Madrone - The Commons Brewery

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Commons Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Madrone is an amber saison with a hint of tartness and a big burst of fruity west coast hops. Citrus and tropical fruit in the nose this might be the closest to an IPA we’ll get.

(Beer added by: vkv822 on 06-04-2012)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this bottle at one of the shops in PDX. Tasted 5 June 2014.

Pour is eruptive, but a gentle touch controlled it. Medium orangey amber, cloudy. Three fingers of white head, great retention (not so long that I'd get impatient), and outstanding lacing. Leaves a cap and a ring of foam on top.

Smell is bright and floral, with some light herbal hops to complement the typical floral notes of a bright saison. I like it, but I do wish there were more of it - more potency or more variety.

Taste is good. Very orange (the color, not the fruit), and fairly sweet; reminds me a bit of some kind of delicate fruit-infused soda. Great floral presence here, too, like sucking on sweet flower petals. Yummy.

Feel is really good. Medium-bodied, smooth and light in the mouth thanks to the bright, fizzy carbonation. Lasts exactly as long as I want it to, allowing the flavors to all come through, then as it tilts bitter, it fades out at just the right time.

A very tasty saison. Bright, floral, and lightly fruity. Perhaps the best balance I've encountered between those two aspects of saisons: flowers and fruit. Good stuff.

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3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour malt, grain, fruit, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid taste, but I think the smell on this one is slightly better.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pour carefully! This one picked up a big, fat 3-finger ivory head from a casual pour. The head is big and 'fluffy'. Retention is high. Many minutes later, I still have a good head on it.

The color is great - deep yellow-orange / amber. Definitely unfiltered and cloudy. Smell is fresh and full - lemon and grapefruit but on the sweet side. The yeast comes through which I like in a saison.

I went through the full bottle and took some time and the change over that time was noticeable. It came out of my fridge a little cold (it's set at 37F) and my initial sips were not as favorable as what I got once it warmed up a bit. When it did warm up it was dry at first, then filled and and finished sweet and buttery, almost like butterscotch. Nice. The yeast comes through here as well.

You might want to gently turn the bottle over before you cap it to mix the sediment, or pour gently and leave it at the bottom if you prefer that route.

This is a really nice beer. I've been trying a bunch of different local saisons lately and this is not the very best of the bunch but it's definitely good and I'd pick it up again.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for hosting and sharing this one :thumbup:
Quick review from written notes.

Dark gold color, slow gusher, sudsy head of foam with spotty lace present.

Floral aroma of cascades presumably. Lemony tart yeast flavors, clove in the aroma, crisp dry finish with a lightly lingering bitterness. Fairly utilitarian but well put together. Not sure of the age, dry hopping seemed a little muted. Thanks Dan!

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Madrone from The Commons Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.