Muse Farmhouse Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Muse Farmhouse AleMuse Farmhouse Ale

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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.

Added by Todd on 05-01-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 174
Photo of Crosling
1.95/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Light orange colored ale. Sour fruit, corn and polish dominate the poorly concentrated nose. Flavor is better than the nose, but still shows no finesse, no balance, is overly sweet and polish-like and has poor muddled flavors and poorly hidden alcohol. WTF.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.01/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - this saison pours a dark amber/light brown, hazy from the sediment, a big frothy white head, carbonation is clearly visible

S - reather yeasty, some wheatiness, and despite the notes, a certain spiciness like that of coriander and orange peel

T - a distinct cheesiness, some spiciness, beer may be skunked, i will have to try another bottle to make sure this isnt skunked

M&D - too bitter and acrid, i actually poured this, never had anything bad from weyerbacher before, i definitely will try this again someday and revise this notes if possible

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Photo of klewis
2.08/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a white bubbly head. Quick head decay and spotty lacing.

S: The aroma is quite indescript. Yeasty esters and a touch of fruitiness. The aroma is rough and a bit harsh - like a homebrew just coming out of primary.

T: Flavors of soggy Cheerios and wet newspaper with an astringent hoppy finish. A touch of tartness, but far below what I expect from a saison.

M: Medium-bodied with fine carbonation. A bit under-carbonated for the style.

D: No, not even an amusing picture of a goat in a jester hat will save this one from my scathing abuse. This "saison" is an abomination. Nevermind that it tastes bad - it is just far from being characteristic of the style. I've never been a fan of ANY of Weyerbacher's brews, but after I have repeatedly given them more opportunities to impress me, this one just may be the beer that makes me lose hope in Weyerbacher forever. Alas.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I poured this terrible brew into my tumbler at 50 degrees. It had a bubbly head that was promising at first. The smell was nice and fresh bready like, again I was thinking "good". It was a little cloudy and a strange orangy color. Then I took my first taste, yuk, then I took a second big hit and double yuk. The beer was sour and kinda ciderish tasting in a spoiled kinda way.
Never again.

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Photo of necoadam
2.32/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out a dark gold color with an orange hint. A thin head was there, but quickly went away. It looked like apple cider after that.

Smell was yeasty, grass, hops, with a little spice in the background. Could of used that "wet horse blanket" aroma in there.

Taste was quite sweet with slightly tart grapes and apples. Starts to turn hoppy in the middle. Finished with some yeast and mild fruit tones. Seems sloppy to me.

Mouthfeel was medium to light with little carbonation.

Eh... Not impressed. It seemed more like a fruit beer that was hopped. There's hardly any funkiness in here. As a beer, it's somewhat ok, but to the style, it's not even close, sad to say.

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of CWiggins
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I saw this at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham just last evening. I'm a sucker for a saison-style beer, and since this had the name Weyerbacher on the label, it certainly seemed like a safe bet. The color was classic saison: a nice golden straw with a crisp, carbonated bubbly essence. No real head formed, just a thin layer of bubbles stuck to the rim of the glass of my Delerium Tremens glass. (Aren't those pink elephants the cutest!?!?!) The aroma was really quite un-saisonlike, with very little spiciness and a lot of mustiness. As to the flavor, most of the saison characteristics I enjoy were missing: fruitiness, sweetness, and spiciness are mostly absent. Instead, I noted flavors of medicine and yeast, cloves and bitter hops. The mouthfeel is dry like a saison, although there is a little too much carbonation for this reviewer's taste. Not something I'm likely to pick up again.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
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 callmemickey
2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark orange body, with a minimal head that all but disappears within a few moments. No lacing.

S: Candy orange. Caramel. No Spice. No Funk. No BelgianYeast notes.

T: More of the same. Out of style. But not bad tasting.

M: Smooth. Light to medium body. Good carbonation levels. Lacking any crispness or bite to the finish.

D: Ehh. I'll pass on this most likely.

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Photo of ccrida
2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber courtesy of johnmichaelsen (thx!) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Muse is a clear brassy gold with a large off white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is a little fruity but lots of plasticy phenols.

Taste is on the bitter, sour side, with grassy hops, not a ton of esters, also heavy on the phenols. As I work through it, the hoppiness grows on me, but the alcohol vapors open up too much.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, slick but with a prickly dryness.

Drinkability isn't to high, I didn't care for this one much, and will probably not revisit it, especially since it's not available out here! Still, I'm always happy to try a new Saison, and really appreciate John bringing this out here for me.

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Photo of chefdejour
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured slightly hazy amber honey color with almost no head.

S: Sweet bready, caramel malt with phenolic yeast notes.

T: Sharp hop astringency, rye malt or something very spicy and dry. Somewhat watered down.

M: med/hi carbonation and thin.

D: Astringent - not very pleasant to drink.

The farmhouse character was overwhelmed with an astringent bitterness. I'm a fan of this style and this certainly was not a good representation.

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Photo of marcpal
2.77/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Only on tap before, first from the bottle from the brewery.

Label rating: 2/10. Pretty bad much like other Weyerbachers. Usually the beer quality makes up for it (not in this case)

A - Slightly cloudy orange/gold wth a modest head that faded instantly. No visible carbonation and no lacing.

S: Moderate sours and aroma of a wet band aid. Spices are obvious throughout, more so when a bit chilled. Not inviting.

T: Bland and sour. Somethin of citrus but the grassiness has not hop balance. Alcohol isnt welcoming or comforting. I get none of the fruits, spices, or citrus. Completely lacking needed flavor.

M: Spicy carbonation, best aspect of this beer. Medium body with spicy bite.

D: The taste here is flat out subpar. As a saison, some texture and traits of the style but lacking any depth or complexity. One of the worst Weyerbachers Ive had, prefer it much more from tap at the brewery- the bottles in this pack are mad sour.

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Photo of Kraken
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into 20oz pint glass. Poured with a two finger head that quickly diminishes to a thin skim, nice lacing, looks tasty. Pours a dark orange amber. Smell is funk, oats, straw, pungent in an animal kind of way. Taste is DOMINATED by the overwhelming barnyard-iness. Light hops initially, followed by the aforementioned funkiness, and a long dry finish. Lightly bitter in the finish. This is unlike any Saison I have had before. Mouthfeel was good, its kind of heavy and thick for the style with quite a few things going on. Drinkability was so so. This tastes like the fat, intellectually challenged brother of a fine Saison whom I will not mention in this sentence.

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Photo of marksto
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, dark amber color with medium head and good retention. Overall aroma is somewhat light. Has some light citrus notes, a little spice, and a noticible phenolics - band aid. Light bodied with a grainy sweetness. Flavor has some orange peel essences and a sharp, phenolic, plastic-like hit in the middle, and some hop tang in the finish.

Overall, I'm not impressed. This has to be a fresh bottle as Weyerbacher was just introduced here a week ago. It is drikable, but lacks the complexity of a good Saison and has an off-flavor that detracts. Not recommended.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the nose, I get a sweet yeasty alcohol aroma, with small citrus notes. It has the taste of a yeasty dryness and citrus, especially lemon. A smooth beer that leaves a yeasty dryness in the mouth. Somewhat refreshing, a nice representaion of style.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.91/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to portia99 for another fine Saison.

Poured a bomber into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer has a miraculous pour. The color of the beer is more of a burnt toffee orange with a massive, rocky, pancake batter head. The head was massive. With only about a half a finger of beer poured the head was already about 4 inches. Massive head, absolutely crazy lacing. It reminded me of Lorraine Swiss cheese plastered to the inside of my glass. Weyerbacher has produced an absolutely beautiful Saison. The first wisp of aroma I got, while pouring the beer, was just a slight bit of orange zest. On second opinion, earthy notes come through, with just a slight bit of horsey funk, along with peppery-herbal notes. The flavor is just a bit off. While the fruit esters come through slightly in the nose, nothing in the flavor. The dominant flavor is almost, what I would consider, a plastic flavor. I can only construe that this is what most people would consider a Band-Aid esque flavor. This really dominates the profile and I find it rather off putting. The mouthfeel is light and finishes with just a slight sweetness. I really wish it finished a bit drier. This is really just a mediocre Saison. I wish that they would have put a bit more ingenuity into it.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a hazy orange, with a finger of off-white head, but no lacing. The smell was dominated by yeast & biscuit essence; some traces of plum, clove, and allspice. The flavor yielded more traces of spices (including in the finish), but all the while they are dominated by yeastiness and biscuit. Decently carbonated mouthfeel, and medium-bodied. Too much flavor imbalance for me to session this beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks so much to mughugger for sharing this growler.
A - Golden, light amber with minimal head, transparent and produced minimal lacing

S - Funky feet odor, a unique type of sour aroma w/ a slightly dry -similar to rye scent.

M - Dry and sweet mix, Strange and hard to pinpoint wether it is medicinal, spice-like anise of an off astringent flavor.

T - an appearance, smell and mouthfeel that were promising, but when the taste buds take over ...something happens. A dry start with tinges of brown sugar which is intriquing and then a medicinal solvent like flavor creeps in and robs it of the promising taste. It feels to dry after repeated tastes and is unbalanced in the malt and funky yeast department.

D - I would try this again since it has some good points, but there are too many contradictory elements that battle with the senses to consider it a quality Saison.

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Photo of nickfl
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Two fingers of white foam on a hazy, copper colored body. The head has decent retention but leaves little lace.

S - Smoky phenolic notes with some pepper and clove. Toasty, caramel malt and a hint of herbal hops.

T - Medium toasted malt and earthy spice flavors of caraway seeds and cumin. Sour maltiness in the middle, followed closely by herbal hops and harsh bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Wow, what a disappointment. I was looking forward to this as it was the first Weyerbacher beer I found in the area. The flavors are dark and muddy, completely lacking the bright fruitiness and refreshing hop character of a good saison. Hopefully the rest of their lineup is better than this.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of pinotboy007
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Slightly cloudy orange/gold wth a modest head that faded instantly. No visible carbonation and no lacing.

S - Slight barnyard funk with a touch of "Band Aid" aroma and leather.

T - Dull citrus/burned apricot flavor with some malt and hops thrown in. Alcohol is present on the finish but not overwhelming. (Given some of the other reviews I suspect I may have gotten a bottle that had been exposed to heat.)

M - Some diluted but with decent carbonation and a touch of creaminess.

D - The alcohol is in check, so it's probably a decent summer quaffer but pales in comparison to ales such as Saison Dupont. Nothing I would seek out.

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Muse Farmhouse Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.51 out of 5 based on 194 ratings.
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