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Bearded Farmer 3: "Thomas" - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 20
Hads: 121
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bung on 05-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Thomas is the third installment in our "Bearded Farmer" series of saisons. In keeping with the farmhouse brewing tradition, each successive beer is brewed a little (or a lot) differently than the ones before it. Thomas is brewed with pilsner and Munich malts, hopped with New Zealand Wakatu, Motueka, and Pacific Gem hops, and fermented with a single French saison yeast strain.
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Photo of maximum12
2.15/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to AtlCarl, who I now know is as suave in person as he is in the boxes of beer that he dispenses across the country. 750ML bot-tel split with my saison-questioning wife.

The pour is a shade of orange that would make a mixologist proud: unnatural. Nose is a preview of ripes oranges, farmer's market flowers, bit of freeze-dried banana. I've eaten freeze dreid bananas in the back-country. Once. Won't do that again.

Bearded Thomas is a weird, fizzy, flaky mess. Oranges try to compete with the saison yeasts, fail. Yeastiness gets the upper hand & flips off the palate, nose, throat, & thigh bone, just for good measure. Citrus, banana, orange flit in & out of the yeast, but they're pretty much drowned. Overly carbonated, per my wife, & I agree, tingles like champagne going down. Half a bomber? Too much.

This doesn't have much in the way of redeeming qualities. Flavor profile is too yeasty, not enough beery, hard to drink, too much carbonation. Not much to admire here, & not going to bother to finish about half of this. Not a good effort by a good brewery. (1,077 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Westbrook isn't easy to get up here in CT so was quite excited to try this beer
Appearance/Pour nice with a 3 inch white head and big rolling bubbles.. extreme carbonation
Smell is earthy, peppery, pine
Mouthfeel rolling bubbles limited complexity
Overall surprised that with 3 hop types it didn't have much depth or overall punch (332 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Big white head. Thick collar and very nice surface foam.

Smell - Very grassy. Herbal. Smells almost spiced. Appley esters.

Taste - More herbal. Lots of malt. Kinda bitter. Very herbal in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Bitter.

Overall - Eh. Bitter and malty. Really herbal from the hops. (370 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"Thomas is the third installment in our "Bearded Farmer" series of saisons. In keeping with the farmhouse brewing tradition, each successive beer is brewed a little (or a lot) differently than the ones before it. Thomas is brewed with pilsner and Munich malts, hopped with New Zealand Wakatu, Motueka, and Pacific Gem hops, and fermented with a single French saison yeast strain." Brewed in the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Available in 750 ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy dirty white head over a pale amber body with mild haziness and ample, lively carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Cracker and bready malts, light grains and soft unmalted wheat with a tart, mildly tangy fruit yeast profile, green apple, white grape must, lemon zest, delicate clove and light peppery spice. 3.5

(Taste) Dry cracker and grain malts, clove, bitter apple, fermented grapes. Very dry and yeasty with sharp edges but very light on mid-range flavor, malt body and short on balance. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is lightly grainy, musty, very dry. Carbonation is high, generating a moderate frothiness and a fully crisp finish. Body is short of medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is yeasty and fruity over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no notable off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A decent saison/farmhouse ale but one that has certainly peaked a while back, dried out a good bit and lost a lot of its flavor range. Despite the downside of the age on this beer, it happens to be enjoyable, especially if you like the tangier and more vinous fruit profiles of yeasty saisons. 3.25

Westbrook Brewing Co.'s
Bearded Farmer #3: Thomas
3.34/5.00 (1,829 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to umich03jm for splitting the bottle at a recent tasting. Thomas pours a rustic, sunburst color with a highly opaque center and a lighter, semi-translucent outline as it approaches the glass. The beer is largely volatile, producing a massively bubbled, chunky white head that leaves a few nice spots of foamy lacing on its way down towards the bottom.

The bottle says this brew is fermented with a single strain of "French saison yeast". Well, whatever that entails, this yeast is some pretty potent stuff. It comes through very heavily in the aroma; yeasty left and right with huge amounts of bread, clove, orange peel, sweet banana-like esters, and light fruity sweetness. No notable peppercorn in the aroma though the bottles states otherwise - I'm really getting mostly yeast characteristics with a mild onset of floral notes from the hops.

It's a bit funkier on the palate than first indicated from the aroma; cheesy, barnyard funk, still backed up by copious yeast infusions including more clove, bread, and some faint banana sweetness. Some citrus spritz makes its way through the cloudy yeast attacks; namely lemon peels and orange zest. I finally get some peppery notes in the finish, just adding a hint of spiciness to the aftertaste.

The more I drink this, the more it seems to be growing distant from me. It's good, but the heavy hand of the yeast is proving to be more palate wearing than palate rewarding. There isn't quite enough of a balance that shines between the gargantuan sized yeast profile... Normally I'm a fan of yeasty brews, so maybe I'm just not particularly fond of this strain. The mouth feel is pretty heavy and clumpy as a result; thick and carbonated well.

Big thanks to umich03jm for splitting this one (apologies for not remembering his real name... d'oh!) but I don't think I'd travel down this path again. It started off a bit better than it finished, and that was only with a five or six ounce pour; an entire bomber of this would be quite daunting. If there was something else to lay tameness to the yeast, it might work, but it gets a bit cumbersome the way it currently is. (2,126 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Hazy golden. Thick, frothy head.
smell: Yeast, funk and a touch of fruit. Quite dry.
taste: Much like the nose. a tingly bitter finish. Some malt in the taste I didn't get in the nose. Again, quite dry.
overall: Enjoyable, probably won't seek this out again though. (277 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Westmeister. Thanks much.

A: Pillowing off-white head and a very cloudy dull orange color. Decent lacing.

N: Very heavy funk. Lemon, tangerine, dirt, pine, banana, and esters. Clove. Slight malt sweetness and a touch of band-aid.

T: Sour, bitter and somewhat biting/astringent. Lots of hops here and some citrus - like a DIPA/Saison cross-breed.

M: Sharp on the palate with a medium mouthfeel. Some chalkiness and a touch of alcohol.

O: It's an odd and duck and I'm not sure how much I'm really enjoying it. I vacillate a bit there, really. The hybridization comes at you from all angles, but it feels like it strays a bit too much. (651 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle enjoyed at The Festival in Portland.

Decent creamy head, light lacing, hazy straw golden color.

Nose light funk, saison earthy grassy straw, hint lemon, faint saison spices and farmhouse funk.

Taste more earthy saison funk, strong bitter earthy spicy hop that overpowers to much, slightly astringent, most of the nice saison is lost, light fruity apple like esters, alcohol is a bit too much as well I think. Nice farmhouse funk too but would like it to show through the hops a bit more.

Mouth med bod, light warming booze, nice carb. (545 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out in a hugely hazy beautiful marigold/orange with a huge huge bubbly head.

The aroma is an explosion of so much. It hits you with an initial green dankness of almost marijuana. It then moves into sweet and sour lemon juice, wheat, and funky wet hay.

The flavor on the other hand is a bit one note. It flows of a good wheat body that has lemon, spicy notes along with a funky barnyard note. There's a good sourness with a decent dry finish, but in general, the flavor is a bit one note.

A hugely hoppy and interesting take on the traditional French saison style, but the flavor did not hit the notes for me. The carbonation is actually really lacking on the palate despite the huge head from the pour. (721 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap at Grapevine. Hazy goldy-orange pour. Rocky white head, laced the glass a bit.

Aroma, funky stone fruit, light peppercorn. Citrus zest.

Taste, some caramel, stone fruit, tangerine. Some light yeasty funkiness pushes the sweetness away. Finish is nice and dry. Herbal hop bitterness with some hay.

Heavy side of the light scale. May be more of a function of the lower than normal carb present in the mouth. The dryness still keeps it easily drinkable.

Preferred this one to the McCullough. Have not had the Huey. (519 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours an orangeish pale straw color with an eggshell two finger head. Decent lacing.

S - Funky, yeasty, bready, orange peel and slight cloves.

T - Very bready with straw up front. The pilsner malts really shine through. Light sweetness and citrusy.

M - Light bodied, medium carbed with a wet finish.

O - It's interesting... Definitely not the regular profile of a saison I would think of. But, the pilsner malts probably turn off a few people. (455 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rnorgart for the bottle. 750 ml bottle served in a Westbrook snifter. Bottled 5/8/13.

A: Pours a hazy dark peach color with a thick white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick cap and collar that leaves tons of sticky lace down the glass.

S: Very light yeasty nose. Stone fruit, light peppery and some sweet malts. Juicy citrus and some sweet berry fruits as well. Light pilsner malt shows through.

T: The pilsner malts really come through on the taste. Sweet and soft with a little bit of cereal graininess to them. The yeast perks up mid palate with some stone fruit and a little spiced white pepper. Light lemon citrus with just slightest bit of tartness to it.

M: Light and dry with a sweet finish. Medium high carbonation.

O: Not as good as BF#2 as I liked the Brett that one had, but this was still nice overall. Dry and fruity with a slight spice. (886 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a very murky and cloudy goldenrod amber color. Very minimal white froth.

(S)- Very bone dry with a slight bit of a lemon grass funk and very subtle mineral saltiness, which is actually quite nice.

(T)- Again, quite dry with the yeasty biscuit up front. The lemongrass is still there only with a slightly more vibrant orange peel finish.

(M)- A zesty carbonation level. it gets to be a touch bitter but balanced well with the dryness and citrus.

(O)- A pretty solid saison. The dryness is welcomed but the yeast profile is quite potent as it opened up. (603 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick bubbly, thick and long-lasting, off- white head into a red wine glass that left thick sheeting and lacing throughout. The body was a straw golden color.
s - yeasty, grains, floral hops.
t - white grapes, hint of spice and tart.
m - bubbly and dry.
o - very drinkable and complex. (309 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish-yellow color and a cloudy, almost murky texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A light, sweet aroma of citrus, malt, yeast, and the barnyard funk.

T: Tasted of yeast, a peppery quality, some citrus (orange, specifically), a bit of malt, and the barnyard funk. A dynamic, vibrant flavor that actually gets better as it goes along.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a lively, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, flavorful beer. Drinkable. A good example of an American version of a Belgian beer. (615 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

L – Hazy medium amber color with a huge 5-finger rocky, bubbly, cream-colored head. Really nice retention and some nice patchy lacing.

S – Pale bready and cereal malt, black pepper and coriander yeast, and a generous helping of grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit hop notes. Much hoppier than the other Bearded Farmers and no Brett funk to be found – not to say that that’s a bad thing. It’s just different.

T – Follows the nose pretty well with a few added flavors. It starts off with sweet bready, cereal malt and orange ester flavors. As the taste continues, the peppery yeast appears, followed by smooth hoppy bitterness with grapefruit, orange, mango, and somewhat woody and herbal notes that weren’t apparent in the nose.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with great carbonation, a creamy but crisp mouthfeel, and a bittersweet, earthy, slightly spicy, and dry finish. Herbal and woody bitterness and earthiness lingers the longest along with a hint of orange rind.

O – This is a really nice saison. I would say that I probably prefer this to the other two Bearded Farmers. I wish there was some Brett in here, though. If a little bit of musty funk was added to all of this sweet, spicy, and hoppy goodness, the end result would be magnificent. Still, it’s a very drinkable and tasty beer from Westbrook. (1,396 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A delicious beer. I love the combination of the very slightly tart Saison (think Granny Smith apples), with a lush, yeasty creaminess, and the herbal and citrus notes of the New Zealand hops. There is a light grain note as well, but it's very clean, quite light in feel, and adds a bit of body and silkiness to the mouthfeel without overdoing it. It is a bit murky in the glass, both from sediment and a bit of a chill haze- I was careful when pouring, but there's a lot of stuff in the bottom of the bottle. Very well balanced and both refreshing and interesting. This stands alone, but would be very nice with a cheese course, or just with some fresh goat's cheese and crackers. Lovely! (688 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

@ Craftsmen

Hazy yellow topped with a small,fluffy head. Fresh, floral and fruity aromas along with a solid Bretty funk presence, pale malt, and a little citrus. Peppery yeast and citrus peel flavor, bitter hops, straw, and flower petals. Crisp and dry...super drinkable for nearly 8%. Quite nice! I think I could drink a lot of this. (335 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a tulip: deep hazy gold body with a massive head of off-white foam. Ample lacing inside glass.

S: floral, hint of lime; oak and grass; citric and barnyard-y

T: straw and bread and biscuit-like impressions, crisp up front, faintly sweet toward the close, but then dries out; earthy and organic-tasting, but a pilsener flavor equal to the farmhouse flavor.

M: light-bodied, fuzzy with effervescence, bittering finish; crisp throughout

O: Rustic malts and a nice hop blend (Zealand Wakatu, Motueka, and Pacific Gem) = old world meets new world in a very spot-on saison. Recommended. (592 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color with three fingers of dense white head with active carbonation throughout. Amazing retention - the head builds for minutes after the pour. Lacing is also very good.

S: Strong lemon and orange zest, moderate clove, barnyard funk, and light peppercorn. The aromas are very well balance and complement each other very well.

T: A strong tartness starts out with peppercorn, lemon rind, a touch of clove, and strong bitterness. As the beer warms, a light caramel sweetness and a nice funkiness comes out. The bitterness also subsides a bit.

M: Light mouthfeel with strong carbonation, even for the style.

O: An absolutely great Saison. Rustic, fruity, dry, complex - everything I want from a Saison. I'm extremely impressed and need to buy some more of this (coming from a guy who typically hates on American made Belgian Ales). (895 characters)

Bearded Farmer 3: "Thomas" from Westbrook Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.