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

Bearded Farmer 2: "McCullough"Bearded Farmer 2: "McCullough"

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BA SCORE
86
very good

44 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.04%


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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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Cloudy pale gold color with an enormous and everlasting billowing, frothy, rocky, white head that measured 6 fingers on the initial pour. Awesome retention and crazy chunks of lacing. That’s right, chunks of froth are hanging onto the side of the glass.

S – There are a lot of aromas going on here with lemon and very faint green apple esters, grainy pilsner malt, spicy rye and peppery yeast, and faint musty Brettanomyces. I wish there was a little more Brett, but this smells good.

T – It starts off slightly sweet for a bit with lemon and green apple esters. Musty Brett comes in immediately following the sweetness along with spicy rye, grainy malt, and peppery yeast. After the spice and must settles, fruity sweetness returns. There’s a bit of a bitter, grassy hop flavor at the very finish, too. Again, not as much Brett as I’d like in a saison, but it’s tasty.

F – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a creamy but effervescent mouthfeel, and a sweet, dry, and very slightly bitter finish. Some sweet fruity esters and malts linger for a bit.

O – This is a pretty nice saison. It doesn’t have the complexity that some of the better examples have, but it is tasty and drinkable. It’s certainly different than the first Bearded Farmer and, from what I remember, slightly better. I’m looking forward to the next one that Westbrook puts out.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 05:31:50 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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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.

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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.

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