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Terrapin Maggie's Farmhouse AleTerrapin Maggie's Farmhouse Ale

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Side Project #7.

Added by wagenvolks on 05-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.94/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this in a BIF from PalmeJ1 - Thanks, Jacob!

Pours a hazy gold, with a very thin head. Like more head on my farmhouse beers, but then, who doesn't like more head?

Yeasty, spicy aromas, a little farmhouse funk. Very nice aroma.

Nice bitterness, nice yeast bite, a little musty, in a good way. Peppery. Could easily mistake this for a belgian farmhouse/saison.

Mouthfeel is medium. Mouth coating, but not a filling beer. Dead on for style.

Damn good on drinkability. Good session beer, even at 6%. An excellent example of my favorite style of beer. Wish I had more of this. Need a big ol' bucket of mussels to go with this.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.69/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer came out naturally cloudy (some would even call it murky), pale, and developed a decent sized head. The smell was a invigorating combination of tart, sweet, and floral aromas, and deeper breaths revealed a significant hop presence. The taste was a tart and hoppy combination not usually seen anywhere. There was not much sweetness, and late in each sip some clove like spiciness and lemony sourness started to creep in. The mouthfeel was bone dry, and refreshingly light.

I've seen many American interpretations of Saisons use exotic ingredients like lavender and end up being too sweet and flowery. This beer on the other hand was all grain based, which made it feel rustic and authentic. I could certainly imagine this being made in a farmhouse. I wish that Terrapin would keep this into their regular lineup and get rid of one of the weaker entries in their lineup. This is just perfect for the hot local summers.

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Photo of ryho
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CampusCrew
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Golden pale with quickly disapating head retention, nice cloudy mess

smell: spicy and some citrus

taste: delicious and spot on beer. Interesting flavor with some slight cituss undertones. nice spice kick, Really good

mouthfeel: light to medium bodied. very easy to put down. great summer feeling

drinkability: awesome beer, the side projects have been a big success.

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Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twenty-two ounce bottle pours a hazy, straw yellow body with a tight offwhite head that is small, but creamy. Spiderweb lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is fruity, yeasty, herbal, and pastoral. Ripe pears, lemons, and kiwis comprise the fruitiness and dried basil and coriander provide the herbs.

Light medium body has a moderate carbonation and an earthy feel.

Taste has a dominant dry character, highlighted by lemon essence, grassy and herbal hops, and an earthy yeastiness. Fruitiness is evident,with notes of ripe pears and strawberries, and some tart kiwi. Faint hints of honey and white pepper add complexity. Finishes dry, with a note of tart berries.

A very pleasant surprise! Lots of going on here, with the amazing fruity notes melding very well with the pastoral character of a solid saison. Wish I had some more bottles of this one.

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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 shockrocker65
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of JSisk
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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 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 nriech
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear golden brew with a thick head. I got a little carried away and lost a bit actually. Nice lacing left over.

You can tell theres a little bit of funk to this ale, as there should be for the style. There hints of lightly sweet fruit and herbs

A slight tartness, grassy, hoppy. Nice and dry. A little yeasty. Actually very light but has a great flavor at the same time.

Great beer typical of the style which I enjoy very much. Earthy but very drinkable, enjoy after a hard day in the yard and feel like a Belgian farm worker.

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Photo of mwa423
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy cold, not dissimilar to your average hefeweizen. Very little head though, I think some decent head would have given this at least a 4.5

S - Medium spice, yeast, a very good saison smell, while not overpowingly sour like many saisons.

T - Excellent for style, malty, spicy, no real hop to mention, but what I really appreciate that the typical saison sourness is there in a good quantity but not overpowing.

M/D - Mouthfeel is thin enough that keeps it from a five. Perfect carbonation and smooth finish are definitely good attributes of this beer!

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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 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 mcann2pu
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours into glass a very hazy amber color, slightly orange as well, very small fine head, not much lacing to speak of,

S - pleasant smell of light spice, some yeast,

T - very good, I enjoyed this one a lot, it was refreshing and yet still had enough flavor to keep me happy,

M- good, appropriate fine carbonation,
D- high, since it is such a light and refreshing beer it has a very high drinkability for me,

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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 cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Denoted "Volume 7" in the Terrapin Side Project series, Maggie's Farmhouse Ale comes packaged in the usual 22-ounce bomber bottle and is trimmed crown-to-neck with golden foil. Peeling away the gilt and cracking the crown of the cellar-cool specimen in-hand, a brisk pour reveals a brew that is bronzed clover-honey golden orange in color with a thick cap of creamy, glossy, bright eggshell-white foam. As the head settles into a rocky sheet, drippy broken rings of lacing cling to the sides of my Duvel tulip.

The aroma is grassy-sweet with a splash of ripe muskmelon and a soft pear-apple note, but despite the flowery fruitiness, the olfactory profile is deeply grounded in something a little funky. A murky whiff of mushrooms, wet wool blankets, and damp, and dark loamy earth tag-team with a thin edge of peppery spice and a zip of acidity to provide depth and add contrast to the mellow floral character.

The taste is fruity and crisp with a bone-dry finish. Essences of green grapes, crispy freestone peaches and juicy smashed green apples are spritzed with a subtle dose of bittering tangerine skin oil. A persistent palate-drying leafy grassiness dries the finish to dusty near-perfection.

The drink is light-bodied with appropriately zesty carbonation. Delicious, very drinkable, and highly refreshing.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a well-hazed, dark yellow body with a moderate-sized, white head.

Smell: Tangy, lemon-fresh nose with lesser secondary notes of grainy malted barley, Terrapin's obligatory rye, spices, unripe bananas, ripe apricots, and good ole clover honey.

Taste: Hearty blend of malted barley and wheat, the latter with a particular tanginess. There's a little zip of spicy rye. Honeyish sweetness. Bright, tart lemon citrus character bursts onto the scene as well as a solid clove and pepper spiciness. Additional banana and apricot fruitiness. Teeny pinch of dried basil. Mild bitterness. Slight hint of grains on the back half. Semi-dry, tangy finish with a long, lingering lemon tart taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A tasty, refreshing saison and another enjoyable Side Project from Terrapin. Go on, friends, give it a try.

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Photo of rrheisler
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mrandypandy for this one.

A 22 oz bomber decanted into my favorite goblet. A pale, almost Allagash White looking brew. A hint of straw coloring, perhaps.

The smell is of ripe Granny Smith apples, with a whack of maltiness as well. Definitely getting a sweet and sour combo out of the nose.

This continues right into the taste, along with a crackery note through the end of it. Starts off sweet, gets sour, and then goes cracker. Almost like a meal in the mouth. A little thin in the mouth, but it stays there for you. Definitely sessionable.

The only thing holding this back on drinkability is the sweet-and-sour combo, along with the size offered. Two 22s is going to hurt you. But all in all, an excellent example of the style, and a personal favorite.

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Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

This one pours a very hazy golden orange with a large, but short-lived white head that leaves a soapy cap and bits of lacing on the way down.

The aroma is a cross between a wheat beer and a saison with some banana sweetness from the wheat and a strong toasted grain and spicy yeast smell to balance it out. There is a musty earthiness that lingers in the nose at bit.

The taste has the wheat sweetness up front with a hints of bananas and bubble gum, but it's pushed out of the way by the spiciness of the yeast and the toasted bready malt backbone. The finish is a bit sweeter and less dry than I would expect from the style.

The mouthfeel is lively and, as mentioned above, less dry than most top-tier saison/farmhouses. It has hints of the dry earthiness I'd expect but the sweetness is more prevalent in this one.

Overall, I liked this beer. I wouldn't put it in the great category as the wheat sweetness is a little more prevalent than I like. However, that does lend to a very high drinkability. One of the better Side Projects in my opinion.

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Photo of corby112
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle courtesy of funkadelic.

Pours a hazy dark golden yellowish brown color with ripe banana hues. Cloudy yellow lemon colors appear when held to alight source. Half finger frothy off-white head that slowly dissipates into a lasting cap and ring.

Nice earthy spicy aroma with a lot of crisp citrus fruit. Yeast/bread presence is pretty dominate with some ripe banana notes. Lemon peel, corriander, peppery spice, apple and pear hints accompanying the earthy funky scent.

Nice medium body with a very full yeasty/bread mouthfull. Pleasantly earthy/funky with a dominate ripe banana flavor balanced out by wheat, clove, corriander, pepper, lemon and orange peel. Subtle hop presence contributes to the extremely well balanced flavor. Very quaffable and refreshing with a slightly dry finish.

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

22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter pours a hazy dark yellow with a decent frothy off-white head that lasts and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of spices, lemon, and sweet malts. The taste is a decent blend of sweet malts and spice with a nice lemon finish. The beer is light, crisp, and smooth with decent carbonation. This is an enjoyable, easy drinking Saison for a hot, humid day.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Terrapin Maggie's Farmhouse Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 94 ratings