Farmhouse Ale | Broad Ripple Brew Pub

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Broad Ripple Brew Pub
Indiana, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BlackAngus on 08-16-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 2 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by Generik420:
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4.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this after drinking at a number of other pubs earlier in the evening and was kicking myself that I hadn't started at the brewpub first. I easily could have drank this all night, and if my wife could drive a manual transmission, I would have had another. To be honest, I almost missed this on the menu and was about to order something else when my eye caught the description and I noticed it was a saison. This was a beer entered into the microbrew festival. Basically it was a recipe that was passed around to a bunch of places and they all brewed the same thing, and this was theirs.

I was drinking it on their patio at night, so the lighting was odd and it was tough to get a clear idea of the color. Overall it seemed a hazy copper with a light colored head. Wonderful aroma that was sweet, spicy and citrusy just begging to be drank.

The flavor on this is just unbelievable. I had just come from a Belgian brewpub down the road, and this was better then what they put out. Wonderful malty sweetness, more then a hint of citrusy flavors, and a hint of spices present that really all worked great together. Medium bodied but nice crisp finish with a bit of lingering tartness.

Of all the beers I have had at the BRBP, this could be my favorite so far. I find it unfortunate that this may be a one time production, and hope they will offer this again on a more regular basis. I hope to get back there and have some more before it is gone for good, and just may have to send my wife over to pick up a growler. Fantastic and should not be missed.

Edit: I don't mean to imply that the Brugge Brasserie had made the same Saison when I say this was better then what I had there. I was trying to convey that Broadripple Brew Pub, known more for their English style ales, had on this occassion outdone the Brugge Brasserie with a Belgian style ale, at least compared to what I had had earlier that evening. I point out this comparison because the Brugge makes some truly fantastic Belgian beer and wanted to stress how great this beer was.

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4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think this is the first beer I've given a 5 in any category.

It's a Saison, brewed with shagbark hickory syrup from Indiana.

Appearance is a cloudy orange, with a nice white head that faded to a ring, and laced the glass all the way down.

Smell is sweet, fruity, pungent, just what you'd expect from the style.

Taste is out of this world. Sweet, somewhat tart, hops are balanced, fruity, citrusy. Just outstanding.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, carbed just right. Pleasant, light aftertaste that doesn't stay around forever.

Overall, this beer is highly drinkable. It may be the best beer I've had at the BRBP. If I'd had a ride home and a bottomless wallet, I'd have had a dozen of these. It's nicely balanced between being highly flavorful, but yet extremely drinkable.

I had to guess as to the beer's availability. I've never seen it there before, and it said on the menu it was brewed for this year's microbrewer's fest, so I assume it's a one-time deal. Unfortunately.

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Farmhouse Ale from Broad Ripple Brew Pub
4.6 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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