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Madrone - The Commons Brewery

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Reviews: 14
Hads: 63
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 3.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: vkv822 on 06-04-2012

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.
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Reviews: 14 | Hads: 63
Reviews by xnicknj:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Photo of highTempo
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,167 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JFrank78
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the bottle direct from Portland to So Cal. Pours a ruby golden, bit of head. A beautiful saison, with just enough fruit on the nose to hide the hops, until you take a sip that is. A perfect balance of hops and tartness and a bit effervescent. A really stellar beer, not like anything you've had. Go find it. (312 characters)

Photo of George1799
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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! (415 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jessicapreuss
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark orange, hazy, white finger of head.

Aroma: floral, yeasty, earthy, musk hints, lemon, herbs, bread.

Taste: floral, earthy hoppiness, moderate bitterness, hints of lemon, yeast, white grape.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, could be a bit more effervescent, style wise. Light body, clean.

Overall: solid Saison with nice hop notes, though I don't think the choice of hops mesh 100% with it. Still, quite enjoyable. (435 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip. Pours a clear, medium golden amber with a fine three finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of spicy saison yeast, hints of caramel malt, light citrus, slight earthiness. Flavor follows with semisweet, light caramel malt and citrus quickly drying out to reveal the saison yeast, wood and a hint of wild yeast funk. Light bodied with pleasant active carbonation. A light, fairly subdued saison, but there is a lot going on in the subtle flavors. Interesting flavor progression from lightly sweet to quite dry in the finish. The dry hopping is also lightly done with light grassy hops notes in the finish. This is quite a bit drier than the ales I usually prefer, but I really enjoyed this start to finish and will be sampling the other beer from this brewery. Possibly not for traditionalists because of the unusual dry hopping. (881 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jakewatt135
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of timotao
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of vkv822
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at Belmont Station.
from notes.

Medium orange with foamy, off white head.

Floral notes predominately, blends into lightly spicy, clove yeast notes.

Medium body, foamy, prickly carbonation.

A good saison, nothing too memorable overall but still enjoyable. (274 characters)

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of 510a
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaveHack
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery.

A - Served a cloudy medium orange with no head at all.

S - Subtle citrus, malty and spices.

T - Malted pale with subtle citrus, wood and spice. Pretty muted and mild.

D - Light body and low carbonation.

O - Muted crisp citrus and light. (269 characters)

Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy copper color w/ a 1-finger eggshell head, some nice sticky lace.

Aroma is a blend of bready pale and fruity caramel malts and floral PNW hops. Spicy and earthy Belgian yeast.

Taste follows nose. Fruity, floral, musty, earthy, spicy. Crackery pale malt with more sugary caramel malt underneath. Very nicely balanced and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a nice bitter finish.

Overall a rock-solid hybrid between a classic saison and an old-school Northwest pale ale. (529 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,127 characters)

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Madrone from The Commons Brewery
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