Saison Vautour Du Bois | McKenzie Brew House

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Saison Vautour Du BoisSaison Vautour Du Bois

Brewed by:
McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by craytonic on 09-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at The new 3rd location which township escapes me right now. It's near paoli.

Saison Vautour Du Bois pours into the glass a bright tinted yrllow color with some faint blond highlights on the sides. Took a while to pour it, it was quite foamy off the tap. An inch of bright white sticky foam that's clingy.

Smell is bright with the original Saison Vautour, that is not lost. Nice bready Belgian yeast bright with straw melded nicely with some oaky character and strains of funky yeast. Ripe apple with lemon and some grass. I don't pick up much wine character.

Taste is what I expected, brilliant. I can only imagine what this tastes like out of a bottle. Nice mix of brett funk with lively saison character, a medley of light oak, lighter wine, some bugs, apple, and fresh bread. I need to age a bottle of this quick.

Feel is lively off of the tap. A nice slight tart character with a small linger. Body is at less than medium and the musk and aroma and taste build with warmth. Take your time with this one, although it's tough to not gulp it down.

A delightful twist on a saison with alot of character. I hope to have this again one day.

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Brad, a nice saison from McKenzie's not provided by yourefragile.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles, some lacing, nice carbonation, decent retention.

Aroma is mildly "sour", just a little funky on the end, a little tea like bitterness in there, a little fruit and yeasty esters.

Beer is light in body with a nice slightly dry finish, not too bad, a little late sourness / bitterness from tea or oak, nice fruity midpalate a decent beer with nice connectivity. I'd have it again for sure.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for bringing this bottle to last night's tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass because I forgot to pull out the McKenzie glass that yourefragile got for me. Epic glassware fail.

Pours a clear yellow-golden color with a nice bubbly white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some nice peppery phenolics and spice. Also present is some light pilsner malt and a bit of stone fruit. Light acidity there as well.

The flavor is really nice and complex with some spice and earthiness combining with a nice, light stone-fruit presence and moderate acidity through the background. Light body with crisp carbonation and a moderately-acidic and very dry finish.

Another superb wild saison from McKenzie. Bravo.

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Photo of Blanco
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MasterSki, the King of Pop, for sharing this one.

A - Golden colored beer with a lighter looking white head that had some decent retention. There's a nice bit of lacing left on the glass.

S - Good citrus qualities and some light lemon. There is some moderate funk, bit of yeast and spice, some stone fruit, and a bit of pale malts.

T - Taste is nice, kind of a stronger version of the smell. More fruity and a little bit sweeter, with a little more yeast presence and some lactic sourness as well.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slight drying on the end.

O - Good beer, faithful to the style and very refreshing. Would drink again and often as it goes down easily.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Sean9689
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Alex! Good Beer/Bad Beer tasting. Poured into Bell's tulip.

A - Pours a light golden yellow color, thin collar, wisps.

S - A mix of brett & light tartness, lemon peel, light citrus, very light citrus. All very subtle and light, but the combination is really excellent. Not your average saison here, something more...better.

T - Taste goes right along with the nose. Citrus, light brett funk, some tartness up front, and some lemon peel on the finish. The tartness hits before the brett does, which works well in showcasing all that's going on here. Finish is a light citrus creamy sweetness.

M - Light body, light carbonation, refreshing & crisp.

O - Really impressive stuff from McKenzie. This was one of my favorites at the tasting, and I would love to have another bottle to see where the brett & tartness goes from here. Recommend.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bartrash for sending me this one. Bottle #33 of 360. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving foam settles to a thin ring and not much else. Lightly hazed pale straw/white peach flesh-colored body.

S - Peppery Saison yeast, light vinous character, some mild funky and lemony brett, a dab of tropical fruits, hints of oak, lotion, pale malted grains, and rye.

T - Taste is fairly similar, with a bit more stone fruit sweetness and stronger notes of lemony citrus, oak, and even a light lactic sourness. No apparent alcohol. Flavor has a bit more punch to it than the aroma.

M - Smooth medium body, moderate-to-low level of carbonation, lightly tannic, with a very dry and oaky finish. Goes down quickly and is quite refreshing.

D - A really enjoyable and high-quality Saison from the US. Crushable stuff that I would happily drink any evening, and one of the few beers where a 750ml bottle is the appropriate serving size. Perhaps a bit subtle for lovers of extreme beer, but a remarkably successful in its combination of wine barrels, wild yeast, and farmhouse ale.

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of yourefragile
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of DearthVader
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of craytonic
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bottle is a slow gusher. Golden-orange pour with a touch of amber and yellow. Smallish head, no real lacing

Smell: Very wheaty, touches of white pepper and spices like coriander. It smells pleasant but not particularly strong.

Taste: Wow, now we are cooking. Tastes like sunshine in a bottle. All of the typical saison-style flavors with a big squeeze of lemon and a nice tartness. Bits of hay and earth, perhaps some lemongrass. I was somewhat taken aback by how good it is.

Mouthfeel: Just incredibly soft, almost like a pillow. Perfect carbonation.

Overall: I really enjoyed this bottle. Big surprise, glad I get to add it to the database. The mouthfeel is probably one of the best I have felt for a saison. Taste is up there also, there is this slight tartness that is very enjoyable. A little work on the nose and this will be the best american saison on the market, if it isn't already. Please make more.

Bottle #8 of 360.

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