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Saison VOS - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Saison VOSSaison VOS

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very good

101 Reviews
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Reviews: 101
Hads: 221
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-01-2002

A Belgian style Saison (or Farmhouse Ale) brewed with German Pils malt and hopped with East Kent Goldings. Fermented with a special proprietary yeast which imparts its dry, spicy character. Golden orange in color.
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Reviews: 101 | Hads: 221
Photo of craytonic
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: nice golden pour, bigg off-white mother of pearl head that stick around.

Aroma: Bit of earth, oranges, lemons, wheat, spice and peppers.

Taste: Spices (coriander), honey, lemon grass and light malt

Mouthfeel: Light body, well carbonated, very smooth

Drinkability: It isn't Fantome, but a good american take on the style.

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Photo of bmills1608
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker yellow with an orange tinge in color. Smallish head, fades fast.

On the nose was a little funk, floral/citrus goldings and a wee bit of earthy goodness. Taste was bright and clean, with spicy Belgian yeast notes. Overall very drinkable, with some slight earthy tones. Towards the end a lot of orange flavors began to push through. Carbonation was good, not super fizzy but not too soft either, nice and tight. Finish was fairly dry, clean with some more spice.

Overall a very drinkable and approachable beer. Perfect for summer quenching. Perhaps a bit on the light side with lower end complexity, but very well done.

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Photo of stingo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with hints of orange. Nose is light fruit flavors suggesting hints of banana and something citrusy/acidic, carried on an earthy, open breeze. Most of the taste is centered in the middle of the palate, with the flavors in the nose carried through. It seems to be fairly temperature sensitive - when served too cold it has an astringently dry taste which sours the rest of the experience, but when served somewhat warmer that dryness receides into the background to form the foundation of the beer. Mouthfeel is near ideal, with a light small finish.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger billowy head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a slightly hazy golden straw yellow with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, apple, pear, pilsner malts, powdery yeast, spicy, grassy

Taste: Nice sweetness to this beer. Powdery yeasty esters, green apple, pear, pilsner malts, pale malts, spicy, grassy, and some bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, a bit dry, a little chewy, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A very enjoyable saison. Definitely grew on me as it warmed up. Will look for more of this next time venturing out of New England.

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Photo of HotHands
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - arrived a clear gold color with a very rich, creamy white head.

S - Belgian yeast, citrus, fruitiness.

T - lots of different fruity and spicy flavors dancing around here with a good yeast backbone. There is a bit of toasty smokiness going on in the background, but it's significant. Finish is bitter and clean.

M - slightly below average carbonation. Good body.

Overall - a very nice American made saison that could give Hennepin a run for its money. Good job, Sly Fox.

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Photo of FirstMan
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this on a recent trip to State College, PA.

Pours deep golden and not as hazy as some of this style, but a slight cloudiness. Nice pillowy head takes a couple minutes to diminish. Sticky lacing after a few sips.

Nose has initial tinniness followed by a warm buttery clove and lightly fruity sweetness.

Similar aspects in the mouth with a very well balanced and light mixture of citrus, yeasty plantain, subtle clove and a pleasing bitterness at the back.

Mouthfeel us full and warm. Slick.

Overall a very nice representative of the style as it often appears in the US. Not as complex and well balanced as you'll find in northern Europe, but well done.

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Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw yellow with a rocky, fluffy, white head supported by constant streams of bubbles. As the foam subsided, thick clumps of lace were left on the glass. Very nice. Lemony, bready aroma with a bit of tartness and white pepper. Sweet, doughy flavour with some citrus and spice. Alcohol and peppery tingle lingers on the palate along with a hint of tart fruit and white grapes. Medium/light body and high carbonation that fills the mouth with foam at each sip. Just off-dry with a hint of residual sugar. Nicely balanced and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Appears a dark golden yellow with a huge three fingers of dense and fluffy foam. Smells of peppery spices, and citrus. Tastes fruity, bitter from hops, sweet from the malt and spicy from the yeast. Stays very dry through the finish. Very crisp and clean tasting with moderate carbonation. This is one of my favorite Saisons. It paired nicely with some Asiago, Fontina and crackers.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at SF in Phoenixville. Appears clear gold with little head retention. Very spicy and clove-like in aroma. Pepper notes aplenty. Tastes spicy with good hop presence that tinges the tip of your tongue. Light bodied feel that does not feel like a 6.9% ABV brew!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/5...brewery taster. Pours bright gold, low foam. Sweet fruity fragrant floral nose. Somewhat of a peppery taster, notes of citrus, bubblegum, and yeasty funk. Spicy. Very nice.

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Photo of SickGnar
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Huge rocky white head with a storm of bubbles rising to join it. Pours gigantic (be patient), settles reasonably, and leaves fair lace. Quite clear golden dark straw with just a touch of amber.

S: Earthy yeast, tart lemon, bready malts, peppery spice, herbal and grassy hops in the background. Maybe faint coriander? Good, but it leans a tad heavy on the yeast and to a lesser degree the lemon. Still, some decent complexity does come through.

T: Pepper spice and earthy yeast front and center. Some soft mustiness. A good dose of sweet / tart lemon fills in and then fades into bready & softly toasty sweet malts that have a nice juicy pils quality. It gets a bit more fruity as it warms with some tropical fruit notes. But it keeps that rustic (and almost brash) pepper/spice and earthy / yeasty base backing all the way through. Herbal and grassy hops come in at the end but stay fairly unassuming. Wheat notes come out more as it warms and malts lean more toward sweet bread.

M: Soft, yet plentiful, carbonation that is expansive, mouth-filling, and lusciously creamy. Medium body, but carbonation more than matches it to keep it feeling light. Still, it is sweeter than most saisons. Barest leaning toward a drying finish. Gets dryer as it warms. Refreshing and smooth.

D: The great mouthfeel saves this one (relatively speaking). Otherwise, without the softness of the feel, the palate strays too close to being rough and angular. Although it lacks some of the more forceful character of the style, this is a distinctly rustic brew. Highly drinkable though, and no doubt better with food. It does improve as it warms and the juicy pils and fruitiness comes out more. Some might say it closer to a Belgian Pale.

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Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very light hay colored with a huge amount of carbonation which fits the style well. Pure white and quick to fade leaving some thick traces of lace sporadically about.

Spicey, grassy, acidic, full of floral goodness and stone fruits with some tropical and citrus notes. You can even smell the carbonation in this.

This is quite tasty, refreshing, resilient and full. Just a blast of acidity and fruit with a sour tartness in the middle and onto the finish. Tastes like a sweet tart almost, tropical flavored. Spicey, slightly herbal and grassy showing white pepper, sandpaper, and hints of iodine.

Mouth is very nice full and tight which I love when you can find it in a Saison. Not an easy task. mmmm!

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

the cork really shot out of this bottle, thought I was popping a bottle of champagne not a bottle of beer.

pours a hazy gold with a thick craggy froathy white head with small beads of carbonation rising to the surface...only visible when held to the light.

clean peppery aroma with sweet notes of lemon and some funky earth

Tons of spice on the taste, hits the tip of the tongue like a ton of bricks. Cirtus notes mingle with some bubble gummy flavors

Medium Carbonation/body a clean and somewhat dry finish

Super drinkable beer...I could just drink decent Siason's all night

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle clearly states that it's brewed in bottled at the Royersford locations...picked this one up at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Appears a clouded golden honey nectar something along those lines and it forms an off white head thick mountainous fine bubbled carbonation leaves behind thick chunky patches of lacing clinging to my chalice quite the resilient head definitely sticks around for quite awhile. Aromatics contain tart apple notes along with funky "farmhouse" traits, some call it hay and horse blanket type smells...I guess I could see that. Soft mellow sweetness along with ample spicing of noticable clove and coriander among a touch of citrus and herbal grassy notes. Flavor has a prominent mix of citrus character with those tart apple phenols seems slightly acidic but not gut wrenching with a healthy dose of funky yeast characteristics. Coriander and clove hovers over the palate with the herbal grassy hop character making it's statement as well. Definitely a lip smacking beer that challenges the senses by bringing so many complex flavors together...comes out as quality as an artisinal loaf of bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with effervescent sturdy carbonation yet has a substantial texture that is very smooth on the palate, to me it seems pretty dead on for the style. Drinkability...what can be said this is a quality product Sly Fox continues to impress me, having sampled this earlier in the year at a fest in Philly, I'm greatful to reacquaint with this fine brew.

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Photo of
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, purchased at Capones.

Clear, bright yellow. Large, rocky, yellow tinged head. Good lacing, no legs.

Scent was lemon and grass.

Taste was candi sugar, with lots of citrus - orange and lemon. Spices. Crackery middle. Good herbal bittering at finish.

Light to medium body. High carbonation, could tone down a bit. Fairly dry.

Very tasty session beer. A little sweeter than I like, but very good. Sly Fox puts out another winner.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undone gold caged & corked bottle released into a Duvel tulip with a fantastic hazy straw light golden pour loaded with frisky bubbles topped by a huge ivory headcap that just won't quit. Amazing lacing and retention. Truly deserves this 5/5.

Scents are lightly peppery and doughy with a welcome airy note that opens up to a dry signature Belgian doughy aroma.

First swigs: Mirroring the nose, a light dough and pepper with an airy Earthiness. Some mineral notes and a touch of flour dough and a touch of lemony zest. Dry lingering aftertaste. This saison is like all other Sly Fox beers in that it is spot on. Just a fine interpretation of dry peppery dough and airy.

Feel is a medium bodied and super clean with a slight dry aftertaste. Quite frothy in the kisser and a frothy shush in each sip.

Last swigs: Was looking for a bit more horseblanket to please my personal palate, but still quite flavorful. Paid $12 for a 22 oz bottle at my local Union Jacks. A little step but I don't mind supporting Sly Fox, especially at a good local beer bar. This is also a great bottle to trade with fellow BA saison appreciators. Not Saison Dupont, but dry like it and a touch less funk.

Beer is good. Happy saison local beering.

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Photo of WesWes
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wondefully fruity nose along with a dry spiciness as well. The grassy noble hops blend nicely with the yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a solid pilsner malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes quite dry and fruity. THe earthiness is outstanding. The mouthfeel however is lacking. The carbonation is a bit too powerful. Otherwise, this is a top notch saison. It's well brewed and easy drinking.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml. Hazy gold color with a bit of sediment floating about. Pillowy white head holds together for quite some time. When it does shrink, there is a great amount of lace on the glass.

Slightly sour aroma, hints of spices and floral notes. Maybe a bit of white pepper in the back. Nothing too intense, byt enjoyable in the nose.

Nice tartness, with some spicy, peppery flavor. Well balanced. I suspect the hops are adding to the spicy character.

Nice full mouth, with a good amount of carbonation. Seems just a bit warming. Finishes fairly dry. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow-orange color with a large white head. The aroma did not jump out at me but had some nice hints of lemon peel, coriander, and floral hops. Luckily, the flavor packed more of a punch with lemon and peppercorn spice dominating the palate. Dry mouthfeel but it made me want to take another sip. Paired very well with some sushi. Nice offering from Sly Fox and a good representation of the style.

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

A: Poured a clear golden-rod with a huge billowy white head that was fully lasting leaving a great film lacing behind. Visible carbonation was high and steady.

S: yeasty, bursting with a big banana aroma, some lemon bread and light dried citrus.

T: The flavor was spicy, lemons, dry oranges, coriander and bananas. There is also a noticeable fruitiness (pineapple) and some spicy tart citrus notes as well a lemony hopping.

M: medium bodied, citrusy and very clean with a good carbonation bringing out the spicy tart nature of the beer.

D: Great drinkability, clean and well balanced drinking very nicely. Can easily drink this in multiples and not tire of it, great complexity and spiciness.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked bottle bought from The Light House, Jordanstown

Poured a light golden yellow colour. White head poured big, thick and fluffy and a steady stream of carbonation maintained a good covering throughout... some sticky lacing...

A lot going on in the aroma... lots of spicy yeast mixed with tart juicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, mangoes, limes), very floral, talcum powder notes, light honey and candy sugar sweetness, some earthy farmyard traces, hay, some rubberiness, fresh bread, some pine...

Taste - Tart spicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, apples), pithy notes, quite a lot of yeastiness, floral honey, quite perfumed, light earthy funk, grassy hops, chalky, faint coriander, peppery, some thyme herbalness, metallic, sea salt... flavours develop well as the beer warms up...

M&D - Pretty sharp and dry... Light body... Extremely refreshing and drinkable at 6.9%...

Overall - A top class Saison... As good as any i've had... recommended...

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Photo of KAP1356
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a glass that I have no idea how to categorize or name...

A- Pours a hazy yellow straw color with about 2 fingers of perfect white foamy head that takes a little time to subside.

S - Lemony aroma up front with some spices and some yeasty/bready smells to it as well. A nice honey like aroma comes out as well.

T - Very sweet, yeasty and lemony flavors. A good bit of spices comes out as well; coriander and clove I think. Some grassy, earthy notes as well which makes it more like a saison than a strong pale ale to me.

M - Quite carbonated as I would expect from this style. A bubbly mouthfeel with a nice crisp feel as well.

D - Quite drinkable and would be great during the hot summer months. Very easy to drink and is light and airy enough to come back for seconds.

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

I picked up a bottle of this at Whole Foods , Bowery, NYC.

Appearance is a light golden color with a small head that does not sit for very long. Its smell has sugar, light clove, banana. Saison VOS has a taste of orange, yeast, coriander, an earthy quality, with a faint bitter finish. Mouthfeel has more of the aforementioned earthy quality with proper carbonation for the saison style. Drinkability is solid for this very nice beer from Sly Fox. I am glad that I finally got around to trying this one.

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

(From notes)

A - Nice half-finger of a tighly packed white head; decent staying power and a shimmer of lacing. Clear gold color.

S - Sweetish malts; whisps of yeastiness; touch earthy, but not funky by any means. Aligned with the style

T - Definitely saison qualities on all fronts; yeasty; touch of spice, but not much; pretty sweet for the style.

M - Thinnish, but not too thin. Subtle carbonation, and just a bit slick.

D - Very good drinkability. Nice rounded saison qualities, but not terribly interesting. Quaffable nonetheless, and fairly refreshing.

Overall, would have expected a bit more snap and tartness to balance out the sweeter nature of the brew. That being said, it's a good take on the style. Worth checking out, though there are better examples from the US out there.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. The beer poured a vibrant golden color with a huge foamy white head and very active carbonation. The head took quiet awhile for the foam to subside enough to drink but throughout there was a very strong citrus and hop aroma that is enjoyable. The taste is a nice mix of lemony citrus, hops and a bit of orange. Overall this is a very good representation of the style and with a medium body, easy to drink.

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Saison VOS from Sly Fox Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.