AirForceHops (6181) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared at the RBNG by Josarah. Label writing has 7% ABV vintage is 2010. Aroma is nice. Wheat, barnyard funk, lemons and zesty yeast.
Flavor is like a hefeweizen meets a funky saison, nice! Belgian yeast with zest, wheat based backbone, lightly tart lemons, musty basement, dusty apricots, old Brett. Carbonation is still able to provide a nice effervescent mouthfeel. Really nice treat to help reset my palate after a ton of stouts and sours. Damn refreshing!
Reynolds314 (3314) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge thanks to Josarah for the share on this bottle. Ive been really wanting to try this for a long time. Really funky, musty, and dirty like I like my saisons, Yeasty muddled lightly tart with tons of pear and some grapes. Awesome!
AdamChandler (4517) - 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 (5578) - 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 (1551) - 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 didnít 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 Iíve come across.
Serving type: bottle
ThirstyBird (2600) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - 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 Iíve had.
alexsdad06 (9004) - 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 í12. 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 (4252) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2015 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 (3086) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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 (1867) - 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, itís 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 youíd find coming out of any country in the world.
3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation is on the lower side and isnít as spritzy as Iíd like. Still, itís 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. Iíll definitely be looking for more. Hell, this might be as good as Ann.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-23-2012 01:35:15