The Commons Brewery

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Belgian Saison
4.04 | pDev: 8.42%
The Commons Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Farmhouse ale aged in Adelsheim Vineyard chardonnay barrels with brettanomyces cultured from drie fonteinen in Beersel, Belgium. We believe this beer will continue to develop in the bottle over time.
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Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

White head. Golden orange color.

Funky and sour. Fruity. Green apples and lemon zest. Tannins. Oaky.

Clean and easy drinking sour. Very wine forward. Enjoyable!

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Photo of BigGold
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared from bomber (showing 6.40 ABV) into 1/2-pint mason jar. Nicely complex farmhouse ale. Would be interesting to see if aging improves, or flattens out.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle of an unknown bottling date. Served in a Side Project stemmed glass 3/15/2015.

A- Hazy copper-orange body, two finger thick and effervescent white head, splotches of lacing, above average retention time.

S- Crisp tart lemon, a bit of barnyard funk, wheat, peppercorn, oak, a hint of white wine. Smells sweeter than it actually tastes.

F- A bit of white wine dryness, tart lemon, funk, hay, wheat, fair amount of dry oak. Not as much peppercorn as on the nose.

M- Medium bodied, crisp and dry, not particularly soft or velvety like some of the other better barrel-aged saisons I've had. Stil, very drinkable with a nice combination of tart lemon and oak on the finish.

O- Pretty damn solid barrel-aged saison. It's not Flora or Saison du Fermier, but it's not that far away either.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'd call this beer a not so poor man's Saison du Fermier. It really delivers on almost all those same notes. I did not get a lot of wine character or barrel/oak on this beer, but it didn't need it. Lively nose with some lemon, hay, and almost a light spice like ginger. The taste is all you'd want from a wild saison. I get a ton of brett and just some nice lemony tartness. The carb is also great for a real bounce to the mouthfeel. I'd drink this anytime I could find it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Bright gold with a thin skim across the top, drippy arcs of lace around the sides of the glass.

White wine and barrel aromas.

Tart grape fruitiness, light cheese rind funkiness. Goes pretty nicely together. Medium bodied with a smooth feel. Overall very enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a taster.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Nice white head. Some lacing.

Smell - Slight lemon acidity. Pale malt. Fruity esters. Nice.

Taste - Lots of pale malt. Minimal citrus tang. Kinda orangey. Estery again.

Mouthfeel - Delicate flavors with quite a bit of pale malt. Light tang.

Overall - I'm liking this. The components don't do the whole beer justice.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the Protest Bottle Share For LA Beer Week held at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA.

Thanks to vurt for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wood, and slightly sour white wine aromas. Taste is much the same with ginger white wine and buttery wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody 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 and easy to drink.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brian. Thank you, friend.

Gushing all over my counter, this beer is a light orange with a large white head that recedes rapidly , leaving little lace. The nose is a simple joy. Bright vinous notes from the chardonnay barrels, a mild funk from the drie fonteinen dregs, and some honey and candy from the malt, this is great! The nose has peach, pineapple, white grapes, apricots, just redolent. The funk is a mild blend of grass, hay and some mild mushroom character. Excellent.

The palate opens tart with a lemony acidity along with plenty of white wine flavor. Vanilla and a little bit of oak complement the fruity flavors; the blend of peaches, pineapple, grapes and even a little melon is really enjoyable. The mid palate brings the funk to the forefront, with a blend of hay and must, and the addition of the dregs adds a faint sulfury note. Drying on the finish with a little oak, lemon, and fruits, this beer is light in body(a little too light IMO ), a touch watery and has medium high carbonation. Very nice stuff, this, in some ways, reminds me of young cuvee de Castleton. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, split

I'm a little torn on the Commons - I dig their brewing philosophy, their taproom and their simplistic bottle design but some of their beers just seem a little off.

Maybelle was a bit "farty" with some offputting sulfur notes. There is definitely a fair amount of brett and anything aged in chardonnay bottles is generally OK by me, but the detractors made this one just OK, when it could have been great.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks again to Alehousedave!! This one is odd, but shows a bunch of promise.

Big gusher with the opening pours.. but it settles down to a hazed golden brew with nice retention and lacing.

Aromas are all over the place... But the big players that aren't technically "bad" are pretty prevalent.. sulfur with the initial pour and it gives way to a bit of background "bandaid" phenols... lemon essence and dried out maltiness.

The flavor has a nice maltiness that brings things together with a bit of a tartness on the finish.. The phenolic funk is definitely there and is not off-putting for me, but it could develop into something nice after a long stay in the cellar... makes me think of the FFF Herfst when it was in the infancy.

Body is medium/light but a pretty huge carbonation makes things go down a bit better... pretty drinkable once you come around to it

3.75's across the board.

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Photo of beerloverofbham
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle from the brewery. Opened 4.23.11.
The bottle spouted foam pretty aggressively at first, before quieting down. Poured into a snifter with a head of ~1 inch. Color is a pale, hazy yellow, the color of a field of wheat. Smells of barnyard funk, slight citrus, white wine grapes, hay must and the slightest amount of oak. The beginning tastes include a slightly astringent brett funk that quickly dissipates into a zing of orange and lemon. Excellent mouthfeel. Chardonnay and a little bit of honey. Finishes more biscuit-like than I expected before ending dry with a little oakiness. Delicious. Excellent lacing on the glass.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 4.10.13

A - Gusher! Pours a hazy medium orange with an active-fizzy off-white head that quickly becomes clumps on the glass.

S - Pretty subtle, but some citrus and light funk.

T - Funk, citrus, floral, wheat, oakiness. Delicious.

D -Tons of carbonation with a light body. Tart twang at the finish.

O - The nose is subtle, but the flavors really shine.

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Photo of amnesia85
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

.750L capped bottle chilled in the fridge, then poured into my HF stem. this review is from my second glass. The bottle is pretty plain and does not list pertinent info such as ABV and what not. despite the lack of info I am attracted to the bottle simply because it looks neat and clean, also I just want to know whats in this bottle!

A: From a mild pour this beer sparks right up. After I set the bottle down from my first pour, the beer continued to foam out all over the table. the CO2 bubbles are clean, clear and apparent. they give this beer a light, pearl white fluffy cloud like top. the initial 1cm head shrinks down to a mm, and as the glass goes down disperses out to small remnants. the color of this beer is an golden orange that does not let much light through but is not necessarily hazy. the overall appearance is neat and clean.

A: mmm musty, buttercups, dull hint of white grape.

T: honey lemon, butter, grassy, faint notes of white grapes.

M: clean, crisp, wet, and lightly carbonated. this beer rolls off the tongue like morning dew.

O: this beer is well balanced, smooth + easy drinking, prime example of the style drinking side by side with the best. definitely worth sampling if you get a chance.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: bottle shared by MsRif. Thanks! ;)

Farmhouse ale aged in Chardonnay barrels with 3Font brett.

Slightly hazy, pale golden-yellow pour with a puff of white head that settled down to a thin, wispy layer, leaving a bit of lacing on the glass. A good amount of funky in the nose, grass and light citrus. The taste was similar, crackery pale malts, grassy must, fairly funky, hints of lemon zest and white grapes, with a lightly toasted oak quality. Crisp mouthfeel, light-medium body. If I remember correctly, I think the ABV was around 7%, but it felt much lighter. A nice drink overall, but I'm glad it was shared amongst a group, and not just a couple, because I think 375ml would have been a bit too much for me to finish.

I realize this used a saison base, but in the end, it really just came off as an average saison rather than anything I'd qualify as a "wild ale." I hope Tired Hands hasn't spoiled me too much.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from the brewery

A: Pale lemon sun with a fluffy crown of white head. Thin rim of legs.

N: The funk drifts in and out. Tangerine and lemon overtures. Oak graininess and some vanilla hints. Apricots, and a sharp acidity with some soft leather and horse stables.

T: Oatiness and a piney wood. Biscuit and yeast. Some apricot and lemon rind. Yeast is still underdeveloped. Slight hints of leather and funk. Apricot.

M: Very saison-like with a medium-full mouthfeel.

O: I have really high hopes for this beer in about 6 months, but as it currently stands, it’s more of a simple pleasure. I really can’t wait until the yeast dries this out and perks up the flavors. I'll re-review then.

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Maybelle from The Commons Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 84 ratings