Springhouse Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Springhouse AleSpringhouse Ale

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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 teromous
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
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 nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of CreightonSM
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ThomasAWilson2
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of campfirebrew
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Florida9
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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 mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Chaney
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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 ncaudle
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of tmars13
1/5  rDev -71.8%

Photo of argock
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
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
3.63/5  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 jacewg
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of vtfan77
3.93/5  rDev +11%
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 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Springhouse Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.