Farmageddon - Bellwoods Brewery

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88
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: jrenihan on 09-26-2013)
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Photo of TimWakimika
4.86/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Tart, but drinkable. Excellent balance. Notes of champagne

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Luisc94
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Photo of biegaman
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of jrenihan
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of mtomlins
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev +2%

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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of wordemupg
4.01/5  rDev +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

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Farmageddon from Bellwoods Brewery
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