Urban Farmhouse Ale | The Commons Brewery

Urban Farmhouse AleUrban Farmhouse Ale
BA SCORE
71.6%
Liked This Beer
3.86 w/ 215 Ratings
Urban Farmhouse AleUrban Farmhouse Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Commons Brewery
Oregon, United States
commonsbrewery.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Traditionally, Farmhouse Ales were brewed on farms in the French and Flemish regions of Belgium. These beers were born out of necessity as most water was not potable and the farmers needed a refreshing beverage to offer the hardworking farmhands. Our rendition was developed in the spirit of that tradition. The beer pours golden with a floral nose and a soft underlying hop bitterness with a crisp finish.

Added by chumba526 on 02-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,309
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
215
Liked:
154
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
9.84%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
22
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of beertrek
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rating: Just drink it
Price: $$

Not sure why this beer isn't getting better reviews, but I would drink this beer over and over again. It's a farmhouse ale so one shouldn't expect heavy malt or heavy hops. Nope this beer is more champagne like. Light and fizzy, with a little sour. Frankly it's close to a prosecco which one can purchase from a big warehouse retailer for $2 less than this beer, but still...very drinkable.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjd722
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spoony
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle to a tulip. No bottle date.

A-The beer is nearly clear on the first pour, but it clouds up a little on each additional pour from the bottle. A big, three-finger head of white foam forms when I pour, but it fades quickly in the glass to a thick cap that hangs around. Lots of carbonation is visible.

S-The around is a nice example of the bier de table style. Bready, doughy, and yeasty with hints of lemon, tree fruit (pear comes to mind), and just a light grassy hop bitterness. Not overly funky or overly sour or overly stylized in any way, but inviting.

T-The beer tastes much drier than the smell would lead me to believe. It packs a similar flavor profile, though, with notes of bread crust, cracker, lemon, pear, hay, dried grass, and Belgian yeast. Nice layering of the flavors with a very dry, lightly bitter finish.

M-Dry is the word of the day. It is so dry that it is almost grainy on the palate, but the high levels of carbonation and medium to light heft make it drinkable and refreshing.

O-I am huge fan of low ABV saisons, and this is a pretty good example. It is almost too dry, but the flavors are nice and it drinks well. I will buy more.

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Photo of BEERdedCharmer
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gus_13
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't know if this beer is getting the recognition it deserves. It hits every note I look for in a Saison.

It is very dry with just a touch of sweetness in the flavor. Some lemon and grassy notes mixed with a slight bit of pepper and fruit from the yeast. It poured crystal clear with a great white head. Head retention was fantastic. It's such a drinkable beer which should be the main goal of any Saison brewer. Well done, Sean and gang.

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Photo of Kongurinn
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer on tap. Had the scrap of the barrel as they where out.

It looks light, bright and a tad hazy. The froth is thin but healthy.

Smell very minimalist. Tiny smell of citrus and somehow smells a bit like a lager. Maybe a typical Saison.

It tastes good, sweet and easy to drink. Even though I like it's taste it is to close to comfort in feeling like a lite beer. If you want to jug down a few beers quickly, it is your go to beer. Probably a nice one with a chaser on the side.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StephenCollinsMarshall
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of festizio
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Epicfail97081
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dasotelo50
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of puck1225
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a bomber. Bright clear yellow color,nice thick white head with curtain lacing. Pleasantly fragrant, floral, sweet, and fruity. The taste is bright, lemony, and spicy. Great with gumbo!

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Photo of MalarkeyMcGee
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark and hazy for a blonde. I think all of the Commons beers need to either start filtering and get brighter or embrace it and go full unfiltered dank.

S: Yeasty and standard. I dunno.

T: Regular. Whatever

M: Fine. Effervescent and dry.

O: I realized during this bottle that Commons style is very traditionally Belgian and that made me rethink some things. This beer is very dry and effervescent but has a distinctly heavy quality I only really associate with Belgian blondes. I don't think there's anything wrong with it but it's just not my taste.

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Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snowmageddon
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Taologic
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cd34
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattsander
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BallsDeep
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of abrodsky
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Urban Farmhouse Ale from The Commons Brewery
Beer rating: 71.6% out of 100 with 215 ratings
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