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Farmhand Ale - Driftwood Brewery

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our interpretation of this Southern-Belgian farmhouse ale uses a partial sour-mash and the addition of freshly ground black pepper. We use a very unique strain of yeast from Belgium to add further layers of spice and complexity to this rare style of beer.

(Beer added by: Derek on 12-20-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ThirstyDutchman, Jul 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Emmo26, Jul 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Angelhair, Jul 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Larz_73, Jul 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

findango, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

g4g2008, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

bumchilly25, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

seldomseen, May 28, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: medium copper hue with no haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam. Not bad!

Smell: toasty malt with some floral notes and just a little bit of saison funk. It's a bit subtle, but well put-together.

Taste: a little bit funky and almost a little sour; like the aroma, it's quite floral and a little bit toasty. It reminds me a bit of a bière de garde. It's decent, however there's a certain je ne sais quoi that doesn't 100% work for me. So, a good beer, but maybe not one that wholly suits my palate.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and creaminess. Bam! Great.

Overall: this beer is definitely worth a try; however, note it is on the drier and toastier side.

flagmantho, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Kurmaraja, May 25, 2014
Photo of SebD
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, black pepper, cloves, banana and some breadiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast, black pepper, cloves, definite banana and some sweet bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel. Body is definitely thinner than I thought it would be. I actually find it a bit watery.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. This is the first time I'm disappointed with a beer from Driftwood. Maybe it's because I had really high expectations but it's still a good Saison nevertheless.

SebD, May 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

BeerImmediately, May 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Aggro, May 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Gregg_Kawakami, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Niceroad77, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

rogerdandy, Feb 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

J-Swan, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of jrenihan
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11.21.13

Beer is clear copper in colour, with a small off-white head. Head fades quickly.

Nose contains Belgian yeast and spices. The black pepper shines through. Some light fruits.

Like the nose, the flavour contains black pepper quite strongly. A bit much, but not overwhelming. Light fruit flavours bring some balance, and are quite nice. A bit of yeast.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. A bit spicy.

Overall, nice. Not exciting but good.

jrenihan, Dec 22, 2013
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4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been "checking in" on this beer every now and then for a few years now, as much a review of my partialities as of the beer itself. Still a favorite.

Visually appealing golden-amber beer with a full white head. I enjoy the gritty interplay of spicy clove and pepper on a sour base. Reminds me of a grassy Wit with more spice to bite, ending on the same dry "where-did-all-my-saliva-go" finish. Definitely the aroma of Belgian yeasts up front, setting the stage with a light sour grassiness and hints of tart apple followed by cloves. Not too much, not too little for flavour.

Until next time Madame Farmhand.

darryletlesballons, Dec 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

mhaugo, Nov 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

drummermattie02, Oct 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Erik-P, Oct 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

KeKeKumba, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

billab914, Sep 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

ZachT, Sep 08, 2013
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Farmhand Ale from Driftwood Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.