Saison Vautour | McKenzie Brew House

Saison VautourSaison Vautour
BA SCORE
4.24/5
102 Ratings
Saison VautourSaison Vautour
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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

Added by tempest on 10-22-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,089
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
102
pDev:
8.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chswimmer shared this one a while back. Thank you, Craig.

Cloudy, yeasty blond with a nice fluffy white head, signature saison appearance.

Really nice aroma, spicy and lemony, grainy and hoppy, yeasty and funky. Hard to tell if there's a mild brett character or if the saison yeast used to ferment this is just really intense.

On the palate there's some fruity sweetness up front, reminiscent of apples, pears and lemons. There's plenty of peppery spice too, and a little bubblegum. Medium in body, lightly tart and grainy with a moderate hop bitterness in the finish and a hint of orange peel and earth. Pretty damn good, this one really surprised me.

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

Huge thanks to G311 for getting me this bottle. Bottle 39/372 from the most-recent release served in a snifter.

Pours a nice golden-yellow color with some visible carbonation and a nice white head. a bit of lacing on the dies of the glass. The nose brings a really fantastic Brett presence with a bit of mild Band-aid presence in the background, though in a good way. Really quite earthy as well. The taste is along similar lines with a great funky Brett character as well as some light citrus character. The body is medium with a really dry finish. Extremely drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unlabeled 750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Apparently barrel aged?

Appearance - Hazy orange. Nice white head. Eternal retention.

Smell - Bretty, oak. Yeasty and pale malt. Bright citrus.

Taste - Very bretty. Keeps a bright citrusy flavor going to stave off the earthiness. Yeasty and just a bit of funky. Earthiness comes back with some oak.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. Maybe too much. Bretty as hell.

Overall - Excellent without being overly complex. Just a solid brett saison.

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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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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't know what happened to my review of this. I'm 99% sure that I had put it on here, but apparently not. From notes.

Thanks to Richard for sharing and to Michael for sending a couple of these my way as well.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden straw color with a massive white head that clings to the glass.

S: A very nice earthy aroma to this beer providing some grass and hay notes. Lightly sweet malts with a bit of a cracker thing going on. A touch of fruitiness, but certainly some lemon zest that is very pleasing.

T: This one starts out with a very light tartness (of the lemon variety). Grass, hay, and leather give this beer a fantastic earthy character and really dry it out. A hint of of spice (white pepper) and a bready malt base completes this one.

M: The body is medium with plenty of carbonation and a very dry finish.

D: Just fantastic stuff. Glad to have an extra one of these sitting at home.

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4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

Bottle 39 of 372

A: This saison appears a hazy yellow hue with a half inch of white, fluffy head. The head falls away to a thin layer after a few minutes, leaving a thin sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Stunning aroma! This beer smells simply fantastic. Funky and wild, similar to a Belgian lambic, I could take in this scent all day. Citrus, floral and spice notes linger behind the funk, creating a delectable bouquet of scents. Very enticing indeed.

T: While the beer tastes rather delicious, it doesn't quite measure up to the phenomenal aroma. The funky, wild aspect is more subdued in the flavor. Citrus, earth, light funk, and subtle spice comprise the basic makeup of the flavor profile.

M: The body is a bit thin and the feel is just slightly too watery - a minor flaw in an otherwise fabulous beer.

D: A pleasant surprise. What a terrific beer. Highly recommended.

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3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken 12/11/10, shared at ClockworkOrange's tasting. Bottle #120/372

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a light hazy golden yellow color. A yellowish stained head appears and sticks with a webbing of lace around the glass and top of this brew. Somewhat poor retension, a swirl revives a quickly dissolving cap.

The aroma of this brew is very lemony, lactic and brett'd. The typical classic style saison scents of barnyard funk come through more as the beer warms. It has a light sulfur quality that leans towards a strange scent that is almost plastic-like.

The taste mimics the aroma with a full throttle taste of seemingly artificial lemon, lactic acidity, Brett, funk and a moderate oily bitterness from clingy hops. The aftertaste is somewhat plastic-like. A dry tannic aftertaste comes out once this brew gets warm.

This is a light bodied brew with a lower than expected level of carbonation. Somewhat watery at times in the feel. It is however, light refreshing and easy drinking for 7% abv. There is seemingly no indications of alcohol in flavor or warmth. I'm not sure about this particular experience/bottle, it is worth trying again though.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BrewerDan23 for this one. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass. No obvious year, but it had gold wax - guessing it's 2009?

A - Pours with three fingers of off-white foam that settles to a thick cap and leaves spotty lacework. Hazy peach body.

S- Big bretty pineapple and tropical notes, funk, must, citrus and stone fruits, rye malt that adds some spice as the beer warms up. There's a touch of estery alcohol as well, but it's not harsh or fusel. Wonderfully rich and intense.

T - Taste has more grass, herbs and spices, citrus zest, and light brett sourness. Not quite as intense as the nose, and a little less sweet as well. Still quite good.

M - Medium body that is sufficient for 7%. Slight carbonation tingle, soft body, no heat, and a satisfying dry finish. This is pretty much what I want from the style.

D - This was quite excellent, and I filled my glass a few times even after polishing off a Headhunter growler earlier. I may have to trade for more of this as it's in the top handful of Saisons I've ever had.

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3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Thanks Mike. Bottle 39/372

BRETT BOMB! and it feels so nice.

Beer is yellow with low carbonation but forms a soft white head of small bubbles, minimal lacing, slightly hazy.

Whoa...Brett c anyone? Funky lactic nose. What a saison.

Beer is strong with the funk, weak on the lead off but the mid and late palates are interesting. There is a series of different funk flavors from the brett in this one all leading up to the finish, mildly dry, light bitterness. It was fun to drink for sure.

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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 GABF Gold Medal Winner.

On-tap at the Malvern location. I'm told they brew this with a bit of rye, I don't know if I could taste that in the beer, but what I did taste was freakin' amazing. I'll just start by saying the only thing that seems off was the carbonation, the bubbles weren't fine like a good saison is. Mouthfeel aside, the flavor was all over the place, yet seemed balanced. It was sweet and bitter, funky and fruity, there's some spice, some white pepper and citrus rind. Yeah, just trust me that this is damn tasty. Find this beer while you can.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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