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Napoleon Sour Farmhouse Ale | Free Will Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Rifugium on 06-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
52
pDev:
15.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1/5  rDev -71.3%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LOOK: Pours clear straw with white head. Decent clarity, looks like a standard beer.

SME:LL: The nose is pretty big on pungent, noble hops. Slight citrus, bread and straw.

TASTE: A coarse graininess and light sour lemon notes prevail in the flavor. Fairly bitter and sufficiently dry. Leans more on malty sugars than true sourness, other tasters have described this American Wild ale as tame, and that it is. If it was advertised more as a Saison, as it is on this site, it would do better in delivering to style. Light bodied with a low medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent beer, and the best I have had from Free Will.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

I picked this 750ml corked and caged offering up for $11.50. How could I pass on a "sour/wild" barrel aged saison aged with grapes. This brew essentially calls my name and in description alone sounds right up my alley and a grand slam waiting to happen. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a hazy golden copper color almost reddish hinted with a white frothy topping.

The smell is vinous, herbal, floral and lactic. A little earthen oak brings out vanilla sweetness and a touch of bready grain. Overall the nose is very, very inviting, I cant wait to dive in.

The taste is grainy sweet and tannic with mild yeastiness and undeveloped funk. A mild vinous tartness evolves as it warns up but it is a far stretch to even call this tart. All flavors present are excessively mild and diluted.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. The description of this beer is infinitely better than it's execution. Across all fronts but the nose, this seems watered down. What initially seemed like a hell of a bargain (fruited and barrel aged wild saison) ended up being a regrettable purchase.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap

A pale straw yellow with a foamy paper white cap. Fades rather quickly, with little to no lacing left behind.

The nose is fairly tame. Grass, spicy earth, hay, lemons, and toasted white bread underneath. Nothing really jumping out and asserting itself.

Grass and earth hit first with a rush of citrus through the middle. The finish is long and dry, with a good amount of hay and some fruity esters poking through (grapes, green apples.)

Light body, with strong carbonation. Having 'sour' in the name and not delivering anything beyond a light tartness is pretty bold.

Everything was too tame for me. Not bad flavor or aroma, just tame and lacking in the sour department.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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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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