Urban Farmhouse Ale - The Commons Brewery

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Urban Farmhouse AleUrban Farmhouse Ale

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156 Ratings

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 36
Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A foam-up at first pour. Even on later pours it stays quite frothy for an unusually long time. Quite handsome with the golden color in the Brewery Vivant tulip. Just a light fragrance of floral yeastiness. Very slim body.

This is a drier sort of Farmhouse Ale to start with. There is a kiss of malt and a pale fruitiness. Distinctive Belgian yeasty taste but everything else is very subtle. The drying effect erases any hint of sweetness at the finish. Rather spicy with a moderately bitter aftertaste.

Maybe we're so used to more flavorful styles of Belgian brews we expect more when that tangy note rings the taste buds. Thoroughly drinkable as a step up from a "Table Beer." From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Market of Choice in Eugene.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of JFrank78
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A very yummy farmhouse, with nice hop notes and a bit of fruit on the nose. Not too sweet and has a flavorful, lingering finish. Highly recommend, this is by far one of the better West Coast saisons on the market.

Photo of Gmann
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a frothy pure white head that settles into a chunky cap.

The aroma is faint. There is a weak clove from the yeast and a weak multi-grain bread note from the malt. A bit corn like.

The taste is of a light pils malt; a bit watery. The yeast provides more of a clove presence than the aroma. Perhaps a hint of pepper. Very light in the flavor.

The feel is light and very fizzy. Quite airy on the palate. Not much of a presence of anything. Very neutral.

An extremely boring saison. Almost no flavor to this beer. No real off flavors so there is that. Pass on this beer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light gold... good white head and tons of lace...

Nose is interesting... nice phenols... some dry pale malts... seems like a cross between a dry German hefe and a bubblegummy saison... odd, but still pretty cool.

The palate is just as odd... slight white peppercorn.. but the big player is pink bubblegum... not a bad thing at all... just odd for my palate.... a bit of apricot ester... but the brew is very dry.... the bubblegum make this one seem to be a one hit wonder.. pale maltiness carry the yeastiness and let little for the imagination...

The carbonation and body seem about right.... very drinkable... I pulled this one out a few times tonight...


Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly strong and foamy head that lasts quite a while. The beer is clear and a pale yellow. The beer also leaves quite a bit of lacing. The beer has a strong earthy smell as well as a bit of dry fruit as well as a bready smell from the malts. The hops are fairly strong and bitter. The taste is similar the smell but with a stronger hop not. The hop is still bitter but the malts are downplayed even though they still add a bit of bready flavor. The beer has an interesting mouthfeel. The finish is drier than most saisons but is very crisp otherwise. The carbonation is biting. Overall, the beer is pretty good ad worth getting.

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Justin_Neff
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into an Ovila Chalice.

A: Pours a light golden, yellowish straw color. Heaping carbonation forces a HUGE foamy, pillow-top head. The half-inch bubbly head that retains for the entire drink is awesome. This one just looks refreshing.

S: A bit of funk and strong farmhouse yeast dominates the nose. Hints of banana and strong pear character. Waft is very white wine-esque.

T: Grassy, hay notes. Farmhouse yeast is star of the show without a ton going on elsewhere. Banana and pear follow the nose.

M: Light body. Heavy carbonation - expected for the style. Crisp. Dry.

O: A decent representation of the style. Definitely refreshing, clean, and crisp, albeit a bit one-dimensional.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.38/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a cervoise. Thanks, Aaron! Interesting phenolic character with a bit of pepper. Dry and with a slight tannic character. Quite yeasty. Not a fan.

Photo of constantine_272
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Light golden straw. Epravesant. White lead with little to no retention.

S: Tropical fruit and alcohol. Sweet smelling and very light and delicate.

T: Sweet wheat flavors. Mellow with a rich wild, gamey taste at the end. Not overly sweet like other farmhouse ales I've had, but still on the sweet side. Definite passion fruit notes. Slightly crisp.

M: Thin and light. Long fruity and yeasty aftertaste. The aftertaste fades to a mostly clean taste.

O: Nice farmhouse. A lot of sweet notes. Could have gone for a bit more crisp bitterness to round out the the fatty free range yeast flavor and finish the aftertaste, but that's not picking. Overall, pretty good if you're in the mood.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

huge thanks to m4ttj0nes for this bottle!

poured into Crooked Stave tulip!

Appearance: straw yellow bodied beer with 3 fingers of massive fluffy head. The head on this beer stays around for what seems like forever. Thick lacing on the side of the glass. Fantastic and visually appealing beer.

Smell: Wheat malts, wet straw, fruity yeast, earthy and floral hops. Slight funk.

Taste: Really balanced saison all around. Slightly sweet honey note mixes with wheat and bready malts, touch of spicy black pepper, earthy and floral hops. Hint of lemon tartness. Melon notes. Hint of cheesy funk like blue cheese. Fruity yeast. Wet hay flavor too. Lots going on and its really balanced as nothing in this beer tries to overpower the other! Great complexity and balance.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Soft and delicate carbonation thats really smooth going down. Very drinkable saison that I really want to gulp down. The beer is also really refreshing and smooth. Not a hint of booze. A touch of dryness in the finish.

Overall: This is my first beer from this Oregon brewery and I see nothing, but good things coming from them. I would say that they are under the radar at this point, but they have got something special going on here!

Photo of BIll_Currie
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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 cbrunpc
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass.

A: Hazy and yellow, thin white head.

S: Light smell of bananas (thats how i describe Belgian yeast)

T: Light citrus and some small spice.

M: Very light, a little bubbly. I was hoping for a more full flavor.

O: Good, not the best farmhouse I have had, but certainly drinkable and enjoyable. I will have again.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared on 6.2.12.

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a explosive white head. It takes it forever to fade, but slowly does.

S - Light Belgian yeast. Not much else.

T - Spicy and Belgian. Some lemons.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Belgian, but not. Good.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler from the brewery.

A crystal clear light yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is solid. Fruity, spicy, phenolic and moderately flora, this has plenty of characteristics that I look for in a saison. Honeydew melon, peaches, honey, bananas, a little bit of pepper, not much of a grainy character. A touch sweet.

The palate opens crisp, a little doughy with honey, a moderately chalky/mineral profile that lends an astringency to the palate, especially on the finish. The fruity and yeasty flavors dominate the mid-palate. There's honey, pepper, bananas, this is quite estery with some phenols. Light in body, this beer is highly carbonated, exacerbating the bitterness that the chalk lends. The malt character is a touch dull, which is disappointing. Decent.

Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750mL into a tulip. Pours a pale hazy yellow w/ a sudsy white head, moderate carb.

Aroma is dry crackery pale malt, lemon, clove, coriander. Some earthy, grassy notes.

Taste follows nose. Light biscuity Pilsner malt, citrus, spice. Yeast character is not as overbearing as in some other saisons, which I like. A nice sharp floral hoppy twang.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, refreshing. Finishes nicely dry and clean.

Overall a very drinkable, approachable, straightforward beer. Could easily be an "everyday" saison and would pair well with poultry or fish.

Photo of zeledonia
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a semi-clear light golden color with bright white soapy head that left splashy lace.

S- Big peppery, lemon, grassy, and grainy notes. Lighter on the bubblegum notes.

T- A very balanced saison with peppery, grassy, grainy, pilsner malt, and some light bubblegum notes.

M- Light bodied, semi-dry finish, and soft carbonation.

O- A very nice and clean saison with less prominent yeast expression than others in the style.

Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium yellow hue with a moderate haze and effervescence. Head pours two fingers of pillowy white foam. Not too bad!

Smell: sweet and wheaty with just a little bit of funk. It reminds me a lot of a witbier.

Taste: light, refreshing and, like the aroma, quite a bit like a witbier. The funk level is low but it's there if you look for it. There's a light graininess as well which gives it an edge. Decent, but it lacks some of the complexity I look for in the style.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a great big carbonation and a big, mouth-filling creaminess. Great!

Overall: drinkable and pretty tasty, it does lack complexity. Still, it's refreshing and I'm looking forward to the rest of it.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. For the downsides it can use a touch more bubble and light malt sweetness, but overall it is quite tasty.

Flavors of this beer dance around each other and are finally lifted at the end with the bubbles that are there and some faint, soft dry hops. Pineapple, apricot, persimmon and green cut grass mingle throughout.
Some white pepper and honeysuckle for the spice. All of these together can be described by the label: Urban and Farmhouse. I can see this, good call.

Photo of stakem
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Joefc for sending this one my way. Poured from a 750ml into a tulip, the brew appears a clear yellow color with fizzy white head. Some rising bubbles maintain a finger and stringy patchy lace sticks on the glass as it fades.

The aroma contains a smells of straw grain countered by noble hops and a lemony scent mixed with some sulfur and footy grain almost like corn.

The taste is straw to wheat with sulfur and a noble hop flavor that is slightly bitter. There is a contrasting character almost with a corn-like sweetness or footy pilsner grain quality which is unexpected in the style but it is not profound enough to be distracting.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Pretty much a cookie cutter example of the style that is decent. I appreciate the chance to try this joe...Thanks again.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tons of tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, cracker, grass, hay, and slight Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, grass, hay, and slight Belgian yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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 kevanb
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a nice lemon rind yellow color, hues of gold and dandelion, nice hazy complexion with a big, soapy white head, nearly 3 fingers high that has good retention and leaves behind a trickle of lacing. The aroma is very pleasant, lemon zest, light floral notes with subtle yeasty funk. Sweet, pale cereal grain lingers behind, but the aroma is very light and fleeting, albiet quite refreshing and inviting. The flavors are similar, faint citrus, light floral character, yeasty funk with some sweet fruit comes out that trails into sweet, pale grain. The body is nice, a bit on the thinner side, coats the mouth well with a finish that is almost creamy, but a touch watery.

Verdict: Like the bottle says, a simple, refreshing farmhouse ale, and one that I really enjoyed. A great beer to share during a nice sunny afternoon.

Photo of chumba526
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears slightly hazy yellow with a small white head.

It smells fruity. I get a bit of an apricot smell and a bit of a pineapple smell. I also get a bit of a peppery yeasty smell as well.

It tastes slightly fruit: I get an apricot and pineapple flavor mostly. There is a nice mild peppery yeasty flavor. I get a bit of a sweet flavor from the malt. The beer ends with a noticeable hop presence. I get a bit of an herbal and grassy bitter finish to the beer.

The carbonation is moderate high and the mouth feel is crisp and light.

The drinkability is quite good. It goes down smooth and is light and refreshing. It would be a good summer beer.

Overall a very good beer. This is my first beer from Beetje and I am impressed. This is a very solid farmhouse ale.

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Urban Farmhouse Ale from The Commons Brewery
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