Muse Farmhouse Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Muse Farmhouse AleMuse Farmhouse Ale

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with barley, raw wheat and raw oats as per tradition. Hopped with Styrian Goldings for bitter, and Saaz for aroma. Fermented with a very special Belgian yeast strain. No spices; it's all from the yeast.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 174 | Ratings: 194
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to see this in Georgia. I love Saisons and I'm always happy to try another one. Pours a dark orange with little head. Smells quite spicy, especially given that there are no spices added and all the spice character comes from the yeast. Smells and tastes quite jammy, and a tad sweeter than many Saisons, but there is still a nice citrus sourness, a slight saltiness, and a bit of herbal character that helps balance the sweetness. What it does lack is that nice peppery character that adds a refreshing sharpness to some of the best Saisons. Still, this is pleasant enough and has enough character for me to definitely enjoy drinking this. Underrated I'd say.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

Fermented with Forbidden Fruit yeast at a high tem- perature. Hopped with Styrian Goldings and Saaz--they took an authentic path, to be sure. Word of warning: Serve this beer at cellar temperature.

A steady decanting yields enough white head to almost spill out of the glass; a rich rocky head slowly subsides to a patch trail of lace. Hazed tawny color, to be expected of the style. Musty aroma; more basement than barnyard in the nose and very yeasty in the back, with both medicinal phenols and fruity esters. It's a yeast explosion to start with, and a medicinal phenolic character is not too far off, either. Thankfully, they get balanced off by a dry malt flavor, slightly tropical fruity esters and a faint hop smack.

With its over-the-top with flavor, this one will certainly be hard to grasp for the novice beer drinker--especially anyone with no knowledge of Belgian ales. That said, if you dig Fantôme, you will love this beer. We may as well chalk this one up to being this year's most complex American-brewed Belgian-style ale. Baked brie cheese with a blackberry filling would be a good, taming accompaniment.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice murky copper to slightly brown colour with a thick head that has mid-range retention time but leaves a nice amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a nice spicy/yeast blend that has a bit of a wood backbone mixed with some tart berry notes.

The flavour mellows out the spice and yeast a bit and pumps up the tartness of the berry flavours and even gets a touch juicy at times. The finish of each sip has a grainy, somewhat dry and earthy tone to it and really hits the mark for a farmhouse style ale. Hop flavour floats in and out and is nicely subdued here. Mouthfeel is light and wispy, with a hint of strength to it.

This is a nice brew all around. I'm quite glad that I finally was able to try it. I'd definitely grab a bottle or two of this one again.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sour apple nose. Flavor is tart/sour apple cider. Saisons are not my favorite but this one is tolerable. $5.10 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange body loaded with carbonation, topped by three fingers of rocky off white foam.

Potent lemon and pepper aroma explodes out of the bottle and fills the room. Didn't need to pick up the glass, just walked out of the room and came back in.

Light fruity sweetness and wheat rapidly sweeps across the tongue before a serious bite of spice and pepper at the swallow. Tingly aftertaste mixes it all together.

Mouthfeel is light, tingly, almost airy at times. Nice drinkability.

Overall, a nice effort if not quite as solidly refreshing as could be hoped.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a slightly hazed peachy color with a large blooming white that clung nicely to the glass leaving globs of lace as it settled very very slowly.I like the aromas very juicy and fruity almost like....a gummy worm yeah a gummy work ok I know sounds dumb but thats what I get along with a hint of phenolic spice but I think it works.Flavors are a little medicinal and yeasty with some clovey notes along with some leafy mint and ginger.Honestly this is much better than expected Iam not big on the medicinal flavors but there are things going on keeping it in my graces,I think I like better than most.

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Photo of cokes
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Semi-translucent pumpkin orange topped with a proud, tall, buttercreme stack of suds.
At first, the nose is largely absent of defining features, aside from a peppered notion of husky grain. Over time, whelps of citric peels and white grapes arise, along with a wet limestone sense of funk, mint leaves, and phenols of gauze pads.
Its progression through the mouth follows a nearly identical arc. A coarse raw graininess is experienced first. The tiniest glimmers of fruit-- via pear, lemon rind, and champagne grapes lend phantoms of sweetness. Overall, however, this is crushingly dry and peppery. As such, white peppercorn dominates from the onset to the aftertaste. Funk creeps in with limestone and gravel, along with a acrid lean toward chewed aspirins and zinc. This acrimonious stoniness rides into the finish, as is it meets with a dried mint leaf hop notion.
Medium-light in body, yet taut rather than lazy with a steady carbonation. Feel-wise, it is exactly where it needs to be. And actually, it becomes rather drinkable once the imbiber adjusts to the sensation of having a mouth full of liquid rock quarry.
I'm on the fence here. I recognize this immediately as flawed, but I also recognize something that could truly be noteworthy with any type of offsetting sweetness if this had paid further attention to the fruity hues it only feebly musters. Tweak the malt bill here and I think we are on to something.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy orange color with a thin and foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Thin rings of lacing. Barnyard aroma with some pale malt and spice. Light-bodied with flavors of tart fruit and musty malt primarily, plus a bit of hops and yeast. The finish is dry and fruity with a mild yeast aftertaste. So-so overall.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got to try this one at the Penn Brewfest as my first sample of the evening but let's take a closer look with all of the hype of a beer fest every beer seems awesome. Appears a very clouded deep golden apricot hue forms with a large honey tinted beige head leaves a thick collar of lace as it dwindles with each sip the lace clings form even consecutive rings down the chalice. Aroma upfront grassy with wild hay aspects, spices flow bringing an earthy lively nuttiness about, the yeast strain that I made sure to empty completely in to my glass brings a deep bready labryinth blending with the light toasted specialty malts adding an almost perfumey tropical fruitiness with herbal fresh cut grass hops lingering in the nose. Flavor initial rush of complexity comes crashing with embedded tropical fruit a touch of pineapple, and citrus edge complemented by the spicy wild yeast and bready lightly toasted grains to a quick finish of perfumey dryness kinda like the feeling after someone sprayed perfume/cologne and you walk into the room. The wild barnyard and freshly cut grass scream a farmhouse ale, although I could use a touch of more sweetness to stay on the palate to complment the perfumey dryness but overall damn complex and interesting one for me. Mouthfeel is velvety with fine bubbled carbonation light to medium body but a bit cloying with a dry funky bitterness that sticks with you well beyond every sip. Drinkability is not too sessionable yet my ideal saison should be since this is a style that doesn't have to kill you with alcohol but the complexity of the funky barnyard yeast characteristics and perfume ridden finish do hurt the overall drinkability a desirable beer for the most part but I would have to be in the right type of analytical mode to have another.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of cichief
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had from a 22oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A- Poured a cloudy orange-yellow color with a thin white head.

S- Smells strongly of yeast, clove, spice, and over-ripe fruit.

T- Slightly sweet, with a spicy yeast flavor, finishes medium.

M- Not too bubbly, but very carbonated.

D- Not a bad beer, but not one I would seek out.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is ok. Kind of has a sour taste to it, not much else really going on. I would say it's a bit bland, except for the slight citrusy sourness going on. The appearance was really nice though. Had a super thick head, that eventually thinned out after a while, but still was present. It's good for a hot day, but I'd rather have something cheaper, oh like a High life or something similar.

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Photo of oelergud
4.7/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown 22oz glass bottle with a goat wearing a jester's hat on the label.
Cloudy opaque orange copper body. Off-white orange creamy buttes head with a small-medium bubbled center. Very nice retention and lace.
Delicious grassy malt, yeast, fresh hay and sweet sugary honey.
Sweet spiced honey flavor, grass and hay. Some barnyard undoubtedly inspired by the label.
Aftertaste of sour hoppy flavor but still with a malt base.
Full body and a little coating, dry finish.
Very drinkable. Best farmhouse ale yet.


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Photo of crookedhalo
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazed yellow-orange with an off-white head that sticks around for a good 45 seconds without much stickage or lacing. Aroma is lightly dusty, honeyed and malty with some faint notes of orchard fruit, yeast and low alpha hops. Taste is almost lagerish, too clean, and not enough funk for the style. Decanted the rest of the bottle and it's become a bit cloudier, yet the taste hasn't changed. A light nuttiness and faint fruitiness at best, with a subtle grassy astringent finish. Mouthfeel is good with a healthy carbonation level to a medium bodied ale that feels like a lager. Overall, this beer isn't bad, it's just rather tame. Who knows, it might be someone else's cup of tea, just not really mine.

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Photo of cbl2
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5/12/2007 $4.99 22 oz. 6.20% No best by date.

Cute goat with a Jester's cap on the label. Nice hiss as cap is removed.


Pours a hazy orange/light-brown with a thin film of white head that rapidly settles.


Acrid barnyard funk. I know saisons are supposed to be on the funky side, but this is a bit offputting with a stale hay aroma.


Starts off nice and tart with interesting acidic tang. Floral/tea-like hops appear mid-sip, which are then replaced by loads of biscuit, which probably shouldn't be there. The biscuit/hop profile lead me to think of this more of an English Pale Ale than the saison Weyerbacher set out to make. It started off with promise too, but the flavors transitioned too much mid-sip for me. An ok beer, but not a great saison.

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Photo of weeare138
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a hazy gold with a small white cap that slowly fades out into a mild cap and collar. Spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of wet socks, citrus, earthy, with mild peach.
Taste is about the same of the aromas with gentle spicing and lemon zest coming through.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, lemony, medium bodied with a thin finish. Not a terrible stab at the style but it could benefit from some more funkiness.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a 22 oz bottle of this brew with Stopper. I am pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter. The beer is a very cloudy pumpkin color with fluffy eggshell white head of 2 cm that fades to a surface layer gradually.
Aroma is fruity with apricot and melonand just hints of yeasty dough notes. First sip reveals an average body with mild spacious carbonation.
Flavor starts tangy with a little funk, but mostly fruity apricots again and general fruit sweetness. Just a bit of planty hops on the finish that do kick in a very mild hop bite. No ABV anywhere to be detected. An easy drinking beer that I enjoy drinking. A little more funk would make it even better

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Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy orange with yellow highlights. Big fluffy 3"+ head that sparks some nice lacing during the session.

Smell: grassy, yeast, pepper spice, and a hint of barnyard funkiness make up a nice aroma.

Taste: mild grainy malt and honey sweetness are balanaced with some pepper, tart green grapes, hints of alcohol, funk, yeast, and a nice bitterness. Definite higher octane version compareds to some others in the style.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smooth towards the finish. There is a touch of dryness at the end also. Long aftertaste.

Drinkability: nice sipping and relaxing beer. Worth giving this one a try.

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Photo of mortarit
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found this one in the discount bin so I thought I would give it a try.

I was impressed that it wasn't over bearing like others that I've tried in this style.

Yes, it's has a stronger wheat based which I think that's the reason for it's smoothness.

Definitly has drinkability going for it.

Maybe not the best interuputation for this style but a good entry beer to the style.

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Photo of WesWes
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very fruity scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with Belgian yeast. The taste is decent. It has a thin, watery flavor that goes down easy and finishes a bit dry and fruity. It's a bit reserved compared to some. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's not the top of the heap as far as saisons are concerned, but it goes down smooth.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Crizay: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of well balance Belgian malt, fruity ester and lightly spicy yeast was quite enjoyable. Taste is also a well balance mix between fruity ester with a nice touch of spicy yeast and light funky notes are also noticeable. Full body with great carbonation. Definitely not the most out-there Saison and maybe a bit too clean for the style but I have to admit that I actually quite enjoy this.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale orange color with a big 2 fingered egg shell head that falls all so slow.

Aroma is good spice mingled with orange and other fruits nice fresh cut grasses all on a funky malty yeasty base.

Taste is farmy wheaty with a nice spice kick that lingers thru out, cloves that blend in the finish with grassy hops and earthy yeasts. Good farmy flavors on a wheat, malt base good spicey finish with a touch of decent bitterness. Nothing complex here but find myself wanting more already.

Mouthfeel is a light medium, decent carbonation, lightly peppy. Spice seems to make the carbonation level seem more peppy somehow.

Drinkability is good, an enjoyable decent brew. Not rated the best but find myself digging this one. Well off to the store for more, think that says more then any rating .

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have greatly enjoyed all the Weyerbacher beers I've had until this one. This beer was drinkable, but really boring. There just wasn't really anything notable about it.

It poured a light orange color with a medium amount of head. Aroma was a little grassy, but pretty faint. Flavor was a touch cardboard-like, a bit cereal-y, and not at all funky nor even really remotely interesting. The cardboardiness may have been due to age, but I bought this bottle at Jungle Jim's, who has a pretty brisk-moving beer section (there was no date code).

Pretty bland and only mildly offensive. It wasn't awful, but I can't come up with a reason to recommend this beer, so I won't.

I picked up a bottle of this at Jungle Jim's in the Cincinnati area.

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Photo of Shaw
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher is new to Florida, so I'm excited to try all their wares.

This pour a medium amber in color with a foamy off-white head and good carbonation.

It smells lightly of spices like coriander with a bit of biscuit.

The spices carry over to the taste, which is light and clean with a slight pepper finish.

The body is good, too.

Overall this is a decent saison that doesn't try to get too crazy.

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Photo of akorsak
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz bomber.

A: The ale has a thick syrupy look, an orange chutney-like color. The head has left patches of laces throughout the glass. The head that doesn't lace has receded to a thin white band concentrated at the center of the glass.

S: The aroma is funky, with an array of barnyard aromas (minus the sour tartness). There is a subtle candi sugar-like sweetness that has a caramel scent, softening up the intense nose

T: The ale tastes like a solid Belgian saisin, think Fantôme. It is full of funkiness abd leaves a very dry flavor in the mouth. So dry that I want another sip before the current one has been swallowed. The yeast manages to deliver a peppery body that is fairly still (lacking in carbonated fervor). The more I drink the bomber, the more the funkiness grows on me, its barnyard and horseblanket flavors quite intense.

M: The mouthfeel is unusual, especially for an American saison (in my experience), kicking up a natural gameyness that I've only seen in certain Belgian saisons (again, think Fantôme).

D: Easily the funkiest saison that I've had in a while. This bomber is enough as my tastebuds may never recover.

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Muse Farmhouse Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 194 ratings