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Napoleon Sour Farmhouse Ale - Free Will Brewing Company

Napoleon Sour Farmhouse Ale
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%

Brewed by:
Free Will Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Rifugium on 06-02-2012)
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3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

09-30-2012 15:05:58 | More by Knapp85
Photo of micromaniac129


3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 11:33:59 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 21:39:16 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of BARFLYB


3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2012 19:10:21 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Rifugium


3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2012 01:06:35 | More by Rifugium
Napoleon Sour Farmhouse Ale from Free Will Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.