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Friday, August 12, 2011

BeanyTink’s Farmstead Ale – The Review

Seeing as how Wednesday’s update was about the brewing of BeanyTink's Farmstead Ale I figured it would be nice to follow it with a review of finished beer.  Once the site is in full swing and my old content is dried up I will no longer be able to do this so with this in mind I sat down over the weekend and cracked open one of my few remaining bottles. 

Once the beers warms any
haze present dissappears
12 ounce bottles poured into a Bruery tulip. The bottle was filled using the BeerGun approximately 1 month ago. Carbonation is still present and white. I’ll have to open up a bottle of Bourbon Barrel Aged Wookiee for comparison but based on the video review that Don did for it I would say the BeerGun method is good for holding carbonation.

Appearance:  The color is a beautiful golden orange, the head fades quickly.  Small bubbles approach the surface overall killer clarity with very slight amount of cloudiness if any.  It could be just minor chill haze as definitely fades away as it warms.  Swirling the glass causes a very small white had to develop which clings to the glass very well.

Aroma:  The nose on this is gorgeous, you detect the brett character as soon as the bottle is opened.   Really nice overall, it’s definitely funky, with slight amount of cattiness, spicy, lemon, maybe peppery with wet blanket notes on it. There is no hop aroma on this bad boy and swirling this beer creates an aroma that is a thing of beauty.  

After some swirling
Better shot of the clarity the beer
Mouthfeel:  Slightly tangy with nice tiny bubbles that bounce around at tongue with a little bit of fizzle.

Taste: mmm mmm mmm damn this is what I'm talking about.  This is everything that I want in the farmhouse style ale.  A good amount of funk from the brett character. It’s not too tarts definitively crisp and clean with very little bitterness to it.  The hops are definitely not the star of the show it's the brett.  There is an interesting hard to describe taste the very back of the palate.

Overall:  This might be one of the best beers I’ve ever brewed.  I am really impressed with this yeast (the true start here) and I am very glad I bought another vial it while it was still in season.  I’ve already nailed down what I’m going to use it in.  I'm very impressed by the way this came out, it's very nice surprise.  As a person who is very new to using/enjoying brettanomyces in beers I'm amazed at how well the yeast performs.  This is definitely going to be a candidate for my washing yeast experiments. I'm glad I made it I'm glad people liked this because I love it.  Drinking the last bottle of this is definitely going to be that bittersweet.  Definitely the last couple of months is have treated it well and the BeerGun and hold carbonation well.


  1. Very cool. Is that a Blickman BeerGun you use? I'm trying to decide if I should go ahead and purchase one or use a less expensive method of bottling from the keg. Do you the ease of bottling makes it worth the cost?

  2. sheppy, I love my Blickman BeerGun and can't say enough great things about it. I got it when I moved to kegging because I wanted the ability to bottle up for comps, giving bottles to friends and carbonating high gravity beers

  3. I said it before, I'll say it again. You totally rocked the Farmhouse style with this beer. Great backbone like the best Farmhouse/Saison's and an Orval like funk in the nose and flavors. Killer good.


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