Estate Farmhouse Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Estate Farmhouse AleEstate Farmhouse Ale
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #907
Ranked #22,546
3.72 | pDev: 11.02%
Apr 07, 2022
Apr 03, 2019
Very Good
Estate Farmhouse AleEstate Farmhouse Ale
Notes: Estate Farmhouse Ale brewed with wet hops, wild yeast, and aged in wine barrels.
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3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JayQue from Virginia

A nice sour from Sierra Nevada. Poured from a corked and caged12 oz bottle into a flute glass, this beer displayed as a well carbonated amber color with lots of bubbles and a fizzy, delicate white head. Not much in the way of head retention or lacing, more like a fizzy champagne. First impression on aroma and taste is yeast and sourness. The sourness was just at the right level - not too vinegary but still quite pronounced. As you get used to the sourness, the fruit and wine barrel flavoring become more noticeable. The fruit is mostly ripe peaches that provide a little sweetness to go along with the sourness and there is a touch of bitterness from the oak barrel. Mouthfeel is enhanced with a strong "pucker factor" from the wild yeast strain and the level of carbonation. Very enjoyable!!!!

Apr 07, 2022
3.4 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Mar 13, 2022
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4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BalancingBrooms from Illinois

Murky brunt orange with brown hues, thin white head. Nose is very malty and hop forwards with pine and orange zest, honestly reminds me of bigfoot on the nose? Taste opens with a vinous character, with dried apricots, dried cherries, and dried cranberry sourness, that folds into a bready malt. Oak comes through near the end with vanilla sweet dates and apricot. Ends dry and ever so slightly puckering in the back. Body is light to medium with medium carbonation. Overall somewhat all over the place but evolves and has hidden complexities. Kind of like a fruit cake to be honest. Not what i'd usually expect from SN. It's a very interesting beer.

Mar 27, 2021
4.08 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Feb 26, 2021
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2.45/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

12.7oz corked and caged bottle, $10 from E.P. Liquors

Pours up brown, mostly clear, minimal head. Smells surprisingly hoppy, with lots of oak and wood and alcohol. The taste follows very closely, leaning pretty heavy on the wine barrel flavors. Some fermented fruit, sickly sweet alcohol soaked oak, dry white wine-like sweet esters. Even more wood and wine comes through as it warms...

This one was all over the place, and none of the places were enjoyable. I thought it was interesting, but Id be lying if I said I thoroughly enjoyed it - I was grimacing every other sip. It's drinkable, but barely. Complete failure of a Wild Ale

Feb 20, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Billolick from New York

Mid sized bottle, caged and corked, but sadly lacking any vintage or freshness info.

Pours out with a medium haze, minimal lacing left on the glass....carbonation seemingly on the low side.

Ripe fruits and some vinegar on the sniff.

On the palate its a bunch of fruits, cherries, peaches, apricots, some smoky/woody notes...complex, interesting, and highly worthy offering...well worth a try...went well with some cheddar on toast and a peppery salad...go get dome of this nectar and enjoy

Sep 05, 2020
4.03 by drstalker from Illinois on Jul 25, 2020
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3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

Out of a corked, caged bottle with no date that I can see. Sampled on April 18, 2020.

Nice looking copper-amber pour with good clarity and a quickly dissipating off-white head.

An array of complex aromas such as anise, brown sugar, fruit, musk, dankness, and wild yeast. Not Brett.

Medium or better body.

The taste is sweet at first and then tart toward the end. But I also get this licorice and anise character in the flavor. A fascinating beer but I probably won't try it a second time.

Apr 18, 2020
3.75 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Apr 02, 2020
3.79 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Apr 02, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Brewers of wilds and saisons strive for terroir. Estate Farmhouse has terroir. In fact, its terroir is so convincing that it I am sitting here on Leap Year Day in Chicago and it feels like I am sitting in the Northern Central Valley near Chico and am enjoying a bowl of pasta and red sauce... overlooking a fecund peach orchard and, just for affect, I am downwind.

And by the way, this Wild pairs great with the red sauce... so good that it could be a saison (which is what I thought I bought.) And while I'm not glad to have yet another Wild, I am glad to have this one. If the subtlety of its tart was emulated more often, I would be less shy of Wilds.

Given BA's new deal with Untappd, I am getting reflective and wonder how much data will be available to me. (Or if an old man like me can ever figure out Untappd.) So in that vein, I ask why I am so hard on SN. Until this Estate Farmhouse Ale, I rated only 1 out of 9 of SN ales above the BA average. Certainly part of my way-below average ratings is palate preference: I confess to being a malt-head and SN is famous for hoppy brews. But, I also should be more respectful of the first generation of the craft movement that is now its grandfathers. Also, SN is probably among the movement's few genuine godfathers by the standards they have set and the careers SN fostered and the competitors they collaborated with and encouraged. Furthermore, I also subscribe to the Club Euro Saison Head (a phrase coined courtesy of StonedTrippin.) And being much more a fan of traditional saisons, I am very glad to give Estate Farmhouse a rating well-above average in the hope it shows other American crafters that mildly tart is better than sour.

10/21/21 Found another copy. Less than peak, but also a milder tart. Counting over @ UnTappd.

Mar 01, 2020
4 by aztraz from Sweden on Jan 13, 2020
4.1 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Dec 27, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

a sexy little bottle of beer here that sells itself to me by the packaging alone, so pretty, not a lot of beer from these guys in this format, and its immediately appealing. this estate project has taken on some cool forms over the years, this easily the most evolved to me, wild ale in red wine barrels, and i have to assume peaches, with the aroma and flavor and label on this one, no way this isnt fruited right?! a hazy light amber from the bottle and a ton of funk and acid on the nose, oak tannins, red wine piquancy, sweet ripe juicy stone fruit, apricot and peach, vanilla from the wood, rich almost maris otter type malt from their property, and no real hop profile to speak of, even though i expect in an estate beer from sierra nevada, especially with wet hops stated here. hops are almost irrelevant in flavor to me, even though its cool they are in here and wet and homegrown, its sour and wine drive, almost flemish to me, with an acidity approaching a vinegar level. there is weirdly some oxidation to the grain here, this hasnt been out that long, but it tastes a little fading to me, perhaps just all the wine on it. plum and raspberry and cherry notes from the vino, some malt sweetness here too. a little less refined than it could be, especially from sierra, but a complex and interesting expression of their brewery, maybe a little too sour, but the peach i taste is awesome, nectar, and the layers of flavor come out even more as this warms. neat combination of estate ingredients, wine barrels, and the fruit which has to be in here, hoping for more funk less acid, but glad to have gotten into this one with new friends! these guys remain underappreciated for this sort of thing...

Dec 11, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12.7oz bottle. Caged and corked bottle. USDA Organic. No dating information found.
Apple juice, medium amber colored body. Fizzy off white head, with a bubble fed ring. No lacing.
Aroma of apple, peach, oak, and apple butter.
Taste is like a cinnamon caramel apple. Sweet with just a touch of tartness. Lots of wine oak earthiness at the end. The end is dry.
Medium mouth feel, with a buttery texture. Very good carbonation.
A very mellow wild ale/farmhouse/saison type beer that has a very different buttery texture, and a flavor overlaid with the wine and oak barrel. Any tartness quickly passes and the beer reminds me of a buttery cocktail with apple liquor and spices.

Nov 21, 2019
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Gajo74 from New York

Pours a slightly cloudy light amber and copper color. A wispy head quickly vanishes.

The aroma displays lots of sweetness with notes of honey and vanilla. I was expecting some tartness in the nose, however, I’m not getting it here. There are fruity notes of grape, slightly vinous.

The taste is tart with lots of honey sweetness in the background. Vinous notes of tart white and red grapes evoke both red and white wine. There is a rustic quality with notes of oak and wood. There are flavors of berries, currant and lime. The ever present sweetness, for me, slightly overpowers the tartness.

Medium bodied and moderate carbonated. The finish is dry and tart but not too mouth puckering.

I don’t quite know what to make of this one as it doesn’t seem to fit a particular style. In addition, the balance felt a bit off as I feel that the sweetness detracted from some of the qualities of the wild yeast.

Nov 01, 2019
4.07 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Oct 26, 2019
3.98 by smi69 from New York on Sep 29, 2019
3.69 by CreightonSM from New York on Sep 22, 2019
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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours an effervescent copper with near zero beige colored head. No head retention or lacing

S: Jammy, red grapes

T: Follows the nose, super dry with red wine notes, a touch of woody hops as well. Dryness, apricot, oakyness & red wine, peach brandy, choke cherries & a little figgyness as this warms. Finishes oaky, acidic with just a little red wine still fighting through

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation

Very complex, I enjoyed it, but not a good value. I am not one that gets excited when I see organic on a beer label

Sep 19, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

12.7oz corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 2/26/19, so six months old

Dull, cloudy, dark Amber/yellow body. Small white head quickly dissipates to a ring and faint covering leaving no lacing

Wine and berry aroma

Interesting and odd tasting beer. The first thing you notice is a slightly slick vanilla taste. Then the other flavors begin to wash over you. It's lightly sour, tart, and woody. There are fruit and wine elements present. No hop taste, which after 6 months is understandable. Makes me think of a Flanders old bruin.

Mouth above medium, finish complex, managing to be tart, fruity, dry, and slick.

Overall, an interesting and thought provoking beer. Happy to have tried it, but wouldn't want a regular diet of it.

Aug 26, 2019
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3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by Noah_Aimar from Oregon

Absolutely not to style. Surprised Sierra Nevada even put this one out. This is a big miss.

Aug 24, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by ovaltine from Indiana

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.

Jul 14, 2019
3.5 by schopenhauerale from Arizona on Jul 05, 2019
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3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
by Tilley4 from Tennessee

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 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...

Jun 18, 2019
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2.61/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by teromous from Virginia

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.

Jun 09, 2019
3.49 by Gemini6 from Michigan on May 28, 2019
3.96 by golf4collet from West Virginia on May 18, 2019
3.01 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana on May 16, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

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 could call it wild and extreme.

May 15, 2019
3.9 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on May 14, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

May 06, 2019
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VABA from Virginia

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

May 05, 2019
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2.99/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Sweet. Like a wine cooler from the eighties.

May 04, 2019
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3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

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

Apr 28, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by jkblr from Indiana

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.

Apr 28, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by superspak from North Carolina

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.

Apr 25, 2019
3.53 by fehrminator from North Carolina on Apr 19, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Roguer from Connecticut

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.

Apr 03, 2019
Estate Farmhouse Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 39 ratings