AleWerks Brewmasters Reserve Springhouse Ale (2008-09)

RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Springhouse is an aged Belgium Saison (Farmhouse Ale). 9.4% ABV, it pours gold-amber, is will carbonated but has a small to non existent head, and has a sweet fruity aroma with apples, green grapes and apricots the dominant taste. this is an interesting ale that deserves your attention.
2008-2009 vintage 9.4% ABV
2010 vintage 8.0% ABV

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oldgrumpy (109) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2011
I am not a fan of farmhouse ales and this one did not help me change my mind. Flavor is not bad. Just not my style.

scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2010
22 oz – Hazy gold, creamy white head. Spiced apricot aromas open to swirls of peppered grapes and yeast. Soft sweet stone fruits and grapes balance well on light foundation of grassy spiced fresh bread from beginning to end. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, fruity spiced finish. Nicely crafted…

carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2010
22oz. pours deep golden with huge white head. aroma is grassy with some earth and pine tones. mouthful is zippy with the grassy hops up front with a nice fruity body that is refreshing. the abv shows up as it warms, but pleasantly. Nice big saison.

obguthr (6654) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Apricot aroma with apple and banana hints. Hazy amber, fountains of carbonation from the bottom of the glass, thick billowy head, some lacing. Full body. A bit on the sweet side, with just a touch of funk. Flavor is less identifiable than the aroma. Apricots, apples, and banana somewhat discernible. Alcohol not noticeable. This beer was highly recommended by multiple sources I trust and admire and they are mainly right. It’s slightly off balanced, but otherwise, it is a great beer. Good complexity, flavorful, enjoyable to drink.

ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
22oz bomber, 2010 release, from grape & gourmet. pours a gorgeous orange-gold with a massive, creamy, white head leaving thick sheets of lace. aroma is very nice with big, crisp fruit notes of pear, apricot, and green apple skins with hints of red grape backed by belgian yeast, spice notes of coriander and clove and touches of wheatgrass and dry malts. flavor is pretty tasty with sweet, slightly dry fruit notes of apple, pear, and white grape up front backed by dry, slightly funky, yeasty, dark bread, light spice, wet grass, and earthy hops. palate is medium bodied with big carbonation and a dry, herbal yet fruity finish. overall, a tast belgian strong from geoff and the alewerks boys.

beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2010
Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin offwhite head. Very sweet aroma of caramel. Flavor of caramel and fruits, sweetness is the dominant here. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. There’s not much of a Belgian character here.

ChainGangGuy (4926) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle 1304 of 2008. Appearance: Pours a near clear, golden-orange body with a thinnish, white head that dissipates quite quickly. Smell: Fruity, sweet-scented nose of grainy malts, almond sugar, light spice, and ripe fruits. Taste: A taste of simple syrup of poured lazily of some fresh malted barley. Slight hint of almonds. Meager pinch of spice. Fruity flavors of glazed apricots and raisins. Subtle bitterness. Rush of drying, warming alcohol precludes the fruity finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Sits a bit heavily on the tongue. Drinkability: Yeesh! The things they call saisons these days. It’s like saying brown rice is actually the legs of itty-bitty, unborn chicken fetuses. It’s just plain crazy talk. The heavy mouthfeel and alcoholic nature of this beer make it the antithesis of refreshment.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010

Name: Springhouse
Date: December 29, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: clear dark orange, wispy beige head, bitsof lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, touch of musty character
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, nice fruity character, juicy fruit, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Bottle… Beautiful, clear, rust-colored ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. Fruity, malty aroma – apricot, peach and plum esters, toffee, caramel, lightly spicy phenol. Medium to full-bodied with busy, but not fizzy, carbonation. Tilts just a bit toward the sweet side of balance, but overall this is a well-balanced, very fruity, mildly spicy seasonal ale. Finishes crisp, lightly fruity and just a wee bit dry. A little off-kilter, but it totally works for me.

daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2009
Orangish pour. Aroma is sweet and malty. Very sweet flavor. A little earthiness noticeable. Pretty good.

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