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Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Saison
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (11798) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 13, 2014
A little footy/yeasty, has a nice thick head though. Sweet, a bit fruity but with sticky pale malts. Maybe a touch of spice. The brett does not seem to have kicked in yet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9429) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
A hazed blonde saison with a thin lacing white head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with pineapple, Brett, lemon, very nice. In mouth, a smooth sour puckering malt with light acetic notes, Brett, very nice and fruity yet complex. On tap at brewery.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8189) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2013
Bottle, March 12, 2013. Drunk at 3 months. Cloudy golden pour with a persistent thick white head. The nose is lovely - minerally and bready aroma. There is a lovely peppery/lemony aroma that is really quite lovely. Herbal and a little bit spicy with a touch of light mint on the finish as well. Very bright and zesty with a bit of lemon. It has a very moussey texture, yet is also quite dry on the palate. There is a little bit of flinty bitterness on the back as well as a touch of light hoppy flavour as well. Damn - this is a thing of beauty. Itís going to be a challenge to keep the second bottle around to try at a year.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2013
Recent bottle from the retail store. Somewhat of a foamer with a deep yellow body and lots of bubbles. Aggressive carbonation, above average mouthfeel. Somewhat funk and in the style. Good farmhouse, good drinkability. Not getting much of the barreling impact, but its nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
2013-03-28. Hazy bright pastel yellow, nice large white head. 3++ Lovely aroma, floral lightly yeasty character, mild grassy quality to the hops. 7++ Flavour is similar, modest grassy hop bitterness throughout, modest yeasty character, mild fruity character, muted vinous quality, whispers of oak grow as it warms but barrel character is very restrained overall, to itís benefit. Gains a slight acidity in the finish as it warms up. 7++ Average bodied palate is fairly carbonated. Pretty nice stuff and exceptionally drinkable. I think we had a bottle of this the next day too (no label on the bottle!) and it was similarly very drinkable. Bottle shared by GregClow.

"What is this down home Newfoundland Shanty shit?!?"

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6162) - 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 didnít pick up on any real barrel traits to be honest. Didnít care though-- great saison.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
Bottle [750ml] shared with GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o GregClow. Pours a cloudy yellow with a large lasting fluffy white head and minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma is sour, yeasty and herbal -- thatís it but itís strong and awesome. Herbal, yeasty flavour along with some grassy hops and a bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied. Barrel-ageing on this is very subtle, and itís very, very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
[5174-20130328] Big bottle. Light lemon orange citrus oil aroma. Hazy, light white orange body with a long-lasting foamy white head. Bitter orange lemon flavour has a nice lingering aftertaste. Medium body. Good. (8/4/8/4/16) 4.0
(c/o GregClow)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (5368) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2014
500mL bottle, sent from wilco (thanks a lot, Mike), pours a cloudy pale orangey yellow with a medium white head. Aroma brings out Belgian yeast, very light funk, and citrus. Flavour is quite complex, bringing out traditional farmhouse yeast notes, some brett funk, citrus zest, and even a bit of salt. Extremely refreshing, yeasty and well-balanced. A brett saison that can compete with the best of them. Wonderful.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (5333) - 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


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