Terrapin Maggie's Farmhouse Ale | Terrapin Beer Company

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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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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
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 speter
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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 nerdrocker101
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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 Buebie
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
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 khiasmus
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't wanna work on this farm no more. The house is yellowish gold, there's little head and no lacing.
I work hard in these here fields every day, and this diet don't never change. A green apple I pull from a branch hanging over into the cotton field from Old Man Willard's... green apples, lots of them. Clean flavour, that. The occasional pear too. Then maggie only feed me crackers for substance-food, sometimes some white bread, and for some reason there's always a very faint bitterness in everything that comes outta that house. The water's real good though. Comes from a spring, and she spritzes it. Real light and effervescent, with a sweet finish that hangs on.
Still, this place is getting old. There's nothing exciting about it, just a basic one-dimensional flavour that's refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Terrapin Maggie's Farmhouse appears a bright straw gold. It is barely translucent, almost opaque. The head is bright white with little retention.

The smell is average, and typicla of most Saison/Farmhouse Ales I have had from American Craft breweries. It is mildly yeasty, with hints of ripe fruit, and a slight smell of what I guess you could call maneur.

Its taste is again typical of other Saison/Farmhouse Ales I have had, but actually a touch on the lighter/dryer side. There is very little sweetness, and mostly tart. Finishing with a kind of lemon or orange zest.

The mouthfeel is medium with a little carbonation, which helps the tartness stand out.

Terrapin Maggie's Farmhouse is a slightly above average Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Its drinks pretty well but does give that odd, thirst creating aftertaste that is typical with this style.

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Photo of MiataGirl
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
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 jadpsu
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Pours hazy with a white head with less than average retention but some decent side lacing.
Aroma has a yeasty scent and cloves. That's not good because not a fan of either. There is also a hint of lemon.
Yeast and mild tartness and that clove come through. I have never had a framhouse ale and unfortunately it is just not my style. The good news I had a new style and learned about it.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into my duvel tulip glass.

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 Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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 dpodratsky3
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into chalice

A: Non-transparent, but not really cloudy, it looks smooth. Deep golden to pale amber in color. Small head that settles rapidly to a film.

S: Smells doughy at first, perhaps yeasty. As it opens up a bit, some fruit juice notes start to come through apples, maybe a hint of lemon. Smells kind of like a weaker version of La Fin du Monde.

T: Again a yeasty doughiness, that isn't super pleasing. Something just seems slightly out of balance here. Not much flavor from the malts or hops, however there is a residual bitterness to the finish, but not much actual hop flavor. Not bad, but needs refinement.

M: The doughiness makes you think its fuller than it really is. Its actually pretty light, I think it could have used a little more carbonation (at least mine could). Definitely a dry finish.

D: Once again kind of out of balance or something. Not bad by any means, but it didn't make me want to chug it.

Notes: Not quite as spectacular as I was expecting. I love saisons but was a little let down. It seems kind of reserved, like all the flavors are trying to come through but can't quite make it. Also the more I drink this, the more I am reminded of white wine. The finish is very dry, and the flavors really do taste like a white wine.

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Photo of boldcity2008
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a mug. its a well-hazed, orange yellow body with noticeable cloudiness, left a 1' head with almost no lacing.

S: With my eyes closed It smells like a hefeweizen. Its a sharp orange and lemon-fresh nose with lesser secondary notes of grainy malt and some yeast, clove like spices, bananas.

T: Again its like a over cloved hefeweizen if you ask me, not bad but lacked the correct yeast, has that rye twang sadly, terrapin usually gets right they blew this one. I taste orange, lemon clove malt, some yeast. A tad after taste of banana. Some other spices in there

M: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Fairly smooth mouth feel.

D: Well its ok at first, but if your expecting a saison well go somewhere else

Note its not a very good clone of a true Saison as usual most American brewers cannot get a Belgian right, but its typical and too be expected.

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Photo of nickfl
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A scant, one finger head of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, yellow-gold body. The foam settles quite quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Spicy wheat notes with some pepper and maybe a hint of mild mango fruit. Mild earthy hops and a hint of vanilla.

T - Lots of tart wheat and spicy rye up front with pepper and apple/pear fruit notes from the yeast. The hops come out in the middle with mild earthy flavors and some bitterness. Finishes with more of the same earthy hop notes and slightly tart wheat.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - There is nothing seriously wrong with this saison, but it is a bit of a disappointment. The wheat notes work well, but I can't help but think that the rye is a bit out of place. It adds some strange earthiness that surprisingly doesn't work with the yeast or hops. The yeast provides some spice notes and a minimum of fruit, but doesn't get into the realm of intense tropical fruit and spice that you see in other saisons. This would be fine if this were a hop centric saison, but it isn't; it only has mild hop flavor and bitterness. Unfortunately, thats the whole story for Maggie's farmhouse ale, the yeast character is mild and the hops aren't complex enough to carry the beer by themselves, which leaves the beer squarely in the middle of the road. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be buying another.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks Radek for sharing. Darkish yellow body with noticeable rising carbonation bubbles. The aroma is hoppy and it is apple juice. Light mouthfeel, light for the style. Getting pepper and corriander. Criticism is expectation for more yeast contribution. Very summer beerable, drinkable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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 number1bum
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of bottles of this at Green's in Atlanta while in town on business.

Pours a very cloudy golden color with a tangerine tint to it. One finger of off-white head sits on top and settles to a thin, patchy lace. No stick.

Smell is quite bready and yeasty, and the yeast aromas tell me that this is a pretty good strain they have here. It's also pretty herbal and floral, with aromas of grass and cloves, as well. It's slightly sweet, with a subtle fruity, sweet wheat aroma. It's interesting and inviting.

The taste doesn't quite come off as interesting or complex as the aroma. It's pretty straightforward actually, with a bready, slightly sweet wheat base as well as some grain flavor. There are some herbal and fruit - like maybe lemon - flavors on top, as well as some other interesting flavors I can't quite place (lavendar maybe? some strange herb?), but overall it feels a little subdued as compared to the nose. Also a little too sweet for a saison, in my opinion, without a dryness to balance and smooth it out. The yeast isn't quite as interesting on the palate as it was in the nose, either.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight dryness, but still feels a bit too sweet and chewy.

This is pretty good, but comes off a little too simple and it's also a bit sweeter than I like. At first I thought the yeast strain seemed pretty good, but as I finish my first glass I'm thinking that it's actually not that interesting and doesn't add all that much character to the beer. Still, this is a good attempt at the style from a brewery that doesn't have a whole lot of Belgians in their repertoire.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a standard yellow with a hint of peach body. A 1 finger white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves little lace. smelled peach, nectarines, and apricots mainly.kindda lagerish up front with some fruit in the middle and a slightly sweet honey like finish. light bodied with low abv and light bodied

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Photo of thryn
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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 saintwarrick
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden brew screams saison, but not a lot of head on this one, sort of fizzy,then fizzles out. Aroma is spot on, lots of nice belgian sugars and some passion fruits, a sweet aroma. taste is a tad thin but a good stab at the style; not quite as dry and fruity as some; just a little bit of tartness, it could use more of an edge. Finishes up with a nice sweet tart kick.

Pretty good, but it's not quite as funk as some really good saisons. Still worth a try for lovers of the style.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this. Pours a hazy yellow color with no head and no lacing. Wheaty aroma, slightly spicy. Taste is more wheat than malt. Shallow spice effect. Some apple & pears in there as well. Well carbonated. Could easily have a couple of these. Overall, a decent, refreshing beer.

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Photo of Petrislav
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle split into two chalices.

Right away I noticed the handsome deep gold verging on pale amber color. What really makes it look good is that you can't see through it, but its not really cloudy at all. No head really to speak of.

S) Yeast, hops, grain and a fruit note. Reminds me of smelling dough.

T) Very reserved. No flavor wants to sing in this one. Grains, yeast, maltiness, and DRY

It feels dense at first in your mouth but then it lightens up and gets airy. Dry still

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this up at Bruisin Ales while on vacation.

Pours a hazy gold in color. A little bit of froth around the edges of the glass. Smell is peppery, spicey, and a bit lagerish.
Taste is very nice. Very nice saison notes. Pretty good carbonation, and flavor. Nice floral, citrus, peppery notes.
Pretty good offering for a saison. One of the better Side Project beers that I've had from Terrapin.
Good beer, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sun colored yellow-orange, not much of a head forms which is atypical for a Belgian. Tangy citrus nose, with lemon and corainder, not too spicy or funky, just fruity.

The taste has more tangy fruit and plenty of yeasty character. It's too clean though for a Saison, lacking any earthy/spicy uniqueness. It almost seems more like a Wit, and you can certainly tell this is an American interpretation of the style. The alcohol doesn't seem too strong. The mouthfeel has sharp carbonation, but it needs a bit more foaminess to be convincing. Light and thin in body, but appropriate.

I wasn't too impressed by this attempt at Saison. Without regard to style, however, this beer is a decently drinkable Belgian Pale. Worth a try...

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm fortunate to live in a state which is loaded with high qualities craft breweries. But at the same time, I miss out on what's going on in other parts of the country, such as the Southeast. Here's one from Georgia. 22 ounce bottle, courtest of gford217. On to the beer:

A small, bubbly white head forms on the pour, then quickly vanishes to a thin whipped lace on top. The tangerine colored body sure is attracting my eyes though...it seems to have a glowing effect. The aroma is on the mark for a farmhouse ale, maybe a little lighter in intensity. A little barnyard funk, lemon, and spicy rye.

It's a lighter saison overall, and like the aroma, its taste is on the mark. Moderately spiced, and easy going. Some lemon and orange notes hit. Add on a touch of that barnyard flavor, then the rye, and you've got a tasty beer. Not much carbonation is felt, but that cuts both ways. On one hand, I don't have to deal with any priclky carbonation, but also it feels like I'm drinking a slightly bubbly glass of cold water. Finishes off with a drier lemon and spiced rye note in the aftertaste.

Pleasant. A good interpretation of the farmhouse style. My first taste of this brewery is a success.

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