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


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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
This brett barrel aged farmhouse ale is aged from 6-12 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 multiple strains of brett. Different barrels are blended for each bottling. Forthcoming labels will indicate bottling date for those interested in tracking the idiosyncrasies unique to each blending.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
grahjc9 (2) - - DEC 27, 2014 does not count
What a beer. Definitely cannot speak to the ins and outs of the taste nuances as well as others but they all come together wonderfully and this is the best Bellwoods beer I have had yet - and that is saying a lot!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Listigovers (913) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
UPDATED: APR 5, 2016 Rating 500: Smells vingary and funky. Bottle almost exploded, lost probably a quarter of it to the wall/ceiling/floor, hazy gold with little head. Lots of woodiness, tastes somewhat similar to white wine but more sour, fairly light bodied and lots of carbonation, the light body leaves a little bit of heat from the alcohol. Lots of bizarre yeasty flavours from the brett, very funky beer, nice one Bellwoods! Re-rate: I’ve drank this beer so much and love it more every time so giving it a few more points.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hammy78 (961) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2015
Bottle, batch 4. I’ve enjoyed several batches at different times and the ratings are consistently high. Probably one of my favourites from them.
Pours cloudy yellow with a huge white frothy head. Huge enticing aroma of peach, tangerine and biscuit. Robust flavour with oaky chardonnay notes. Quite excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2016 My Bottom Line:
Hay-laced brettanomyces is met by caprine angles and citrusy hops, as white wine connotations stick the landing.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the misty golden.
-The honeyed residual sugars in the tap version surprised me.
-The complexity of this one is highly enjoyable, yet remains low profile if you are not paying attention.
-The higher carbonation in the bottle works wonderfully, increasing the perception of dryness.

Bottles, and on tap at Siboire, Sherbrooke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - 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. It’s going to be a challenge to keep the second bottle around to try at a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5950) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013
Bottle: Poured a hazy beige/yellow color ale with large white foamy head with excellent retention and some lacing. Aroma of rustic malt notes with light lemony notes is very refreshing. Taste is also dominated by rustic malt notes with some lemony notes and a super great peppery yeast finish which brings out some complexity over an easily drinkable beer. The barrel-aging might have smoothed things out but really didn’t play a huge role. Body is full with great carbonation. Excellent saison and I must admit it is very impressive considering the fact that this is a relatively new brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (7886) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (1858) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hangunder (305) - 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.

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