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Farmhand Ale - Driftwood Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

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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ThirstyDutchman

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-25-2014 06:35:10 | More by ThirstyDutchman
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Emmo26


5/5  rDev +24.4%

07-23-2014 02:40:38 | More by Emmo26
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Angelhair

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-11-2014 22:09:12 | More by Angelhair
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Larz_73

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-10-2014 22:07:34 | More by Larz_73
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findango

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-10-2014 16:45:22 | More by findango
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g4g2008

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-08-2014 01:59:16 | More by g4g2008
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-21-2014 20:26:29 | More by bumchilly25
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seldomseen

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-28-2014 22:23:35 | More by seldomseen
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flagmantho

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

05-28-2014 02:30:14 | More by flagmantho
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-25-2014 04:28:57 | More by Kurmaraja
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -7%

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.

05-23-2014 23:12:45 | More by SebD
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

05-22-2014 04:12:38 | More by BeerImmediately
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Aggro

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-18-2014 07:37:24 | More by Aggro
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Gregg_Kawakami

Hawaii

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

05-18-2014 04:30:02 | More by Gregg_Kawakami
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Niceroad77

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -2%

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.

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.54/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

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

California

3/5  rDev -25.4%

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

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

09-08-2013 04:08:59 | More by ZachT
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Farmhand Ale from Driftwood Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.