Farm Girl Saison - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Farm Girl SaisonFarm Girl Saison

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320 Ratings
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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%
Wants: 10
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mothman on 12-13-2008

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Ratings: 320 | Reviews: 100
Reviews by happygnome:
Photo of happygnome
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a golden orange color with an eigth inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a trace of lace around the edge of the glass and thin film on the top of the beer.

s: lemony, citrusy sweet aroma. hints of grassiness.

t: lemon sweet sour flavor. There is a hint of grassiness. The sour is mild but it comes out and is very nice

m: light bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this is a good beer

More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

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.

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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.

Photo of MattyG85
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Notes from a tasting on 3/24/15

The look is nice. This hazy dark yellow beer somehow still has a little bit of clarity to it and lots of brightness, with a sizeable fluffy white head. It forms a pillow that diminishes slowly and leaves good lacing after settling to a layer on top of the beer.
I want to think more of this, but the only thing I can think is that it's too soft and, ultimately, somewhat indistinct. There's some pale fruits flesh but no real tang or sweetness. The yeast sort of gets lost in the transition. There's only a faint touch of sweetness before it gets peppery. It's not bad, I just can't find everything I want in here.
The body is light but edges toward medium, almost moving there while I drink it. It starts off too spritzy, but the spritz backs off to make it a little creamier. It's fairly dry and evens out with a good balance of crisp and smooth.

Photo of Beemanick83
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buy when available. Nice and light

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?

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.

Photo of cokes
2.16/5  rDev -40%
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?

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of alphagnome
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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.

Photo of kenito799
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20 oz pour at Moto-i sake brewpub in Minneapolis.

Medium golden brew with a substantial 1 inch white fluffy head that retains well.

Fresh lemony aroms with distinct saison spiciness. The flavor is fresh and thankfully quite dry, witha moderately hoppy bitter finish.

Very refreshing, drinkable and sessionable, more interesting than your typical ale, well made.

Photo of morimech
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow color with two inchs of white head that faded quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Just a little lace is left on the glass. Sourdough bread aroma with just a hint of funkiness. About the most boring flavor I have had in a saison. Mild spice and malt notes with a little sweetness up front. Finishes bone dry. Average. Light body with nice carbonation. I understand the bottled version with the contract brewer is not quite up to par with what is on-tap. Nothing terrible about this beer, it just has average flavor.

Photo of emerge077
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dull pale orange, opaque with streams of tiny bubbles rising like champagne, though not as rapidly. Thin layer of foam after the pour, but it fades to nothing after a few seconds. No lace, nothing.

Aroma is yeasty with a hint of white pepper spice, sweetness underneath.

First thing that hits is a jarring astringency, then a dry peppery bitterness, and some graininess underneath. Medium bodied and overcarbonated. Drying finish with lingering pepper flavor. Not getting any of the advertised citrus.

So this is the beer Lift Bridge sued another brewery over to "protect their trademark".
9 breweries make a "Farmer's Daughter" beer: http://beeradvocate.com/search?q=%22farmer%27s+daughter%22&qt=beer

They should focus on making a decent beer first... not buying this one again, glad it was only a single.

Photo of Dulcea
2.51/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Cloves. That is all.

Initial smell of bananas.

Tasted like an ale which was made with too much clove. I could not get past the clove flavor. In fact, I could not finish it because it was so overpowering. I was looking forward to the "citrus" flavor since it's brewed with orange peel but it was lost on me. No flavor of orange at all.

Personally, this is not a beer I would buy again.

Photo of yamar68
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to polak:

Pours a nice hazy honey gold with a finger of egg shell head and abundant beading. On the nose it's a little spicy, some orange zest, lemon, clove. The taste is refreshing with all the expected saison qualities. I wish this was amped up a bit, both in booze and clove/ester/citrus. The feel is medium with a dry finish. Overall, a bit better than what other reviews suggest but still has its flaws. Perfectly drinkable though.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was certainly a new one for me. I had never even heard of it before let alone seen it. Served cold and I poured it into a pint glass while I was grilling dinner last night. Consumed on 05/20/2010.

The pour was a light golden color, almost a hay colored straw, with loads of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. Really rich looking for the style as a three finger high head of white foam formed on top and settled down graciously into a thin pillow that never left sight. Aroma is light fruit, pears, peaches, hints of light grassy notes, hints of bread and other light grains. Warming brings out a nice little bit of banana and almost a clove like touch to it. Each sip is clean, crisp, concise with tons of depth and light fruit notes. Light drying on the palate as you start to finish it off, but it never does lose sight of the total package.

Overall a bit of a surprise here with a very solid and very session able light ale. Would love to have this one on a summers day again

Photo of CraigP83
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden color. Smell is very mild, nothing stands out. Has the belgian wheat taste, which is the best part of it.

Photo of supercolter
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok so about time that I got to try this one. Nice unfiltered yellow color with small head and some lacing. Smell is pretty decent nice spice and small hops with a sweet malt. There is a funky smell a bit metallicy. Taste is better, very similar but the metal smell dint translate which is good. Mouthfeel is decent, medium body and some carbonation. Drinkability is quite good.

Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap while I was in Minneapolis. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with half a finger of off white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour with some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Yeasty up front with some banana and bubble gum notes. This one seems to be rather light and crisp.

Taste: Light and very yeasty with strong banana and bubble gum notes. I'm also getting some citrus fruit as well as a floral note. The finish is fruity and full of yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressively tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I wouldn't have guessed this was a saison if I didn't know the game. Reminds me more of a hefe. I don't think I'd have another, but it was a decent beer.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: No head, hazy golden color though, very rich looking. pretty decent active carbonation. Maybe it was just a bad pour with the head.

S: Wheaty, yeasty, a little sour. Not much else. Maybe some citrus, not sure if that's orange peel or hops? Not to strong, and not offensive.

T: More citrus, a more pleasant sour. Still wheaty and yeasty. Very friendly and yet new and refreshing. A great intro to Saisons for the totally uninitiated.

M: Has more sparkle on the tongue than I would have thought from the lack of head. Kinda biting, but not aggresivly so, finishes mildly smooth.

D: Very sessionable considering the ABV. Really friendly and a great transition beer.

Photo of gatornation
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a light sunshine yellow color very clear with a1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing the smell is floral and clove and some spice..the taste is better its a clove/biscuit and spice hit followed by some hops and spices..the mouth-feel is slight/medium and not that robust ..but it is flavorful and easy to drink..i see this in the spring and summer to knock back some ....however it is 6% abv which is not detected at all..i will recommend this 100 %..want to see more styles from LB from stillwater and look forward to more from this brewery in the future they are a good one

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Farm Girl Saison from Lift Bridge Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.