Farm Girl Saison - Lift Bridge Brewery

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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
Photo of jsprain1
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear honey, with a thin white head that lasts pretty well and leaves a couple wisps of lacing.
S- The aroma is straightforward but pleasant. Spicy, with pepper and clove and a bit of pale grainyness.
T- Taste is far sweeter than the nose made me think it would be. This one has an odd but pleasant canned peach flavor, with a strong spice flavor in the finish.
M- Mouthfeel is light, almost foamy. The finish is quite dry.
O- It's an ok beer, I enjoyed it well enough, but there are so many saisons out there I would prefer. (528 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
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 (695 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz on tap into a pint glass.

A: Slightly yellow, nearly clear (colorless). Foamy head, not strong. Steady carbonation bubbles.

S:A little spicy malt & apple. Vague pineapple pineapple, honey, cardamom.

T: Fruit (banana) dominates the flavor profile. Spice profile from hops balances and comliments. Clove, pastry, and a tartness (citrus pith). Rough around the edges.

M: Rich and oily. Nearly perfect balance.

D: Sessionable but I don't like it enough to have too many. Maybe it's the style, maybe it's me... (516 characters)

Photo of GoldHorde
3.3/5  rDev -7%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of DangQuesadilla
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (530 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 orangesol
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of ChimRichels
3.75/5  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. (565 characters)

Photo of argock
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (869 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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! (600 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of sugit
1.9/5  rDev -46.5%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of 321jeff
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (716 characters)

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)

Photo of chicano4craft
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (667 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 OakedCanuck
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of gtn80
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.69/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (957 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is slightly hazed golden yellow. About one finger of white head fades super quick leaving no lace.

The aroma is light. Sweet malt and a hint of tart fruit. Maybe a touch of pepper.

The flavor has a bit more fruit than the nose. Sweet malt and solid amount of orange and lemon. A hint of spice and black pepper as well.

Light crisp body. A good amount of bubbly carbonation.

Overall a decent saison. Nothing bad at all just not anything memorable. (485 characters)

Photo of bevenson
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow with a thin white head. Slight cloudiness.

S - Light grainy, sweet malt. Mild fruity, spicy yeast. Light herbal hops with a mild lemony aroma. Well balanced.

T - Grainy malt up front with peppery yeast. Pleasant herbal hop flavor with a firm bitterness, but not over the top. Simple, but in a good way.

M - Thin body, moderately strong carbonation and dry. Very easy drinking.

D - A very easy drinking beer. I wouldn't have a problem drinking three or four of these in an evening. I would like a little more complexity in flavor, but otherwise it's a very enjoyable beer. (592 characters)

Farm Girl Saison from Lift Bridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.