Bellwoods Brewery

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Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Ranked #465
Ranked #12,423
3.98 | pDev: 8.04%
Sep 19, 2021
Sep 26, 2013
Very Good
Notes: A special edition of our classic Farmhouse Saison, this version is aged in Brett barrels for 4-6 months. Because we're such a micro operation, each batch of Farmageddon varies slightly, reflecting the small blends we do, never combining more than 8-10 barrels. In some barrels we use more Brett Brux, in others Brett Lambicus. If this all sounds confusing, fear not — all you need to know is that the refined, effervescent beer that hibernates in these bottles is a dynamic labour of love, changing and improving with time.
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Rated: 3.83 by Dsimenson from California

Sep 19, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Sep 12, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

Jan 26, 2021
Rated: 4 by Long813 from Canada (ON)

Sep 24, 2020
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the bottle into a Bellwood's snifter glass. Batch #13.

Very clear body, with a nice bright white fluffy topped two finger head. Surprisingly a bit of retention, even with the sound of snappy wild bubbles surrounding it. Some effervescence through the body, which as this real lovely yellowish green hue to it, almost dark honey tinged green, very unique color.

Excellent funky notes on the nose. Hits of big tartness but with a real soft almost cedar like tinge to them. Hits with green herbs, is that thyme? I smell? And a bit of sour peach touches that are quite nice.

Palate makes some real nice roads. Very juiced up body with a good rounded woody sensing mouthfeel. Big hints of tart orange and peach like flavors, mixing with just a small hint of peppery carbonation that really makes the palate just pop on the tongue. Sweet and tart, but mostly a nice rounded amount of fruited flavors that just hit so nicely. Has saison qualities, but with more tartness and funk, but hints of dry pepper just barely.

Very unique beer, love this Farmageddon series form these guys. Good stuff!
Mar 31, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by TerryW from Canada (ON)

Apr 17, 2019
Rated: 3.56 by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

Jan 03, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by emerge077 from Illinois

Dec 30, 2018
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This one pours a clear rusted orange color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like hay and barnyard funk, sharp grapefruit, oak, and lemon.

This is pretty simple, but it's got a classic American funky saison feel to it. It's very lemony and very funky, with a killer oak character, and a nice little citrusy thing going on.

This has a surprisingly low level of carbonation, but it's very, very drinkable, with a pretty light body.

Bellwoods does this sort of thing really well. They also basically do every sort of thing well.
Oct 04, 2018
Rated: 3.8 by groleau from Canada (QC)

Aug 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Derek from Canada (BC)

3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Batch 11 from 2016.

Rusty yellow, no head.

Aroma is slightly tart and funky, but it comes through a lot more in the flavour.

Fairly dry, not too acidic, could use more bubbles.
Jul 28, 2017
Rated: 4.89 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Jun 29, 2017
Rated: 4.38 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Jun 18, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by vfgccp from New York

Apr 22, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by leitmotif from Romania

Apr 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Hazy bright yellow color with white head. Aroma has really nice floral and grassy yeast esters, not too funky, just clean floral yeast. Taste has a light lemon tartness, quite clean but floral and grassy with meadow flowers and farmhouse flavors. Light body, medium carbonation. Overall it's a really well made, rustic farmhouse ale.
Apr 05, 2017
Rated: 3.86 by 22Blue from Kansas

Feb 11, 2017
Rated: 3.39 by wroywel from Massachusetts

Jan 10, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by tyronegangsta from Canada (ON)

Oct 25, 2016
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
pretty cool that these are only 8 to 10 barrels blended together, i had no idea these guys were so small. its a cool beer, very good saison as it is, maybe a little less developed on the brett than i expected it to be, but its really very high quality stuff. very light pale in color, extremely active white head on it, mostly clear, just a bit of haze further down in the bottle. the aroma is really nice, light wheat, grassy hops, soft wood tannins, sweet oak, and this brett, which is delicate and farmy, rustic and drying, but maybe not all the way done. its a little more forward in the smell than the taste, and not that its not great, its just not the most dominant flavor in the beer. i get the saison strain every bit as much as i do the brett, its mellow though and nice, slightly melony and citric, pleasant, not overly wild, controlled. great grain flavor here too, it comes through the gentler yeast really nice, and there are some aged type hops in here too, bitter enough, very floral, delicate too. a well refined beer considering the process, but the brett doesnt impress me all that much. id like to try just the base saison on its own, i suspect its fantastic!
Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by dleiner from New York

May 14, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by JonnyBeers from Canada (BC)

Apr 27, 2016
Rated: 3.88 by kristinc from Canada (BC)

Apr 18, 2016
Rated: 4.35 by seangibbs60 from Minnesota

Mar 14, 2016
Rated: 5 by atsir

Feb 26, 2016
Rated: 3.47 by btg95 from Canada (ON)

Feb 08, 2016
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Reviewed by DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Purchased at the brewery bottle shop for around $8.00 for a peel me out of 4oz's 500ml bottle instead of a regular 650ml bottle at 6deg C in a tulip glass. Batch #9 bottled on November 2015. Says 6.5% alcohol on the label

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that is gone in seconds. Very light gold colour and unfiltered.

S- Lots of brett here.

T- Missing so much flavor. Lots of brett but little else. Has a hint of a lot of good things going for it but nothing great. Orval is a better brew from this respect. Other than the heavy brett this has little else going for it. Might just be my preferences but it's thin and weak on flavor.

M- VERY watery

O- Not my cup of tea. It's a fraction of an Orval but still ok. Will not buy again unless some body and depth comes into this brew. Really disliking the 500ml bottle format. It's just an excuse to make more profit. At 500ml this brew is worth $6.00 max. I'd only pay $4.00 if I had to buy it again.

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with...... Spicy tuna roll sushi! The soy sauce just opens this one up. A touch of salt worked to bring this brew a little more palatable.

Jan 24, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by Ultrarunner100 from Canada (ON)

Jan 04, 2016
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Reviewed by papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
December 2015 release.

Huge fluffy white head. Flavor is very smooth with Brett and also some pears are noticeable. It's good but lacked a some of the saison flavors i like.
Dec 31, 2015
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Reviewed by Roby923 from Canada (AB)

3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Batch #10 from Dec 18 2015 release. Hints of lemon, grass, and apricot. Refreshing taste. Extremely complex and a really interesting beer. Stands up to some of the NW/PDX farmhouse leaders.
Dec 30, 2015
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Rated by Rutager from Canada (BC)

3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Batch 7. Orchard fruits and light brett. Cheers, Jeffo!
Oct 07, 2015
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Reviewed by kevinlater from Canada (ON)

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
batch #8. 4oz sample at bar hop's "greatest hits" event. somewhat pale yellow. opaque. lemony, peachy nose with supporting funky, sour brett notes. flavour follows the nose. medium-minus body with moderate carbonation
Sep 25, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by schopenhauerale from Arizona

Sep 15, 2015
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Rated by Corson from Canada (AB)

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Batch #8 (May 2015) thanks to Coronaeus for receiving this bottle in a trade.
Aug 09, 2015
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Reviewed by kscaldef from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Clear yellow.

S/T: Classic pineapple Brett note. Fruit punch. Peach, grape, stone fruit. Wine barrel.

M:High carbonation. Light in the mouth.

O: Quite nice.
Aug 03, 2015
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Reviewed by CantankerousCaveBear from Canada (ON)

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Batch #7 & #8

Love the funky and musty Brett qualities. Batch 5 was impressively tart, with the strongest, and most pungent Brett aromas. Current iterations are more vinous, with less of a sour and tart edge. Some stone fruit detectable. Peach and passion fruit, maybe?
Jul 27, 2015
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Reviewed by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Batch #8 (May 2015)

A: An appealing cloudy gold with a massive head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin white foam. This one was a gusher; prepare yourself accordingly!

S: Mild aromas of indistinguishable fruit (tropical, citrus, tree, stone) that present an almost cider like comparison. Brett present and a little stronger than the mild fruitiness. I do not detect the honey that others do.

T: Bitterness on the tongue, again, mild fruitiness with the brett dominating slightly, lending a dryness that carries through. Wood present, but mild.

F: Mid carbonation. Dry. Thinner body. Appropriate for the style

O: Enjoyable barrel aged saison that benefits from the brett. The dryness begins to dominate the experience more than I would like, as one works one's way through the bottle. As always from Bellwoods, the 500ml bottle is appreciated and the perfect serving size for a beer of this type.
Jul 24, 2015
Rated: 4.15 by jjboesen from Maryland

Jul 15, 2015
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Reviewed by FondueVoodoo from Canada (BC)

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for the bottle dated Oct 10 2014

Less Brett than I was expecting with a muted noise and mouth. Interestingly we picked up notes of fennel or anise that we were not expecting.

Good, but not an excellent saison.
Jul 05, 2015
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Reviewed by SebD from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From notes

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

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, lemon zest, grassy undertones, Brett and barnyard funk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus notes, lemon zest, light grass, faint oak, Brett and some barnyard funk.

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

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Bellwoods never disappoints!

Serving type: bottle
Jun 06, 2015
Farmageddon from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 84 ratings