Saison VOS | Sly Fox Brewing Company

Saison VOSSaison VOS
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3.89/5
341 Ratings
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
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#7,987
Reviews:
169
Ratings:
341
pDev:
11.31%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Foxman
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy bubbly lemony yellow. Two fingers of tight white head settle to a satiny froth sheet. Arches of lacing bridge along the inside of the glass.

The aroma twirls the sweet berry fruit of light malt, along with green apple, lemon, pepper, and clove. An earthy yeast tang rounds things out.

Upon tasting, light biscuit malt sweetness flows in, bringing along clove spice, more apple and pepper, and a flash of lemon citrus. The middle shows a push of alcohol, which is soon subverted by a yeasty dough note. Toward the close a tart character arrests any residual malt presence and segues to a finish of dry bitterness and cassis, lingering mildly. Simply, it's a straightforward, well-managed and blended flavor.

Medium bodied, the carbonation and spiced malt combine to deliver a fine beer blanket on the palate.

From first glance to the last vestige of finish, this is one very pleasurable beer. It delivers what you'd expect, but then it goes a bit further by filling out each piece of the profile in a memorable fashion. It's lively and very smooth, and wonderfully drinkable in spite of any ABV concerns. Saison's one of my favorites, and this is now one of my favorite saisons.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

A very stubborn cork, I had to resort to using a cork screw. I lost about an ounce before pouring into my NB goblet.

It pours a bright clear yellow gold with a hge head of foam. After settling down, there's a 2 finger head of foam with lots of lacing. As I look at the bottle, the foam crept to the top and slightly beyond. Interesting to watch.

The smell is definitely right for the style. Lots of yeasty notes with some spice and fruit and mustiness. I can't wait to take a sip.

The taste is very fruity and yeasty with some candy sugar sweetness and some citrus tartness. The more I sip, the more I notice the fruity angle. Bananas poke their head out along with some pears and then...the spice hits me again with lovely coriander notes and some white pepper. Complex? You betchya!

The mouthfeel is medium and I think the carbonation just creeps over into high territory....slightly less carbo would improve the drinking experience, me thinks. The finish is a nice blast of lemon zest and spice. Yum.

Drinkability? I think it's great because of its complexity and realtively low abv. Hehe..everytime I take a sip, something different seems to take center stage. A wonderful Saison and *very* Belgian like, one I give high props to when it comes to recommending.

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Photo of deanhead
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured aggressively into my Tripel Karmeliet glass producing a voracious head. Golden colored with a pure white billowy head that took some time to settle. One settled billows of foam seemed to coagulate in the glass here and there. These pockets stayed with the beer to the bottom of the glass. It was an amazing sight to behold.

The beer itself had a yeasty, spicy, grassy aroma with a hint of coriander and lemon zest and waffles.
Taste was slightly yeasty, with hints of biscuit, and honey.
Light to medium bodied beer that coated my tongue and teeth leaving a slightly sweet residual taste in my mouth.

Fabulous example of the style. I really really enjoyed this beer. Highly quaff-able!

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
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 yourefragile
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle, best by date of 10/02/10 poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy, clear golden color with tiny bubbles of carbonation, a one finger white head that has little retention but thick coats of lacing. Reminds me of Duvel.
S: Earthy and grassy with slight sweet aroma of honey and fruit. Also notes of grain and bread, but very little in way of hops, nice balance.
T: Maltier than expected, but that's not a bad thing. Sweet sugars and yeast dominate the taste with a background of grassy and bready flavors. Medium body with very active carbonation makes this very sharp on the tongue and slightly tart. Finish is lingering sweetness. Overall excellent bottled or on tap.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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 TastyTaste
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Billolick
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
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 nickhiller
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: crystal clear, straw colored, streams of champagne bubbles and a thick creamy head, great retention, rings of foamy lace

S: sour musty barnyard, florals, honeysuckle

T: sweet and tart, lemon zest, grass, green grapes, chardonnay, white pepper, nice bitter finish

M: light body, champagne-like, sharp, crisp and refreshing

O: this probably the smoothest Saison I've ever had. I suppose some might call it mild in a disparaging way, but I found it quite pleasant. And sessionable. And reasonably priced.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep slightly hazy golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some pretty nice lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast with nice refreshing floral malt notes. Taste is also domination by some nice floral Belgian malt with some nice attenuation from the yeast. Body is slightly too light for the style with some great carbonation. Very well done for the style with lots of character and definitely something I would wish to try again.

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Photo of jorg2619
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to get this 750ml bottle in my quest to drink more regional brews from Pa and the Mid-Atlantic region.

I was surprised by the carbonation after opening the bottle. I carefully poured a tulip glass of foam and waited. This aside the foam settled into a clear light amber color with lots of carbonation rising throughout. It smelled of yeast and and a hint of bread. The taste is crisp, again bready, finishing smoothly with a mild tart ending of hops not noticed until a few drinks. A refreshing farm house ale, and another solid brew by Sly Fox. Over carbonation was not that big of a deal for me as it is bottle conditioned. I would buy this again.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I prefer Hennipin, but when that is not available, I'll go for this small wonder.

a: Pour golden straw with good carbonation sometime clear, sometime hazy. Huge fluffy white head (maybe the biggest and maybe not such a good thing).
s: wonderful Belgian fruity yeasts and some citrus.
t: Great fruity Belgian flavors (second best in US next to Hennipin IMHO). Citrus follows quick and finishes with peppery bitterness.
m: wonderful effervescence. Medium body goes down smooth and cheerful (yes, I said that).
d: high alcohol keeps this beast at bay, that and the 750ml I puchase keeps it down. Other than that I would drink this till I was stupid.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was simply a great beer.

Appearance: Slightly hazy pale yellow in color with a short 1/4" head that actually lasted a bit and some nice lacing developed.

Smell: the aroma was of spice, a hint of pepper, and some field grains.

Taste: the flavor was a nice balance of malt and spice as coriander, clove, and pepper were matched with some grapefruit and yeast. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel was crisp at the start and finish as the carbonation levels were just right.

Drinkability: This was very drinkable and extremely enjoyable. A must have if it is available.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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 +11.3%
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 +11.1%
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 +10.8%
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 +10.8%
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 +10.5%
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 +10.5%
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 +10.5%
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 +10.5%
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 +10.5%
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 +10.3%
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 +9.8%
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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Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 341 ratings
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