Madrone | The Commons Brewery

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The Commons Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Madrone is an amber saison with a hint of tartness and a big burst of fruity west coast hops. Citrus and tropical fruit in the nose this might be the closest to an IPA we’ll get.

Added by vkv822 on 06-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by ccrida:
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance burnt gold with a big white head leaving chunks of foamy lace.

Smell is light skunk and citrus, banana esters, touch herbal.

Taste is more estery than hops, there's a slightest bit of sourness, cut by a bitter finish. Little bit of maltiness accentuates the citrus notes similar to an English ale.

Mouthfeel is dry, light.

Drinkability is ok, a solid saison, with a little more malt and hops than classical compositions, which is my preference.

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Photo of highTempo
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pour carefully! This one picked up a big, fat 3-finger ivory head from a casual pour. The head is big and 'fluffy'. Retention is high. Many minutes later, I still have a good head on it.

The color is great - deep yellow-orange / amber. Definitely unfiltered and cloudy. Smell is fresh and full - lemon and grapefruit but on the sweet side. The yeast comes through which I like in a saison.

I went through the full bottle and took some time and the change over that time was noticeable. It came out of my fridge a little cold (it's set at 37F) and my initial sips were not as favorable as what I got once it warmed up a bit. When it did warm up it was dry at first, then filled and and finished sweet and buttery, almost like butterscotch. Nice. The yeast comes through here as well.

You might want to gently turn the bottle over before you cap it to mix the sediment, or pour gently and leave it at the bottom if you prefer that route.

This is a really nice beer. I've been trying a bunch of different local saisons lately and this is not the very best of the bunch but it's definitely good and I'd pick it up again.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of JFrank78
4.73/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the bottle direct from Portland to So Cal. Pours a ruby golden, bit of head. A beautiful saison, with just enough fruit on the nose to hide the hops, until you take a sip that is. A perfect balance of hops and tartness and a bit effervescent. A really stellar beer, not like anything you've had. Go find it.

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Photo of George1799
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emerge077
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for hosting and sharing this one :thumbup:
Quick review from written notes.

Dark gold color, slow gusher, sudsy head of foam with spotty lace present.

Floral aroma of cascades presumably. Lemony tart yeast flavors, clove in the aroma, crisp dry finish with a lightly lingering bitterness. Fairly utilitarian but well put together. Not sure of the age, dry hopping seemed a little muted. Thanks Dan!

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jessicapreuss
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark orange, hazy, white finger of head.

Aroma: floral, yeasty, earthy, musk hints, lemon, herbs, bread.

Taste: floral, earthy hoppiness, moderate bitterness, hints of lemon, yeast, white grape.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, could be a bit more effervescent, style wise. Light body, clean.

Overall: solid Saison with nice hop notes, though I don't think the choice of hops mesh 100% with it. Still, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip. Pours a clear, medium golden amber with a fine three finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of spicy saison yeast, hints of caramel malt, light citrus, slight earthiness. Flavor follows with semisweet, light caramel malt and citrus quickly drying out to reveal the saison yeast, wood and a hint of wild yeast funk. Light bodied with pleasant active carbonation. A light, fairly subdued saison, but there is a lot going on in the subtle flavors. Interesting flavor progression from lightly sweet to quite dry in the finish. The dry hopping is also lightly done with light grassy hops notes in the finish. This is quite a bit drier than the ales I usually prefer, but I really enjoyed this start to finish and will be sampling the other beer from this brewery. Possibly not for traditionalists because of the unusual dry hopping.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jakewatt135
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of timotao
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of vkv822
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at Belmont Station.
from notes.

Medium orange with foamy, off white head.

Floral notes predominately, blends into lightly spicy, clove yeast notes.

Medium body, foamy, prickly carbonation.

A good saison, nothing too memorable overall but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Ohiovania
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 510a
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaveHack
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery.

A - Served a cloudy medium orange with no head at all.

S - Subtle citrus, malty and spices.

T - Malted pale with subtle citrus, wood and spice. Pretty muted and mild.

D - Light body and low carbonation.

O - Muted crisp citrus and light.

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Madrone from The Commons Brewery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 70 ratings