Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale - Brewery Vivant
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Reviews by Avagadro:
4.15/5 rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
A: Farm hand boasts an incredibly pale straw color, and is accented by noticeable haze and a stunning display of vigorous lacing. Its head erupts upon pouring, but quickly dissipates to a thin film topping the brew.
S: The nose is faint, but it sings of herbs de provence, cellar funk, and a touch of lemon zest.
T: Bone-dry and very light, with subtlety being key in this brew. As promised in the nose, hints of herbage, earthy funk, and bright citrus are all blended wonderfully. This brew does a phenomenal job of achieving what Saison DuPont does so wonderfully; delivering a beer that is both refreshingly light, yet loaded with flavor.
M: Very light on the tongue, a touch of astringency, and highly carbonated. I definitely agree that this brew needs a good dose of CO2, but this is overwhelmingly so. It is hard to enjoy this brew without instantly becoming bloated. Still, this is a flaw that is easily resolved, and is the only one worth mention.
O: A superb brew from a country that is known for making terrible farmhouse brews. Vivant definitely hit high marks with me on this one, delivering a brew that actually achieves the Farmhouse Ale's purpose of quenching one's thirst. This is the first Vivant brew I've encountered, but I am already impressed. Highly recommended.
Serving type: can
08-26-2011 23:50:11 | More by Avagadro
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3.6/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On-tap 14 November 2013 at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor.
Pours a a very pale light straw color. 96% clear. Brought with little head, leaves no lacing on the edges.
Smell is faint. As in, I can barely smell it. There’s the faintest hint of grain. But mostly, I get nothing.
Taste is quite nice. I don’t know what this beer is, but it has a light tartness that reminds me of a Berliner weisse. The grainy, wheaty background support that. But there’s a spiciness that surprises me, reminiscent of a Czech pilsner.
Feel is outstanding. Light body, prickly carbonation that elevates the beer well beyond what it would be without that vibrancy.. Dries out and gone at tjust the right time.
Not sure where the smell is; otherwise this is a stellar beer. The feel adds as much as it does in any beer.
Serving type: on-tap
01-10-2014 16:00:55 | More by zeledonia
3.31/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
16oz can poured into a tulip glass
A: Hazy golden yellow. Pours a good amount of head at first then fades to about a 1/2 finger.
N: Bright, sour yeasty notes with some grass/hay, lemon peel, and apple skin.
T: Confirms nose. Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and some fleshy white grapes followed by a grassy finish.
O: This is a simple, refreshing saison that is easy to drink, but has enough going on to give it the right amount of complexity for what it is. This is definitely NOT a "thinking man's saison", but I don't think that's what they are going for. Call it a "lawnmower saison". Call it a "front porch saison". Almost every beer has a time and a place.
Serving type: can
12-28-2013 19:33:17 | More by Oscar_The_Rauch
3.71/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Not my favorite Belgian Saison style beer crafted from the Belgian countryside. However, a decent and flavorful beer that I do look forward to after a day of working outside. I find this beer very refreshing.
Some reviews have commented on this beer being overly carbonated. I disagree. For the style, this beer is on the money for its balance of carbonation lending itself to refreshing. The authentic ales brewed locally in the Belgian countryside by farmers and their families often push the limits of alcohol content and consequently carbonation because of the process and ingredients used.
Brewery Vivant is expert at upholding the traditional brewing processes perfected through the centuries in the Belgian countryside and abbeys. I believe Vivant's Zaison is a better example of a traditional Saison. Farm Hand Ale is less complicated and a good example of an ale one may discover at any random Belgian farmhouse.
Serving type: can
11-18-2013 01:30:20 | More by William_B
Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale from Brewery Vivant
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