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

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87
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ygtbsm94, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
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
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
Photo of nickfl
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
Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

beernads, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

sendbeer, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a cloudy, murky consistency. There was an absolutely massive, bright white, fluffy, long-lasting head. Great lacing. A very good looking beer.

S: An interesting aroma for a saison: Somewhat spicy, funky, and a little hoppy.

T: Tasted of peppercorns, a bit of the saison funkiness, hops, malt, a little salt, and a hint of apples. Like the aroma, a different kind of flavor. Sweet, vibrant and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: An easy to like, off the wall saison. Drinkable.

avalon07, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Westbrook snifter. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a four finger white head that subsided to two fingers extremely slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, funk, spices, and subtle grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, funk, spices, and subtle grain. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. There was a really nice balance going on here that made it extremely easy to drink and each sip was a little different from the last. The carbonation level was quite high on this one as it tried to liberate itself from the glass. Nicely done saison with a nice touch of funkiness to keep it interesting.

thagr81us, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Bung
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Slightly foggy gold pour, gigantic billowing white head. Looks near but for some reason te standard Belgian pour annoys the crap out of me. Laces like crazy.

Aroma, citrus zest, some hay and horse blanket. Some Italian spice and herbal like hop notes.

Taste, certainly sweeter, up front especially, some candy caramel. Sweet stone fruit and mango. Get more herbally bitter later. Can see some more of the pepper and spice here also. Quite grassy in the finish. Funk seems very in check.

Lighter body and pretty dry, though stickier than I would like with the sweetness. High carb and pretty good drinkability, again hurt by the sweetness.

I seem to be really picky when it comes to this style and this one is just something I would not reach for again. Worth trying though for sure.

Bung, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Lovely85, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of jsanford
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 2/27/13. Brewed with white, pink, and green peppercorns, fermented with three Brett strains.

Bottle opens with a nice hiss. Pours a cloudy peach-yellow with a very dense and fluffy white head that never really fades, leaving lots of meringue-like suds in the glass. Lovely aromas of grainy malt, Jolly Rancher-like green apple, earthy Brettanomyces, peppercorn spice, and a bit of ripe pear. More crisp green apple in the taste, with a moderately creamy malt profile, more pear, complex peppercorn spices, and dry Brettanomyces. Very bright and flavorful, definitely a pleasure. Mouthfeel is very crisp, with a medium body, ample scrubbing carbonation, and a lovely dry finish. Overall a very impressive Saison, a great follow-up to the excellent "Hughey".

jsanford, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

buckyp, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of mikeincharleston
4/5  rDev +3.6%

mikeincharleston, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev +3.6%

n2185, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of bobv
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bobv, Jul 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

RoryOMoore, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jacewg, May 11, 2013
Photo of sneaks2210
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

sneaks2210, Apr 08, 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%

jrohrbacher, Oct 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

FUwolfpacker, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Treebs
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle served in a Westbrook snifter. Bottled /2/27/13. Thanks to rnorgart for the bottle.

A: Pours a hazy creamsicle color with a huge white head forming on the pour. Over-carbed for sure, the head forms a moon-rock like shape and sticks around for a while. Sticky clumps of lace are eventually left down teh glass.

S: Big peppery notes up front with some green apple tartness. Fruity Belgian yeast with some stone fruit sweetness and a little funk. Back end pale malt sweetness.

T: Same as the nose. Fruity with some citrus notes. A little orange pith dryness with some peppery and yeasty notes. Sweet malts with some lemon grass and stone fruit sweetness. Brett funk is definitely present.

M: High carbonation with a clean and yeasty finish. Light bodied. Easy drinking.

O: Definitely enjoyed this one. Fruity and funky with a nice sweetness to it. Would definitely like have again.

Treebs, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a huge four-fingers thick bubbly, rocky and billowy off-white head into a tulip glass that left thick lacing throughout. the body was a hazy, straw golden color.
s - lemons, grass, pepper.
t - very spicy and peppery with hints of lemon, other citrus fruits, grass and candy with just a hint of brett.
m - prickly, medium mouthfeel.
o - another good beer from westbrook, lots going on with this saison.

GPHarris, Apr 17, 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
Photo of fehrminator
4/5  rDev +3.6%

fehrminator, Jun 20, 2013
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Bearded Farmer 2: "McCullough" from Westbrook Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.