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Buzzards Bay Farmhouse Reserve Ale

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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A pale ale barrel aged for over 2 years in cabernet sauvignon soaked french oak. Midway through aging it was green hopped with our own hops. Finished in a flemish, farmhouse style. Very limited production! Great with hard cheese and marvelous with roasted beef.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Bottle tasted post-DLD at crizay’s
Thanks to either Mike or Brad for bringing this and sharing it with the people who showed up. I was not sure what to expect so with no expectations it had every chance to impress. In the end it did just that although being so limited this one will be hard for people to get their hands on so if you do thank your friend profusely.

Aroma / Appearance - A thin off white head and amber brown body revealed the origins of this as a pale ale. Sawdust, oak, vanilla, cherry crisp, and apricot blend fruitiness with farmhouse in a nice mix.

Flavor / Palate - Oak, sawdust, and white wine start the experience nicely. A malty finish dries out the throat. The alcohol is not evident at all. Funky and smooth this is a nice way to spend fifteen minutes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. brown pour with a light amber bottom and a cream head. nose is oak, tart and funky, unbelievably smooth with a great flavor of funk and wood. very easy to drink the the funk stays til the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7868) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 30, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a hazed amber body and a small white head. Aroma is sour with sweet funk and lightly buttery, vanilla, oak, fruit, berries, and wine. Taste is extremely tannic. Behind the tannins there is a medium tartness, berries, oak, yeast, cheese and tart currants. Light carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2009
Bottle. Body-hazy dark honey/nicotine brown with a medium ring of bubbles. Nose-camembert cheese, butter, tannic, strawberry. Taste-bourbon, light clarified butter, dry, tannic. Dry and tannic dominate all the way through. Good in a mild, reserved kind of way.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - APR 2, 2009
This may have been past its prime but I really still enjoyed it. Reminiscent of a rich sour. Acidic and funky but not so much dirty socks, more of a wet towel. Nice dry sourness and some crisp lemony citrus. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Sampled at Backus’ Backyard Bash. Murky golden brown nice tan head. Big funky fruit nose, woody vanilla, mild citrus. Woody flavor, funky fruit, earthy, tart - lots of things going on here! Delish!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Pours a cloudy, dusky, orange-amber color with a foamy, off-white head. Soapy lace mostly rejoins the body. The aroma is about as funky as they come. Big, woody oak jumps right out of the glass, imparting tannic red grape notes to the pale malt base, all with a fresh, grassy hop overtone that is really surprising. The funk is very dry and bretty, almost sour from the old, saturated wood. Flavors follow suit, hoppier than most wild ales that I can recall. Dried, green grassy bitterness works well with the tannic, oak-infused pale malts and tart, barnyard funk. Lemony citrus lurks within as well. Medium bodied, with fine, lively carbonation and a nearly bone dry finish. This one is interesting, with some pretty unique elements working hand in hand here. Nice brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2009
750ml. Pours a cloudy orange color with a small foamy off white head. Nose is tart, barnyard funk, grapes, citrus, fruits, wood, yeast, very appealing. Initial taste begins with the funk from the aroma that moves into a earthy and citrus. I have seen most people refer to brett in the beer, but they did not add it, they said they did nothing but let that wild yeast from the wine barrels do the trick. Wine becomes more apparent as it goes into the mid palate along with light woodiness. Hops are earthy with a mild hop bitterness. Definitely a vinous beer overall. The palate duration is excellent, with medium dry finish. Head retention and spot lacing lacing are beautiful. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a medium active bubbles. Excellent job.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5090) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2009
25 oz bottle, via trade. Pours a hazy orange amber with a fizzy and foamy off-white head. Nice funky dry nose, lots of wheat, yeast, some cobwebs, some light oxidation, citrusy hops, a little bit of wood, lots going on here. The flavor is sort of a funky vinous mixture, some pixie stick sweetness, dry oakiness, lightly tart, with an odd hoppiness thrown in. A weird combination for sure. Spicy, earthy, funky all in one. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a nice fizzy soft carbonation level. Pretty nice beer, very unusual.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Big thanks to Tertons for picking one up for me at the release. Thanks Nelson. Very spritzy with a HEAVY dose of lemon/grapefruit. The funk is present but heavily masked by the citrus. To some extent this sour profile fits with a farmhouse/saison but the citrus becomes overbearing.


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