413 Farmhouse Ale | Big Elm Brewing

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Brewed by:
Big Elm Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Im4jojo
4.91/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely would buy a six pack of this. My first time drinking a beer from this brewery and the first I've heard of both brew and brewery. I poured it into Pilsner glass, and the head was a finger's width, hazy blonde with thousands of tiny ascending bubbles. The taste was tart and refreshing with a hint of . . . orange peel? Which I think was also reflected in the aroma. Nice seltzer-like feeling on the tongue. Definitely an experience to remember.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip.

A: Golden-orange color. Hazy. Fine-bubbled white head retains well at a finger in height. Webby lacing.

S: Underripe banana, passion fruit, pithy mango and apricot esters. Oily orange peel and a dose of black pepper. Floral and perhaps a bit grassy. Chamomile. Yeasty. Crackery malt.

T: Phenols pop more when tasting it. Peppery, church incense, slightly medicinal. Yeasty. Underripe banana, pithy tropical fruits. Oily orange. Dose of black pepper with mild heat sensation. Crackery and wheaty. Chamomile. Peppery finish.

M: Medium-light body with a lot of creaminess. Sharp carbonation cuts through and scrubs stiffly.

O: Feels a bit forced at times with the spicing, but it's good overall. Not too much to complain about, it drinks nicely.

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Photo of cbutova
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Gotta thank my buddy Atremains for gifting me a can of this. Second time having this in the last week or so.

A- For the review it leaves the can into my stemware with a ever so slightly hazy, pale yellow body. A foamy, semi-frothy cap forms to around a finger with decent retention. Lacing is rare for me in this case.

S- Phenolic and fruity with hints of spice in an aroma with plenty of punch. Cloves and bananas up front leading to peppercorn, pear, lemon peel, herbal, yeast bread and apple ester hints.

T- Finds a bit more balance for me here with the clove and banana tones calming down just a bit allowing the rest to come through better. Main flavors are apple, peppercorn, pear, cloves and banana leading to cider, white grape, lemon zest, coriander and bready tones.

MF- Zesty and crisp light end body. Kind of lacks texture in a way without much of a creaminess; comes off as thin. Very high, seltzer-esque carbonation due to this spritzy texture.

Starts off promising but loses some steam towards the end of the can. For me it is the body that is the culprit as it is just too much like a seltzer and lacks much frothy or creamy silkiness. A good set of flavors and a beer that could easily be fine tuned to be great. A bit strong on the clove and banana but nothing out of the realm of the style.

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Photo of MTLDOG
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Hazy golden. A bit floral, a bit hoppy, a bit spicy, but just a bit of this and that. Nothing too impressive here. Decent summer beer. Had the spices and clove etc seen often in the style. Decent beer.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.72/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up on the way back from a Berkshire hiking weekend.

Gold with a quick to fade head atypical of the style. Smells like candy corn, banana runts and closes. Minimal taste up front but there's some saison snap clove and malt sugar in back.

The can design is pretty.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Home 4/3/15

Bought in CT. Look is very plain and a little cloudy. The smell is unremarkable. The taste is creamy and a tiny bit of spice. Found it to be incredibly smooth and no after taste. Great summer crusher beer.

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Photo of NickTinyRace
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is the first beer I tried out of this company when they first opened their doors. I have to say that this is up there with some of my favorite beers out of that area. Smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of Abra
4.43/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep golden yellow with aromas of wheat and a subtle blend of earthy spice.

Taste begins with a subtle, yet complex mix of spicy, earthy tones...definitely picking up the chamomile/lemon zest. The pink peppercorn lends a beautiful "peppery" bite that carries through the finish and is well balanced and complemented by a touch of honey in the background. The wheat comes in about halfway through and lingers with the zesty peppercorn well after the finish.

This is really quite phenomenal. I haven't had a beer that combines these different aspects and my reaction after trying it for the first time was "wow!".

Overall, a beautifully blended beer that is unique and interesting and being a local brew, I can't help but love it even more.

Blows Ommegang's saison out of the water (Sorry Ommegang!! I love you though!!)

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Photo of Brewsephus
1.6/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a can into a shaker pint.

A- Ruddy brown with hints of red, very cloudy.

S-Apple cider, allspice, wet wood.

T-Straight apple juice, finished with cinnamon stick.

M- Thin, lightly carbonated.

O- In a blind tasting this is identical to most ciders. Motts Apple juice which finishes and leaves you with cinnamon and allspice. Nothing even close to "farmhouse" in this beer. Maybe they brewed this in a farmhouse, because it tastes like it came from an orchard. Very misleading label, unsatisfactory product, would not buy again and would discourage other from trying. Not worth the money.

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Photo of Omnium
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear gold half a finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - No real strong aroma, light pepper, banana, melon, cantaloup.
T - Light papaya, honeydew, banana, very light spice, sweet malt, wheat.
M - Light clean, sessionable.
O - Decent for a session ale, not particularly the most accurate farmhouse, much more close to a blonde.

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Photo of ODBRIP
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from can into glass. No head. Light carbonation. Tasted mildly skunky, not sure if its actually skunked, I think the yeast is just out of control. I wouldn't buy this again. Word word word Word word word Word word word Word word word Word word word

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Photo of madmanjf
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

AROMA: Sweet Malt, Melon

APPEARANCE: Golden, Clear, Thick dissipating head

TASTE: Aroma flavors follow-through here. Expected alcohol and peppery notes aren't prevalent up front. Instead, a delicate sweetness from the malt is immediately apparent followed by notes of Cantaloupe and/or Honey Dew melon and some pear. Bittering is fairly low, with hop flavor appropriately low

MOUTHFEEL: Low Carbonation, mild slickness, delicate lingering warmth in the finish

OVERALL: In my mind, falls somewhere between a Blond and a Farmhouse but closer to the Farmhouse. It's quite drinkable and approachable. It the summer months, the flavors and low warmth will probably make this more enjoyable than other examples within the style.

Available in 750ml bottles and cans at the brewery.

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413 Farmhouse Ale from Big Elm Brewing
3.4 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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