Westbrook Bearded Farmer 2: "McCullough" Saison

Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
McCullough is the second installment in our Bearded Farmer series of saisons. In keeping with the farmhouse brewing tradition, the idea here is to brew each successive beer a little (or a lot) differently than the ones before it. McCullough is brewed with a blend of pilsner and rye malts, spiced with white, green, and pink peppercorns, then fermented with a combination of three strains of Brettanomyces wild yeast.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle 2/27/13 that has been cellared at 50 degrees since I bought it at the brewery. Served in a bulbous tulip. Vigorous carbonation lifted the crown cap off the bottle when I opened it. I feared a gusher but the liquid stayed in place. Its clear that this thing wants to open itself and Im grateful the cap held. The carbonation is no less apparent on the pour. A gentle pour into an angled glass still only accommodates about 2 ounces of liquid that helplessly sits underneath five fingers of pillowy, rocky foam. Funky Brett aroma is noticeable half a foot away. Horse blanket, yogurt, along with fleshy stone fruit make up the nose. The taste is a band aid and yeast fruitiness with a touch of funk on the end. Its not as dry as I had expected and is actually a little slippery in the mouth. Balanced and flavorful. I suspected this would drink well now and that suspicion was confirmed. I dont think additional age will hurt this. Its got good bones. My only fear would be exploding bottles if any more carbonation forms inside this beauty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (3389) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Nice heavily funky bretty saison. A bit medicinal and super funky. Very dry throughout. Billowing carbonation and some pepper, cloves, and other spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ernesto987 (5832) - Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2013
This is the shit, dont really taste the peppercorns but its pretty and dry and pretty awesome,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4872) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottled on: 2/27/13 Appearance: Very pale, straw-hued, almost milky body with a tall, expansive, lasting white head. Smell: Lightly malty on the nose, hinting of pilsener. Spicy, stinging phenols, sourish lemon juice, Granny Smith apples, and a childs whisper of butyric acid. Taste: Predominately pils malt upfront, lightly sweet, with touches of grain and hay. Burst of lemon, green apple. Light tartness. Floral menthol vibe riding atop a low tone of raunchiness. Faint spiciness, not discernible as being a product of the peppercorns or not. Dry, very airy finish from the high level of suds. Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Highly carbonated, crackly in the mouth. Overall: Its good, its refreshing. I would prefer a few tweaks here or there; perhaps a mite less carbonation. Dont get me wrong, Im not asking for the fat, flabby, languid saison you usually see shuffled out of American breweries doors, but, if each pour and every sip is like dealing with a foaming soap dispenser, then, what good does that do me? Hmm?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
bottle. lighter golden pour, huge pillowy head. Bretty, pear, green apples, pepper. very nice saison

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bob_w (373) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2013
brett. spicy flavor. fairly bitter. murky pale straw. big white foamy head. tartness. light body. brett flavor dominates.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
pnesbit (96) - Marietta, South Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Super foamy bottle poured nothing but foam at First. Hazy golden yellow with a super thick white head that we floated a cap on. Aroma of sweet fruit and funky hay and wild yeast. Taste of sweet fruit with lemon zest almost barley wine like with hints of pepper and a slightly funky barn yard taste. Mouth feel is thick and sticky like a barley wine with a funky slightly bitter finish. Overall very interesting beer that was a touch on the sweet side. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (13197) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Growler. Pours a cloudy yellow with paperthin head. Aroma is a strong brett and fruit. Medium mouthfeel with sweet fruit, brett, and light spice in the finish. Good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Badly over carbonated bottle. Pour a lively cloudy golden color with a huge never ending fluffy head. Let it settle for a bit. Big spicy hops, lemon, multigrain bread, old books and a touch of funk in the aroma. Really nice. Flavors were lemony with a nice spicy and citrusy hop character. Lots of yeast and grainy malt. Mouthfeel was prickly to begin with but settled to a liveliness that lends well to this style in my opinion. Wow, this was super solid after it settled and was drinkable. One of the best American Saisons Ive tried.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (12017) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Multi-grian style saison. The maltiness isnt super complex but it is pleasant. YEastiness is there.

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