Farmhouse Saison - Barrel-Aged | Bellwoods Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The blend of this beer is as follows:
33% Fresh Saison, 33% aged in Red Wine Barrels, 33% aged in Cider barrels.

Added by jrenihan on 03-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 with thanks to Liamt07, cheers!

Appearance. Pours a light straw-gold with just a bit of haze and topped with 4 fingers of fluffy white head that takes a good while to settle. Tons of bubbles streaming upwards.

Smell. Sweet red apples and peppery saison yeast, oaky red wine, cinnamon, and a little light grainy malt.

Taste. Nice dry bretty funk, some peppery saison yeast, dank wooden barrel, a bit of lemon rind, red apples and cinnamon, and a hint of wine.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, on the low side actually. Fairly strong fine carbonation.

Overall. Fantastic stuff. The best Canadian saison I've had by far. One of the better Saison's I've had period. Highly recommended. Thanks again Liam.

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Photo of liamt07
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery, 750ml into a tulip. Bottled February 14, 2013.

Pale straw yellow, voluminous white head. Generous white head and great rocky retention. Nose of lemon, lime zest, brett, green apple skins, a touch of oak and the ciders barrels are right there. Some dill. Taste has more oak, dill, lemon and lime, ciders barrels come through and even a hint of the pinot noir. Interestingly has some notes that remind me of HF's Vera Mae. Medium full feel, gentle but active carbonation. Really sexy, Bellwoods continues to impress.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy beige/yellow color ale with large white foamy head with excellent retention and some lacing. Aroma of rustic malt notes with light lemony notes is very refreshing. Taste is also dominated by rustic malt notes with some lemony notes and a super great peppery yeast finish which brings out some complexity over an easily drinkable beer. The barrel-aging might have smoothed things out but really didn’t play a huge role. Body is full with great carbonation. Excellent saison and I must admit it is very impressive considering the fact that this is a relatively new brewery.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light blonde-golden colour, 2.5 fingers of white head, good amount of lace on the glass as well. Smell is funky, lots of apple and fruit, yeasty, lots of tart lemons and spices, apple cider is quite forward, not a ton of wine notes, vinous notes are present at times. Taste is fruity, apple and oak, lemon, lightly sweet with some tart notes on the back end, finishes tart and dry. Medium dry carbonation, medium body. Quite delicious, refreshing with tons of flavour, the 26oz bottle was easily handeled solo.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Feb 14, 2013. This beer is a blend of the Farmhouse Saison on its own, aged in Spirit Tree cider barrels and aged in Pinot Noir barrels.

Beer is light golden, straw-hued, with a very large white head. Good retention.

The smell immediately seems like brett to me, but I am not sure there is any in the beer. Cherry and very light funk. A variety of light fruit scents, apple in particular. Yeast. A bit of white pepper. Very nice smell.

Taste contains a dry, slightly funky yeast flavour. Cherry, other fruit. Oak. Apple, other fruit flavours that are hard to pick out. White pepper. Quite faithful to the nose, and very tasty. Quite a dry finish.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Dries the mouth a bit.

Overall, very good. A very nice treatment of Bellwoods' saison. The cider barrels come through well, but I don't pick up the wine barrel to the same degree It will be interesting to see how it develops, but it tastes very good now.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Feb 14, 2013. Poured in to Bellwoods tulip.

A - A gusher! Cloudy bright yellow in colour with a massive amount of thick, foamy bright white head despite an extremely slow pour.

S - Apple cider notes hit the nose first, followed by Belgian yeast, spice, lemon and some brett-like funk.

T - Belgian yeast, clove, spice and funk are the dominant flavours. Apple, oak and lemon zest are also present. The oak becomes more apparent as the beer warms.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate to heavy carbonation.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sammy. Served in a tulip next to the Farmhouse Classic, and Farmhouse Classic with brett.

A - Slight gusher. Big off-white foam eventually settles to a cap, leaving behind specks of lacing. Hazed pale straw body.

S - Lots of oak and a decent amount of wine character as well. There's definitely brett in here, as there's a musty, funky flavor in addition to the peppery farmhouse strain. As the beer warms up, some cider and malt sweetness start to creep in, but this is very yeast and oak dominated.

T - More sweetness here, with both cider and jammy wine flavors over top of some pale malt and cereal grain. Oak is more restrained, imparting wood and vanilla notes, and the brett only shows up in the finish with a faint medicinal note. I like the balance of flavors better here.

M - Zesty carbonation that's a bit high for my tastes. Dry, medium body, with some lingering tannins. Perhaps a tad thin, although this is only 6.5%.

D - An enjoyable brew, but not sure it's an improvement over the base. The oak seems to disguise some of the more subtle flavors and the aggressive carbonation does likewise. I'd like to try this again on-tap when it's fresh, as I'm guessing the brett cleared out some of the residual sweetness.

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3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Recent bottle from the retail store. Somewhat of a foamer with a deep yellow body and lots of bubbles. Aggressive carbonation, above average mouthfeel. Somewhat funk and in the style. Good farmhouse, good drinkability. Not getting much of the barreling impact, but its nice.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Farmhouse Saison - Barrel-Aged from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 18 ratings