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

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BA SCORE
3.87/5
Very Good
49 Ratings
Bearded Farmer 2: "McCullough"Bearded Farmer 2: "McCullough"
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
49
pDev:
8.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one opened violently but wasnt a gusher which was a surprise as a gentle pour yielded a glass filled with foam. Cloudy dull gold body with excellent lace, very think head. Aroma is excellent with lemon custard, yeast, pineapple and pale malts. Flavor follows with more lemon custard, herbal and spicey hops, peppercorn, belgian yeast and clove. Medium body, moderate carbonation and semi dry finish. I really enjoyed this one. Its got good belgian character and is very flavorful.

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Photo of nickfl
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours as mostly foam with a huge, white head on a hazy, golden body. Lots of musty, earthy aromas with notes of lemon, pepper, and coriander. Spicy wheat, with some pepper and lightly earthy flavor. Medium body, high carbonation, and a balanced finish. This is actually a really nice beer, the aroma is great and it is very drinkable. However, the carbonation is ridiculous, to the point it is almost impossible to pour, beware as this is a potential bottle bomb.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a cloudy, murky consistency. There was an absolutely massive, bright white, fluffy, long-lasting head. Great lacing. A very good looking beer.

S: An interesting aroma for a saison: Somewhat spicy, funky, and a little hoppy.

T: Tasted of peppercorns, a bit of the saison funkiness, hops, malt, a little salt, and a hint of apples. Like the aroma, a different kind of flavor. Sweet, vibrant and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: An easy to like, off the wall saison. Drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of thagr81us
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jsanford
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 2/27/13. Brewed with white, pink, and green peppercorns, fermented with three Brett strains.

Bottle opens with a nice hiss. Pours a cloudy peach-yellow with a very dense and fluffy white head that never really fades, leaving lots of meringue-like suds in the glass. Lovely aromas of grainy malt, Jolly Rancher-like green apple, earthy Brettanomyces, peppercorn spice, and a bit of ripe pear. More crisp green apple in the taste, with a moderately creamy malt profile, more pear, complex peppercorn spices, and dry Brettanomyces. Very bright and flavorful, definitely a pleasure. Mouthfeel is very crisp, with a medium body, ample scrubbing carbonation, and a lovely dry finish. Overall a very impressive Saison, a great follow-up to the excellent "Hughey".

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

Photo of jacewg
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of sneaks2210
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of brauseboof
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Bearded Farmer 2: "McCullough" from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 49 ratings
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