Saison | Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 52
Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Industry Night at HomeBrewCon.
Lightly fruity earthy spicy with lots of banana in the nose and flavor. Light sweet honey maltiness rounds this out nicely, but I wanted more pepper less fruit.

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Photo of Beers-es
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden orange with a one-finger white head. Smell is tart Belgian yeast with some bananas and lemons. Taste is quite good if not super complex. Overall very nice solid saison.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft at the source.

Slightly hazy yellow body with a small white collar. Aromas of banana, clove, citrus. More like a hefe than a saison. Light and slightly sweet. Easy drinking. Pretty good.

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Photo of cjgiant
4/5  rDev +5%

On tap (have had before):
Pours a bit more orange than most saisons I've had recently, but with a nice foamy head that lasts, lacing the glass throughout. The nose is light, mainly citrus (lemon) and a little bit of yeast sour notes (sorta like some Brett beers I've had). I don't get much spice or earthiness.

The taste is fairly expected from the nose, fruit-tart with honey maltiness to start. The light lemon if the smell has added a pear/apple note to it. The yeast comes on with some earthy hop bitterness at about the same time. The combo results in a strange lemon-mint flavor (I don't think described it quite right, but best I can come up with). The feel is light and not as carbonated as you'd think from the head.

I have enjoyed this beer for years, but it has dropped a bit compared to other beers I have enjoyed since. It's a bit fruity and tart (or maybe less peppery) perhaps compared to my recent saisons, but I don't think it's out of style per se. The finish could be a bit more dry.

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Photo of fields336
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy golden to orange with a slight bubbly off white head. the color changes as the light does, it is very nice to look at

S: oranges, cloves, cardamom, bready,

T: nice citrus hit up front with a tart, fruity, orange and lemon punch following. nice yeasty flavor finish

M: medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, nice cleansing on the palate

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin head on a cloudy golden with copper hues body. Nice lacing. Aroma is very mild with mostly Belgian yeast mustiness, clove and a tart lemon citrus note. More yeast mustiness pretty much in the finish making it semi dry. Hops are mild with herbal and more tart fruit predominantly. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. This one was too tart and bland for me. This is more like a tart hefe or something.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Looks great! Typical hazy pale straw color and the head was that guinness-like creamy head that you get from the cask.

S: Muted smells due to lower carbonation, but it still smelled great. That barnyard peppery scent that I have come to love from saison.

T: As expected, it was slightly peppery and had that nice brett character.

M: Awesome mouthfeel, thanks to the cask conditioning. Smooth, creamy, what more could you want. Moderate body and light carbonation.

D: Drinks like a 4% ABV beer, I love it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 08/13/11 notes. Had at Mad Fox, served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky yellow color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, yeast, bananas, cloves, and bready malts. Not too much pepper and spice, and really nice.

t - Tastes of bananas, cloves, Belgian style yeast, spice and pepper, and light bready malts. More bananas than the nose and a step up. Again, very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy body, and super easy to drink.

o - Overall I really liked this one; I think it's one of the best beers I've had from Mad Fox so far. Would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of Chaney
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub over in Falls Church. It certainly appeared that about half the patrons on the busy Saturday night that I went ordered this.

Served in a goblet.

A: The weirdest saison I've ever set my eyes on... seriously! Extremely murky, peppery orange, with no head to speak of. The damn stuff looked flat as a pancake.

S: Very faint puff of citrus and farmhouse funk. Maybe a twist of lemon as well. Very understated indeed.

T: I actually dug the taste here: Lots of honey and cloves, with the honey actually dominating for a change. More than a hint of orange and lemon zest, rounded out with a moderately dry finish.

M: Not much prickle from anything that resembled carbonation, but the really nice high-grade honey and citrus alkalinity more than made up for it. I dug the sweet elements!

O: A different kind of saison that the ones I'm accustomed to, but I'd wait a year or so, try the rest of their beers first, then re-visit this one at some point in the distant future.

I'm not sure I dig this style on cask....

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this growler from Desaparecido in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks Edgar!

Poured into a MJ tasting glass. Pours a deep golden hue with orange tints and a big white fluffy head. Nice lacing.

Aromas of light lemon, peppery yeast, and caramel malt.

Flavors of big malt bomb, pepper spice, lemons. Light tartness. Finish is long on the malt and tart lemon.

Mouthfeel is not as dry as expected for the style. Mouthcoating light spiciness.

Overall a very nice saison. Not as dry and quenching as I am used to, but still very good. Will enjoy finishing off this growler.

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Photo of BZero007
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at MadFox and took home a growler for the weekend.

Brew pours a dark golden hue that is clear and murky at the same time. Head formed pretty easy though could of been a bit better. color was white with the slightest hint of a off white tan. Aroma is very mild with only the slightest of sweet crisp smell. The taste is great as the sweet light fruit flavors wash around. The balance is great but I feel this brew could use a bit more carbonation. WIth the carbonation the aroma would be more apparent and it would help with the body of the brew as well.
One of my favorites from Mad Fox, must try if you are in the area.

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Photo of mpyle
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - pale amber color, slightly cloudy. Poured a decent sized white head, finely bubbled and with moderate retention.

Aroma - A nice blend of a slightly sweet, floral nose, with a bit of Belgian spiciness. Very slightly peppery.

Taste - Nice maltiness up front, but never overly sweet. Pepper and other spices from the yeast balance out the malt, and finishes with a lingering spicy bitterness. No distinct hop presence, in fitting with style. Distinctly Belgian flavor profile without being overly "wild".

MF - Medium body, and moderately high carbonation. Carbonation works to enhance the fermentation spiciness, and acts to dry out on the tongue a bit. Certainly not astringent, though.

Overall - A nice fresh example of the style, and tremendously drinkable. Hardcore Belgian fans may find it too tame, but just right for my taste buds.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice saison with quite a direct and intense fruity sense in the palate.

Presentation: Growler from Bill Madden´s Mad Fox. Menu offers a good description of the general characteristics, and main ingredients. Shows Alc. by Vol. (6%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold to pale amber pour, towering frothy head, fair retention, with good surface memory and lacing.

S - Pleasing nose, lightly fruity and yeasty with a dash of citrus.

T - Flavor expands with some assertiveness, hefty fruity sense, long yeasty side, lightly herbal with a tiny spicy touch that lingers a bit in the end, peppery over a sweet citrus sense.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, which fades a bit but maintains a nice tingly profile hinting to a boozy touch after the fruity finish.

D - Flows very well, and from the things we tried that day it made it to the growler as one of the choices.

Notes: Nice local take on a saison, rich and long, and very glad to have tried some of Mad Fox brews at last. The price-quality ratio is fabulous, and this one, like the rest of the brews offers a sense that is quite remarkable.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet at the brewpub.

If I was given this not knowing it was supposed to be a saison I wouldn't have been as disappointed. It reminded me of something that started as a belgian saison and then replaced the earthiness and spiciness with yeasty and estery hefe like flavors. Out of place sweetness dominates the flavor, including some honey, orange, yeast, etc. I'll just refer to dedrinker's last line of his review to summarize my thoughts.

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

On cask at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep yellow with a nice billowing white head and a decent amount of lacing. Nose brings forward quite a bit with some nice earthy aromas as well as a bit of citrus. A bit of yeasty esters as well. Taste is a bit restrained with a bit of malt coming through and the earth, citrus, and yeast falling into the background a bit. Feel is medium with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well. A bit low in flavor at this point, although I'm hoping Bill is really able to develop the flavor in this one.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: served in a full-size goblet, this saison is an opaque-hazed, deep orange-golden in color, starts with a nice head but quickly falls to only a thin ring around the glass

s: lots of pale malt - a touch grainy and honeyed, hops mostly dried citrus but herbal at times, delicate spice and a solid yeasty ester aroma, sweet orange peel

m: carbonation low and a touch prickly, body slick and nudging towards the full side of medium

t: flavors of sweet pale grain, more than the typical pils malts with some sweeter honey and grainy flavors present, citrusy and herbal hops, quite yeasty, some sweet esters, the herbs and spice really push through on the palate, orange peel, a mid-range bitterness partially dries the finish, maybe just a little soapy

d: certainly non-traditional but I quite liked this one, easily drinkable

happy hour pints at the brewpub

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served at the brewpub on cask. Beer served in a goblet. Beer is really hazy and really orange. Forms almost no head (cask), no lacing, low carbonation.

Beer has this mild, almost citrusy and estery aroma to it.

Beer is medium to light in body and finishes a little dry. Its good, has a nice bright midpalate flavor to the whole thing. Drinkability good, creamy cask feeling to it. Definitely not oxidized. Carbonation in the mouth is low.

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Photo of dedrinker
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep yellow/ gold hazy thing with white head.

Aroma of citrus - a blast in the face - and a little honey and clove.

Flavors got weird. Too much juicy citrus character, and not enough austere earthiness and spice. It even had the phenolics of a hefeweizen, which is way off the mark for this style - it was more like a witbier meets hefeweizen, which if you're gonna put the label of Saison on, aint cool.

More honey and sweet bread character with sweet citrus through to the finish. blah. Cloying in its sweet citrus character.

An American upper middle class suburban blond-haired white girl's saison.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a goblet.

My new favorite at my new local brewpub. It pours a slightly cloudy pale straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, light florals, and some fragrant wheat. The taste kicks things up a notch with notes of lemon, mandarin oranges, mango, strawberry, wheat, citrus hops, coriander, honey, and finish of floral bitterness. Some light earthy spice notes are in there as well at different points. I love the ridiculous fruity amalgamation. The body is the lightest possible medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a juicy, refreshing feel. Call me a homer, but this is one of the best saisons I've ever had. Seriously.

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