Urban Farmhouse Ale
The Commons Brewery

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Belgian Saison
3.87 | pDev: 9.82%
The Commons Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Urban Farmhouse AleUrban Farmhouse Ale
Notes: 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.
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Photo of beertrek
5/5  rDev +29.2%
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 spoony
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Gus_13
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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 -14.2%
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 puck1225
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
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 -20.7%
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 cherche
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: pretty beer for the style...I'm not normally attracted to farmhouse beers but she's nice looking. Hazy orange with a nice cotton white head, solid retention with decent lacing...
S: farm
T: farm
M: average farm
I: solid farm, not worth seeking out but worth trying if you come across it

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the brewery during my trip to Portland.

Pale hazy golden color, light fizzy head.

Nose mild toasty wheat grainy, light floral spices, light phenols, mild fruity esters, little citrus and touch doughy malt.

Taste fair sweetness, bit too sweet, candy malts, toasted grainy doughy, cracked wheat, mild citrus, candied lemon zest, light bitterness, peppery phenol notes, fruity esters bubblegum like. Finish dry grainy, cracked wheat, fruity esters and perfumey phenols, hint bitterness lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tons of tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, cracker, grass, hay, and slight Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, grass, hay, and slight Belgian yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Nife
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well balanced farmhouse. Might call it a session farmhouse but with less compromised than most session beers. Very enjoyable w very moderate alcohol. Wouldn't hesitate to drink anytime. Imagine would go well w a wide range of food.

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Photo of farrago
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fluffy two finger head, bleached white with a fairly tight weave and even surface, the retention is good and any lacing forms a solid sheet which glides slowly down the glass side. The liquid is a straight-up golden straw color, not too pale, achieves a measure of translucency, it’s hard to imagine a larger maelstrom of bubbles swirling inside a glass. Good stiffness to the nose, raw grains, hay, sour lemon zest, peppery with a mild floral undercurrent, clove, clean sort of earthiness, light tones of apple, pear and melon fruit, opens broadly without losing heft in the nostrils. Medium-bodied, dry in texture with a good amount of creaminess from all that carbonation. From the first sip strikes you as fresh and clean, no one element so deep as to dominate the whole. Pepper, clove, coriander, grapefruit to lemon citrus, cut flowers, the yeastiness is demure as is the earthiness. Mixed grains, the pear, apple, apricot fruit steps it up to offer a sweet core to the whole presentation. When this really crests it highlights bubblegum accents. Ends with a spicy tingle. One could see it being described as one dimensional, however, it is likely a stylistic choice to go for simplicity and freshness over a fireworks show.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light to medium pale golden in color. The body is mostly clear, but there is a fair amount of floating sediment. Small and foamy head retains well and laces ok. Both the scent and the flavor of this beer are rather dry. They both start out light and slightly hoppy, and quickly move into more traditional spicy saison flavors. A touch of black pepper enters the mix about halfway through before the hops bitterness ramps back up a little bit. Lingering flavor is dry and dully bitter. The beer is highly carbonated and is an overall refreshing drink.

Overall, this is your basic saison/farmhouse ale that isn't too complicated, yet still solid and refreshing.

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Photo of JFrank78
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A very yummy farmhouse, with nice hop notes and a bit of fruit on the nose. Not too sweet and has a flavorful, lingering finish. Highly recommend, this is by far one of the better West Coast saisons on the market.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tall tulip. No bottle date.

Slightly hazy pale gold color with a thick, fluffy 1" head. Nice retention, clingy lacing. A little bit of floaty sediment.

The nose has some lush wheat, lemongrass, subtle floral notes. A little herbal/medicinal quality. Soft and subtle.

Wheat malt leads on the taste too, with some lemon and herbs. Has a tangy, creamy finish with some grassy bitterness.

Light bodied, fluffy. Kind of buttery, in a pleasant way. Ends smooth and dry.

Delicious saison with some character and a nice viscous/buttery body.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 poured to tulip

Pours pale gold, just slightly hazed with big white head. The foam subsides to a persistent lace

Smell is typically complex saison: straw, bread, yeast, lemon and a small funk

Flavor follows aroma, with an additional strong pepper note and a hint of orange peel and hay

Mouthfeel is thin and refreshing

Overall a nicely done saison that is a good representation of the style. The light body, big pepper note and slight funk recall the classic Saison DuPont but not quite as strong. Good hot weather brew, or a nice starting place for a session

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Photo of macpapi
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale yellow color. Clear as day, with a thin foam top.

There is a definite aroma of funk and fruit to this beer. It has a mix of yeast, grass, and straw to go along with a tart citrus pull--lemon and orange peel mainly. Also hints of spice--pepper and coriander are most prominent there. A pretty complex and very nice smell.

Taste is dominated by malt, yeast, fruit, and spice. There is a pretty decent grain backbone to this one and elements typical to Belgian-style yeast. Also present is a bit of lemon peel tartness and overall citrus pull. Finally, the back of the swallow is filled out by hints of spiciness--coriander is notable.

The beer is moderate in body and a bit toward the high end carbonation wise.

Overall, this is a nice saison. It is very flavorful and pretty easy to drink. Its relatively low a.b.v. means that you can enjoy quite a bit of this fine beer without having to worry about getting carried away. I could easily sip this entire 25 oz bottle.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy milky yellow with a huge creamy white head that retains well (it's actually growing), and leaves a bunch of lacing.

The aroma is earthy funky yeast with some sweet bready malt and a little fruit and spice.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a little fruit and some funky yeast. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent saison.

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from Lifesource Natural Grocers in Salem. $8.99 Pours a slightly hazed golden colour with a large thick and rocky white head. Nice carbonation strings rising. Fine yeasty, leafy, slightly earthy pepper aromas.Some lemon zest too. Taste is slightly more sweeter than anticipated but mostly peppery, yeasty ,plum goodness..slight bitterness in end. LIked the mouth feel on this one..soft but plentiful carbonation and a great dry finish. Very nice beer..one for the summer.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 11 June 2014.

Pours about 95% clear golden yellow. Three fingers of white head, fuzzy with small bubbles. Great retention, excellent lacing.

Smell is warm and herbal. Juicy and slightly fruity, full of yeasty esters. A bit of citrus, slightly spicy, but the ambiguous yeast fruit comes through clearest. Well balanced, with a lot of the typical elements of a Belgian golden ale and a saison.

Taste is decent but unremarkable. Grainy, a little bit bitter, not a whole lot more to it. Inoffensive.

Feel is light for a saison. Carbonation is a tad on the low side.

A fine mid-level saison. Nothing special, nothing bad about it.

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Photo of seand
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy pale amber with a small amount of white head. A film retains on the surface, leaving mild lacing.

S: Yeasty and somewhat sweet, with a strong grain background.

T: Also yeasty with grainy sweetness. It's nice, light, and refreshing, while still having good flavor.

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, quite good. It's refreshing and light, has good complexity and flavor, and isn't particularly strong. I'd definitely recommend it as a hot day summer beer.

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Photo of Gmann
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a frothy pure white head that settles into a chunky cap.

The aroma is faint. There is a weak clove from the yeast and a weak multi-grain bread note from the malt. A bit corn like.

The taste is of a light pils malt; a bit watery. The yeast provides more of a clove presence than the aroma. Perhaps a hint of pepper. Very light in the flavor.

The feel is light and very fizzy. Quite airy on the palate. Not much of a presence of anything. Very neutral.

An extremely boring saison. Almost no flavor to this beer. No real off flavors so there is that. Pass on this beer.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a semi-clear light golden color with bright white soapy head that left splashy lace.

S- Big peppery, lemon, grassy, and grainy notes. Lighter on the bubblegum notes.

T- A very balanced saison with peppery, grassy, grainy, pilsner malt, and some light bubblegum notes.

M- Light bodied, semi-dry finish, and soft carbonation.

O- A very nice and clean saison with less prominent yeast expression than others in the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

classic saison type here, with a very cool yeast with pitted ripe fruit flavors and smells that is definitely the defining element of this beer. my first from the commons, have heard good things. hazy blonde color with a lick of orange in it and several inches of airy light bright white head. some chunky dark brown yeast bits settle to the bottom of my red wine glass. the nose shows a lot of fruits, mostly from the yeast i have to suspect. i get apple on the nose, both green and red, but i also get yellow plum and asian pear, incredible. fuller wheat malt base is a nice launching pad, but this is really all about the yeast. the low alcohol and airy body make it really drinkable, maybe a little rich to be refreshing, but certainly a summery bouquet to this. creamy feel even with all the carbonation, and a touch of sweetness as it finishes that may reflect a little crystal malt. very well made, not the most interesting of beers, but the yeast here is memorable. eagerly looking forward to more beer from these guys now!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly strong and foamy head that lasts quite a while. The beer is clear and a pale yellow. The beer also leaves quite a bit of lacing. The beer has a strong earthy smell as well as a bit of dry fruit as well as a bready smell from the malts. The hops are fairly strong and bitter. The taste is similar the smell but with a stronger hop not. The hop is still bitter but the malts are downplayed even though they still add a bit of bready flavor. The beer has an interesting mouthfeel. The finish is drier than most saisons but is very crisp otherwise. The carbonation is biting. Overall, the beer is pretty good ad worth getting.

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Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A foam-up at first pour. Even on later pours it stays quite frothy for an unusually long time. Quite handsome with the golden color in the Brewery Vivant tulip. Just a light fragrance of floral yeastiness. Very slim body.

This is a drier sort of Farmhouse Ale to start with. There is a kiss of malt and a pale fruitiness. Distinctive Belgian yeasty taste but everything else is very subtle. The drying effect erases any hint of sweetness at the finish. Rather spicy with a moderately bitter aftertaste.

Maybe we're so used to more flavorful styles of Belgian brews we expect more when that tangy note rings the taste buds. Thoroughly drinkable as a step up from a "Table Beer." From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Market of Choice in Eugene.

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Urban Farmhouse Ale from The Commons Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 215 ratings