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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Bung on 05-27-2013)
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3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev +12%
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!

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3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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2.1/5  rDev -44%
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.

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