Bearded Farmer 4: "Taylor" - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bung on 09-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Taylor is brewed with a large percentage of rye and wheat malts, moderately hopped with Tettnanger and Pride of Wingwood hops, and fermented with a blend of farmhouse Saison and brettanomyces yeasts
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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 11
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Photo of alphagnome
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Bright, hazy orange body. White head has great retention and lacing. Tons of carbonation.

Aroma:
Heavy brett and Belgian yeast. Fantastic funk. Pear and apple fruit notes with a hint of pepper.

Taste:
Vibrant rye profile laced with gobs of brett. One of the funkiest beers I've had in recent memory. Damp wheat, dandilion, grapefruit and kiwi, and dry grass. A bit of spice is present as well. Nice bitter bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel:
Light and heavily carbonated. Semi-dry finish. Nice aftertaste.

Overall:
Quite a tasty saison! Easy to drink, light, and packs a refreshing punch. Highly recommend to fans of the style!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Medium white head. Lots of surface wisps.

Smell - Some tropical fruits. A bretty earthy smell. Pale malt.

Taste - Some of the tropical fruit comes through, but a lot is masked by bitterness and earthy yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Bitter.

Overall - Second of this series that has been decent, but not exciting.

Photo of Bung
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml. Hazy unfiltered wheat looking gold pour, finger of frothy white that retains really well.

Aroma, Big citrus zest, some funk. Some light hay, grainy malt. Lighter sweetness, clove and caramel.

Taste, Earthy with a good dose of Italian spice up front. Clove and light bubblegum. A little horse blanket. A solid bittering finish, grapefruit.

Good high level of carbonation, maybe just a tad high. This is a very dry saison. Easy drinking. Well worth trying, like the others in the series. I'm guessing this will age pretty well.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wil for this one!
Quick review from written notes.

Hazy opaque orange, frothy foam around the edges of the glass, fluffy but compact head with an irregular surface topography. Pleasant Brett aromas of wet hay, clove, and dried pineapple.

Spicy dry taste, pepper and clove, more hay and dried pineapple coming through. Bone dry finish with a smooth, creamy feel, possibly from the added wheat malt. The light pineapple suggests Brett Clausennii, just a guess. Overall a nice Brett-forward saison, shared at a brewing session on a cool fall evening.

Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Decent creamy fizzy head fades fairly quickly decent lacing, semi hazy tan pilsner color.

Nose wild Brett funk, fruity note, stone fruit like peach, light sweet malt, light grassy like hop note,

Trade stars with some Brett funk, yeasty and would Brett funk, stone fruit like peach, juicy mild tropical fruit, little wild funk. Mild bitterness, grassy but fruity like note. Finish is dry and fairly bitter, little fruity and funky.

Mouth is med bod, nice effervescent carb.

Overall pretty nice.

Photo of cvm4
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a golden hue with edges of sunshine and a two finger eggshell white head. Body is semi-translucent. Has great lacing and retention.

S - Funk and grass on the nose with some bready malts that are complimented by pear and peach fruits.

T - The spice of the rye plays great with the funk of the brett. Bready malts intertwine with ripe pear, but it's really overpowered by the rye and brett.

F - Light bodied and high carbonation. An effervescent, bubbly feel on the tongue with a dry finish.

O - Such a clean, easy drinking and tasty saison. It's intriguing without being overly muddled in complexity.

Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: On the one hand it pours a cloudy honey color with a massive head; on the other hand, it's a gusher

Smell: Hay and leather, with undertones of rye and a hint of lemon

Taste: Grassy hay, up front, with developing lemon and rye bread tones; the Bretty funk builds, mid-palate, bringing a leathery aspect to the middle; earthy and citric hops add a touch of bitterness to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A really nice Saison - easily mistakable for a Belgian; Westbrook is really hitting its stride in so many ways

Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros and Threelions.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear straw hue with a thin one finger he'd that fades to leave light lacing.

S - Aromas of funky brett, light fruity, soft malts, mostly brett.

T - Taste is bubblegum, tropical brett, funk, light malts. Nice fruits, just a brett and funky saison.

M - Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Tasty.

O - Overall this beer was just a brett bomb, which isn't a bad thing. Surprisingly good.

Photo of joe1510
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml

Bottled: 8/21/13

Yet another bottle sent my way by Wilson! Thanks, dude! A slow gusher, watch yourself. The body immediately glows apricot orange as it fills the glass. There's enough haze to muddy up the body, thanks to that slow gush. A head stiff as meringue with peaks and valleys decorates the crown and leaves behind big chunks of resilient lacing. Now this is how a Saison should look.

Bretty hay, like a late summer farm, kicks off the nose with accompaniments of pineapple, dusty attic, and band-aid. A wheat tang adds that so very mild tartness. Fruity esters come forward with peach and green apple mostly. There's a little mushiness before spicy rye and doughy malt bring up the rear with a soft sweetness. The nose shows good depth and smells appetizing. It's hard to keep my nose from the glass.

While the flavor isn't as well defined as the nose it still packs a punch. The wheat is most noticeable up front with a sprinkling of rye. The brett addition pops mid palate with hay and pineapple being most prominent but the other aspects show themselves here and there through the finish. Soft esters I mentioned in the aroma pop up toward the finish along with mild grassy bitterness.

The body is light and effervescent. The carbonation is active, tightly bubbled and quick moving but doesn't quite reach the heights of the best Belgians with the frothiness. A little chalkiness dries up quickly with noticeable, and lingering, grassy bitterness. Drinkability is off the charts.

Taylor is the first Saison I've had from Westbrook and I have to say, they nailed it! The brett additions add a ton of depth and flavor but in no way dominate, the Saison itself is juicy and grassy, while the quenching drinkability is absurd. Thanks again, Wil!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

westbrook can do no wrong right now, and i was stoked to try this one, courtesy, as the so often are, of drlovemd87. this is a cool beer, pale hazy in color, yellowish, with a large and lasting white head on top. i can smell the wild yeasts right away, mature for a pale brett beer in the sense that its as tart as it is wild, and the saison yeast lends a spicy belgian character to the already prominent spice of the rye malt. this latter attribute can be tasted more than smelled, but its there the whole way. farmy on the first sip, tons of brett character and the saison yeast is there too. i love the mix of yeasts in taste, but also what they do for the mouthfeel, its textured form the wheat malt, but carbonated as anything and supremely dry in the finish, making it feel just awesome, especially for the style. i am a huge fan of multiple yeast pitches for complexity, and this is a great illustration of why. the grain flavor is fresh and the rye is like it is in their one claw pale, prominent but not distracting, well integrated, and carefully dosed. i think this is one of the better westbrook beers ive had, which is really saying something because everything they do i am a fan of.

Photo of GPHarris
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick bubbly, fluffy, eggshell-colored head into a snifter that left thick sheeting and great lacing throughout. the body was a hazy orange-golden color.
s - slight horse blanket funk.
t - grassy, bready, with a hint of spice and funk.
m - prickly and dry.
o - nice, complex saison. more funkiness than i expected but it was well done.

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Bearded Farmer 4: "Taylor" from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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