Estate Farmhouse Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Estate Farmhouse AleEstate Farmhouse Ale
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Average: 3.64 | pDev: 11.26%

Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 17

#1,042 ranked American Wild Ale | 6.70% ABV

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Notes: Spring availibility. Estate Farmhouse Ale brewed with wet hops, wild yeast, and aged in wine barrels.
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Estate Farmhouse AleEstate Farmhouse Ale
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 17
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3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A sorta hazy copper color with a soapy tan head that disappears in nanoseconds, the nose is tart (thank you, Brett) and sweet (thank you, wine barrels).

The taste also tart and sweet, which isn’t necessarily something a beer nerd looks for in a farmhouse ale, but it works for me. The wine barrels specifically give this a fuller taste than I expected. I just wish the mouthfeel was a bit more “spritzy,” but I’m still glad I tried this.

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3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Man...this reminds me so much of a mead.... with some funk going on. I can't really decide if I like this or not. Part of me says yes and the other part of me says that this isn't very good so I don't know what that means? I definitely wish that I had opened this fresh and not set on it before a few months. Lots of butter going on which gives it a sort of funky slick oily feeling... taste isn't bad..its just...weird? A bit of peach...some tartness...lots of butterscotch...just a really weird combo..I've decided...this isn't for me...at least not in its present state...its so muddled and weird tasting...SN usually nails their stuff but this one got away from them in a hurry...

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2.61/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't see a date on the bottle. This bottle lists "ALC. 6.3% by vol."

Appearance: The beer is an orange brown with a light pinkish-orange hue where the light strikes the edges. It is a very cloudy beer. A slightly off-white head barely forms and fades quickly. No retention or lacing.

Aroma: There is an aroma of buttered caramel and a light scent of vinegar.

Taste: Up front there is a bit of wood and sweet toffee flavor. This is followed by a light under-ripe strawberry tartness. It finishes muddy and dull with a bit of toffee and a bit of sour fruit.

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit gritty, under-carbonated, and medium bodied. There is a light presence of alcohol.

Overall: It's not a very good American Wild Ale; the flavors are muddy, the presentation is poor, and the aroma is not inviting. This one is a miss from Sierra Nevada. While this beer is drinkable I would not recommend it.

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3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz. Bottle/cork&cage.
U S D A organic.
Poured into an De Kluis Hoegaarden tulip glass

Copper and gold, maybe amber color as well. Tiny rushing bubbles create a constant, low-lying cap.

The nose is crazy complex. Tons of vanilla/Woody/cherry boozy and old red wine cask style aroma's. Old leather, boozy cherry, fruity, dank hops and cherry pie. Like, I said complex.. also, unique.
Kinda like: WTF ‼️.

The wildly fermented yeast is about as extreme and complex as it comes.
Sweet 'n sour sauce flavor on cherries, tangy fruits and tangy heirloom apple pie.

There is a heavy, slick and juicy sweet malt thing, apricot, cherry tobacco and amber grains. Kinda heavy.

A light body to start, then hefty/full and even slick. A bit too slick and slippery.

Oak)cherry/sour)fruity hoppy. Interesting, but not nearly as "wet" or fresh as I would've hoped for. Certainly the wine cask aging brings in a certain depth and charechter, but limits drinkablity and crispness.

Complex, yet heady...rough around the edges...you could call it wild and extreme.

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3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Released April 2019; drank 5/5/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dark amber appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

An even pour yielded a small off-white head; minimal lace.

Peach, apple cider & chardonnay notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Peach & mild caramel flavors up front; oak, tart apple cider & faint chardonnay notes on the finish.

Balanced, not too sour & interesting. It's not a mind-blower, but it's absolutely worth a quaff.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slight hazy light amber color with a slight head and no lacing
A-Aroma has honey and fruity hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a honey and fruity flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Farmhouse Ale

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3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Gary's in Portsmouth.
Slightly hazy deep copper in color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Vinous fruity grape on the nose with a hint of earthy funk. Light oxidized aroma. Flavor is very fruity with little farmhouse ale evident. Moderate woody tannin notes. Decent beer

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3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375mL corked bottle coded 284 D2 1203 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 6.3% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright, light golden amber in color with off white head. No lacing.
The head recedes rather quickly to an island of tiny bubbles and thin ring. The aroma is moderate in strength and offers over ripe fruit, brown sugar, red wine, oak and a hint of tartness. The taste is tart and mildly sweet malt with accents of ripe fruit and brown sugar before a mildly oaky and unbitter finish. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good. Not overly sour or vinegar-like with a real malt presence some nice notes from the barrels.

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3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/26/2019. Pours slightly hazy deep golden/orange/amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and flufy off white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace. Minimal spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Good appearance. Aromas of big fairly tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, apple peels, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, honey, white bread dough, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of caramel, toffee, oaken vanilla, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big fairly tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, apple peels, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, honey, white bread dough, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of caramel, toffee, oaken vanilla, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Light peppery Brett/wine tannin spiciness, lactic tartness, and wine tang on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, apple peels, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, honey, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, caramel, toffee, oaken vanilla, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/tart/spiciness and tangy wine balance; with no cloying/puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/spiciness, and wine tang. Medium-plus carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and fairly acidic/tangy/tannic mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6.3%. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged sour/wild saison. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; very soft feel for the style. Very well rounded Brett/bacteria complexity, wine barrel presence/integration, and bready malts against acidity. Lightly sweet with lingering dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example; just a bit too sweet for what I expected from the style.

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3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Strong head production, but I actually expected more from the style. Body is surprisingly dark; I expected a golden ale, but this is a fairly dark (but clear) amber.

Nose is soft and sweet, featuring tannins, flowers, honey, and a touch of wine. Flavor follows, with a strong, sweet malt base, honey, and wine. Mildly tart, and exceptionally drinkable.

For a "wild ale aged in wine barrels," this isn't a particularly sour beer, although it does carry some tartness. Instead, it's a moderately sweet, medium bodied brew, mildly tart, and very tasty overall.

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Estate Farmhouse Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 17 ratings