Monday, November 2, 2009

125. Sly Fox Saison Vos

Our second Sly Fox beer; our last one was the one time shot of the Hop Project Whitbread Golding.

Saison Vos has an estery sweet nose with banana, yeasty, and some metallic aromas. It is a clear straw color with a rocky head, and was a bit overcarbonated. The bottle said “Best by 4/13/09,” which might help explain the overcarbonation—extra time for the saison yeast to eat down any lingering available sugars. Saison Vos starts tart with a citrusy sweetness and some grainy flavors, and moves into a maltier sweetness in the middle with ester notes and banana, spicy, and fruit flavors. The finish is lightly sour with some metallic tints on the tongue, and there is no discernable hop presence across the spectrum of the beer. The carbonation is effervescent, lively and bright on the mouth, and the body is light, and made to feel even lighter with the carbonation. Interesting beer, but the malt complexity could be better; there was not enough body to carry the beer or to allow it to develop across the palate. The ester notes and flavors are nice but the body doesn’t stand up to them. While by no means a bad beer, this is not one of the better saisons we’ve had.

From the Sly Fox website: “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.”

ABV: 6.9%
IBU: 32
OG: 14.5° P


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