Springhouse Ale | AleWerks Brewing Company

Springhouse AleSpringhouse Ale
BA SCORE
3.57/5
143 Ratings
Springhouse AleSpringhouse Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
alewerks.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by on 10-08-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,307
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
143
pDev:
12.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of ditch
4.8/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at the brewery tour this weekend. Wish I would have bought more!

Pours a hazy apricot. Big white fluffy head. Pour it slow or you'll waste some. Lacing is quite sticky and head continues to cover the top all the way down.

They aroma is spot on for this style. You can smell the Belgian yeast spice. Lemon zest and grass. Very aromatic.

The taste blew me away. Spicy citrus and sweet. White grapes. Almost a dry champagne.A little bit of funk. Slight alcohol burn in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light, dry and very carbonated. The pour lead me to believe it was going to be too much. I believe it compliments the flavor nicely.

Drinkability is great. I could easily drink a bottle or two of these. Will definitely buy more when I see them!

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Photo of KurtBinVA
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of JamesS
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice light golden color with some very nice head and a bit of nice lacing. Excellent scent, very sweet and grainy, with an interesting complex grain aroma; hints of spices in the nose (very light and could not distinguish). Great taste, a nice crisp malt deepness with light flavors; interesting light spices, with hints of cherry and bubblegum, as well as the slightest hint of pepper. Goes down very well, especially for such a high ABV saison.

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Photo of surrealtree
4.41/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Axnjxn
4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrOH
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: hazy orange gold, big fluffy white head, could use more lacing and better retention
aroma: yellow stone fruits: peach, apricot, etc., trailed by a hint of musk mixed with alcohol
taste: phenolic spiciness, muscadine grapes, apricot, and a touch of earth, with a cleansing, hoppy finish
mouthfeel: mouthfilling without being sticky, just the right amount of body for an august evening
drinkability: dangerously moreish at 8%

Definitely made for american tastes, so it's not a by the book saison. A bit too much hoppiness, but it blends in fairly well. Definitely an easy to drink, high test summer ale.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look is a cloudy golden orange with a frothy head.

Dry straw aroma. Funky yeast notes.

Taste is dry with orange notes. Not a typical farmhouse kinda like a hefe but more peppery.

Thin taste.

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Photo of csurowiec
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WunderLlama
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle poured into a snifter, clear copper in color
aroma of yeast, bit of funk,
taste is of malt, yeast and a sweet hard rock candy taste
the taste reminds me more like a dubbel
good beer

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Photo of JayQue
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 1306 of 2008. I have never had a Saison before, but I enjoyed this beer. I'll have to try a few different saisons before I can say anything about true to style...etc.

Pours a cloudy ice tea color amber, medium size white head with average retention and a little lacing.

Aroma is a bit like a sour and fairly pronounced.

Taste has a lot going on. There is an earthy yeast thing going on, a little hops bitterness up front, spiciness (black pepper) throughout and (at the start) a pronounced tartness/sourness that mellows out as you drink. There is an overall sweetness that comes out after the initial shot of sourness and the sour taste is pretty much at the end.

I'm glad the sourness gets under control, I am not a fan of sour beers. The other flavors blend and mellow out nicely.

Mouthfeel is good...rich..spiciness on the tongue and just sweet enough to blend the rest of the flavors together.

Drinkability is good...Goes down deceptively easy for an 8% beer. Not even a hint of alcohol. If this is what the style is, I like it!!! If not, another quirky winner from Williamsburg Alewerks.

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Photo of joepais
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bboyshatter for another fine brew.
Bottle 1531 of 2008 that I poured into a Chimay goblet produced plenty of carbonation but no head or lace. The color of the brew was a nice looking hazy peach color with tons of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass.

Aromas of sweet apricots, and funk filled my head. The flavors is very sweet, and fruity as well. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp so it is very refreshing to drink

This is a fine Saison also easy to drink. I finished the bottle, and was looking for more. This brew really is worth the try

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

new batch from Williamsburg

a: unibroue tulip, rich golden-orange in color, a voluminous head fills the glass and recedes very slowly, great retention

s: nose of delicate fruits - peach, apricot, becoming more grainy as it warms, nice sugar presence stays in check, lightly tropical with some ripe pineapple, orange, and flashes of banana, dusty yeast, hops bright and almost spicy

m: carbonation lively, a bit heavy for the style - ranging towards medium, but not really a detractor

t: pale malt body brings light-moderate sugars, sweet for a saison, and flavors of peach, banana, orange, and apricot before transitioning to a light spiciness and more grain in the middle, finishes bitter with a pulpy citrus hop flavor

d: no problem, a nice little saison and much better than recent tastings of the old version with mr. lou

bomber from Norm's, Vienna, VA

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Photo of ksurkin
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, 2010 release, from grape & gourmet. pours a gorgeous orange-gold with a massive, creamy, white head leaving thick sheets of lace. aroma is very nice with big, crisp fruit notes of pear, apricot, and green apple skins with hints of red grape backed by belgian yeast, spice notes of coriander and clove and touches of wheatgrass and dry malts. flavor is pretty tasty with sweet, slightly dry fruit notes of apple, pear, and white grape up front backed by dry, slightly funky, yeasty, dark bread, light spice, wet grass, and earthy hops. palate is medium bodied with big carbonation and a dry, herbal yet fruity finish. overall, a tast belgian strong from geoff and the alewerks boys.

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Photo of ksolekjr
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of scottDC
4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. The pour is hazy orange with a big, sticky, white head. The aroma is full of lemon zest and spices. It taste as good as it smells, big lemon zest notes as well as peach and general spiciness. The finish lingers with a fruity sweetness. The beer is light and effervescent,. I had no idea it was an 8% abv. I really liked this one.

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Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 1085 of 2008 - poured into a snifter for a clear ruby tinted seethru brown body with a quick dieing head. huge amount of caramel and roasted malt with some yeast and oragne in there, along w/ oak, syrup and earthy hops. A sticky and fuller bodied beer, but surprisingly smooth and sweet with roasted, caramel and hints of chocolate malt coming through. Balanced well with some tart and sour fruits like orange and something akin to raspberry(?). Finishes dry and easy with hints of coffee and biscuit malt. A chill beer which caught me offguard; reminded me of a Belgian Ale or a barleywine more than an a American Ale.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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Springhouse Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 143 ratings
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