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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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Tart, but great balance. Notes of champagne

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Served into a beer Somelier Glass from a 500 ml Bottle.

A: Very hazy yellow/goldden color with a 1-2 finger white head. Weird colour almost mate.

S: Instant fruit, peaches and some pineapple, you can sense the brett characteristics and some lemon. There are some soft malts but not very noticeable.

T: You can taste characteristic similar to the smell the fruits some malts. There is a small bitterness at the end of it combined with some slight citruses. The flavor lacks the great characteristics of the smell and its complexity.

M: Mid Carbonation with medium/light body and thin. very smooth with some lingering bitterness/dryness.

O: Tasty brew with a delicious smell. they where quite adventurous doing this beer the taste was kinda soft but worked great.

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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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4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer's appearance certainly paints a farm-like picture: the liquid in the glass a sun-drenched field of tall golden sheafs of wheat and the white fluffy head hovering above like billowing clouds. The straw colour is very pale but hardly allows even translucency.

Farmageddon has a bouquet full of zested cereal grain. Its bready, dried grass-like notes are enlivened by lemony citrus, a candied marmalade-like sweetness and a dusting of white pepper spice. It is aromatic and vivid and super pleasing to the nose, but it's textbook Saison so far.

The Brett only becomes appreciable on the palate, where tartness and a leathery texture take firm hold. The barrel too: the grain becomes coated with creamy vanilla, almost like a sweetened cereal (reminds of me of corn pops or honey-nut cheerios) and more warmth brings more oak.

Brettanomyces is a logical addition to a Saison; it is a naturally occurring strain of wild yeast that provides a certain 'funkiness' often associated with farmhouse ales (and farms in general) - hence the terms like "sweaty horse" and "barnyard" that have been used to describe its contributions.

In the context of this beer, the 'big bad Brett' enhances the recipe's orange and lemon citrus flavours and also a tartness that is rather well suited to the tastes of pear and apple. The vanillin notes of the barrel too are an innate match for the rose-like florals. So agreeable. So refreshing.

Farmageddon is yet another outstanding offering in Bellwoods' impressive lineup. To reflect on all the phenomenal beers this brewery has offered in its first year or so of existence, especially the quality of their barrel-aged experiments like this one, it practically makes my head spin. The regular Farmhouse Classic is good - this version is great.

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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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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

UPDATE: Subsequent batches of this beer have been a huge improvement over the first one that used the name. The Brett is much more pronounced and the beer generally has a stronger yeast profile. It has become a really good beer. Going on taste memory, I think it is up there with Boulevard's Saison Brett. An undersung hero of the Bellwoods lineup.


Beer is clear golden yellow with a medium to large sized white head. The head fades steadily, leaving some lace.

Lots of light fruit in the nose, including green grape. Nose has a definite white wine scent. Brett is there as well, with tart cherry notes. Oak.

Taste-wise, there is quite a lot going on in this beer. Spices, a large dose of light fruits, including apple and green grape. Strong white wine flavours, oak and Brett. Slightly tart, but the Brett results in more of a dry funk and cherry taste than sourness. At first I found the flavours to clash, all quite independant. As the glass went, i enjoyed it more. Finish has a bit of an odd flavour, light fruits and Brett mixed in a way that is not entirely complementary.

Medium bodied, medium to strong carbonation level. A bit drying, feels a bit thin and sticky.

Pretty good, but not the level I hoped for. I much prefer the blended barrel-aged saison.

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4.09/5  rDev +3%
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!

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4.05/5  rDev +2%

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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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