AdamJackson (3331) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, split many ways
A - Very hazy...I probably got the dregs. Dark orange.
S - Nose is crisp apple pie with pears and peach. very fruity and sweet.
T - Delicious, tart, effervescent and loads of fruits peach, apricot, even some blueberry
M - Dry and full carbonation very classic saison
O - Overall, lots of fruit but fairly thin and basic.
Ernesto987 (4389) - Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 Wow this is awesome, tons of saison flavors great flavors, this is amazing I love it. This is the bottle version with all the bugs in it. The saison is still balanced after all that time. ginger, licorice flavors, high carbonation. Great stuff.
harrymel (1539) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Label: McKenzie (yellow/golden label background) Saison Vautour (du bois)
Received this beer quite some time ago, and am only now cracking it. Upon pulling the crown, only a small audible pfft, then a few seconds later a steady foam rolled from the neck. Oddly, as I poured the beer, only a few seconds later, there was only a small sheet of white over the diaphanous, toasted straw ale. Nose fulls of straw, soil, funk, wisps of grass and a little must. Flavor has the slightest lactic tartness to it, a good hop bitterness and plenty of dry, crisp barnyard funkiness. This is a step above most saisons and I wish Pixieskid was here to enjoy - this is right up his alley I believe (sorry brandon, was gonna open while you were here, just didn’t get to it). Medium on heavy body with light carbonation and a dry finish. The dryness of the finish is balanced with a subsequent watering stemming from the acidity.
Really a great beer, and if I could, I would buy this regularly. Truly one of the best saisons I’ve come across.
Serving type: bottle
ThirstyBird (1985) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to jedwards 2010 bottle rated in 2011. Pours hazy pale yellow with a nice off-white head. Smell is funky and zesty, citrus. Taste is funky, citrus, crisp, apples, yeast. Medium body, nice medium carbonation. A very tasty saison - one of the best American saisons that I’ve had.
alexsdad06 (6571) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by someone at DLD ’12. Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is tart, funky, oak, mild fruitiness with a mild earthy note. The flavor is tart, yeasty, citrus, peach, lactic with very mild spiciness. Interesting in the midst of all the big beers flowing.
callmemickey (3391) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden yellow body. Quickly fading white head spotty lacing. Oranges, lemon, some grain, a little hay, yeast, wheat and green grapes. Medium to light bodied. Smooth. Moderate carbonation.
jcartamdg (2331) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours pale straw yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is lightly fruity with some funk. Taste follows, slightly sour and tart. pears and green apples. Light and refreshing
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this. This is "Vautour Du Bois."
3.0 A: Lightly hazed dark yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left.
4.0 S: Wow, this is really complex. Earthy and herbal. Funky and fruity. Dry grassiness to start things off. Musty basement and apple orchard funk. Peach, apple, lemon, melon, and pear fruitiness. Light peppery yeastiness. Straw and the slightest tartness (mainly lemony).
4.5 T: The herbalness and funk are what I immediately notice. An almost yerba mate-like herb to it. Funk keeps with what the nose offers, giving you woodzy and musty funk. Tart lemon and dare I say lime too. Actually, it’s probably more lime forward than lemon. Also lots of melon and pear with apple and apricot a few steps behind. Grassy with hay. White grape vinousness. Slight peppery spiciness. The brett seems to do wonderful things here. This is as complex as anything you’d find coming out of any country in the world.
3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation is on the lower side and isn’t as spritzy as I’d like. Still, it’s super smooth and goes down very easy.
4.5 D: Hell of a beer. I had never heard of these guys before despite being out of Pittsburgh. I’ll definitely be looking for more. Hell, this might be as good as Ann.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-23-2012 01:35:15
AmEricanbrew (6181) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden orange layered color with lasting white sheen. Tart lemon, earthy dung and piss, wet wood aromas. Light, smooth mouthfeel. Lemongrass, dry hay, dry herbal flavors with dry spices, tart pit fruits--very good.
Huhzubendah (2807) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!
Bottle 39 of 372
A: This saison appears a hazy yellow hue with a half inch of white, fluffy head. The head falls away to a thin layer after a few minutes, leaving a thin sheet of lacing on the glass.
S: Stunning aroma! This beer smells simply fantastic. Funky and wild, similar to a Belgian lambic, I could take in this scent all day. Citrus, floral and spice notes linger behind the funk, creating a delectable bouquet of scents. Very enticing indeed.
T: While the beer tastes rather delicious, it doesn’t quite measure up to the phenomenal aroma. The funky, wild aspect is more subdued in the flavor. Citrus, earth, light funk, and subtle spice comprise the basic makeup of the flavor profile.
M: The body is a bit thin and the feel is just slightly too watery - a minor flaw in an otherwise fabulous beer.
D: A pleasant surprise. What a terrific beer. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-24-2011