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Madrone - The Commons Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 7.65%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vkv822 on 06-04-2012)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 18:40:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.8%

07-17-2013 22:11:36 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 03:01:42 | More by emerge077
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mactrail

Washington

3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orangey color in the glass. Some big foam at first couple of pours. Very sprightly on the tongue with clouds of bubbles melting in the mouth.

Some malty sweetness on the lips, followed by the drying yeasty sensation. Something of a mineral taste with woody hints. There isn't much in the way of fruit in the flavors, but a hint of plums perhaps. Overall this is rather sweet with caramel and winey. It's balanced by the scratchy Belgian yeast and the bitter aftertaste.

Quite pleasant, but more of a hot evening quaff than something to savor. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 05:48:20 | More by mactrail
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a lightly hazed golden color with great carbonation leaving a big beautiful billowing dirty white cap. Tere is a lot of foam here, not like infected home but proper head and retention for this style. A lot of lacing present long into this beer.

S: Pretty mundayne and standard for the style. I'm getting a good amount of light citrus notes with underlying grass and light horseblanket. A little bit of banana is detected as well.

T: Upfront I get a little bit of astringency with a light spiciness and banana. A subtle citrus comes in afterwards. I can tell the dry hopping presence with its light citrus and light to moderate bitterness.

M: This beer has good carbonation, light-medium body, a dry presence and finish with a nice bittering.

O: Not to shabby.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 23:25:42 | More by barleywinefiend
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-02-2013 23:06:51 | More by xnicknj
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ccrida

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance burnt gold with a big white head leaving chunks of foamy lace.

Smell is light skunk and citrus, banana esters, touch herbal.

Taste is more estery than hops, there's a slightest bit of sourness, cut by a bitter finish. Little bit of maltiness accentuates the citrus notes similar to an English ale.

Mouthfeel is dry, light.

Drinkability is ok, a solid saison, with a little more malt and hops than classical compositions, which is my preference.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 22:59:06 | More by ccrida
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 02:04:25 | More by HuskyinPDX
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:10:39 | More by LiquidAmber
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 22:04:17 | More by EgadBananas
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strongaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-21-2013 08:09:57 | More by strongaf
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-09-2013 02:19:22 | More by msubulldog25
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-12-2013 20:29:11 | More by kscaldef
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-20-2013 00:56:33 | More by jera1350
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

07-17-2013 22:12:13 | More by millerbuffoon
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-25-2014 01:05:55 | More by Rutager
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thewimperoo

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-17-2014 13:24:27 | More by thewimperoo
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CoryR

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-26-2013 15:32:13 | More by CoryR
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-09-2013 06:26:43 | More by Kopfschuss
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky light caramel tan color with a thin, even white head and sticky lacing.

S - Musty straw, light funk, bready, light citrus. Overall it's subdued and subtle.

T - Barnyard funk, light citrus tang, spice, somewhat grassy, lemon zest, and finishes with some bitter citrus rind that's bone dry and lingering.

M - Light medium body and incredibly dry.

O - Descent, doesn't particularly stand out in any way and sits somewhere in the middle of the pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 22:23:08 | More by jzeilinger
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sneaks2210

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-21-2014 21:11:32 | More by sneaks2210
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Kurmaraja

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-26-2014 05:49:17 | More by Kurmaraja
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

07-18-2013 22:21:25 | More by DaveHack
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2014 03:07:25 | More by zeledonia
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-26-2014 16:07:52 | More by jpd7374
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Madrone from The Commons Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.