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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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nomoon


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-16-2012 01:42:44 | More by nomoon
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intoxabroad

Taiwan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

10-08-2012 17:02:31 | More by intoxabroad
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CWVegas

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-30-2013 19:09:08 | More by IanSpindler
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deNevers

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-05-2013 05:24:05 | More by deNevers
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip glass. A slightly hazy apricot with a massive bubbly light tan head. Great head retention and strong lacing.

Fresh malt smells with hoppy hints. Pepper overtones. Slightly fruity up front. Actually fairly mild tasting overall. Slightly hoppy pepper finish. Very well done.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good. Refreshing and very pleasant overall. I had no problem finishing the bomber by myself.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 04:20:36 | More by scott451
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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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Iggy12


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-30-2012 03:36:07 | More by Iggy12
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-29-2012 02:12:40 | More by KalanM
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 02:01:22 | More by Rutager
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, big thanks to ritzkiss for hooking me up!

Pours a clear coppery orange, really thick off white head forms, drops down to a thick ring leaving a ton of lace chunks on the glass, looks good. Smell is real nice, sweet and malty, orange peels, light spice, yeast, toast and bread, lemongrass, wheat, very refreshing and fruity aroma. Taste is nice too, orange peel and tea up front, lemons, toast and wheat, light honey sweetness, very malty, some fruit and a touch of peppery spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, goes down real easy. A very nice saison, I could drink a lot of this stuff. Thanks Eric!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 20:33:38 | More by Viggo
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hot damn this is one tasty Saison, big spicy and full of lots of citrus and that belgian yeastiness that defines the style. I got a lot of complexity out this beer as it warmed up and I am starting to realize that Driftwood is quickly becoming one of the best and most innovative brewers in BC( Canada?)

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 20:00:41 | More by canucklehead
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this one at Salt, a cheese-tasting room in Vancouver, B.C. Was impressed with it then and hope to be now. Note: brewed with all the usual stuff (water, barley malt, hops and yeast) and then black pepper. Hmm.

Bountiful two-finger head of latte-like foam with a rush of bubbles up through a copper/sunset/amber color. Head never totally disappears and lace clings to the glass in a thick wall. Very Belgian indeed, as far as its looks go.

As per style, yeast forms the basis for the aroma, bringing various herbs and spices to mind, and sure enough I'm getting black pepper. It's not overdone, and I ain't sneezing, it seems to be added in just the right amount to offer a bit of extra personality. Some mellower fruit elements creep in as well.

Speaking of mellow, the flavor delivers a gentle, delicate mixture of herbal, spicy and lightly fruity characteristics. Yeast plays a part in the profile and some fresh-baked wheat bread and toffee/butter hints follow through behind it. Reminds me of Van Steenberge's Bruegel in a way, in its gentleness and subtle flavors.

Fittingly, the mouthfeel is silky and soft, just right for the flavors, although it might be a tad thinner than it could've/should've been.

A wonderful saison, which has become a popular style for North American brewers to tackle as of late. Thankfully it offers something more subtle and less spice-driven than its modern counterparts on this side of the world while doing its representatives from the original homeland proud -- reason enough for any Belgian and Belgian-style fan to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 22:25:55 | More by Metalmonk
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy copper orange, 2 fingers of soapy head, dissipated slowly leaving random lacing
S - very fruity with apricot, orange, yeasty esters, and subtle clove sipce
T - fruity blend of peach, apricot, and banana quickly gives way to clove, ginger, pepper, and bready malt, extremely flavourful
M - big body carbonation, very tart the spices really get into your nose
D - so rich in summer fruits and spices that I can imagine people waiting for this to be ready come summer, big kick in flavour and feel, but a pleasure to drink at any time in my opinion

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 05:44:21 | More by joemcgrath27
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +4%
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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Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650mL bottle.

Appearance: Golden-amber in colour with a creamy white head that laces well.

Smell: Lots of fruity yeast aromas. Musty bread notes as well. Very pronounced aromas remind me of a good solid Belgian.

Taste: Nice hoppy bitterness with a fruity tang bite. Orange, banana, and lemon notes.

Mouthfeel: Nice and light. Perfect for a refreshing summer saison.

Drinkability: Extremely high. They should sell this in 5L mini kegs because it's low-ish alcohol and ridiculously refreshing. Great for a hot day thirst quencher.

Overall: I had this on-tap at Alibi room a while ago and am reviewing this from a bomber I bought after the initial taste. Such a smooth drinker and one of the most thirst quenching beers I've had in a long time.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 23:23:35 | More by Hornet2003
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a coppery, golden color. It poured with a sticky, frothy head.

s: Barnyardy, yeaty phenols, bananas, and a nice, sharp, spicy pepper note.

t: Dry and refreshingly tart with a faint, burnt plastic flavor at the finish. Also, some fairly strong spicy notes of pepper and cloves.

m: Viscous, with creamy carbonation.

d: A very nice saison, one of the top three brews I tried on this trip. I wish I had been able to bring some home.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 15:53:30 | More by DIM
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle purchased by my dad at The Brewery Creek Liquor Store in Vancouver, British Columbia. Pours a hazed amber gold with two fingers of bubbly, eggshell white froth and strands of lacing on the stemmed wine glass. Smell and taste are fresh oranges, lemon, faint nuttiness, clove, dried mango, a tad earthy and resinous, jujube candy, marmalade, smooth and tart maltiness, green banana, mildly citric orange peel bitterness, fleeting finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and peppery spiciness upfront, prickly tang on the tongue, passing dryness to end. The black pepper is evident in the aftertaste. This reminds of Black Oak Saison, but with a few more nuances due to the beefier grain and hop bills and higher ABV. Seems like a pretty versatile beer, good for sessioning after a hot day or pairing with a light meal. Overall it's a nice quaff in the summer season.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 21:26:29 | More by cratez
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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
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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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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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jpbebeau

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-30-2012 15:36:26 | More by jpbebeau
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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
Farmhand Ale from Driftwood Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.