Bearded Farmer 2: "McCullough" | Westbrook Brewing Co.

Bearded Farmer 2: "McCullough"Bearded Farmer 2: "McCullough"
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Bearded Farmer 2: "McCullough"Bearded Farmer 2: "McCullough"

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
McCullough is the second installment in our "Bearded Farmer" series of Saisons. In keeping with the farmhouse brewing tradition, the idea here is to brew each successive beer a little (or a lot) differently than the ones before it. McCullough is brewed with pale, pilsner, and rye malts, spiced with white, green, and pink peppercorns, then fermented with a combination of three strains of wild Brettanomyces yeast.

Added by jsanford on 03-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on: 2/27/13

Appearance: Very pale, straw-hued, almost milky body with a tall, expansive, lasting white head.

Smell: Lightly malty on the nose, hinting of pilsener. Spicy, stinging phenols, sourish lemon juice, Granny Smith apples, and a child's whisper of butyric acid.

Taste: Predominately pils malt upfront, lightly sweet, with touches of grain and hay. Burst of lemon, green apple. Light tartness. Floral menthol vibe riding atop a low tone of raunchiness. Faint spiciness, not discernible as being a product of the peppercorns or not. Dry, very airy finish from the high level of suds.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Highly carbonated, crackly in the mouth.

Overall: It's good, it's refreshing. I would prefer a few tweaks here or there; perhaps a mite less carbonation. Don't get me wrong, I'm not asking for the fat, flabby, languid saison you usually see shuffled out of American breweries doors, but, if each pour and every sip is like dealing with a foaming soap dispenser, then, what good does that do me? Hmm?

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Slightly foggy gold pour, gigantic billowing white head. Looks near but for some reason te standard Belgian pour annoys the crap out of me. Laces like crazy.

Aroma, citrus zest, some hay and horse blanket. Some Italian spice and herbal like hop notes.

Taste, certainly sweeter, up front especially, some candy caramel. Sweet stone fruit and mango. Get more herbally bitter later. Can see some more of the pepper and spice here also. Quite grassy in the finish. Funk seems very in check.

Lighter body and pretty dry, though stickier than I would like with the sweetness. High carb and pretty good drinkability, again hurt by the sweetness.

I seem to be really picky when it comes to this style and this one is just something I would not reach for again. Worth trying though for sure.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Cloudy pale gold color with an enormous and everlasting billowing, frothy, rocky, white head that measured 6 fingers on the initial pour. Awesome retention and crazy chunks of lacing. That’s right, chunks of froth are hanging onto the side of the glass.

S – There are a lot of aromas going on here with lemon and very faint green apple esters, grainy pilsner malt, spicy rye and peppery yeast, and faint musty Brettanomyces. I wish there was a little more Brett, but this smells good.

T – It starts off slightly sweet for a bit with lemon and green apple esters. Musty Brett comes in immediately following the sweetness along with spicy rye, grainy malt, and peppery yeast. After the spice and must settles, fruity sweetness returns. There’s a bit of a bitter, grassy hop flavor at the very finish, too. Again, not as much Brett as I’d like in a saison, but it’s tasty.

F – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a creamy but effervescent mouthfeel, and a sweet, dry, and very slightly bitter finish. Some sweet fruity esters and malts linger for a bit.

O – This is a pretty nice saison. It doesn’t have the complexity that some of the better examples have, but it is tasty and drinkable. It’s certainly different than the first Bearded Farmer and, from what I remember, slightly better. I’m looking forward to the next one that Westbrook puts out.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Westbrook snifter. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a four finger white head that subsided to two fingers extremely slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, funk, spices, and subtle grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, funk, spices, and subtle grain. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. There was a really nice balance going on here that made it extremely easy to drink and each sip was a little different from the last. The carbonation level was quite high on this one as it tried to liberate itself from the glass. Nicely done saison with a nice touch of funkiness to keep it interesting.

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Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 49 ratings
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