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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: 7 | 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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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-11-2013 19:07:17 | More by JonnyBeers
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pudoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-16-2013 02:02:52 | More by pudoo
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benbou17

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-05-2011 02:55:23 | More by benbou17
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-poured into a pilsner glass , a nice inviting rich copper , minimal head that receded leaving some lace on the glass
S-some fruityness like banana bread in the front with black pepper in the background
T-the mix of flavors follow the aroma fairly close , fruit followed by spices
MF-good body , medium to full , enters the mouth nicely then burst's with sweet , fruit , bitter , spice , a crisp finish that will slightly sour the longer its held in the mouth
Ov-a well balanced saison , pleasant to taste and very easy to drink

Cheers LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 05:39:33 | More by LampertLand
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought for my second review i'd do one of my favourite British Columbia breweries, Driftwood out of Victoria.

Appearance - You get quite a nice rich copper colour, which is accented by a minimal head. It's not hazy at all, quite clear.

Smell - You get banana and citrus right off the bat in the front, with pepper in the back.

Taste - well, if you thought the smell was peppery, the taste hits you with it, but it's a mellow pepper. It's very present, but not so much so that it gets you over the head with a hammer. The taste gets rather yeasty, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel - With this beer you get a medium carbonation with a taste that lingers. Sour notes predominate the longer it's held in your mouth.

Overall - I like it. It's a saison that I love drinking anytime I get a chance, and it's very good, on the whole. It's not overly amazing, but definitely one of my favourites for a quiet night in.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 03:15:48 | More by beerayrton
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goalie35

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours clear orange with a clumpy, foamy head.

S - yeasty malt, apple, and a light salty smell (seaweed)

T - yeasty malt. light peaches and slight hops (apple)
that linger into the finish with the malt

M - medium carbonation and body and neutral finish

D - great yeasty flavor in the malt. I could have many of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 04:43:27 | More by Grunewald
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-16-2011 04:50:39 | More by fizzyted
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-15-2012 23:58:05 | More by Coastal_Brew
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice Saison with a great peppery yeast character and nicely carbed body. The hops are not a dominant as some of their other beers, but they do lend a nice herbal presence to go with the yeast spice. The brewers here seem to know how to make great beer, haven't had anything I did not find great.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:00:07 | More by Siriusfisherman
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-11-2013 05:55:08 | More by twelveinches
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RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-05-2012 15:53:58 | More by RichH55
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-14-2013 05:03:20 | More by kelvarnsen
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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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Niceroad77

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-09-2011 09:09:28 | More by schopenhauerale
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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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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Garrick's Head

A - Medium orange; cloudy. A ring of off-white head.

S - Sweet bready malts, Belgian yeast and a big banana aroma with some spice in the background.

T - Clove, Belgian yeast and banana with a good spice profile in the backgound and some sweet breadiness.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2013 22:58:56 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Alibi.

A: Gold with a white head that leaves a great lacing.

S: Peppery & grassy with hints of barnyard. The aroma is quite good.

T: Peppery spice, grass, slightly earthy, a little citrus, light tartness and a good bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth with a crisp, dry finish.

D: A good drinker (I'd love to have this locally in the summer!).

Brewers info...

A traditional Belgian-style Saison. Originally produced on the farm for seasonal workers during harvest. Tart malt is balanced with flavors of fruit and spice from our unique strain of Belgian yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2008 19:20:59 | More by Derek
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strangemusic

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been impressed with Saisons in general lately, here's one from Victoria's Driftwood Brewing.

The appearance is a clear dark amber, with lacy tan head (nice!) and evident carbonation.

Smell is of hayloft, malt, orange, banana, sea air, yeast and peppery spice.

The taste is bready, very smooth with a tang of hops and pepper, tart juicy fruit flavours, more hayloft, florals... it's complex, but not really eye-opening - all-around tasty though.

The mouthfeel is really odd! It's chewy-textured and very soft, but also feels light in the mouth... strangely balanced! Clean sip with a tangy finish.

Drinkability is quite good - had a whole large bottle to myself and enjoyed every drop.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 23:28:48 | More by strangemusic
Farmhand Ale from Driftwood Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.