Madrone | The Commons Brewery

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70 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
70
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour malt, grain, fruit, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid taste, but I think the smell on this one is slightly better.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orangey color in the glass. Some big foam at first couple of pours. Very sprightly on the tongue with clouds of bubbles melting in the mouth.

Some malty sweetness on the lips, followed by the drying yeasty sensation. Something of a mineral taste with woody hints. There isn't much in the way of fruit in the flavors, but a hint of plums perhaps. Overall this is rather sweet with caramel and winey. It's balanced by the scratchy Belgian yeast and the bitter aftertaste.

Quite pleasant, but more of a hot evening quaff than something to savor. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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 Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky light caramel tan color with a thin, even white head and sticky lacing.

S - Musty straw, light funk, bready, light citrus. Overall it's subdued and subtle.

T - Barnyard funk, light citrus tang, spice, somewhat grassy, lemon zest, and finishes with some bitter citrus rind that's bone dry and lingering.

M - Light medium body and incredibly dry.

O - Descent, doesn't particularly stand out in any way and sits somewhere in the middle of the pack.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a lightly hazed golden color with great carbonation leaving a big beautiful billowing dirty white cap. Tere is a lot of foam here, not like infected home but proper head and retention for this style. A lot of lacing present long into this beer.

S: Pretty mundayne and standard for the style. I'm getting a good amount of light citrus notes with underlying grass and light horseblanket. A little bit of banana is detected as well.

T: Upfront I get a little bit of astringency with a light spiciness and banana. A subtle citrus comes in afterwards. I can tell the dry hopping presence with its light citrus and light to moderate bitterness.

M: This beer has good carbonation, light-medium body, a dry presence and finish with a nice bittering.

O: Not to shabby.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BDeibs
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ccrida
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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 xnicknj
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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