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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.

(Beer added by: on 10-08-2008)
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Photo of tmars13
1/5  rDev -71.7%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
2.23/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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

drinkability: not

dirtylou, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of corby112
2.48/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange with apricot colored edges and a frothy, two finger white head that very slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. Very good retention for the style with large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral, perfume like aroma with zesty spice, bready yeast, bubblegum and sweet citrus fruit. Not much of a farmhouse/saison yeast character with only subtle musty funk. Smells more like an American wheat beer. Slightly mineraly with some pepper and clove followed by the wheat, yeast and orange peel.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a zesty spice presence up front that lingers over subtle funk, bread, bubblegum and citrus zest into a slightly dry finish. Again, the saison/farmhouse character is faint with only subtle grassy, musty funk. Feels more like a wheat beer with peppery clove and coriander followed by a strong bready yeast character and prominent bubblegum flavor. Some lemon pith/citrus sweetness towards the finish but that's pretty tame as well. Not all that interesting or flavorful but at least it's easy to drink. Not a very good interpretation of the style in my opinion.

corby112, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of VBWharfRat
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

VBWharfRat, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of teromous
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Slightly hazy medium shade of gold and hints of orange. It has a very pretty color in the glass. The head is non-existent right after pouring. The abundant carbonation pops over the foam-less surface. The lack of head and lacing are the greatest detractors.

S: The scent is extremely faint. It has a slightly floral scent like walking into a flower shop but not smelling the actual flowers. Then there is this old house smell to it. It reminds me of walking into the old houses in Colonial Williamsburg. I thought it was a bit funny that the name of the beer was Springhouse and the first two smells I got were flowers and an old house. Strange. The caramel smell then comes in and punts the other flavors away. I did like the scents, but they were too faint. Smelling this beer without knowing the style will likely not give you the impression that it is a Saison. It would take some focus and maybe a guess or two. Despite this, there are some good scents in the beer.

T: A bit fruity at first, but the flavor goes away and doesn't return before the fruit can be identified. This is followed by caramel sweetness and a slightly herbal tea flavor. It really doesn't have much of a traditional Saison flavor. Otherwise the flavor is decent. The beer in its own little world is okay, but I wouldn't recommend it to those looking for Saison flavors. It's just not there.

M: The mouthfeel is light and watery. The carbonation seems to be there visually but it feels flat in the mouth.

O: Overall I was not impressed. Barley and hops will not make a Saison. A Saison is something that must be artfully crafted and this felt like it was "color by number."

teromous, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

New 22 oz bottle with a pretty, rustic label. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a radiant, hazed orange amber with a large frothy white head that has good retention and light lacing. Aroma is interesting and pleasant, a blend of sweet tropical fruits and sugars with a musty, earthy Belgian yeast and estery typical saison base. Body is odd, medium thick and slightly juicy with very active, fine carbonation. Finish is dry and earthy, very refreshing with an undertone of sweetness.

But the flavor...oh the flavor, what happened to this. Hiding in here is a pleasant, earthy saison, but this is so ridiculously over the top sugary and sweet its very difficult for me to continue drinking this. It almost feels like there is a layer of canned peach juice floating on top of an exceptionally earthy and dirty saison in both flavor and body. Ugh, this could have been a very unique, enjoyable saison but the balance before sweet and dry earthy is non-existent in addition to way too much artificial sugar sweetness.

yourefragile, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of jlandis
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours crystal clear straw golden in color with a gigantic billowing white head that is at least 4 fingers tall. I'll have to give this one a few minutes to settle down. The aroma is full of clove, lemon, sweet malt and Belgian spice. The flavor is unexpectedly sweet, but the clove and spice are spot on. There is also plenty of Belgian candied sugar and vanilla. The body is solid with tons of carbonation.

I would have liked for a tart dry finish, and the sweetness is a real turn off. The other aspects of the beer are great, but I keep coming back to the sweetness. I kind of wish this was only a 12oz bottle instead of a bomber.

jlandis, Dec 06, 2010
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
Photo of shufon
3/5  rDev -15%

shufon, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15%

embass, Oct 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15%

EasyReader, Feb 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

djrn2, Aug 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

rab53, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle 1304 of 2008.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, golden-orange body with a thinnish, white head that dissipates quite quickly.

Smell: Fruity, sweet-scented nose of grainy malts, almond sugar, light spice, and ripe fruits.

Taste: A taste of simple syrup of poured lazily of some fresh malted barley. Slight hint of almonds. Meager pinch of spice. Fruity flavors of glazed apricots and raisins. Subtle bitterness. Rush of drying, warming alcohol precludes the fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Sits a bit heavily on the tongue.

Drinkability: Yeesh! The things they call saisons these days. It's like saying brown rice is actually the legs of itty-bitty, unborn chicken fetuses. It's just plain crazy talk. The heavy mouthfeel and alcoholic nature of this beer make it the antithesis of refreshment.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a light amber/orange color a huge, foamy, white head filling half of the glass. Head retention was pretty good and the lacing on the glass was excellent.

The aroma has a citrusy zest to it with a bit of a peach fruitiness to it. The Belgian yeast adds a some spicy, almost peppery notes. Some sweet, grainy malt flavors come through as well.

The taste has a bit of that sweet, peachy, fruitiness to it as well. The flavor seems a bit too sweet and almost sugary though for me. A bit of the Belgian yeast spice comes through as well. It finishes with more of a tart, fruity flavor with a moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little above average carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had OK flavors to it overall. It felt a bit sweet at times which hurts it some, but still wasn't a bad beer overall. Average tasting for the style at best though.

billab914, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of TheMistler
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy copper brew, darker than I expected. Disconcertingly, it pours thick, syrupy. Off white head, not too much of one.

Lots of lighter, sweet malts to the nose. Grainy dough, caramel. Restrained funk. Apple. The teensiest sharp hints at the end, with slight pepper notes and lemon zest.

This is a saison? Sure, there is some citrus up front, but it gets sweet right quick. Grains are unfortunately the least of the malt profile, with caramel and even simple sugar on top. Lemon and some bubble gum float underneath the malts. Yeast. Sharp hops and a wee bit of funk linger on the palate. The finish is pretty darn dry, given the malty sweetness that is predominant for much of the initial taste. For all my qualms with the taste, the interplay of sweet and dry is fairly nice.

Syrupy, with some chewiness and a certain creaminess. Very little CO2 prickliness. It goes down fairly easy, but...

TheMistler, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of argock
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a nonic pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.29.

A: A light amber brew with 1-2 finger white head with decent retention and a few blobs of lacing.

S: The aroma is light overall with a yeasty character up front more in keeping with a witbier or triple and with some mild lemon to go along with the crackery malt backing.

T: The flavor is fine and enjoyable but not really on target for the saison category. The crackery maltiness is tries its best, but the alcohol and higher than average hopping put this brew outside of the style. The hopping is leafy and herbal in nature. The alcohol adds a dull, slightly bitter flavor that is most apparent in the aftertaste.

M: The mouthfeel is way off for the style as it is lush and only slightly dry. Even the carbonation is low and not right for the style.

O: kind of disappointing with the wrong feel and level of booziness for the style.

argock, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken on 1/19/11.

Bomber care of wishuwerebeer, thanks for sharing Bryan. Poured into a couple of wine glasses, this brew appears a clouded orange color. A huge amount of big white bubbly head swells up and over the top of the glassware and just hangs. As it recedes, it leaves patches of lacework all over the glass.

The aroma is spicy with Belgian yeast inidcations. Somewhat sweet smelling with clove and orange peel. A little bit of Pune essence and lemony notes fall into place as well.

The taste is quite sweet with a little too much caramel malt sweetness that lingers with residual sugar. Trying to see past the sweetness, spicy Belgian yeast flavors are present blended with orange peel, lemon and a light amount of funk. A mild earthy and herbal bitterness resides inside the mouth completely clashing with the sugary forefront.

This is a medium bodied brew with an lively, active and excessive amount of carbonation. Very prickly on the tongue even for a high carbed style. A good mix of flavor all across the board but a bit too sweet that prevented me from enjoying more than a glass. A decent effort, I would try this again if they could dry it out a little more.

stakem, Mar 07, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

acurtis, Aug 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

SalukiAlum, May 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Benish, Oct 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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

tgeorgf, Jun 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Devman171, Jul 09, 2014
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Springhouse Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.