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Springhouse Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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:
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(Beer added by: on 10-08-2008)
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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +13%
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

Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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...

Photo of wchesak
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 year 8% abv
1629 of 2008

A - pours a slightly hazy orange amber color, fluffy off white head, some circular lacing

S - tart lemon, key lime, farmhouse style yeast, bit of cracked black pepper

T - tart, almost green apple, definitely lemony, back of the palette is pretty dry and slightly bitter, want more spice characteristics

M - good carbonation for the style, high side of light bodied, crisp

D - they make another springhouse ale that has a higher ABV, would like to get 2 of those bottles (one to drink, one to age), only had one of these though, held up rather well, towards the end the alcohol shows up a bit more

Photo of JamesS
4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Photo of Zraly
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle 395 (2008). Purchased from the brewery store front in Williamsburg.

Light amber with minimal head. Smells funky and earthy.

Interesting flavor profile: hints of spice underlie slightly sour malt notes. Hints of green grapes, raw grain, and lemon. Yeast and bread notes provide the main structure. Corn and sugar. Dry finish -- a bit chalky. Vinous. I wish the carbonation was a bit more forward, as it would lift the mouthfeel a bit and make this much more drinkable.

I like it, but think it could be refined a bit with better carbonation. Decent, but has the potential to be quite good. Would go well with roasted chicken.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Bottle 0207 of 2008.

This baby pours a clear deep copper color that does not scream "farmhouse ale" to me. A nice fluffy tan head rises and stays for a while. Lacing is solid.

A big Belgian yeasty aroma, with some sour apple and light hop spice. There is an undertone of bready malt as well. Taste is yeasty, reminding me a lot of the Wy1214 I have used for several Belgian styles. Some alcohol warmth comes through along with a bit of a cider character. Finishes with some bubblegum and alcohol notes. I do not get any spice in the taste.

In my opinion this is a bit more of a Belgian strong golden ale (color notwithstanding) than a Saison. A good, enjoyable beer but misses the style by quite a bit.

Photo of JayQue
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of rcusick
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 0708 of 2008

I purchased this beer on a recent trip to the brewery in August 2009, it is a 2008 brewers reserve and they had a few bottles left in the store, and was even discounted! ($4.00 down from $6.50)

Don't have much experience with the farmhouse style of beers so i can't comment on how close to the style it is, but i can say i am enjoying this beer very much.

darker then i was expecting, its amber in color with some cloudyness from the settled yeast in the beer. much fuller mouthfeel then i was expecting, coats the tongue nicely all the way through a sip.

Taste is most similar to dunklewiesse and amber wheat beers i have drank.

All and all a very tasty beer, would definitely buy again if they have any left next time i make it to the brewery.

Cheers!

Photo of TheMistler
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
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...

Photo of dirtylou
2.23/5  rDev -37%
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

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of joepais
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
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

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of snaotheus
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Springhouse Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.