Farmhouse Classic | Bellwoods Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada
bellwoodsbrewery.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Farmhouse Classic is one of the first beers we ever brewed, and a popular one at that. A golden Belgian ale fermented with a traditional Saison yeast strain and Brettanomyces. This ale is very refreshing, perfectly balanced, and full of flavour despite its light appearance. With this specific version we opted for authenticity, and as many Belgian breweries do, we bottle conditioned the final product, producing a lively effervescence. The resulting brew is really something special.

Added by jrenihan on 04-10-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
66
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
6.55%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Jtee
3.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a 500ml bottle served at 10 degrees Celsius into an oversized wine glass. The bottle was picked up fresh from the brewery.

Look: The beer pours a clear straw with 1cm of white, bubbly head that fades away quickly (less than a minute). Meh. I don't know what it is, but Bellwoods beers just don't look good.

Smell: Somewhat faint and leaning towards sharp. Yeast-forward fruitiness (stone fruit). Citrus and peppery spice with plenty of barnyard funk.

Taste: Moderate strength and quite well-balanced. Tart. Fruity esters (stone fruit) dominate followed by barnyard funk. The hops and malts are lost on me – it's all about the yeast in this brew. The finish is pretty short, faint, and well-balanced with a considerable minerally quality.

Feel: Medium-light body with lively carbonation. Crisp and drying with low warming character from the alcohol. A mild, strange mouth-coating sensation. I was expecting a dryer finish with high carbonation.

Overall: A relatively uninteresting brett beer. It fails to catch my attention as I find myself losing focus and getting distracted by doing other things. Unfortunately I'm not buying this again. I say unfortunately because Bellwoods is my favourite Ontario brewery and I have high expectations for them. Contrary to the public, Farmhouse Classic is not even close to my favourites among the brewery's lineup of beers.

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Photo of Bf_89
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brett Saison. So much funk! Tons of Brett funk up front, honey, horse blanket, white peach and wheat. Medium bodied. Nice level of carb, although it's on the lower end. Lower sweetness. Funky and complex.

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Photo of StormAles
4.86/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bylerteck
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Town Ottawa

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Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at C'est What in Toronto, ON.

This one pours a lightly hazy yellow, with a solid fluffy head, and a good amount of lacing.

This smells like a sharp, bitter, and herbal strain of Brett was used, as this smells dry, dry, dry- there's blades of grass, there's lemon rind, there's clove, and spicy herbal aromas.

This is pretty cool. I dig how dry it is- it's basically bone dry, with bitter lemongrass or crabgrass type flavors, pear, lemon, and lots of very floral type flavors. It's simple, pleasant, and reminds me of some vague countryside I haven't been to yet.

This is light bodied, and quite crisp, with a good level of carbonation, billowy and pillowy.

Bellwoods is bae.

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Photo of AMZB
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rukeli76
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased at the brewery yesterday.

Hazy straw yellow. Half inch of billowy, really Belgian-looking head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma is dominated by bready malt, spicy yeast esters, and some grassy hops.

Vinous malt. A wide range of spicy, fruit, and barnyard yeast esters. Bellwoods has really mastered the art of producing dry but intensely flavourful beer.

Light, with lots of carbonation. The booze is well-hidden.

This is a complex, interesting saison. I could drink this all summer long. My only wish is that they'd experiment with the style a bit more and maybe knock the price down a buck or two.

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Photo of Simon212
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Corson
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LanceH
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mtomlins
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear hay color with a massive white bubbly head that increases in density as it slowly falls leaving curtains of lace; a thing of beauty. The nose is bread and biscuits, yeast, and a bit of spice. The taste is similar, bread, Belgian yeast profile, bubblegum, some pepper; no Brett. Light and crisp on the palate with lively carbonation. A really solid example of the style; no overt Brett presence though maybe its in the subtle background...the proverbial, "guy behind the guy...".

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Photo of Electros
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TimWakimika
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased directly at the brewery.

Bit of a peppery flavor, very refreshing with some citrus. Awesome lacing with huge, billowy head atop a light gold body. An excellent saison.

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Photo of IronTom
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of psweendogg
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goalie35
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coronaeus
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refreshing Saison, featuring the classic tartness. Earthy yeast, notes of white pepper, lemongrass, citrus zest and a vinous character all intermingle. It is a cloudy, hazy yellow. Carbonation lends generates a good mouthfeel. There are further flavours of spice such as coriander and even clove. The mild brett character adds a savory funk that really rounds out the body. It is a well crafted saison, if a bit restrained.

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Photo of Beervana
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Farmhouse Classic from Bellwoods Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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