Madrone | The Commons Brewery

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Brewed by:
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

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of JFrank78
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
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 PZBREW
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluecrow
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap pour has an orange toast color. Aroma is orangey with floral notes. This is very much a saison. The saison and wild yeasts blend well and the dry hopping helps to balance the sweetness and dry the finish. Unique and delicate flavors here.

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Photo of schnarr84
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

750mL into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy copper color w/ a 1-finger eggshell head, some nice sticky lace.

Aroma is a blend of bready pale and fruity caramel malts and floral PNW hops. Spicy and earthy Belgian yeast.

Taste follows nose. Fruity, floral, musty, earthy, spicy. Crackery pale malt with more sugary caramel malt underneath. Very nicely balanced and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a nice bitter finish.

Overall a rock-solid hybrid between a classic saison and an old-school Northwest pale ale.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this bottle at one of the shops in PDX. Tasted 5 June 2014.

Pour is eruptive, but a gentle touch controlled it. Medium orangey amber, cloudy. Three fingers of white head, great retention (not so long that I'd get impatient), and outstanding lacing. Leaves a cap and a ring of foam on top.

Smell is bright and floral, with some light herbal hops to complement the typical floral notes of a bright saison. I like it, but I do wish there were more of it - more potency or more variety.

Taste is good. Very orange (the color, not the fruit), and fairly sweet; reminds me a bit of some kind of delicate fruit-infused soda. Great floral presence here, too, like sucking on sweet flower petals. Yummy.

Feel is really good. Medium-bodied, smooth and light in the mouth thanks to the bright, fizzy carbonation. Lasts exactly as long as I want it to, allowing the flavors to all come through, then as it tilts bitter, it fades out at just the right time.

A very tasty saison. Bright, floral, and lightly fruity. Perhaps the best balance I've encountered between those two aspects of saisons: flowers and fruit. Good stuff.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of emerge077
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Madrone from The Commons Brewery
3.85 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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