Farmageddon - Bellwoods Brewery

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 49
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 7.77%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jrenihan on 09-26-2013

A special edition of our classic Farmhouse Saison, this version is aged in Brett barrels for 4-6 months. Because we're such a micro operation, each batch of Farmageddon varies slightly, reflecting the small blends we do, never combining more than 8-10 barrels. In some barrels we use more Brett Brux, in others Brett Lambicus. If this all sounds confusing, fear not — all you need to know is that the refined, effervescent beer that hibernates in these bottles is a dynamic labour of love, changing and improving with time.
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Photo of Luisc94
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Served into a beer Somelier Glass from a 500 ml Bottle.

A: Very hazy yellow/goldden color with a 1-2 finger white head. Weird colour almost mate.

S: Instant fruit, peaches and some pineapple, you can sense the brett characteristics and some lemon. There are some soft malts but not very noticeable.

T: You can taste characteristic similar to the smell the fruits some malts. There is a small bitterness at the end of it combined with some slight citruses. The flavor lacks the great characteristics of the smell and its complexity.

M: Mid Carbonation with medium/light body and thin. very smooth with some lingering bitterness/dryness.

O: Tasty brew with a delicious smell. they where quite adventurous doing this beer the taste was kinda soft but worked great. (767 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer's appearance certainly paints a farm-like picture: the liquid in the glass a sun-drenched field of tall golden sheafs of wheat and the white fluffy head hovering above like billowing clouds. The straw colour is very pale but hardly allows even translucency.

Farmageddon has a bouquet full of zested cereal grain. Its bready, dried grass-like notes are enlivened by lemony citrus, a candied marmalade-like sweetness and a dusting of white pepper spice. It is aromatic and vivid and super pleasing to the nose, but it's textbook Saison so far.

The Brett only becomes appreciable on the palate, where tartness and a leathery texture take firm hold. The barrel too: the grain becomes coated with creamy vanilla, almost like a sweetened cereal (reminds of me of corn pops or honey-nut cheerios) and more warmth brings more oak.

Brettanomyces is a logical addition to a Saison; it is a naturally occurring strain of wild yeast that provides a certain 'funkiness' often associated with farmhouse ales (and farms in general) - hence the terms like "sweaty horse" and "barnyard" that have been used to describe its contributions.

In the context of this beer, the 'big bad Brett' enhances the recipe's orange and lemon citrus flavours and also a tartness that is rather well suited to the tastes of pear and apple. The vanillin notes of the barrel too are an innate match for the rose-like florals. So agreeable. So refreshing.

Farmageddon is yet another outstanding offering in Bellwoods' impressive lineup. To reflect on all the phenomenal beers this brewery has offered in its first year or so of existence, especially the quality of their barrel-aged experiments like this one, it practically makes my head spin. The regular Farmhouse Classic is good - this version is great. (1,788 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes

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

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, lemon zest, grassy undertones, Brett and barnyard funk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus notes, lemon zest, light grass, faint oak, Brett and some barnyard funk.

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

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Bellwoods never disappoints!

Serving type: bottle (598 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

UPDATE: Subsequent batches of this beer have been a huge improvement over the first one that used the name. The Brett is much more pronounced and the beer generally has a stronger yeast profile. It has become a really good beer. Going on taste memory, I think it is up there with Boulevard's Saison Brett. An undersung hero of the Bellwoods lineup.

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Beer is clear golden yellow with a medium to large sized white head. The head fades steadily, leaving some lace.

Lots of light fruit in the nose, including green grape. Nose has a definite white wine scent. Brett is there as well, with tart cherry notes. Oak.

Taste-wise, there is quite a lot going on in this beer. Spices, a large dose of light fruits, including apple and green grape. Strong white wine flavours, oak and Brett. Slightly tart, but the Brett results in more of a dry funk and cherry taste than sourness. At first I found the flavours to clash, all quite independant. As the glass went, i enjoyed it more. Finish has a bit of an odd flavour, light fruits and Brett mixed in a way that is not entirely complementary.

Medium bodied, medium to strong carbonation level. A bit drying, feels a bit thin and sticky.

Pretty good, but not the level I hoped for. I much prefer the blended barrel-aged saison. (1,302 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass at a holiday bottle share.

Pours pale straw and hazy up to 1 - 2 fingers of head falling quickly to but leaving nice lacing. The nose is nice, just not very big, lots of yeast, lemon and slight Brett. The flavor is much more pronounced with lots of yeast, grass, mild Brett, spicy corriander and a bit of wood. The finish is longlong and dry highlighting some nice bittering hops. Really nice carbonation and body keeping it light, bubbly and thirst quenching. A really nice beer; I would love to have a bit more Brett in there. (577 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 13/10/13 thanks Liam for sending the bottle

A hazy pale orange liquid, at first you get the tornado off the bottom and after it calms down you are left with plenty of tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere, the two fingers of foam has good retention slowly falling to a thick film leaving plenty of random lace

S I get some wood but not much brett at all, apple and pear with some bubblegum and cider, there's some faint spice and just a hint of lemon rind

T a little more funk in the mouth but again its quite faint, a little more oak and apple cider then the nose, a little spicy and some citrus plays its part, maybe some leafy hops

M somewhere in the middle but the pin prick bubbles cream it up almost to the point of foam but not quite, slick on the palate with rind and earthy notes sticking around for a while

O perhaps its fresh because the brett's not really there yet and I'd believe you if you told me it never saw wood as the oaks faint too, the saison aspects are hard to miss and its a pretty solid beer

perhaps I should've hung on to this one for a while to see if the funk comes out but with just one bottle I'm not all that mad. this one was 7.2% not the 6.7% listed so I know there's other batches out there, I'd like to drink this one again with a year on it to taste the difference, oh well (1,354 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times. First time thanks to Adrial, then on-tap at Bellwoods and finally this Batch #6 bottle. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar and plenty of splotchy lacework. Hazed pale straw body.

S - Lots of musty brett, lemon, and bready malts. Not a ton of farmhouse yeast character; brett dominates. A tinge of vinous oak and hints of fruity white wine, but a fairly mild contribution. Faint hint of sulphur, but dissipates over time.

T - Taste starts with underripe stone fruit and bready malts, but becomes dominated with medicinal brett and a bit of oak in the finish. Again, the barrel contribution is restrained; pretty heavy on yeast and bread and missing the depth of the aroma. Still, it's pretty nice on the whole.

M - Pleasant medium-light body with moderate but soft carbonation. Smooth, creamy texture, with a some lingering oak dryness. Quite nice in this regard.

D - I think I liked the draft version of this beer best, but this bottle was still a big improvement from the cask red currant version at Cask Days. A bit more acidity would really do it for me, but perhaps the boys are a bit more restrained in their tastes than I. (1,208 characters)

Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch #7 & #8

Love the funky and musty Brett qualities. Batch 5 was impressively tart, with the strongest, and most pungent Brett aromas. Current iterations are more vinous, with less of a sour and tart edge. Some stone fruit detectable. Peach and passion fruit, maybe? (271 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(4.0) A: Hazy copper with two fingers worth of puffy white head. Good retention and equal lacing.

(4.25) S: Banana, apricot, white grape, fresh grasses, cloves, tart citrus (lemon), and faint honey. This is a well put together saison with a very nice tart aroma coming through in lemon and grape.

(3.75) T: Tart citrus, dry apricot, white grape, grasses, cloves, pepper, and honey. Very dry and quite bitter throughout with a hefty dose of belgian-style spices. The brett seems to make some of the fruit flavours tarter but it’s more of a subtle difference. The flavour feels a bit confused with individual tastes struggling to stand out to a certain extent.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with higher carbonation which are both appropriate for the style. Oily and slick.

(3.75) D: A good and fresh tasting saison with an excellent aroma and similar appearance. The brett influence didn't quite stand out to me and didn't pick up on much barrel/wood flavours but regardless the end product was still a tasty saison. (1,015 characters)

Photo of Coronaeus
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch #8 (May 2015)

A: An appealing cloudy gold with a massive head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin white foam. This one was a gusher; prepare yourself accordingly!

S: Mild aromas of indistinguishable fruit (tropical, citrus, tree, stone) that present an almost cider like comparison. Brett present and a little stronger than the mild fruitiness. I do not detect the honey that others do.

T: Bitterness on the tongue, again, mild fruitiness with the brett dominating slightly, lending a dryness that carries through. Wood present, but mild.

F: Mid carbonation. Dry. Thinner body. Appropriate for the style

O: Enjoyable barrel aged saison that benefits from the brett. The dryness begins to dominate the experience more than I would like, as one works one's way through the bottle. As always from Bellwoods, the 500ml bottle is appreciated and the perfect serving size for a beer of this type. (914 characters)

Photo of Luk13
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle thanks to tom10101.

Hazy blond body with decent white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is slightly funky from the brett's presence, citrus and honey along with some yeast and dough. The mix of brett, citrus and oak gives the beer a cedar impression. Oak and white wine is much more present in taste. There is a nice brett tartness, also rich belgian yeast and dough flavor. Full bodied and fluffy, lively carbonation but small bubbles and falls off quickly.

An interesting take on the saison style. It has the american experimental personnality (brett, wild, barrel aged) with the belgian tradition (full bodied and yeasty/spicy). Unfortunately, It falls short on both ends as it is not as complex/spectacular as the best American saison/sour ale nor as impeccably executed (especially for the carbonation) like the best belgian example of the style but still a good and unique experiment. Overall, this is a good first impression from Bellwoods and I'm looking forward to try more of their offerings. (1,014 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for the bottle dated Oct 10 2014

Less Brett than I was expecting with a muted noise and mouth. Interestingly we picked up notes of fennel or anise that we were not expecting.

Good, but not an excellent saison. (236 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy pale straw with a Brobdingnagian, bubbly head that lasts forever and drapes the glass in foam. Cidery tartness in the nose. Tartness and soft lemony brett notes mix with some Saccharomyces saison esters and a leafy, citrusy hop character in the taste. With warmth brett funk and some cheese shows in the back. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a brisk carbonation. Apple cider tartness, spicy hops and a balancing dough maltiness linger in the finish.

This is a decent brett 'infused' Saison, but lacks brett flavor complexity and has a bit too much tartness, not sourness by any means, but an apple cider acidity. Still its a good beer worth trying. I'll try it again, it didn't meet my expectations this time around. (745 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Frank for the share.

Golden-straw color, moderately hazy, with a finger or so of fluffy white head, decent retention and lacing. Aroma of fruity esters and light barnyard funk, notes of pepper/clove spice and bready malts. The taste reflected the aroma, bringing a good, basic saison to the palate, peach and pear, grape, clove, wet hay, light bretty funk, with a solid bready malt malt lending a light sweetness. Light-medium body, easy drinkability. Nothing too memorable, but good overall. (503 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body is a rich apricot yellow that looks like the flesh of the fruit with its haziness. Its carbonation looks very active, giving the finger's worth of meringue-like paper white head some serious staying power. A very nice looking Saison.

A dry breadiness with twists of tart lemon peel and green apple is what I get first. I think the Brett manifests itself in this tart fruity quality because I'm not getting much funk. It's got that chalkiness that I get in a lot of Saisons which fleshes out the nose. There's some phenols in there as well, being a little perfumy and medicinal with a few drops of honey that give it some sweetness. This leans to being more subtle than pronounced but a good smelling beer nonetheless.

The Brett is more upfront in the taste, imparting a tart dryness across the palate. There's a flash of green grape skins but that quickly changes to a more astringent quality. A medicinal sweetness comes right after. Pricks of bread and honey peak through. The finish is dry with its candied medicinal quality capping things off. As it warms, I find its dryness a bit off-putting, cutting through the flavours near the finish. Its alcohol content shows itself only in the warming quality it gives off.

The weight of the body is great being medium bodied, creamy, and round. If it wasn't for that cutting dryness, I would have found this to be more drinkable.

Bellwoods had a good take on this style and they ended up with a good Saison but nothing more. I didn't get any barrel quality and its dryness paired with the medicinal character took away from the enjoyment for me. I love what they're doing down at Bellwoods but for the price, I wouldn't buy this again. (1,695 characters)

Photo of BeerStyx
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Overall okay beer, nothing too special, minimal hop flavours, taste like an orval that has been aged for six months, almost no sour beer taste (which makes this rather bland), drinkable I guess (193 characters)

Farmageddon from Bellwoods Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.