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Gigi’s Farmhouse Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Gigi’s Farmhouse AleGigi’s Farmhouse Ale

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62 Ratings

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mdaschaf on 03-24-2012

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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 15
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4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Fairly light, coppery colour with just a hint of haze - off-white head drops quickly to a thin surface layer of foam.

Smell: Surprisingly complex - lots of different fruity smells that you'd typically associate with 'proper' Belgian beers (think orange, lemon, banana) with an additional mix of earthier, herbal notes and a slight vinegary tang. Lacks the barnyard feel that a lot of Belgian saisons seem to have, though. In short, there's a lot going on here.

Taste: Interesting - definitely a smooth, buttery vibe to this one along with the fruit notes. Quite spicy too, with strong hints of pepper and cloves. Again, seems to lack the 'rawness' and sourness that true Belgian saisons have but that's not necessarily a bad thing in this case.

Feel: Manages to be both smooth, slightly oily and crisp at the same time - no mean feat. Not nearly as dry as you'd imagine and despite the merest hint of alcohol in the aftertaste you'd not think this weighed in at 7.2% ABV.

Overall: I don't think it's fair to compare this to a true Belgian saison - they tend to be fairly raw and astringent, neither of which can be said of Gigi's as it tends more towards the sweet, possibly too sweet for some. Not bad by any means, but perhaps a bit too cloying for my particular tastes.

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1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

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3.52/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/3/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, biscuit, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, biscuit, light honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with a nice crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice saison. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Hazed amber, great head retention

SMELL: Peppery, estery, dragonfruit, creamy, yeast, dried grass, herbal

TASTE: Intensely crisp, spicy, alcohol, slightly buttery, earthy, herbal, nutty yeast, grassy, ripe exotic fruit, parsley, shortbread, faint medicinal; slick, drying finish

So very raw—not lacking in maturity, but more just raw, and it works. It’s not as traditional, more of a modern version here. The aggressive esters do take a toll on this one being drinkable, so you’re better off sharing the bottle between a few people. A lot more fun for tastings and food pairings than on its own.

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Gigi’s Farmhouse Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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