Small Batch Series No. 2: Texas Farmhouse Ale | Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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Small Batch Series No. 2: Texas Farmhouse AleSmall Batch Series No. 2: Texas Farmhouse Ale
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Small Batch Series No. 2: Texas Farmhouse AleSmall Batch Series No. 2: Texas Farmhouse Ale

Brewed by:
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by champ103 on 08-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 20
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arruves with a hazy honey color capped by an inch of foam that leaves plenty of streaky lace behind

Smell: Grainy and spicy, with a farmhouse yeast character

Taste: Spicy from the outset, with a white pepper and coriander tone buttressed by a tart lemony character; the tartness continues, after the swallow, though there is a bit of residual sweetness underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Overall: A nice Saison with a bit of a tart lemony kick; a bit too high in ABV to be truly refreshing but still very good

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of stakem
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

375ml bottle into a tulip. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a big pillow-like whit head that is 3 fingers strong. A constant stream of lively carbonation surges to the surface in support of the cap that slowly fades leaving an uneven surface atop. Some stringy lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma initially is pleasantly fruity with notes of pear, apples, clove, bubblegum and an accenting note of fruity hops. Some tang and earthen notes are also present giving this a uniquely familiar character about it but I can't quite put my finger on it. As the brew warms up, it has a minor hint of sulfur and almost a mild smoky note.

The flavor of this brew has an aspect of pear and apple skins blending into a bit of clove and pepper. There is a touch of smoked aspect also present that I was not expecting. A bit of sulfur, funky cheese and earthen character takes this brew off in a wildly different direction than the first impressions would lead you to believe.

This is a medium bodied brew with an ample amount of lively carbonation. It is uplifting and tingly on the palate that helps move the flavors across the tongue. The alcohol is pretty well integrated but overall I found this brew to be a bit disjointed and confusing. Certainly unique and even after I finished my glass, I am left scratching my head trying to figure out if I really liked this or not.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of champ103
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky, dirty looking pale orange color. At first a massive white head forms, but recedes in a second to a ring. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Light Belgian yeast, wood, spice, phenols. Enjoyable, if not particularly engaging.
T: Spicy and phenolic yeast up front. Light fruity flavors, mostly citrus and lemon rind.
M/D: A medium body that is very effervescent. Crisp and dry, but way to thin for my liking. Not hard to drink. I will finish the bottle, but not something I will come back to often.

I found this pretty standard. Especially considering all that went into making this. Like most of Ranger Creeks latest offerings, pretty ho hum.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Dope
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date is 7/19/12, Batch 001.

A: Pours a clear gold with a big fizzy, almost soda-like white head. Head fizzes away quickly, zero lacing. Decent retention at least.

S: Heavy on the pears, apples and a little grass. Bready too.

T: Again with the pear and apples but the apples are a bit overripe. Decent wet grass too. Spicy belgian yeast with some breadiness in there. Bubblegum. Finish and lingering aftertaste has a bit of meatiness oddly enough. Kind of unusual.

M: Medium bodied, standard.

O: Meh. Decent saison but the meatiness is a bit odd, not sure what causes that. Otherwise flavorful and standard as far as saisons go.

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Photo of gtermi
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden body with a thick white head that slowly fades and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: There is a little wheat smell, with some fruity yeast and sweet grain.

T: I am picking up some sweet fruit, banana, wheat, funky yeast and a bit of tartness.

M: Strong amount of crispness and carbonation. It is amazingly creamy. I really enjoy this.

O: This isnt more than a decent beer.I really enjoy the other Ranger Creek beers, but this isnt one of those that hits the spot. Not too bad, but not amazing.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Boto
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle: Thanks Kaggie! This one pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow color. There was a HUGE frothy, fizzy white head on it that took awhile to go down. It has a nice nose to it. Pretty standard fare for a saison: grassy, a bit earthy, spices, some faint fruits, woody, lots going on there. The taste is also good. Some spiciness, faint fruits, wheat, yeastiness. A very nice beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1582nd Review on BA
Bottle to LA Teku Glass
12.7oz Waxed

Bottled 7/18/12
Thanks to Shoky01 for this one

App- A bit of a darker orange intermixed with some good yellows and golds in the glass. A bit dense in the center and produced a very lively and lovely 2 finger slow receding head with a good cling and lace behind it.

Smell- A little bit like some of the CCB Dos Costas Oestes variants. Had notes of being a little woody. (No pun inteded) had some fruits behind it but not much, a little bit of a marshmellow aroma and rounded out by a smoldering grainy ash aroma (<- Very faint though, on a large pull)

Taste- This was a nice little saison/walloon. Had a good amount of layering of flavors and a bit of a light ash flavor to it. A nice depth of flavor across the board. A bit of a suprise sipper at the 7.7%. You get a flavoring of the different woods that were used but not much and maybe a tinge of the fruits. This did have some of the requisite saison notes. A little bit of pepper, lemon, wheat and earthy flavors as well.

Mouth- A thicker light body. Id call it a medium body with a medium carbonation as well. A bit wet and a bit dry at the same time. Residual flavors of the ash stick around for a little bit but dont necessarily leave you saying too much. Nice and light.

Drink- This was pretty good. Way above average, but to call it a walloon doesnt the ABV have to be cut in about 1/2? Pretty tasty, but not sure I'd seek out again in trade.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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2.51/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, xpimptastikx!

(Aged for 1 year)

A pretty enough saison. Mildly hazed golden with a persistent, moderately-sized off white head of large bubbles. Not a lot of lace left down the glass, but there is definitely some. Pretty and appropriate.

The aroma is fairly standard for an American saison. Dried grass and hay. A very mild citrus note in the background. What is strange about this brew is there's a bit of a meat/pork character in the aroma. This will really come to light in the flavor, though it's still relatively mild in the aroma, even after some significant warming. Fairly standard, but nothing to write home about, either.

The flavor doesn't come away nearly as unscathed as the aroma. This tastes like a smoked pork saison--which, unfortunatley, aren't flavors I typically look for in my local farmhouse style ales. Moderate bitterness. Lingering meat. I don't care for this.

Medium bodied with near-high carbonation. Appropriate.

A very interesting, but, overall, not a very good saison.

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Small Batch Series No. 2: Texas Farmhouse Ale from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 85 ratings