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Farm Girl Saison - Lift Bridge Brewery

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238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | 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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gatornation

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 23:26:50 | More by gatornation
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gford217

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 02:02:21 | More by gford217
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild yeast, mild spice. Each soft, pleasant and trend towards sweeter with very mild fruitiness.
Poured with virtually no head. Slightly cloudy pale gold. Fair amount of fizzy bubbles rising.
Fizziness continues in feel with spirtzy fine carbonation that is surrounded by moderately light body. Yeast flavor strongest with pale malt flavor. Flavor close to aroma. Mild spice with some phenols, pepper and a touch of sweetness.
I like the flavors of this yeast. Drinks nicely and I really look forward to this on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 02:40:02 | More by garymuchow
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a slightly hazy gold color, lots of rising carbonation towards a small white head. The smell kind of reminds me of a hefe at first, Kinda grassy and clovey.

Somewhat acidic on the tongue, but a very clean taste at the same time. Im kinda getting more of a wheat beer vibe off of this, but its also kinda clean tasting like a pils.

Pretty thin mouth overall, which basically adds to what this beer's essence is, which is a nice tasty refreshing treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 01:42:12 | More by Tballz420
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nklatt

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first saison and I quite enjoy it.

Pours a pale, somewhat cloudy orange; there is plenty of yeast on the bottom! Head is minimal and lacey. Smell is tart and fruity - cherry. Minimal hops bitterness but plenty of flavor. Goes down very easy and leaves me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 03:28:23 | More by nklatt
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my favorite tulip glass.
Pours a very clear golden color. Slight head with no lacing. Smells of cloves and slight banana. Smooth taste. Very little to no hop flavor. Dry after taste.
This is a beer for the summer time, although I am drinking it mid-winter in MN, oh well.
Drinkable for sure!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 04:54:18 | More by kbutler1
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zeff80

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 04:15:39 | More by zeff80
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another 12 ounce bottle from my Secret Santa 2009 haul from Scoobydank. Poured into my nonic pint glass. the saison appears an ultra cloudy pale yellow color (I stirred up the yummies in the bottom of the bottle) with about a finger of bone white foam. Nose and flavor consist of yeast, bananas, cloves, (sometimes I think of a saison as sort of a Belgian hefe), mild spice, lemon, pepper. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. A decent attempt at the style. Thanks for the opportunity Scooby!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 05:25:57 | More by ClockworkOrange
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lift Bridge Farm Girl Saison pours a finger of white foam over a spritzy, cloudy lemon yellow brew. The nose is bright, clean Belgian ale yeast with notes of clove and banana. The flavor is light barley malt, wheat, and citrus, with a bit of herbal hop sharpness off the back. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a bit of barley in the aftertaste. More at the mellow end of the Saison style, this particular brew is missing some of the more assertive flavors that can be found in Saisons- funkiness, tartness, and peppery or herbal hop notes. In fact, Farm Girl has a lot of flavors a good Wit might have. This is all to the good- there's still plenty of flavor here, yet it's more accessible. This would make a good party or gateway beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 07:41:54 | More by shadow1961
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - pale, foggy yellow or golden color. Lots of haze with this pour and a thin wispy white head. When held to the light it is still opaque and somewhat reminiscent of Belgian Wit.

Aroma - lots of good ol' ripe banana and cloves up front. I pick up some slight lemony/citric acid as well.

Taste - yeasty and spicy with a bit of sweetness in the finish. The banana and clove are all over the place with this so hopefully you know what you are getting into and like those flavor profiles. The spiciness is fairly mellow and not at all dominating which is what I like about this beer. It shows off what a yeast strain can do for an innocent subtle beer nicely.

Overall - very drinkable and definitely a nice offering from Lift Bridge. The higher carbonation level makes this beer refreshing and crisp with every sip. Well done sirs.

Would I buy more of it? - alas I can not, the brewery is far away and so are all their bottles of beer. My thanks goes out to a fellow beer lover in Iowa for this one. Cheers RobertDwight!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 03:55:56 | More by indiapaleale
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am always happy to see American made Saison's, the more local the better. This one definitely fits that bill.

A cloudy, hazy golden brew. A minimum of wisp of foam on top. I expect a big head from a saison, this isn't living up to expectations.

Sour green apples, clove, yeast, and banana round out the pleasant aroma. Light bodied and carbonated on the palate. Sourish throughout, a touch of yeast, and finishes with spicy bitterness.

A pleasant, drinkable brew. To become a great brew, it could use a little more sourness and complexity and more foam out of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 00:56:11 | More by BeardedBoffin
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a recent trade with BDLbrewster. Thanks!
Pours a very cloudy light gold. Reminded me of a lemonade. There's a very fizzy white head right away, but this pops away to nothing very quickly. No lace. Smells of pineapple, honey, and sour apples. The mouth is fairly spritzy, but not harsh. Nice tart flavor right away like apples and lemons. Finishes smooth and bready. I like the aftertaste. I expected more of a fruity finish, but I like this. Not a bad beer by any means. I could have a few of these. Quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 19:56:49 | More by Onenote81
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving: 12oz. bottle into Duvel tulip
Temp: 40F

I got this beer at an MGM in Maple Grove, MN that does a nice job of selecting micros and foreign beer in general. I was extremely shocked when I saw an rAve of 3.53. I take my scores before I check here and am generally plus or minus 0.2.

S: Licorice? Sour citrus... first thing I thought of was Orval. Smells good to me. (4.5)

A: Cloudy golden yellow with very little head and no lacing. I rated it down a bit because of this. (3.5)

T: A lot like Orval... I told my wife immediately that I thought this might be a bit of a clone, though perhaps my palate isn't as well honed as many. This was a big surprise for me, but a pleasant one. (4.5)

M: Higher carbonation than I prefer, it bites the tongue a bit, but it has a nice light body. (3.5)

D: Very nice, could definitely make a night of this! (4.5)

O: Delicious and cheap (at $7.99/6pk.) Why buy Bud Light when you could drink this for almost the same price?

EDIT: 7/4/2010

This beer is decent, but tastes nothing like Orval. I must have been drunk or something.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 01:49:41 | More by dpnelson1978
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 02:13:11 | More by mdwalsh
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blackearth

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2009 16:43:14 | More by blackearth
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Shango42

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type-bottle poured into pint glass.
A-Cloudy yellow pour. Thick white head from hard pour that dissapears quicky. Some suspended yeast.
S-Yeasty, bready, nutty. Some sweetness. Lemon and orange peel.
T-Nutty, bready, yeasty, and wheaty - just like in the nose, but this is far cleaner and crisper than other saisons I've had. It doesn't have the funk aroma to it. This is less complicated, more straightforward, more refreshing and possibly less true to the style. Doesn't quite matter to me, I'm really enjoying this version. Some bitterness in the middle - not much though. Good sweetness that balances the other flavors well.
M-A little watery but pretty smooth with decent carbonation.
D-So easy. A hot summer day's beer. Maybe not a very good example of a saison, but a very tasty, easy-drinking beer regardless of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 03:27:33 | More by Shango42
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 01:08:42 | More by KarlHungus
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 23:06:22 | More by tavernjef
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 21:27:49 | More by ChopperSmith
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Busters

A: Yellow, slightly cloudy. Strong carbonation. Not much head.

S: Really not a whole lot of aroma. I let it warm up a bit and god some tartness and faint yeast tones, with some banana and pepper. Really faint though.

T: Slightly sweet with nice tartness. Really no yeast character when compared to other saisons I've had. The yeast that is there provides some hints of pepper and banana, but it is really hard to get out of this beer. I do get a nice lemon peel bitterness towards the end, but other than that, the flavors just aren't there. Tastes more like a pale wheat ale than a saison.

M: Light bodied and finishes dry. Right on mouthfeel.

D: I really felt like this one missed the boat. I've had it a couple times and thought it was so-so. Upon reviewing this, I really agree with that assessment. I love saisons, and just had a Saison Dupont. This doesn't hold a candle. I may give it another try in the future to see if it changes my mind.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 22:46:47 | More by brewdoc75
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ZAP

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -37%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 04:32:54 | More by ZAP
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

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

Pours a light golden color with muc carbonation building up to a beautiful white head.

Smell is spicy and zesty, some banana and pear come through as well.

Taste is of pear and banana with smooth lemon zest. Light bready malt is the finish, tasty saison.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a medium body and high carbonation.

Good drinkability, nice beer for a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 03:26:32 | More by pmccallum86
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2009 00:40:22 | More by tempest
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morimech

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 23:09:36 | More by morimech
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 06:42:15 | More by supercolter
Farm Girl Saison from Lift Bridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.