Terrapin Maggie's Farmhouse Ale | Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Maggie's Farmhouse AleTerrapin Maggie's Farmhouse Ale
94 Ratings
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 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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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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 jadpsu
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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 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 boldcity2008
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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 alcstradamus
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

Pours a murky golden orange with a finger of head. Huge, beautiful nose made up of orange peel, light spices, bananas, band aids, and some lactic sweetness. Taste isn't quite as good mainly because it lacks that funky punch that separates a good saison from a great one. Still, some nice orange peel and biscuit malt flavor that is pretty damn easy to drink. Medium body with perhaps a tad too much carbonation sting. Very solid beer overall, but will soon be forgotten.

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

Kind of the wrong weather (snow) to be drinking this, but oh well... A good friend brought this north from GA in October.

Pours a cloudy straw color with about a quarter inch of head.

Smells of yeast with almost a grape-like tartness. Very earthy and bready.

A little sweet at first... Most of the flavor is definitely at the end with a tart, spiced aftertaste. A bit dry at the end too.

Overall a very smooth, well-balanced, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was finally able to track this one down in Philadelphia in October after searching for months in Tennessee with no luck.

A - Bright golden orange with a thin, bubbly white cap. Head is about one finger thick and slowyly fades a to a light covering on top of the beer with a thick foamy ring around the edge. Very active carbonation quickly rising to the top. Beer is rather hazy as well.

S - Surprisingly strong aroma of wheat at first sniff. Hints of fruit from the yeast with lots of banana coming through the more the beer warms. Light spiciness underneath.

T - Strong fruitiness up front with lots of lemon zest. Light spiciness as well. Hints of orange come through as the beer warms. Wheat provides a very nice backing. Yeast is very muted. Light tartness in the finish.

M/D - Light bodied and very crisp. Easy drinking beer but I am a bit disapointed. Seems alot more pale wheat like than saison like. Still, a very tasty beer.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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 DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of beer2day
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow gold, with more yellow than gold. Thin 1/2 finger head, but it sticks around. Laces well. Just don't like the color very much.

Nose is very much like a hefe. Yeast, some light clove and weak banana. Faint bright lemon citrus there as well.

Very smooth and creamy up front. Quickly goes fizzy with a lemon-banana-cream flavor. Would be very refreshing on a hot day.

Much more body than expected. Still a lighter bodied beer, but that is too be expected for the style.

Very easy drinker. Good for sipping in colder weather and slurping down in warmer.

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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 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 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 NCSUdo
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Cloudy golden yellow under a medium white head. No lace, no retention.

S: Malty, mostly the wheat stands out to me. Sweet. Yeasty, earthly. Not the best aroma I've gotten from the style, but it has a definite "refreshing" quality to it.

T: Malty again, crisp wheat is there along with some spicy rye. Some sweetness up front, but it's kind of tangy through out. Mild bitterness in the finish along with some earthy yeast.

M/D: Body is a bit more towards medium than I am used to with the style, but smooth. High carbonation which is right. Drinkability is fine. Overall, a solid beer. Maybe some more depth in the aroma department and a bit lightening of the body could help, but still a good beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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 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 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 Anthony1
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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 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 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 tpd975
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap Mellow Mushroom Brandon.

A: Pours a nice straw yellow color fairly cloudy. Big tall fizzy head with good retention and lace.

S: Hints of sweet fruit, lemon, yeast and light grass. Nice mix of spice as well.

T: Apples and pears mixed with yeast. Nice spice with hints of white pepper. Fresh bread, light grass. No real funk, could use a touch of sour.

M: Pretty light, crisp, light dry peppery finish.

D: Tasted really good on this hot Florida afternoon.

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