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Free Spirit | Terrapin Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerDawgs on 10-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by BeerDawgs:
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3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber picked up at Green's on the way home from a long week at work. I have been anxiously awaiting this one..

A - An amber golden color, with 1 finger of head and not much lace.

S - Definitely has the aroma of a farmhouse ale. But a mild, low abv farmhouse.

T - Rye, sunflowers, and honey up front. Well balanced and finishes smooth.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation.

O - It is amazing that Terrapin and Heavy Seas collaborated to honor a senseless tragedy. A very good light farmhouse ale.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chiefbender
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tugg407
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Zachb4au
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ltdantheman
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of WillyMac
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.97/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Brick Store Pub (Decatur, GA):

The beer appeared a clear, pale golden color that, when it arrived at the table had about a half finger of head, but then was gone in a flash. No cap and no lacing to note.

The aroma is average for the style...typical, not a strong aroma, but not weak either. Some mild sweetness was noticeable and some very mild yeast notes.

The taste of the beer was good, certainly not on par with the likes of Ommegang's Hennepin or The Lost Abbey's Red Barn Ale, but it showed some fruity sweetness and mild yeast, nothing overpowering or complex, but a nice flavor.

The beer had a medium body and good carbonation. The beer was pretty well balanced and had a nice dry finish to it.

Overall, to be honest, this is kind of what I expected from Terrapin, as most of the Side Projects that I have tried lately have been less than memorable, this is an average to slightly above average beer, but I guess that I expected slightly more quality given that it was in collaboration with Clipper City/Heavy Seas, as every beer that I have tried of theirs has been very good. I guess I would recommend given that it is a limited brew, but after one, I moved on.

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Photo of rroberts1013
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jsanford
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with a lovely yellow wax-job poured into a Tumbler.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a dense white head that settles to a very slight haze and ring.
S - Big, floral Saison aromas of, well, flowers, along with some sweet malt, bread dough, elderflower, lemon zest, and Belgian yeast.
T - Taste is just as floral and fruity as the nose suggests, with big notes of honey, doughy malt, flowers, grassy hops, yeast, and a very recognizable toasted sunflower seed finish. Refreshing and drinkable, I wish this came out in the Springtime!
M - Crisp and quenching, with a medium body and good carbonation.
O - A solid Saison effort from two breweries I have a ton of respect for, I'd love to see this released again.

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Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Photo of Khazadum
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of SFC21
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice, simple sour. Tart, not puckering, with a prevailing flavor of grapefruit juice/flesh. Not super complex but very refreshing. Good hot weather beer and starter sour.

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Photo of wonothesane42
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of briley131
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, it certainly strikes me as a farmhouse ale, with a nice tartness and some fresh herbal flavors. Not as spicy or crisp as a saison, this still does have some nice herbal and fruitiness as a plus. The downsides are that the head fades away to nothing, and the mouthfeel is almost slick as opposed to being crisp. There is also a bit of wateriness at the finish. I do like the aroma and flavors- nice dark fruit, and fresh herbal notes as well as a surprisingly pleasant bitter vegetal finish. An interesting beer, but not quite a success, still, a very nice homage.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of RavenForBeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of zoolzoo
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden, slightly hazy. Quick forming three finger white head. Appears bubbly, high carbonation.

S: Extremely floral, more notably so than many "floral" smelling beers. Bouquet of flowers, yeasty funk, dull lemon rind.

T: Initial flavor lends itself toward the lemon peel from the nose. Nice fruity bite with a black pepper corn zing to it. Belgian yeast and the floral component round out a long lingering finish.

M: Medium in body, medium carb. Slightly less bubbly than the appearance would suggest.

O: A good but not outstanding saison. The floral component is interesting, especially in the aroma!

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Photo of kansascitytrader
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of Techichi
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of QuentinCall
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On-tap at The Porter in the ATL.
This is a slightly gauzy/borderline translucent farmhouse ale, pale caramel in color and possessive of a markedly sparse head that fully dissipates almost immediately. The aroma is nearly imperceptible and adds very little to the final effect - a tinge of spice, some alcohol, a glimmer of grain - however, this is not indicative of the taste which is ebullient and multifaceted. Its dense malts are nicely counterbalanced by salt and floral moments while the minimal, though decidedly present, alcohol and carbonation provide admirable heft as well as effervescence. The finish has a more than fitting, if half-hearted, sour tonality. All of these characteristics are somewhat intensified as the beer warms and unravels, the individual elements becoming, to some extent, singularly defined and announcing themselves a little more unreservedly.
Overall, a lovely and enjoyable farmhouse.

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Free Spirit from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 40 ratings
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