Farm Girl Saison - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 10
Gots: 51 | 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i picked up a four pack of pint cans of these and i was glad i did. nice beer from these guys, although very american on the saison front, new and clean and quite belgian, less farmy and rustic and wild, but very good just the same. rather clear in looks for a saison, with a delicate lace white head on top. carbonation is rampant, really aggressive, tickling my nose as i try to smell it. notes of honey and clover and white wheat are all there, and the yeast takes on a belgian aroma, fruity without any of the horsey funk i like in the style. the flavor is a lot less yeast driven than most saisons, although it works in this context. the malt is very fresh and very light, makes a nice base. there is also a fun hopping going on in this, citrus and pear is what i get out of it, and with the yeast, which tastes a little more like a saison than it smells, the combination is excellently bright and refreshing. not much residual on the palate here, it drinks down very clean, forced to by the high carbonation. i found this super refreshing, pleasantly hoppy, and overall quite tasty. its nowhere near the best saisons out there, and i almost like it better in a sort of blonde ale context, but this is great beer for hot weather and i would buy it again.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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 emerge077
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
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 zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, golden-yellow color with a small, thin white head of foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled fruity with notes of apple and pear. It smelled a little funky and yeasty.

T - It tasted of some spicy yeast and fruity tartness - like green apple. There was a mild caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fairly dry finish. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good beer. It's my first from Lift Bridge and I liked it enough to seek out more Lift Bridge brews.

Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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 kojevergas
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass in Minnesota. Reviewed from notes. I didn't have any expectations. Not paired with food.

A: No head at all. Colour is a semitransparent gold.

Sm: Light bacteria, yeast, and barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Light sourness/bacteria, a decently full barley foundation, and a milky note on the side. Not horribly complex, but pleasant and refreshing with a little something different.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a touch sharp (overcarbonated?), and little too thick. Pretty suitable for the flavours.

Dr: Pretty drinkable, but a bit sharp. Affordable, but I still wouldn't get it again simply because it's mediocre.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of the bottle, and into a Saison Dupont glass, why not.

Clearly cloudy, pale straw color, small to no head, but with intensive carbonation, streaming up from above.

Aroma: wheaty nose, pleasant fruity esters, orange and lime, floral and sweetly tart. Promising.

Taste: Spritzy mouthfeel, tartness grabs the palate first, then all fades back. Flavor doesn't last long in the mouth, but does linger a bit in the back. What flavor there is, though, I'm not a fan of. Malt is very light, pilsner-y, bit like a witbier, quite delicate, but doesn't have the character I'd like to get from a professed saison.

Halfway through, the mouthfeel seems creamier and not as tart & spritzy as in the start. Gets easier to down, but I remain unimpressed by the flavor, and find it comes quite short of a true saison character.

Little sweet, little sour, little cider-ish. And I'm glad so many people like it, and it's doing well for these guys, but...not for me.

Photo of orangesol
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EDIT: I am re-reviewing this beer, because I feel that my first review lacked quality.

Poured into Ommegang chalice.

Pours 1 finger of white head. Head fades down quick leaving some splattered lace. Color is a clear golden straw yellow.

Aroma: Spices, lemon zest, yeast, cloves, bananas. It reminds me a little of a hefe with some extra spices and a Belgium yeast.

Taste: Big spice flavor. Lemons, cloves, grass, yeast, and a little fruit flavor. Pretty decent.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Fairly light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a slight dry aftertaste, somewhat clean.

Overall, this is a very drinkable saison, as most of them are. Nice flavors and a good representation of the style. This one is worth a try.

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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 beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another from my recent trade with dzyneguru. Poured into large stemmed wine glass. The beer poured a cloudy white-ish yellow color with just a thin cap of white head that had no retention or lacing.

A very nice spicy, yeasty aroma had a bit of fruitiness in the background, perhaps some grape. The flavors were very similar, spicy, yeasty and just a hint of fruit.

The body was fairly typical, light and crisp, but still satisfying. Drinkability was very good, if this were local for me, I'd drink it regularly.

Overall, a nice beer. Given my limited experience with this style, I'd say this is a fairly typical example of the style. Try it if you see it.

Photo of ccrida
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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 ZAP
2.3/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hard to believe this is 6% ABV...it is light bodied, light textured, lightly flavored, etc....watery body and feel...flavor is almost like that of an American wheat....really does not give any impression of a saison....

Might be servicable as summer drinker in the sun when you want something lighter...but it is just not a real flavorful or inspiring example of a saison.

Low carbonation too...

Photo of tavernjef
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smeared body of a light golden hay color with a thinnish white topping of foam that swifts away as quickly as it arrives. A few sprinkles of lacing dot the glass.

Aroma is fairly light and wheaty based with a very low amount of pale lemon bready sweetness and just a titch of peppery spices and grass.

Taste is very much like what the aroma hints way to as its again, a bit light and more wheaty than Saison. Seemingly more like a Wit with a stirring amount of light wheaty snap and sweetness underneath. Barely there amounts of grassy, peppery spice make a nudge as it finishes wet and watery without much zip remaining nor malty richness. Which, unlike this, most Saisons tend to create.

For the most part, its the body where this lacks the most and hampers the effects of what the flavors really could provide. Fairly watery, quick, wet, and light with just nip of solid wheaty snap and spice with some whisps of yeast and grassy hops.

More like a Wit than any Saison(See/drink Fantome or Dupont), Farm Girl is a way lighter, Summery rendition of a simplified, easy drinkin' wheat based brew.

Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blue Door Pub. If you haven't been there for a local beer & a Blucy yet, get your arse down there. Good place!

Hadn't had anything from Lift Bridge, so I opted for the Saison over my old friend Furious.

The Farm Girl didn't make much of an impression, maybe because I dated a few in the past. Yellow, with a hint of spices, a sweet kiss, & just a hinted backdraft of funk in the distance.

Easy-drinking, a good beer for the summer out on the patio. If nothing else, it convinced me that Lift Bridge can make beer, so I'll be on the lookout for other offerings that might make me even happier.

Photo of gford217
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of buebie.

Pours a very light and very clear yellow with a small bubbly white head that recedes slowly to a solid collar but leaves no trace of lacing.

The aroma is slightly sweet with some green apples and apricots on top of grass and Belgian yeast spiciness.

The taste is light and almost watery with some grassy hops up front and apples and pears following closely. The finish is dry and very much like a pilsner honestly. In fact, the whole thing tastes more like a pilsner than a saison now that I think about it.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and extremely crisp and clean for the style. It's got very little spiciness that I would expect in the style.

This is a solid and very drinkable beer but I don't think it's really great for the style, as it offers very little complexity.

Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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 cokes
2.16/5  rDev -40.2%
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?

Photo of KarlHungus
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a semi-cloudy orange-gold color. The head is small, and recedes into almost no lacing within seconds. The aroma has lots of lemon and orange peel, some cardamom, and yeasty barnyard funk. This is the most lemon/orange peel I've encountered in a saison, but it works and I like it. The taste is considerably less vibrant than the aroma. In fact, I think it can be best described as weak. What is there is fruity with a mild yeast presence. The mouthfeel is thin, water, with low carbonation. This is the weakest, thinnest feel I've encountered in a saison. Overall, I am greatly disappointed in this beer. I had heard good things, and it being brewed in Minnesota I decided to take a chance and bought a whole six pack. Now I'm left with the problem of how to finish the last five beers. This is by no means the worst beer around. However, it has a lot of aspects which I find very disagreeable, and nothing that really sparks any interest.

Photo of morimech
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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 alexgash
3.32/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of birchstick
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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!

Photo of argock
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Farm Girl Saison from Lift Bridge Brewery
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