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Wild Plum Farmhouse Ale - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Wild Plum Farmhouse AleWild Plum Farmhouse Ale

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GuinnessSmurf on 07-12-2013

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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 25
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Photo of bsp77
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Tulip.

Appearance: Coppery, hazy gold with nice persistent head.

Smell: Banana, fleshy fruit and light clove. Typical Saison aroma but it lingers better than many.

Taste: Initially tastes like a standard Saison as well, with banana, clove, various ripe fruits, and a light spiciness. Then it has a long, tart, plum-like finish.

Feel: Relatively light body with ample carbonation. Very dry and tart finish.

Overall: The addition of the plum was brilliant, as the tart finish it imparts really elevates this above many Saisons. Tallgrass is really on a role now. While their early beers were simply decent, recent additions such as this, 8-Bit and especially Ethos really showcase their skill.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Duvel tulip glass. Can says drink by 12/04/13.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Huge five finger white head that takes up most of the glass and slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty and wheat driven aroma with good hints of fruit and spice. Upfront Belgian yeast with farmhouse funk and hints of clove, white pepper, and coriander spicing. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, straw, hay, and cracker. Juicy fruit hints of pear, apple, banana, and white grape. Citrus fruit hints of orange, pineapple, and lemon zest. Noticeable hints of the plums along with a little prune and raisin. Slight hints of candied sugar. Some subtle earthy hops as well. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a yeasty saison taste with good notes of fruits and spices. Big taste of Belgian yeast upfront with farmhouse funk and spice notes of clove, white peppers, and coriander. Big taste of juicy fruits with notes of apple, pear, banana, and white grapes. Also some citrus fruit notes of orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. Bready pale malt with notes of grains, wheat, straw, hay, and crackers. Taste of dark fruits come through with good notes of plum and some raisin and prune. A little candied sugar adds some sweetness. A very nice fruity saison taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Juicy, spicy, and nicely prickly and smooth.

Overall: A very good twist on a Saison. Good yeast, fruit, and spice presence with a nice added kick of plum.

Photo of pourmeadrink
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I chilled my brightly colored can this weekend and cracked it open just before dinner. The beer smelled like a beer. Nothing special really popped out at me – maybe a little citrus twang. Poured into my glass, it was very heady and a nice light amber color with a fairly clear body. It still didn’t really smell much like anything more than a beer.

Both pro and retronasal, there wasn’t a lot of pop to a plum flavor, which when the beer advertises itself as a Wild Plum beer made with Fresh Picked Wild Plums… I kind of expect that plum flavor somewhere. I don’t know if it just got lost in the stronger yeast flavors of the beer, but I really couldn’t pick up any lick of plum. Maybe if I thought really hard about at the end. Maybe if I pictured a plum mentally while drinking it.

Overall, I wasn’t very impressed with this beer and I probably wouldn’t try it again. I would probably try it on tap if I were to ever find it, since I think that might be the only thing to make that distinct stone fruit flavor pop out.

I didn’t dislike it, I just didn’t like it. I’d pick it over a non-craft beer any day, but I was really hoping for more of that sweet, juicy plum on my tongue.

Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed amber/pear with a thumb of ivory head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Over-ripe plums, pears, grassy & hay notes, some serious & rot/sweetness coming through

T: Pear skins, some plum jammyness, grassiness & mustiness up front. White grapes, more rot, a touch of white pepper & light plummyness as this warms. Finishes, dry, jammy, & a bit grassy

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation

Not my thing, works on a simple level, fairly drinkable, but not a 4 pack I'll be buying again. Sort of an odd duck. Love me some tallgrass, as long as they keeping experimenting, I'll keep buying, they can't all be gems....

Photo of morimech
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a massive head that is slow to settle to a thick cap. Quite a bit of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Pleasant fruity aroma by wheat and yeast phenols. There is a lot going on. Pick up notes of pears and apples. As the beer warms more of the spicy phenols come out. Cannot say that I can actually smell any plums.

A little too much phenols is the flavor. Something most American saisons suffer from. Nice fruity flavor with light tartness of pale fruits like grapes and pears. Maybe some plums. Finishes with the yeast phenols.

Light body and pleasantly carbonated.

A nice, easy drinking beer.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange color, with a foamy two fingers, okay lacing. The aroma is someone musky, with bread and slight fruitiness, orange and yeast. Taste is more fruity, with some banana yeast, mild earthiness. Body is medium, mild crispness, slick, medium carbonation. Drinks easy, naturally.

It's good, more yeasty than earthy, but the plum adds a nice touch.

Photo of ThreeFloyds
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic Belgian smell right out of the can, typical tart saison flavor with a crisp, dry finish. Tastes like it's got more alcohol than it actually does. Plums are well back in the flavor profile — if it didn't say plum on the can, you probably wouldn't know. Nice color, nice head, but more carbonated than I'd like for a summer refresher.

It's is not really my style, so while I thought this was about as good as any saison I've had, take that for what it's worth from a non-saison fan. I'm a big Tallgrass fan however — love the chances they're willing to take, and I'll buy their next saison too.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Golden copper. White head with decent film, lots of crazy lacing.

Aroma: Yeasty, floral, and fruity. Some tart.

Taste: Starts out dry and yeasty. Opens up to more tart fruitiness. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated and dry.

Overall: Probably won't finish the 4 pack. But was glad I tried it, not a bad experience.

Photo of elmore
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter.

A - Orange - amber color. Some yeast sediment at the end gave it an opaque appearance. Thick, pillow-like pale white head with good retention. Usually think of darker colors, when I think of plums, but not getting that here.

S - Fruity and light. Not a strong odor. Not the funk you get with some Saisons.

T - Didn't really get any plum flavor. Nice pleasant mildly fruity flavor. Very east to drink. Refreshing. Would be a great summer beer.

M - Creamy head with nice small effervescent champagne bubbles. Dry on the finish.

A very good refreshing beer. I like the can... easily transportable to my favorite mountain bike destination. I think it would really hit the spot after about 15 miles of single track.

Photo of MetricOcean
4.11/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very effervescent mouthfeel leads the way with Tallgrass Brewing's Wild Plum, with Belgian spices and subtle sour plums following close behind. The result is a wonderfully balanced farmhouse ale. Black pepper, dark cherries, tart plum, wheat. The addition of fruity flavors lend themselves an autumnal harvest twist to what would normally be a great summer beer, making it still seasonally appropriate. Cheers! 81/100

Photo of KFBR392
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a massive head of about three or four fingers which subsided but was present throughout. Sticky levels of lacing left behind with each drink. Above average active carbonation in the glass.

Smell: Light plums are on the front. The yeast presence is filled with spices, herbs, butter, dough, and leafy greens. Some sweet hoppy tones going on as well. The plums are present but play a supplementary role.

Taste: The plum sweetness and bright active yeast combine well on the front. There is a slightly artificial feeling on the body which leave an odd funk on the palate but it is nothing too distracting. The finish continues some of the earthy tones with some bright tropical fruit left behind.

Mouthfeel: Pretty easy going, buttery doughy feeling on the palate.

Overall: Probably a middle of the road saison. The plums are interesting but seem to get lost a little bit. I love a funky saison but this one is just a little artificial. I love what Tallgrass is doing though, keep it up.

Photo of gruss004
2.32/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Plum flavor overwhelms the rest of the beer.

Photo of chickenflea
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can purchased at HyVee in Cedar Rapids, Missouri. The pour is a pale hazy yellow with a billowy 3 inch inch rocky head. The aroma is esthery with a touch of straw. The plum is not real clear. (But plum does not have a strong distinct odor to start with.) Initial flavor is a fruity tartness, accentuated by the high carbonation. Taste settles into a mildly sweet and dry finish. Clean. Lively mouthfeel. Light body. A terrific beer.

Photo of zeledonia
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 3 August 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium golden yellow, quite clear, with loads of visible carbonation. One finger of whitish head, good retention and decent lacing, reviewed from notes.

Smell is earthy/grainy saison with a vague fruit addition. The plums feel unripe, not pulpy and sweet but light and slightly vegetably.

Taste is fine, but unremarkable. The fruit adds some sweetness, and it's clearly a saison, but beyond that, I don't have a whole lot to say. Kinda grainy, kinda sweet, a touch of earthy and funk. Not bad.

Feel is just as it should be. Medium-bodied, plentiful carbonation, crisp in the finish.

I want more from this. It's fine, but I'd like more of something - funk, fruit, flowers. Not sure that the plums did a whole lot for it.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a very light yellow colored beer with a fair amount of body carbonation. A very thin scrim of white head tops the glass. There are lots of familiar Saison elements in the nose: a hint of sourness, a play on lemon and yeast, a bit of black pepper and coriander. But nothing distinctively plum scented.

The beer entertains more like a mild sour (beginners sour). You get quite a bit of tangy fruit, wheat biscuit, and pretzel yeast at first. This trails off into a very faint but enjoyable plum flavor, leaning more toward the bitter skin.

I am typically skeptical of fruit beers, but this is subtle combination and very well executed.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thank you SammyJaxxxx for this can.

A - Pours a light to straw yellow color with copious amounts of carbonation and a massive white, rocky head.

S - The aroma is dry, grassy, slightly musty, barnyard funk, spicy, and a little yeasty.

T - A little bit of plumb but predominantly spicy, lemon grass, funk, musty, pears, and finishes with some plums and musty funk. Comparatively speaking, there is some sugary presence on the finish.

M - Light medium body with sprightly, gentle carbonation of the tongue, and a bone dry finish.

O - Crisp and refreshing.

Photo of Stevedore
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz tallboy generously extra'd to me by Sam C, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 9/2/2013.

Pours a hazy golden straw coloured body with a helluva thick white head that explodes in frothiness.. had to wait a few minutes for things to settle down before I could resume pouring. Spotty lacing, but the collar is über thick and bubbly. Looks like a sexy saison.

Smells basically like spices, cloves, and a little bit of mellow banana. In other words, smells like a typical saison. Don't get too much sweetness here that I would expect from a beer made with plums.

On the other hand, the taste of this beer is definitely sweeter than a typical yeasty saison. The yeast is certainly a major contributor to the flavour profile but there is a light underlying fruity sweetness that is probably best attributed to the plums. Not super complex but pretty tasty and easy on the palate.

Medium bodied brew that is very well carbonated and refreshing. Went very well paired with a salad lunch. Aftertaste is mostly the spices and bananas with clove, aka the yeastiness.

Nothing much to write home about. Refreshing and easy to drink saison, not out of ordinary for the brewing style.

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Grabbed this on clearance for 2.99 for a 4 pack! Expired by a month, but with a Saison I think that is plenty fine... But it is a month pass the brewers recommendation so I just wanted to write this before the review

Pours a hazy yellow with 2 fingers of white head, tons of lacing

Smell is lemon, hay, Belgian yeast spice, green apple, tartness, a bit of a musty bread

Taste is tart lemon, green apple, barnyard funk, Belgian spice, light sourness funk to it, lime, bready, wheat and a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel is very light, and extremely carbonated... Might be the biggest flaw is that even for a Saison it is a little overly carbonated.

Well, I certainly can not tell it is "expired"! I am going back to the store and grabbing a case at this price, should be plenty fine for the summer! Tallgrass does good stuff and this is no exception, hope someone else did not buy all this!

Perhaps the reason for the short date is that the plum would fade, which if it ever was there is gone. I tasted no plum and frankly I do not care because it is just a well done Saison

Photo of BeerNutz324
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a chalice

Ap- pours a light amber color that is prety hazy with a 1/2 inch head that recedes quickly.

Ar- earthy yeast, grass, clove, spices, hay

T- has that Belgian yeast profile that is earthy, a bit spicy, with some cloves. Finishes dry, crisp, tart and a bit sour. No real plum notes.

M- dry, light bodied, excellent carbonation

O- meh, decent but not great. I don't really get where the plums are, tastes like a normal saison to me.

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can received as gift from a friend's visit to Manhatten, KS. Who would of thought you could buy a canned saison from Manhattan? Love the idea. From the can: "Ale brewed with plums." 1.047 O.G., 20 IBU, and 5.6 % ABV. Maybe Freestate could learn to label their bottles with as much information? Poured from a one pint can into a Tallgrass cervoise.

Appearance: Beautiful looking beer. A nice straw, almost honey color when the yeast is poured in. Little yeast pieces can be seen floating around. A massive three finger head from a gentle pour. Tight, fluffy white head. You can hear it fizzing away. Remained as a bright white cap.

Aroma: Peppery, spicy phenols from the yeast. Not too strong; mostly orange peel. Clean hay. Underlying citrus from the hops. Complements the yeastyness well. Bit of fleshy, dark fruits. Thought the plum would be much more noticeable. Smells good either way.

Taste: Follows the nose with more of the plum in action. Dark fruit sweetness; though not necessarily plum. Some tartness. Pepper, and some of that nice citrus fruit. Nice malty finish. While the plum does become more apparent I would have liked more of it.

Mouthfeel: Excellent carbonation. Moderate tartness. Dry, prickly finish. Aced it on the mouthfeel.

Overall: I wasn't expecting much. In fact, I thought I'd get some kind of medicinal, artificially flavored , cloying mess. I am more impressed than let down. While I would have liked more of the plum flavor, it's a solid saison. Worth a chance.

Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy golden colored wikth a big inch and a half pillowy white head

S-Got some barnyard and horse blanket to it...musty...spoiled sourness (in a good way I guess from the yeast)

T-Spicy...black pepper....along with a tartness I'd identify as perhaps coming from the plum (I do not taste plum as a flavor though)....a bity of lemony fruitiness as well.

M-High carbonation....lighter side of medium bodied....good quencher....

O-I'm not big into these kinds of beers but I think for the style this is a solid beer and a good thirst quencher type summer beer.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Drinking a Manhattan beer in Manhattan - pretty good gig if you can get it. Translucent, golden, with a thick, pocky white head, heavy with bubbles. Lots of carbonation here too.

Horsey, somewhat dank and a bit of citrus.

Bananas, a bit grassy, outdoor character, clove, some alcohol on the back end. Lacking a freshness that I'd hoped for. Not sure where anybody would get plum from, other than a trailing bitterness.

Highly carbonated, dry, lots of pop on the tongue, a little rough around the edges.

A decent attempt at a style that's easy to be critical of and one that's difficult to nail.

Photo of mjryan
4.11/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saison/Farmhouse ale. A style that is anything but a style. That's not to say anything goes when it comes to brewing the things, but there certainly is a lot of wiggle room. Tallgrass really nailed this one. Pale orange and hazy. Very aromatic without relying on just hops, or just malt or just yeast even. All three mingle well to give this beer it's wonderful bouquet. Extremely well attenuated, but not thin. Nothing worse than a sweet Saison. Snappy bitter finish. Very refreshing. Wild plums in this one. I don't notice them at all, but I'm sure I would notice if they weren't there. Crazy good beer.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A clean golden yellow pour with about 4 fingers of fluffy white head. Tons of visible carbonation.

Smells of plums, dark fruit.. Almost smells like a dark Belgian ale. Nice peppery yeast scent, lemongrass. Definitely a unique aroma on this one.

Flavor is sugary sweet malts, candi sugar maybe? Subtle fruitiness (dark fruits), very yeast forward.. A pretty basic tasting beer but very well done.

A bit over carbonated, light in body.. Jut a little hard to drink with excessive amounts of head and carbonation bubbles.

Nothing mindblowing here, but definitely a nice offering from tallgrass.

Photo of mrjbrown27
3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of 16 oz. pounder into a tulip.

A: Light colored. With a tall white foamy head. With decent lacing.

S: Light & Fruity. More tart pear than plum.

T: Typical Farmhouse Ale. Sour with a nice dry finish.

M: Slight alcohol and Carbonated.

O: Name does not fit beer at all. Plume doesn't really ever show up. Don't get it if that's what your after. But like most Tall grass Beers its still very drinkable.

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Wild Plum Farmhouse Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.