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

Bearded Farmer 3: "Thomas"Bearded Farmer 3: "Thomas"
BA SCORE
69.1%
Liked This Beer
3.75 w/ 123 ratings
Bearded Farmer 3: "Thomas"Bearded Farmer 3: "Thomas"
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
123
Liked:
85
Avg:
3.75/5
pDev:
13.07%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
6
Trade:
1
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle enjoyed at The Festival in Portland.

Decent creamy head, light lacing, hazy straw golden color.

Nose light funk, saison earthy grassy straw, hint lemon, faint saison spices and farmhouse funk.

Taste more earthy saison funk, strong bitter earthy spicy hop that overpowers to much, slightly astringent, most of the nice saison is lost, light fruity apple like esters, alcohol is a bit too much as well I think. Nice farmhouse funk too but would like it to show through the hops a bit more.

Mouth med bod, light warming booze, nice carb.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Big white head. Thick collar and very nice surface foam.

Smell - Very grassy. Herbal. Smells almost spiced. Appley esters.

Taste - More herbal. Lots of malt. Kinda bitter. Very herbal in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Bitter.

Overall - Eh. Bitter and malty. Really herbal from the hops.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -20%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out in a hugely hazy beautiful marigold/orange with a huge huge bubbly head.

The aroma is an explosion of so much. It hits you with an initial green dankness of almost marijuana. It then moves into sweet and sour lemon juice, wheat, and funky wet hay.

The flavor on the other hand is a bit one note. It flows of a good wheat body that has lemon, spicy notes along with a funky barnyard note. There's a good sourness with a decent dry finish, but in general, the flavor is a bit one note.

A hugely hoppy and interesting take on the traditional French saison style, but the flavor did not hit the notes for me. The carbonation is actually really lacking on the palate despite the huge head from the pour.

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4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A delicious beer. I love the combination of the very slightly tart Saison (think Granny Smith apples), with a lush, yeasty creaminess, and the herbal and citrus notes of the New Zealand hops. There is a light grain note as well, but it's very clean, quite light in feel, and adds a bit of body and silkiness to the mouthfeel without overdoing it. It is a bit murky in the glass, both from sediment and a bit of a chill haze- I was careful when pouring, but there's a lot of stuff in the bottom of the bottle. Very well balanced and both refreshing and interesting. This stands alone, but would be very nice with a cheese course, or just with some fresh goat's cheese and crackers. Lovely!

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3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a very murky and cloudy goldenrod amber color. Very minimal white froth.

(S)- Very bone dry with a slight bit of a lemon grass funk and very subtle mineral saltiness, which is actually quite nice.

(T)- Again, quite dry with the yeasty biscuit up front. The lemongrass is still there only with a slightly more vibrant orange peel finish.

(M)- A zesty carbonation level. it gets to be a touch bitter but balanced well with the dryness and citrus.

(O)- A pretty solid saison. The dryness is welcomed but the yeast profile is quite potent as it opened up.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish-yellow color and a cloudy, almost murky texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A light, sweet aroma of citrus, malt, yeast, and the barnyard funk.

T: Tasted of yeast, a peppery quality, some citrus (orange, specifically), a bit of malt, and the barnyard funk. A dynamic, vibrant flavor that actually gets better as it goes along.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a lively, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, flavorful beer. Drinkable. A good example of an American version of a Belgian beer.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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Bearded Farmer 3: "Thomas" from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 69.1% out of 100 with 123 ratings
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