Dark Farmhouse
Microbrasserie Le Castor

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.87 | pDev: 6.98%
Microbrasserie Le Castor
Quebec, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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LanceH from Canada (ON)

4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jun 12, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear dark color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt notes with quite a bit of tart notes. Taste is also a mix between some dry roasted malt notes with some oak and brett notes with a tart finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed but not sure I see myself drinking tart dark saison on a regular basis.

Feb 29, 2016
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mountain of head. The Brett starts to come forward as it warms. It's nutty and a bit bready, but no chocolate or roast, looks darker than it tastes.

Sep 05, 2016
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle - more creepy beaver pop culture imagery front and present on the label here - O Canada - voilĂ  les castors!

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat rocky beige head, which leaves some calving iceberg profile lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of slightly toasted wheat malt, gently funky old gym socks, musty pine forest floor esters, an oily bar-top nuttiness, muddled domestic citrus fruit, and further leafy and floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready pale malt, some weaker gritty and crackery wheatiness, wet ash, rather subtle, and dare I say plain Brett funky notes, mixed pine needle and bitter floral greenery, some estery light orchard fruitiness, and more fading nutty essences.

The bubbles are fairly straightforward in their simple and simplistic frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a bit of ash and funk dumbly looking around, and wondering what the freaking problem might be. It finishes off-dry, the roasty mixed malt, the mild funkitude, and the waning green hoppiness all settling in.

Overall, this is a more or less understated, funked-up dark saison, perhaps the roast taking the Brett down a peg or three here (the devil you know, and all that). At any rate, I heard it through the grapevine that Le Castor wants to see how this stuff does in the wild, wild West before committing anything further to us - I say, maybe send over something that isn't tainted with Brett, and then we can have a real fucking conversation on the matter.

Jun 11, 2016
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into tulip 8/7/16

A clear maroon glow when held to the light, three fingers of beige foam slowly fall to a thick film leaving several partial rings followed by some random patches

S funks starting to come out but still has some piney citric hops trying to shine through, faint cocoa, slightly nutty, herbal and leafy with an earthy top soil thing going on

T has a funky, nutty fruit bar thing going on, odd but I like it, still has some hops but the dark malt and funks starting to take over, interesting and different

M hard to judge the weight as it explodes into foam, even for the style its overly carbonated, dry funky, nutty finish

O a bit of an oddball but has a fair amount working for it, I think I might've caught it at an awkward age but its decent nonetheless

strange mix of funk, hops, and malt, earthy as can be with some spicy yeast, interesting combo that's hard to wrap your head around at times

Jul 09, 2016
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VbolieuV from Canada (QC)

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red, almost amber in color with a massive off-white bubbly head. In the nose you first smell the wild yeast, tart aroma and even some roasted malts, really interesting smell. Really funky taste, you first get the acidity of the wild yeasts then you taste the roasted malts. It has a nice creamy finish.

Feb 25, 2016
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 28, 2016
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jun 14, 2016
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Bugs318 from Canada (QC)

3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 14, 2016
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groleau from Canada (QC)

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jan 23, 2016
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Whatup14 from Canada (QC)

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 25, 2016
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Jotora from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 14, 2017
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MatChar from Canada (QC)

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 01, 2016
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TimWakimika from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 16, 2016
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1 year old bottle : Almost opaque black color with a copper hue and not much activity. Creamy and frothy light brown 4 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with decent legs and good swirl reaction. Flavors of light roasted grains, wheat, grapefruits, soft coffee and chocolate, brett yeast, and floral hops. Slick and smooth medium body with a moderate crisp. Medium strength finish, faint leafy hoppy feel, mostly yeasty and wheathy. Unfortunately it didn't age well I guess, slightly sour, no developed bardyard effect with muffled roasted flavors and hops. Feels more like a 4% table Saison. At least the freshness is good and easy to drink. Overall above average quality craft.

Oct 23, 2017
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AMZB from Canada (ON)

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite bready. Decent but not exceptional.

Jul 27, 2016
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CanadianBacon from Canada (QC)

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer pours a beautiful dark and cloudy ruby color with a massive 3 finger off white head, The head has receded to about a finger and its sitting there, Carbonation seems nice.

Aroma - Roasty malts, pine and some orange peel, must/bubblegum from the brett, a slight buscuity smell in the very back. Personally I like this mix.

Taste - The flavor packs a punch and comes on strong, I get the brett muslyness immediately along with a sweet bubblegum. This is followed by hops which feel a lot more piney and earthy than the aroma , Then the malts come on strong with almost a burnt grain taste and a bit of coffee that mix with a wheat zest and on the finish you get a light taste of burnt toast.

This is honestly my least favorite part of this beer so far, It isn't that its bad because its actually pretty good, it just feels like its trying a little to hard to be overly complicated.

Feel - lighter end of the medium-light spectrum, maybe just a little cream feel from the carbonation but its definitely not over doing it. a little bitter on the back end.

Overall - Honestly this is a really good beer for something with so much going on. It just goes to show you that you really do need to try everything because even beers that dont appear to you on the shelf can be winners. I would give this an 8/10 definitely would drink it again.

On a side note this is my review number 150 XD

Feb 28, 2016
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Samallison from Canada (QC)

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jan 16, 2016
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JOhn_Molson from Canada (QC)

4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 06, 2017
Dark Farmhouse from Microbrasserie Le Castor
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 19 ratings