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Springhouse Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Springhouse AleSpringhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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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2.77/5  rDev -21.8%
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."

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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.

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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.

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Springhouse Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.