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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale - Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
81
good

348 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jale on 01-23-2011)
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Reviews by Wadsey:
Photo of Wadsey
2.1/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brewery Vivant's Farmhand

Served in New Belgium Tulip

A: Aggressive pour yields unacceptable head that looks nothing like a cloudy mountain, has no retention and leaves no lacing. Does not look like a Saison. Beer is hazy and pale gold with decent effervescence. 

S: Opens with a whiff of creamed corn, then lemonheads candy and earthy yeast. Sorry, no "horse blanket."

T: Sweet, toasted and crackery malts, a touch of spicy yeast, hay. A little tang. Definitely malt forward. There is something off in the malt bill that I find gross. It tastes stale. Finish is neither clean nor crisp. Still no horse blanket.

M: Medium body and low carbonation. Grainy and semi-dry. Mouthfeel is weak. 

O: I've been exploring Saisons lately, and that certainly cast the shortcomings of Farm Hand in sharp relief. Sloppy. 

Thanks hurfer for the opportunity. 

Wadsey, Jun 04, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

DanGeo, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saison from a can? Yes, please! Farm Hand pours a golden apple juice color; a vibrant shade of yellow casts over it with a transparacy all throughout while a mild chill haze abducts the center of the brew. Very volatile on the pour - a big, soapy, bone-white cap froths up quickly and shows decent retention, albeit poor lacing.

The aroma is "farm-y" indeed, with a nice collage of scents coming together; musk, cheesy funk, light apple skins, thick yeast, bready malts. Seemingly effervescent and crisp, although I wish there were a larger fruit compontent. The funk of the brew isn't on par with Brett, it's more muted, less tart, and actually a little bit more damp and musty. Nothing super powerful or robust, but still a solid collection of refreshing saison aromas.

Farm Hand is a little more vibrant on the palate, esepcially when talking about the fruitiness. Funky apples, lemon zest, and white grape skins are the first things to hit my tongue. They're far from sour, but still provide a subtle, yet sharp hint of tartness that only gets stronger as the beer gets warmer. The taste confirms the fact that this beer is definitely a nice, refreshing choice for a hot day.

More bouts of musty funk hit immediately after the fruit spike, along with some wet woody (though I don't believe this ever touched wood), faint, spicy esters, and even a touch of barnyard. Again, not quite reminiscent of Brett, but this brew still has a decent funk to it. It's dry as hell in the finish, like licking a cactus, with a highly carbonated, thin body and a crisp mouth feel.

In a market that's saturated with tons of great saisons, this one doesn't quite stack up. It does, however, still provide a nice, simple example of the style with a pleasant amount of yeast, funk, and fruit, while remaining readily available (in Michigan, at least) and highly affordable. Nothing excellent, but a great choice for what it is.

tectactoe, May 17, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a pale yellow with a large, rocky white head.

S: Orange and peach fruit aromas mix with a mild spice and pepper. A low barnyard funk and a touch of sour aroma. There is a soft Pils malt aroma and a a light spicy hops aroma.

T: Fruit dominate the flavor as much as it did in the aroma with a medium-high orange an moderate pear followed by a nice touch of pepper. There is again a low Pils malt and moderate spicy hops. There is a low sourness and almost brett like funk. The medium-high bitterness carries into the aftertaste following a very dry finish.

M: Moderately-light bodies with medium-high carbonation. There is a light dry prickle from all the carbonation.

O: A well done Saison that is dry and refreshing with a good fruitiness and decently high bitterness.

MadScientist, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

danthehopslamman, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, no freshness date.

LOOK: Mildly hazed pale yellowish straw, head suffers but some lacing stays

SMELL: Lemon zest, nutty yeast, grapenuts, bread crust, parsley, esters

TASTE: Crisp, snappy, rustic, grainy, dried hay, animal feed, lemon peel, nutty, bone dry, plums, estery

First few sips my palate was smack around a bit. The full depth of the grain used starts coming through, the unmalted grains really to make their mark on the palate. Very refreshing and something completely different from the normal to what "farmhouse" ales are commercially available right now.

Jason, May 16, 2012
Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Guinnsslvr, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Mattco
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Mattco, Jun 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

TCJosh, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Ann Arbor, MI.
Hazy yellow gold with a good bit of visible carbonation. Smallish head.
Easy drinking with only a touch of funk.
T: lightly yeasty and fruity flavor with a clear apricot note. Has a nice sweet/tart balance but clearly leans to the tart side.

O: refreshing and very drinkable version of the style with a good bit of complexity.

chinchill, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of MSUEmilie
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a very light hazy yellow color to it and was served with no head or lacing on the glass.

There was quit a sour aroma to it that made the mouth water. You knew right away there would be some lemon flavor to this beer.

This beer turned out to be a sour malty lemon beer that finished very crisply.

One of the major contributors to this beers mouthfeel is its high level of carbonation. This gave the beer a very unique feel that I particularly enjoyed.

This is a very unique beer I really enjoyed.

MSUEmilie, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a globe glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear lemon yellow that turns just a bit hazy with the last pour. There is a frothy white foam that pops away to a thick ring of foam and some strands of slow bubbles.

S- The full aroma of bread dough yeast has some slight bright bread dough note to it in the finish.

T- The bright tartness is followed by a bread dough yeast flavor that has some bitterness and earthy hops with a citrus zest note that lingers. The bread yeast is back in the aftertaste after the dry finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- I love saisons but I just can't get past the Vivant yeast. It taste to much like raw bread dough yeast and it is the dominating flavor. This one is just not for my taste.

rhoadsrage, Dec 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Reappropriated, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of DJSpidey
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is, by far, my favorite from Brewery Vivant. I have had it on tap at a beer event, on tap in their taproom, in a growler (from their taproom), and in cans; all have been equally tasty, and I am a fan of it. Although it is not a Belgian completely, it reminds me of one. It has more flavor-and character- than an Oberon (from Bell's--also a favorite) while going down very easily; I can see drinking a lot of this on hot days--and it comes in cans, too.

It pours cloudy, and has that wheat'ish flavor with mild Belgian hints; although I am presently a big fan of American IPA beers, I really like Farm Hand Ale (which is almost 180 degrees from an IPA).

DJSpidey, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of joeseppy
4.26/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy pale yellow and a generous white head with merengue density that quickly ebbs.

Aromas of yeast, lemongrass, and sour mash.

Tart with essence of lemon. Mild pepper. Pears and white grape round this up.

Light-bodied with a spritz quality to it.

Sessionable saison. Cannot go wrong bringing this to any summer backyard gathering. Will be fantastic for the summer heat. Keeping the style in mind, Brewery Vivant made this easy going and thirst quenching as any farmhand would need. The style has been mastered well.

joeseppy, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jon for this one.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, very light yellow color with a foamy white head that has pretty nice retention. Foamy lacing forms on the sides and reduces rather quickly.

S: Right away I almost get an apple juice aroma, followed by some wheat, honey, and some light spices.

T: Better than the aroma, none of that apple juice. Lemon and lemon zest, some light spicy yeast, and faint wheat/grainy malt.

M: Light to medium bodied, smooth and pretty easy drinking.

O: An easy drinking saison, but not overly amazing. Would be nice on a hot day relaxing though.

mdaschaf, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep yellow, slight peppery but mostly yeasty smelling. Highly carbonated which subtracted from mouthfeel, salty and not so drinkable saison.Thanks Steven. Fairly poor saison, uninteresting. I think they got this one wrong, athough most of the elements are there.

Sammy, Jan 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

MSEGUIN, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of pourmeadrink
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

pourmeadrink, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Farm Hand pours a very light straw color. Backlighting gives it a yellow-ish look. Carbonation is quite active, yielding a fluffy white head that stands over two and a half fingers tall. It recedes to a surface covering quickly. Lacing was sticky and thick. Not bad.

The nose is pretty good. It’s a little on the weak side. It kicks off with a mix of earthy and musky notes. Belgian yeast is noticeable, but I wouldn’t mind a little more. Light fruit notes of apple and pear are noted. Smells a little malty and sweet. Alcohol is masked well and isn’t noticeable. It’s pretty good. More strength would help.

The flavor is pretty consistent with the nose. It’s a tad fruity up front. Apple and pear are the most notable. It is earthy and grainy throughout. There’s a bit of a musky flavor that’s nice. It’s not funky though. Belgian yeast is flavorful and adds a bit of a spicy flavor to the mix. Alcohol seems light and is masked extremely well. It’s pretty good stuff. Finishes earthy with a spicy yeast flavor.

Farm Hand has a light-medium body. Carbonation is active, but the bubbles feel light and smooth. It’s not quite smooth, but it’s not bad. Given the low abv, this stuff goes down easy. A 16 oz. can is a nice serving size. I do like the can.

Farm Hand is an okay release from Brewery Vivant. It isn’t bad by any stretch, it just seems like it needs a little more of everything. More aromatics, flavor, body, the works. All in all, it just seems a little light for a Saison. Ramp up everything a little and it just might shine. Not bad though. Definitely worth a try. I’m still taken aback by drinking Belgian style ales in a can. I like that!

prototypic, Sep 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

spartanlaker, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ebby82
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this from the brewery on my visit last week.

Pours a very hazy light color into a pint glass. A frothy head.

Aromas are of slightly funky Belgian yeast, a small hop presence, and a general sweetness.

The taste is light; very slightly acidic, a minimal hop presence, with a nice, tartness.

The mouthfeel is light, its not very carbonated, but this does not detract from my enjoyment.

Overall, less hoppy than I prefer with a saison, but very drinkable and enjoyable.

ebby82, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Gonzoillini, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of rolandboy
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

rolandboy, Nov 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker, Feb 11, 2014
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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale from Brewery Vivant
81 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.