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Napoleon Sour Farmhouse Ale - Free Will Brewing Co.

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Napoleon Sour Farmhouse Ale
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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free Will Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rifugium on 06-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 8
Photo of stakem
3/5  rDev -13.8%

I picked this 750ml corked and caged offering up for $11.50. How could I pass on a "sour/wild" barrel aged saison aged with grapes. This brew essentially calls my name and in description alone sounds right up my alley and a grand slam waiting to happen. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a hazy golden copper color almost reddish hinted with a white frothy topping.

The smell is vinous, herbal, floral and lactic. A little earthen oak brings out vanilla sweetness and a touch of bready grain. Overall the nose is very, very inviting, I cant wait to dive in.

The taste is grainy sweet and tannic with mild yeastiness and undeveloped funk. A mild vinous tartness evolves as it warns up but it is a far stretch to even call this tart. All flavors present are excessively mild and diluted.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. The description of this beer is infinitely better than it's execution. Across all fronts but the nose, this seems watered down. What initially seemed like a hell of a bargain (fruited and barrel aged wild saison) ended up being a regrettable purchase.

Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Growler fill at the brewery. Pours a cloudy slightly reddish amber with a medium white head. Lighter than the best Farmhouse ales I've had like Monk's but still has the sour, moderately sweet, fruity taste characteristic of the style. As good as it is, I actually prefer the macro Blue Moon Farmhouse Ale better. This one has the flavor but the higher ABV detracts from the experience. Still, the best I've had at Free Will in two trips there (12 beers).

Photo of Stinkypuss
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LOOK: Pours clear straw with white head. Decent clarity, looks like a standard beer.

SME:LL: The nose is pretty big on pungent, noble hops. Slight citrus, bread and straw.

TASTE: A coarse graininess and light sour lemon notes prevail in the flavor. Fairly bitter and sufficiently dry. Leans more on malty sugars than true sourness, other tasters have described this American Wild ale as tame, and that it is. If it was advertised more as a Saison, as it is on this site, it would do better in delivering to style. Light bodied with a low medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent beer, and the best I have had from Free Will.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow. In my tulip it had a rather tall head which was white and receeded to a thick collar. Some lacing but not much.
Aroma was sour and vinagary. The farmhouse comes after that with wheat malts yeast and a tad bit of funk.
Taste is good. Lemony tartness with a farmhouse sweetness. Drinks thin but good
A pretty good beer I would drink again.

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a hazy yellow brew with a bubbly looking head on top. The lacing and retention are very minimal. The smell of the beer is decent, some light funky aromas coming off of it, there are aromas of lemon and spice in there too. The taste has a subtle sourness to it which I like, it keeps it drinkable. The other thing I like is the addition of the Vanilla beans, that creates a very light natural sweetness to the flavor of the beer also. The mouthfeel is thin, a little watery but I suppose it should be. Overall I thought this was a pretty neat beer.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap

A pale straw yellow with a foamy paper white cap. Fades rather quickly, with little to no lacing left behind.

The nose is fairly tame. Grass, spicy earth, hay, lemons, and toasted white bread underneath. Nothing really jumping out and asserting itself.

Grass and earth hit first with a rush of citrus through the middle. The finish is long and dry, with a good amount of hay and some fruity esters poking through (grapes, green apples.)

Light body, with strong carbonation. Having 'sour' in the name and not delivering anything beyond a light tartness is pretty bold.

Everything was too tame for me. Not bad flavor or aroma, just tame and lacking in the sour department.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

Napoleon sour Farmhouse Ale looks a bright banana peel orange color with some yellow peeking in the color scheme. The head is short lived dwindling into a white cap and eventually dying. No Stick on the glass. Smell is on the grassy side with some earthy quality and some hay. Small amount of fruit, but an apparent bready scent from the yeast. Overall, smells like a grassy saison. Not much sour if any at all, and it's hard to call this tart. Tastes include apple, pear, ripe pineapple and some underlining yeast. Grassy with some grain and small hop taste. Feel is on the light side with light carb as well. The beer tasted fine, not any major flaws, yet not something that opened my eyes wide.

Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Barcade, Philly, PA

Served in a 10oz. goblet, a cloudy, pale straw-yellow color, with a large puff of fluffy white head that retained well, and left a bit of lacing on the glass. I didn't get too much from the aroma, it was light with notes of lemon zest and grassy funk. Taste was light and mildly sour, lemon and apple are the flavors that stood out most, with a bit of grassy funk happening. Light, crisp mouthfeel, prickly. Hitting somewhere between a saison and a wild ale, which, from the name, is probably what they were shooting for. Not great, and not overly flavorful, but still pretty good and definitely easily drinkable. A decent beer overall.

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Napoleon Sour Farmhouse Ale from Free Will Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.