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Farmageddon - Bellwoods Brewery

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
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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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 13
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of biegaman
4.17/5  rDev +5%
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 liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of wordemupg
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Photo of tbeckett
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.


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.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Whatup14
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of unclejazz
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mtomlins
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Spreetaper
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Luk13
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of ludachris
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Farmageddon from Bellwoods Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.