Terrapin Maggie's Farmhouse Ale - Terrapin Beer Company
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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
4.22/5 rDev +10.5%
A - Pours into glass a very hazy amber color, slightly orange as well, very small fine head, not much lacing to speak of,
S - pleasant smell of light spice, some yeast,
T - very good, I enjoyed this one a lot, it was refreshing and yet still had enough flavor to keep me happy,
M- good, appropriate fine carbonation,
D- high, since it is such a light and refreshing beer it has a very high drinkability for me,
12-14-2009 20:12:01 | More by mcann2pu
3.55/5 rDev -7.1%
A: Poured into a mug. its a well-hazed, orange yellow body with noticeable cloudiness, left a 1' head with almost no lacing.
S: With my eyes closed It smells like a hefeweizen. Its a sharp orange and lemon-fresh nose with lesser secondary notes of grainy malt and some yeast, clove like spices, bananas.
T: Again its like a over cloved hefeweizen if you ask me, not bad but lacked the correct yeast, has that rye twang sadly, terrapin usually gets right they blew this one. I taste orange, lemon clove malt, some yeast. A tad after taste of banana. Some other spices in there
M: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Fairly smooth mouth feel.
D: Well its ok at first, but if your expecting a saison well go somewhere else
Note its not a very good clone of a true Saison as usual most American brewers cannot get a Belgian right, but its typical and too be expected.
12-12-2009 22:08:58 | More by boldcity2008
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
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Kind of the wrong weather (snow) to be drinking this, but oh well... A good friend brought this north from GA in October.
Pours a cloudy straw color with about a quarter inch of head.
Smells of yeast with almost a grape-like tartness. Very earthy and bready.
A little sweet at first... Most of the flavor is definitely at the end with a tart, spiced aftertaste. A bit dry at the end too.
Overall a very smooth, well-balanced, easy to drink beer.
12-09-2009 02:02:45 | More by sidetracked
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
I was finally able to track this one down in Philadelphia in October after searching for months in Tennessee with no luck.
A - Bright golden orange with a thin, bubbly white cap. Head is about one finger thick and slowyly fades a to a light covering on top of the beer with a thick foamy ring around the edge. Very active carbonation quickly rising to the top. Beer is rather hazy as well.
S - Surprisingly strong aroma of wheat at first sniff. Hints of fruit from the yeast with lots of banana coming through the more the beer warms. Light spiciness underneath.
T - Strong fruitiness up front with lots of lemon zest. Light spiciness as well. Hints of orange come through as the beer warms. Wheat provides a very nice backing. Yeast is very muted. Light tartness in the finish.
M/D - Light bodied and very crisp. Easy drinking beer but I am a bit disapointed. Seems alot more pale wheat like than saison like. Still, a very tasty beer.
11-30-2009 16:05:28 | More by ckeegan04
3.63/5 rDev -5%
Golden brew screams saison, but not a lot of head on this one, sort of fizzy,then fizzles out. Aroma is spot on, lots of nice belgian sugars and some passion fruits, a sweet aroma. taste is a tad thin but a good stab at the style; not quite as dry and fruity as some; just a little bit of tartness, it could use more of an edge. Finishes up with a nice sweet tart kick.
Pretty good, but it's not quite as funk as some really good saisons. Still worth a try for lovers of the style.
11-23-2009 07:47:05 | More by saintwarrick
3.78/5 rDev -1%
I'm fortunate to live in a state which is loaded with high qualities craft breweries. But at the same time, I miss out on what's going on in other parts of the country, such as the Southeast. Here's one from Georgia. 22 ounce bottle, courtest of gford217. On to the beer:
A small, bubbly white head forms on the pour, then quickly vanishes to a thin whipped lace on top. The tangerine colored body sure is attracting my eyes though...it seems to have a glowing effect. The aroma is on the mark for a farmhouse ale, maybe a little lighter in intensity. A little barnyard funk, lemon, and spicy rye.
It's a lighter saison overall, and like the aroma, its taste is on the mark. Moderately spiced, and easy going. Some lemon and orange notes hit. Add on a touch of that barnyard flavor, then the rye, and you've got a tasty beer. Not much carbonation is felt, but that cuts both ways. On one hand, I don't have to deal with any priclky carbonation, but also it feels like I'm drinking a slightly bubbly glass of cold water. Finishes off with a drier lemon and spiced rye note in the aftertaste.
Pleasant. A good interpretation of the farmhouse style. My first taste of this brewery is a success.
11-21-2009 04:27:27 | More by DoubleJ
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours yellow gold, with more yellow than gold. Thin 1/2 finger head, but it sticks around. Laces well. Just don't like the color very much.
Nose is very much like a hefe. Yeast, some light clove and weak banana. Faint bright lemon citrus there as well.
Very smooth and creamy up front. Quickly goes fizzy with a lemon-banana-cream flavor. Would be very refreshing on a hot day.
Much more body than expected. Still a lighter bodied beer, but that is too be expected for the style.
Very easy drinker. Good for sipping in colder weather and slurping down in warmer.
11-09-2009 01:58:13 | More by beer2day
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
4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
A - Pours a very hazy cold, not dissimilar to your average hefeweizen. Very little head though, I think some decent head would have given this at least a 4.5
S - Medium spice, yeast, a very good saison smell, while not overpowingly sour like many saisons.
T - Excellent for style, malty, spicy, no real hop to mention, but what I really appreciate that the typical saison sourness is there in a good quantity but not overpowing.
M/D - Mouthfeel is thin enough that keeps it from a five. Perfect carbonation and smooth finish are definitely good attributes of this beer!
10-21-2009 00:29:39 | More by mwa423
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter pours a hazy dark yellow with a decent frothy off-white head that lasts and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of spices, lemon, and sweet malts. The taste is a decent blend of sweet malts and spice with a nice lemon finish. The beer is light, crisp, and smooth with decent carbonation. This is an enjoyable, easy drinking Saison for a hot, humid day.
10-10-2009 17:28:52 | More by atsprings
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
22 oz bottle
A: Cloudy golden yellow under a medium white head. No lace, no retention.
S: Malty, mostly the wheat stands out to me. Sweet. Yeasty, earthly. Not the best aroma I've gotten from the style, but it has a definite "refreshing" quality to it.
T: Malty again, crisp wheat is there along with some spicy rye. Some sweetness up front, but it's kind of tangy through out. Mild bitterness in the finish along with some earthy yeast.
M/D: Body is a bit more towards medium than I am used to with the style, but smooth. High carbonation which is right. Drinkability is fine. Overall, a solid beer. Maybe some more depth in the aroma department and a bit lightening of the body could help, but still a good beer.
10-10-2009 00:21:33 | More by NCSUdo
3.55/5 rDev -7.1%
A - A scant, one finger head of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, yellow-gold body. The foam settles quite quickly and leaves little lace.
S - Spicy wheat notes with some pepper and maybe a hint of mild mango fruit. Mild earthy hops and a hint of vanilla.
T - Lots of tart wheat and spicy rye up front with pepper and apple/pear fruit notes from the yeast. The hops come out in the middle with mild earthy flavors and some bitterness. Finishes with more of the same earthy hop notes and slightly tart wheat.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - There is nothing seriously wrong with this saison, but it is a bit of a disappointment. The wheat notes work well, but I can't help but think that the rye is a bit out of place. It adds some strange earthiness that surprisingly doesn't work with the yeast or hops. The yeast provides some spice notes and a minimum of fruit, but doesn't get into the realm of intense tropical fruit and spice that you see in other saisons. This would be fine if this were a hop centric saison, but it isn't; it only has mild hop flavor and bitterness. Unfortunately, thats the whole story for Maggie's farmhouse ale, the yeast character is mild and the hops aren't complex enough to carry the beer by themselves, which leaves the beer squarely in the middle of the road. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be buying another.
10-05-2009 02:25:06 | More by nickfl
4.13/5 rDev +8.1%
Thanks to Mrandypandy for this one.
A 22 oz bomber decanted into my favorite goblet. A pale, almost Allagash White looking brew. A hint of straw coloring, perhaps.
The smell is of ripe Granny Smith apples, with a whack of maltiness as well. Definitely getting a sweet and sour combo out of the nose.
This continues right into the taste, along with a crackery note through the end of it. Starts off sweet, gets sour, and then goes cracker. Almost like a meal in the mouth. A little thin in the mouth, but it stays there for you. Definitely sessionable.
The only thing holding this back on drinkability is the sweet-and-sour combo, along with the size offered. Two 22s is going to hurt you. But all in all, an excellent example of the style, and a personal favorite.
10-02-2009 23:19:33 | More by rrheisler
4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
Clear golden brew with a thick head. I got a little carried away and lost a bit actually. Nice lacing left over.
You can tell theres a little bit of funk to this ale, as there should be for the style. There hints of lightly sweet fruit and herbs
A slight tartness, grassy, hoppy. Nice and dry. A little yeasty. Actually very light but has a great flavor at the same time.
Great beer typical of the style which I enjoy very much. Earthy but very drinkable, enjoy after a hard day in the yard and feel like a Belgian farm worker.
10-02-2009 19:41:34 | More by nriech
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
pours a standard yellow with a hint of peach body. A 1 finger white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves little lace. smelled peach, nectarines, and apricots mainly.kindda lagerish up front with some fruit in the middle and a slightly sweet honey like finish. light bodied with low abv and light bodied
10-01-2009 16:31:27 | More by Anthony1
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
4.47/5 rDev +17%
appearance: Golden pale with quickly disapating head retention, nice cloudy mess
smell: spicy and some citrus
taste: delicious and spot on beer. Interesting flavor with some slight cituss undertones. nice spice kick, Really good
mouthfeel: light to medium bodied. very easy to put down. great summer feeling
drinkability: awesome beer, the side projects have been a big success.
10-01-2009 03:06:44 | More by CampusCrew
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
On Tap Mellow Mushroom Brandon.
A: Pours a nice straw yellow color fairly cloudy. Big tall fizzy head with good retention and lace.
S: Hints of sweet fruit, lemon, yeast and light grass. Nice mix of spice as well.
T: Apples and pears mixed with yeast. Nice spice with hints of white pepper. Fresh bread, light grass. No real funk, could use a touch of sour.
M: Pretty light, crisp, light dry peppery finish.
D: Tasted really good on this hot Florida afternoon.
09-30-2009 02:32:51 | More by tpd975
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
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thin head that fades to nothing. In both the smell and the taste, it starts somewhat sweet and fruity, and quickly becomes bitter with orange peel flavors. This bitterness carries through to the finish. The mouthfeel is bitter and somewhat tight. Not bad overall, but it lacks some of the complexity I like to see in a Saison. The orange peel bitterness is a little one dimensional and too persistant. It lacks some tartness, some spice and some pepperiness that would help complete the beer and elevate it a bit. In any case, keep the different styles coming.
09-23-2009 16:40:18 | More by Georgiabeer
3.83/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a rather typical clear straw yellow with a so-so white head, not very inspiring. Fortunately, this is the beer's weakest aspect. Aroma is more inviting, wheaty and yeasty with a slight citrus overtone. Flavor is even better, mouth-filling, malty and yeasty with a whisper of lemon and a hint of hops. Texture is nice and smooth and fairly fizzy, leaving a tingly and slightly tart finish.
09-09-2009 23:19:18 | More by Cyberkedi
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
650 mL bottle split into two chalices.
Right away I noticed the handsome deep gold verging on pale amber color. What really makes it look good is that you can't see through it, but its not really cloudy at all. No head really to speak of.
S) Yeast, hops, grain and a fruit note. Reminds me of smelling dough.
T) Very reserved. No flavor wants to sing in this one. Grains, yeast, maltiness, and DRY
It feels dense at first in your mouth but then it lightens up and gets airy. Dry still
09-09-2009 20:00:34 | More by Petrislav
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
22 oz bomber poured into chalice
A: Non-transparent, but not really cloudy, it looks smooth. Deep golden to pale amber in color. Small head that settles rapidly to a film.
S: Smells doughy at first, perhaps yeasty. As it opens up a bit, some fruit juice notes start to come through apples, maybe a hint of lemon. Smells kind of like a weaker version of La Fin du Monde.
T: Again a yeasty doughiness, that isn't super pleasing. Something just seems slightly out of balance here. Not much flavor from the malts or hops, however there is a residual bitterness to the finish, but not much actual hop flavor. Not bad, but needs refinement.
M: The doughiness makes you think its fuller than it really is. Its actually pretty light, I think it could have used a little more carbonation (at least mine could). Definitely a dry finish.
D: Once again kind of out of balance or something. Not bad by any means, but it didn't make me want to chug it.
Notes: Not quite as spectacular as I was expecting. I love saisons but was a little let down. It seems kind of reserved, like all the flavors are trying to come through but can't quite make it. Also the more I drink this, the more I am reminded of white wine. The finish is very dry, and the flavors really do taste like a white wine.
09-09-2009 15:54:19 | More by dpodratsky3
Terrapin Maggie's Farmhouse Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.