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Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Saison
Toronto, Canada
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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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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hammy78 (700) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8214) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (4494) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (3790) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (550) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hangunder (193) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazy_cat_lady (82) - - FEB 14, 2014
February 13, 2014. 500mL bottle from Bellwoods bottleshop. Sourness in aroma with farmhouse aromas underneath. Yellow gold colour. Sour plums and lemon flavours, straw and bread. Quite nice. I prefer the classic farmhouse over this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (2218) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). Thanks to John! Small gusher. Clear yellow with a huge white and good lacing. Aroma of wine, lemon , Saison yeast, funk and slight oak/wood presence. Taste is slightly sweet with winey notes, Saison yeast, lemon, funk and light fruity notes. Medium body. Slightly dry. Alcohol is well hidden. Good carbonation. Mouthfeel is winey. Awesome balance. Like other have said, the barrel-aging treatment is subtle and they have done a wonderful job with it. Great beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2013
Pours a hazy golden with fluffy head and nice lacing. Aroma of wine, hay, grassy, oak. Taste has that classic saison taste with light funk and good wine notes, nice oak presence, lemon, little honey. Low body and lively carb. Very good saison. Would drink again for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (329) - 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.


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