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 Sammy
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light colour, some spiciness in the nose. Wheaty, bit above average mouthfeel. Approachable drinkable saison, although airly run-of-the-mill saison, summery beer. Some citrus, not too spicey. Agree that Saaz hops was take it or leave it, as was the beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of Weyerbacher Muse back in November of 2008. This farmhouse ale poured out as a hazy orange yellow brew that had a pretty strong head on it. The smell of the beer wasn't overly
Funky like most saisons or farmhouse ales. Instead it had some nice floral aromas coming out of it and some hops too. The taste was nice also, the malts and hops mixed with some wild flowers worked pretty well together. Mouthfeel of Muse was really carbonated, I was impressed on how this beer kind of exploded in your mouth with each sip. This ale wasn't bad but I can understand how it was bummed to the retired section when it has to compete with some of Weyerbachers other beers.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a small head that quickly dissipated leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and lacy patterns of bubbles floating in the center.
S: The smell is somewhat musty and has aromas of pepper. Notes of apples and other fruits become evident as the beer begins to warm up.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is earthy, musty, spicy and has a slight amount of sourness. There are flavors of apples and spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The taste was interesting and rather unique for the style but I don't think this beer would be well suited for drinking on a hot summer day.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled funky and like a barnyard. Some caramel maltiness, too.

T - It had a sweet fruity flavor, like apricot. Good caramel sweetness with a surprising alcohol taste.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied ale with a slight warm alcohol presence.

D - Great tasting saison that leans toward the sweet side. It is tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a rocky head that retains fairly well and leaves a few dashes of lace around the chalice

Smell: Sour and funky aromas dominate; unlike some other BAs, I think they have done a pretty good job capturing the barnyard here

Taste: Starts out a little funky but there is a floral and earthy element that creeps in to balance the murky flavors; after the swallow, it gets a little yeasty and the finish isn't as complex as I would like, but the malt does balance out the flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a spritzy level of carbonation

Drinkability: A pretty good stab at the style; not as good as some of the top flight Belgians but certainly among the better domestics

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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 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 nickfl
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is of wheat, Belgian yeast, light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is very bready with a touch of sweetness up front. There are flavors of wheat and Belgian yeast that are the most prevalent. The malt character is hearty. There's a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this one might not reach the top-10 in its style but it's still a solid beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of smcolw
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, golden orange color. Egg shell white head that leaves considerable lace on the glass.

Lots of citrus; mostly grapefruit. Barnyard smells of raw hay and excrement...unappealing.

The flavor is mostly spicy with the grapefruit and pine coming through on the initial sip. Some sourness that adds to the flavor. Little bitterness that only shows up in the swallow, but it is the sourness that prevails. Rather light in the mouth.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Candied orange peel with much less carbonation than one might see in the typical Belgian saison. The sandstone colored cap fills more than half the glass after my usual pour and features hundreds of sticky bubbles that resemble caramelizing sugar. Sheets of Swiss cheesy lace look great as well. I have no problem bumping the score another notch since further pours add a wonderful murkiness and positively coat the glass with crust.

The nose is odd and doesn't resemble any saison in recent memory. It's dominated by Band-Aid phenols and a musky spiciness that doesn't have much in common with horse blankets. What are the chances that the flavor profile will be completely different?

As expected, the flavor follows the aroma step for step. Weyerbacher chose an aggressive yeast strain and a distinctive one, I just wish they had chosen one that delivers better flavor. While I don't hate it, the final half of the bomber might have to be paired with my lunch.

Barley, wheat and oats contribute no flavor and the Styrian Goldings and Saaz hops provide very little. Actually, the hops probably do their part, it's just that they're overwhelmed by the incredibly estery yeast strain. The flavor profile consists of tart peaches sprinkled with clove, Band-Aids, bitter grass and essence of used horse blanket.

The mouthfeel has almost nothing in common with the best versions of this style. It's closer to light than to medium, with a 'by the numbers' feel to the carbonation. It's okay for a witbier, but I expect something more from a saison. It does aid drinkability, though.

My hope was that Weyerbacher was able to pull off something that, apparently, has a pretty high degree of difficulty (an exceptional American-brewed saison). Muse Farmhouse Ale isn't that beer, but it's still worth a look for those who like a little funk. Now that half the bomber is gone, it's beginning to grow on me. Better late than never.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light peach colored amber and a huge white head that reached nearly two inches high an never really relented leaving a ton of lacing on the sides.

aroma is very light, pears and apples, touches of banana, clove, hints of grain, but light, almost non existent at points. flavor was about the same, very light, but nice, lots of light fruits, tons of grain and a definte yeast presence that seemed to build over time. just seemed to need that one last pop to push it into the excellent category. still super sessionable and really a nice way to get the afterparty going.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, no freshness indication. Pours cloudy apricot amber, minor off white head and just spotty lacing. Peppery nose with a hint of rubber. Spice, pepper, tart fruit, dusty rubber notes picked up, feels slightly thin mouthfeel wise, but tasty and semi complex none the less. Respectable take on the style. Worth a try for saison lovers. Could use some more yeast character and/or "funk" as somebody else mentioned.

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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 JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded amber orange with white head. Nose is pure saison; yeasty funk. Flavor is funky too, yes. But I feel like it lacks a maturity that the Belgian saisons tend to give so easily. Perhaps it's a bit too vibrant. Or let's say it is too "bright". Strong yeast flavors with an odd bite that I want to say is alcohol, but don't really think it is. Feel is good. Smooth on liquid and decent on bubble. Overall, an okay saison. It certainly wouldn't hold up to a Belgian saison or any of the worlds greatest, but it is good enough I suppose.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to NJpadreFan for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, yeasty, grassy, some corinander. The taste is slightly sweet/bitter, malty, yeasty, with a nice touch of spice. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad Saison at all, tasty, not too spicy as other's.

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Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle:Pours hazy/cloudy orange golden with a thin white head that stays.  Very little lacing sticks.The smell is of orange and lemon zest and caramel notes.  Little of the mustiness/ "horse blanket" associated with the style.The taste is of citric zest and pepper.  Some bready yeast.  Some sour notes and the slightest trace of mustiness tell me it wants to go in the direction of the style, but it misses the boat.  Caramel comes through more agressively as it progresses.  Sweet with some spicy bitterness.  Pretty abrupt finish.It pretty much misses the boat on the style for the feel as well, though the carbonation is just right to make it creamy and smooth enough to help drinkability.Not hard to drink at all, but not a farmhouse ale/saison and nothing special out of style.

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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 tempest
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in a mixed case at the brewery.

I had this shortly after Saison Dupont and there a decent amount of shared flavor off the bat. The initial Saaz hops flavor is on, but the malt backbone is a bit thicker and the carbonation is a little low. It tastes like there's a dirty little off-flavor in between the hops and malt, but really, this is a good American-made saison. stack it above the Yard's saison and below Ommegang's Hennepin.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A light auburn copper body with two-finger soapy head that died semi-quickly and left some lacings. A sudsy, floral, cirtic hops smell with some sugariness nad a touch if spice in the aroma. It is all there but a little faint. Velvet like and extremely smooth and creamy, medium-to full body with decent carbonation. A pleasant fruit taste, akin to dark fruits, and there are some sweet malts and spices in this beer too for a smooth feel over the tongue. I'd like to have this again.

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