Farmhouse Classic | Bellwoods Brewery

Farmhouse ClassicFarmhouse Classic
BA SCORE
87.1%
Liked This Beer
3.96 w/ 70 ratings
Farmhouse ClassicFarmhouse Classic
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:
#8,093
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
70
Liked:
61
Avg:
3.96/5
pDev:
6.82%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 28
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 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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Coronaeus
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AugustusRex
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of csmrx7
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Excited to get to try a bellwoods beer, unfortunately one that i am not a huge fan of.

This is all about the yeast, and the Brett strain is just not one I love.

Peppery, leathery and a bit clinical on the finish.

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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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 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 gloryhole
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Rukeli76
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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 bylerteck
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TimWakimika
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of goalie35
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Derek
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Farmhouse Classic from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 87.1% out of 100 with 70 ratings
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