Bent Stick Hearty Farm Stock

Reviewed by on August 1, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Bent Stick Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: August 1, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Farmhouse Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Hearty Farm Stock is part of a trio of newly-released Belgian Saison-style offerings from this wet behind the ears YEG brewery.

This 650ml bottle pours, like its brethren, with a ton of aggressively puffy and foamy off-white head, which fills the everlovin’ glass, eventually sinking away to reveal a hazy medium golden yellow brew, and a bit of high-altitude streaky lace for its effort.

It smells of bready and doughy pale malt, a lesser gritty wheatiness, some bright domestic citrus and exotic tropical fruitiness, somewhat stricken and phenolic yeast, a muddled earthy spiciness, and some floral and perfumed booziness.  The taste is grainy and cereal-fed pale malt, an even less-specific wheaten character, some apple, generic citrus, and summer melon (not the water- sort) fruity notes, damp white pepper and coriander spice, a more laid-back, but still informing yeasty character, and more removed from the hop quotient metallic alcohol.  The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-pushing and pulling frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and sort of smooth, as both the yeast and the elevated wowee sauce metric take their ounce or two of flesh, as such.  It finishes off-dry, but y’know, complicated, with the big malt, yeast, spice, and alcohol dancing a dance of familiar attrition.

Yeah, overall, this would be a typically astringent (in the prescribed ‘good’ way) Saison, but for the 14-proof heat presiding, which adds (and detracts) at will, as well as the still overwrought local bubble gorge fest that is going on here.  Lots of disjointed, but ultimately workable stuff to consider, but bring a ‘hearty’ palate to the table, is my only advice.

Brady White

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