after4ever (5729) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, capped and waxed. Thanks brian! Pours a cloudy bright gold with a dense and fizzy white head. Big sweet desserty lemon nose. Some white pepper in there but mostly a lemony tour de force. Creamy medium body with tons of lively fizz. Lemon, orange, and white pepper on the mid palate. Long white pepper and mineral finish.
dagimp (651) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 750 into a snifter. No dates on bottle. Pours foggy straw color with a TON of white fluffy head. Head dissipates after a couple of minutes leaving no lacing. Aroma of bubblegum, hay, lime and funk. Mouthfeel is medium and frothy. A little to frothy for me but otherwise crisp and spot on. Taste is slightly bitter from the Brett, but not overly so; actually, milder than what I would have thought. Funk, bubblegum, dry flavor. Very nice saison, one of the better ones I’ve had.
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy golden color with a light off white head. Aroma is of slight funky, some yeast, grass and some spice. Taste is complex, yeast, some grassy notes, light spices, some bready grain notes,earth and some light funky notes with a dry finish. Once again a great saison from McKenzie
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle thanks to chswimmer. Pours hazy golden-yellow with a nice lasting one-finger white head and good lacing. Very funky, bretty, and a little tart on the aroma. Lemony with lots of horseblanket. Flavor has pale malt, tart lemoniness, and lots of barnyard horseblanket. Some mild hops and rye. Seems like there’s definitely some brett in there. Medium-bodied with lively carbonation and a little acidity. Really good stuff overall. Surprising.
JAXSON (513) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 bottle. Bottled with brett according to the brewer, unlike the draft version. Pours medium orange with a fluffy snow white head and decent legs, good retention. Really pretty looking beer. Served cold, nose is big saison yeast, distinctively McKenzie. Definitely a touch bretty, stays cohesive. Very nice flavor profile, starts with some mellow saison yeast and brett, opens into a light banana fruitiness, on to grass and mild hops. One of the more cohesive McKenzie beers for sure. These guys were kind of starting to annoy me a little bit with some flabby beers that just didn’t evolve right, but this is quite a nice effort.
obxdude10 (1942) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
McKenzie’s Vautour is defininitely one of the best saisons I have tasted. The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a bit of greenish tint. The head is very generous, stark white and leaves a nice amount of lacing around the glass. The nose contains hints of earth, yeast, bread, light and spicy hops, grass and parsley. The body is smooth and drinkable, with tasting notes of light hops, coriander, black pepper, fruit, grass and earth. The finish is a little hoppy with some spiciness and bready notes.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of yeast, coriander, rye, slight grains, and slight citrus. Poured yellow/gold in color with a large, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny, small, and medium-sized particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is slightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of yeast, grain, coriander light Brett, hops, light grass, slight banana, and a hint of rye. Medium body. Average texture. Average to slightly lively carbonation. Yeast, coriander, and slight Brett finish is slightly dry.