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Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Saison
Toronto, Canada
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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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This barrel aged, slightly tart farmhouse ale is subjected to a bug battle for 4-6 months prior to serving. Bottles are refermented in the bottle and 7.3% ABV. Initial batch was released as Barrel Aged Farmhouse Saison. Barrels used are repurposed cider and wine barrels pitched with Brett Bruxellensis and Lambicus. Different barrels are blended for each bottling. Forthcoming labels will indicate bottling date for those interested in tracking the idiosyncrasies unique to each blending.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crockett (1009) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2013
Straw gold pour with minimal haze. Big firm foamy white head. Nose of lemon grass hops, funk, and yeast. Spicy and well carbonated. That has some wild sour yeasty dough on the front. Young cheese. Flavours of light strawberry and a bit of melon. Finish is dry. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (5987) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
bottle. another winner from Bellwoods. a little funk, citrus acidity, some pez like flavors. nice funky, tart saison. need more

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hammy78 (749) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle. Pour is extremely heady, slightly cloudy gold, quite active, tons of lace. Nose is citrus, peppery and a bit of that dusty Brett horse blanket too. Tastes sweet, bitter, peppery, and a smooth softness that I often attribute to barrel and oak. There is a cider sour too. Pretty awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hangunder (243) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2013
Belgian saison yeast and brett/funky aroma, smells really tart like green apples -- very appetizing aroma. Quite light peach colored, with a long lasting very foamy white head. Well balanced flavor, with less sourness than anticipated from the nose. Starts off with some sour notes, a vinous quality, then finishes with some earthy hops, belgian yeast and some sweetness. Well integrated flavors, quite good. Thin bodied/above average carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (644) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2013
On tap at Bellwoods. Pours a translucent yellow with a thin white head with slight lacing. Aroma has notes of citrus orange, white wine from the barrels, and a bit of a funk. Slight acidic. Taste is is a mild bitter with a long aftertaste. Low to medium body with a medium, bubbly carbonation. Slightly thin/watery mouth feel. Overall not bad. Very flavourful from the barrels.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (786) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Feb, 2013 bottle from tom10101 - 6.5%. Aroma is very nice with light pear, moderate citrus, medium light oak. Some nice Brett notes add a hint of horse blanket and some light cherry and pineapple. Hints of acidity in the aroma. Pours a slightly cloudy pale straw yellow with a big, pillowy white head. Head steadily recedes leaving light lacing and faint legs. Faint graininess at first taste, but this is quickly washed away by a light lactic acid note. Moderate citrus note with some lighter pear and faint red apple cider. Medium oak character with some light tannins. Hints of ripe melons and faint cherry notes. Medium light spicy phenolic note. Low hop bitterness and only faint floral hop character. A touch of a barnyard note. Some lingering notes of faint oak and ripe melon along with a touch of phenolics. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very high carbonation. Low acidic astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall a very nice beer, but I have to knock it for being to carbonated; it explodes into bubbles in your mouth making it difficult to truly appreciate. It is otherwise fantastic with a great light acidity and wonderful fruit notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (463) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
(Draught at brewpub, Sep 10 2013). Pours a cloudy light gold with a big head of white bubbles, lots of lace, looks grand in the Bellwoods-branded wine glasses. Pretty sure I read this blend makes use of Sprit Tree cider barrels, and my nose and palate says the same. Aroma is bright, apple and tart fruit, slight lemon, bunch of barnyardish Brett yeast. Flavour funky and ciderish with apples, lemon, wood, slight grassy hops, pale cereal malts, yeast brings a light pepper and dusty funk, finishes slightly sour-tart with a real mineral crispness to it, bit of lingering peppery yeast and grain. Mouthfeel is light to medium with very active, effervescent, creamy carb that fills the mouth and works well with the crispness. This is really complex stuff and I love the combination of barrel and Brett, on top of a typically solid saison base from Bellwoods. Eager to try more versions.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4168) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Pours cloudy golden with good head and lacing. Smells like barrel and the whiskey comes through strong on this. Citrus hops with some barrel. Light sour finish with plenty of barrel floating around in aftermath. On tap at brewpub.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (4515) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2013
bottle from tom10101, thanks bro. pours hazy light yellow with a tall frothy and rocky white head - too much in fact, excellent retention and lacing. saison yeasty spiciness, winey dustiness and juicy white grapes, floral, wheat and farmhouse pale and chewy malts, bitter herbs, nelson reminiscence, bit of honey. lively and foamy, light body - quite light for its anv, very nice floral-citrusy-dusty and mineral abrupt-like and dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6886) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2013, and obtained from Sammy in a recent trade. Thanks man! Bright yellow body, hazy, topped by a huge frothy white head that laced well. Funky and pleasantly yeasty with rustic character and a crisp mouthfeel, lightly spicy dry finish. Really great saison here, but I didn’t pick up on any real barrel traits to be honest. Didn’t care though-- great saison.


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