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Springhouse Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 131
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: on 10-08-2008

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Photo of ditch
4.8/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at the brewery tour this weekend. Wish I would have bought more!

Pours a hazy apricot. Big white fluffy head. Pour it slow or you'll waste some. Lacing is quite sticky and head continues to cover the top all the way down.

They aroma is spot on for this style. You can smell the Belgian yeast spice. Lemon zest and grass. Very aromatic.

The taste blew me away. Spicy citrus and sweet. White grapes. Almost a dry champagne.A little bit of funk. Slight alcohol burn in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light, dry and very carbonated. The pour lead me to believe it was going to be too much. I believe it compliments the flavor nicely.

Drinkability is great. I could easily drink a bottle or two of these. Will definitely buy more when I see them!

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Photo of JamesS
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice light golden color with some very nice head and a bit of nice lacing. Excellent scent, very sweet and grainy, with an interesting complex grain aroma; hints of spices in the nose (very light and could not distinguish). Great taste, a nice crisp malt deepness with light flavors; interesting light spices, with hints of cherry and bubblegum, as well as the slightest hint of pepper. Goes down very well, especially for such a high ABV saison.

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Photo of MrOH
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: hazy orange gold, big fluffy white head, could use more lacing and better retention
aroma: yellow stone fruits: peach, apricot, etc., trailed by a hint of musk mixed with alcohol
taste: phenolic spiciness, muscadine grapes, apricot, and a touch of earth, with a cleansing, hoppy finish
mouthfeel: mouthfilling without being sticky, just the right amount of body for an august evening
drinkability: dangerously moreish at 8%

Definitely made for american tastes, so it's not a by the book saison. A bit too much hoppiness, but it blends in fairly well. Definitely an easy to drink, high test summer ale.

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Photo of JayQue
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 1306 of 2008. I have never had a Saison before, but I enjoyed this beer. I'll have to try a few different saisons before I can say anything about true to style...etc.

Pours a cloudy ice tea color amber, medium size white head with average retention and a little lacing.

Aroma is a bit like a sour and fairly pronounced.

Taste has a lot going on. There is an earthy yeast thing going on, a little hops bitterness up front, spiciness (black pepper) throughout and (at the start) a pronounced tartness/sourness that mellows out as you drink. There is an overall sweetness that comes out after the initial shot of sourness and the sour taste is pretty much at the end.

I'm glad the sourness gets under control, I am not a fan of sour beers. The other flavors blend and mellow out nicely.

Mouthfeel is good...rich..spiciness on the tongue and just sweet enough to blend the rest of the flavors together.

Drinkability is good...Goes down deceptively easy for an 8% beer. Not even a hint of alcohol. If this is what the style is, I like it!!! If not, another quirky winner from Williamsburg Alewerks.

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Photo of joepais
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bboyshatter for another fine brew.
Bottle 1531 of 2008 that I poured into a Chimay goblet produced plenty of carbonation but no head or lace. The color of the brew was a nice looking hazy peach color with tons of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass.

Aromas of sweet apricots, and funk filled my head. The flavors is very sweet, and fruity as well. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp so it is very refreshing to drink

This is a fine Saison also easy to drink. I finished the bottle, and was looking for more. This brew really is worth the try

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of ksurkin
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. The pour is hazy orange with a big, sticky, white head. The aroma is full of lemon zest and spices. It taste as good as it smells, big lemon zest notes as well as peach and general spiciness. The finish lingers with a fruity sweetness. The beer is light and effervescent,. I had no idea it was an 8% abv. I really liked this one.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 1085 of 2008 - poured into a snifter for a clear ruby tinted seethru brown body with a quick dieing head. huge amount of caramel and roasted malt with some yeast and oragne in there, along w/ oak, syrup and earthy hops. A sticky and fuller bodied beer, but surprisingly smooth and sweet with roasted, caramel and hints of chocolate malt coming through. Balanced well with some tart and sour fruits like orange and something akin to raspberry(?). Finishes dry and easy with hints of coffee and biscuit malt. A chill beer which caught me offguard; reminded me of a Belgian Ale or a barleywine more than an a American Ale.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice change of pace beer for me on Easter! Big thanks to Mike for this beer! I have been having too many dark beers lately.

A- Very nice golden honey murky nowhere as translucent as the style should be. I like murky! Pours cloudy white one-finger head with decent retention, suds gum up the glass.

S- Nice lemon zest, brett, funk farmhouse, orange zest. Very bright in its' smell. Pretty uniform to the style, but maybe a little more lemon/orange zest than the norm.

T- Again, very uniform to the style with brett farmhouse, citrus. I am getting random oatmeal in here as well. This must be one of those new oatmeal farmhouse saisons that the US is churning out.

O- I think this is a very great take on a farmhouse saison; nice play with the brett and citrus. A great change of pace beer that I very much needed! Thanks MIke!

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Photo of ebby82
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of slusk
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light golden orange with a decent half inch or so of head which slowly dissipates into a thick lace.

S- Heavy floral notes and a light grapey fruitiness highlight the aroma. A touch of clove gives it that distinct Belgian flair.

T- Heavy on the clove and the Belgian spiciness with what seems like a little pepper on the back of the throat. Again, there's a distinct floral quality to the taste, although I'll be damned if I can pick out a specific flower it reminds me of. There's a savory quality to the taste on the finish that is quite alluring and quite indescribable (at least for me), it almost has a butterscotch type character but I don't think it's diacetyl. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and earthy.

M- Medium-bodied and fairly low in carbonation for the style. There's a slick quality to the mouthfeel and the alcohol contributes little to the taste but a distinct numbing sensation to the tongue that is worth noting.

This is quite the interesting and enjoyable beer. Aspects of it are right in line with what I think of as a Saison, while some of its other qualities veer off in a different direction. It's pretty complex and tasty, and while I certainly wouldn't view it as an everyday beer, I'd recommend picking it up if you're a fan of Belgian styles and are looking for an interesting change of pace.

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Photo of Suds
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a yellow-golden beer with a non-existent head. The aroma is spicy, yeasty, and full of funk. There are also ripe fruit aromas (peach, fig, apricot). The taste is notably spicy, and just a touch warm. Dry. Very phenolic. The beer has a sharp bitterness and a fleeting malt trait that never seems to develop. Full in flavor and very interesting.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-honey color and is topped by a nice white head that quickly gave in to the alcohol content.

S: I pick up some slight sweet notes behind a foreground of funk. Its not that funk that happens when a beer goes bad, it's that nice barnyard funk that a Saison should smell like.

T: Fruity, funky, spicy, and yeasty all in one beer. This tastes like a Saison should taste like, but doesn't push any boundaries with the style. It's defiantly good.

M: Highly carbonated, and somewhere between light and medium bodied.

D: For an 8% beer, it is quite refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of tchenery
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks beautiful. It has a huge billowy two finger head slightly off white on top of a rich deep orange body. It's a bit hazy, but not opaque.

It smells like grass, herbs, citrus zest, and bread.

The taste is up front funky! It's bready and yeasty and has this strange puckering (but not sour) apricot flavor. It's extremely complex and I'm sure it will taste completely different at the end of the beer as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very full. The lifting power of the bubbles helps, but only slightly. It also leaves you chalky and dry.

Drinkability is pretty average. I can see people not liking this one due to the first taste but if you can dig the funk, it's worth it.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle.

3.25 A: Moderately hazed yellow brown color. Three fingers of foamy white head. Retention is about average, but leaves no lacing.

4.0 S: Dry with a huge herbal component. Chamomile, hay, dirty earthiness. Not much fruit, but hints of lemongrass. Very nice nose here.

3.75 T: Pleasantly sweet, which is a bit surprising given the nose. Hay, lemongrass, earth. There's a touch of cracker component to the malts as well.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Just a touch of creaminess.

3.75 D: Very nice beer. Super drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle number 1491 of 2008.

Pours a beautiful amber color, remarkably carbonated but with a thin, quickly fading head. Surprisingly tannic and fruity (it actually reminded me strongly of a dry white wine). The taste was not particularly hoppy and not particularly sweet. Not unpleasant to drink, but not a spectacular beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap:
Yellow and cloudy, almost like a wheat beer. Head also has such a resemblance, white, small bubbles atop the pour about 2 fingers. Nose is fruity with some banana esters, specifically apple and strawberry. In some cases it ribds me of strawberry banana yogurt. There is a light funk in a deep snuff.

Taste follows the nose, but not quite as fruity, more earthy. The saison style shines a bit more with hay and some "dirtiness" in the taste with the apple, banana flavors. Carbonation is fairly strong, making the overall feel rather light.

Solid beer to me. Maybe a slight bit fruity compared to some saisons/farmhouse ales, but it works for me.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Great looking beer. Large head on this one and the bubbles are just off white and tiny. They look kind of like the bubbles from a well made cappuccino. And the body is light caramel.

The smell is spicy yeast up front followed by a hint of malt sweetness. A hint of grassiness is noticed as well.

I was kind of taken aback by how much flavor was in this one. Lots of peppery spice followed by a hint of sweetness. Well done, but nothing to stand out here.

This one is a little bit heavy for my preference in a farmhouse ale, but not to the entire detriment of my drinking experience. If it was feasible, I would love to share this one again some time.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Jackie O's tulip.

A. Pours a deep, cloudy golden orange. Two fingers of eggshell white head quickly recede to a half finger. Excellent lacing down the sides of the glass. I've seen better retention from the style, but it's still a good looking beer overall.

S. Clove, apple, bread crust, honey, strawberry, faint lemon peel, and, oddly enough, a little bit of barn mustiness. Very rounded bouquet with a lot of sweetness to it. Not as complex as some, but certainly not bad either.

T. Follows the nose, with a lot of malt and yeast. The finish is very drying and yeasty, like unsalted crackers. The front and mid are all grapeskin, apple, and clove, but the finish really devolves into a yeasty bread bomb, with a heavy dose of bitter, dry malt and maybe even some booze that really doesn't get balanced.

M. Uneven. Moderate bodied and well-carbonated, but the finish is unbalanced, bitter, and yeasty and doesn't leave the best of lingering aftertastes.

O. As Saisons go, I've had a lot better. Look no further down the aisle than Boulevard's Tank 7 Saison if you want a better example. Things were looking pretty good for this one after the pour and on the nose. But the finish on flavor profile is a bit muddled and unbalanced and the mouthfeel wasn't nailed. A solid beer and definitely worth trying, but with Tank 7 on the shelf, I don't think I'll feel the need to revisit.

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Photo of Badger6
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I would just like to start out by saying that the new Alewerks Brewers Choice labels are three piece suit classy. Now lets look at the guts in that suit!

A- Pours a hazy golden amber. Looks like a translucent orange with the sun shining through it. It has a large pillowy eggshell white head with great retention.

S- Initially you get a pleasant burst of lemon and spice with belgian yeast and a little sugary vanilla on the back end.

T- Springhouse has loads of Belgian candi, yeast and sticky sweetness. A slight tinge of vanilla, spice and lemon citrus notes follow the sweetness that is in my humble opinion makes it a little lopsided. The finish is not as dry as I would have liked and that you come to expect in the style, but is not enough to be off putting. Also I would have liked to have tasted a bit more spiciness to balance out the sweetness. Overall pretty solid and definitely worth checking out.

M- Slick and does a good job coating the palate. slight champagne like carbonation.

D- Could only do one or two of these because of the sweetness.

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Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Anderson Valley snifter. Thanks for the bottle codewarrior.

A: Pours cloudy golden apricot color with a billowing light tan head. The dense head slowly faded into a mound of thick film leaving behind crazy patchwork of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet notes of coriander, golden fruits and peppery, earthy spices. Pears and golden delicious apples come to mind as well.
T: Follows the nose with sweet fruits including golden raisins, golden pears, and golden/green apples. Spices are prominent as is the flavors of Belgian yeast. The finish has just a touch of mint and bubblegum, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter and hay-like.
M: This is pretty sweet and ‘wet’ for a saison and definitely a knock against the beer in my opinion. The alcohol is a bit noticeable as well. The carbonation is bubbly and creamy though, I just wish this beer was much drier.
O: Great fruity flavor, sits well in the glass too, just a bit too sweet and viscous with alcohol. Thanks again Matt.

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Springhouse Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
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