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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Reviews: 174 | Ratings: 194
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 irishman06
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +9.7%
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 +12%
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 -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 Drew966
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Muse Farmhouse Ale pours a hazy orange with a white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is very phenolic or plastic like. The flavor is also kind of phenolic, there is a bit of funk, and a bit of citrus. The mouthfeel is quite thin. Not my favorite style, but this one falls short in any case.

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Photo of Shaw
3.51/5  rDev 0%
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 Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev +12%
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 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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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.52/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uber opaque dark golden color. White head foams up quickly then fades to a nebular looking sheen.

Whoa! Smells like a a good way. Funky, near-to-rotting strawberry and watermelon nose with hints of clover, wheat and hay.

Mmmm, tastes really good. Fantastic actually! I taste some grassy hops and a bunch of light fruits like pears, strawberries and honeydew melon. Some nice funky yeast that is semi-sweet and semi-sour. Leans a bit towards a french style farmhouse ale as opposed to the Belgian styles, but nonetheless a great beer.

This is one of those beers that either you really like it or not much at all. That being said, I really like saisons in general. It is not really a classic example of the style either. I will definitely be trying to score some more of this. A good price at $5 a bomber.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found a bottle of the 2007 batch leftover in my basement. I think there were supposed to be some differences between that and this years but not like I remember.

A: All of the times I've had this on tap or bottled I never remember it looking this good. Translucent golden amber, hazed but you can still see some carbonation. Massive, dense stiff white head with amazing retention and thick streaky webs of lacing. Ok, this was the best part of the beer this time around.
S: Slightly sweet and earthy hoppiness dominate the smell. Yeast background is still there, but not that strong. Lemon citrus, caramel, grass and coriander are also present.
T: Medium body with high carbonation. The earthy, funky saison flavors hit you up front first then subtly faded and the aftertaste still had a slight earthy hop taste but a little more sweetness enters and is pretty clean. The hops obviously have faded in this bottle over the past year and the result is a sweeter, slightly more drinkable beer than I remember this. Alcohol is also felt in the finish. Regardless, not a bad take on the style, fresh or with a little accidental aging and will happily drink this on tap.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Harrisburg Brewfest. Appearance was nice off-white head that faded quickly. Also cloudy, orangeish yellow. Aroma was grass, yeast, pepper, clove, bubblegum. Moderate carbonation. Not as good as some farmhouse ales, but was a nice change of pace on a hot summer day at a brewfest.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another domestic farmhouse ale, all right! I'm on a roll....keep 'em coming guys! Weyerbacher presents this one in a capped bomber.

A - Pours a cloudy golden. Active carbonation but not that high a head. Some stiff competition in this style category, so I have to knock it down somewhat.

S - Grainy, white pepper, some spicy hop, and...rubber. Hmmm. Was some funky Brett used in this? It's not unappealing, but it seems an odd-smelling farmhouse ale.

T - I get a crackery, slightly sweet crystal malt up front, followed by a rush of peppery, spicy hop. Some of the rubbery aroma makes its way to the taste. Again, it's not unappealing. Thinking of it more, I've smelled and tasted this before; I just can't remember which beer it was.

F - Medium-bodied with plenty of palate-scrubbing carbonation.

D - Spicy, a little hoppy, and good, but something about the malt bill here fatigues my palate, it seems better suited to an ESB or an English Brown than a farmhouse ale. For me, this lowers drinkability.

Not necessarily my favorite, but it just goes to show, there's so much variability in this of the reasons why I love it.

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Photo of elinash
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-amber (into a Chouffe glass) with frothy head that fades into a thin film and minimal lacing.

Aroma is kumquats/ lemon.

Taste is more candied than I expect. Belgian yeast perhaps? (research- Forbidden Fruit Yeast- that explains it!) Finishes hoppy and dry, so that carries through and builds as a predominant character after the first sip. There is definitely some rich malt in all the citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel is lively, but it is weightier overall than other saisons I enjoy.

Overall I definitely like it, but it strikes me as a saison that you would drink at the very end of summer or early spring. I also wish there was better head retention.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful cloudy tangerine-orange color, with a thin, firm head that left only minute traces of lacing.

S: faint oranges, fruit (apples) and sweet caramel as well light peppery hints. Only a touch of yeasty sourness but compliments the aroma nicely.

T: spicy tangerines and oranges, with a light yeasty lemon sourness. There was a light sour fruitiness (apples), light fresh bread, honey, and a decent hop spiciness.

M: creamy with a light tartness. Aptly carbonated bringing out the tart oranges and yeastiness.

D: Liked this one, easy to consume, a solid example per style with a good drinkability.

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Photo of joezak5
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a La Fin du Monde tulip; hazy golden orange with three finger pure white thick head. Little rentention and decent sipping lacing.

Smell: Earthy lemon, wheaty rustic yeast, very delicate and subtle.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with low carbonation.

Taste: Very funky and earthy yeast, fluffy marshmallows, spiced citrus peels. Sour malt finish.

Drinkability: Very nice subtle flavoring, pretty tasty... but with Hennepin right there and cheaper, I wouldn't get another

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Photo of AlexJ
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale hazy dirty yellow with an impressive white head that reatains well with moderate lacing.

Aroma is wheaty and sharp with fresh grasses, minerality, and farmy must. Authentic aroma.

Flavoe very good as well. Slick tart wheat and grain notes with green apple, grass, lemon peel, white pepper, and musty old fruit. Complex and refreshing.

Body medium, well carbonated and smooth. Great drinkability on a warm PA afternoon where I enjoyed this with my father.

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy but bright gold with a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly. There's a steady stream of carbonation rising up the center of the glass. Good retention, but no lacing.

Smell is musty hay, yeast, a hint of lemon zest, and some doughy biscuit. Not much spice at all.

Taste starts with some lemon zest and sweet bread, before the yeast kicks in with some earthy, musty notes before a semi-dry, sour finish. Not much fruit or spice in the flavor at all.

Medium-bodied, crisp mouthfeel.

Pretty good drinkability, but nothing remarkable. Enjoyable, but probably not one I'd grab again.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a wicked bright murky amber color with a rather large head to begin with but faded eventually. Thick lacing on the sides. Aromas are wicked strong and descriptive: very bready, grains, florals, fruity (apricots or peaches maybe?) flavoring. A definite rawness like it says in the notes for this beer. It might take some getting used to but the aromas are a winner. However, it goes average from there. Plain, alcohol-like flavor strength with balanced bready malts. The taste could have been stronger or at least more specific in my opinion. Mouthfeel had a good carbonation but it could not help that syrupy feeling in the back of my throat the more I drank this. Overall, great aromas and looks, but needs some punch to it flavor-wise.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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 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 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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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 tgbljb
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Ron's Schoolhouse

Served as a cloudy light amber colored beer with moderate white puffy head.

There are some light summer fruity notes in the nose (apples, peaches)

Taste is a combination of sweet fruit and a balancing tartness.

Finishes a bit thin with a rapidly disappearing taste.

An OK beer. Good to try, but not anything to search out.

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Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly chill hazed apricot colored ale with a small white head.

Smell is a little sweet and quite spicy to the nose. Little bit of honeysuckle and coriander.

Taste starts out dry and spicy with a little lemon flavor. Flavor quickly gets dry and flowery. Dry spicy and flowery pretty much sum the flavor up for this one.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not bad but I really prefer the Hennepin and maybe that is unfair. Hennepin so dominates this beer style that all beers have to be that or better. This isn't the same or better.

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