413 Farmhouse Ale | Big Elm Brewing

BA SCORE
39.7%
Liked This Beer
3.44 w/ 68 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Elm Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
bigelmbrewery.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by madmanjf on 04-01-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,246
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
68
Liked:
27
Avg:
3.44/5
pDev:
18.31%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Found this on a scenic Byway adventure of Western Massachusetts. Rt. 47 in Hadley. 12 oz. Can 6er.

A light shade of gold, slight haze. A puffy, white foam tower forms fast. Sticks around a short while, leaving only a thin cover.

The yeadt dominated nose gives off, a sweet cream and sour zesty banana thing. The aroma reminds me very much of a traditional German Hefewiezen. Sweet n sour with a golden wheat and wild honey malt.

A big, light, zippy, crisp bite, light and dry mouthfeel is pretty right on. The German Hefewiezen aspects in the aroma is also dominating the flavor. Banana and clove, herbal kick, golden wheat, subtle wild flower honet sweetness. This could be a Saison/Hefe cross. Decent complexity, easy to drink and is super refreshing and clean overall.

Despite the style guideline challenges, this is a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Paoloboston
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bogdawg
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jcoleMA66
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Duhast500
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pats3peat12
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mike22ne
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Im4jojo
4.91/5  rDev +42.7%
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 mklisz
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TripelMark
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kvgomps
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Washuffizi98
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkLinton1
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbutova
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -16.6%
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 Grb527
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.72/5  rDev -20.9%
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 EdmundBlackadder
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DudMan
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

More cream ale than saison but great flavor. Really enjoyed this...twice!

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Photo of sjones5045
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
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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413 Farmhouse Ale from Big Elm Brewing
Beer rating: 39.7% out of 100 with 68 ratings
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