Springhouse Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
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 LAND_MINE
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Light and subtle; good but far from great.

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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
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?

Photo of DaveBlack
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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!

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.

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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.

Photo of corby112
2.52/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Photo of teromous
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
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."

Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Chaney
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've seen this one on the shelf for the past couple years but have never take the plunge until now.

A: Poured a cloudy, pumpkin orange color, with about a finger or so frothy head that retained itself throughout the session.

S: I got the farmhouse funk piece of the puzzle in spades, along with more than a helping of candi sugar.

T: The first sip.... didn't much care for it, however, on subsequent drinks, I started to get used to the flavor, which was definitely sweeter than just about any farmhouse saison I've tried in recent memory. Still, beneath that, the farmhouse funk was definitely there. The finish had kind of a diluted "Pixie Stick" dust quality that I personally liked.

M: Drinkability hurt this one, for sure. Still, the sugar was of the fresh variety. The carbonation was probably about right as far as saisons go, but for this one, I would have preferred a bit more to offset the saturated sugar content. Also, this was a bit on the boozy side.

O: Not bad, but I personally found this one a bit tough to get through. Personal preference, for sure, but I prefer my saisons on the citrusy/apricot side as opposed to the candy-like one.

Photo of argock
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of rdub
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DearthVader
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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.

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.

Photo of pitasoup
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to neorunner for this 22oz bomber.

A: Golden orange/yellow, hazy, with a couple fingers of white head.

S: belgian yeasts, lemons, a touch of honey at the end, dust, peppers, banana and clove.

T: taste does not match the smells. overly phenolic to the point of being cloying, harshly unbalanced. a touch of hop bitterness and dust as well.

M: medium bodied, dry and a bit astringent

O: drinkability is a bit low. I'd like to let this sit for a couple of more years and perhaps it'll be more balanced.

Photo of Pencible
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Springhouse Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.