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Farmhouse Classic - Bellwoods Brewery

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 5.32%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jrenihan on 04-10-2012

Farmhouse Classic is one of the first beers we ever brewed, and a popular one at that. A golden Belgian ale fermented with a traditional Saison yeast strain and Brettanomyces. This ale is very refreshing, perfectly balanced, and full of flavour despite its light appearance. With this specific version we opted for authenticity, and as many Belgian breweries do, we bottle conditioned the final product, producing a lively effervescence. The resulting brew is really something special.
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3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of mick303
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip snifter, colour is a lightly golden, lightly cloudy with a lot of visible carbonation. Strong cap of white dense head, showing great retention and lacing.

S- waxy lemon, pale malt, with a dusty slight wood barn aspect, hay, hints of grapefruit, with a light fruity character that also has some pear character. Has a good bit of saison yeast character, interesting blend and complex notes tied together with a dry character.

T - light pale malt sweetness, grapefruit, and some berry character, then gets some more typical saison character with hay and a robust hay and slight tart yeastiness. Has some pear character mixed with some sweetness, light bitterness, mostly in the background, with a growing yeast presence. Finishes dry with a crisp malt character, lingering yeasty finish with also a cloth or hay note.

M - full bodied initially, with a strong initial flavour delivery, alcohol is not present at all, in fact it feels quite light on the palate subsequently. Good amount of carbonation, plentiful with a nice developing citrus and yeast character toward a more drawn out finish.

Bellwoods has here a fine saison, quite generous with its flavour, fair bit of pale malt retained with a 'gummy' citrus and hay character, somewhat of a chewy saison, lots of flavour but the yeast doesn't shine as bright as it could. I think the finish should also be a more crisp but otherwise I found this quite flavourful and decently balanced.

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On the bright side: This beer has great appearance and head, very nice fine carbonation, crisp as can be and has a nice gentle lemon citrus quality. Really quite dry too.

On the down side: I'm definitely getting some sulphur / DMS in here. I'm not well versed in off-flavours but it's a noticeable gym sock / boiled egg quality and it's still there when you drink, though not overly pronounced.

Still plenty enjoyable but it's a bummer that weird flavour's in there.

Photo of wordemupg
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 2/6/14 cheers liamt07 for sending me a bottle

A hazed golden orange with enough clarity to see bubbles going up the center and I quickly end up with half a glass of soapy foam, good retention ending up as a thick film that leaves random lace

S peppery farmhouse yeast, a hint of citrus, lots of cereals, some bubblegum, not quite funk but I'm liking the yeasty notes, smells strong

T some orange marmalade, added to what I smell, wheat and spice with lots of yeast, tastes like a Saison

M a little foamy but the style often is, lighter side of medium, very faint booze on the way down, leaves the palate slick, spicy finish

O this one didn't last long and you could get your ass kicked smashing this one on a hot sunny day, one of those beers I'd like to try at different ages

Bellwoods continues to impress me, I've had few styles from them now and all have been solid. I'd trade Bellwoods for pretty much any of my hometown breweries and I doubt I'd regret it.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of SebD
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden color to it. It has a nice very thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves some light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, peppery notes, bready malts, lemon zest, coriander and some faint cloves.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a Belgian yeast, peppery spices, cloves, bready malts, lemon zest and coriander.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Photo of Caudalie
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy bronze with lots of fine streams of carbonation. Gigantic, snow white head lasts the whole glass and coats it in foam on the way down. Bready malt and a ‘classic’ citrusy, peppery Saison yeast in the nose. The taste is lemony with a touch of tartness. Chewy malts mingle with intricate yeast esters and a light, citrusy hop profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with smooth carbonation bubbles. The finish is lightly bitter and earthy.

This is a great Saison. Quite complex and juicy. Worth trying for sure.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to TheSevenDuffs for including this as part of the fall CanBif.

A: Pours a medium hay with large billowy head which lingers.

S: Traditional saison scents of spicey yeast and citrus with background notes of fresh sawdust and a slight barnyard funk. As it warms there is a crisp sweetness together with floral scents that emerges.

T: Strong spicy yeast and malty grains followed by orange peel. Hint of barnyard funkiness on the finish along with mild bitter notes.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Finishes dry and clean.

O: A complex and tasty saison that is clean and dry. Another tasty beer from Bellwoods which has become my favourite Ontario brewery. Thanks again to Marcus for giving me the opportunity to try.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy light yellow color ale with a super large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral and light grassy notes with deep rustic malt flavours. Taste is also dominated by deep rustic malt flavours with limited sweetness and some grainy notes. Light dry and floral hoppy notes are also discernable. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Well brewed done maybe a tad too much grainy malt notes for my liking.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Liamt07!

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw gold with 2.5 fingers of fluffy white head that has decent retention.

Smell. Coriander, clove and a little banana, spicy saison yeast and some earthy hops. Also a little citrus, mainly lemon and a little orange.

Taste. Spicy saison yeast, cloves and a little white pepper, sweet light grains, and a little citrus zest.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, smooth medium carbonation.

Overall. Very nice stuff and indeed "classic".

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Farmhouse Classic from Bellwoods Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.