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Bellwoods Fall Saison

Bellwoods Fall Saison
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Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Saison
Toronto, Canada
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A mahogany coloured Belgian farmhouse ale. Fresh aroma of berries and spice, flavours of biscuit, caramel & nuts, and a characteristic sharp dry finish.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6078) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2013
In short: A nutty and spicy Belgian brown ale of some kind. Awkward. Meh.
How: Bottle 650ml, consumed with some months of age, bottle sent to me by blankboy, thanks a lot Paul.
The look: Cloudy light brown body topped by a medium beige head.
In long: Nose is spicy, tree bark, roasted nuts, fruity yeast esters, also dried fruits. In mouth the beer fills thick in a muddy way with generous carbonation. Taste is very nutty (hazelnuts, cashews, more…), some caramel, a medium spiciness that is somewhere between star anise and nutmeg, note of red berries. There is a good attenuation so I guess there is a Saison yeast at work somewhere in there, but this beer is certainly not what I’ve come to expect from a Saison. I like dry Saisons, the dryer the better, but strangely I found the attenuation of this beer awkward considering its overall flavour spectrum. Not too sure what Bellwoods was attempting here, just not a fun beer, a bunch of flavors, no harmony. A rare fail from Bellwoods. Not at all what I was expecting, and I hate when I open a bottle of beer and then when I pour it I suddenly realize that my father never loved me.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rodenbach99 (3183) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
Bouteille de 650ml embouteillée le 24 octobre 2012. Bière orangée trouble avec une mousse épaisse de gaz carbonique. Au nez du malt caramel, du chocolat, des fruits surets, des cerises style Cherry Blossom. Beaucoup de levure fruitée au nez. Une bouche en chocolat et caramel. Texture mince boosté au gaz carbonique. Finale poussiéreuse avec des notes acides.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (3229) - Out Of This World, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2013
Une bière offerte par solidfunk. Thanks! Embouteillée le 24 octobre 2012. Une robe plutôt rousse qui développe une mousse contaminée. Au nez, des malts biscuités et du caramel à travers des effluves de cerises surettes et des houblons qui suintent les herbes vertes. Au goût, un retour fruité qui fait légèrement grimacer. Une touche chocolatée à travers la base maltée caramélisée. Une certaine acidité : sont-ce les houblons ou la levure ou autre chose? En bouche, un liquide au corps plutôt léger. Une texture qui flirte avec l’eau. Un pétillement qui chamboule. Une finale qui propose une acidité palpable. Difficile d’approche dès les premiers instants, cette «Saison» se dévoile intéressante dans la deuxième moitié de la dégustation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (2939) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle (650 ml). Thanks to John! Hazy brown with a medium beige head. No lacing. Aroma of berries, cherries, caramel, spices... interesting but not really what I expect from a Saison. Taste is moderately sweet and slightly acidic with caramel, berries, spices and a medium herbal bitterness finish. Medium body. In my opinion, this beer isn’t right on style, but it still interesting and drinkable (even if little heavy). It worth a try.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (3263) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 15, 2013
Medium brown color. Peppery, cherries, estery, mandarin oranges and a bit of sponge cake in the nose. Slightly tart, earthy character with a fair amount of hoppiness. Very well balanced, Slight to moderately bitterness with cherries and wood character. Great depth, great balance. Fantastic.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5987) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Light brown amber. Nutty, caramel malts, tobacco, pumpernickel or some sort of bread. Rye? Pretty bitter. Decent saison

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2013
November 20, 2012 - on draught at the brewpub. Lovely - hazy rosy gold, average rocky beige head. Smells like a simple sweet dubbel - yeast, caramel, spice, some alcohol - not very estery. Taste follows, but a welcome addition of dry herbal bitterness, maybe a hint of cocoa - still a little fruity, more apple than banana. Thick, chewy, airy but not fizzy - sweet and malty, quick-finishing, a little mineral in the aftertaste - a solid beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (2459) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
On tap at Volo. Pours an orangey brown with modest tan head. Aroma is caramel, fruity esters and wheat. Flavour likewise with lots of sweet caramel and fruit. Fine carbonation. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
[4962-20121120] Tap. Odd vegetal leaf grains aroma. Hazy, bright red body with a long-lasting foamy off-white head. Bitter lemongrass flavour has a bit of a fruity note. Medium body has a dry finish. Interesting Belgian yeast but is a little dry for me. (7/3+/7/3/15) 3.5
(@ Bellwoods, Toronto, ON)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (3128) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
On ap at the brewpub. Hazy copper pour, huge rocky head. Spicy aroma, herbs, tea, and grass. Very active carb, prickly mouth feel. Sharp hops, dry spicy, herbal finish with a light pepperiness.


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