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Saison Vautour (Draft) | McKenzie Brew House

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Brewed by:
McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by yourefragile on 11-05-2011

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of zekeman17
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bob_Rhoades
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got to try at Trinity Saison Fest. Light and crisp.

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Photo of Jammyman
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MDDMD
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-light amber color with a smallish white head and some lacing

S-bread, citrus, belgian yeast, pepper, cloves

T-whole grain bread, lemon, belgian yeast, some tart apple, little candy sugar, pepper, clove

F-medium body with lively carbonation, crisp and dry

O-decent saison, easy drinking

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Photo of onechordwonder
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a growler directly from the brewery in Glen Mills. Poured into a goblet. %0A%0APours straw colored with a thick head that laces all the way down. %0A%0ASmell is hay and funk%2C with citrus mixed in at the front end. Taste is somewhat bretty%2C but mostly dry malt and a little banana. Finishes long and dry. %0A%0AA great showing of the style%2C which is how I rated it%3B not my favorite but very true to the style.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of corby112
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Boilermaker in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a clear, pale golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly grassy, earthy aroma with a strong light fruit presence and subtle booze.  Not as funky as expected with faint spice(coriander/pepper) and musty hay.  Hints of apple and pear dominate the nose.

Medium bodied but slightly fuller than expected with subtle funkiness and a strong spice presence that lingers over the sweetner notes into dry finish.  Hints of earthy, grassy hops and subtle barnyard funk followed by pepper and zesty citrus peel.  Toward the end of swallow, sweetness comes in with booze and light fruit notes.  Slightly funky and full bodied yet still drinkable and refreshing.  Not terribly interesting but sessionable.

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Photo of Axic10
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in a 13oz tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with about a quarter inch of head.

Smell: Tart sour apple and other fruits, hay, wet grass and a funky yeast aroma.

Taste: Bready malt, spicy pepper, grassy/hay/earthy funky taste. Interesting and it works nicely.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation and a bitey dry finish.

Drinkability: Very nice saison and not overly powerful at 7%. I can't drink a lot of a saison in one sitting, but this one had me wanting more immediately after finishing the glass.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 07-16-2010 04:28:49

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Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed copper tinted gold, moderate head, decent retention. Scent is dominated by belgian yeasts, bready with only touches of musty earth. Mild spicy kick towards the end with notes of alcohol. Taste again dominated by the bready yeasts, quite a decently spiced kick (from the rye i suppose) evens the beer out, finnishes with touches of mustyness. Medium bodied, active carbonation, dry. While i have a hard time finding much in this beer that makes it come close to being a farmhouse style ale, it is good tasting and easy drinking none the less.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This heralded saison by McKenzie left me feeling a little let down. It’s certainly not bad but also nothing exceptional. Perhaps it was in years past, I can’t speak to that, but this was a serviceable beer and nothing really more than that. Pours a lightly hazed pale gold with a very small head that dissipates rapidly and virtually no lace at all. Sweet nose with lots of Belgian candi sugar, banana and bubblegum notes and very mild spiciness.

Like the nose, the flavor was lacking complexity and a bit heavy on the overall sweetness. Again there is lots of candi sugar, Belgian yeast creating lots of bubblegum, and banana notes, and the expected black pepper and clove spiciness. A touch of rye spice and minerality helps a little to add some nuance. Very light citrus character as well, with a mildly lingering bitterness in the finish that cleans things up a little, but still remains only semi-dry. Medium light body with medium carbonation, not as crisp as I’d like.

Bottled versions of this beer seem to be very highly reviewed and many mention a substantial Brett presence, which seems to be completely lacking from this draft version. Perhaps the formulation has changed, it’s hard for me to say, but this failed to impress me more than any other run of the mill saison, unfortunately.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft offering at the Boiler Maker. The brew pours a clear straw yellow color with a thick, frothy white cap. A full wall of fluffy lacing sticks to the glassware.

The aroma is a bit rindy with fruit and pulp like lime zest. Lots of peopery notes from the yeast. Overall this is fairly clean smelling with a fresh citrus aspect that blends well into the yeasty esters.

The taste is the same based on the aroma. Clean citrus notes mingled with pepper and clove spiciness. There is some herbal bitterness present that lasts into the aftertaste.

This is a light bodied brew that is fizzy with carbonation and easy drinking. Perhaps I am spoiled by the "du bois" version. I can see why the barrel aged verison is so good since it starts with a very nice base brew. However, the barrel aged version is on a completely different level of complexity and boldness of flavor that i found to be superior. Still a good brew but if you can, seek out the du bois version.

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Photo of tedho21
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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Saison Vautour (Draft) from McKenzie Brew House
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