Napoleon Sour Farmhouse Ale | Free Will Brewing Co.

52 Ratings

Brewed by:
Free Will Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Rifugium on 06-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Growler fill at the brewery. Pours a cloudy slightly reddish amber with a medium white head. Lighter than the best Farmhouse ales I've had like Monk's but still has the sour, moderately sweet, fruity taste characteristic of the style. As good as it is, I actually prefer the macro Blue Moon Farmhouse Ale better. This one has the flavor but the higher ABV detracts from the experience. Still, the best I've had at Free Will in two trips there (12 beers).

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow. In my tulip it had a rather tall head which was white and receeded to a thick collar. Some lacing but not much.
Aroma was sour and vinagary. The farmhouse comes after that with wheat malts yeast and a tad bit of funk.
Taste is good. Lemony tartness with a farmhouse sweetness. Drinks thin but good
A pretty good beer I would drink again.

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3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Barcade, Philly, PA

Served in a 10oz. goblet, a cloudy, pale straw-yellow color, with a large puff of fluffy white head that retained well, and left a bit of lacing on the glass. I didn't get too much from the aroma, it was light with notes of lemon zest and grassy funk. Taste was light and mildly sour, lemon and apple are the flavors that stood out most, with a bit of grassy funk happening. Light, crisp mouthfeel, prickly. Hitting somewhere between a saison and a wild ale, which, from the name, is probably what they were shooting for. Not great, and not overly flavorful, but still pretty good and definitely easily drinkable. A decent beer overall.

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3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a hazy yellow brew with a bubbly looking head on top. The lacing and retention are very minimal. The smell of the beer is decent, some light funky aromas coming off of it, there are aromas of lemon and spice in there too. The taste has a subtle sourness to it which I like, it keeps it drinkable. The other thing I like is the addition of the Vanilla beans, that creates a very light natural sweetness to the flavor of the beer also. The mouthfeel is thin, a little watery but I suppose it should be. Overall I thought this was a pretty neat beer.

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3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

Napoleon sour Farmhouse Ale looks a bright banana peel orange color with some yellow peeking in the color scheme. The head is short lived dwindling into a white cap and eventually dying. No Stick on the glass. Smell is on the grassy side with some earthy quality and some hay. Small amount of fruit, but an apparent bready scent from the yeast. Overall, smells like a grassy saison. Not much sour if any at all, and it's hard to call this tart. Tastes include apple, pear, ripe pineapple and some underlining yeast. Grassy with some grain and small hop taste. Feel is on the light side with light carb as well. The beer tasted fine, not any major flaws, yet not something that opened my eyes wide.

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Napoleon Sour Farmhouse Ale from Free Will Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 52 ratings
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