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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
Ranking:
#8,224
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
73
pDev:
6.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
Trade:
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by yancot:
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4/5  rDev +1%

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of LanceH
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of heebes
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light yellow with a bright white foamy head. Nose is yeast, lemon, funk, some earthy hops. Taste is bitter belgian yeast mostly, lemon and grassy, bit of maltiness rounds out the finish. Left with a drying mouthfeel, medium bodied.
Very smooth drinking beer, I appreciate its subtlies. Nice funkiness and appropriate bitterness. Ill revisit since I grabbed 3 bottles on a whim/heard good things.

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Photo of Jtee
3.17/5  rDev -19.9%
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 StormAles
4.86/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Liamt07!

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw gold with 2.5 fingers of fluffy white head that has decent retention.

Smell. Coriander, clove and a little banana, spicy saison yeast and some earthy hops. Also a little citrus, mainly lemon and a little orange.

Taste. Spicy saison yeast, cloves and a little white pepper, sweet light grains, and a little citrus zest.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, smooth medium carbonation.

Overall. Very nice stuff and indeed "classic".

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Beelzebeer
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, bottled Nov 1st 2012

A - Good, 2" pillowy head on a carbonated apple juice-esque brew.

S - A little funk, lemon zest, light wheat, earthy hops

T - Some funk, light fruit tartness, some bitter, very little malt. Hides it's 6.5% well.

M - A little too thin for my liking, but not bad. Good carbonation, beautiful head that sticks around forever

O - Pretty good. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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 hexacron
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of papat444
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Caudalie
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to TheSevenDuffs for including this as part of the fall CanBif.

A: Pours a medium hay with large billowy head which lingers.

S: Traditional saison scents of spicey yeast and citrus with background notes of fresh sawdust and a slight barnyard funk. As it warms there is a crisp sweetness together with floral scents that emerges.

T: Strong spicy yeast and malty grains followed by orange peel. Hint of barnyard funkiness on the finish along with mild bitter notes.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Finishes dry and clean.

O: A complex and tasty saison that is clean and dry. Another tasty beer from Bellwoods which has become my favourite Ontario brewery. Thanks again to Marcus for giving me the opportunity to try.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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 liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of IronTom
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SebD
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden color to it. It has a nice very thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves some light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, peppery notes, bready malts, lemon zest, coriander and some faint cloves.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a Belgian yeast, peppery spices, cloves, bready malts, lemon zest and coriander.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of safaricook
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spice, lemony and dry. Classic farmhouse beer. Could be more eccentric or drinkable.

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On the bright side: This beer has great appearance and head, very nice fine carbonation, crisp as can be and has a nice gentle lemon citrus quality. Really quite dry too.

On the down side: I'm definitely getting some sulphur / DMS in here. I'm not well versed in off-flavours but it's a noticeable gym sock / boiled egg quality and it's still there when you drink, though not overly pronounced.

Still plenty enjoyable but it's a bummer that weird flavour's in there.

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Farmhouse Classic from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 73 ratings
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