Old Jake's Farmhouse Ale | Alley Kat Brewing Company

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Old Jake's Farmhouse AleOld Jake's Farmhouse Ale

Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by biboergosum on 07-06-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Color is a cloudy orange-yellow with a decent amount of creamy white head, slowly dissolving to leave a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is decidedly yeasty, a decent amount of earthy root cellar, burlap sack, and medicinal clove, dried citrus rinds, herbal leaves and stems, and a generic pale malt note buried underneath. I am enjoying the rustic aroma, although the palate is starting off a tad bland. I am getting some orange peel, white bread and butter, a middling clove note, pumpkin, a sourish leafy flavor that vaguely recalls rhubarb, some earthy funk a la the nose, dried lemon rind ... None of this is bad, but I am wishing that the flavors would pop more. Very dry and a reasonably lavish hand with the hops amplifies this effect. Although the flavors do develop a little as one proceeds, I am missing some of the nutty malt complexity found in many old world saisons. Moderate body and high carbonation. Finishes dry as well, with an echo of peanut shells and floral, spicy hops. Does cleave closely to style guidelines and admittedly would make a heck of a thirst quencher in hot weather. As something to sit down with and savor, falls a little short.

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Jerplamo
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LDuke
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle. Alley Kat made the Saison d'Etre Farmhouse Ale a few years back - I'm guessing that this is different because of the addition of oranges, or not?

This beer pours a cloudy, turbid medium golden apricot hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves some random archipelago lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of crisp, grainy wheat malt, edgy yeast, a bit of white pepper, rather dry orange rinds, and soft vegetal, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, gritty wheat, acrid orange peel, mildly astringent yeast, and a fading generic table pepper spiciness. Simple, but agreeably so.

The carbonation is quite low-key, and ever so light in its frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, the yeast poking and prodding, as is its wont. It finishes off-dry, just, the wheaty malt still the focus, while the yeast, dwindling citrus notes, and aerosol pepper flit about.

A plain, easy-drinking old-world wheat ale, the orange character more or less attaining the 'hint of' status proclaimed by the brewer on the label. Nothing complicated here, and worthy of its heritage and current suggested drinking vector - sun-drenched patios for as long as you can, for the day and for the year.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of leaddog
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a dark gold with two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - spicy floral hops, fruity esters, yeast, orange peel, lemon, bready malts.

Taste - Hit right away with the spicy floral hops followed by the fruity esters, yeast, orange peel, and bready malts. Finishes crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A saison that has a pleasant spicy hop profile along with the traditional flavours to the style. This is an easy drinker for sure, but it doesn't really stand out against other saisons out there. Nonetheless, this is still a refreshing brew for this hot evening in Cowtown.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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4.12/5  rDev +10.2%

Old Jake's Farmhouse Ale from Alley Kat Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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