Gigi's Farmhouse Ale | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Gigi's Farmhouse AleGigi's Farmhouse Ale

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mdaschaf on 03-24-2012

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Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a massive head (and what is left in the bomber spumes out like a volcano); plenty of lacing action is left behind on the side of the tulip

Smell: Green apple, clove and cinnamon (smells like a mulled cider, almost) with toffee sweetness, underneath

Taste: Cidery flavors, up front, with the apple, clove and cinnamon leading the way; developing toffee sweetness in mid-palate; peppery spice and cardamom adds another dimension, after the swallow, but leaves the beer spice dominant

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with high carbonation; slightly boozy

Overall: Rather unbalanced, with spices all over the place, and overly sweet

Thanks, mdaschaf, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty light amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of rustic malt ester and some solid Belgian floral malt is quite interesting. Taste is a good mix between some rustic ester with some floral Belgian malt and a light spicy yeast finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nicely brewed and something I quite enjoyed.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/3/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, biscuit, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, biscuit, light honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with a nice crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice saison. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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

Happy to see this at the store the other day.

A: Pours a hazy dark orange color, rather dark for a saison, with a large, billowy, white head on top. Pretty good retention, last for most of the time it took to drink my glass. Lacing forms briefly when the beer hits the sides, but is gone rather quickly.

S: A good amount going on here, some pepper, clove, and banana, but there is a really strong floral/citrus hop presence as well. A little bit of bready malt.

T: Some more banana and a little white pepper, there is a little bit of hay/straw. The floral component in the aroma, not very present in the flavor profile. Some biscuit/bready malt comes through as well.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slight warming from the abv, but not hot when drinking it.

O: A pretty good saison. Happy to see Dominion branching out, and look forward to what they come out with next.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Hazed amber, great head retention

SMELL: Peppery, estery, dragonfruit, creamy, yeast, dried grass, herbal

TASTE: Intensely crisp, spicy, alcohol, slightly buttery, earthy, herbal, nutty yeast, grassy, ripe exotic fruit, parsley, shortbread, faint medicinal; slick, drying finish

So very raw—not lacking in maturity, but more just raw, and it works. It’s not as traditional, more of a modern version here. The aggressive esters do take a toll on this one being drinkable, so you’re better off sharing the bottle between a few people. A lot more fun for tastings and food pairings than on its own.

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Photo of larryi86
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz dated 2/12 poured into a tulip

A- A hazy/murky orange color with a three finger white head.

S- Green apple, musty funk, cloves, pepper.

T- Tart light fruits upfront, mainly apple, cloves, some funk, some earthiness and pepper in the finish.

M- Smooth, medium body, lots of carbonation.

O- Not a bad Saison at all, definitely when it is only $5 a bottle. I will probably be picking up an other bottle to age. Love the tart apples really make this beer what it is.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, Spring '13
Riedel tulip

A: Pours an orange color. Slightly hazy. Thin layer of bright white head. Leaving some sticky lacing. Collar of bright white.

S: Lots of yeast esters. Spice notes. Clove. A touch of banana. Barnyard hints.

T: Up front, definitely some pepper spice and clove. Lots of yeast.

M: Lighter side medium.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle with a bottling date of: Feb '12
easy pour into a 22oz glass.
A - 3 fingers of rapidly forming micro bubbled head that leaves moderate lacing. Color is a hazy burnt orange giving a darker look than most Saisons.
S - strong yeasty belgian esters, pepper, and cloves with a very slight floral grassy background.
T - as with the smell the esters and pepper are strong and biting. A mild malty sweetness permeates the spicy flavors. I only taste a small amount of hops despite the recent bottling of this one, but the peppery spices give a good bittering. I would like more earthy grass flavor.
M - fairly heavy for a saison but with good carbonation. Leaves a slight tingly drying sensation throughout the mouth and throat.
D - a slow drinker that should be experienced throughout the temperature range as it does tend torwards fruity and malty when warmwer.
This might lean torwards the darker side of Saisons as it lacks the spritzy feel of the typical Saison and has a darker color and more malty feel/taste.
Overall I'm glad I gave this Dominion brew a try and would enjoy it a second time.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner Urquell glass.

Pours a hazy yellow color with two full fingers of fluffy foam. Aroma is husky, grainy, some phenol, banana, bubblegum. Quite aromatic.

First sips has a grainy sweetness with lingering bitter finish. Lots of Belgian yeast flavors and a spicy alcohol bite. This has a lot of flavor, but I'm not a big fan of the typical Belgian yeast flavors. Overall nice, just not my preference.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into my crystal beer mug. The color is a very dark hazy gold and the beer built an enormous white head. For the size it did not stick around as long as I thought it would . Not much lacing either.
The smell definitely points to a lot of yeast presence, tart and earthy hops.
Tasting the beer, the strong yeast builds a very refreshing front, being met by a more fruit characters like banana, and clove in the middle. More earthy hops add bitterness towards the end.
Very interesting beer , which gets better as you go for more.

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Photo of OGShotzy
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a red Solo cup. A little too sweet for a farmhouse ale. Otherwise very good and well made. If you have a sweet tooth, you'll like this a lot.

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Photo of sweethome
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber type bottle.

Pour is orange amber with a hard, frothy head. Very effevescent. It dissipated rather quickly. Nose of apples, barnyard and yeast. Over-ripe apples.

Carbonic feel on entry, spritzy, full maltiness. Flavors of fresh cut apples, hint of cinammon, complex yeast flavors. More of french farmhouse style. A mix of Bier de Garde and Saison. I love the look, feel and flavor of this beer. Goes in it's own direction at times, but firmly following the style still.

Very well done. I'd like more americna breweries to take up the nuance of this style which Dominion has done with the rocky, hard carbonation and yeast which provides a bit of complexity.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice rose-tinted orange with a huge head that takes forever to go down. It's almost a bit ridiculous, really. I kind of just want to drink it without having to bury my face in foam.

S- Well, at least I have plenty of time to smell it, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It has a pleasant yeasty aroma with a good dose of clove and all that other nice Belgiany stuff that I wish I could describe better.

T- A bit tart upfront with a bit of funk. Clove and earthy hops come through in the middle with some chalky yeast and a bit of a cheese-like flavor on the finish. There's a pleasant, moderate bitterness on the aftertaste.

M- Fairly light and fluffy with a good tingly carbonation. Pretty impressive for a plus-7% alcohol beer.

This is a pretty darn good domestic saison. It would be nice on a warm spring day or to accompany a light meal. It's great to see a beer of this quality from a local... err, formerly local brewery. I say give it a try if you come across it and are a fan of the style.

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Photo of interzen
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Fairly light, coppery colour with just a hint of haze - off-white head drops quickly to a thin surface layer of foam.

Smell: Surprisingly complex - lots of different fruity smells that you'd typically associate with 'proper' Belgian beers (think orange, lemon, banana) with an additional mix of earthier, herbal notes and a slight vinegary tang. Lacks the barnyard feel that a lot of Belgian saisons seem to have, though. In short, there's a lot going on here.

Taste: Interesting - definitely a smooth, buttery vibe to this one along with the fruit notes. Quite spicy too, with strong hints of pepper and cloves. Again, seems to lack the 'rawness' and sourness that true Belgian saisons have but that's not necessarily a bad thing in this case.

Feel: Manages to be both smooth, slightly oily and crisp at the same time - no mean feat. Not nearly as dry as you'd imagine and despite the merest hint of alcohol in the aftertaste you'd not think this weighed in at 7.2% ABV.

Overall: I don't think it's fair to compare this to a true Belgian saison - they tend to be fairly raw and astringent, neither of which can be said of Gigi's as it tends more towards the sweet, possibly too sweet for some. Not bad by any means, but perhaps a bit too cloying for my particular tastes.

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour into a Victory tulip those little tulips. Nice large frothy head, even though chilled to fridge temps. Held the head for a good while, but it's gone now w/ no lace.
Aroma is fascinating and fabulous...sweet but tart candy, candied fruit, citrus.
Taste is sweet with some clove and it tastes like the best Jolly Rancher candy ever. A beer lovers candy ddrink although it's not sticky sweet at all.
It's over carbed I think and feels it.
Over all, I am really looking forward to the other 18 ounces in the bottle.
Good stuff!

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Photo of Jaynuze
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pillowy white head colored cloudy unfiltered gold. Nice coloring for the style. The nose was faint (could be due to the 22 oz glassware) but nice and the taste was light and fruity with notes of hay and grain. At 7.2% its pretty smooth and not as "hot" as some saisons, the alcohol is not noticeable at all. Overall, a nice refreshing beer and a decent tip of the hat to the Farmhouse style. I'd like to try this again using different glassware and pair with some nice country pate and some mild creamy cheeses. At about $4.99 a bomber, it will be easy to have several taste tests. It's nice to see Old Dominion mixing it up again.

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Photo of cozmohollis
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: cloudy burnt orange color. With a good white head. And a ok lace.

Smell: fruity orange, some spiciness

Taste: complexed. First it's sweet and malty then changes to a hop spicy flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy body. Medium carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Overall: I love how the flavor at the start is totally diffenert from the flavor at the end.

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Gigi's Farmhouse Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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