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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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Added by madmanjf on 04-01-2013

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Reviews by madmanjf:
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3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
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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Photo of mctizzz
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of sgn4779
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%

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

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 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 Brewsephus
1.6/5  rDev -53.5%
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 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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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BerkshireBeerGuy
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Photo of nebula1999
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ODBRIP
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
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 dustinjkline
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of campfirebrew
2.72/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kevgod
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Djaklevic
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

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3.8/5  rDev +10.5%

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

Photo of potownbill
2.69/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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413 Farmhouse Ale from Big Elm Brewing
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 71 ratings
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