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Farmhouse Classic - Bellwoods Brewery

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Farmhouse Classic
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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Photo of biegaman
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.

Photo of wordemupg
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.

Photo of peensteen
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.

Photo of mick303
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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 heebes
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.

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".

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jrenihan
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.

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Farmhouse Classic from Bellwoods Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.