Bearded Farmer 3: "Thomas" | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Thomas is the third installment in our "Bearded Farmer" series of saisons. In keeping with the farmhouse brewing tradition, each successive beer is brewed a little (or a lot) differently than the ones before it. Thomas is brewed with pilsner and Munich malts, hopped with New Zealand Wakatu, Motueka, and Pacific Gem hops, and fermented with a single French saison yeast strain.

Added by Bung on 05-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
123
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
13.1%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
6
For Trade:
1
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Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra so probably drinking past its prime. The carbonation was, to be generous, ample. To be more precise; apeshit. The smell was spicy and substantailly yeasty / malty. This smells like a fall beer. Those beautiful NZ hops are, sadly, gone. Taste delivers more of the same ... a spicy, malty, slightly overcarbed saison. tasty but not superlative.

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3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"Thomas is the third installment in our "Bearded Farmer" series of saisons. In keeping with the farmhouse brewing tradition, each successive beer is brewed a little (or a lot) differently than the ones before it. Thomas is brewed with pilsner and Munich malts, hopped with New Zealand Wakatu, Motueka, and Pacific Gem hops, and fermented with a single French saison yeast strain." Brewed in the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Available in 750 ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy dirty white head over a pale amber body with mild haziness and ample, lively carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Cracker and bready malts, light grains and soft unmalted wheat with a tart, mildly tangy fruit yeast profile, green apple, white grape must, lemon zest, delicate clove and light peppery spice. 3.5

(Taste) Dry cracker and grain malts, clove, bitter apple, fermented grapes. Very dry and yeasty with sharp edges but very light on mid-range flavor, malt body and short on balance. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is lightly grainy, musty, very dry. Carbonation is high, generating a moderate frothiness and a fully crisp finish. Body is short of medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is yeasty and fruity over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no notable off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A decent saison/farmhouse ale but one that has certainly peaked a while back, dried out a good bit and lost a lot of its flavor range. Despite the downside of the age on this beer, it happens to be enjoyable, especially if you like the tangier and more vinous fruit profiles of yeasty saisons. 3.25

Westbrook Brewing Co.'s
Bearded Farmer #3: Thomas
3.34/5.00

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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2.15/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to AtlCarl, who I now know is as suave in person as he is in the boxes of beer that he dispenses across the country. 750ML bot-tel split with my saison-questioning wife.

The pour is a shade of orange that would make a mixologist proud: unnatural. Nose is a preview of ripes oranges, farmer's market flowers, bit of freeze-dried banana. I've eaten freeze dreid bananas in the back-country. Once. Won't do that again.

Bearded Thomas is a weird, fizzy, flaky mess. Oranges try to compete with the saison yeasts, fail. Yeastiness gets the upper hand & flips off the palate, nose, throat, & thigh bone, just for good measure. Citrus, banana, orange flit in & out of the yeast, but they're pretty much drowned. Overly carbonated, per my wife, & I agree, tingles like champagne going down. Half a bomber? Too much.

This doesn't have much in the way of redeeming qualities. Flavor profile is too yeasty, not enough beery, hard to drink, too much carbonation. Not much to admire here, & not going to bother to finish about half of this. Not a good effort by a good brewery.

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3.74 out of 5 based on 123 ratings.
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