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Urban Farmhouse Ale - The Commons Brewery

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chumba526 on 02-18-2011

Traditionally, Farmhouse Ales were brewed on farms in the French and Flemish regions of Belgium. These beers were born out of necessity as most water was not potable and the farmers needed a refreshing beverage to offer the hardworking farmhands. Our rendition was developed in the spirit of that tradition. The beer pours golden with a floral nose and a soft underlying hop bitterness with a crisp finish.
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Photo of Lucnifter
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BIll_Currie
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really like saisons. commons knows how to make a good one

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 poured to tulip

Pours pale gold, just slightly hazed with big white head. The foam subsides to a persistent lace

Smell is typically complex saison: straw, bread, yeast, lemon and a small funk

Flavor follows aroma, with an additional strong pepper note and a hint of orange peel and hay

Mouthfeel is thin and refreshing

Overall a nicely done saison that is a good representation of the style. The light body, big pepper note and slight funk recall the classic Saison DuPont but not quite as strong. Good hot weather brew, or a nice starting place for a session

Photo of macpapi
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yellow color. Clear as day, with a thin foam top.

There is a definite aroma of funk and fruit to this beer. It has a mix of yeast, grass, and straw to go along with a tart citrus pull--lemon and orange peel mainly. Also hints of spice--pepper and coriander are most prominent there. A pretty complex and very nice smell.

Taste is dominated by malt, yeast, fruit, and spice. There is a pretty decent grain backbone to this one and elements typical to Belgian-style yeast. Also present is a bit of lemon peel tartness and overall citrus pull. Finally, the back of the swallow is filled out by hints of spiciness--coriander is notable.

The beer is moderate in body and a bit toward the high end carbonation wise.

Overall, this is a nice saison. It is very flavorful and pretty easy to drink. Its relatively low a.b.v. means that you can enjoy quite a bit of this fine beer without having to worry about getting carried away. I could easily sip this entire 25 oz bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Beaver13
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy milky yellow with a huge creamy white head that retains well (it's actually growing), and leaves a bunch of lacing.

The aroma is earthy funky yeast with some sweet bready malt and a little fruit and spice.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a little fruit and some funky yeast. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent saison.

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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from Lifesource Natural Grocers in Salem. $8.99 Pours a slightly hazed golden colour with a large thick and rocky white head. Nice carbonation strings rising. Fine yeasty, leafy, slightly earthy pepper aromas.Some lemon zest too. Taste is slightly more sweeter than anticipated but mostly peppery, yeasty ,plum goodness..slight bitterness in end. LIked the mouth feel on this one..soft but plentiful carbonation and a great dry finish. Very nice beer..one for the summer.

Photo of zeledonia
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 11 June 2014.

Pours about 95% clear golden yellow. Three fingers of white head, fuzzy with small bubbles. Great retention, excellent lacing.

Smell is warm and herbal. Juicy and slightly fruity, full of yeasty esters. A bit of citrus, slightly spicy, but the ambiguous yeast fruit comes through clearest. Well balanced, with a lot of the typical elements of a Belgian golden ale and a saison.

Taste is decent but unremarkable. Grainy, a little bit bitter, not a whole lot more to it. Inoffensive.

Feel is light for a saison. Carbonation is a tad on the low side.

A fine mid-level saison. Nothing special, nothing bad about it.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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Urban Farmhouse Ale from The Commons Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.