Farmageddon | Bellwoods Brewery

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Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jrenihan on 09-26-2013

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by Digimaika2:
Photo of Digimaika2
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(4.0) A: Hazy copper with two fingers worth of puffy white head. Good retention and equal lacing.

(4.25) S: Banana, apricot, white grape, fresh grasses, cloves, tart citrus (lemon), and faint honey. This is a well put together saison with a very nice tart aroma coming through in lemon and grape.

(3.75) T: Tart citrus, dry apricot, white grape, grasses, cloves, pepper, and honey. Very dry and quite bitter throughout with a hefty dose of belgian-style spices. The brett seems to make some of the fruit flavours tarter but it’s more of a subtle difference. The flavour feels a bit confused with individual tastes struggling to stand out to a certain extent.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with higher carbonation which are both appropriate for the style. Oily and slick.

(3.75) D: A good and fresh tasting saison with an excellent aroma and similar appearance. The brett influence didn't quite stand out to me and didn't pick up on much barrel/wood flavours but regardless the end product was still a tasty saison.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerStyx
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Overall okay beer, nothing too special, minimal hop flavours, taste like an orval that has been aged for six months, almost no sour beer taste (which makes this rather bland), drinkable I guess

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Photo of acurtis
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of wroywel
3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaveBar
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
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.


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Photo of StormAles
4.89/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rutager
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch 7. Orchard fruits and light brett. Cheers, Jeffo!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Adamthornton13
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of mtomlins
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass at a holiday bottle share.

Pours pale straw and hazy up to 1 - 2 fingers of head falling quickly to but leaving nice lacing. The nose is nice, just not very big, lots of yeast, lemon and slight Brett. The flavor is much more pronounced with lots of yeast, grass, mild Brett, spicy corriander and a bit of wood. The finish is longlong and dry highlighting some nice bittering hops. Really nice carbonation and body keeping it light, bubbly and thirst quenching. A really nice beer; I would love to have a bit more Brett in there.

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Photo of papat444
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ludachris
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body is a rich apricot yellow that looks like the flesh of the fruit with its haziness. Its carbonation looks very active, giving the finger's worth of meringue-like paper white head some serious staying power. A very nice looking Saison.

A dry breadiness with twists of tart lemon peel and green apple is what I get first. I think the Brett manifests itself in this tart fruity quality because I'm not getting much funk. It's got that chalkiness that I get in a lot of Saisons which fleshes out the nose. There's some phenols in there as well, being a little perfumy and medicinal with a few drops of honey that give it some sweetness. This leans to being more subtle than pronounced but a good smelling beer nonetheless.

The Brett is more upfront in the taste, imparting a tart dryness across the palate. There's a flash of green grape skins but that quickly changes to a more astringent quality. A medicinal sweetness comes right after. Pricks of bread and honey peak through. The finish is dry with its candied medicinal quality capping things off. As it warms, I find its dryness a bit off-putting, cutting through the flavours near the finish. Its alcohol content shows itself only in the warming quality it gives off.

The weight of the body is great being medium bodied, creamy, and round. If it wasn't for that cutting dryness, I would have found this to be more drinkable.

Bellwoods had a good take on this style and they ended up with a good Saison but nothing more. I didn't get any barrel quality and its dryness paired with the medicinal character took away from the enjoyment for me. I love what they're doing down at Bellwoods but for the price, I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of SebD
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of Whatup14
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roby923
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Luk13
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle thanks to tom10101.

Hazy blond body with decent white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is slightly funky from the brett's presence, citrus and honey along with some yeast and dough. The mix of brett, citrus and oak gives the beer a cedar impression. Oak and white wine is much more present in taste. There is a nice brett tartness, also rich belgian yeast and dough flavor. Full bodied and fluffy, lively carbonation but small bubbles and falls off quickly.

An interesting take on the saison style. It has the american experimental personnality (brett, wild, barrel aged) with the belgian tradition (full bodied and yeasty/spicy). Unfortunately, It falls short on both ends as it is not as complex/spectacular as the best American saison/sour ale nor as impeccably executed (especially for the carbonation) like the best belgian example of the style but still a good and unique experiment. Overall, this is a good first impression from Bellwoods and I'm looking forward to try more of their offerings.

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Photo of Alexxmw
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Frank for the share.

Golden-straw color, moderately hazy, with a finger or so of fluffy white head, decent retention and lacing. Aroma of fruity esters and light barnyard funk, notes of pepper/clove spice and bready malts. The taste reflected the aroma, bringing a good, basic saison to the palate, peach and pear, grape, clove, wet hay, light bretty funk, with a solid bready malt malt lending a light sweetness. Light-medium body, easy drinkability. Nothing too memorable, but good overall.

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Photo of tyronegangsta
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Farmageddon from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 75 ratings