Barrett's Farmhouse Ale | Battle Road Brewing Company

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Barrett's Farmhouse AleBarrett's Farmhouse Ale

Brewed by:
Battle Road Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrett’s Farmhouse Ale-Is a straw-gold rustic ale “on lees” that evokes a time long ago with a robust yeast strain, that likes it hot…a vigorous top-fermenting classic that provides some of the best food pairing flavors on the planet. We temper this spicy, fruity yeast profile with pedigreed noble hops; East Kent Goldings for bittering and a generous dose of Hersbrucker for aroma. This beer will increase in complexity and dryness over time, providing a bit of insolent freshness up front, and more refined dignity even months after the brew date kept in the right conditions…above all upright and away from light.

Added by rab53 on 04-08-2013

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Photo of Jason
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Review from BA Mag Issue #117 ( Oct 2016 )

Fruity, Gummy, Spicy, Rustic
A canned Saison that has just enough carbonation for the style to lift the crispness. Barrett’s Farmhouse Ale offers lots of layers to pull back—with each sip something else emerges. There’s a light spice character throughout, along with modest but very flavorful hopping. Bubblegum, bready malt, tea, breath alcohol, green peppercorn, and some earthiness all turn up as well. This unassuming Farmhouse Ale from Battle Road really does it for me. It’s a sleeper in the pack, and the real deal. [Jason]

Look 3.75 | Smell 4.00 | Taste 4.25 | Feel 3.25 | Overall 4.00

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4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/29/2015 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bananas, wheat, caramelized malts, citrus, Belgian yeast and some spice.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of bananas, caramel, citrus and some spice come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was excited for this brewery, liked the first two I had when I tried them at a tasting, and was glad to see them reach me in bottle form. Now another to try, a Farmhouse, which could be good, or bad if not done correctly.

Pours a large 2 finger fizzy head that collapses in on itself a bit and fades semi quickly at first, but gets reinforced by many streaming bubbles in the crystal clear straw slight honey orange colored beer, whisps of lacing are left.

Nose smells like a typical mild saison, a little farmhouse like aroma but not a ton, mostly grains, some mild straw and toastiness, little grainy bready like, some cracked wheat dust, just a hint of that farmhouse funk but yeast brings more of the mild saison spices, some citrusy lemon zest, little lemongrass too, and hints of esters. Seems like the malts might be a little on the sweet side.

Taste starts a little sweet as expected, some sweet malts with a bit too much on the malt side overall, little blond toasty malt, mild candy syrup effect, into again that cracked wheat, little straw and toasty character, a light grainy taste but not much, and despite that sweet syrupy like effect it seems quite dry actually. The effervescence of the carbonation really pulls the malty sweetness away from the tongue and really adds to the drying, which adds to a mild to fair bitterness, lemon zest bitterness and mild grassy hop that eventually turns a little spicy. Saison characters are mild, a very light farmhouse character, mild saison spices, more lemon zest and mild citrus, hints of esters, etc, but too mild IMO. Still fairly tasty and drinkable though, for an American farmhouse saison, and they didn't try to dumb it down too much like many American saisons that are just wheat, citrus, and candy. Finish is a bit on the sticky side though, despite being really dry it seems like ti should be sweet, more lemon zest and mild saison spices lingering, hint of esters and phenols too, more grassy spicy hops and bitterness all lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, tons of effervescent carb that seems to get a little too busy and takes away from the beer a little.

Overall not bad, as mentioned in the taste profile I like that they kept it more like a farmhouse saison, just not enough of the farmhouse portion, but at least it's not a candy wheat blond ale trying to pull off as a saison. Also as this style becomes more and more popular, it's seeming to become the next IPA as everyone is doing one these days. I've loved the style for a long time, and it seems to be drifting away from its core the more brewers that make it, and this is closer to the norm but still a little off, but still quite nice.

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Photo of rjplumer
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mild bread and lemon aroma. Hazy yellow body with a hint of a golden hue. Thick cloudy head that lingers a lot. The taste is like the aroma as it is lemon like bread with a hint of mild spice. Mild bitterness and a light peppery feel on the tongue. Finish is wet and sweet.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold. Lasting but small head. Some streaks for lace.

Grainy aroma with a dollop of yeast and sour apples.

Lots of black licorice to the this beers taste. The lack of sweetness makes this more bitter than it actually is. The carbonation is high but the body neutral. The finish and aftertaste is mostly yeasty with a dry bitterness.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Barrett's Farmhouse Ale from Battle Road Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 56 ratings