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Farmhand Ale - Driftwood Brewery

Farmhand AleFarmhand Ale

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89
very good

105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%


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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goalie35

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-22-2013 01:28:35 | More by goalie35
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Niceroad77

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-22-2014 18:58:19 | More by Niceroad77
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6%

02-05-2014 14:38:58 | More by rogerdandy
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J-Swan

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-01-2014 05:28:48 | More by J-Swan
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 17:53:21 | More by jrenihan
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darryletlesballons

British Columbia (Canada)

4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 18:35:19 | More by darryletlesballons
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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -25.2%

11-21-2013 16:18:06 | More by mhaugo
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-28-2013 14:18:26 | More by drummermattie02
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

10-26-2013 06:47:29 | More by Erik-P
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -19%

10-14-2013 01:50:12 | More by KeKeKumba
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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

09-10-2013 17:53:28 | More by billab914
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6%

09-08-2013 04:08:59 | More by ZachT
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has been a staple all summer for me, just a great thirst quencher with a little more character than the typical pale ale.

Nose: Spicy! Lots of spice, from pepper to nutmeg to clove to steak spices. Some banana and apple/pear.

Taste: Crisp, light but fully mouth coating and nicely malted - spices both start and finish prominently, the pepper stays around for a while. Banana and apple, maybe a touch of peach? Not much breadiness for me, though what there is might be sourdough in nature.

Overall: Not a thinker, but a really enjoyable saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 04:35:38 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

08-07-2013 01:43:09 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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adhallick

Manitoba (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

08-05-2013 03:58:24 | More by adhallick
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-31-2013 14:36:05 | More by DaftCaskBC
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -25.2%

07-24-2013 18:59:02 | More by tom10101
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deNevers

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6%

07-05-2013 05:24:05 | More by deNevers
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1stOffender

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-21-2013 03:39:23 | More by 1stOffender
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CWVegas

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +6%

06-17-2013 03:24:29 | More by CWVegas
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber with orange hints; low carbonation; transparent
S: low intensity grapefruit rind, pine, nutmeg, bread dough
T: clean, broad, malty, well-balanced; more spicy maltiness than hoppy character; bitterness is there from the start and builds till it's prominent --but not excessiveness-- in the finish. Leaves a nice rich lingering aftertaste.
M: medium-modied
O: not particularly complex but rich and enjoyable. Very nice with simple hearty country food (ploughman's lunch, lentil soup or salad...)

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 00:19:56 | More by EspressoGuy
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-10-2013 14:49:39 | More by KStark
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Noyt

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-27-2013 19:28:28 | More by Noyt
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-12-2013 02:57:32 | More by smekermann
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-30-2013 19:09:08 | More by IanSpindler
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Farmhand Ale from Driftwood Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.