Saison Vautour | McKenzie Brew House

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States
mckenziebrewhouse.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian style farmhouse ale balances a bold, spicy yeast character with a dry hoppiness. A significant addition of malted rye adds further complexity without betraying the styles roots.

GABF gold medal winner 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Draft/growler reviews should go here - http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1872/74927

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,379
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
102
pDev:
8.96%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 102
Reviews by weeare138:
Photo of weeare138
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottled versions of this beer are dosed with brett.
Lightly haze of gold with small white head that sticks around for a while. Scatered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, citrus, wet hay, vanilla, gently roasted grains, earthiness, barnyard, and a hint of dry, slightly tart rye.
Flavor is of the mentioned aromas with a beautiful taste citrus, caramel, spice, and vanilla cream. Beautiful beer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, dry, and spicy. This is such a cool beer. I could drink this one all night.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

we tried almost all the beers they had in here, and this was definitely one of the best, and certainly the best of the not hoppy stuff. its pale golden in color and very bright in the glass. there are really two types of saisons in my mind, the rustic funky old world types, and the more or less wheat beer fermented with a saison strain, much less nuanced and more of an american belgian type of thing. this is more the latter than the former, although its about as good as that type of saison can be, at least for me. really super clean, with a distinctive yeast strain thats fruity like orchard fruit and white grape, and with a decent little floral hop kick in the finish. i also dig the grain here, the wheat seems cleaner and more refined than many, and the rye malt addition is not lost at all. its also insanely w ell carbonated and crisp as it finishes in a way thats uncommon in the style. subtle peppery spice marries the rye and the yeast, and the hops keep it fresh and delicate. i could see this doing amazing things with a brett pitch and a chardonnay barrel, but its mighty tasty as it is, and a really solid offering from these guys, seemingly leagues better than some of their other beers. not sure why there is a separate listing for draft of this one, i have to assume they are the same beer no? really enjoyable brew here!

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Photo of sweemzander
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a cloudy pale yellow color. Some good white froth.

(S)- Pretty dry with some orange peel. Slight Brett-like funk.

(T)- Fairly dry with lots of orange peel. Slightly sweet with minimal funk.

(M)- A bright and lively carbonation level. Nice balance of sweet, dry, and funky.

(O)- A good Saison from the states. Not too sweet, but balanced well overall.

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Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Arenbeer
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Tulip Glass

Drank at last tasting. Thanks to my good buddy Finewinemike bringing this bottle.

A- Pours a cloudy lemonade/pineapple juice yellow with 1 finger of white head.

S- Slight funk, pineapple, white grapes, citrus, tropical fruits, lemon, banana, and bready belgian yeast.

T- Immediate funk and tartness with a nice bready background from the yeast with a good amount of lemon, banana, clove. Really great

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a slight funky dry finish.

SkÅL!

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Photo of gcare02
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of LarryMyers
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jrallen34
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 750ml bottle, 44 of 372, thanks to Sean, poured into my Hill Farmstead glass... Murky honey gold body, semi-transparent. Head is a bright off white, watery and light, not much retention or lacing... Outstanding aroma, very funky floral muskyness, some nice brett... Taste has some nice things going, this is a musky sour brett saison, not sweetness, makes no bones about it. Finish is tons of brett.

Crushable musky saison, well worth trying.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for bringing this one.

A - A hazy golden color with a good sized off-white head. Some spots left on the side, but not much else, poor head retention.

S - Great smelling beer with appropriate saison-floral notes and a great brett aroma. Good amount of funk and sweetness present.

T - Apples give the sweetness in this. Belgian yeast, funk, oak, floral notes, and a lot of brett. A lot of kick for a saison, which I tend to find one of the milder (and generally more boring) styles.

M - Medium bodied with a dry finish.

D - Quite easy to get this one down, and I recommend trying it as it's a really good beer.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dubinsky
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Axic10 for sending this to me as part of the N00B Round5 BIF.

A – This beer pours a very light and hazy yellow with a very airy and wispy white foam. As the head settled it left some lacing.

S – Very crisp and clean smelling citrus and citrus zest. Obviously, due to the style this is some very apparent barnyard funk from the brett, but unlike others the funk is so well blended, it doesn’t punch me in the face as aggressively as others in the same style. Im also picking up other fruits such as peaches. Slightly grassy on the finish.

T – The taste follows the nose very closely, but is a bit more pronounced and bold. Slight pepperiness with wonderful citrus and farmhouse flavors blend together in one of the best crafted beers I have yet to enjoy. Everything comes together so well and is so balanced its really incredible. Its delicate flavors and aromas play off of each other very well.

M – The mouthfeel is perfect for the style, but like I mentioned its somehow more delicate and refined than other top-tier saisons I have enjoyed. Extremely refreshing and delicious.

O – What more can I say about this. This beer was part of an incredible tasting that include heavy hitting beers as Armand’4 Zomer, Mamouche, Brute, le blue, 06 BA Speedway, and many other huge, whaleish beers. This one really shined among those beers and garnered rave reviews among all the BA’s present. I will definitely try to trade for this again.

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Photo of oline73
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to finewinemike for hosting the tasting and providing this bottle.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow with an orange hut. There is a layer of white head that fades to just a trace on top of the pour.

Smell: Tart with some citrus, pineapple and mandarine orange. Bready yeast along with some Belgian spice.

Taste: A bit funky up front (in a good way). Tart citrus fruit notes with a nice amount of sweetness. Light and herbal with a bitter finish. There is a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side of medium. Tingly carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a really great beer. So much going on and it all works together.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle to tulip. 2009 version with Brett. "Blonde Farmhouse-Style ale brewed with rye" inscribed on the label.

A: Enormous pop upon cracking the gold wax dipped cap. The head pours with 4 fingers of fluffy/foamy bright white head becoming rocky as it recedes incredibly slow. The body is a pale, creamy, light colored orange, hazy, with a 90% opacity. Fair to good lacing. Great look.

S: Average malts of of hay, straw and lightly toasted grain. Meyer lemon scented hops stand out above a beautiful floral bouquet. Heavily yeasty with a pronounced brettanomyces character. Lightly funky. The barnyard aromas becoming even more prevalent on the second pour. The third pour becomes very funky with slight sulfuric notes. Quite a dynamic aroma.

T: Additional yeast derived fruity esters present flavors of apple and a very light bubblegum (think Extra, pink pack). The flavor duration is long with a perfect and mild sweetness from front to mid palate. Lightly acidic all the way through. The addition of rye may add to the depth of this beer, but it goes by unnoticed. While I don't miss it, I wouldn't dare recommend changing a thing about the recipe.

M: The body is medium full with a minerally texture. Perfectly effervescent with a fizzy and lively carbonation. Moderately tart and sour.

D: There is absolutely no improvement to be made. In my mind, this is THE perfect saison.

Read the notes section on [BAs] Saison Vatour's main page...Brett version is only in bottles. And I didn't find the draft version to be nearly as impressive.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Urbancaver
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks jyoungsbcp for this treat

Pours a light yellowed orange. Fairly clear. White frothy head. Smells funky and light. Phenomenal nose. Tastes a bit sweet. Very funky with a lot going on on the tongue. Smooth and rich. Very nice mouthfeel. Easily one of the best saisons I've ever had.

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Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was just telling Deuane I really wanted to try this one and the very next day Kramer brings an unlabeled bottle to Ffej of July IX!

A - Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a nice bright white one finger tall white head leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - Tons of barnyard brett throughout this one to go along with hints of lemon peel, wheat, a touch of spice from the rye, and a tiny bit of earthy hop bitterness. Very nice nose.

T - Starts off with a big dose of funky brett that lingers throughout consumption. Once the brett dies down a bit you can detect hints of lemon, spicy rye, chewy wheat, and a touch of earthy hop bitterness at the very end. Finish is pretty chewy, lingering for a short period of time. Not as good as the nose but still very nice none the less.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy, funky, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Damn, this is one good saison. I had never even heard of this one until last week and when I looked it up I instantly knew I had to track down a bottle for myself and then Kramer just happens to bring one to the party and boy am I glad he did. Excellent stuff for sure.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of greg4579
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mdfb79
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 01/22/11 notes. Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one; thanks Mike! Bottle 39 of 372.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour apples, yeast, spice, brett, lemon, and citrus. Amazing nose. Some definite funkiness from the brett and sour fruit, mixing with citrus.

t - Tastes of spices, yeast, sour fruit and apples, funk, and brett.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty nice.

d - A very nice saison with brett. I thought the nose on it was amazing and it was very drinkable. Would love to have again.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off huge thanks to Alex (Axic10)
Pop, fizz, and I fear this may be too bretty...Lovely pillow of head which leaves nice sheets of lacing. Opaque hazy yellow with an orange tint. However it does have fairly poor retention. As the beer breaths the brett quality subsides and a well balanced farmhouse aroma is presented. Some hay and brett, some citrus, spice and grass; a nice marriage of the aromas. The grass, spice and citrus is more pronounced in the flavor then the brett. Although there is some horse blanket and leather lurking around. Could be a bit more snappy and crisp. A very clean and dry finish, one of the best saison mouthfeels. A great saison, period.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DSlim71
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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Saison Vautour from McKenzie Brew House
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 102 ratings