Farmhouse Classic
Bellwoods Brewery

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #713
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,860
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 6.58%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
75
From:
Bellwoods Brewery
 
Ontario, Canada
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Rotating/Seasonal
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  3
Gots
  6
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 75 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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LanceH from Canada (ON)

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 28, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy light yellow color ale with a super large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral and light grassy notes with deep rustic malt flavours. Taste is also dominated by deep rustic malt flavours with limited sweetness and some grainy notes. Light dry and floral hoppy notes are also discernable. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Well brewed done maybe a tad too much grainy malt notes for my liking.

Jul 25, 2013
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Very much in the style although not exceptional, I enjoyed the corriander punch. Pale yellow and lots of lace. Mild funk and lots of leather in the aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. Yeasty, easy drinking.Not complex spicyness so farmhouse more than saison in my book. A bit better in the bottle, aged a bit.

Apr 16, 2012
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy bronze with lots of fine streams of carbonation. Gigantic, snow white head lasts the whole glass and coats it in foam on the way down. Bready malt and a ‘classic’ citrusy, peppery Saison yeast in the nose. The taste is lemony with a touch of tartness. Chewy malts mingle with intricate yeast esters and a light, citrusy hop profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with smooth carbonation bubbles. The finish is lightly bitter and earthy.

This is a great Saison. Quite complex and juicy. Worth trying for sure.

Jan 13, 2014
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Derek from Canada (BC)

3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2017 version at 6.2%.

Pours a nice head, which just keeps going. Nice carbonation.

There's some Brett character, but I'm not loving this funk, it's a bit sweaty and goaty. There is some tropical fruit and leather too.

It's alright, but I was hoping for more.

Jul 29, 2017
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psweendogg from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 25, 2015
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Farmhouse Classic has indeed that classic farmhouse ale look: bright golden with a great big pillow of cottony white head. Bubbles are live and well. Once condensation settles on the glass it really starts to resemble the ideal accompaniment to a nice spring afternoon.

A fragrant bouquet of white pepper, lemon zest, rose petal and grapefruit are the olfactory equivalent of being waken up by a bright morning sun. They are eye-opening literally (and eyebrow raising). It smells like an enchanted garden of some kind. Serving it in too a small a glass should be considered a crime.

Farmhouse Classic is a beer to be tasted as much as smelled. It is a product of what Belgian yeast can accomplish when left to its own devices: apple, pear, roses, grass clippings, white pepper, sage and lemon. The taste is ethereal and perfumed, roped together by a crisp maltiness flavoured like a warm loaf of honey-oat bread.

Coriander spice and orange zest billow in on the finish like surging rain clouds. They shade in much of the aftertaste, leaving some room also for a dry, almost straw-like grassiness. The beer tastes about the 6.5% alcohol it is - stronger than the typical beer its colour but not so strong as to affect drinkability much - and continues to hold shape even once warming.

Some beer styles require a detailed knowledge of its history, ingredients or brewing methods, without which true appreciation of the beer is unintelligible. Not saisons! You know these perfumed and peppered, fruity and floral ales are summer classics. They are instantly impressive and irresistible to even novice palates and Bellwoods' is no exception.

Jun 02, 2013
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cratez from Canada (ON)

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught at barVolo in Toronto, ON.

Taps a clear golden hue with a thick white cap and several strands of lacing on the tulip glass. Solid appearance.

Smell is yeast, sour candy, white pepper, lemon zest, slight funkiness, vinous white wine notes, and wet hay. Very enticing.

Taste is lemony and spicy hops, grainy-wheaty malt flavours, balancing Noble-like bitterness, and a subtle winey tartness (not quite sour). Reminds me of Revolution's Coup D'Etat.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel boasts a peppery spiciness up front; moderate hop bitterness precedes a drying tart finish.

Overall, they haven't reinvented the wheel here but this is a delicious saison with authentic Belgian character, and in that regard it's a big step forward for Ontario craft brewing. I'm now excited to try the rest of Bellwoods' lineup. Great beer!

Apr 20, 2012
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Oct 26, 2015
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Electros from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 26, 2016
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monitorpop from Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Sep 01, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, the 2017 vintage (@6.2% ABV) - always nice to see more Bellwoods come out West, even if they brought Brett along for the ride.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying sudsy island profile lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of musty barnyard funk, grainy and gritty pale malt, a lesser wheat cracker thing, a sense of muddled tropical fruitiness, rainbow peppercorn dust, and a mild leafy, grassy, and herbal green hoppiness. The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, damp wheat cereal, a more restrained dry funkiness than that in the nose, still mixed-up exotic fruity notes, ethereal earthy spice, and more understated herbal, floral, and wet grassy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is quite active in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and yeah, not all that smooth, not with HIM lurking about. It finishes trending dry, the funk and compliant graininess calling the shots.

Overall - well, they really dove deep into the funk pool here, it would seem. Not overly offensive, but it is indeed there every step of the way. I wish I could say that I am coming around to beers made in this manner, especially from a brewery like this, but, nah.

Sep 01, 2017
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spycow from Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Oct 12, 2014
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 2/6/14 cheers liamt07 for sending me a bottle

A hazed golden orange with enough clarity to see bubbles going up the center and I quickly end up with half a glass of soapy foam, good retention ending up as a thick film that leaves random lace

S peppery farmhouse yeast, a hint of citrus, lots of cereals, some bubblegum, not quite funk but I'm liking the yeasty notes, smells strong

T some orange marmalade, added to what I smell, wheat and spice with lots of yeast, tastes like a Saison

M a little foamy but the style often is, lighter side of medium, very faint booze on the way down, leaves the palate slick, spicy finish

O this one didn't last long and you could get your ass kicked smashing this one on a hot sunny day, one of those beers I'd like to try at different ages

Bellwoods continues to impress me, I've had few styles from them now and all have been solid. I'd trade Bellwoods for pretty much any of my hometown breweries and I doubt I'd regret it.

Jun 03, 2014
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jun 17, 2017
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, into a tulip.

Opaque orange with huge lacing and a good bit of lacing. Nose is a bit stinky (can't quite pin it down), funky, wheat, lemon citrus and some drying character. Taste has wheat, drying grain flavours, pepper, pale malts and some citrus. Heavier medium body that I appreciate in the style, and higher medium carbonation. Something I'd definitely revisit.

Nov 19, 2012
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 05, 2015
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Called "Farmhouse Saison" on my bottle and listed at 6.5% ABV.
Bottle conditioned 750 bottle poured in to tulip.

A - Slight gush before the pour. Poured a slightly cloudy pale straw yellow. Despite a slow pour, half of the glass filled with thick bright white head; good retention.

S - Yeast esters and clove up front. Some fruitiness, lemon, bready malts and spice.

T - Dryness up front accompanies Belgian yeast and clove flavours up front. Mid-palate adds sweet bready malts and lemon. The finish is peppery spice.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

Mar 12, 2013
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mtomlins from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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...".

Mar 28, 2016
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valianes from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Oct 16, 2013
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy bright blonde colour, one finger of dense white head, good amount of lace left behind. Smell is lemony and yeasty, some other citrus notes come across as well, spicy with some clove like scents as well, corriander, some tangy almost funky yeast scents. Taste is yeasty and quite dry, orange and lemon flavours mixed with some spicy notes, ever so subtle hop bitterness, long drying finish. Medium-high dry carbonation, medium body. Nice drinking saison that I thought was a bit too dry for me at first but halfway through came to the conclusion that this is quite well put together, good stuff here.

May 11, 2012
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Groulxsome from Canada (ON)

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Dec 11, 2012
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Howlader from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 27, 2017
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DaPan from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Feb 12, 2013
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Town Ottawa

Jun 12, 2017
Farmhouse Classic from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 75 ratings