Saison Vautour Du Bois | McKenzie Brew House

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by craytonic on 09-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
69
Reviews:
22
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
6.93%
 
 
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56
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle. Number 4 of 360. The Vautour du Bois label has been used for about a year now, but this is the first batch that was released along with a batch labeled Vautour (Summer 2011). In my experience some of the previous batches labeled "du Bois" have just been normal Vautour and vice versa, so good luck figuring out which one you have.

Pours a crisp, clear bright golden color with a few fingers of pillowy white head. Quickly fades to a thin collar and a few streaks of lace. Strong, potent aroma of lemon, peach, and other zesty fruit. Pale malt, straw, and light wheat are in the background with a finish of brett funky and sour citrus.

Body is perfect in this batch. Medium thick with light, effervescent carbonation producing a billowy, soft texture. Juicy throughout with a pleasant, sharp sour aftertaste. Wine barrel is a little stronger and funkier in the flavor than most batches of Vautour/Vautour du Bois (which is the idea of this label). The base of clean Vautour is here, mild pepper and yeasty saison flavors, but is overwhelmed by the wine barrel and brett. Mildly sour lemon zest starts the flavor and becomes slightly sweet with tropical fruits and peach with some grass and straw. Dry, brett funk lingers through the finish. Consistently one of my favorite beers, this batch doesn't disappoint.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to my buddy G311 for the hook-up. This is a good one. Saison Vautour Du Bois, bottle 43?/372.

A - It pours a bright lemon-yellow hue with a wispy film of white froth atop. Lacing ensues despite the relatively small head.

S - The nose immediately is greeted with zesty lemon and various sweet orchard fruits such as pear, peach and white grape. There are also small amounts of pineapple-y brett funk and some sweaty-musty farmhouse notes as well as a bit of herbal grassy hoppiness.

T - The flavor follows the aroma but offers additional notes of white pepper, hay, wildflower and citrus blossom. The funky lemon pepper nuances juxtaposed against the pristine pale malt is a dynamic that works fabulously. Sweet fruity pear-ish notes pop up on the finish. Delicious.

M - The feel is light, refreshing and velvety; quite enhancing.

O - I am greatly impressed by this one; it is tremendously crushable, complex, and all-around well-done. I really want more.

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4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**Moving my review since the listing for this beer has been cleared up**

Bottle from G311. Thank you, Vince, you seem to have hooked up half of BA with this beer. This is the most recent release, labeled Saison Vautour Du Bois, bottle #82/376.

With a slow hiss, the foam starts to rise gently in the bottle. Not fast enough to catch me unaware, but still significant. The beer itself is a mildly hazy orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is most definitely awesome. A beautiful soured saison, I'm immediately struck by a blend of fruits - peaches, citrus, nectarines and melons - and a wonderful saison grassy, hay-like funk. A little bit of oak is present, mostly as a tannic note. The Brett character is wonderful here - a little bit of clove, a little bit of leather and horseblanket - and a little bit of honey as well. Exceptional.

The palate opens tart and very Bretty, with a blend of clove, horseblanket and some floral honey, the way the balance has tilted away from the fruit is rather impressive. Plenty of straw and hay are present, and there's a little bit of white pepper to complement the clove here. Grainy, there's a rather rustic, with whole wheat and a little bit of grainy bitterness. The tartness really livens things up on the palate, the blend of mild lemony sourness, and a wonderful, mildly unripe fruit salad, with peaches and melons present. Drying and tannic on the finish, the blend of clove, leather, tannins and citrus is excellent. Just a touch watery, though, and I have to dock a point for it. Light in body with a high but soft and creamy level of carbonation, this is one of the better saisons I've had of late.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 05-18-2011 03:15:01

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy light gold with a small white cap that slowly fades out into a gentle cap and collar. Lots of scattered bots of lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of tart lemon, citrusy blasts of key lime, obvious oakiness, vanillins, and perhaps a touch of butter from a pedio strain. Goodness...very, very complex for a beer. This is usually only reserved for well done wines but it's nailed.
Taste is of the aromas with a tart smacking of pumelo and Meyer lemons. Oaky white wine...on second thought...maybe not a pedio butter offset but perhaps a trace of Chardonnay, which is a style that I despise due to the butter bomb qualities 9/10 times. It's hidden...I'm making a bigger thing than what is is. Rambling. Blah blah blah.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, easy drinking, tart, and dry.
Reading the description now: someone goofed - "Belgian style dubbel brewed w/ our house saison yeast.". Huhhhh?
Great beer. Good job, guys.

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Saison Vautour Du Bois from McKenzie Brew House
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