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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Jack's Farmhouse Ale

 Jack's Farmhouse Ale is a Saison/Farm House Ale from the Jack Russell Brewery of Camino, CA. This beer suits the brewery well, as it has it has its own farmland.

I bought this at the Jack Russell brewery as part of a mixed 6-pack for $9. It has an ABV of 6.7%

The beers pours a golden color with a very thin head. The aroma has strong sweet stone fruits with whiffs of spice and a light backbone of herbal/earthy tones. The taste has the sweet fruit upfront followed by the a light earthy note and finishing with a Belgian spice. The finish is smooth with a mild lingering spice and sweet fruit flavor. The body is light with a medium high level of carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. Saisons and farmhouse ales can have a pungent funky finish, but Jack Russell created a smooth, almost creamy finish. The fruit flavors are big and the spice and funk are tame making for a very drinkable, refreshing ale.

The beer hides the higher ABV well. I think this might be my favorite Jack Russell brew so far. Reminds me a lot of Great White from Lost Coast and its macro-brew knock-off Blue Moon. I suggest you Try It.

1 comment:

  1. I liked this beer. What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in a clean finish and good balance. Drinkable and just enough flavor.