in my mouth. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of edskirk3
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this because I have of late become interested in this style, because as Randy Mosher puts it, this style "is as close to homebrew as a commercial product can get." Before this, I had only tried Yards Saison, which apparently isn't the best example but was nonetheless a good introduction. As I type, I have a batch of homebrewed Saison fermenting in the next room.

Saison VOS comes in a very big La Fin du Mondish 750mL bottle, corked, no freshness information whatsoever. There was no dust on the bottle when I purchased it, so I figured I was good.

With a pop of the cork, it pours a cloudy gold color with a fizzy white head that doesn't go away as fast as you'd think. There's a lot of carbonation going on here.

I really took my time with this bottle, so I was sniffing it a lot as it warmed up. Coming right out of the fridge it smells very medicinal, almost too much, and there's a major farmhouse character, i.e. it's funky/pungent like gorgonzola or bleu cheese. Over time the aroma mellows out.

All the way through, the palate is consistently like perfume. It's a combination of the aforementioned farmhouse features and what I'm assuming are the usual Saison spices, coriander and bitter orange peel. It's almost too much, in my opinion. "Perfume vapors" linger in the aftertaste. As it warms, sweetness and stickiness become apparent. Any hop bitterness is being masked by something else because I am not picking it up.

There's no ABV statement on the bottle, but here on the site they say it's 6.9%... that sounds about right. To me this doesn't make it a traditional Saison, one that was made for summer refreshment. I'm not complaining, I'm just sayin'. Despite this, it's light-medium bodied, and has a champagne-like dryness.

In the end, the only thing I'm thinking about is that there might be too much of something at play here. It's too perfumey for me, too medicinal. It's a noble attempt, but they have to tone something down here.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured (or should I say the beer expoded for the bottle) a hazy light amber color with massive white puffy, chunky head. Champagne-like carbonation bubble strem to the top. Nice lacy coating. Smell is malty, peppery, spicy. banana-like. Taste follows through with a firm spice, fruity, malty texture. Good creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerBeing for the 750 from BIF 25**

Appearance: Pours with a mountainous head of white foam, large bubbles fade slowly, leaving a rocky landscape. Body is light gold, hazy, with streams of carbonation.

Smell: Pepper and Belgian style yeast. Banana and some citrus. Alcohol adds to the overall sharpness of the beer.

Taste: Sharp and spicy. Initially citrus and pepper, slightly metallic. The citrus ends this with some nice hops, but overall a very strong and assertive flavor.

Mouthfeel: The good carbonation adds to the sharpness of the beer.

Drinkability: A good, enjoyable saison, could stand a little more complexity and depth, but still a well above average beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very strong Saison. Not an outstanding feature that makes it great, it's just well balanced and void of any off flavors. A typical yellow, hazy brew with eruptive carbonation and head retention. Big fruity aromas. Citrus: oranges, lemons, pineapples, banannas and peppery. Grainy flavors are very low. Tastes fruity, juicy, lightly tart, musky, and yeasty. Very efforvescent on the toung (almost numbing). Finishes lightly sweet and dry. Great hot weather drinker. Almost wish it had a bit more funky flavors--woodiness and muskiness.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle. 8 oz pour. Beer is a hazy straw color with a 3 finger head that really sticks around well. There is an incredibly active carbonation and a moderate clarity on this one. Nose is nice, with banana esters, creamyness, herba, hop, spiceyness, and a touch of candied sweetness. Lots going on there...just what I want in a saison. Flavor is awesome. First thing I notice is the awesome noble hop that really comes through. The banana ester is more subdued. A moderate lemony zing comes through and really plays well with the noble hop. The candies sugar lends a very nice and subtle sweetness to it. It finishes with a very nice spicey hop that is just a bit bitter. A very complex and tasty brew. Feel is moderate with a very active carbonation that makes it feel light and airy. This one is an incredibly enjoyable beer. I really like the interplay between the hoppyness and the lemonyness. Very easy drinking beer with a great flavor.

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Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 343 ratings