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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4615) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Cloudy brown. Brett and lots of yeast in the aroma and flavor. Just a little sour but I suspect it could become more sour over time. Some barnyard character.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Courtesy of BDR. Dark copper color with no head. Light aroma of oak, vanilla and a touch of sourness. Bone dry malt and wheat taste. Very herbal and spicy. Bretty horseblanket finish. A little astringent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1628) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Thanks Brad! Thick, rusty orange, heavy with sandy mist and a thick foam. Like a foggy sunrise. Pale malt and cherry pit brett aroma; nutmeg and cinnamon lend a delicate spicy dryness to the flesh of pineapple and citrus; barrenly dry, and quite distant but still fulsome, in the character of a detailed malt and brett dominant farmish beer. Awesome, with some soft acetic acids sharpening it up.

A sparkling, fresh but musty crisp brett flavor, with cherries, pears, and apples; warm, and tart, quite far from sour, but alternately sweet, rich and bready, with some pleasant, juicy red fruit characteristics that stand in lieu of the typical puckering sourness. Lots of must and easy-going funkiness near the finish.

Palate is medium-full, and quite dry; funky mold and blue cheese-smacking finish, with some floral sweetness and lingering adhesive textures, and very long! A cool blending of flemish and farmhouse styles, enlivened pleasantly by the unique brett signature; fun stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Bottle shared at Cleveland tasting on 8-23-08. Thanks!! Pours amber with a white head. Has a slight oak aroma and some citrus. I get lemon mostly. Body is medium with a fair amount of carbonation. Taste is very lemon and citrus undertones with a nice malt background. Is a nice clean beer and is overall a nice brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Sampled @ RBSG, courtesy IrishBoy. Cloudy amber color, thin off-white head. Moderate acidity on the nose, grains, slight alcohol presence. Nice citric tartness on the taste, grainy middle, very dry citric lingering finish. Subtle, but really nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
This ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 750ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is malt, some oak and some citrus. A medium bodied ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, lots of orange and spices. A touch of funk. Very smooth taste, with a touch of alcohol bite. Interesting beer. I can taste the barrel influence, but don’t get a lot of funk. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3401) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2008
750 ml bottle. Hazy crimson brown with a fuzzy balsa head. Nose is clover and lemon candies with hints of pineapple. Medium body with a tang; gets a bit thick and gritty. Taste is lemon yoghurt, peel and apple with quinine and lime. Has a nice earthiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3888) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
750 bottle from AllDayDrinker shared at RBSG; Nose of tart funkiness, yeast, and a bit of oakiness; Murky amber with a medium beige head; flavor is lightly tart with some caramel and white pepperiness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Courtesy Irishboy at RBSG. Pours a cloudy dark orange, with a small off white head. Smells of sweet funk, lots of orange citrus, dark sweet malts, and some yeast as well. The flavor is pretty funky too. Lots of spice mixed in with that funk and some orange peel and malt charaters making up the rest of its flavor profile. I wouldnt exactly call this a sour ale, as it wasnt a cheek puckering sour beer. More like a funky, lightly tart saison. Still pretty interesting and enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Bottle shared by dickinsonbeer at BCTC Saturday. Thanks Paul! Pours an orange amber wiht a thin white head. Nose has some nice brett, malt. Flavorhas some slightly watery sourness, oak, and meh. This was okay, but a bit of a letdown from what I had hoped. Anyway, thanks for sharing this rarity, Paul!


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