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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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4.18/5  rDev +4%

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.

JasonLovesBeer, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Aug 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

adhallick, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

DaftCaskBC, Jul 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

tom10101, Jul 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

goalie35, Jul 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

deNevers, Jul 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

1stOffender, Jun 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

CWVegas, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of EspressoGuy
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

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...)

EspressoGuy, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

KStark, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Noyt, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

smekermann, Apr 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

IanSpindler, Mar 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

sclitch, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

kelvarnsen, Mar 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

twelveinches, Mar 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

bigbeerd, Feb 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

cbnz, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

pudoo, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

JonnyBeers, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Siriusfisherman
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Siriusfisherman, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

RichH55, Dec 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
Farmhand Ale from Driftwood Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.