Terrapin Maggie's Farmhouse Ale - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by thryn:
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
Pulled this one out of my stash tonight, figuring it probably wasn't one that was meant for aging.
It pours a hazy pale gold -- a straw-honey color, with a white head with large bubbles that recedes pretty quickly. I really expected more head from this beer, but other than that it is beautiful.
Nose is a bit of banana, hay and grass, sour apples, spice and blooming flowers. Nice.
Taste is good but nothing special. Just solid. It is light and pleasant, with the tart apple flavor, a bit of honey sweetness and sour hay underpinning some spice notes -- faint clove and coriander, I guess? I want it to be a bit pepperier. It leaves a slightly sour/tart aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium, with good carbonation and little lingering stickiness. It's pretty good, but I feel like it coudl stand to be a bit lighter.
Drinks just fine. In keeping with most every category, it's good, but nothing really sets it apart.
04-19-2010 06:38:51 | More by thryn
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2.9/5 rDev -24.1%
Pours into my glass a somewhat cloudy yellow orange with a small white head that doesn't hang around very long. Seems a bit limp in the glass. Aromas of crisp grains along with lots of phenolic character. Coriander and lemon zest along with a soapy, floral scent that is somewhat off putting to me personally. A bit spicy, but overall muddled.
First sip brings smooth crisp grainy malts with a touch of creaminess. Abrasive phenolic character with an overwhelming dose of soapy floral flavors. Coriander and lemon zest with a touch of spiciness. A bit too much residual sweetness as well...just can't get into this one at all...bleh.
Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with fast moving carbonation. A wee bit watery honestly and unfortunately I just could not finish this one. The flavors didn't work for me at all here.
02-27-2010 05:12:57 | More by orbitalr0x
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
22oz brown bomber, volume # but no freshness date.
LOOK: Sizeable head, shiny golden color
SMELL: Yeast funk, candied fruit, white pepper, biscuity grain, taffy, medicinal herb, faint alcohol
TASTE: Fluffy, biscuity, yeast, herbal, taffy, orange zest, crackers, mint, mild alcohol warmth, juicy, mild spice, semi-dry finish
A little off the wall but that is expected within the style, gets a bit more drinkable with each sip. Hope they revisit this one.
12-23-2011 03:20:36 | More by Jason
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
Twenty-two ounce bottle pours a hazy, straw yellow body with a tight offwhite head that is small, but creamy. Spiderweb lacing is left on the glass.
Aroma is fruity, yeasty, herbal, and pastoral. Ripe pears, lemons, and kiwis comprise the fruitiness and dried basil and coriander provide the herbs.
Light medium body has a moderate carbonation and an earthy feel.
Taste has a dominant dry character, highlighted by lemon essence, grassy and herbal hops, and an earthy yeastiness. Fruitiness is evident,with notes of ripe pears and strawberries, and some tart kiwi. Faint hints of honey and white pepper add complexity. Finishes dry, with a note of tart berries.
A very pleasant surprise! Lots of going on here, with the amazing fruity notes melding very well with the pastoral character of a solid saison. Wish I had some more bottles of this one.
09-27-2009 15:27:07 | More by merlin48
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Had on-tap at the Thinking Man Tavern in Atlanta.
Pours a cloudy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of light fruits - mostly pears but hints of green apples - with hints of grassiness and herbal hops.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Light fruit flavors kick things off and are joined midway through the sip by herbal and slightly citrus hop flavors. The hops flavors are a bit bigger in the tap version than they were on cask. Ending is mildly bitter with soft fruit flavors lingering.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I finished my glass fairly quickly and could have another.
Overall I thought the flavors in the tap version were a bit more robust but the cask version was a bit better integrated. Both versions are worth a shot.
08-19-2009 03:24:33 | More by glid02
4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
waited until I had 3 of these down the old hatch.
A: cloudy yellow pale orange with about a 1/4 inch Head, I poured it into a mug, and it was 36F when I poured it. looks like a hefe, but its a sasion.
S: apricots, orange Like yeast, some malt present, with the rye nose and some brett. Nice off note of hops
T: I get hints of fruit of cirtus, but some melon like flavors, the malt and rye are present, some brett yeast taste, hops are well balanced and are very hard to pick up.
m: medium to thin body, low carbonation
D: here is where this beer shines, so easy to drink this 1, yes please may I have another 22oz bomber, yes i think I will.
03-03-2010 20:48:31 | More by azorie
3.55/5 rDev -7.1%
Bottle thanks Radek for sharing. Darkish yellow body with noticeable rising carbonation bubbles. The aroma is hoppy and it is apple juice. Light mouthfeel, light for the style. Getting pepper and corriander. Criticism is expectation for more yeast contribution. Very summer beerable, drinkable.
09-03-2009 02:31:27 | More by Sammy
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
Thanks to Foofaa for sharing at the Brass Rail. A foil-wrapped bomber.
A: The saison is a golden yellow color, paler than the Piraat that I just had. The ale, while still opaque, seems to open up a little more though. Less than a finger of stark white head.
S: The nose is spice-driven, with candi sugars, pears and a healthy dollop of star anise lingering around.
T: The body is rather dry, evident from the first sip. Bready pale malts, a little bit of funk and candi sugars drive the taste. A dash of pepper and some more anise become evident the further I get into the glass. There is nothing structurally wrong with the saison, it just seems to be lacking something.
M: The mouthfeel is full at times, offering fruit, funk and yeast in abundance, but the flavors struggle to come together.
D: The one I was most anxious to try I ended up liking the least. Isn't it always like that?
05-01-2010 14:29:27 | More by akorsak
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
... Received this as part of a fantastic trade with my new Homeboy GeezLynn... Thanks a ton Geoff.
Well.... I'm still broke and this was in the fridge... here we go.. poured into my Delerium goblet.
Not much of a head really.. the brew is a hazy golden... descent lacing..
Nose is apple juice.. lite honey essence and a bit of spice.. esters remind me of the banana in a German hefe.
Flavor is close to the nose but carries some lemon zest with it and some mild spicy hoppiness.. not really any of the tradtional saison funk, but overall it seems an okay take on the style... finish moves from a bit of maltiness rather quickly to fairly dry with a bit of a sour twang... body seems a bit high.. but the carbonation is about perfect.
Thanks again Geoff.... I hope you enjoy your beers as much as I am enjoying mine.
02-20-2010 06:48:18 | More by JohnGalt1
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
The last of the side projects I had to try, I opened this one up with the Monks Revenge last night and enjoy them both together. Served chilled and poured into a ten ounce sampling glass, this one was consumed on 05/02/2010.
The pour was damn spot on. Rich golden in color with a very light haze to it, letting the light shine through produced a wonderful golden hue that really lit up the room. Nice three fingers of head on top that literally just sat there for what seemed like forever, really coating the sides of the glass very nicely. Rich aroma of grain, light hay notes, hints of pears, apples, nice amounts of fruit being collected from all around. Warming brings out a light citrus splash to it that really seems to work quite nicely. Flavor was a bit lighter then what I had hoped for. Light fruits, touches of pears, apples, hints of light grass as well. Grainy with hints of fruit intersperse red. A nice mixes just a touch light. Smooth and even carbonation and feel really worked quite well together and the overall coating was a nice touch. Easy to sip on or even session a tad I had no problem putting this one down as the light lemon zest in the finish really added the punch that it desperately needed.
Overall a very solid example of the style and one of the better offerings I had this past weekend. Very solid here and wish I could se this one as at least a seasonal release from them.
05-03-2010 22:47:07 | More by mikesgroove
4.95/5 rDev +29.6%
Got this in a BIF from PalmeJ1 - Thanks, Jacob!
Pours a hazy gold, with a very thin head. Like more head on my farmhouse beers, but then, who doesn't like more head?
Yeasty, spicy aromas, a little farmhouse funk. Very nice aroma.
Nice bitterness, nice yeast bite, a little musty, in a good way. Peppery. Could easily mistake this for a belgian farmhouse/saison.
Mouthfeel is medium. Mouth coating, but not a filling beer. Dead on for style.
Damn good on drinkability. Good session beer, even at 6%. An excellent example of my favorite style of beer. Wish I had more of this. Need a big ol' bucket of mussels to go with this.
11-08-2009 04:58:53 | More by JamnesCameron
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
Picked up a bottle of this up at Bruisin Ales while on vacation.
Pours a hazy gold in color. A little bit of froth around the edges of the glass. Smell is peppery, spicey, and a bit lagerish.
Taste is very nice. Very nice saison notes. Pretty good carbonation, and flavor. Nice floral, citrus, peppery notes.
Pretty good offering for a saison. One of the better Side Project beers that I've had from Terrapin.
Good beer, glad I got to try it.
09-04-2009 01:39:30 | More by FtownThrowDown
3.39/5 rDev -11.3%
Interesting beer with the peach added. I'm new to the beer reviewing side of things, so this was a first. I liked the lightness of the beer - something you could easily drink on a hot summer day. I will definitely be looking for similar beers to try over the hot months of summer!
07-21-2013 18:27:11 | More by MiataGirl
3.83/5 rDev +0.3%
Reviewed from notes
Pours a murky golden orange with a finger of head. Huge, beautiful nose made up of orange peel, light spices, bananas, band aids, and some lactic sweetness. Taste isn't quite as good mainly because it lacks that funky punch that separates a good saison from a great one. Still, some nice orange peel and biscuit malt flavor that is pretty damn easy to drink. Medium body with perhaps a tad too much carbonation sting. Very solid beer overall, but will soon be forgotten.
12-10-2009 02:51:57 | More by alcstradamus
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
Denoted "Volume 7" in the Terrapin Side Project series, Maggie's Farmhouse Ale comes packaged in the usual 22-ounce bomber bottle and is trimmed crown-to-neck with golden foil. Peeling away the gilt and cracking the crown of the cellar-cool specimen in-hand, a brisk pour reveals a brew that is bronzed clover-honey golden orange in color with a thick cap of creamy, glossy, bright eggshell-white foam. As the head settles into a rocky sheet, drippy broken rings of lacing cling to the sides of my Duvel tulip.
The aroma is grassy-sweet with a splash of ripe muskmelon and a soft pear-apple note, but despite the flowery fruitiness, the olfactory profile is deeply grounded in something a little funky. A murky whiff of mushrooms, wet wool blankets, and damp, and dark loamy earth tag-team with a thin edge of peppery spice and a zip of acidity to provide depth and add contrast to the mellow floral character.
The taste is fruity and crisp with a bone-dry finish. Essences of green grapes, crispy freestone peaches and juicy smashed green apples are spritzed with a subtle dose of bittering tangerine skin oil. A persistent palate-drying leafy grassiness dries the finish to dusty near-perfection.
The drink is light-bodied with appropriately zesty carbonation. Delicious, very drinkable, and highly refreshing.
10-01-2009 11:24:05 | More by cvstrickland
4/5 rDev +4.7%
22oz bottle received in trade with jpmclaug. Thanks for another great one! Poured into a Bruery tulip.
A - Pours a deeply hazed pale orangish golden color with a finger of somewhat loose white foam that dies quickly only leaving behind a thick collar and a few islands of bubbles on the surface. Leaves some light spiderwebs of lacing on the glass. Pretty typical appearance for a farmhouse ale.
S - Fruity with lots of citrus - especially oranges and lemons with some limes thrown in for good measure. Has a pretty good malty backbone with tons of bread and some graininess. Lots of spicy Belgian yeast character, cloves, cinnamon.
T - Flavor is right there with the aroma. Citrusy fruit flavors up front with the oranges standing tall but combining with some lemons and some apples - perhaps a bit cidery in flavor. Cloves and cinnamon and some sugary sweetness and the Belgian yeast drive the flavor and surpass the fruity aspects. The malt gives a solid bready base. Hop bitterness is minimal...they seem to content to simply balance the sweetness and sit in the background to the other ingredients.
M - Fairly light in body with ample carbonation levels. Carbonation leaves light prickly feel on the tongue.
D - Pretty good saison/farmhouse ale. Lots of fruity and spicy flavors to propel this one along. Good beer for a nice warm day sitting on the deck. Could easily have several of these in a sitting.
08-15-2010 22:25:47 | More by portia99
3.4/5 rDev -11%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Pours hazy with a white head with less than average retention but some decent side lacing.
Aroma has a yeasty scent and cloves. That's not good because not a fan of either. There is also a hint of lemon.
Yeast and mild tartness and that clove come through. I have never had a framhouse ale and unfortunately it is just not my style. The good news I had a new style and learned about it.
12-31-2009 03:01:01 | More by jadpsu
Terrapin Maggie's Farmhouse Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.