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Springhouse Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -15%

djrn2, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

acurtis, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

nmann08, Jul 29, 2013
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 TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

I'm diggin' the new label on this guy. It pours a hazy amber orange topped by over a finger of healthy white foam. The nose is somewhat musty and dusty, with plenty o' wheat and grass, a touch of lemon zest, and a hint of coriander. The taste is heavier on the citrus, particularly orange and grapefruit. Some citrus hops continue the theme. A touch of coriander and earthy pepper lend a hint of spice to the proceedings. Unfortunately, near the end, a kind of funky orange peel-ness forces its way in, taking things in an unflattering direction. I assume it's one of the hop varieties involved, but I'm not entirely sure. The body is a heavy light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, if it weren't for the unappetizing flavor near the end, this would be a pretty solid saison. I'm sure others would not have this experience, though...

TMoney2591, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

oline73, Nov 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

mendvicdog, Nov 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

oriolesfan4, Nov 05, 2012
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 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
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 Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer is orange with a towering white head. The aroma brings some tart citrus, wheat, lemongrass, mild funk, sweet malt. Decent flavor. Crisp and zesty carbonation. Mildly sweet with light bittering hops in the finish. This was ok, but not what I seek in a beer of this ilk.

Huhzubendah, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Gonzoillini, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

akorsak, Jun 13, 2009
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
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -15%

rab53, Dec 10, 2011
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
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

atrocity, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

clayrock81, Apr 30, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

AngusOg, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

BMart, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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

blackie, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Pencible
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like lager yeast and wheat, with lemon grass and earthy musk, and a bit of citrus and spice.
T: It tasted like lemon and candi sugar and wild yeast, with earthy wheat and spice. It had a clean and crisp aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice and slick.
D: This really put the farm in farmhouse ale. It didn't smell great to me, but the taste was better. Very nice body and well hidden alcohol made it pretty easy to drink. A generally enjoyable beer, but nothing special or memorable.

Pencible, Jun 22, 2011
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Springhouse Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.