Renard D'Or | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 02-22-2004

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of ffejherb
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Sly Fox Royersford on 2/23/08.

A - Clear golden amber body with almost non-existent whispy white head and minimal carbonation. Head totally vanished and left virtually no lacing at all.

S - Spicy Belgian yeast and a subtle fruitiness reminiscent of spicy pear, raisins and citrus fruits. There is also a faint apple cider tartness. No noticeable hop aroma.

T - Quite yeasty with fruity esters and some candy sugar sweetness. Has a very earthy, yeasty flavor. No noticeable hop presence.

M - Very spicy on the palate with some residual sticky sweetness. Finishes with a dull bitterness and earthy quality.

D - Pretty standard Belgian style ale that's spicy and sweet. Not bad, but nothing special either.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a plastic sampler cup at a Sly Fox tasting at Bierkraft in Brooklyn.

A--Yellowish, a little darker than their Helles Golden Lager. A little lighter than a tripel, with lots of bubbling and white cream on top.

S--Pretty standard for a Belgian PA, but not very big for the ABV. Coriander mainly, to the point of stifling the yeast.

T--Same deal as the smell: the malt doesn't have enough presence to hold up against the residual sugars, coriander, and floral hops (which I like on their own but need a complement in the grain bill to balance). I dunno, this one was touted as a special one-offing kind of dealie, but in my opinion it doesn't quite live up to the hype. Not bad per se, but too much of a tweener between the mellow Belgian pales and the assertive Belgian strong pales to really shine at either.

M&D--Mouthfeel's fantastically smooth, gotta say. They have that down. But I wouldn't recommend this overall, in that it tastes more like a too acidic sauvignon blanc, or a cloyingly jammy Merlot--in short, it's like a poorly done wine. Just not enough oomph to carry the style. Where's the yeast, guys?

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Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox
Renard D'or

LOOK: Pours a deep golden color with a chill haze but no sediment.

SMELL: Belgian yeast, grass and orange peel.

TASTE: Light fruit flavors of pear and citrus, followed by a clean bitterness and small earthy funk. Pale malts give some sweetness and there is a faint peppery spice. Just a slight notion of alcohol.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, slight dryness.

OVERALL: A decent American take on a Belgian strong pale, which comes across quite tasty and fresh. I would recommend this beer to any fan of Belgian pales.

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Photo of George2744
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the tasting room in Pottstown, PA

A: half finger head on a clear bright golden body.

S: very sweet smelling with almost straight candy sugar aroma and light citrus and little else.

T: flavor is interesting starting herbs and Belgian yeast moving to candy sugar and lemon custard providing both sweet and sour flavors.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish.

Overall: not quite as spicy as I hoped from the description. Not very memorable or exciting but still nicely drinkable.

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Photo of CharlesK
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of curlybird
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear crisp golden color with a half inch of creamy bubbly head. Steady stream of bubbles continues to rise through the beer as you drink it.

S: Strong nose of yeast with some cloves lingering in the background. Some fruity scents as well, something that seems like pear or apple.

T: Yeasty and fruity esters dominate the flavor. Malts and caramelized sugars linger in the background.

M/D: Tingly carbonation with a crisp smooth finish. Definitely a session beer.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, served in a tulip.

Pours a clear pale yellow, light gold, very thick white head forms, lots of chunky lace sticks to the glass, very bubbly, settles down to a thick ring. Smell is nice, malty, some wheat, honey and biscuits, quite toasty, light spice, candi sugar, grassy hops, hit the Belgian character on the nose. Taste is similar, bubblegum sweetness, wheat, yeast, some fruit, caramel and honey, biscuits, lightly floral and spicy, sugary in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very drinkable. Pretty good example of the style I thought, not insane but well made.

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a 10 oz glass a lighter gold with not much head but left some Belgian lacing,aroma was yeast and a little spicey.Taste has a burnt fruit flavor with a spicy aftertaste,along with that fruity backbone.A nice beer but not up to par with many.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught in Phoenixville: Served in a 10oz. goblet. This one pours a clear, golden color with a small white head. The aroma was a bit weaker than I expected for this type, even after warming a bit. Some sweetness and fruitiness, as well as a hint of floral. The taste is somewhat sweet, with a slightly thicker body. Decent enough.

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Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden honey color with a rather small white head that settles into a sparse cap. The aroma is of spicy Belgian yeast, some coriander, apricots, and a sweet honey malt. A fairly substanial coriander flavor, apricots, some farmhouse belgian yeast, light honey malt, and some pepper and candi sugar. The feel is light but not watery, fairly soft carbonation, sweet throughout but finishes with a slightly hop bitterness. This isn't actually too bad. I thought with the coriander profile that I wouldn't like it that much but it kind of mellows out a bit. The sweetness is in check, which is nice for an American made BSPA, and actually has some nice balance. Could use a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It boasts of pale malts and that sweet Belgian yeast; very nice. The taste is good as well. It has a nice pale malt core that is dominated with banana essence and Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied brew with adequate carbonation. This is a good Belgian style brew. Another fine offering from Sly Fox.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep gold topped by a thin white head. The foam quickly reduced to a ring, but remained throughout. Some lacing was produced by the very fine bubbles. Candy-sweet aroma with a light maltiness and a bit of fruit - perhaps a faint hit of mild hops as it warmed. Mild bitterness and balanced towards sweetness, with some candy and fruit sugar character. Mild alcohol spiciness and warmth in the finish. Clean yeast profile. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation on the palate. A decent sipper that goes down a little too easy... This beer could definitely catch up with you fast!

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ElGuapo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden colored brew topped in a decent helping of off-white head with pretty good retention especially coming from a growler. I remember it being much better at the brewpub. Aromas are sweet with a lot of dark fruits. A big roasty aroma is in there as well.

Burnt flavors really did it for me in this brew. They seemed to really be more present in the growler that I brought home than the glass at the brewpub. Nice sweet malt backround. The body is medium-full. It is smooth with loads of flavor. This one had a lot more roastiness than other brewpub belgian pales that I have had, and it certainly added a unique and enjoyable twist. This is a nice one.

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the East Village Tavern the other night and reviewed from geeky beer nerd notes taken at the bar..sheesh...This spicy Belgian style ale pours super clear light honey, golden amber, with a nice looking tiny and tight bubble head, that leaves very fine lace. The nose is boldly infused with bubble gum, fruit and spice (pepper is really what I get most of). Pleasantly tasty, with a lot of typical Belgian things happening at once, more bubble gum, pepper and some alcohol notes, sweetness, gin, and yeast, drying hops in the finish. Will not be for everybody, but if you are a fan of the style, this one will hit the note. Enjoyable on tap, intrigued now about the bottled version.

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Photo of nomad
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shining gold, glowing a glassy bowl of wonderful beer. Beyond that, was dead flat of an appearance.

Smells of esters, esters, and some more esters: apples, green grapes, banana, and a soft vanilla. Underneath this heady, nose-numbing cornucopia is a pale malt full of body with a hint of sweetness. Grassy, floral hops are buried under the world of esters on top. Hard to not sniff this one.

Taste is like a July 4th firework - it quickly explodes with flavor on contact with your tongue, slowly fading in an arc of notes before it washes away into a finish-less oblivion. Along the lines of Duvel, it has flavors of pale malt, sweet and light fruitiness near pear-like, a subtle hop input, and the tiny and soft warmth of alcohol. Finish is nil, as the heady Belgian onslaught dies quietly away. Mouthfeel is dead and dying, going flat, though it helps the beer slide down very easy. Some carbonation would have aided in displaying more of the profile, though.

A pleasure to drink. Way too easy to drink. Figures why they only serve it in 10 oz. portions, while all other beers go up to 22 oz. sizes. If you like Duvel, Pranqster, and the like, this is a dangerous beer.

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Photo of BanditBrewingCo
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to throw a big ol' "thanks buddy!" to PEBKAC for lugging this growler up for me as a couch-warming gift, EBF weekend '09. The concept of going to a store (as opposed to a brewpub or brewery) and getting growler fills of rotating craft beers off the tap is genuis - I'm still waiting Boston. Only labeling was a small hand-written sticker on the cap. After getting through about two feet of electrical tape wrapped around the cap, I crack open what would appear to be a growler that just got home, however it is two weeks young now.

Beautiful golden to light amber that almost glows in my Allagash chalice. Fluffy bleach bright healthy head.
Smells great, immediately reminds me of my first positive experiences with Belgian beers, good sign! I'm picking up complexity: fruitiness, florals, spiciness, hops...
Tastes equally brilliant and satisfies my memories respectfully. Sharp but not excessive carbonation, spicy but not unpleasant, sweet but not cloying and traditional euro hops play a role in the background. An impressive, evolving brew that pays homage to the originals.
Would drink again, absolutely. A very good job by Sly Fox on this one.

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Renard D'Or from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 31 ratings