Maggie's Farmhouse Ale
Terrapin Beer Company

Maggie's Farmhouse AleMaggie's Farmhouse Ale
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Belgian Saison
3.81 | pDev: 9.45%
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Maggie's Farmhouse AleMaggie's Farmhouse Ale
Notes: Side Project #7.
Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 94 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of MiataGirl
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Interesting beer with the peach added. I'm new to the beer reviewing side of things, so this was a first. I liked the lightness of the beer - something you could easily drink on a hot summer day. I will definitely be looking for similar beers to try over the hot months of summer!

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, volume # but no freshness date.

LOOK: Sizeable head, shiny golden color

SMELL: Yeast funk, candied fruit, white pepper, biscuity grain, taffy, medicinal herb, faint alcohol

TASTE: Fluffy, biscuity, yeast, herbal, taffy, orange zest, crackers, mint, mild alcohol warmth, juicy, mild spice, semi-dry finish

A little off the wall but that is expected within the style, gets a bit more drinkable with each sip. Hope they revisit this one.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to the GA BA that sent me this one months ago... this bottle is perhaps a year old or more (?)

poured cold from the bottle a semi-opaque honey'd straw gold to a dogfish head shaped pint glass with a healthy two finger, big bubbled, long lasting head leaving

aroma of big belgian yeasts and a hint of sour lemon citrus.

subtle tart lemon rind, and big yeasty bread forward. very subtle, no tang, only smooth.

medium bodied, big carbonation, tart to the tongue, slightly sour, dry finish.

overall, a very nice example of style, it's probably sat much longer than intended, but it still stands up nicely.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy yellow color. No head or lace retention.

S - A saison, but not an overwhelming aroma. A hint of honey.

T - Citrus and honey. A bit spicy and I can even taste a Belgian style influence at the end. But very well balanced. Nice fruity aftertaste.

M - Its smooth, but low carbonation. It starts and finishes the same way. The alcohol is hidden very well.

O - Terrapin does it again. A fantastic side project! I wish they would make this a year round beer..its that good. A great refreshing beer for a warm summer's day.

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Photo of harpus
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Body is a hazy uniformly translucent straw yellow color. Pours with a minimal soapy white head that fades pretty quickly. No collar or traces of lacing are left behind.

S-Nose is somewhat mild and certainly saison in nature. A floral hop essence as well as a slight funky yeast come through initially.

T- Fruity upfront with a hint of apple and pear and a slightly funky yeast backbone. The finish is a combo of floral hops and pale, sweet, fruity flavors. What lingers is a moderate floral hop bitterness.

M- mild carbonation and relatively thin body. Minimal bready yeast consistency.

D- This is an alright beer by Terrapin. Slightly above average, nothing too impressive. Its a decent beer overall but it doesn't really meet my standards for the style. Could be much more complex and less ho-hum.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow. Thin head with light lacing. Notes of grass, fruit, herbs and a lite note of spice. Light body and a mildly dry finish. Nothing spectacular, but pretty easy drinking. I typically love the Terrapin Side Projects, but this one just wasn't what I hoped it would be.

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Photo of bamadog
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this in one of my first trades and have finally gotten around to drinking it -- a very nice beer that I am kind of kicking myself for not drinking sooner as it may have been a bit fresh, but it was still really solid. Review is from notes taken on 10/1/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pour is a lemony/honey tea-like color; starts with a 1/2 finger white head that fades rather quickly to a thin and uneven skim; body is just a little cloudy; shows moderately light carbonation a few thin strands of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Right away there is a big dry, biscuity/doughy yeastiness; a bit of a flowery/perfumey bouquet; light green acidic fruitiness that is tart, yet it still manages to retain a bit of sweetness to it.

Taste: Really nice, and still very robust for sitting around for a bit -- lots of sour/tart light green fruitiness (like green apples and white grapes) that have a fair amount of acidity; a dry biscuity graininess and yeastiness and a bit of a bitter hop finish lingers in the aftertaste with a bit of a flowery/perfumey/lilac presence on the breath.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little heavier than light and the carbonation is really soft, perhaps even just a little bit "dead" or flat, but it may be because it has sat around for a while; body comes across a little slick and oily; belly is left a little warm and a thin, even and sticky coating is left all over the mouth.

Drinkability: Quite nice with a big flowery scent to it and pretty robust flavors -- overall I do wish I would have it fresh to perhaps help with the carbonation. The ABV isn't especially high so it would be pretty easy to get through a few of these in a night, especially in the warm summer months as it just seems like it would be pretty refreshing.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received in trade with jpmclaug. Thanks for another great one! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a deeply hazed pale orangish golden color with a finger of somewhat loose white foam that dies quickly only leaving behind a thick collar and a few islands of bubbles on the surface. Leaves some light spiderwebs of lacing on the glass. Pretty typical appearance for a farmhouse ale.

S - Fruity with lots of citrus - especially oranges and lemons with some limes thrown in for good measure. Has a pretty good malty backbone with tons of bread and some graininess. Lots of spicy Belgian yeast character, cloves, cinnamon.

T - Flavor is right there with the aroma. Citrusy fruit flavors up front with the oranges standing tall but combining with some lemons and some apples - perhaps a bit cidery in flavor. Cloves and cinnamon and some sugary sweetness and the Belgian yeast drive the flavor and surpass the fruity aspects. The malt gives a solid bready base. Hop bitterness is minimal...they seem to content to simply balance the sweetness and sit in the background to the other ingredients.

M - Fairly light in body with ample carbonation levels. Carbonation leaves light prickly feel on the tongue.

D - Pretty good saison/farmhouse ale. Lots of fruity and spicy flavors to propel this one along. Good beer for a nice warm day sitting on the deck. Could easily have several of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Despite letting this sit for quite some time in the fridge the beer in the bottle still looks quite hazed. A vigorous pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a hazed, honey-amber color that shows murky, orange-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lemon zest, floral notes, hay-like grain, sweet ginger notes, some boiled bean like aromas, perhaps some dirty coriander character, a softly musty nutty notes, as well as a lighter note that reminds me of the rustic, phenolic character imparted by the Saison Dupont strain (but definitely restrained).

Lighter bodied than the Double IPA I just had, but still with a significant viscosity to it that allows it to stick to the palate just a bit. The beer finishes with a soft orange-flower flavor, a lightly peppery carbonic bit as well as a hint of acidity. The acidity is even slightly noticeable up front where it accentuates a japanese-pickled-ginger like flavor that is also boosted by the sweet grain flavors. The grain character has a certain freshness to it and reminds me of dried grass, freshly ground pale malt, a touch of nutty wheat character, a raw dough like flavor, some honey-like grain character and a creaminess that seems to be attributable to the oats and rye. There is enough of a soft citrus character here that it seems like a hop influence, which is certainly nice. The flavor is only faintly musty / rustic like the Dupont strain, even less so than the aroma, but there is still a touch here.

After it warms for a bit I am better able to notice the spicy rye character in the nose and even in the flavor. The interesting grain character is definitely the strength of this beer, but the supporting notes of fruit, floral notes; sharp yeast character and subtle tartness are what make this enjoyable. This is certainly not the most rustic example of the style, but quite tasty in its own right. I would have loved for this to be drier and more characterful in its yeast notes, but I am still quite happy to be quaffing this right now.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 10/2009

Fills the glass with luminous and lightly hazy golden hue, frothy but fleeting ivory head. Very lemony nose, sweetish with pointed herbal hops.

Distinct juniper berry flavors in the mouth, bitter and crisp. The body is light but fruity like new apples. But the bitter lemon and citrus is always there too. Herbal and tart. Finishes fairly clean with that juniper berry bitterness closing things out.

Nicely balanced and delivers what you need from a saison. It won't beat you over the head but it serves as a nice refreshing summer beer with some complexity on flavor to keep things interesting. Nicely done.

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Photo of Buebie
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another side project sent my way courtasy of gford.

Poured from the brown gold tin wrapped bomber, hrad at first, but realizing this thing was a foamer...poured soft, creating about an inch of white head. Receding sort of quick and leaving a thin collar and cap of retention.
Thin legs of lace line the glass. Color is a bright golden golden, darker yellow. Transparent but providing bright color when held to light.
Aroma is light, but what I do smell is dried hay, a little bit of bready funk, just a wiff of tart fruit along with it a bit of malty grain.

Taste is also a bit lacking at first, until it warmed things changed a bit. Spice and funky bready tones upfront with a touch of sweetness. Pears, lemon zest and a little bit of spice and some things nice. Finishing quite a bit more dry as well as picking up more flavors of the tart fruit and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is a little slick, a good amount of carbonation zing.

Overall not impressed, although it sure beats a Bud.

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Photo of bbeane
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... starts with a somewhat weak head that disappears leaving no lacing. Beer is very light in color and very cloudy. Second pour produces a nice thick head though still no lacing with pour retention

S- Has a very nice sweet, yeasty aroma... almost smells like theres a hint of honey among other spices

T- Very good. Light and refreshing, has a pleasant fruity sweetness from start to finish with hints of cinnamon or nutmeg

M- Light body and light carbonation, nice crisp finish

D- I actually grabbed this bottle by accident, and am glad I did. A great farmhouse ale IMO


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Photo of mikesgroove
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of the side projects I had to try, I opened this one up with the Monks Revenge last night and enjoy them both together. Served chilled and poured into a ten ounce sampling glass, this one was consumed on 05/02/2010.

The pour was damn spot on. Rich golden in color with a very light haze to it, letting the light shine through produced a wonderful golden hue that really lit up the room. Nice three fingers of head on top that literally just sat there for what seemed like forever, really coating the sides of the glass very nicely. Rich aroma of grain, light hay notes, hints of pears, apples, nice amounts of fruit being collected from all around. Warming brings out a light citrus splash to it that really seems to work quite nicely. Flavor was a bit lighter then what I had hoped for. Light fruits, touches of pears, apples, hints of light grass as well. Grainy with hints of fruit intersperse red. A nice mixes just a touch light. Smooth and even carbonation and feel really worked quite well together and the overall coating was a nice touch. Easy to sip on or even session a tad I had no problem putting this one down as the light lemon zest in the finish really added the punch that it desperately needed.

Overall a very solid example of the style and one of the better offerings I had this past weekend. Very solid here and wish I could se this one as at least a seasonal release from them.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Foofaa for sharing at the Brass Rail. A foil-wrapped bomber.

A: The saison is a golden yellow color, paler than the Piraat that I just had. The ale, while still opaque, seems to open up a little more though. Less than a finger of stark white head.

S: The nose is spice-driven, with candi sugars, pears and a healthy dollop of star anise lingering around.

T: The body is rather dry, evident from the first sip. Bready pale malts, a little bit of funk and candi sugars drive the taste. A dash of pepper and some more anise become evident the further I get into the glass. There is nothing structurally wrong with the saison, it just seems to be lacking something.

M: The mouthfeel is full at times, offering fruit, funk and yeast in abundance, but the flavors struggle to come together.

D: The one I was most anxious to try I ended up liking the least. Isn't it always like that?

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Photo of speter
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a one-finger white head.

S: Slightly sour grass, with a whiff of spice.

T: Initially a little sweet, but then the tart lemon-like sourness kicks in. Refreshing on a summer day, but overall, not a very complex beer. The aftertaste is a lingering sourness.

M: The body is light, but the carbonation brings out a refreshing note.

D: Not a stellar example of a saison, but it's reduced complexity could be a key to drinkability. However, I'd personally prefer a bit more in the way of esters or "funk". The sourness was refreshing, but more in line with a Berliner Weisse than a saison to me.

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Photo of thryn
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pulled this one out of my stash tonight, figuring it probably wasn't one that was meant for aging.

It pours a hazy pale gold -- a straw-honey color, with a white head with large bubbles that recedes pretty quickly. I really expected more head from this beer, but other than that it is beautiful.

Nose is a bit of banana, hay and grass, sour apples, spice and blooming flowers. Nice.

Taste is good but nothing special. Just solid. It is light and pleasant, with the tart apple flavor, a bit of honey sweetness and sour hay underpinning some spice notes -- faint clove and coriander, I guess? I want it to be a bit pepperier. It leaves a slightly sour/tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium, with good carbonation and little lingering stickiness. It's pretty good, but I feel like it coudl stand to be a bit lighter.

Drinks just fine. In keeping with most every category, it's good, but nothing really sets it apart.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a rocky, but ultimately unimpressive head; some lacing left behind

Smell: Witbier smells of coriander and citrus peel; grainy and husky, as well, with a hint of honey

Taste: Starts out with honeydew melon and pear flavors, followed by a bit of citrus peel and coriander that adds a funky, herbal aspect by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter fruity flavors tend to dominate

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Is it a wit, a saison, or a Belgian Pale? Rather an interesting blend of all of these styles - the disappointing mouthfeel and lack of yeasty complexity makes this one is good, not great

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Photo of Onenote81
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy darker gold, with a thin white head on top. Retention was pretty weak, but there were lots of spotty globs of lace left over after each sip. Scents of yeast, pineapple, grains, sour apples, and a bit of honey. The body was crisp, bordering on effervescent. Smooth going down though. This was one of the more bready Saisons I've had. Pretty filling beer. The tart yeast comes out in the flavor, but it's rather subtle. Mild fruitiness on the backend, but again, lots of bread here. I like it. I could handle this bomber no problem. Great refreshing beer. Even though this is a one-off, my local store has a bunch of these left. I may have to grab a few more for the summer. Recommend.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maggie's is a fine Saisons that only misses the mark of great Belgian Saisons slightly on a few accounts.

The beer begins with a medium hazy strong straw to light golden color. Fair carbonation fuels only a moderate foam stance and with fair lacing.

Fruit-forward aromas of pears, appricots, apples, lemons, and other tropical varieties fill the nose. Pilsner malts offer a sweet aroma to accompany the fruits. Alcohols and peppery notes tickle the nose a bit. Earthy with hops and yeasty-bready substrate give balance and help to root the beer.

Sweet flavors of malts and fruit give inviting flavors early on, while spicy white pepper and pungent hops balance the beer at mid-palate. Sweet breads, corriander, and orange peel help to give complexity to the sweetness but might make for too much sweetness.

Sweetness coats the mouth early and remains so. Even as the beer's alcohol and hop bitterness dries out late, it stops short of the classic spicy/malty dryness of more efforvescent Belgian Saisons.

Maggie's is a fine Saison, it just misses the marks to become wonderful or outstanding. But this Saison is consistent and well crafted.

Thanks Ding!

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Photo of billab914
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier snifter. Poured a hazy light orange/gold color with a thin white lacing covering the top. The head didn't stick around long or leave much for lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very citrusy with lemon zest, coriander and orange peel. It has a sort of crisp and refreshing smell to it. The taste is similar to the nose with a lot of citrus coming through. It has the lemon zest, orange peel and coriander but it also has some fruit like apple flavors as well. It finishes with a moderate tartness that that has some longevity on the palate.

Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very light, crisp and good tasting beer. I really enjoyed this beer and can easily see why this style was meant to be a refreshing drink to workers.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Maltzilla for throwing in this awesome extra. I love Terrapin, and getting one of their side projects is always a treat!

Pours a beautiful hazy orange, with about a finger and a half of off white creamy head. The head has decent retention and leaves a little bit of lacing, but the color on this is beautiful. I wish all Saisons looked like this. When held into the light, a slow carbonation is visible.

The nose is fruity and lightly hopped. I get a lot of wheat on the nose, which is fine because I've always been a fan of wheat beers. I know that barley and other malts where used, but this smells like an all wheat brew to me. As it warms it gets even more fruity, with pears and apples coming out the most.

The taste is fruity and sweet, with a smooth wheat malt character. It's pretty straight forward and won't knock any socks off, but it's very tasty none-the-less.

Mouthfeel is about medium body, starts with a crisp (hidden) carbonation and a smooth finish. Finishes a bit dry. Drinkability is pretty good on this one, I had no problem finishing the bomber and wouldn't mind another one.

Overall, a solid example of an American Saison. I really enjoyed this. I'm not sure if it's something I would seek out again, but would never turn this down if handed to me. Thanks Diego for the chance!

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Photo of azorie
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

waited until I had 3 of these down the old hatch.

A: cloudy yellow pale orange with about a 1/4 inch Head, I poured it into a mug, and it was 36F when I poured it. looks like a hefe, but its a sasion.

S: apricots, orange Like yeast, some malt present, with the rye nose and some brett. Nice off note of hops

T: I get hints of fruit of cirtus, but some melon like flavors, the malt and rye are present, some brett yeast taste, hops are well balanced and are very hard to pick up.

m: medium to thin body, low carbonation

D: here is where this beer shines, so easy to drink this 1, yes please may I have another 22oz bomber, yes i think I will.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours into my glass a somewhat cloudy yellow orange with a small white head that doesn't hang around very long. Seems a bit limp in the glass. Aromas of crisp grains along with lots of phenolic character. Coriander and lemon zest along with a soapy, floral scent that is somewhat off putting to me personally. A bit spicy, but overall muddled.

First sip brings smooth crisp grainy malts with a touch of creaminess. Abrasive phenolic character with an overwhelming dose of soapy floral flavors. Coriander and lemon zest with a touch of spiciness. A bit too much residual sweetness as well...just can't get into this one at all...bleh.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with fast moving carbonation. A wee bit watery honestly and unfortunately I just could not finish this one. The flavors didn't work for me at all here.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

... Received this as part of a fantastic trade with my new Homeboy GeezLynn... Thanks a ton Geoff.

Well.... I'm still broke and this was in the fridge... here we go.. poured into my Delerium goblet.

Not much of a head really.. the brew is a hazy golden... descent lacing..

Nose is apple juice.. lite honey essence and a bit of spice.. esters remind me of the banana in a German hefe.

Flavor is close to the nose but carries some lemon zest with it and some mild spicy hoppiness.. not really any of the tradtional saison funk, but overall it seems an okay take on the style... finish moves from a bit of maltiness rather quickly to fairly dry with a bit of a sour twang... body seems a bit high.. but the carbonation is about perfect.

Thanks again Geoff.... I hope you enjoy your beers as much as I am enjoying mine.


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Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scant ¼ inch of foamy head forms and begins to settle right away. The beer is a bright gold color with decent clarity & quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and almost reminds me of the candied sugar aroma of some Belgian pales. Some yeast notes and a bit of white pepper. Slighty musty as well. Not really funky like other classic saisons...

Really reminds me more of a Belgian Pale vs. a Saison. I get lots of the candied sugar, some light fruit and yeast tones. Some light malt flavors that are nice and perhaps a moment of pepper again... Some decent bitterness towards the end.

Fairly light in body with prickly carbonation.

Nice beer, but again drinks more like a Belgian Pale vs. a Farmhouse ale..

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Maggie's Farmhouse Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 94 ratings