Bent Stick Farm Stock

Reviewed by on August 5, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bent Stick Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: August 5, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Farm Stock appears to be the base brew of a new trio of Saisons released by this Edmonton brewery last week.

This 650ml bottle pours a glassy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and shiny off-white head, which leaves some sparse wave splash lace around the glass as it quickly sinks out of sight.

It smells lightly of gritty wheat malt, an even softer pale graininess, subtle yeast, clover honey, indistinct tart fruity notes, and some earthy, leafy, and musty hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, overripe lemons, mildly testy yeast, more hard to define fruity tartness, and some still understated leafy and musty hoppiness.  The bubbles are pretty active, from the first splash in the glass, to the dancing fizziness on my various palates, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, maybe a bit of yeast acerbity raining a few drops on this particular parade route.  It finishes off-dry, barely, as the malt starts to falter, and that general tartness seeps further in.

Overall, Farm Stock is a fairly well-made version of the style, nothing all that complicated or complex, but that’s likely not the goal here – just a simple, easy-drinking farmhouse ale, the sort of thing you could ‘rehydrate’ with at lunchtime, and still be on the ball for your afternoon obligations – or something to that effect.

Brady White

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