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:
59
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
5.51%
 
 
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3
Gots:
6
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Photo of Groulxsome
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Cadbury
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
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 papat444
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Jerboat
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of KrizzlyBear
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Beelzebeer
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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 IronTom
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Corson
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LanceH
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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 SebD
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of mtomlins
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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...".

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Electros
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AMZB
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Digimaika2
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labeled as "Farmhouse Classic" with 6.5% ABV. Bottling date of March 12, 2013.

(4.25) A: Hazy straw colour with a visible and lively carbonation. Very tall and foamy head that sticks around for a while and clings to the glass well.

(4.0) S: Banana, pineapple, cloves, fresh grains, floral qualities, honey, and a bit of sour lemon. Quite belgiany. Good diversity and mix of aromas.

(4.0) T: Lemon-grapefruit tartness, floral hop qualities, cloves, grains, and honey sweetness. Similar to aroma but fruits are more citrus-like in the taste. Fresh, dry, and slightly bitter with enough natural sweetness.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Fairly oily with a pleasant prickly carbonation.

(4.0) D: This was very good and I’m glad I picked this up. Fresh and full of flavour.

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Photo of cratez
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

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Photo of heebes
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Rutager
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Caudalie
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Grand Electric.

Beer is a cloudy blonde/golden, with a nice white head and lots of lacing.

Smells quite dry, with a bit of funk. Some floral notes and muted fruit scents.

Taste, like the nose, is quite dry. Some funk, yeast and a lemon flavour, along with some spices and other light fruit.

Highly carbonated with a medium body.

Overall, very nice. Enjoyed two of these and look forward to having more of them.

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Farmhouse Classic from Bellwoods Brewery
3.99 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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