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Farmhand Ale - Driftwood Brewery

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Farmhand AleFarmhand Ale

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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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Photo of zduerr

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-11-2012 21:04:44 | More by zduerr
Photo of 604growler

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

10-30-2012 02:25:13 | More by 604growler
Photo of intoxabroad


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

10-08-2012 17:02:31 | More by intoxabroad
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear amber-gold with a thin, bubbly off white head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Fruity belgian yeast and peppery spices, just a bit of bananna and clove.

Taste. Doughy, lightly toasted malts, some Belgian yeast, a little clove, pepper and spices with just a trace of orange and lemon. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Very nice belgian style farmhouse ale with mild flavours that I would think would go well with almost any food. Really easy drinking.

09-23-2012 02:01:22 | More by Rutager
Photo of Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

09-10-2012 23:53:08 | More by Molson2000
Photo of spoony


3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

On tap at Hapa Izakaya in Vancouver, BC.

A-Nothing special, but not awful, either. Light gold in color and very little haze. A one-finger off-white head dissipates quickly. Lots of lacing.

S-A little funky. Some sweet yeast and a little spice. A touch of banana. Not a hop-monster by my estimate, but there was a hop note or two.

T-Tastes much like it looks and smells, i.e., a little funk and a hint of spice with a pretty sweet, yeasty backbone. More banana bread notes in the taste than the smell. Some malt flavor with very little hops.

M-Not much in the way of carbonation. Had a bready, sweet quality that I would rate as heavy medium body (for the style, especially). An easy drinker.

O-Not a bad effort... One rung below my New World saison measuring stick that is Tank 7. It wasn't a complex show-stopper, and it was a touch sweet (and probably would benefit from a little more carbonation), but I would drink this again.

09-03-2012 05:37:34 | More by spoony
Photo of beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

08-31-2012 01:17:23 | More by beerhunter13
Photo of jpbebeau


4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-30-2012 15:36:26 | More by jpbebeau
Photo of Stizz19

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

08-22-2012 03:13:31 | More by Stizz19
Photo of 4ster

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

08-19-2012 18:42:06 | More by 4ster
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3/5  rDev -25.4%

On-tap at Alibi Room in Vancouver, BC.

Pours a deep amber colour, almost flecked with copper. Head is a mild, filmy white that leaves some spidery fine lace. The worst part, however is that it just looks flat and still. C'mon, this is a saison! I want it Alive!

Nose is lean and soft, without much funk or acid (or acid funk?). Some honeydew melon rind and a bit of green organics is as close as it gets. It's pretty mild all up, without a lot going on.

Taste is similar. Smooth, mild Belgian notes, backed with just a touch of green vegetative organics. No funk, no yeast notes (apart from a hint of that round Belgian sweetness), no real saison character. It feels very weak, limp and insipid.

This is a very average saison, without much going for it. It's drinkable in its way, but it's a poor example of the style. Once again, I'm at odds with the general consensus around Driftwood, but I just couldn't see the appeal in either of the beers of theirs I tried.

08-05-2012 09:19:08 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Iggy12

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-30-2012 03:36:07 | More by Iggy12
Photo of Coastal_Brew

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-15-2012 23:58:05 | More by Coastal_Brew
Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-11-2012 08:06:39 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
Photo of trail77

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

06-06-2012 03:45:58 | More by trail77
Photo of thefullpython

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

05-23-2012 22:47:13 | More by thefullpython
Photo of beerhaver

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

05-08-2012 16:29:36 | More by beerhaver
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Bomber - Thanks to Lubiere for sharing

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a small size sizzt off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, herbal/earthy notes, spices

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with some grassy hops. There is a hint of spice and some strong herbal notes. It ends with a slightly spicy and malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Not what I was expecting from a Saison. The taste is fine but it's a little too earthy/herbal and boring for me. Some of the taste reminded me or the flavours found in Beau's beers. I wouldn't seek this one out.

04-18-2012 17:37:28 | More by spinrsx
Photo of nomoon

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-16-2012 01:42:44 | More by nomoon
Photo of oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

04-16-2012 01:08:19 | More by oldp0rt
Photo of FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

A: Fantastic colour of deep super clear copper, very low head with only a minimal thin layer lasting. While not dealing with the beers appearance it's worth noting the simplicity and clarity of the label. Driftwood uses icons to lists the ingredients, for me it stirs a confidence in being able to see the minimal list of ingredients.

S: Sweet malts and yeasty high notes with a hint of pepper. Tiny bit of hops, or citrus fruits at the end. It's a great balance of malty earthiness and very subtle citrus after notes.

T: Balance of yeast and rich mildly sweet malts and after taste of citrus peel on account of the hops. After spending the majority of the day running errands this beer is the perfect cap to sit and enjoy with a hardy meal. It's the balance that is most striking and comforting.

M: Tiny bit of sting from the carbonation on this medium bodied ale, again it's the balance of airy carbonation and thin syrup mouth feel that stands out.

O: Well balanced easy drinking ale. I would pair this easily with a hardy meal intended to draw the day to a close. Whether it's steak and potatoes or roasted root veggies, this beer tastes like comfort.

03-12-2012 03:17:37 | More by FondueVoodoo
Photo of w00ddy

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

02-11-2012 18:11:34 | More by w00ddy
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%

Bottle from a liquor store in Vancouver. Best Before July 2012.

A - Pours with a one finger light brown head, dark gold, bright, strong carbonation. Some chunky lace and a film of retention.

S - Sweet spice, yeast, grain, a mild funk. Hops come through and blend well bringing this full circle as a nice saison aroam.

T - Sweet spice, yeast, grain, banana and other types of fruitiness with a tiny funk in the finish. There's definitely a hop note there too but I can't tell what it comes out as.

M - Good carbonation with little tingly bubbles, medium to full body, a spicy finish, maybe some pepper.

O/D - A bit spicy for my tastes in a saison. Definitely a solid saison. The body is bigger than the style and ABV would warrant, though it's pleasant and easy to drink.

02-11-2012 02:17:33 | More by tbeckett
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%

Undated bomber acquired at Luxelune, Winnipeg. Poured into a weizen glass at around 4C.

Deep copper body with substantial haziness and a light white head that leaves gorgeous lacing. A muted nose at first until the thick cap drops, leaving belgian barnyard esters and a hint of peppery spice to come out from beneath it. An odd body in a way as it is quite thick and sweet, but finishes with a light peppery dryness. Too thick for a saison, but with nice esters. A nice beer, just not what I was expecting. Worth having again.

02-08-2012 06:13:26 | More by kjyost
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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