Farmageddon | Bellwoods Brewery

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3.97 w/ 75 ratings

Brewed by:
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
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

Photo of StonedTrippin
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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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 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 nathanmiller
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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3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times. First time thanks to Adrial, then on-tap at Bellwoods and finally this Batch #6 bottle. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar and plenty of splotchy lacework. Hazed pale straw body.

S - Lots of musty brett, lemon, and bready malts. Not a ton of farmhouse yeast character; brett dominates. A tinge of vinous oak and hints of fruity white wine, but a fairly mild contribution. Faint hint of sulphur, but dissipates over time.

T - Taste starts with underripe stone fruit and bready malts, but becomes dominated with medicinal brett and a bit of oak in the finish. Again, the barrel contribution is restrained; pretty heavy on yeast and bread and missing the depth of the aroma. Still, it's pretty nice on the whole.

M - Pleasant medium-light body with moderate but soft carbonation. Smooth, creamy texture, with a some lingering oak dryness. Quite nice in this regard.

D - I think I liked the draft version of this beer best, but this bottle was still a big improvement from the cask red currant version at Cask Days. A bit more acidity would really do it for me, but perhaps the boys are a bit more restrained in their tastes than I.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of LoveStout
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Derek
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of biegaman
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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4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 13/10/13 thanks Liam for sending the bottle

A hazy pale orange liquid, at first you get the tornado off the bottom and after it calms down you are left with plenty of tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere, the two fingers of foam has good retention slowly falling to a thick film leaving plenty of random lace

S I get some wood but not much brett at all, apple and pear with some bubblegum and cider, there's some faint spice and just a hint of lemon rind

T a little more funk in the mouth but again its quite faint, a little more oak and apple cider then the nose, a little spicy and some citrus plays its part, maybe some leafy hops

M somewhere in the middle but the pin prick bubbles cream it up almost to the point of foam but not quite, slick on the palate with rind and earthy notes sticking around for a while

O perhaps its fresh because the brett's not really there yet and I'd believe you if you told me it never saw wood as the oaks faint too, the saison aspects are hard to miss and its a pretty solid beer

perhaps I should've hung on to this one for a while to see if the funk comes out but with just one bottle I'm not all that mad. this one was 7.2% not the 6.7% listed so I know there's other batches out there, I'd like to drink this one again with a year on it to taste the difference, oh well

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Photo of kscaldef
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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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

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

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

Photo of leitmotif
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Beer rating: 80% out of 100 with 75 ratings
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