Farm Girl Saison - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 333
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 7.32%
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: 333
Photo of herman77
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow with lots of tiny little particles. A little bit of bubbly white head that goes away quickly.

S: Sourdough bread and lemon zest.

T: Hmmm. not much flavor, I was expecting more. A little bit of sweetness up front followed by a light bready malt and lemon peel. A little bit of yeast spiciness, but not much at all, you gotta search for it. I haven't had many Saisons, but this barely seems like one.

M/D: Light body. Fizzy, active carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. It goes down easy, good summer beer. Just not much is doing it for me. (560 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[Thanks to mnwags for this one.]

Pours a head of firm sea-foam, clingy and audibly crackly; color is a pale golden-yellow. Lots of bubbles.

Aroma is just barely saison-ish...more like a witbier really. Yeast gives an earthy twist to the floral and fruity vibe that dominates. Slightly biscuit-y. Fresh and buoyant and enjoyable, although its Belgian-ness is debatable.

Flavor is a balance of fruit and bitterness, with a bit of spice for good measure (like a really faint dash of white pepper). Herbal tea vibes, especially in the finish. Lemony flavor is further back, though not at all tart.

Texturally soft, despite ample carbonation; light-bodied; borders on watery, but there's just enough creamy roundness peeking through to save it.

Farm Girl Saison is decent...it's got roundness of flavor and texture, but lacks some depth. Nothing mindblowing, certainly, and not an adequate substitute for key Belgian versions or even superior American takes on the style. And what are those cows on the label sniffin' at? (1,021 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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 (1,004 characters)

Photo of cokes
2.16/5  rDev -39.2%
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? (742 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
2.92/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a white head that fades quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

S: The aromas are lemmony citrus and that's about it. Maybe a slight malt aroma.

T: The taste is lemon peel and bready malt. Pretty one dimensional.

M: The feel is crisp and a bit flat. This makes the acidic citrus really come through in the finish.

D: I'm not a big Saison drinker but this didn't seem to be a good representation.

I could see a BMC drinking liking this because it's pretty one dimensional. If you like lemon in your Blue Moon or Corona you'll probably like this. (615 characters)

Photo of Lunch
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired from a trade with kbutler1 as a generous extra (Thanks!) into my Gouden Carolus goblet at the appropriate temperature (04/10/10)

A: Pours a glowing, golden straw color with a yellow tint capped with just a faint collar.

S: Bouquet of slightly spiced apple juice and a hint of Belgian Yeast.

T:The flavor follows that nose with apple juice and some mild Belgian spices and yeast. Very clean flavor and rather refreshing.

M: On the lighter side of medium-bodied with some appropriate carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink and no real hint of the 6% abv. at all.

Overall this was a very refreshing Tripel that was quite nice to enjoy on a warm spring evening. Thanks again, Kevin! (718 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of mwagner1018
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy dish water appearance, looks like an unfiltered apple juice. Very light film, white head, little to no lacing down glass.

S- Yeast, mild spice, citrus, lemon grass, light sweet orange peel. Very light on the aromas, doesn't deliver as much as I would like for this style.

T- Fruit, apple sauce, silky honey, yeast that presents as light breadiness...slight acidity and tartness, and very moderate spice notes, possibly some clove, a hint of candi that finishes with a hint of sweetness, but pretty dry overall.

M- Crisp, light medium body. Moderate carbonation. Clean and very refreshing.

D- Very drinkable, definitely prepares my taste buds for spring. Nice amount of complexity, finishes well, clean, fresh from top to bottom...very nice interpretation of the style. (782 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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 (611 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.94/5  rDev +11%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of nklatt
4.54/5  rDev +27.9%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
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! (317 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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! (496 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
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! (1,029 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.43/5  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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of mdwalsh
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of blackearth
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of Shango42
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
2.94/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (955 characters)

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