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Springhouse Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

LeeEvolved, Monday at 10:58 AM
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color. The head is two fingers high, with a bone-white shade. Retention is terrible, and so is the soda-like texture of the head. No lacing, either. Hey, I don't enjoy saisons for their aesthetic appeal... (2.25)

Smell: I'm picking up notes of hay, lemongrass, black pepper, and candied sugar. As it opens up, it develops a strong lactic quality which fuses with its funkiness - similar to a Berliner, only with brett. Actually, I don't think this has brett, just plain ol' saison yeast. Also, it smells somewhat sweet for a saison. However, typical of the style, the aroma is somewhat strange - just not in the ways that presses all the right buttons. (3)

Taste: Wow, this is MUCH sweeter than I expected. In fact, I completely hesitate to even call it a saison now. I'm picking up little in the way of hay, grass, sesame seed, or black pepper. Rather, notes of orange, grapefruit, wheat, and oats. The oat flavor is well subdued, and doesn't expose the alcohol excessively (or, at all). It *is* a decent BSPA, all told...but I'm still going to lowball the score anyways, simply because a saison should not be this damn sugary. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Way too sweet. Period. It has the full and creamy initial feel of a good saison, but it finishes heavy and stodgy. On the other hand, the vibrant carbonation wills it down the palate fairly easily. (3)

Overall: Saisons are all about pushing the envelope - this doesn't. At all. In fact, it tastes closer to Duvel than Dupont. And because there doesn't seem to be brett (not your fault Alewerks - I like my saisons loaded with brett), it's not going to develop much more than this. It's enjoyable enough as a regular Belgian ale, but it completely misses the mark as a saison. (3)

2.85/5: It's a solid BSPA, but where's the saison?

ThisWangsChung, Oct 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Ted, Oct 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

OriolesFan1008, Oct 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15%

embass, Oct 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

erwityk, Sep 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Gonzoillini, Sep 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

IrishColonial, Aug 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

atrocity, Aug 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

stereosforgeeks, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

MattSharpless, Jul 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

foghornleghorn22, Jul 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Devman171, Jul 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

JMUbrewz, Jul 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

jaymo18, Jun 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

scottDC, May 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Gatordaddy, May 24, 2014
Photo of DaveBlack
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy golden beer. 2 fingers worth of fluffy head on the top which lasts forever.

S: Wet hay, earthy yeast, lemon zest, a slight pepperiness, some funk. Not a very big aroma, but pleasant.

T: The taste follows the aroma, it is earthy and grassy, with a fair amount of yeast. A kiss of grassy hops on the finish. It is slightly watery, and the flavors are muted.

M: Light body, prickly carbonation.

O: I wish there was more flavor to this beer. It is tasty, but nothing special as far as saisons go. It's essentially a saison light.

DaveBlack, May 15, 2014
Photo of twenty5
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

twenty5, May 12, 2014
Photo of gueuzedreg
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

gueuzedreg, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of slusk
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

slusk, Apr 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

cjgiant, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Mantooth, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

mrk829, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

smakawhat, Mar 23, 2014
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Springhouse Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.