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Springhouse Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Springhouse AleSpringhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Hanzo, Apr 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

campfirebrew, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Florida9, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev 0%

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 Chaney
3.53/5  rDev 0%

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.

Chaney, Oct 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

ncaudle, Oct 13, 2012
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1/5  rDev -71.7%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of argock
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

argock, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of siege06nd
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

siege06nd, Jun 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

jacewg, Jun 03, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

vtfan77, May 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

2dogbrew, May 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

EasyReader, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

djre4orm, Dec 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15%

rab53, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

hellcatsjg, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev 0%

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.

scottfrie, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15%

shufon, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

ksurkin, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of rdub
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

rdub, Aug 17, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

DearthVader, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

Suds, Aug 13, 2011
Springhouse Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.