This beer, Bloody Butcher Mixed-Culture Ale is a Farmhouse/Appalachian Grisette. This ale is 5.2% ABV from Fonta Flora Brewery in Nebo, North Carolina, with tasting rooms in Morganton and Charlotte, North Carolina. It has Red Heritage corn. This ale pours a bright yellow color with a three-and-a-half finger of bright white head. The aroma is funky and dry, with corn and light sweet notes. The flavor is complex, with a funky corn-sweet flavor and a dry middle/end. The mouthfeel is medium but on the lower side of that. Then this beer has a dry corn finish. Then comes the dry-ish aftertaste that is lightly sweet and has a salt note. The aftertaste doesn’t linger at all. It’s there, and then it’s gone. I enjoy Blood Butcher. I give this ale an A+ with a high recommendation. It’s different from most beer and is a welcome change from all the “IPAs” and more commonly found crafts. It is not too complex that you can’t finish one or go on for another. It is a well-brewed and balanced beer. Please be kind, stay safe, and remember to enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
I found this beer, New Anthem Beer Project A Feeling I Get Hoppy Farmhouse Ale, 6.2% at Total Wine. I am a real fan of Farmhouse/Saison Ales. I feel real upscale when I have one. This ale pours a light lemon yellow with a big four-finger bight and fluffy white head. The aroma on this farmhouse ale is bitter, lemony with some yeast. The flavor of this beer is bitter lemon, melon with hoppy yeast notes. The mouthfeel is light and soft. It then finishes with bitter lemon. The aftertaste is citrus and slightly bitter. I enjoyed New Anthem Beer Project A Feeling I Get Hoppy Farmhouse Ale. The bitter/hoppy notes really and a tasty twist on an already delicious beer style. I give New Anthem Beer Project A Feeling I Get Hoppy Farmhouse Ale an A. It is worth finding and having. I would have it again. It was refreshingly flavorful and delicious. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
I purchased Allagash Brewing Co. Moselle Farmhouse-Style Lager 6.0% ABV from The Butcher’s Market not far from me here in South Charlotte, NC. Moselle is brewed in Portland, Maine by Allagash Brewing Co. circa 1999 with Northern Brewer, Hallertau hops, Pilsner malt, Vienna Malt, Munich Malt, local oats, Lager and Saison yeast. Moselle pours golden with a two finger stead fading white head that leaves behind bare minimum of lacing behind. The aroma is complex for a lager with a slightly funky tropical aroma with a nice tropical taste with faint yeasty breaded notes some sweetness with a bit of Saison flavor to the beer with a nice medium mouthfeel that finish with a funky tropical sweetness and carries the tropical nature into the aftertaste. Allagash Brewing Co. Moselle Farmhouse-Style Lager is an excellent beer that is refreshing and crisp that gets an A+. I’m not surprised that Allagash Brewing Co. brewed such a great beer and one that I highly recommend. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Outer Range Brewing & Resident Culture Brewing Out to Pasture Farmhouse Table Beer, 2.5% ABV is a collaboration between the two brewers brewed in Charlotte, North Carolina at Resident Culture Brewing and dry-hopped with French Mistral Hops. Out to Pasture pours a bright almost glowing yellow color with two-finger white snow like head that is quicky to fade away giving off light aromas of soft lemon with crips a sent. The flavor is Belgian like with soft dry crisp lemon with a hit of a faint grassy note in the middle of the mouth that finishes crisp with very faint lemony notes and carries into the aftertaste with a light dryness and a light mouthfeel that is refresh and easy to drink. This low ABV (Alcohol By Volume) is for the table to have with a meal as to not overpower the meal. Outer Range Brewing & Resident Culture Brewing Out to Pasture Farmhouse Table Beer is a good bee but not the greatest, I give it a B- just barely a B-. It has good flavor but all are on the lighter side and yes it’s crisp and refreshing but not enough to hurl it up to a much much higher grade. I did enjoy it and yes I would recommend Outer Range Brewing & Resident Culture Brewing Out to Pasture Farmhouse Table Beer. So go try it! Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly!
Originally posted on August 2nd, 2015.
I have received another beer from Brewpublik (www.brewpublik.com). This canned beer comes from Stillwater Artisanal in Stratford Connecticut. This is Classique Post Modern Beer, 4.5% ABV. Classique is a Farmhouse Ale/Saison. Stillwater uses corn and rice in this beer along with pilsner malts, old school American hops and farmhouse ale yeast. I really couldn’t find out what types of American hops were used here. Classique pours a light yellow color that is a bit hazy with a two-finger head that somewhat slow to dissipate and does leave behind some decent lacing. I found little amounts of light coming through the glass around nice carbonation. The aroma is nice with a mild yeast scent with hints of very faint funky lemon. I would say the aroma is not over the top but nice. Now the taste is smooth and funky with a slight faint tartness that comes in upfront and is gone soon as it comes in. There is a bit of a slight yeast flavor in the middle of the mouth and more funkiness on the back. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a cleaner/smoother finish that starts and aftertaste of a yeasty and funky lemon flavor that lingers for just a second or two then becomes faintly tart. I found Classique to be refreshing and sessionable. I give this beer an A. It is not overly flavorful but it has just enough flavors to make it enjoyable. Some farmhouse ales have too many funky flavors and tend to overwhelm one’s taste buds. But Classique is just right. I do recommend try Stillwater Artisanal Classique Post Modern Beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Peaches are probably my favorite thing so when I spotted Catawba Brewing Co. Peach of Mind Farmhouse Ale, 4.5% at the local grocery store I had to give it a try. Preach of Mind brewed in Morganton, North Carolina is a Grisette style of a Farmhouse Ale. Grisette literally means little gray and refers to the gray stones that the miners dug through or the gray-clad women that served this type of ale the mine workers. Peach of Mind pours a light orange and faint peachy color with a one finger fizzy white head with musty light peachy fruit aromas. The taste on Peach of Mind has a light sweetness of peaches with a nice musty flavor with some yeast noted popping in and finishes with a faint and yet light peach flavor and finding to give an aftertaste that is semi-sweet with hints of musty fruit with a light mouthfeel. I don’t get a ton of peach on this and that’s okay, too much would be overwhelming on the taste buds. Catawba Brewing Co. Peach of Mind Farmhouse Ale has a nice amount of peach flavor to give you the essence of peaches and not to overpower this Grisette. Catawba Brewing Co. Peach of Mind Farmhouse Ale is a solid B. It does go down easy with a great deal of refreshing, and it can do that over and over and over. Yes, you should try Catawba Brewing Co. Peach of Mind Farmhouse Ale. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Originally posted August 2nd, 2015
I have received another beer from Brewpublik (www.brewpublik.com). This canned beer comes from Stillwater Artisanal in Stratford Connecticut. This is Classique Post Modern Beer, 4.5% ABV. Classique is a Farmhouse Ale/Saison. Stillwater uses corn and rice in this beer along with pilsner malts, old school American hops and farmhouse ale yeast. I really couldn’t find out what types of American hops were used here. Classique pours a light yellow color that is a bit hazy with a two finger head that somewhat slow to dissipate and does leave behind some decent lacing. I found little amounts of light coming through the glass around nice carbonation. The aroma is nice with a mild yeast scent with hints of very faint funky lemon. I would say the aroma is not over the top but nice. Now the taste is smooth and funky with a slight faint tartness that comes in up front and is gone soon as it comes in. There is a bit of a slight yeast flavor in the middle of the mouth and more funkiness on the back. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a cleaner/smoother finish that starts and aftertaste of a yeasty and funky lemon flavor that lingers for just a second or two then becomes faintly tart. I found Classique to be refreshing and sessionable. I give this beer an A. It is not overly flavorful but it has just enough flavors to make it enjoyable. Some farmhouse ales have too many funky flavors and tend to overwhelm ones taste buds. But Classique is just right. I do recommend try Stillwater Artisanal Classique Post Modern Beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Originally posted August 15th, 2015
Not too recently I’ve seen the number of Saison or farmhouse ale grow and appear on the store shelves. This tells me that this is style of beer is growing in popularity. Brewers are experimenting with different ingredients in these Saisons. Some brewers are keeping their Saisons more traditional to the style than others. Fullsteam in Durham North Carolina brews a Saison Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale, 5.0% ABV and with an IBU of 32. This is a canned Saison with fresh basil. Summer Basil pours a pale yellow that is almost white with a four finger bright white head that slowly dissipates into bight thin lacing. I could see very minimal light coming through as well as little carbonation, but its there. The aroma is faint with a funky aroma and full of a light basil scent that gets a bit stronger as this ale warms with a nice perfume scent. The taste is like what drinking a bouquet of flowers would taste like. There is a nice mellow basil flavor with small hints of faint lemon tartness and slight funk. The mouthfeel is light with a nice smother refreshing finish, Now the after taste has nice basil finish the is a bit more lemony but not too much to make it sour. It’s just the right amount. This is an interesting take on a popular and yet growing style of beer. This Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale from Fullsteam Brewery is an A. The basil works with the saison and doesn’t overwhelm the other flavors and drag this beer down into not so good or bad territory, and it’s surprisingly refreshing and drinkable. I’d say it’s even sessionable. It’s good and I recommend that you try Fullsteam Brewery Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
Originally posted January 10th, 2015.
Belgian style beers are widely popular with concerning beer lovers/drinkers. They are some of the best beers in the world. I am a huge Belgian beer fan. One thing about Belgian beer is that is not just only one style, Belgium has many beer styles, such as Abby, triple, wits, browns, sours (both dark and light), Lambic, IPA, pale ale, lagers, quadruples, saisons stouts, blondes. But this beer isn’t all the way from Belgium; no it’s from Chicago Illinois from Goose Island. This is Goose Island Sofia Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale, 6.5% ABV. This Farmhouse ale is 80% Belgian style ale blended with 20% Belgian style ale aged in wine barrels with orange peel. Aging beer in barrels isn’t anything new; brewers have been doing this for a very long time. Some use bourbon barrels, some use rum barrels, and some use barrels made of different types of wood, like oak, or cedar wood. Sofie is sold in twelve ounces four packs or 750ml bottles. Sofie pours a yellow light straw gold color with a two finger bright white bubbly head. I found tons of light streaming through the glass among the many carbonation bubbles. The aroma on Sofie is a bit like old green grapes, you know when they are bit older and taste a bit tart. There isn’t much of the orange peel there but there is a bit of a faint citrus aroma though. The taste on Sofie is a little similar to the aroma with a tart green grape leaning toward a faint sour flavor, and you do get the orange peel but I didn’t find a spicy white pepper that is advertised on the label. This beer is mostly tart. The mouthfeel is light to somewhat medium and has a nice tart refreshing finish, with a nice softer aftertaste of very faint vanilla that comes from the wine barrels. Sofie is on great beer so I am giving this an A-. I found this beer complex but in a good way. Bells Oarsman is similar in taste (Oarsmen is a Berliner Weissbier) to this but not as complex and easy drinking. Sofie is still an easy drinker just not as easy. I found it refreshing as well and good to have with nice creamy cheese and meats. I highly recommend trying Goose Island Sofie! It’s a good one from a great brewery. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!
In in the past of I have written that I don’t really like the Brooklyn Brewery, but yet here I am writing another post about one of they’re beers. But this here, a classic Saison ale (Farmhouse Ale) is quite good, not the best but good. Sorachi Ace is not something that is a full production brew, it is sort of limited, and only comes in a 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce bottle. Sorachi Ace is brewed with their special Belgian ale strain, and Sorachi Ace hops. They also bottle re-ferment this with Champagne. This brew is 7.6% ABV but doesn’t taste nearly that strong, but close. Now this one is not as easy to find as other Brooklyn beers, but I would not say that it’s hard to find. Sorachi pours a cloudy gold color with a nice thick white head. It looks good. Now there are nice scents of hops and a small amount of grain and zesty lemon. notes to it. But this here doesn’t have really have strong hop scents like an IPA. Just more than some. There really isn’t much scent or smells to write about. But that’s not a bad thing. The taste is hoppy, but not overly hopped. There is a nice hint of Champagne like taste there, that is nice. But to much Champagne taste and it’s starting to become not as good. A beer should be a beer, not something else. There is a nice lemon zest to this that makes it a fine hint of sourness but in a good way that is tasty. Sorachi Ace has nice white wine finish that is has a tiny sweetness to it. This brew here goes very nicely with cheese and crackers, very good. Now, this is not heavy it is light somewhat drinkable, but not entirely due to it’s higher abv percent. Too much of this and you’ll be drunk faster than some other beers would. Remember that! This is good but it more of a special thing, something you have for a certain time or a special time, like a celebration or something or that nature. This wouldn’t be your everyday beer. But this is good really good for what it is, Saison, and not a lot of people know what that is, so there isn’t a lot of them being brewed but more than you’d think. This is good for a special day and makes it better. Cheers! Please Drink Responsibly!