Springhouse Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company
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Reviews by slusk:
3.96/5 rDev +12.2%
A: This beer poured a hazy golden light amber with a generous off white head. Good lacing and head retention.
S: Spicy notes with low floral hop aroma. The hops are not allowed to overpower the malt/wheat aroma from this saison. Citrusy, grapefruit and a wee peppery note are complimentary to this brew.
T: Much as the aroma belies, it has an upfront spicy floral and grapefruit and orange flavor with a background of wheat. It has a nice balance of sweet light malt with a low tart/tang of a pleasant citrus.
M: Medium light body with a medium high carbonation.
O: This is a great beer. I like the refreshing tartness and sublime fruit notes. All the ingredients are well balanced. If you're a fan of belgians and witbier this will be a favorite. I'd buy a case of this.
04-19-2014 14:39:07 | More by slusk
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2.23/5 rDev -36.8%
on tap at the big hunt - pretty stoked to have a local saison on what turned out to be a night of saisons
cell phone notes
appearance: served in a standard pint - rich amber body (is this the right beer?). light beige cap
smell: big and bready - minimal saison funk
taste: well well. probably the worst saison this side of Lazy Mutt. This was truly not drinkable for the style - tasted more like a jacked up (bad) american amber. a girl at the table noticed we werent drinking it and tried/loved it. that was the final indication that this was that bad. very little saison traits, and from the sounds of it 3 years old
mouthfeel: WAY too heavy
06-20-2009 16:57:09 | More by dirtylou
3.98/5 rDev +12.7%
Pours a hazy gold into a pint glass from my growler. This was kegged only about a week ago, so its still quite fresh.
A- Freshly mown lawn, hops, a summer's day.
T- Bitter hops, with a funky, undefinable taste to follow. Certainly unique, intriguing, and worthwhile.
M- Smooth, with just the right carbonation.
O- I had this last year in the bottle, but this year's version on tap is even tastier. A really refreshing beer, and as I mentioned previously, very unique. I'm really starting to love saisons, and this is a fine example of the versatility of the style.
05-08-2011 19:02:51 | More by ebby82
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
Thanks to a good BA, guinnessfan, for this 650 mL bomber, number 1963 of 2008. Bottle 2 of my night of saisons.
A: The saison is a darker amber color, a coupla' hues lighter than its bottle. The fuller darkness leaves the ale opaque. A small head, practically nonexistent after a few minutes, doesn't leave any lace.
S: The nose is pretty malty, lacking the wild essence of a saison (in its defense, it is labelled as an American farmhouse ale). The strength is reminiscent of a strong ale, which was its original designation. Cereal grains and some sugary sweetness fight for the spotlight.
T: The strength of the ale reveals a strong fruity depth. Sweetness mixes with in-your-face cereal grains. Apples and green grapes appear prominently, driving the mid-sip flavlor. The finish is sweeter, sugary with a mild anise aftertaste. Some funkiness runs below the surface, not tart but enough to remind you that it is there. An interesting ale that can't quite make up its mind between strong ale and saison.
M: The mouthfeel is at once dry & fruity and sweet & tart. Its strength is much better suited for colder weather.
D: The heaviness is evident, weighing down the drinkability. The fruit flavors are a welcome complexity in the ale.
06-13-2009 01:56:55 | More by akorsak
3.55/5 rDev +0.6%
22 oz bomber courtesy of BZero007 from our Loko 4 Locals BIF
Pour is outstanding. A Murky gold with burnt orange hints and carbonation dancing around all over the place. A very tight, thick white head forms atop and leaves very thick intricate lacing. Very visually appealing beer.
Smell is a little soft. Very common smells for saisons come out. Barnyard funk, slight citrus, grass, and soil. Not bad, but nothing really stands out at all.
Taste is nice with a slight tartness at the beginning that fades to a citrus body and a nice dry finish.
Mouthfeel is creamy and a fairly heavy body. Very drinkable.
A middle of the pack saison that would find it's way to my fridge fairly often if it were available in my area.
08-13-2011 05:37:22 | More by DearthVader
3.53/5 rDev 0%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.
Deep orange colored body, quite opaque, but with a faint nice middle column of carbonation and some small slow rising white bubbles along the sides of the glass. Slight retention a bit for a three finger tall head, very soapy and off white in color.
Slight crisp yeast and farmhouse dryness bouquet. Sweet sucrose a bit and a sense of peanut butter. Somewhat floral, a little bit grassy, but there's a good note of malt sweetness getting more into Belgian strong ale than hinting a saison.
Palate comes out with Belgian character, but more muted saison qualities. Sweet orange and candied fruit, a light bodied palate that brings some honey notes. Virtually no funky quality and minimal dryness on the finish. Slightly wet palate, but surprisingly feels a little flat considering the well displayed and noticeable carbonation levels. Hints toward some nice peachy fruit also that isn't cloyingly sweet or syrupy thick.
It's not awful, but really not what I look for in this style. This really comes off more of just a decent Belgian Strong Ale. Good to know Alewerks still makes some other great things though.
03-23-2014 21:29:34 | More by smakawhat
4/5 rDev +13.3%
new batch from Williamsburg
a: unibroue tulip, rich golden-orange in color, a voluminous head fills the glass and recedes very slowly, great retention
s: nose of delicate fruits - peach, apricot, becoming more grainy as it warms, nice sugar presence stays in check, lightly tropical with some ripe pineapple, orange, and flashes of banana, dusty yeast, hops bright and almost spicy
m: carbonation lively, a bit heavy for the style - ranging towards medium, but not really a detractor
t: pale malt body brings light-moderate sugars, sweet for a saison, and flavors of peach, banana, orange, and apricot before transitioning to a light spiciness and more grain in the middle, finishes bitter with a pulpy citrus hop flavor
d: no problem, a nice little saison and much better than recent tastings of the old version with mr. lou
bomber from Norm's, Vienna, VA
08-06-2010 03:35:53 | More by blackie
3.61/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured out of a 750 mL bottle, into an Alewerks snifter (came in the gift set).
A: Hazy golden-orange color, beautiful color in the glass. Fizzy head, diminished almost immediately, no lacing.
S: The scent is very mild. Smells like citrus, and mild apple scents overlaid with a straw scent.
T: Citrus fruits with pear and mild cherries in the front, quickly takes on an herbal and floral character. Finishes with a slight sourness, but nothing that overshadows the earlier flavors.
M: The mouthfeel is light, with a bit of carbonation that makes up for the lightness of the body. Easy drinker.
O: It is sold as a saison, but probably not a great example of one by style. As a beer it is tasty, and enjoyable to drink.
12-30-2013 21:38:00 | More by Badger6
3.53/5 rDev 0%
I had this at the November Baltimore BA tasting. Served from the bottle into a tasting snifter.
Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the pour.
Smell: This one reminds me of a hefe. Light sweet malt, bright and a touch fruity. I'm getting some alcohol as well.
Taste: There is a light fruity sweetness. I'm getting some banana along with a mild citrus presence. There is just a touch of bitterness in the taste, but it fades towards the finish.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium with aggressive carbonation and a finish that's a bit dry.
Overall: There is enough going on to keep you interested, but it's not super impressive. I think I'd pass on having more.
11-17-2012 22:28:30 | More by oline73
4/5 rDev +13.3%
22oz bomber, 2010 release, from grape & gourmet. pours a gorgeous orange-gold with a massive, creamy, white head leaving thick sheets of lace. aroma is very nice with big, crisp fruit notes of pear, apricot, and green apple skins with hints of red grape backed by belgian yeast, spice notes of coriander and clove and touches of wheatgrass and dry malts. flavor is pretty tasty with sweet, slightly dry fruit notes of apple, pear, and white grape up front backed by dry, slightly funky, yeasty, dark bread, light spice, wet grass, and earthy hops. palate is medium bodied with big carbonation and a dry, herbal yet fruity finish. overall, a tast belgian strong from geoff and the alewerks boys.
08-25-2011 18:48:22 | More by ksurkin
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
Purchased a 22oz at the brewery. First off, the bottle and label were beautiful. Very nice. The appearance on an aggressive pour was fluffy head, nice bubbles and a cloudy yellow appearance. The smell was all saison funkiness. Some citrus as well. Taste was funk-a-rific as well. Nice farmhouse saison. I could tell this wasn't from a big brewery since some of the flavors were off a little bit. would love to have on tap.
08-17-2011 02:17:01 | More by rdub
Springhouse Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
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