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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 bruachan
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

there's a goat on the label, chewing on part of its own jester hat. aMUSEing

spicy aroma, which clearly comes from the hops and another source, which the brewery's website claims is not any sort of kettle spicing. all yeast, in other words. the saaz seem to imbue a slight lemon, too

it's dry, as it should be, without tasting like club soda. it's got a big hoppy flavor, which is quite nice and tails well out of the robust bitterness. a little more lemon. there's a touch of biscuity flavors going on, but they're quite subdued

that's a solid beer. this style is a little esoteric for most US breweries, but this isn't a bad shot at it. in the end, however, this is less farmhousey than tripely

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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 Umbra
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Ale Mary's. Poured into a Unibroue tulip, it is a hazy orangish amber. The finger full of white head thinned quickly, but left great lacing.
Bready, spicy, yeast aroma
Same thing comes through in the tast, with some cherry tartness and a hop finish. A bit more bitter than I expected, but reminded me of the French Amber biere de gardes just sampled a couple weeks back.
Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with little left over on the tongue, making it quite drinkable. Nice one on a hot day.

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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 PittBeerGirl
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Translucent Golden yellow. Some haze but not as much as I would expect. Thin white head that fades. Surprisingly it leaves a good amount of lacing in the glass.

S- Some yeast-but mostly an acidic smell.

T- Initial taste is bland. Some yeast and very little citrus. Aftertaste is quite acidic with a burn of alcohol (surprising for the ABV). A hint of yeast remains on the palate-the only thing saving this brew.

M- above average. High carbonation and good yeasty character to the body.

D- Its drinkable. I'd drink more if I had more than one bottle but its not something Im going to venture to buy again. I liked Yard's Saison much better.

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

Cloudy orange in color with a thin white head. So so lacing. Smell of spicey yeast dominates with a lingering grassy hay smell in the background. Spicey taste is very powerful with an earthy backbone. Once your palate adjust to the spicey taste you can pick up the malt background. Some bitterness that lingers into the finish. A very interesting beer. I wouldn't decribe it as refreshing and couldn't imagine drinking more than one in a sitting. Worth a try and I'm sure Weyerbacher will tinker with it and refine it. I'll wait about a year and try it again.

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

Twenty Two, poured into a pint glass (not all of it of course). Pours a hazy orange, with about an inch of head and a copious amount of lacing. Aroma is yeasty with some slight citrus smell to it. Malts follow through, and overall its a strange smell. Not necessarily bad, just different. Taste is strong on yeast and malt, with a little citurs and alcohol flavor back up. The beer has a creamy feel to it as well. Overall, not bad, not the best offering from them, definitely a little different style saison than I've tried. I dont feel like its a sessionable beer.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried a sample of this at the Weyerbacher brewery and wasn't really that impressed -- it's a very weird example of a farmhouse -- heavy on the spicy yeast, and not that refreshing. Nevertheless, my roommate was keen on it and a few bottles made it into our mix-and-match case. Now that I'm drinking it at home, I'm a little confused by it. It's a highly original beer, but I'm not sure I like it. Spicy, slighly sour, bread with grassy notes. With a wet finish, it's thirst quenching, but not wholly satisfying. It's an interesting flavor, but I'm not sure if it's a finished product -- I'd be surprised if Weyerbacher didn't tinker with it a bit for next summer.

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Photo of Contra
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Leave it to Weyerbacher to create such a funky beer.

The beer looks fantastic, with a nice cloudy leather color and a thick head. Unfortunately, the rest of the beer doesn't quite live up to it. Muse is still quite tasty, but a bit too acidic on palliate for my tastes. Not a bad effect on the flavor, but leaves a bit of puckering effect.

Other people have described this beer as having a "barnyard"-hay flavor, and normally I'd think that's somewhat psychosomatic. Oddly enough, it's probably the best way to describe this beer. I know, I know, describing something as tasting like a farm sounds unappealing, but Muse tastes quite good. With a bit of work, I could imagine this be an excellent beer. As it is, I'd probably get it every now & again, but only if I was in the mood for it.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a snifter a nubilous burnt orange color with a rather small white head that has a soda pop consistency and dies rather abruptly. There is, however, a small lace around the top of the beer and some sporadic lacing on the glass as well.

The nose is greeted by sourness (moldy grass) as well as some toasy malts. Not much to speak of here.

Taste is a bit lacking as well. Sour cherries followed by a distinct wheat flavor and a slight yeast flavor. Mouthfeel seems decent enough. Medium bodied, on the lower side of the scale anyway. Decent drinkability but just not very cohesive. Normally I find these beers refreshing but this one is bubbly yet not satisfying. Very dry on the palate as well. I say pass by this one but you decide.

Note: Although the bottle says Farmhouse, I am of the opinion that this is nowhere near a farmhouse. If you are looking for that puckering, sour, weird smelling beer, this is not it.

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

Pours a hazy light orange amber with a fluffy whitehead that thins. Thick webbed lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very yeasty and bready with a nice spiciness. Hop aroma is quite strong, adds a bit of a pungent character.

Taste is bready and yeasty with a slight spiciness and a tangy tartness. Has a nice hop flavor, with a rather bold bitterness. Bitterness could be toned back just a bit as it dominates through the finish and lingers a bit.

Medium body, creamy texture.

Overall, quite a nice first attempt at what has been becoming one of my favorite styles. I have a feeling that they will tweak this one until it ranks among the best available. I consumed the bottle with ease and recommend trying it for yourself.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a little odd...but very likeable.
It's a hazy deep golden color with a huge off white head that foams way up the glass.
The smell is pretty funky....barnyard...some medicinal phenol odor.
The taste is not as funky as the smell. It's just slightly sour and sweet....very yeasty, earthy and herbal ,with a funny sage-like spice ....maybe a bit of menthol too. It's really pretty tasty.
The mouhtfeel is medium and the carbonation is high.
Pretty drinkable....I'll look for this one again.

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Photo of JohnHoyos
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy golden with a medium head and lots of lacing. Huge barnyard nose that didn't translate to the taste nearly as much as I thought it would. Mouthfeel is dry, crisp and slightly sour. Big fan of the carbonation on this one. The bubbles are very fine. Not my personal favorite saison-style beer, but I'm not going to kick this one out of bed for eating cookies.

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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 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 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 Phatz
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks very much to weeare138 for graciously sharing this bottle with me at his home. review from notes taken 3 days ago.

I do respect Weyerbacher, and I am pleased to see them trying out some new things. I can't wait to get my hands on some Raspberry Beret. I was happy to try this beer though I must admit I was not really a fan. I like straight up sour beers but admittedly Saisons must be really special to win me over. The most surprising thing about this is that Weyerbacher had the balls to do it!

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a big head and little lacing.

Smell: Stinky feet, farm yard funk and horse blanket. It reminds me of some smelly cheese I had at Tria.

Taste: Funky stinky cheese, very earthy, and a bit tart but hardly sour enough to reach my liking and the barnyard element is not quite convincing enough IMO. It was more a yeasty funk than a lactic one. Some sweet malts and bread flavors show through as well. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: Very nice in the mouth. Smooth a lively in the mouth with adequate carbonation.

Drinkability: I would drink one bottle to try it but, truth be told, it wasn't a favorite of mine. Still, hats off to Dan Weirback for having the gumption to go with it.

Hope this is helpful.

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

Executive Summary: An interesting choice for Weyerbacher, and it's executed pretty well. Most W beers have an element to them I can pick out with my eyes closed, but this one is different. A true departure from their standard fare.

Note: There should be a category for "sound" - I got quite a memorable hiss from this bottle when I opened it!

Appearance: Very cloudy, dull amber with an initially thick, frothy off-white head. Head reduces to a little bit more than a film. Some lacing apparent.

Smell: Belgian yeast - spicy as all get-out. Fruity notes as well as a distinct clove presence, all amid a bready, earthy backdrop.

Taste: More of that earthiness up front with a significant yeast contribution. Pronounced residual tartness that overtakes any Styrian Goldings hop character that may have been intended.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth with fairly aggressive carbonation levels. Light overall.

Drinkability: Once you get over the initial tartness, this is quite quaffable and refreshing. I'd go back for more in the warm weather.

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