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Farmhouse Classic - Bellwoods Brewery

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88
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 5.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: jrenihan on 04-10-2012)
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by peensteen:
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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy bright blonde colour, one finger of dense white head, good amount of lace left behind. Smell is lemony and yeasty, some other citrus notes come across as well, spicy with some clove like scents as well, corriander, some tangy almost funky yeast scents. Taste is yeasty and quite dry, orange and lemon flavours mixed with some spicy notes, ever so subtle hop bitterness, long drying finish. Medium-high dry carbonation, medium body. Nice drinking saison that I thought was a bit too dry for me at first but halfway through came to the conclusion that this is quite well put together, good stuff here.

peensteen, May 11, 2012
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

beerhunter13, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Very much in the style although not exceptional, I enjoyed the corriander punch. Pale yellow and lots of lace. Mild funk and lots of leather in the aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. Yeasty, easy drinking.Not complex spicyness so farmhouse more than saison in my book. A bit better in the bottle, aged a bit.

Sammy, Apr 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light yellow with a bright white foamy head. Nose is yeast, lemon, funk, some earthy hops. Taste is bitter belgian yeast mostly, lemon and grassy, bit of maltiness rounds out the finish. Left with a drying mouthfeel, medium bodied.
Very smooth drinking beer, I appreciate its subtlies. Nice funkiness and appropriate bitterness. Ill revisit since I grabbed 3 bottles on a whim/heard good things.

heebes, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +1%
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".

Rutager, Jun 09, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 25, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Called "Farmhouse Saison" on my bottle and listed at 6.5% ABV.
Bottle conditioned 750 bottle poured in to tulip.

A - Slight gush before the pour. Poured a slightly cloudy pale straw yellow. Despite a slow pour, half of the glass filled with thick bright white head; good retention.

S - Yeast esters and clove up front. Some fruitiness, lemon, bready malts and spice.

T - Dryness up front accompanies Belgian yeast and clove flavours up front. Mid-palate adds sweet bready malts and lemon. The finish is peppery spice.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 12, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, bottled Nov 1st 2012

A - Good, 2" pillowy head on a carbonated apple juice-esque brew.

S - A little funk, lemon zest, light wheat, earthy hops

T - Some funk, light fruit tartness, some bitter, very little malt. Hides it's 6.5% well.

M - A little too thin for my liking, but not bad. Good carbonation, beautiful head that sticks around forever

O - Pretty good. Would definitely have again.

Beelzebeer, Feb 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Caudalie, May 20, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

FondueVoodoo, Nov 03, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, into a tulip.

Opaque orange with huge lacing and a good bit of lacing. Nose is a bit stinky (can't quite pin it down), funky, wheat, lemon citrus and some drying character. Taste has wheat, drying grain flavours, pepper, pale malts and some citrus. Heavier medium body that I appreciate in the style, and higher medium carbonation. Something I'd definitely revisit.

liamt07, Nov 19, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

SebD, May 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

gloryhole, Jun 16, 2013
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3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

JasonLovesBeer, Jun 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Grand Electric.

Beer is a cloudy blonde/golden, with a nice white head and lots of lacing.

Smells quite dry, with a bit of funk. Some floral notes and muted fruit scents.

Taste, like the nose, is quite dry. Some funk, yeast and a lemon flavour, along with some spices and other light fruit.

Highly carbonated with a medium body.

Overall, very nice. Enjoyed two of these and look forward to having more of them.

jrenihan, Apr 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Jerboat, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

spycow, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

monitorpop, Sep 01, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev 0%
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.

wordemupg, Jun 03, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +2%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

yancot, Jan 17, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Farmhouse Classic has indeed that classic farmhouse ale look: bright golden with a great big pillow of cottony white head. Bubbles are live and well. Once condensation settles on the glass it really starts to resemble the ideal accompaniment to a nice spring afternoon.

A fragrant bouquet of white pepper, lemon zest, rose petal and grapefruit are the olfactory equivalent of being waken up by a bright morning sun. They are eye-opening literally (and eyebrow raising). It smells like an enchanted garden of some kind. Serving it in too a small a glass should be considered a crime.

Farmhouse Classic is a beer to be tasted as much as smelled. It is a product of what Belgian yeast can accomplish when left to its own devices: apple, pear, roses, grass clippings, white pepper, sage and lemon. The taste is ethereal and perfumed, roped together by a crisp maltiness flavoured like a warm loaf of honey-oat bread.

Coriander spice and orange zest billow in on the finish like surging rain clouds. They shade in much of the aftertaste, leaving some room also for a dry, almost straw-like grassiness. The beer tastes about the 6.5% alcohol it is - stronger than the typical beer its colour but not so strong as to affect drinkability much - and continues to hold shape even once warming.

Some beer styles require a detailed knowledge of its history, ingredients or brewing methods, without which true appreciation of the beer is unintelligible. Not saisons! You know these perfumed and peppered, fruity and floral ales are summer classics. They are instantly impressive and irresistible to even novice palates and Bellwoods' is no exception.

biegaman, Jun 02, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labeled as "Farmhouse Classic" with 6.5% ABV. Bottling date of March 12, 2013.

(4.25) A: Hazy straw colour with a visible and lively carbonation. Very tall and foamy head that sticks around for a while and clings to the glass well.

(4.0) S: Banana, pineapple, cloves, fresh grains, floral qualities, honey, and a bit of sour lemon. Quite belgiany. Good diversity and mix of aromas.

(4.0) T: Lemon-grapefruit tartness, floral hop qualities, cloves, grains, and honey sweetness. Similar to aroma but fruits are more citrus-like in the taste. Fresh, dry, and slightly bitter with enough natural sweetness.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Fairly oily with a pleasant prickly carbonation.

(4.0) D: This was very good and I’m glad I picked this up. Fresh and full of flavour.

Digimaika2, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

HATS4BATS, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

ArrogantPrick, Mar 27, 2014
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Farmhouse Classic from Bellwoods Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.