Springhouse Ale | AleWerks Brewing Company

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Springhouse AleSpringhouse Ale

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AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by on 10-08-2008

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 143
Photo of pitasoup
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to neorunner for this 22oz bomber.

A: Golden orange/yellow, hazy, with a couple fingers of white head.

S: belgian yeasts, lemons, a touch of honey at the end, dust, peppers, banana and clove.

T: taste does not match the smells. overly phenolic to the point of being cloying, harshly unbalanced. a touch of hop bitterness and dust as well.

M: medium bodied, dry and a bit astringent

O: drinkability is a bit low. I'd like to let this sit for a couple of more years and perhaps it'll be more balanced.

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Photo of Pencible
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like lager yeast and wheat, with lemon grass and earthy musk, and a bit of citrus and spice.
T: It tasted like lemon and candi sugar and wild yeast, with earthy wheat and spice. It had a clean and crisp aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice and slick.
D: This really put the farm in farmhouse ale. It didn't smell great to me, but the taste was better. Very nice body and well hidden alcohol made it pretty easy to drink. A generally enjoyable beer, but nothing special or memorable.

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Photo of ebby82
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold into a pint glass from my growler. This was kegged only about a week ago, so its still quite fresh.

A- Freshly mown lawn, hops, a summer's day.

T- Bitter hops, with a funky, undefinable taste to follow. Certainly unique, intriguing, and worthwhile.

M- Smooth, with just the right carbonation.

O- I had this last year in the bottle, but this year's version on tap is even tastier. A really refreshing beer, and as I mentioned previously, very unique. I'm really starting to love saisons, and this is a fine example of the versatility of the style.

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Photo of stakem
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken on 1/19/11.

Bomber care of wishuwerebeer, thanks for sharing Bryan. Poured into a couple of wine glasses, this brew appears a clouded orange color. A huge amount of big white bubbly head swells up and over the top of the glassware and just hangs. As it recedes, it leaves patches of lacework all over the glass.

The aroma is spicy with Belgian yeast inidcations. Somewhat sweet smelling with clove and orange peel. A little bit of Pune essence and lemony notes fall into place as well.

The taste is quite sweet with a little too much caramel malt sweetness that lingers with residual sugar. Trying to see past the sweetness, spicy Belgian yeast flavors are present blended with orange peel, lemon and a light amount of funk. A mild earthy and herbal bitterness resides inside the mouth completely clashing with the sugary forefront.

This is a medium bodied brew with an lively, active and excessive amount of carbonation. Very prickly on the tongue even for a high carbed style. A good mix of flavor all across the board but a bit too sweet that prevented me from enjoying more than a glass. A decent effort, I would try this again if they could dry it out a little more.

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Photo of ditch
4.8/5  rDev +34.1%
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 tchenery
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks beautiful. It has a huge billowy two finger head slightly off white on top of a rich deep orange body. It's a bit hazy, but not opaque.

It smells like grass, herbs, citrus zest, and bread.

The taste is up front funky! It's bready and yeasty and has this strange puckering (but not sour) apricot flavor. It's extremely complex and I'm sure it will taste completely different at the end of the beer as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very full. The lifting power of the bubbles helps, but only slightly. It also leaves you chalky and dry.

Drinkability is pretty average. I can see people not liking this one due to the first taste but if you can dig the funk, it's worth it.

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Photo of jlandis
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours crystal clear straw golden in color with a gigantic billowing white head that is at least 4 fingers tall. I'll have to give this one a few minutes to settle down. The aroma is full of clove, lemon, sweet malt and Belgian spice. The flavor is unexpectedly sweet, but the clove and spice are spot on. There is also plenty of Belgian candied sugar and vanilla. The body is solid with tons of carbonation.

I would have liked for a tart dry finish, and the sweetness is a real turn off. The other aspects of the beer are great, but I keep coming back to the sweetness. I kind of wish this was only a 12oz bottle instead of a bomber.

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Viciousknishs
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I would just like to start out by saying that the new Alewerks Brewers Choice labels are three piece suit classy. Now lets look at the guts in that suit!

A- Pours a hazy golden amber. Looks like a translucent orange with the sun shining through it. It has a large pillowy eggshell white head with great retention.

S- Initially you get a pleasant burst of lemon and spice with belgian yeast and a little sugary vanilla on the back end.

T- Springhouse has loads of Belgian candi, yeast and sticky sweetness. A slight tinge of vanilla, spice and lemon citrus notes follow the sweetness that is in my humble opinion makes it a little lopsided. The finish is not as dry as I would have liked and that you come to expect in the style, but is not enough to be off putting. Also I would have liked to have tasted a bit more spiciness to balance out the sweetness. Overall pretty solid and definitely worth checking out.

M- Slick and does a good job coating the palate. slight champagne like carbonation.

D- Could only do one or two of these because of the sweetness.

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Photo of billab914
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a light amber/orange color a huge, foamy, white head filling half of the glass. Head retention was pretty good and the lacing on the glass was excellent.

The aroma has a citrusy zest to it with a bit of a peach fruitiness to it. The Belgian yeast adds a some spicy, almost peppery notes. Some sweet, grainy malt flavors come through as well.

The taste has a bit of that sweet, peachy, fruitiness to it as well. The flavor seems a bit too sweet and almost sugary though for me. A bit of the Belgian yeast spice comes through as well. It finishes with more of a tart, fruity flavor with a moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little above average carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had OK flavors to it overall. It felt a bit sweet at times which hurts it some, but still wasn't a bad beer overall. Average tasting for the style at best though.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Great looking beer. Large head on this one and the bubbles are just off white and tiny. They look kind of like the bubbles from a well made cappuccino. And the body is light caramel.

The smell is spicy yeast up front followed by a hint of malt sweetness. A hint of grassiness is noticed as well.

I was kind of taken aback by how much flavor was in this one. Lots of peppery spice followed by a hint of sweetness. Well done, but nothing to stand out here.

This one is a little bit heavy for my preference in a farmhouse ale, but not to the entire detriment of my drinking experience. If it was feasible, I would love to share this one again some time.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

New 22 oz bottle with a pretty, rustic label. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a radiant, hazed orange amber with a large frothy white head that has good retention and light lacing. Aroma is interesting and pleasant, a blend of sweet tropical fruits and sugars with a musty, earthy Belgian yeast and estery typical saison base. Body is odd, medium thick and slightly juicy with very active, fine carbonation. Finish is dry and earthy, very refreshing with an undertone of sweetness.

But the flavor...oh the flavor, what happened to this. Hiding in here is a pleasant, earthy saison, but this is so ridiculously over the top sugary and sweet its very difficult for me to continue drinking this. It almost feels like there is a layer of canned peach juice floating on top of an exceptionally earthy and dirty saison in both flavor and body. Ugh, this could have been a very unique, enjoyable saison but the balance before sweet and dry earthy is non-existent in addition to way too much artificial sugar sweetness.

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Photo of MrOH
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
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 blackie
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

I'm diggin' the new label on this guy. It pours a hazy amber orange topped by over a finger of healthy white foam. The nose is somewhat musty and dusty, with plenty o' wheat and grass, a touch of lemon zest, and a hint of coriander. The taste is heavier on the citrus, particularly orange and grapefruit. Some citrus hops continue the theme. A touch of coriander and earthy pepper lend a hint of spice to the proceedings. Unfortunately, near the end, a kind of funky orange peel-ness forces its way in, taking things in an unflattering direction. I assume it's one of the hop varieties involved, but I'm not entirely sure. The body is a heavy light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, if it weren't for the unappetizing flavor near the end, this would be a pretty solid saison. I'm sure others would not have this experience, though...

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Photo of wchesak
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 year 8% abv
1629 of 2008

A - pours a slightly hazy orange amber color, fluffy off white head, some circular lacing

S - tart lemon, key lime, farmhouse style yeast, bit of cracked black pepper

T - tart, almost green apple, definitely lemony, back of the palette is pretty dry and slightly bitter, want more spice characteristics

M - good carbonation for the style, high side of light bodied, crisp

D - they make another springhouse ale that has a higher ABV, would like to get 2 of those bottles (one to drink, one to age), only had one of these though, held up rather well, towards the end the alcohol shows up a bit more

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Photo of JamesS
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
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 Zraly
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle 395 (2008). Purchased from the brewery store front in Williamsburg.

Light amber with minimal head. Smells funky and earthy.

Interesting flavor profile: hints of spice underlie slightly sour malt notes. Hints of green grapes, raw grain, and lemon. Yeast and bread notes provide the main structure. Corn and sugar. Dry finish -- a bit chalky. Vinous. I wish the carbonation was a bit more forward, as it would lift the mouthfeel a bit and make this much more drinkable.

I like it, but think it could be refined a bit with better carbonation. Decent, but has the potential to be quite good. Would go well with roasted chicken.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle 1304 of 2008.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, golden-orange body with a thinnish, white head that dissipates quite quickly.

Smell: Fruity, sweet-scented nose of grainy malts, almond sugar, light spice, and ripe fruits.

Taste: A taste of simple syrup of poured lazily of some fresh malted barley. Slight hint of almonds. Meager pinch of spice. Fruity flavors of glazed apricots and raisins. Subtle bitterness. Rush of drying, warming alcohol precludes the fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Sits a bit heavily on the tongue.

Drinkability: Yeesh! The things they call saisons these days. It's like saying brown rice is actually the legs of itty-bitty, unborn chicken fetuses. It's just plain crazy talk. The heavy mouthfeel and alcoholic nature of this beer make it the antithesis of refreshment.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Bottle 0207 of 2008.

This baby pours a clear deep copper color that does not scream "farmhouse ale" to me. A nice fluffy tan head rises and stays for a while. Lacing is solid.

A big Belgian yeasty aroma, with some sour apple and light hop spice. There is an undertone of bready malt as well. Taste is yeasty, reminding me a lot of the Wy1214 I have used for several Belgian styles. Some alcohol warmth comes through along with a bit of a cider character. Finishes with some bubblegum and alcohol notes. I do not get any spice in the taste.

In my opinion this is a bit more of a Belgian strong golden ale (color notwithstanding) than a Saison. A good, enjoyable beer but misses the style by quite a bit.

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Photo of JayQue
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
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 rcusick
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 0708 of 2008

I purchased this beer on a recent trip to the brewery in August 2009, it is a 2008 brewers reserve and they had a few bottles left in the store, and was even discounted! ($4.00 down from $6.50)

Don't have much experience with the farmhouse style of beers so i can't comment on how close to the style it is, but i can say i am enjoying this beer very much.

darker then i was expecting, its amber in color with some cloudyness from the settled yeast in the beer. much fuller mouthfeel then i was expecting, coats the tongue nicely all the way through a sip.

Taste is most similar to dunklewiesse and amber wheat beers i have drank.

All and all a very tasty beer, would definitely buy again if they have any left next time i make it to the brewery.


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Photo of TheMistler
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy copper brew, darker than I expected. Disconcertingly, it pours thick, syrupy. Off white head, not too much of one.

Lots of lighter, sweet malts to the nose. Grainy dough, caramel. Restrained funk. Apple. The teensiest sharp hints at the end, with slight pepper notes and lemon zest.

This is a saison? Sure, there is some citrus up front, but it gets sweet right quick. Grains are unfortunately the least of the malt profile, with caramel and even simple sugar on top. Lemon and some bubble gum float underneath the malts. Yeast. Sharp hops and a wee bit of funk linger on the palate. The finish is pretty darn dry, given the malty sweetness that is predominant for much of the initial taste. For all my qualms with the taste, the interplay of sweet and dry is fairly nice.

Syrupy, with some chewiness and a certain creaminess. Very little CO2 prickliness. It goes down fairly easy, but...

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Photo of dirtylou
2.24/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

on tap at the big hunt - pretty stoked to have a local saison on what turned out to be a night of saisons

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint - rich amber body (is this the right beer?). light beige cap

smell: big and bready - minimal saison funk

taste: well well. probably the worst saison this side of Lazy Mutt. This was truly not drinkable for the style - tasted more like a jacked up (bad) american amber. a girl at the table noticed we werent drinking it and tried/loved it. that was the final indication that this was that bad. very little saison traits, and from the sounds of it 3 years old

mouthfeel: WAY too heavy

drinkability: not

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Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a good BA, guinnessfan, for this 650 mL bomber, number 1963 of 2008. Bottle 2 of my night of saisons.

A: The saison is a darker amber color, a coupla' hues lighter than its bottle. The fuller darkness leaves the ale opaque. A small head, practically nonexistent after a few minutes, doesn't leave any lace.

S: The nose is pretty malty, lacking the wild essence of a saison (in its defense, it is labelled as an American farmhouse ale). The strength is reminiscent of a strong ale, which was its original designation. Cereal grains and some sugary sweetness fight for the spotlight.

T: The strength of the ale reveals a strong fruity depth. Sweetness mixes with in-your-face cereal grains. Apples and green grapes appear prominently, driving the mid-sip flavlor. The finish is sweeter, sugary with a mild anise aftertaste. Some funkiness runs below the surface, not tart but enough to remind you that it is there. An interesting ale that can't quite make up its mind between strong ale and saison.

M: The mouthfeel is at once dry & fruity and sweet & tart. Its strength is much better suited for colder weather.

D: The heaviness is evident, weighing down the drinkability. The fruit flavors are a welcome complexity in the ale.

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