jksipa (273) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the brewery -bottled May 26, 2014 - Batch 5. Very pale hazy gold with a one finger white head. Nose has lots of funky Brett with moderate wine and wood notes and a light fruitiness in the background. Light pear sweetness to start with a dry wine and cherry tartness in the middle. Light peppery splice in the finish. Medium light mouth with active carbonation. Nice and well balanced and the tartness is well controlled.
dresden (779) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUN 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Jay. Golden with a great white and tight fluffy and fizzy head. Huh? Smell is Brett and lemon tartNess. Taste is Brett, apricot, lemon, white wine. Very dry and very refreshing
shoulderbroken (1849) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice smell, big Brett, funky. Great stuff, citrus. Almost sour. Lots of different tastes. Was wasted by this stage.
Ontbeertaster (2306) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, this taste just like a Chardonnay, i really didnít get much other then that. The Brett didnt really come through but it was drinkable. It was more winey then i would liked. Worth a taste
TimE (3086) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden color, light white head. Very dry beautiful fruity nose with brett and oak. Very delicate. Excellent mouth feel, mildly tart, very lightly, but balanced with significant amount of hops with oak and a touch of vanilla. what is really amazing is how integrated the beer is. Flawless execution. Amazing depth. Every sip from start to finish is slightly different. Light oak funky brett finish. Excellent.
Freaky_tiki (471) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy canola with a generous champagne style cap. The nose on this brew is some serious funk. Pop the cap off this bottle & George Clinton will be jealous. A beautiful sipping saison that gives me crisp white wine, tart apple cider, fresh goose berries & lemon zest on the tongue. This is a serious brew by maybe the most serious brewery in Toronto. So serious itís got me driving across the city on a sunny Saturday morning for more.
thorongil2 (1146) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) hazy pale yellow colour with a tall white head; aromas of champagne, sour fruit, bit of barnyard; lightly sour, balanced flavour, nice
shaynsawchuk (425) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle. Lightly hazed straw with a voluptuous, soapy, white head that persists. Brett forward on the nose, funky, preserved lemon, apricot, straw, grain and a bit of barrel. Dry as a bone, crispy, moderate body and heavy plus carbonation. Shares some similarities with a good Cava. Thank the good folks at Bellwoods for having this available so frequently.
jkwood04 (3740) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of dry Brettiness, some pale malts, light wine and oak notes, some fruity notes from the Brett, and some light tartness. Flavor the same. Average texture. A really cool beer.
Luk_ (84) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy blond body with decent white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is slightly funky from the brettís 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 Iím looking forward to try more of their offerings.