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Springhouse Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 49
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: on 10-08-2008

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Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of vtfan77
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
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%

Photo of EasyReader
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of djre4orm
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of hellcatsjg
4/5  rDev +13%

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 bacher468
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of shufon
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of ksurkin
4/5  rDev +13%
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 -1.1%
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%
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 +9.9%
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 +9%
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 -3.4%
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 -2.3%
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.

Photo of ebby82
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold into a pint glass from my growler. This was kegged only about a week ago, so its still quite fresh.

A- Freshly mown lawn, hops, a summer's day.

T- Bitter hops, with a funky, undefinable taste to follow. Certainly unique, intriguing, and worthwhile.

M- Smooth, with just the right carbonation.

O- I had this last year in the bottle, but this year's version on tap is even tastier. A really refreshing beer, and as I mentioned previously, very unique. I'm really starting to love saisons, and this is a fine example of the versatility of the style.

Photo of stakem
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken on 1/19/11.

Bomber care of wishuwerebeer, thanks for sharing Bryan. Poured into a couple of wine glasses, this brew appears a clouded orange color. A huge amount of big white bubbly head swells up and over the top of the glassware and just hangs. As it recedes, it leaves patches of lacework all over the glass.

The aroma is spicy with Belgian yeast inidcations. Somewhat sweet smelling with clove and orange peel. A little bit of Pune essence and lemony notes fall into place as well.

The taste is quite sweet with a little too much caramel malt sweetness that lingers with residual sugar. Trying to see past the sweetness, spicy Belgian yeast flavors are present blended with orange peel, lemon and a light amount of funk. A mild earthy and herbal bitterness resides inside the mouth completely clashing with the sugary forefront.

This is a medium bodied brew with an lively, active and excessive amount of carbonation. Very prickly on the tongue even for a high carbed style. A good mix of flavor all across the board but a bit too sweet that prevented me from enjoying more than a glass. A decent effort, I would try this again if they could dry it out a little more.

Photo of ditch
4.8/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at the brewery tour this weekend. Wish I would have bought more!

Pours a hazy apricot. Big white fluffy head. Pour it slow or you'll waste some. Lacing is quite sticky and head continues to cover the top all the way down.

They aroma is spot on for this style. You can smell the Belgian yeast spice. Lemon zest and grass. Very aromatic.

The taste blew me away. Spicy citrus and sweet. White grapes. Almost a dry champagne.A little bit of funk. Slight alcohol burn in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light, dry and very carbonated. The pour lead me to believe it was going to be too much. I believe it compliments the flavor nicely.

Drinkability is great. I could easily drink a bottle or two of these. Will definitely buy more when I see them!

Photo of tchenery
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks beautiful. It has a huge billowy two finger head slightly off white on top of a rich deep orange body. It's a bit hazy, but not opaque.

It smells like grass, herbs, citrus zest, and bread.

The taste is up front funky! It's bready and yeasty and has this strange puckering (but not sour) apricot flavor. It's extremely complex and I'm sure it will taste completely different at the end of the beer as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very full. The lifting power of the bubbles helps, but only slightly. It also leaves you chalky and dry.

Drinkability is pretty average. I can see people not liking this one due to the first taste but if you can dig the funk, it's worth it.

Photo of jlandis
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours crystal clear straw golden in color with a gigantic billowing white head that is at least 4 fingers tall. I'll have to give this one a few minutes to settle down. The aroma is full of clove, lemon, sweet malt and Belgian spice. The flavor is unexpectedly sweet, but the clove and spice are spot on. There is also plenty of Belgian candied sugar and vanilla. The body is solid with tons of carbonation.

I would have liked for a tart dry finish, and the sweetness is a real turn off. The other aspects of the beer are great, but I keep coming back to the sweetness. I kind of wish this was only a 12oz bottle instead of a bomber.

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. The pour is hazy orange with a big, sticky, white head. The aroma is full of lemon zest and spices. It taste as good as it smells, big lemon zest notes as well as peach and general spiciness. The finish lingers with a fruity sweetness. The beer is light and effervescent,. I had no idea it was an 8% abv. I really liked this one.

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I would just like to start out by saying that the new Alewerks Brewers Choice labels are three piece suit classy. Now lets look at the guts in that suit!

A- Pours a hazy golden amber. Looks like a translucent orange with the sun shining through it. It has a large pillowy eggshell white head with great retention.

S- Initially you get a pleasant burst of lemon and spice with belgian yeast and a little sugary vanilla on the back end.

T- Springhouse has loads of Belgian candi, yeast and sticky sweetness. A slight tinge of vanilla, spice and lemon citrus notes follow the sweetness that is in my humble opinion makes it a little lopsided. The finish is not as dry as I would have liked and that you come to expect in the style, but is not enough to be off putting. Also I would have liked to have tasted a bit more spiciness to balance out the sweetness. Overall pretty solid and definitely worth checking out.

M- Slick and does a good job coating the palate. slight champagne like carbonation.

D- Could only do one or two of these because of the sweetness.

Photo of billab914
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a light amber/orange color a huge, foamy, white head filling half of the glass. Head retention was pretty good and the lacing on the glass was excellent.

The aroma has a citrusy zest to it with a bit of a peach fruitiness to it. The Belgian yeast adds a some spicy, almost peppery notes. Some sweet, grainy malt flavors come through as well.

The taste has a bit of that sweet, peachy, fruitiness to it as well. The flavor seems a bit too sweet and almost sugary though for me. A bit of the Belgian yeast spice comes through as well. It finishes with more of a tart, fruity flavor with a moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little above average carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had OK flavors to it overall. It felt a bit sweet at times which hurts it some, but still wasn't a bad beer overall. Average tasting for the style at best though.

Springhouse Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.