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Saison VOS | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Saison VOSSaison VOS
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
slyfoxbeer.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 12-01-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
337
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
15.87%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
29
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 167 | Ratings: 337
Photo of Biscuit033
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 C&C

A: Hazy golden with thick fluffy head and lots of lacing that is there until the bottom.

S: Sour, funky aroma that if I were describing wine would call barnyardy. You also get hints of vanilla, orange, black and white pepper, and coriander.

T: You are hit up front with the same spices as above and there is the sour funkiness, orange zest and some bitterness that balances out the flavors. The alcohol is also apparent. At the very end you get green apple skin. There is a lot going on in this beer.

M: Nice feel on the tongue with a long bitter linger. There is a warming from the alcohol but nothing that is a bother. The finish is crisp.

D: This beer is good for all occasions and all seasons. This would also make a great beer to cleanse the palate because of its crisp, dry finish. Alcohol is present but is very welcoming in the cooler months.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip at just over fridge temperature. Cellared for one year.

Appearance- Phenomenal!! Hazy, light pale gold with a ridiculous four-finger monster of a head. Gargantuan patches of spiderweb lacing all down the glass. A small mountain of foam surrounded by a resilient head remains throughout.

Smell- Sweet and perfumy, with the most subtle pepper notes. *Very* floral. Excellent.

Taste- Spicy and peppery, and at the same time mellow and exquisitely balanced. Take the nose and translate it into flavor and there you have it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smooth with just the right amount of carbonation... prickly to the point of being exactly as it should be. A fantastic example of this style... the most pleasant surprise yet this spring.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Cork exploded as soon as the wire was loosened! Guess that happens when you have a yeasty, bottle conditioned beer marked "best by 4/13/09." Once things calmed down: hazy, pale, and golden with a big lacy head.

S: citrus zest, pepper, white grape, yeast, grass, bit of sweetness

T: surprisingly mild given the complex nose. Basic mixture of pale malts, lots of hopping (but still basic; doesn't give the impression of blending too many things together), and some yeasty residue. Finish is crisp, bready, and mostly dry despite the sugar/lemon you might expect from the smell. Overall a very pleasant and unpretentious balance.

M: medium body with tons of fizz (see above!)

D: Spicy & interesting without anything to offend or overwhelm the palate. Nice.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good clarity. Pale gold in color. Large, foamy white head is not as persistent as it should be.

Smell: Lemon zest, honey, pale malt, and coriander make for a truly delectable aroma. The bouquet is big, without being overpowering.

Taste: A distinct, sawdusty, barnyard taste is sweetened and balanced by honey, and a spritz of citrusy esters. A full, moderate bitterness settles in towards the end of each mouthful, but does not linger on.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, with medium-high carbonation. Effervescent, but with more smoothness than usual--nice.

Overall: Probably the best Saison I've had to date. Other styles are usually too spritley and fruity. This version stays true to the farmhouse, spice, and bitterness complexities a good old fashioned Saison should have, and milks them for all they're worth, while managing to stay crowd-pleasing. Truly impressed and...dare I say, inspired?

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Photo of Crosling
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
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 IBUnit63
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taking a crap shoot on which Sly Fox Saison Fox to review since there are two...from 11/23/2008 notes. Either way, 750 corked and caged into Duvel tulip...

Huge, frothy head with ample carbonation atop natural honey-colored body with effervescent carbonation.

Sparkling apple and pear scent with great yeast electricity - quite rustic but clean...a little pine.

More malt-forward than the average Saison...a little caramel and white grape and solid yeast electricity. Straight-forward but enjoyable.

Ultra-clean and even feel - great carbonation tingle. A little less fruity than expected. Finish is uniform and solid.

Bring it on! Glad I found this one at Premier in Buffalo. This reminds me a lot of Hennepin (edit: but more of a traditional Saison. Maybe not so much of a gateway to the style rather than a bridge). And that's not a bad thing at all. I enjoyed the hell out of this. Well-done.

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Photo of harryhood1
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great appearance and aroma in this Saison. Very dry and appealing. Great carbonation with tons of bubbles rising throughout the whole drinking session.

Was really impressed with this beer! Not as good as Hennepin but damn close and I'm a huge Hennepin fan. If you haven't had this one yet and you're a Saison fan, grab it. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of armock
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of yeast spice and lemon

T - Starts off with banana then the yeast and spice come out with a touch of lemon lots of stuff happening in the taste

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - One of the best Saisons that I've had very enjoyable definitely a beer to get others into Saisons or craft beer in general great taste that very easy to drink glad I picked this bottle out worth trying

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Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml

Best By: 4/13/09

I got this saison knocked off my "wants" list courtesy of one of BA's finest, Mr. Lum himself! Saison Vos pours lemon custard yellow with dulled orange highlights. The entire body is full of carbonation bubbles rushing to the surface. A ginormous head of three plus fingers grew on an easy pour eventually fading to one finger and leaving intricate Belgian-esque chunk lacing everywhere. This is how a saison should look.

The nose has a metric ton of glistening orchard fruits including peach, pear and green apple (in that order) with a good deal of bright lemon. A Belgian candi sugar like sweetness lies underneath a vivid and enjoyable grassy hoppiness. The nose makes my mouth instantly water and gives me a twitch that hurries my glass to my mouth.

All those estery golden fruits hit the second this saison enters the mouth. Gritty pear, green apple, and peach all play major roles in this brew. Mid palate brings that sugar cookie like sweetness and some candi sugar before the solid grassy bitterness takes hold. The dry finish accentuates the moderate bitterness but that quickly fades into some residual fruity sweetness. This is a damn fine American made saison.

I thoroughly enjoy the mouthfeel on this beer although it doesn't quite hit the mark like the best Belgian examples of the style. The body is on the lighter side of the spectrum and the carbonation is lively, it just doesn't have the airy quality of the best.

A nice dry finish keeps me drinking. I could see myself drinking this beer all day long without a complaint. It really is that easy to put away.

Saison Vos is one of, if not, the best American brewed saisons I've yet had the opportunity to try. This really is a gem of a beer. Thanks for the treat Lum and send more ASAP!

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Photo of Jarod
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came to me fresh at the brewery.

It was poured a golden yellow color that had a slight misty appeal to it not cloudy because I could see the carbonation bubbles all through it. The head was pure white in color that was thick and foamy, and well lasting. The aromas that came from it were somewhat simple, very straight forward, I nosed malts, ash, earth, some hops, spices (bitey like white and green peppercorns) and a slight yeast. The tastes came from the glass were amazing. I tasted spices (again the bite from the peppercorns), breads, sweet malts, ash, dry earth, some hops, and fruits that seemed to come in and go out all through each swallow. This beer was smooth and all the flavors, from the first sip to the last sip, seemed to blend with each other very well. A very good beer from a very good brewery. I look forward to making another trip.

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Photo of Boto
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Sly Fox: This one was a cloudy, lighter golden color. There wasn’t much head evident. The aroma contains many scents. It was somewhat spicy (mainly corriander). with some fruitiness coming through also(mainly citric and banana). Maybe musty also. A very well balanced taste. Yeasty, bready, spicy, all just in great proportions. A very nice beer.

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Photo of errantnight
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for this one, beerloco.

Really, really enjoyed this one. Been on a bit of saison kick (and brett tinged Belgian Pales), and this is right there with Sofie and Signature Ale for beers that I loved.

Pours a hazy pale straw with fluffy white head, a few fingers of it, with nice retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma is bready, funky, tart and a bit spicy. Wet horseblanket backdrop to the lemon and fresh sourdough aromas really make this a great one to savor in the glass.

Almost as good on the palate. Lots of subtle nuances and touches, dry and not very hoppy (but pleasantly bitter on the finish, helped by a nice mineral carbonation touch), the malt takes a backdrop here to playful citrus and floral yeast notes playing against musty, earthy tones. My kind of saison.

Nice high carbonation provides both depth and texture without making the brew feel heavy.

Drank this on the same day as the Victory Saison and it was a great contrast. Both well carbonated saisons that are true to the American interpretation of thes tyle, but whereas Victory went for a yeasty, bready, slightly hoppy interpratation, here the flavors are musty, earthy, and tart. Ah the wonderful world of saisons.

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Photo of Stimack
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap when visiting the Royersford brewpub. Came in a 10-ounce glass, has a quite clear golden color with a slight haze to it. Also has a fair sized white head that has good retention leaving lacing along the sides of the glass. The aroma is very nice, malt is noticeable but it is the spices that clearly come out, mostly a peppery scent. The flavors that seems to come across the most clearly is a peppery spiciness but is not the only thing as I pick up a clear malt flavor that seems to give a bready taste with highlights of light fruit flavors and it ends with a nice spicy hop. I definitely did not do this beer justice in the review but needless to say it is well balanced, easy drinking and overall a very good brew. Clearly worth trying.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer slow and I mean real slow. Ended up with a goblet full of foam (only 1/4 was beer). Leaves some lacing as it finally starts to settle. Has a cloudy golden color, tons of carbonation.

Smells of fruits (apples, grapes and oranges), some yeasty mustiness and pale malts.

Tastes of fruits (apples and oranges more than anything IMO), yeast, spices and malts. This is very complex for such a quaffable beer.

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Photo of ikats
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew from mday, Thanks Mike!

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

Clear golden color with a fluffy white head that hung around and left thick layers of lacing. I poured very slow and kept all the sediment in the bottle.
Candied sugar sweet and yeasty aromas.
Very good tasting brew, plenty of sweetness but not overboard with a bit of fruity tartness towards the finish.
Medium bodied, crisp and light feel.
Easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of sitarist
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in the blind bif #4...thanks to sholland119.

Pours a clear, pale golden color. A moderate pour yields half head, and half beer in my glass. The head is white, and frothy. The head falls rather fast to a cap that leaves rings, and spots of lacing.

I smell mild soap, spice, candied ginger, herbs, sourdough, a faint hint of bubblegum, and spring flowers. Very aromatic, and pleasant.

Its flavor is nice and spicy. Coriander, white pepper, herbs, a faint hint of apple, and more flavors that I fail describe.

Medium body, lots of carbonation, and very dry. It feels a bit warm on my tongue.

A delicious beer with an outstanding aroma. A couple glasses of this would leave me satisfied. I would like to try this beer again.

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Photo of mstyne
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked bomber from Beverage Mart on NY 66.

Best by 2/5/10. Oops. Does not seem to be any worse for wear. Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a thick (~1") creamy head and minimal lacing. Sharp spice and citrus throughout.

Very tasty brew. Would definitely like to see if there's a difference if I were to get one that was a bit fresher.

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Photo of OnThenIn
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Two fingers of beautiful cloudy white head. There is some seriously wonderful carbonation in this beer. The color is a very see through yellow that just won't stop fizzing. This was the most beautiful beer I have ever seen.

Smell: A very clean smell that reminds me of a few lagers I have had. A little earthy, with some nice malt aroma. A wonderful smell of fruity yeast smell is present.

Taste: This definitely has the definitive saison taste I am used to , but with a great deal of fruit and citrus flavors. There is definitely some sweet malt in this beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer has an aweome crisp finish with a medium body. The only issue I really have with this beer at all is that it seems a too carbonated for me.

Drinkability: Personally, I love this beer. I have had a few saisons and this is an exceptional example. I prefer it even to Hennepin. As I already said, I the carbonation was a bit much for me . I think I would have given this beer a high A if it wasn't for the carbonation.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap...

A- Straw colored grainy yellow beer. Nice lacing! White frothy head, quickly dissipating.

S- Really grainy, wheaty, and earthy. This was a very natural smelling brew with a really minor hop detection in the nose.

T- Really sweet and sugary. Very nice blend of candy and sugar with a citric earthy and grassy undertone. This beer had a medicinal quality to it that rounded the brew out nicely.

M- Very light bodied. Some warming as it went down, overall pleasant.

D- A very fine beer here that is as drinkable as it gets for a saison. Nothing cloying, nothing too sweet. Excellent!

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Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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 superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/27/2014. Pours lightly hazy bright golden color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apple skin, pear, lemon zest, grape, grass, straw, floral, clove, light honey, bread, funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big pear, apple, lemon zest, pepper, clove, grape, light honey, grass, straw, bread, light funk, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, grass, straw, clove, pepper, floral, funk, light honey, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/funky yeast flavors; with a good malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent saison style! All around excellent balance and complexity of yeast ester flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of joepais
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kempleton, Seemed like a good day to open this one. Bottle poured into a challis produced a fingers worth of white head that turned into a thin layer of lace. The brew was cloudy and a pale yellow in color.

Aromas of citrus and sweet fruits, along with some spiciness, just seem to fill the room from this brew.

Great flavors remind me of a sweet tart. You get the initial sweetness from the malts. The spices set up a bridge to the nice citric sour flavor in the end. Nicely crisp and light on the tongue, nice and light in the mouth.

I looked outside and thought it should still be summer time so I picked this brew to help enjoy the last few days of warmth. It was true to the style and very pleasant to drink. Great brew SlyFox

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Photo of steelerguy
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden, slight have, amazing carbonation, tall white head.

S - Fruit esters, ripe pear, some spicy hop aroma.

T - Really pick up some sweet, ripe pear here. Immediately followed by a tart sensation intensified by the high carbonation. Nice spicy hop flavor.

M - Crisp, dry, refreshing feeling. The hops and lightness of the beer make it very refreshing, especially for a 6.9% ABV.

D - A beer this refreshing is extremely drinkable. Perfect beer for a hot day or summer BBQ.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a lovely beer. A company rep gave me a hit from his growler at Whole Foods in NYC where he had a table set up for tastings. Great guy. The beer is light-colored, pale yellow, with a subtle aroma - I don't really trust my nose, esp. when allergies are hitting me hard. But the taste was delightful, spicy and complex while still being light, crisp, and refreshing. I really enjoyed this one, it has nice, delicate flavors that weren't too overtly subtle. Tremendous drinkability, A perfect summer quencher. Falls in the middle of the saison spectrum...the flavors are all there without being too tart or sour like some I've tried. On the other hand, I had a Sam Adams Rustic Saison a few days earlier and there was simply nothing there. Dull, bland, boring. This one strikes a perfect balance.

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Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 337 ratings.
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