Farm Girl Saison - Lift Bridge Brewery

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96 Reviews
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Reviews: 96
Hads: 334
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 11
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mothman on 12-13-2008

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Reviews: 96 | Hads: 334
Reviews by happygnome:
Photo of happygnome
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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 (414 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
3.6/5  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. (389 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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! (756 characters)

Photo of deebo
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of beerkittycat
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant straw under a 2” white foam cap that dissipates to a thin film.
S: Citrus, orange, spice, faint over ripe fruit.
T: Light malts, wheat, spice and citrus, orange peel, slightly tart finish.
F: Medium body and above average carbonation.
O: This makes a good lawnmower beer. You can buy a bunch without breaking the bank and have one when you are thirsty. You can also serve it to a wide range of people and they will enjoy it. (450 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of bif_fat_sellout
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (890 characters)

Photo of Beemanick83
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buy when available. Nice and light (34 characters)

Photo of B_G
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 4four4
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Covocali
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Average taste look feel & smell (31 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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? (1,021 characters)

Photo of HugePlume
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of cokes
2.16/5  rDev -39.2%
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? (742 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (949 characters)

Photo of ShaneSmith
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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Farm Girl Saison from Lift Bridge Brewery
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