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Farm Girl Saison - Lift Bridge Brewery

Farm Girl SaisonFarm Girl Saison

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BA SCORE
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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%


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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spamspamspam

California

4.48/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeasty, especially the first few hits, Belgian yeast spice, subtle banana ester, fine carbonation, malt, here comes a nice slightly bitter reminder of the spice, pleasant lingering aftertaste amalgam of all of the above. Every gulp a wonderful walk through the whole park every time.

I beg to differ with those of you giving this a mediocre rating. I don't even like the style, but this is working for me. Not a beer you would drink all day or everyday, but definitely an experience. I wonder what the saison drinkers think rating for kind? Served from bottle into a chilled glass in Minneapolis, very fresh. Maybe you guys are getting beer suffering from transportation issues. Try one near the source!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 01:43:11 | More by spamspamspam
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Dulcea

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 17:03:57 | More by Dulcea
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm thrilled that a local brewery has a saison as one of its flagship beers, and it's odd that I'm just now getting around to reviewing it. Tasted 4 February 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale golden straw yellow, lightly hazed, with soft, almost grayish tones. Half-finger of white head, okay retention and lacing.

Smell is buoyant, fruity, and floral, with an almost-enough dose of funk. Orange peel peeks through, complementing the general citrusy flowery drifts. But it's juicy as well, and has a pleasant earthy funk. Hard to describe, sitting more in the realm of flowers, but solidly saisony.

Taste is good, but lacking depth and complexity. Big and pungent, rocking me with flowers, sweet fruit (peaches!), and grain. Quite peachy, actually, with that melt-in-your-mouth juiciness. I like it. Fades to a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fine, if a touch on the flat side. Medium-bodied, expansive and mouth-filling. Just a prickle of carbonation, though.

A solid, tasty saison. Now that I know it, I plan to make this a regular purchase. The best 6-pack saison I can think of around here.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:41:28 | More by zeledonia
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A random scored from a recent trip to Minnesota...

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by sour citrus rind, orange notes, bready wheat and grassy notes on the finish.

T - The citrus and orange notes come through alongside the bready wheat flavours. Some sour grassy hop bitterness comes through on the finish.

M - Lighter bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes dry.

O - A tasty saison that offers a hint of citrus on the finish. Nothing mind blowing, but certainly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 01:34:34 | More by andrenaline
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warnerry

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:44:04 | More by warnerry
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Humulus85

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first from this local brewery. From a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a hazy golden rod. A modest, white, one finger head that needed a fairly stiff pour to produce died quickly and left little lacing.

Biscuity grains blend with Belgian style yeast esters. Spices, some pear. Orange zest comes through.

Taste follows the nose. Grainy upfront but quickly blends with floral/spicy and somewhat fruity yeast notes. Orange peel in the finish is a nice addition. Very little in the hop department.

Light to medium in body. Creamy with a moderately dry finish. Well carbonated.

Overall this was a good Saison from a local brewery I'll have to look into more. This was by no means stellar, but it was a tasty and drinkable brew. The orange peel can actually be tasted and seems to work well. I can't say I'll revisit this one frequently, but would recommend it to anyone not familiar with Saisons or looking to try a good, lesser known, MN brewery. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 00:43:03 | More by Humulus85
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Cloudy, unfiltered golden straw color with a very fizzy head to it which quickly disappears.

Smell - Lemon, cloves, a slight hint of pepper, yeasts and barley. The smell itself is very earthy and grassy, almost like a blonde ale instead of a Saison.

Taste - Cloves, bananas, pepper, light lemon, biscuits/yeasts and grassiness. It tastes more like a Saison in the flavor fortunately and the flavor is alright.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. It feels very crisp and refreshing on the palate

Overall - It's okay for what it is. However if you want a truly excellent Saison ale, go with Surly CynicAle or Ommegang Hennepin

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 03:25:36 | More by NuclearDolphin
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 05:15:36 | More by yamar68
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GoldHorde

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 05:11:30 | More by GoldHorde
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DangQuesadilla

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having never tried a Saison beer before, I was pleasantly surprised. I am no newbie to craft beers... just never bought a saison before. My buddy gave me a 6er of Farm Girl and I loved it. The smell and appearance initially didn't impress me. But when I tasted it, Wow.

Sort of reminded me of a light hefenweizen. Hints of orange and corriander. I didn't have to "chew" this like some heavy hefenweizens I have tried. The aftertaste is very pleasant. I would be happy to drink this one all summer and hoping I can get some more.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 21:34:01 | More by DangQuesadilla
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MattyG85

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:29:49 | More by MattyG85
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my HOTD tulip glass.

A - Pours straw yellow with a decent one finger tall white head leaving small wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells like a wheat beer to me. It has a few hints of apples, pears, and lemon but it is mostly just wheat.

T - Starts off with a big dose of chewy wheat slowly giving way to a mix of dulled fruits; similar to the nose; and a touch of light funk. Finish is pretty chewy, lingering for some time. Is this really a saison? Could have fooled me.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy feel with a tiny bit of funk, lingering through the finish.

O - Meh, this was ok at best. It really didn't taste like a saison at all until it came completely to room temp. I wouldn't seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 20:24:49 | More by orangesol
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ChimRichels

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Macro-esque color with moderate cloudiness. Bone-white head builds up quickly and recedes to about 1/4 inch.

S - Yeast-heavy as to be expected. Very clovey. Citrus notes are mild, some coriander lingers.

T - A lot more spicy than the nose indicated. Very zesty, almost like a strong-brewed ginger ale. Doughy and peppery aftertaste.

M - Carbonation is pretty low, which leads to a very smooth, creamy, easy drinking brew

O - A pretty solid saison that sacrifices a little flavor in favor of approachability, which I don't think is necessarily a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 20:19:59 | More by ChimRichels
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argock

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No decipherable freshness date. Received from my brother Greg -- thanks bro!

A: Soft, slightly hazy yellow with 1/2-1 finger of ivory head with good retention and a few formations of lace down the mug.

S: Nice saison aromas of pepper and lemony citrus, but it is a little off with some vanilla frosting notes too.

T: The flavor though is solid with none of the weird vanilla sweetness coming through in the flavor. Crisp tangy lemon and peppery flavor, ample pale maltiness with with a touch of Belgian yeast and spot-on dry finish.

M: Crispness and dryness is right on target with a staunch malt body.

O: I enjoyed this brew a lot, and if they can clean up the aroma to get rid of the sweet frosting note, they have a real winner that will appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers. A really nice summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 15:05:18 | More by argock
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birchstick

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a cloudy straw yellow with a small head

S - faint nose, but what is there is good - peppery lemon with hits of coriander

T - starts off lively with sweet lemon flavor and some grain malts. It fades to a bit coriander and some subtle bitter rind. Nice, light flavor profile. Pretty good but I think falls a little short of others in its company.

M - creamy and goes down smoothly

D - not a bad saison by any means, but I find this to be very middle of the road compared to others I have had. It was a nice treat for this afternoon. Thanks to KeefD for sending this Minnesota brew my way!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 18:17:39 | More by birchstick
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ccrida

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Farm Girl Saison is a fizzy yellow beer with a quickly dissipating white head leaving very light scattered lace.

Smell is grainy, sweet, fruity.

Taste is simple and strait forward, a touch of cereal but mostly Belgian esters, with the orange fairly obvious as well. More of a pseudo Belgian pale, lots of banana. Smooth, but not really a saison.

Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp and dry, but not as much as it should be, and it seems a bit thin.

Drinkability (just noticed they changed this to "overall", whatever) is ok, an inoffensive brew that goes down with ease, but nothing I'd bother revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 21:24:38 | More by ccrida
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sugit

California

1.93/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours clear golden yellow. (Very BMC) Some head that quicky fads to away leaving just a few bubbles behind.

S: Some yeast and very very little bit of lemon peel. Couldn't pickup any of the orange mentioned on the label.

T: Very very light, very very mellow flavor (again very BMC). None of the oranage peel mentioned on the label. I'm trying to pick a flavor out, but nothing other than a bit of yeast. No spice at all other than an odd bitter kind of peppery taste.

M: Very thin, almost like water. Carbonation too low.

D: I would only drink this is if I was in a BMC mood. While 6% isn't anything high nowadays, I still wouldn't guess it was 6%, or eveb 4% for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 01:03:50 | More by sugit
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321jeff

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to UMNbeerhunter for including this one in a trade.

Pours golden with a very small head that quickly fades down to a small collar.

Aroma is faint but musty with some spicy belgian yeast and lemons, also some other earthy aromas in the background. Smells about right, but a little on the faint side.

Taste starts off slightly bitter up front before moving to a mid-palate sweetness and a lemony tartness before ending with a mildly dry, musty finish.

The body is nice and light but the carbonation is low for the style. It's a decent example of a saison and it's quite drinkable on its own but it really doesn't stand up to the better American examples and certainly not to the high quality Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 02:46:29 | More by 321jeff
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happygnome

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 18:25:14 | More by happygnome
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chicano4craft

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a small white head that drops very fast. To look at it I would have guest it was a pilsner.

Nose has chalky belgian yeast. Lots of lemon with slight pepper.

Tons of lemon zest up front. Some orange peel. Really dry with a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is slighly watery. Drinkability is good if only because the palate isn't really challenged.

On the lower end of American Saisons for me. It could make a nice summertime session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 21:13:52 | More by chicano4craft
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Partially cloudy lemon gold body. Small finger of eggshell white head. Some retention and minor lacing. Nose of wheat malt (banana, pears, and bubblegum), orange and lemon zest, and maybe a little pepper.

Grainy wheat malt up front. Hints of sweetness with some banana and tropical fruit. Herbal, spicy hop bitterness shows up early. Lemon mineral water flavors mid-palate, along with some bready malt. Citrus rind in the finish, along with bittermelon (seriously). Not bad, despite the bittermelon finish (not my favorite fruit). Medium-bodied with an overcarbonated, too-lively feel. Turn down the gas! Could use a little tweaking, but not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 22:13:54 | More by alexgash
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HugePlume

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 04:50:55 | More by HugePlume
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

This beer pours a very clear straw yellow with a white head that dissipated quickly. The smell is uninteresting with a touch of lemon tartness and some grain. The taste is also mediocre. You get a bit more wheat taste than expecting. Lemon, orange rind and a touch of pepper are there but weak. No real 'farmyard funk' that you'd typically expect from a saison. The mouthfeel was light bodied and didn't leave a bad taste in your mouth. This beer drinks very lightly and would be good in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 16:26:57 | More by OakedCanuck
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gtn80

Maine

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an Allagash tulip glass.

Appearance is good, nice two finger head that dissipated quickly. Golden color.

Smell is underwhelming, not a whole lot going on there. Some spice character, bit of wheat.

Taste is okay, definitely a wheat beer, but more of an American attempt at a Wit beer or a "Summer Beer" release. Not a saison by any means, but that doesn't diminish the taste. Would be a great summer drinker, very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation, very light on the palate.

Drinkability is great, like I said, very refreshing. Goes down very smoothly, I would be a big fan of this on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 23:17:21 | More by gtn80
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EwaldEichstaett

Jordan

2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured with no head and a sickly looking cloudy yellow. The beer is dominated by a sweet and sour wheat malt smell. There is a hint of earthy sweetness as well.

I agree with another reviewer who compared the taste to that of an american wheat. It really does not taste/feel like a Saison. Taste is mostly malt with a bit of a fruity flavor (banana). Really weak carbonation and hardly any spice.

It is not a horrible beer, but really not a good representation of the Saison style.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 04:42:41 | More by EwaldEichstaett
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Farm Girl Saison from Lift Bridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.