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

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85
very good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Bung on 05-27-2013)
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Photo of Mikeypnh
1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

Mikeypnh, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of maximum12
2.1/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

maximum12, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of bigaltemple
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

bigaltemple, May 31, 2014
Photo of mwbrady12
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

mwbrady12, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Thorpe429, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of mscudder
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

mscudder, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Lare453, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of alaimoa
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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

alaimoa, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

mendvicdog, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of abernethyj
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

abernethyj, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of timc13
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

timc13, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of thewimperoo
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

thewimperoo, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of MastaShonuf
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

MastaShonuf, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Alieniloquium, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

tectactoe, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Sarlacc83, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

cindyjeffsmith, Jun 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

UTvolFAN16, Jul 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

GRG1313, Jun 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

oline73, Jul 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ajtorres311, Jul 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

mbonugli, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

rollom, Jul 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

huntermop, May 23, 2014
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Bearded Farmer 3: "Thomas" from Westbrook Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.