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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 Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thin head that fades to nothing. In both the smell and the taste, it starts somewhat sweet and fruity, and quickly becomes bitter with orange peel flavors. This bitterness carries through to the finish. The mouthfeel is bitter and somewhat tight. Not bad overall, but it lacks some of the complexity I like to see in a Saison. The orange peel bitterness is a little one dimensional and too persistant. It lacks some tartness, some spice and some pepperiness that would help complete the beer and elevate it a bit. In any case, keep the different styles coming.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather typical clear straw yellow with a so-so white head, not very inspiring. Fortunately, this is the beer's weakest aspect. Aroma is more inviting, wheaty and yeasty with a slight citrus overtone. Flavor is even better, mouth-filling, malty and yeasty with a whisper of lemon and a hint of hops. Texture is nice and smooth and fairly fizzy, leaving a tingly and slightly tart finish.

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Photo of Petrislav
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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 dpodratsky3
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 FtownThrowDown
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
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 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 jdubjacket
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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 bennetj17
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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 glid02
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Thinking Man Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light fruits - mostly pears but hints of green apples - with hints of grassiness and herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light fruit flavors kick things off and are joined midway through the sip by herbal and slightly citrus hop flavors. The hops flavors are a bit bigger in the tap version than they were on cask. Ending is mildly bitter with soft fruit flavors lingering.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall I thought the flavors in the tap version were a bit more robust but the cask version was a bit better integrated. Both versions are worth a shot.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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 firkinhophead
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vol. 7 of Terrapin's Side Project Series. From the press notes by Spike:

"Brewing this style of beer was as exciting as it was challenging because of its high fermentation temperature (90 degrees F)and its finicky yeast strain.

"You get all the aromas and flavors you'd expect from a farmhouse ale out of Maggie's. The nose is a combination of grassy and spicy yeasty notes with an underlying bready earthiness character. The flavor is slightly sweet upfront with a tartness in the middle, followed with a white pepper/tart finish."

OG: 14.7
FG: 3.6
ABV: 6.0
IBUs: 25

Hops: Super Styrian, East Kent Goldngs, Hallertau Hersbrucker

Malts: 2-Row Pale, Vienna, Rye, Wheat, Flaked Oats, Acidulated

Pours a hazy yellow with minimal head and little stickage. A bit of agitation kicks up a nice little ring of soft foam.

Aroma is of mild hay-like hops and Belgian yeast, wheaty spiciness, and a hint of honey-like sweetness.

Taste is nicely balanced right from the start. Dry bready malts, a bit of green apple, tangy yeast, earthy hops. White pepper, lemony bite, and clean hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is soft with a some spiciness to give it an edge. Medium light body, gentle carbonation, and a dry finish.

Missing some depth to the spiciness, and I would have prefered less wheat and more pale malts for a bit more body. Very refreshing and clean, it would pair well with a summmer salad or grilled fish.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
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 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 number1bum
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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 koopa
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade.

Appearance: Standard yellow with a hint of peach body. A 1 finger white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves little lace.

Smell: I'm getting peach, nectarines, and apricots mainly.

Taste: Kinda lagerish up front with some fruit in the middle and a slightly sweet honey like finish.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately light bodied

Drinkability: Low abv and light bodied

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

22 oz bottle of the new Side Project that I just happened upon when I made a unscheduled stop at Hop City. The bottle was around 6 bucks per usual. Looks like I get to kick off the first review of this beer. Served up in a tulip.

A: Pours a pertty nice and glowing yellow in color. It does have a light twinge of orange to it now that I look at it a bit more. Held to the light it comes out more and more lemony yellow. Has a good bit of haze to it which is always nice and within that haze you can see the hearty and very active carbonation this thing has going on. Got about a finger of white head off the pour but that falls pretty quickly to a thin ring and few swirls on the top cap. It does what it can to put up some lace, but most of it just slides right back down into the body. Not a bad start.

S: Smell is interesting and absolutely earthy. Lots of grains coming across that give this beer an almost hearty smell. The rye spiciness is very much there which is a bonus in my eyes. There is a very nice lemon presence that is very fresh, smells just like squeezed lemon. Getting some floral notes along with some grass. Not bad at all, but that is about it. Not getting any funky notes or dirty notes which I come to expect from a Saison, at least a little bit.

T: This is very nice but a little different than what I expected. First off you get those grains. Light rye spiciness comes out a bit more over the more typical grains you find in a saison. Then comes the oat, which is really interesting. This brings a different level of earthiness and heartiness to the flavor. Almost a light sweetness that has a twinge of nuttiness. Right behind the grains you get that lemon. Very nice lemon with the juice and meat. Mix that in with some green apple skin and we have a nice combo. Floral hops really round this out bringing a light bitterness to that lemon presence. I really dig this but yet again, I am not getting any funk or dirt that I yearn for when I hop into a Saison. Still very nice and I really like it.

M: Medium body with a nice carbonation that makes this beer quite crisp and a joy to drink on. There is almost a touch of creaminess in the back end which really plays with the feel in a positive manner. Slight bitterness cuts lightly, but mostly earthy and lightly sweet on the palate. ABV is light, but brings in a slight heat on the throat. Aftertaste is that lemon and apple presence which is always nice.

D: I could easily pound this beer and I had to pace myself so I could grasp what this brew has going on. Very quenching and oh so refreshing. The flavors really work well for me but the only negative I can find is the lack of funk or gritty dirtiness farmhouse ales tend to bring. Still it has a good flavor and aroma and it really does make a good summer beer. Just as you can expect from Terrapin, this is their take on the beer so there are few curveballs thrown in to make it their own. I can respect that. Still another solid offering by the Side Projects in my eyes.

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