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Muse Farmhouse Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

193 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with barley, raw wheat and raw oats as per tradition. Hopped with Styrian Goldings for bitter, and Saaz for aroma. Fermented with a very special Belgian yeast strain. No spices; it's all from the yeast.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-01-2007)
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oelergud

Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +34.5%

Dark brown 22oz glass bottle with a goat wearing a jester's hat on the label.
Cloudy opaque orange copper body. Off-white orange creamy buttes head with a small-medium bubbled center. Very nice retention and lace.
Delicious grassy malt, yeast, fresh hay and sweet sugary honey.
Sweet spiced honey flavor, grass and hay. Some barnyard undoubtedly inspired by the label.
Aftertaste of sour hoppy flavor but still with a malt base.
Full body and a little coating, dry finish.
Very drinkable. Best farmhouse ale yet.

-Oelergud

01-21-2008 02:37:58 | More by oelergud
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StrangeBrewer76

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +31.1%

No date on the bottle but it looks shiny and new. This beer pours a hazy straw color with a 2 finger head that settles back nicely to a crown of lace and skin.

The aroma leaps from the bottle that says fresh fruit. Upon closer inspection I get fermenting raspberries and sour esters.

The taste is lightly sour about 50%, 30% spicy like coriander? or white peppercorn perhaps and 20% sweet syrupy malt. All flavors are light and altogether refreshing. What a Farmhouse ale should be. It's the refreshing citrusy sour that lingers the longest that makes this really enjoyable. There are no deep complexities here as there should not be. This is a beer to be drank not sipped.

The mouthfeel is really nice. If drank in gulps like a thirst-quencher as intended this beer really shines. Carbonation is small but sharp. It insulates the mouth so as you sip, instead of slowing it down, it ushers the liquid through.

Without a doubt this is one of the most drinkable beers on the market today. 6.2% ABV is low enough to allow for generous consumption.

As the summer comes on, I can see myself buying this much more often.

04-07-2009 23:36:26 | More by StrangeBrewer76
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +29.6%

Uber opaque dark golden color. White head foams up quickly then fades to a nebular looking sheen.

Whoa! Smells like a farmhouse...in a good way. Funky, near-to-rotting strawberry and watermelon nose with hints of clover, wheat and hay.

Mmmm, tastes really good. Fantastic actually! I taste some grassy hops and a bunch of light fruits like pears, strawberries and honeydew melon. Some nice funky yeast that is semi-sweet and semi-sour. Leans a bit towards a french style farmhouse ale as opposed to the Belgian styles, but nonetheless a great beer.

This is one of those beers that either you really like it or not much at all. That being said, I really like saisons in general. It is not really a classic example of the style either. I will definitely be trying to score some more of this. A good price at $5 a bomber.

09-12-2008 05:32:24 | More by twiggamortis420
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +24.8%

In spite of somewhat low reviews, I'd been looking forward to trying this. Poured into a brandy snifter a thick murky orange with a decent head that diminished to a ring. Aroma was dominated by spice and sweet fruits with some yeast evident. The taste was better than many American made saisons I've tried in the past. A good spice blend mixes nicely with a fruity balance of sweet malts and mild citrus hops. There is also a moderate yeast bite, but nothing too aggressive. The beer is rather light and is very refreshing, right as the style should be. This beer is much better than most of the reviews I've read stated. While it's still not as good as my hometown brewery's (Big Boss) Surrender Monkey, it is a lighter version of the style that you can drink more of in one night.

09-07-2007 04:19:19 | More by atsprings
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mjc410

Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +21.9%

The pour into my La Moneuse glass raises a respectable one finger-plus off-white head that steadily diminishes under an onslaught of fat bubbles. Below, the body is a hazy golden amber that looks very nice.

The nose has a very nice honey and citrus aroma that, unfortunately, lacks enough kick. Very enjoyable, though.

The taste starts with a nice sour apple cider note, with some sugar cookie flavor. The bitterness from the hops, along with their citrus flavor, combine into a great flavor combination. A fine brew.

The mouth is exceptionally thick, with pleasant, balanced carbonation.

This certainly doesn't fit the mold of your traditional saison (if there is one), but it works marvelously.

08-08-2007 23:43:20 | More by mjc410
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +19.1%

Pours hazy cider gold with 1-finger head. No retention nor lacing. Nice color, though.

Yeast, musky fruit, and rich bread dominate a very strong nose. You pick up the aromas while your face is still severl inches from the glass.

Much sweeter hit than from other Saisons I've tried in the last few months. Pears, cherries, and grapes all there. Only tart in the finish instead of the intense sour I'm used to. Pick up a little sourness at the very end, but tart overshadows.

Feel seems about right. Slighty syrupy.

Easiest to drink of the Saisons in my recent memory. The tart finish really brings this one up in my book.

05-19-2010 00:34:47 | More by beer2day
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +18.2%

Pours a peach color that is slightly hazed, with a half-inch soapy head that sizzles a bit, then reduces quickly.

Aroma is wonderful, definitely true to style but also not a clone of anything. It's got that farmhouse-y dirtiness to it, but quite nutty...I think of dry roasted peanuts. This puts up quite a strong wall, but there is enough apple/pear/peach fruitiness behind it, adding depth along with a hard-to-describe aroma that can only be the yeast.

Flavor is everything hinted at in the nose, with a grassy, bitter finish. Tart most of the way, and some honey sweetness showing up. Lightly toasted grain and breadiness come in strong after sitting with it a bit. Fruits open up a lot as the session moves on, and that peanut element fades, although I'm still left with a trace of it long after each sip. If someone wonders why this is called "farmhouse", one taste pretty much answers that. I know there's a more historical reason, but the flavor itself is a raw, unprocessed, extremely earthy sort of thing. If the finish weren't so astringent, I'd give it a 4.5.

Good bit of dryness, but just wet enough to keep you from gulping it. Texture is great, like watered down pear juice, starting with a near-champagne effervescence but thinning out nicely and doing wonders for the fruity characteristics.

At 6.2%, it's easy to get a bomber down, if we're talking purely alcohol content. Flavor-wise, it's unique, maybe strange, even wonderful...but it wouldn't by my kind of session beer, although an arm-twisting won't be needed to buy this again.

03-21-2008 22:40:27 | More by Metalmonk
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +18.2%

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a rocky head that retains fairly well and leaves a few dashes of lace around the chalice

Smell: Sour and funky aromas dominate; unlike some other BAs, I think they have done a pretty good job capturing the barnyard here

Taste: Starts out a little funky but there is a floral and earthy element that creeps in to balance the murky flavors; after the swallow, it gets a little yeasty and the finish isn't as complex as I would like, but the malt does balance out the flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a spritzy level of carbonation

Drinkability: A pretty good stab at the style; not as good as some of the top flight Belgians but certainly among the better domestics

12-24-2007 21:41:40 | More by brentk56
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Gmann

New York

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%

Pours a cloudy blood orange color with a good white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet, honey, floral - rose like. Definitely on the floral side for a Saison, not much of the funk smell, but smells great none-the-less. Again on the sweet side for taste, honeysuckle, some tart apple, decent malt presence. It lacks that earthy quality to it, to help offset the floral sweetness. I'm being picky though, this is a very good saison. The feel is moderate with good carbonation, fairly balanced. A very good saison, ranks up there with the best. Still think Southhampton has the hold on American saisons but this very close.

08-19-2007 04:30:38 | More by Gmann
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joezak5

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%

Appearance: Poured into a La Fin du Monde tulip; hazy golden orange with three finger pure white thick head. Little rentention and decent sipping lacing.

Smell: Earthy lemon, wheaty rustic yeast, very delicate and subtle.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with low carbonation.

Taste: Very funky and earthy yeast, fluffy marshmallows, spiced citrus peels. Sour malt finish.

Drinkability: Very nice subtle flavoring, pretty tasty... but with Hennepin right there and cheaper, I wouldn't get another

08-13-2008 04:51:50 | More by joezak5
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%

Appearance: cloudy orange with yellow highlights. Big fluffy 3"+ head that sparks some nice lacing during the session.

Smell: grassy, yeast, pepper spice, and a hint of barnyard funkiness make up a nice aroma.

Taste: mild grainy malt and honey sweetness are balanaced with some pepper, tart green grapes, hints of alcohol, funk, yeast, and a nice bitterness. Definite higher octane version compareds to some others in the style.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smooth towards the finish. There is a touch of dryness at the end also. Long aftertaste.

Drinkability: nice sipping and relaxing beer. Worth giving this one a try.

08-29-2007 12:14:30 | More by Gavage
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%

Pale hazy dirty yellow with an impressive white head that reatains well with moderate lacing.

Aroma is wheaty and sharp with fresh grasses, minerality, and farmy must. Authentic aroma.

Flavoe very good as well. Slick tart wheat and grain notes with green apple, grass, lemon peel, white pepper, and musty old fruit. Complex and refreshing.

Body medium, well carbonated and smooth. Great drinkability on a warm PA afternoon where I enjoyed this with my father.

08-12-2008 22:16:11 | More by AlexJ
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%

Served in a champagne flute.

A - Cloudy amber with high carbonation medium sized head. Tons of lacing.

S - Hay, juniper, faint plums and caramel malt.

T - A grassy hop flavor with some faint pluots, gala apples, grapefruit pith, a touch of malt and pine. Aftertaste is a lingering faint fruitiness that is overshadowed by a pine bitterness.

M - Smooth, thin, pretty refreshing.

D - Great. I had this before on tap and remember being disappointed, but from the bottle this is an excellent saison. It's funk has style. Another winner from Weyerbacher. I won't pass this up again.

08-04-2007 00:24:42 | More by mrasskicktastic
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zeff80

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +16.2%

A - Poured out a hazy, orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled funky and like a barnyard. Some caramel maltiness, too.

T - It had a sweet fruity flavor, like apricot. Good caramel sweetness with a surprising alcohol taste.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied ale with a slight warm alcohol presence.

D - Great tasting saison that leans toward the sweet side. It is tasty and easy drinking.

07-24-2009 01:09:40 | More by zeff80
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JohnHoyos

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +16.2%

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy golden with a medium head and lots of lacing. Huge barnyard nose that didn't translate to the taste nearly as much as I thought it would. Mouthfeel is dry, crisp and slightly sour. Big fan of the carbonation on this one. The bubbles are very fine. Not my personal favorite saison-style beer, but I'm not going to kick this one out of bed for eating cookies.

05-18-2007 00:52:30 | More by JohnHoyos
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unclejimbay

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +14.8%

Muse Farmhouse Ale
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 6.20 %, 5/20/09, 22oz bottle>pint glass

A 4.5 - Impressive pillowing creamy head, that lasted the entire beer, heck even after the beer! Awesome lace and head retention. Deep amber color that is golden around the edges, noticeable carbonation ane sediment.
S 4.0 Mild aroma, semi spicy, white pepper and vanilla notes. Distinctly Saison.
T 4.0 - Taste is disticntly a Saison, but sweeter than some others to date. Some mild pepper and dry notes on palate, followed by subtle citrus spice, clove, wheat malt/sweetness.
MF 4.0 - High carbonation, medium in body.
D 4.0 - Very delicious for a "sweeter" Saison example.

06-08-2009 14:13:01 | More by unclejimbay
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Hautacam

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +14.8%

This one is a little odd...but very likeable.
It's a hazy deep golden color with a huge off white head that foams way up the glass.
The smell is pretty funky....barnyard...some medicinal phenol odor.
The taste is not as funky as the smell. It's just slightly sour and sweet....very yeasty, earthy and herbal ,with a funny sage-like spice ....maybe a bit of menthol too. It's really pretty tasty.
The mouhtfeel is medium and the carbonation is high.
Pretty drinkable....I'll look for this one again.

05-21-2007 23:17:14 | More by Hautacam
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AdamB84

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +14.8%

Pours an light-amber gold with a huge head. Nose has lots of citrus notes and spice. Also there is a slight hint of pepper. When drinking this beer it starts off with a big yeasty taste. Has a great hop texture but more taste then in any other saison I've had. The finish is nice with a some sweetness.
All around a very good drinkinable beer that I would purchase again.

07-05-2007 03:11:09 | More by AdamB84
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elinash

New York

4/5  rDev +14%

Pours orange-amber (into a Chouffe glass) with frothy head that fades into a thin film and minimal lacing.

Aroma is kumquats/ lemon.

Taste is more candied than I expect. Belgian yeast perhaps? (research- Forbidden Fruit Yeast- that explains it!) Finishes hoppy and dry, so that carries through and builds as a predominant character after the first sip. There is definitely some rich malt in all the citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel is lively, but it is weightier overall than other saisons I enjoy.

Overall I definitely like it, but it strikes me as a saison that you would drink at the very end of summer or early spring. I also wish there was better head retention.

08-17-2008 22:46:20 | More by elinash
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asabreed

New York

4/5  rDev +14%

Bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Hazy, dirty dark yellow body with a moderately off-white and coating head that doesn't stick to the glass as well as it manages to stay thick and atop the body of the brew very nicely.

Smell: A lot of nice bitter hops instead of the funkiness I had expected, but there have been a lot of Saisons domestically brews with this same characteristic, so it doesn't necessarily surprise me. Also I'm getting some ripe cherry and apple skin. Otherwise it's pretty subdued, but still nice enough to make me go back for more.

Taste: Initial burst of hops before mild phenolic and earthy funk from the yeast. What I like is that the hops turns fairly quickly into flavors of ripe fruit, mostly apples, with some sour cherries and strawberry in there too. Long finish, with the funkiness coming back and complimenting the ripe fruit. Again, as with the aroma, it's fairly subdued, but highly drinkable, and I'm glad they didn't try to go overboard with anything.

Mouthfeel: A crisp, fairly medium-bodied feel with a bite from the carbonation that works well and maintains without feeling spritzy or anything as such.

Drinkability: A solid domestic version of the style. With some tweaking this could be pretty great, but I like it now, and it's one that I'm enjoying rather than scrutinizing every second, which could be good or bad in the opinions of some folks, but for me this is something I'm glad a I purchased, at around $4.50 no less, which you can't beat.

07-06-2007 19:38:41 | More by asabreed
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Franchise

Oregon

4/5  rDev +14%

Pours a dark orange leaving a clear body with a thin white lace. The aroma is malty sweet, caramel, orange, lemon, lots of citrus, herbal hop spiciness. The taste is tart, dry, and mildly carbonated. The mouthfeel is syrupy sweet oranges, lemon, and honey really come to mind. Solid saison, just a well crafted beer.

07-30-2007 17:10:36 | More by Franchise
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14%

A: Poured a beautiful cloudy tangerine-orange color, with a thin, firm head that left only minute traces of lacing.

S: faint oranges, fruit (apples) and sweet caramel as well light peppery hints. Only a touch of yeasty sourness but compliments the aroma nicely.

T: spicy tangerines and oranges, with a light yeasty lemon sourness. There was a light sour fruitiness (apples), light fresh bread, honey, and a decent hop spiciness.

M: creamy with a light tartness. Aptly carbonated bringing out the tart oranges and yeastiness.

D: Liked this one, easy to consume, a solid example per style with a good drinkability.

08-17-2008 14:41:12 | More by beerthulhu
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +14%

light peach colored amber and a huge white head that reached nearly two inches high an never really relented leaving a ton of lacing on the sides.

aroma is very light, pears and apples, touches of banana, clove, hints of grain, but light, almost non existent at points. flavor was about the same, very light, but nice, lots of light fruits, tons of grain and a definte yeast presence that seemed to build over time. just seemed to need that one last pop to push it into the excellent category. still super sessionable and really a nice way to get the afterparty going.

07-24-2011 06:24:09 | More by mikesgroove
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mntlover

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +14%

Pours a hazy pale orange color with a big 2 fingered egg shell head that falls all so slow.

Aroma is good spice mingled with orange and other fruits nice fresh cut grasses all on a funky malty yeasty base.

Taste is farmy wheaty with a nice spice kick that lingers thru out, cloves that blend in the finish with grassy hops and earthy yeasts. Good farmy flavors on a wheat, malt base good spicey finish with a touch of decent bitterness. Nothing complex here but find myself wanting more already.

Mouthfeel is a light medium, decent carbonation, lightly peppy. Spice seems to make the carbonation level seem more peppy somehow.

Drinkability is good, an enjoyable decent brew. Not rated the best but find myself digging this one. Well off to the store for more, think that says more then any rating .

07-19-2007 16:59:41 | More by mntlover
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randomdanger

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +14%

11-15-2011 14:53:06 | More by randomdanger
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Muse Farmhouse Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.