The Commons Madrone
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Madrone is an amber saison with a hint of tartness and a big burst of fruity west coast hops (cascade and zythos). Citrus and tropical fruit in the nose this might be the closest to an IPA we’ll get.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (3916) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Sampled at Where the Wild Beers Are, 6/7/14 (I’m keeping this a little shorter than my normal rating style to help catch-up my backlog a little faster)
Orange-amber colored beer. This one has a fruity and lightly funky flavor to it. Solid one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersighted (103) - - SEP 1, 2014
A full bodied saison with a huge white frothy head. Pours a golden clear, golden color and has distinct Belgian nose of herbal goodness. Banana esters abound, with an ever so citrus and slightly tart, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wombata (452) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle drank out of tulip glass. Aroma: Very floral, citrus (lemon, orange), hay, later it showed light roast and pear. Palate: light body, well-carbonated Flavor: Floral, light dried, tart apricot, apple, malt, straw, light bittering. Comment: Refreshing. Tulip glasses showed it well (whereas a straight glass did not).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours with a crystal clear (at least on the first pour) orange-copper hued body with a large and retentive, rocky white head. Aromas are mostly yeast driven with black pepper, isoamyl acetate, pear notes, spicy with moderate hop citrus, floral, light pine. Very light malt. Flavors are a bit carbonic, mineral, dry, floral, some toasted malty sweetness, light floral hoppy, a bit umami yeasty, peppery phenols. Very highly carbonated, brisk finish. A bit of malt spicy notes. Pretty decent but not as hoppy as I was picturing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Sampled March 2014

A careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four finger thick, and continuously, overflowingly, growing light tan colored head (the head tastes bitter, herbal, and fruity); the head is really dense, long lasting, with lots of lacing, and lots of structure. The beer is a nice amber color that shows a clear, copper / light-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells herbal, a touch metallic, with citrus and other fruit notes that leans towards pear, a bit of apple, an oily citrus character, as well as touches of pine, and a bit of woody herbal notes. As it warms up it a dried hay like grain character comes out, as well as a solid, whole grain cracker like note.

Effervescent, quite light bodied, with a prickly, spicy carbonic bite to it in the finish; the beer has a great texture for its strength, quaffably light, yet with enough texture to keep it from seeming watery. The beer has a firm bitterness to it as well, and there is a spicy, peppery bite to the beer that also adds to the sharpness here. This is balanced by an up front fruit character that is a bit citrusy (hops), with some pear and apple notes (fermentation character), a soft, dried hay like grain note, and perhaps a touch of whole grain cracker like maltiness. There is a bit of metallic character to this beer that seems mostly brought out by the hops, but is certainly accentuated by the fermentation character. As the beer warms up the fermentation derived fruit character becomes more noticeable, and the apple like notes seem to become a touch more noticeable than the pear, though botht still clearly play a roll. The citrus character here is somewhat subtle, but contributes light notes of Curacao orange zest, not quite ripe orange zest, and a sweetened lemon zest note.

The dry hop character is a bit lighter than I was expecting here, but it adds the sharpness / balancing character that was needed in the Urban Farmhouse Ale from this brewery. The base beer does note seem quite as characterful as the Urban Farmhouse Ale though, but I think I would prefer this as something to quaff multiples of over an evening due to the better balance that this beer achieves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle. Amber beer with a big dark cream head. Grapefruit and spice aroma with yeast. Grapefruit and pine flavor with spice and light yeast. Medium bodied. Pine and grapefruit lingers with spice and light yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1201) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2014
Amber with a good pale head. Aroma is caramel, apricot, pear, peach. Medium-full bodied, sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a slightly fruity finish. Flavours are apricot, nectarine, orange juice, paw paw. Not getting a huge NW hop presence but that's ok with me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain / crackers), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs, grapefruit), with notes of pepper, gum, dried pineapple, honeydew. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly saccharine. Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. These guys are making some serious beer, definitely a brewery to watch. Vibrant nose with lots of hops (sans any resin, thankfully) and fruity esters (of more interesting flavors than banana), and well-balanced. The finish seems a bit saccharine to me, as with the Flemish Kiss, but it’s relatively minor in the scheme of things. Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WheatKing (1296) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
Light amber, white head. Nose is coriander... I think this has spices added. The yeast does impart a dry finish, which is nice. Would be much better without spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (4128) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle - Grassy hops and a bit of apricot funk. Cloudy gold with a decent white head. Bitter hops and some grassy fruit esters. Yeasty and Belgian like, with a clean finish.

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