Saison VOS | Sly Fox Brewing Company

Saison VOSSaison VOS
BA SCORE
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
Ranking:
#8,004
Reviews:
169
Ratings:
341
pDev:
11.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
29
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 341 |  Reviews: 169
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a sightly golden color with a big cap of white foam that left plenty of lacing down the tulip glass. Nice aroma of yeast, pear, pepper, spice and lemon--a very appetizing combination.

On the palate, the beer is light to medium bodied but with nice carbonization. Club cracker-like malt along with with fruitiness from the yeast. Refreshing through the center with a pleasant sourness. Spice finishes it off.

A drinkable and tasty brew. I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of confer
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-From the big bottle the cork exploded off when started. A bit of a champagne overflow. Pours a cloudy pale gold with a giant white cotton head.
S-The smell is bananas and lemon there must be hefe yeast in here.
T-Saisons are so all over the place in taste, but this one is very simple and refreshing. It has small hefe banana taste and some citrus and finishes with faint black pepper taste. It leaves a little spicy taste in your mouth.
MO- Light and refreshing in spite of a 6.9 abv. This was one of August beers for our BOTM. It was great pick and I will definitely go for this one again.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light and pale green-gold with a massive, massive white head (as in 10% liquid, 90% head, takes forever to fill the glass). Aroma is grassy and musty, grainy sour just like it should be with a hint of sugar and lemon.

Taste is light and toasty, faintly malty, a little on the sweet side. Flavor elements of cream (?), yeast, dried grass and hay. Light white pepper, maybe some cardamom, a little fruity. Finish is dry and has just a hint of lemon, with no trace of alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel is light and fluffy, lots of carbonation, even zippy. I would prefer more farmhouse funk and less ease-of-drinking sweetness, but it's a nice alternative to champaigne.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the Phoenixville location. Golden orange with a good sized white head that laced up the glass fairly well. A good amount of funky things are going on in the aroma along with some fruity sweetness. A bit spicy as well. Flavor starts of a bit sweet with noticeable fruit notes coming through. Nice musty earthiness to it with some spice backing it up. Good mouthfeel for the style and it is quite refreshing. Pretty drinkable stuff as I had no problem finishing the growler.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... This is perhaps the best American Saison that I've ever sampled... loaded with flavor, style, and character... a truly excellent depiction of the style, really worthy of praise and recommended as an exceptional Saison... beautiful golden appearance with an immense frothy head that lingered for some time before dissipating... smell was on-point for the syle, loaded with citrus, florals, lemons, coriander, and sweet sugars... taste strongly complemented the aroma, with noticeable fresh fruit flavors that really hit home and were very appealing... sweet, vanilla candied taste is also apparent... I was really surprised at the freshness and overall quality of this brew... a winner from Sly Fox... if you enjoy this style, this sample is definitely recommended...

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Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My third installment of Sly Fox thanks to Noslenwerd. This should be refreshing on this hot summer night.

A huge head rises up to take up 50% of the glass and bubbles over the top by almost a finger but holds steady in a round bulge and doesn't run down the sides. It pops slowly creating big pockets of air in the middle but doesn't lose shape easily, as the bubbles are reinforced by all the bubbles rising from the bottom and sides of the glass. As it eventually fades it leaves a mess of lacing all over the place. It's a perfect Belgian head. The beer itself is crystal clear with a light wheat golden yellow color. If it was a slight bit darker it would have been a 5 for appearance.

When I can eventually get my nose in the damn thing I get a nice Belgian saison like aroma, with some toasty malts, light Belgian malts, a light farmhouse dry saison aroma with very light spices, a gentle Belgian sugar sweetness, and a touch of Belgian yeast. A slight fruit comes through, the kind you would get from a typical Belgian blond. The nose brings more sweetness and malts than I expected from the color of the beer, but maintains a lighter composure for the overall aroma.

The taste starts a little rough, with some sweetness and farmhouse bitter spices. It has more of that Belgian candi sugar sweetness with lots of Belgian malts and slightly toasty. It has a sweet candy flavor that brings too much sweetness the table than I would like in what should be pretty dry Belgian Farmhouse Saison. It seems to add a touch of a tangy fruit too, just the slightest sour, almost lemony flavor. I think I get a bit of wheat as well. It does bring a bit of a rustic farmhouse feel to it though.

The mouth comes lighter with decent carbonation, less than I expected for how much head and bubbles it had, but it's been releasing all its carbonation quickly as it goes.

It finishes pretty light and crisp, refreshing at that. As it has a lighter body and feel to it, as well as overall taste, it drinks very well. The finish adds a touch of a sticky sweetness that sticks all over the mouth, but at the same time dries quite a bit from the initial sweet candy taste. A little bit of the lingering Belgian candi sugar as well as some malty qualities, a little bitter and sour lemon peel, and touch of that rustic farmhouse saison quality.

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Photo of halfP1NT
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy, bright golden color. A HUGE white head immediately foams up. The head is bubbly and dense and stuck around the whole time after it died down a little. Tons of bubbles rise up from the center of the glass.

Smell is sour, tart fruit and yeasty breadiness. Apples, banana and spices. Nothing too sweet or overbearing, quite pleasant. I can't wait to drink this.

Taste is bready with fruit - orange, banana and apple with a hint of clove spice. Crisp and refreshing with a lingering tart finish.

This beer is very highly carbonated; I almost wish it wasn't so much, but it is still a highly drinkable, well-balanced beer. Full bodied yet crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy dep yellow color with big carbonation and a big white head. Nose is clove, grain, banana and wheat. taste is light hops, citrus from prange peel, spiciness, banana, clove and wheat. Very nice. Mouthfeel has a light alcohol bite with a spiciness and lightly tart. Very drinkable!

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Photo of ggaughan
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. The beer poured a vibrant golden color with a huge foamy white head and very active carbonation. The head took quiet awhile for the foam to subside enough to drink but throughout there was a very strong citrus and hop aroma that is enjoyable. The taste is a nice mix of lemony citrus, hops and a bit of orange. Overall this is a very good representation of the style and with a medium body, easy to drink.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle from the royersford location.. sweet label!

a bright golden brew in my chimay chalice. very intricate weblike lacing and belgian in its mild haziness, foamy head with small bubble stream. orangey, yeasty aroma is inviting and more belgian pale than saisony. flavor dips into the pilsner realm, fresh and fruity with ripe summer citrus. very comfortable brew to sip, very safe. spice is there but very mild, and presented in a way that introduces less peppery notes and more christmas, sweet spice. this would be a good place for a yuengling drinker to cut his teeth on spiced/saison ale.. i found this to be an excellent beer, just mislabeled. do not go for this if you're looking for something to hit the high funk notes of a fantome or the hoppy green notes of theriez or la chouffe.

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Photo of NolanGTI
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice Saison from Sly Fox. Presented in a nice bomber with great looking white label and cork finish. Bottle conditioned. Head is thick and white as a ghost, lasts for awhile on top of a pale cloudy raft of beer. Mouthfeel is nice and tight with lots of carbonation going on. Very peppery and not much citrus going on, slight hint of lemon here and there. Not a huge yeast profile, little souring, more spicy than anything. Could use a bit more orange/lemon and a bit less pepper, but overall very drinkable.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a clear honey gold with a big fluffy white head. Dissipates down but retains about a millimeter of head.

Smells of citrusy malts and wild yeasts.

Taste is similar. Light, citrusy, wild yeasts, and fresh grain malts.

Body is moderate to full with minimal carbonation.

Very good. Easy to drink. Not quite as nuanced or potent as some but it gets the job done.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark yellow/golden colour with some patchy lace and very good head retention. The aromas of this brew are spicy with hints of coriander, lemon peel, and funky farmy hops. The taste is spicy up front and very wit-like. Fresh herbal hops hit you in the tongue, and than you are pummeled by various spices, and some zesty citrus flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied>light and the drinkability is very good. An interesting saison that drinks like a saison/wit hybrid.

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Photo of tappangordo
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear golden-rod with a huge billowy white head that was fully lasting leaving a great film lacing behind. Visible carbonation was high and steady.

S: yeasty, bursting with a big banana aroma, some lemon bread and light dried citrus.

T: The flavor was spicy, lemons, dry oranges, coriander and bananas. There is also a noticeable fruitiness (pineapple) and some spicy tart citrus notes as well a lemony hopping.

M: medium bodied, citrusy and very clean with a good carbonation bringing out the spicy tart nature of the beer.

D: Great drinkability, clean and well balanced drinking very nicely. Can easily drink this in multiples and not tire of it, great complexity and spiciness.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked bottle bought from The Light House, Jordanstown

Poured a light golden yellow colour. White head poured big, thick and fluffy and a steady stream of carbonation maintained a good covering throughout... some sticky lacing...

A lot going on in the aroma... lots of spicy yeast mixed with tart juicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, mangoes, limes), very floral, talcum powder notes, light honey and candy sugar sweetness, some earthy farmyard traces, hay, some rubberiness, fresh bread, some pine...

Taste - Tart spicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, apples), pithy notes, quite a lot of yeastiness, floral honey, quite perfumed, light earthy funk, grassy hops, chalky, faint coriander, peppery, some thyme herbalness, metallic, sea salt... flavours develop well as the beer warms up...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... Extremely refreshing and drinkable at 6.9%...

Overall - A top class Saison... As good as any i've had... recommended...

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Photo of KAP1356
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a glass that I have no idea how to categorize or name...

A- Pours a hazy yellow straw color with about 2 fingers of perfect white foamy head that takes a little time to subside.

S - Lemony aroma up front with some spices and some yeasty/bready smells to it as well. A nice honey like aroma comes out as well.

T - Very sweet, yeasty and lemony flavors. A good bit of spices comes out as well; coriander and clove I think. Some grassy, earthy notes as well which makes it more like a saison than a strong pale ale to me.

M - Quite carbonated as I would expect from this style. A bubbly mouthfeel with a nice crisp feel as well.

D - Quite drinkable and would be great during the hot summer months. Very easy to drink and is light and airy enough to come back for seconds.

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Photo of mltobin
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this at Whole Foods , Bowery, NYC.

Appearance is a light golden color with a small head that does not sit for very long. Its smell has sugar, light clove, banana. Saison VOS has a taste of orange, yeast, coriander, an earthy quality, with a faint bitter finish. Mouthfeel has more of the aforementioned earthy quality with proper carbonation for the saison style. Drinkability is solid for this very nice beer from Sly Fox. I am glad that I finally got around to trying this one.

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Photo of Nickls
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Nice half-finger of a tighly packed white head; decent staying power and a shimmer of lacing. Clear gold color.

S - Sweetish malts; whisps of yeastiness; touch earthy, but not funky by any means. Aligned with the style

T - Definitely saison qualities on all fronts; yeasty; touch of spice, but not much; pretty sweet for the style.

M - Thinnish, but not too thin. Subtle carbonation, and just a bit slick.

D - Very good drinkability. Nice rounded saison qualities, but not terribly interesting. Quaffable nonetheless, and fairly refreshing.

Overall, would have expected a bit more snap and tartness to balance out the sweeter nature of the brew. That being said, it's a good take on the style. Worth checking out, though there are better examples from the US out there.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml. Hazy gold color with a bit of sediment floating about. Pillowy white head holds together for quite some time. When it does shrink, there is a great amount of lace on the glass.

Slightly sour aroma, hints of spices and floral notes. Maybe a bit of white pepper in the back. Nothing too intense, byt enjoyable in the nose.

Nice tartness, with some spicy, peppery flavor. Well balanced. I suspect the hops are adding to the spicy character.

Nice full mouth, with a good amount of carbonation. Seems just a bit warming. Finishes fairly dry. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange color with a large white head. The aroma did not jump out at me but had some nice hints of lemon peel, coriander, and floral hops. Luckily, the flavor packed more of a punch with lemon and peppercorn spice dominating the palate. Dry mouthfeel but it made me want to take another sip. Paired very well with some sushi. Nice offering from Sly Fox and a good representation of the style.

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Photo of WesWes
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wondefully fruity nose along with a dry spiciness as well. The grassy noble hops blend nicely with the yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a solid pilsner malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes quite dry and fruity. THe earthiness is outstanding. The mouthfeel however is lacking. The carbonation is a bit too powerful. Otherwise, this is a top notch saison. It's well brewed and easy drinking.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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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4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, purchased at Capones.

Clear, bright yellow. Large, rocky, yellow tinged head. Good lacing, no legs.

Scent was lemon and grass.

Taste was candi sugar, with lots of citrus - orange and lemon. Spices. Crackery middle. Good herbal bittering at finish.

Light to medium body. High carbonation, could tone down a bit. Fairly dry.

Very tasty session beer. A little sweeter than I like, but very good. Sly Fox puts out another winner.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undone gold caged & corked bottle released into a Duvel tulip with a fantastic hazy straw light golden pour loaded with frisky bubbles topped by a huge ivory headcap that just won't quit. Amazing lacing and retention. Truly deserves this 5/5.

Scents are lightly peppery and doughy with a welcome airy note that opens up to a dry signature Belgian doughy aroma.

First swigs: Mirroring the nose, a light dough and pepper with an airy Earthiness. Some mineral notes and a touch of flour dough and a touch of lemony zest. Dry lingering aftertaste. This saison is like all other Sly Fox beers in that it is spot on. Just a fine interpretation of dry peppery dough and airy.

Feel is a medium bodied and super clean with a slight dry aftertaste. Quite frothy in the kisser and a frothy shush in each sip.

Last swigs: Was looking for a bit more horseblanket to please my personal palate, but still quite flavorful. Paid $12 for a 22 oz bottle at my local Union Jacks. A little step but I don't mind supporting Sly Fox, especially at a good local beer bar. This is also a great bottle to trade with fellow BA saison appreciators. Not Saison Dupont, but dry like it and a touch less funk.

Beer is good. Happy saison local beering.

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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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