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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 2
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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mwbrady12

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

08-09-2013 22:09:16 | More by mwbrady12
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icehawk

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-09-2013 18:37:16 | More by icehawk
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jfstilling

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%

08-05-2013 00:30:00 | More by jfstilling
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mrshoes

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev 0%

08-04-2013 23:05:32 | More by mrshoes
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Brewing_Rob

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.7%

08-03-2013 17:44:06 | More by Brewing_Rob
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Kreko7

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

08-01-2013 01:06:13 | More by Kreko7
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-31-2013 02:09:03 | More by DaPan
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-30-2013 17:35:17 | More by beernads
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-29-2013 02:23:47 | More by Sammy
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alaimoa

Connecticut

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 21:12:51 | More by alaimoa
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-22-2013 02:31:25 | More by duceswild
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-21-2013 02:29:56 | More by WOLFGANG
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

07-20-2013 18:10:52 | More by mendvicdog
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UTvolFAN16

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-19-2013 14:08:47 | More by UTvolFAN16
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DRBiser

Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-19-2013 11:40:43 | More by DRBiser
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-19-2013 06:01:27 | More by oriolesfan4
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-19-2013 03:21:40 | More by oline73
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corysmith01

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-18-2013 14:26:46 | More by corysmith01
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 15:13:39 | More by GPHarris
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Hopbully

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-16-2013 00:53:53 | More by Hopbully
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tectactoe

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 16:00:32 | More by tectactoe
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wedge

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 20:26:12 | More by wedge
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sneaks2210

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

07-13-2013 19:52:11 | More by sneaks2210
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Lare453

Florida

3/5  rDev -20%

07-13-2013 05:58:25 | More by Lare453
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-12-2013 15:25:34 | More by mrebeka
Bearded Farmer 3: "Thomas" from Westbrook Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.