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Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red AleBlue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale

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BA SCORE
72
okay

730 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 19.74%
Wants: 8
Gots: 121 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Humulus85 on 06-09-2012

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Ratings: 730 | Reviews: 108
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1.56/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Picked up a single at The Still in Lincoln. Glad I got a single... just... a single...

Was interested by the "Flanders Red" boast on the label. I've had a pretty bad Flanders in Wisconsin years back, won't say who it was from because the rest of their beers were pretty good. Couldn't imagine anything worse than that one.

HA!

Pours a bit light for a flanders, but seems like a good shade for a farmhouse, a bit of a dusty, ruby tone. Quickly dissipating poppy white/pinkish head.

Smell, well... it smells reminiscent of Blue Moon, has an odd Belgian character, but this doesn't seem right. This doesn't particularly smell good, not farmhousey. Smells of somewhat bland beer. Lagery, minerally.

Taste...

...

Mouthfeel! ...

Excuse me... ( *pours* )

Overall, forget it. I tasted and tried a few times and even put the Flanders thing out of my head. I just tried to accept it at beer. It was full of lies. Original Blue Moon is fine with me, I'll gladly drink it over numerous other beers in certain situations. But this... What were they thinking! I'm actually a bit annoyed they put the term "Flanders Red" or even "Farmhouse Red" anywhere on the bottle.

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

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2.82/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Another in the "Expressionist Series," and this one has a bit more character than most Blue Moons, although the character of this beer is not one that I' am all too excited about. The beer pours a copper-orange color, clear, with a wisp of a head. So much for a red ale. There's very little carbonation apparent, and the beer just sits there in the pint glass like a lazy half-cousin. Some sour funk in the smell, french bread, some malt. The taste is more sour than I expected: lemon, vinegar, white pepper, old grains, chaff, dust. Crisp and fairly clean. So what makes this a farmhouse ale? The label, it seems.

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3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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2.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with best by date September 30, 2013 printed on the bottleneck. A new beer from Blue Moon for me. My bottle lists a 5.80% abv, rather than the 5.40% abv listed on BeerAdvocate. Expectations are moderately average to below average, based on what it is.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a dark coppery orange colored body with excellent clarity, and lots of bubbles streaming topside. About a finger and a half of soft khaki froth for a head. No lacing. Looks alright.

S - Smell is pretty bland and typical of something Coors / Blue Moon would do. Amber malt, grains, dust, and a hint of citric orange rind, in the vain of a traditional Blue Moon Belgian White. Doesn't smell bad, but there just isn't enough there.

T - Taste is pretty much all red / amber ale and no saison. Amber malts, grains, and a little bite of tart citric orange rind on the finish. Not exactly something I would label as a farmhouse beer. Hints of the white pepper are noticeable, but it isn't exactly what I would describe as 'spicy' either. Tastewise, it is drinkable, and I could easily see it pairing well with some summer / autumnal barbeque.

M - Feel is grainy and dry, with a bit of bubbly carbonation dancing across the tongue. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall, a lackluster attempt at a farmhouse ale / red ale hybrid. It mainly takes the red ale route here. Slight bite of citrus, moderate 5.80% abv, this would be an accessible beer for the beginner "farmhouse" ale drinker before delving into the authentic examples of the style.

Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale ---3/5.

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3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.79/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer snobbery aside, here's what I think: Pours to a thin head that leaves some lacing. Color is as red as a beer can be without containing red fruit or food coloring. Clear. Aroma is crystal malt and some fruity notes in there as well. Flavor is tart, malty, but not sweet or hoppy, except for a faint aged hop taste. Acidic finish. Mouthfeel is light and moderate carbonation. Overall, nice malt features, sort of different, very good for a mass produced Saison from Coors.

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2.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Taste and smell were initially disgusting, but improved after sitting in the glass for a few minutes. Like its sister beer, it might improve with a nice slice of orange on top.

UPDATE: Tried it again, this time with a slice of orange on top. Did not improve significantly--best strategy seems to be to let it breathe/warm up for a while.

Very light on the carbonation--brought up a nice head initially, but quickly faded.

A little disappointing overall, but we will finish the 12-pack we purchased. Not great, but not bad enough to pour down the drain.

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

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2.79/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:
To start it pours a deep bronze color that is pretty clear and hardly carbonated. This one lacks a head and any red coloring for that matter.

Aroma:
Upon initial inspection, the aroma is quite funky (typical of the style) and is laced with coriander and other hard to pinpoint spices. At the tail end, pepper is evident, nearly causing me to sneeze.

Taste:
Leaves a lot to be desired.. This malty ale plays host to variety of spices (as to be expected following the aroma) with heavy coriander and a bit of vinegar that wraps up with tart raspberry and a dry kick from the pepper. The aftertaste is worth noting here as it is oddly my favorite part of this creation. It's a medley of tart fruit: raspberries, strawberries, cherry and kiwi. The saving grace here is that finish, I like it.

Mouthfeel:
Skimping on the carbonation makes this medium-body beer rather disappointing. However, it is a refreshing beverage that is easy to drink. Bumping the carbonation levels could go a long way towards improving this one.

Overall:
I like saisons and farmhouse ales for the most part, but red ales not so much... However, I was intrigued when I stumbled across this concoction. With a more potent carbonation and more fruit up front this would be easier to recommend... Perhaps next year?

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

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Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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