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Saison VOS | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Saison VOSSaison VOS
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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 yourefragile
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 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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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a light hazy gold with mild streams of carbonation coming up to the top. Solid white head does not want to yield to the surronding pressure. Spotty and streaky lacing abound.
Smell is of slight barnyard funk mustiness with apple skin, coriander, pepper, and lemon zest with perhaps just a touch of bananas.
Taste is of the same aromas matched with that slight funkiness.
Mouthfeel is dry with some of the lemony zest and coriander peaking quickly before the dry finish.
This is going to be the shiznit when bottled. Only a few weeks away.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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 barleywinefiend
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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 rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a talk sided tulip glass)

A- This beer has a lemon yellow crystal clear body with tiny bubbles swirling around forming a super thick mousey foam that soon turns to dish soap bubbles.

S- The biggest aroma is the dry green herbal note that is still light but followed by a lighter earthy perfume note.

T- This beer has a smooth dry taste that develops into a slightly sweet note followed by some light pepper and spice finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish.

D- The light smooth flavor makes this very nice to quaft with some subtle hints of flavor that add a good depth.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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 akorsak
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle, a remnant from the Stone Soup III gathering.

A: The saison is a golden yellow color, hazy even after it has warmed. The bottle opened with nary a pop and barely managed a head. All that remains after the pour are some isolated patches in the middle of the glass.

S: The aroma is dry, fruity with a combination of sweet honey and dark licorice. It doesn't jump out as exciting but it fits within the saison style.

T: Dry yeast and pale malts set the stage for the saison, leaving little in the way of sugars. Pepper and biscuity bread mix with licorice and citrusy non-hop elements. Despite the lack of bubbles on pour, the ale is well-carbonated as I drink it. There is little in the way of tart funkiness, making this a nice sipper that remains sweet (if not sharply dry) throughout.

M: The mouthfeel has a sweet/sour edge that keeps the ale firmly in the saison family. The finish takes a nice twist towards anise that makes it worthwhile.

D: The ale is a little heady, packing more alcoholic punch than it should. A nice saison.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $10

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes or so before it was gone.

Smell - Cloves, lemons, grapes, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste green grapes, cloves and lemon juice/zest. There is also a honey sweetness and a bit of a yeastiness.

Overall - Nice stuff with some good fruity notes. Well worth trying but not something I'd go out of my way to grab again.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Immortale25
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Label says 5/24/14.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before shrinking to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and light, bubbly surface foam. Slippery non-stick lacing.

S- Sweet wheat smell with plenty of saison yeast aroma. Notes of honey, coriander and a hint of rosemary. Very floral.

T- Flavor is somewhat neutral. A little wheat here, a touch of yeast there plus some very faint spice and a mild alcohol kick. Pretty average all the way around and not much to say.

M- Also a letdown. Medium-low carbonation is nowhere near where I like it to be for this style. Semi-watery feel.

O- I don't know if I just have too high of standards for saisons now that I've had some of the best (Avec Les Bons Voeux, Saison Rue, etc.) but this one just did not do it for me. This is only the second Sly Fox beer I've had, the other being Incubus and I remember enjoying it very much. Shame this wasn't as good.

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Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery

Appearance: minimal head, clear, gold in color,

Smell: honey, light toasted malt, grass, and earth

Taste: follows the nose

Mouthfeel: is bitter but on the sweeter end for the style, light bodied with minimal carbonation, dry.

Drinkability: This one I find to be on the sweet side for the style, but still very good. I would have two or three of these. I do like the taste of the malts in this one.

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Photo of mltobin
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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 DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at biegaman's super extravaganza spring Saison tasting! Biegaman cracked this one open.

Pours a golden yellow, slightly hazed, huge soapy white head, tons of sticky lace, good retention, doesn't leave, looks good. Smell is sweet, spices, yeast, caramel, sweet and sour note at the end. Taste is yeasty, sweet/sour, spices, more yeast, bread, some light fruits, not bad. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, spritzy, not bad, really refreshing. Thanks Jan!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a 12 oz chalice

Appearance – A medium golden body with a slight off-white head. The head is filled with large carbonation bubbles and upon fading leaves a bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell – The smell is largely fruity up front, with nice citrus and some more tropical aromas. There is a biscuit-malty aroma toward the middle which is mixed in with an ever so slight astringent “funky” aroma.

Taste – A little on the sour side initially with some lemon and citrus. The more subdued sourness gives way to some hoppy and sweeter flavors toward the middle - sweeter citrus fruits with some more tropical’s; orange, mango, sweet lemon (lemonade) and even a little sweet apple. These sweet flavors are mixed with some yeasty flavors and a more sour green apple-lemon flavor, which come into play and rounds out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – A lighter bodied beer with a moderate to fairly high level of carbonation. The carbonation suits the beer quite nicely with the lighter body making it quite drinkable, although its thickness is lacking a little bit and it could use a bit more.

Overall – A nice “wild” brew. A little thin in the body which when mixed with the sourness makes it taste a little like an ale with a bit of lemon squeezed in (but just a bit; overall it is vastly better than this). It is well worth a try.

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Photo of ccrida
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to johnmichaelsen for bringing me this bottle!
Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Saison Vos is a chill-hazed, dark brassy gold, with a bigger, very light tan white head that leaves decent, foamy lace.

Smell is very floral, nice fruity esters, pears and bubble gum, very nice, if a little soft.

Taste is a little stronger, spicier and thicker then usual. Slightly waxy, with an earthy must and honeyed sweetness. Served cold, with a very sharp, lingering spicy finish that's phenolic with sugary fusels, but rounds out some as it warms. The effect is a puckering sourness, sugary grapefruit or lemon juice, but a more vinous acidity, almost akin to young chardonnay, or pear wine.

Mouthfeel is thicker, with an exceptionally creamy carbonation, yet dry, prickly on the tongue, a little solvent like.

Drinkability is ok, I'm really surprised this is only 6.9%, as it drinks a good bit stronger, to boozy and full for the style. It does, however, say it's made to age, and I probably should have done so, garding it until next spring, as a bière de mars or printemps. Oh well, we're still early into the fall, and having never had it before I couldn't wait!

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Photo of Pencible
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy straw color with lots of fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like sour lager yeast and grassy hops, with some spicy and metallic character.
T: It tasted like spicy and mineral and grassy hops, with some sour lager yeast. It had a clean spicy aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Bubbly body.
D: This was a decent saison, with earthy scent and taste. It was a bit sour for my preferences, and the body was too fizzy. At least the finish was mellow, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Not bad, but really not a terribly impressive brew.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a golden straw colored head with a hint of haze and a thin bubbly white head.

S-yeast up front, light lemon and orange peel notes, oily aroma, floral herbs, corriander.

T-yeasty lemon, orange peel, corriander, notes of floral grassy herbs, light bitterness in back. very simple and straight forward.

M-grainy feel in a good way with a syrupy texture and nice carbonation to back it up with a lightly dry finish.

D-very easy drinker, very straight forward beer, not a lot happening here but still a great summer drink.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with lots of carbonation rising up to the top. The head is two fingers high, and is barely off-white in shade. It has a fluffy texture and good retention, as well. Lacing is very thick on the sides of the glass.

S: There's a good amount of noble hops coming forward. Hiding behind this is a spicy note coming from the yeast - it's a good character loaded with bread, herbs, and black pepper; but lacking some of the unique notes featured in superior saisons.

T: Sweeter than the nose indicated. A touch of hops to start, gradually becoming sweeter near the finish. It's a slight cherry sweetness, and it blends well with the yeast spiciness. This tastes very metallic on the first sip, actually - this goes away after several more. Candied sugar flavors go up after even more sips. It works, but not perfectly.

M: While it's dry and drinkable, I'm missing some of the bone dry "evaporate off of the tongue" sensations I get from the best in the style. Nor is it particularly creamy before the dryness hits. But, it's still very drinkable. It's well carbonated as expected.

O: This is a really solid saison that nails all the basic notes well. But there in lies the problem - it doesn't do much apart from nailing those basic notes well. It's not bone dry, and the fruit/spice notes aren't particularly vivid or defined. You know what, though? It's still a decent saison, well worth drinking (but not my first choice in the style...)

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, earthy malt, citrus notes, and a nice yeasty presence. In the taste, just like the aroma, earthy, citrus, and a dry yeast. A spice bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry citrus like aftertaste. Nice spice and citrus notes, and good earthy qualities.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/5...brewery taster. Pours bright gold, low foam. Sweet fruity fragrant floral nose. Somewhat of a peppery taster, notes of citrus, bubblegum, and yeasty funk. Spicy. Very nice.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to psudrew for this.

4.0 A: Slightly hazed golden straw color. Three+ fingers of white frothy head with pretty good retention, but not too sticky.

4.0 S: Fairly simple, but pleasant. Main component is musty basement funk and there's plenty of that. As the beer warms up, a peachy fruitiness becomes more and more apparent. The fruitiness always plays second fiddle, which I like as I tend to prefer saisons on the dry end. Slight acid notes as well.

4.0 T: The taste is a bit more complex than the nose. Same basement funkiness and peachy fruitiness with the addition of hay, lots and lots of pear, and a lemony zing at the end. Moderate balancing bitterness. Pretty good.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

4.0 D: Good beer. Not much is spectacular, but nothing is flawed either. Actually, scratch that last part, there is one problem. The label is fucking ugly as hell. I have to get this last pour going so I can get it out of my sight. Anyway, back to the beer. All 750ml were well received and this is a good pickup if you haven't had it before.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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 rawfish
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to lookrider for the opportunity. Corked and caged 750mL bottle. Pours a glowing summer sun yellow, opaque with yeast but with a dense cap od white that sticks through the entire drink. Terrific.

Yeasty, active carbonation brings up the aroma of orange peel, coriander, powder, ginger and lemon zest. Not much fruit or other complexities here.

Bright lemon zest, orange peel, and powdery yeast and coriander. Very bright. Unobtrusive malt character. Finishes very clean, powdery and palate scrubbing.

Active carbonation, bright and lightens up the yeast considerably. Not detection of alcohol. High carbonation doesn't impede the flavor profile either. Ideal.

Very nice take on a saison, not very complex but a bright beer, perfect refresher. Clean and crisp.

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