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Bearded Farmer 2: "McCullough" - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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86
very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
McCullough is the second installment in our "Bearded Farmer" series of Saisons. In keeping with the farmhouse brewing tradition, the idea here is to brew each successive beer a little (or a lot) differently than the ones before it. McCullough is brewed with pale, pilsner, and rye malts, spiced with white, green, and pink peppercorns, then fermented with a combination of three strains of wild Brettanomyces yeast.

(Beer added by: jsanford on 03-26-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

HuaiDan, Aug 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

huntermop, May 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

BrkfstOfChmpns, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on: 2/27/13

Appearance: Very pale, straw-hued, almost milky body with a tall, expansive, lasting white head.

Smell: Lightly malty on the nose, hinting of pilsener. Spicy, stinging phenols, sourish lemon juice, Granny Smith apples, and a child's whisper of butyric acid.

Taste: Predominately pils malt upfront, lightly sweet, with touches of grain and hay. Burst of lemon, green apple. Light tartness. Floral menthol vibe riding atop a low tone of raunchiness. Faint spiciness, not discernible as being a product of the peppercorns or not. Dry, very airy finish from the high level of suds.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Highly carbonated, crackly in the mouth.

Overall: It's good, it's refreshing. I would prefer a few tweaks here or there; perhaps a mite less carbonation. Don't get me wrong, I'm not asking for the fat, flabby, languid saison you usually see shuffled out of American breweries doors, but, if each pour and every sip is like dealing with a foaming soap dispenser, then, what good does that do me? Hmm?

ChainGangGuy, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jrohrbacher, Oct 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

NoCurse2012, Sep 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

jack_pitts_3, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of zac16125
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap into a tulip

Enjoyed at Homegrown Brewhouse

A: bright straw colored yellow, with bright white head, decent retention and lots of lacing.

S: tart citric acidity, funky Brett notes, grassy/herbaceous, peppery spice, barnyard notes grow as it warms in the glass

T: lemon, grass, lots of Brett funk, cracked peppercorn, citrus, really excellent

M/D: medium body with a higher carbonation, drying finish, average drinkability

O: very enjoyable saison, I recommend this one

zac16125, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

icehawk, Aug 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ali1987, Aug 07, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one opened violently but wasnt a gusher which was a surprise as a gentle pour yielded a glass filled with foam. Cloudy dull gold body with excellent lace, very think head. Aroma is excellent with lemon custard, yeast, pineapple and pale malts. Flavor follows with more lemon custard, herbal and spicey hops, peppercorn, belgian yeast and clove. Medium body, moderate carbonation and semi dry finish. I really enjoyed this one. Its got good belgian character and is very flavorful.

kylehay2004, Aug 07, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours as mostly foam with a huge, white head on a hazy, golden body. Lots of musty, earthy aromas with notes of lemon, pepper, and coriander. Spicy wheat, with some pepper and lightly earthy flavor. Medium body, high carbonation, and a balanced finish. This is actually a really nice beer, the aroma is great and it is very drinkable. However, the carbonation is ridiculous, to the point it is almost impossible to pour, beware as this is a potential bottle bomb.

nickfl, Aug 07, 2013
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Lovely85, Aug 07, 2013
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Hopbully, Jul 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bobv, Jul 14, 2013
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ygtbsm94, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

fehrminator, Jun 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

beernads, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

FUwolfpacker, Jun 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

TimoP, May 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ChrisMetcalfe, May 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

RoryOMoore, May 18, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I loved BF 1.0 Hughey, so was happy to find Bearded Farmer 2.0 recently in Chucktown. Poured from a 750ml into a Riedel stemless goblet.

A: This thing had been sitting on my counter for probably 20 minutes prior to popping the cap, and it STILL exploded over like a well shook bottle of Dom after a NASCAR race. Pours light cloudy lemon / apricot yellow with about 2 fists of fine soapy merengue head. Lingers and Clings. #carbonatedlikeamofo , for sure. Looks great though.

N: I got quite a bit of phenol and funk in the nose, but it's a clean brett smell, not really horseblanket funky. I believe they used 3 separate brett strains, and tastes like they may have brett spiked it at bottling. Also some green apple and a bit of pepper aroma.

T: Nice tartness, light sour apple or tart cherry notes over a pils malt foundation. I really expected to pick up more pepper given that it was brewed with peppercorns, but actually this was pretty subdued to me, with just a nice pop of peppercorn pucker on the finish.

MF: Although I would say this is probably slightly overcarbed, the mouthfeel was nice and refreshing in true to form saison style. Very refreshing and begged me to take another sip just as I finished the last. This would be an awesome summer picnic beer.

O: I continue to be impressed by Westbrook and even though McCullough is quite different from Hughey, he's a very nice farmer. This is a great American Saison and well worth searching for.

JeffreyJDavis, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

leftstagebrew, May 16, 2013
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Bearded Farmer 2: "McCullough" from Westbrook Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.