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Farm Girl Saison - Lift Bridge Brewery

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81
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254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

t0rin0, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.4%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

zestar, May 05, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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

mikesgroove, May 22, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

emerge077, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

zeff80, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

feloniousmonk, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

oline73, Oct 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

kojevergas, Dec 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

imperialking, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

orangesol, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

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
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

mothman, Dec 13, 2008
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Gonzoillini, May 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

BillRoth, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

rolltide8425, Aug 31, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

beertunes, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of ccrida
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

ccrida, Apr 28, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

KAF, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of tavernjef
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

tavernjef, Aug 13, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

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...

ZAP, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

gford217, Feb 17, 2010
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2.15/5  rDev -40.1%

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 maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

maximum12, Dec 31, 2008
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Farm Girl Saison from Lift Bridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.