Muse Farmhouse Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Muse Farmhouse AleMuse Farmhouse Ale

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

A: Poured from a bomber into a Black Hook pilsner glass. Perfect amber in color reminiscent of apple cider with very active carbonation. There is no head retention with no lacing.

S: Sweet malts with a strong alcohol aroma which is surprising given the ABV.

T: Sweet malt flavor with a hint of apple and fruit. There is a slight hop hint when the brew is left on the pallet. Conversely the gulping of this beer allows the beer to pass over the tongue leaving very little flavor less a slightly bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

M/D: This ale is a little thin and leaves a little slickness behind. Overall I find this to be a pleasant summer brew. With the modest ABV I can have a couple and safely mow the grass. I also felt that for the relatively low cost, this is a good beer to keep around for he warm months, I only wish that I could get it in cans.

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

A beautiful orangey-gold color topped with a subtle creamy head (that stays constant throughout). The aroma is nothing special and not unlike another beer of it's kind. The taste is mildly citrus and sweetened very thoroughly and naturally by the malt and raw oats. This becomes a much more impressive beer when you find that no spices have been added and that the yeast is producing all the spiciness you taste. It does however, lack complexity but in a way that adds to the drinkability, instead of being distractingly complex (which isn't bad either).

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Photo of necoadam
2.32/5  rDev -34.1%
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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Photo of unclejimbay
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muse Farmhouse Ale
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 6.20 %, 5/20/09, 22oz bottle>pint glass

A 4.5 - Impressive pillowing creamy head, that lasted the entire beer, heck even after the beer! Awesome lace and head retention. Deep amber color that is golden around the edges, noticeable carbonation ane sediment.
S 4.0 Mild aroma, semi spicy, white pepper and vanilla notes. Distinctly Saison.
T 4.0 - Taste is disticntly a Saison, but sweeter than some others to date. Some mild pepper and dry notes on palate, followed by subtle citrus spice, clove, wheat malt/sweetness.
MF 4.0 - High carbonation, medium in body.
D 4.0 - Very delicious for a "sweeter" Saison example.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
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 Redwood21
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is one of those times where you have to fight being swayed by other peoples reviews. Farmhouse ale is not a style i drink often so i am often left wondering what i want from the beer. Ill review this beer as it is vs its style and as a beer total...if that makes sense.

A: i dig the hazy clay color but the head is just too weak, after pouring in with a thick luscious foamy head, it dissipates way too quickly and leaves no sticking or lacing whatsoever.

S: the aroma should be sweet and yeasty, with some malt characteristics, in this beer i get none of that its a bit cloying and overall not bad, but not great

T: this is not an overwhelmingly complex beer, that said, in my opinion it is above avg for its balance and ease with which it carries off the more subtle end of this category. you will get a bit of booze and spice a little yeast and creamyness, but this is not overpowering or really even powering, its just there to remind you what style you are drinking.

overall this is a good solid brew, nothing fancy and it wont wreck your brain, but its easy to enjoy

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. I'll admit, I did not care for this beer when it first was released, but I have since come around to it. Appears a cloudy golden yellow color with about an inch of off white, fluffy foam. Smells and tastes of spicy yeast, white grapes, grass, a bit of citurs and a touch of sourness. Medium in both body and carbonation. This one is not too bad once in a while.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw yellow with orange hues and a big foamy white head full of densely gathered carbonation bubbles leaving a sticky white lacing in its wake.

Big yeast aroma wafts from the glass with just a hint of spice also divulging a bit more sweet grape or berry aroma upon further inspection, and only mild hop presence.

Again, strong yeast presence, a bit earthy, a little candied sugar, a little citrus fruit, wheat, and a bit under spiced.

The mouthfeel is a bit dry, not too sweet or tart, and medium carbonation with a lighter body.

Although the drinkability is great, there is just not enough character in this beer versus other saisons I have experienced. Decent brew, but not one of Weyerbacher's, or its style's finest.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No date on the bottle but it looks shiny and new. This beer pours a hazy straw color with a 2 finger head that settles back nicely to a crown of lace and skin.

The aroma leaps from the bottle that says fresh fruit. Upon closer inspection I get fermenting raspberries and sour esters.

The taste is lightly sour about 50%, 30% spicy like coriander? or white peppercorn perhaps and 20% sweet syrupy malt. All flavors are light and altogether refreshing. What a Farmhouse ale should be. It's the refreshing citrusy sour that lingers the longest that makes this really enjoyable. There are no deep complexities here as there should not be. This is a beer to be drank not sipped.

The mouthfeel is really nice. If drank in gulps like a thirst-quencher as intended this beer really shines. Carbonation is small but sharp. It insulates the mouth so as you sip, instead of slowing it down, it ushers the liquid through.

Without a doubt this is one of the most drinkable beers on the market today. 6.2% ABV is low enough to allow for generous consumption.

As the summer comes on, I can see myself buying this much more often.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My non BA friend from NYC shipped this out to me. Thanks Deputy.

Beautiful color, not much head, golden amber waves of barley, not light, pretty dark for a saison. No real head on this biznatch.

Smells like a good farmhouse ale, but weak and fruity. As if the farmers daughter were a butterface lesbian.

Some lemon citrus notes, slight sour metallic taste.

This beer is like having sex with the butch farmers daughter, and she's a robot. Not quite satisfying, but it's still sex.

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Photo of Crosling
1.95/5  rDev -44.6%
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 Stimack
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was able to give this brew a try last evening on tap while at Mahars. The brew was poured to a nice cloudy golden color with some orange looking highlights. Good sized off white head that had nice lacing and left a good amount of chunky lacing down the glass, nice looking brew. The aroma was different than what I was thinking it would be, some spice and fruit, orange I think, which where ok but not as inviting as I was hoping for. The flavor was pretty good, some funk but again it seemed to miss expectations. What comes to mind are lemon, spice (coriander and clove?), and some earthy grass flavors. Not a bad tasting brew, just not what I was looking for I suppose. Has a nice amount of carbonation that adds to the feel but also feels a little watery. Not sure this brew will be on my list to try again, was an interesting experience just did not hit the mark.

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Photo of Naugled
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served in chalis

A: very hazy light copper color, quick fizzy head

S: sweet spicey aroma, candi sugar and orange notes, other sweet fruits hiding in there as well.

T: sweet spiced orange, just a small hint of earthy mustiness. Some good tartness to offset the sweetness. A little hotness and some residual bitterness.

M: medium body and finishes clean, doesn't linger or coat the mouth, carbonation is good and fizzy, which I like in this style.

D: I think this s a very drinkable saison, but I don't think you can drink this like a session beer, it's just too strong. It is a pleasing thirst quencher, but don't operate any heavy machinery aferwards.

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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 farrago
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good sized head of moderately sized off-white bubbles, irregular lacing, dissolves into islands across the surface. Hazy glow to the orange, brass coloration, completely opaque. The nose is of freshly picked apricot, peach fruit and sliced lemons and oranges, has a soft yeastiness to it as well, nothing sour nor overly sweet, meadow flowers, dusty, dried spices, raw carrots and celery, the consummate descriptor would be relaxed, stays within itself, unconcerned about making impressions. Full-bodied, the foaminess helps push it outwards towards your cheeks. Stronger emphasis here on wheat, grasses and bitters, heightened lemon citrus as well. The garden vegetables component present and accounted for, liquid crudite. The blunted spiciness keeps trying, the fruitiness found in the nose all but absent here. With the lack of sweet elements, admirably avoids sourness overall. Tree leaves, bark and tall grasses extend towards the finish. Doesn't merit overthinking, better to just let it cool your throat and warm your belly.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bomber this Saison was a murky gold/amber color with a fistful of floating sediment. The head was beige, the retention moderate especially as a skim and the lacing was scattered. The aroma was tart and acidic with light yeast, citrus rind and a cellared mustiness. The flavors were similar, starting on a strong note of musty and earthy malt it the proceeded to orange rind and grapefruit with some spices and notes of yeast along the way. Towards the end the nip of the alcohol was felt. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium/full and the carbonation medium/soft. It was not a bad brew, though the likes of Hennepin were far better in my opinion.

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

Pours a golden honey with a nice head that fades quickly to a just a little foam leaving minimal lacing on the glass.
Smells nice getting nice floral notes and a hint of something kind of citrusy. Definitely some nice funky earthiness to it. Taste good too. Earthy, grassy, and nice yeasty flavors. Has a little funkiness to it. Very good beer. Especially for the price. I got a case of this on sale for 16 bucks. Its a little thin but overall its a nice session farmhouse ale.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.01/5  rDev -42.9%
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 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 thartman
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Belgian style glass. Murky orange, apricot color. Not much head. Black pepper, yeast, cheese, and citrus smell. Lemon, medicinal taste, somewhat sour and bitter, and spicy, musky. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with mouth puckering carbonation. Finishes dry with some woody undertones. Interesting brew, Weyerbacher has done a decent job with this style.

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Photo of marcpal
2.77/5  rDev -21.3%
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 irishman06
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a cuvee glass from a brown 12 oz. bottle.

Golden and cloudy with a small thick head. Grassy and musky aroma with some spice.

Strong yeast flavor, with some hints of grassy hops and vegetables. Almost celery-like. Not like other saisons I have had, but still savory. Light and easy mouthfeel lends to high drinkability. Despite departing slightly from the typical saison, it was still a great attempt at a Belgian from an amazing American brewery. I encourage you to check out their other Belgians.

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Photo of midaszero
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange straw with one finger of white head and good lacing

S - Solid funky spice nose

T - Good funky citrus a little sour and a little bit with a little grassy hops

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty good saison that was pretty enjoyable

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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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Photo of ccrida
2.74/5  rDev -22.2%
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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Muse Farmhouse Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 194 ratings