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Farm Girl Saison - Lift Bridge Brewery

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82
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279 Ratings
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 10
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lift Bridge Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mothman on 12-13-2008)
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Reviews by GoldHorde:
Photo of GoldHorde
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my very first taste test of a categorical Saison type from a commercial/craft brewery. I expected the cloudy appearance and the very light watery mouth-feel because it was not on my predictions to get a grain-body weight coating on my tongue from an offering in this category. I had sampled home-brewed saisons from friends and it was quickly not a favorite of mine. I was instantly reminded of the Belgian ale category which is extremely loose and can spill over into lambics and krieks with sour notes. Though I scored a silver with my own homebrew in the Belgian Ale category I was never impressed with the category. While this probably excels in the saison category - it is far too fruity with distinctly sour notes for me to give marks higher than good or average. I prefer the IPA's and mostly the face slapping American IPA's.

GoldHorde, Sep 15, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Stub & Herbs in Minneapolis, MN. Apperance was a slightly hazy gold body with no head. Aroma was light citrus and faint malt sweetness. The flavor followed aroma with nothing that memorable about this beer. I ordered a half-sized amount, so it may have needed more time to warm up and reveal more. Still the drinkability was very good. I'll have to try it again sometime.

blackearth, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes

A - Pours a hazy straw/golden brown color with one finger of off-white head.

S - Smells of coriander. citrus and yeast. Also a slight amount of pepper. Pretty good.

T - Similar to smell. Nice spices with hints of citrus and pronounced Belgian yeast presence. Pretty refreeshing. Finishes slightly earthy.

M - Light/medium mouthfeel, crisp up front, slightly dry finish.

O - A bit tame for the style, but this still has some good flavors and goes down easy.

warnerry, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ryancl, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy, very pale yellow (Wit-like). Very active with bubbly head and some nice lacing. Champagne-like bubbles.

Smell: Citrus, clove, pepper, banana, overall sourness.

Taste: Orange peel, coriander, cloves, wheat malt, slightly tart. Once again, seems very much like a Witbier.

Feel: Relatively high carbonation, light body. Pretty dry but not as dry as other Saisons.

Drinkability: Nice, refreshing, easy-to-drink Wit, I mean Saison. Doesn't matter, it is a solid, thirst quenching brew.

Looking forward to trying their other beers, such as the 55 IBU Pale Ale with grapefruit zest (Crosscut) and the Lingonberry infused Tripel (Minnesota Tan). Nice to have another Minnesota brewery. Welcome!

bsp77, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of deebo
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

deebo, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of NilocRellim
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of beerkittycat
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Appearance is crystal clear straw yellow with a lively white head. Decent lacing. This beer would have looked better in a tulip glass. Oh well. Aroma has tons of lemony citrus and apricot esters, some white pepper and cloves, bread-dough yeastiness, and a dominating aroma of Bazooka bubble-gum. Faint flowery hop aroma, too. Flavor much the same as aroma with that Bazooka bubblegum at the forefront. Moderate carbonation bites the tip of your tongue and cleanses the palate for more. Medium to medium-low mouthfeel allows this beer to be extremely drinkable, but there's tons of flavor so it didn't feel thin at all. Very tasty beer and some interesting flavors, too.

beerkittycat, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of MattyG85
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with a tint of orange. Not many bubbles. Decent one finger white head fades into a patchy layer.

Smell: Belgian yeast and wheat with banana, cloves, and coriander spice. Hints of orange, apple, and lemon. Light scent of pepper.

Taste: Lots of yeast and wheat throughout with the coriander spice and pepper coming midway. A lot more pepper than was in the smell. Hints of citrus throughout. Finish is fairly dry with a strong kick of bananas.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Slightly watery.

Overall: This is a tasty and very easy drinking take on a Belgian Saison but it should of been fuller in the body.

MattyG85, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

sgttibbs, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +11.1%

richkrull, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of bif_fat_sellout
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

bif_fat_sellout, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

JMS1512, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of 4four4
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

4four4, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[Thanks to mnwags for this one.]

Pours a head of firm sea-foam, clingy and audibly crackly; color is a pale golden-yellow. Lots of bubbles.

Aroma is just barely saison-ish...more like a witbier really. Yeast gives an earthy twist to the floral and fruity vibe that dominates. Slightly biscuit-y. Fresh and buoyant and enjoyable, although its Belgian-ness is debatable.

Flavor is a balance of fruit and bitterness, with a bit of spice for good measure (like a really faint dash of white pepper). Herbal tea vibes, especially in the finish. Lemony flavor is further back, though not at all tart.

Texturally soft, despite ample carbonation; light-bodied; borders on watery, but there's just enough creamy roundness peeking through to save it.

Farm Girl Saison is decent...it's got roundness of flavor and texture, but lacks some depth. Nothing mindblowing, certainly, and not an adequate substitute for key Belgian versions or even superior American takes on the style. And what are those cows on the label sniffin' at?

Metalmonk, May 27, 2010
Photo of HugePlume
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler style glass. Its all the restaurant had. No pints???

A- Zesty yellow with nice ribbons of cloudiness. Little to no head nor lacing.

S- Spicy and sweet notes. Very complex. Hard to pin down any one specific trait. Intriguing.

T- Complexity of aroma carries directly through to the taste. A bit more spice evident. Pear-like fruitiness.

M- A little weak and watery. Does not finish as dry as it should.

D- Very drinkable. Complexity lends itself to many meal paring possibilities.

HugePlume, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of cokes
2.15/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Moderately hazy, milky lemon-yellow hued with a thin white skim, which fades swiftly but leaves patchy lace.
Doughy wheat bread nose, backed with chalk dust, powdered sugar, and bitter orange rind.
Wheaty, wet, and doughy. That's what the mouth gets. Yeast adds a touch of lactic sourness. Orange-rind flavors piggybacks and overrides, adding sweetness rather than bitterness.
Gassy, light bodied, with a fizzy CO2 that burns itself out with haste. It's got a Shandy-like profile that might suffice when a mean thirst strikes. But why bother, when any number of liquids could easily fill that roll more satisfyingly.
Essentially, it's an American Wheat Ale doing a half-ass Witbier impersonation.

But marketing this as a Saison?

Really?

cokes, May 18, 2010
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a chilled pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy/cloudy pale yellow, very similar looking to a Witbier in appearance. Foamy head that retained well and left nice lacing.

Smell: Subtle wheat and citrus aroma.

Taste: Not a typical saison flavor. This one is wheaty and sweet, falls somewhere between a Witbier and a HefeWeizen (without the phenolics). Very little hop flavor noticed, unlike most saisons. Not bad at all, but I happen to like wheaty witbiers and hefe's quite a bit.

Mouth feel: Light and thin with good carbonation.

Drinkability: I could easily do a session with this one, especially in the summer. Not a true saison style, but it's still a good beer. Tastes quite nice with a lemon slice dropped in.

ChopperSmith, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of alphagnome
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Pours incredibly clear, easily making it the clearest saison I've ever had. Very cider-like in appearance - straw-colored body and absolutely no head what-so-ever. Plenty of fine sediment in suspension being pushed around by mild streams of carbonation.

Aroma:
Good but very light. Biscuits are prominent. Mild funk with adequate spicing (pepper, coriander, and clove). Bubble gum and banana notes can be found, but they are so light you'd be forgiven if you missed them.

Taste:
Refreshing but again, light. Banana and Sourdough stand out. Light citrus notes. Nice spicing and balance, if not a hint on the bitter side. I would like to note that the warmer this one got, the more I enjoyed it... Do yourself a favor and serve this one at 40*-45*

Mouthfeel:
Medium body. Good carbonation. Clean finish.

Overall:
For a light saison, it's not bad but it left me quite underwhelmed. I prefer more potency, flavor, and funk from a saison.

alphagnome, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of ShaneSmith
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

ShaneSmith, Tuesday at 08:15 PM
Photo of andesite83
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%

andesite83, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of pourmeadrink
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

pourmeadrink, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Acadia Cafe. They should really call this a Belgian pale ale, because it's a lot closer to Leffe Blonde in taste than any good saison I've had. It's not a bad beer, it has a share of clean wheat and barley malt tastes followed by notes of sugar candy and spiced vanilla. That doesn't add up to a saison, however. The verdict: a good, but misclassified beer.

tempest, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of Justdoit1234
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Justdoit1234, Today at 10:22 AM
Photo of Gonzoillini
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Gonzoillini, May 13, 2014
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Farm Girl Saison from Lift Bridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.