North Fork Farmhouse Ale | Country Boy Brewing

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Brewed by:
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 3
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3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

A taste of Belgian country brews manifests in Central Kentucky as the brewers of Country Boy seams the gap that distance separates.

Northfork Farmhouse pours with a hazy canary-type yellow with a milky diffusion. Creamy and somewhat liquified, its foam stance is light in both its stature and its retention. Light spotty lace reforms with a gentle swirl of the glass.

Its aromas are of must grain, light wheat and a spice-fruit mix that provides the balance up front. Dried oranges, lemons and apples kick things off just before a challenge of white pepper, coriander and mild clove. The mustiness of wet hay reaffirms the ales rustic roots.

The common dry malt, wheat-ish and grain sweetness is slight and cracker-like on the early palate. The balance of orchard fruit and pepper spice that plays out in the middle is very modest and somewhat simple. The peppery phenols linger playfully into finish where a mineral taste aids a supple wine-like final impression. All the while, there's a mild corkish must aura that accompanies the taste from sip until finish.

Light bodied throughout, the beer starts with the classic dry texture for which Saisons are famed. But the ale quivers considerably at mid-palate and succumbs to watery texture with carbolic and mineral bite. Its light peppery warmth trails in short-lived after texture.

Like several "table" beers that have infultrated the market, this light-bodied Saison also seems so light in taste and texture that it exposes the seltzer-like character from mineral salts and the pang of carbonation. The concern is that those Table Beers register in at 3% abv. Country Boy's Northfork Farmhouse clocks in at more traditional 7% ranges.

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3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy gold with a creamy, clinging white head.

S: Aromas of white pepper, crackers, biscuits, spiced apple, unripened pear, banana, clove, and minerals are present on the nose, underscored by a subtle hint of oak and lactic funk.

T: Notes of minerals, biscuits, cream, crackers, herbs, straw, banana, spiced apple, pear, grass, clove, oak, must, vinegar, and white pepper wash across the palate. The finish is dry and spicy with notes of white pepper, banana, clove, minerals, oak, and herbs in abundance.

M: On the lighter side of medium and very silky and creamy. Carbonation is crisp and a bit forceful, but tends to subside very quickly in the mouth. Alcohol presence is virtually nonexistent. This is the kind of beer that can and will quickly sneak up on you.

O: Not a bad saison/farmhouse ale at all. I appreciate the fact that the guys at Country Boy Brewing are beginning to experiment with sour ales, but the truth is, this ale could be a bit tarter and more complex. I doubt that this beer was given enough time to really develop that musty barnyard funk that is loved by so many. Still, for a first crack at a sour ale, this is quite nice. I hope that the brewers keep tinkering with this recipe because it has got quite a bit of potential.

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North Fork Farmhouse Ale from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 3 ratings