Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale - Brewery Vivant
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1.85/5 rDev -48.2%
This is a lemony saison with an almost offensive, polarizing taste.
I wanted to like it because I enjoy Vivant's other canned offerings and their beer at the brewery is great. This one however is a huge disappointment.
P.S. Gives me a real dirty Busch Light type of buzz.
06-06-2011 03:27:11 | More by britbrew10
2.1/5 rDev -41.2%
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.
06-04-2011 02:34:30 | More by Wadsey
2.15/5 rDev -39.8%
$2.69 for a 16 oz. can from Siciliano's. Thanks Maddog for picking it up!
A: pale yellow color with slight cloudiness, poured with frothy head that dissipated to thicker veiled head with lively CO2
S: milder nose, grassy, hints of DMS
T: very light in taste, a bit of gritty malt up front with balanced bitter hop finish, hint of DMS in taste
M: very light bodied beer, has some American lager feel to it which is not pleasant for this style
O: I was expected more of a toned-down biere de garde style beer
02-21-2012 01:07:02 | More by wisrarebeer
2.43/5 rDev -31.9%
Can to glass. Pale yellow, some haze. Not a ton of aroma, but lots of carb.
Taste: here comes that carbonation. Overwhelming. Fizzy yellow beer overwhelming. Makes ot feel quite thin.
If this is a farm house ale, could have fooled me... all forced carb on this one. Yeast dominates the taste, but not standard farm house yeast. More like a whit. Very bready. Differentiated from a whit in that there are some hops there, but more of a hopped whit than a saison. And I the back end, this beer is fairly sweet. Totally misses the style mark.
Where is the farm house? Not here.
09-03-2013 01:58:32 | More by jwjon1
2.5/5 rDev -30%
16 oz can. No canning dates.
Pours a very, very pale straw yellow. Looks almost like water. A billowy, bone white head fizzles out very quickly, leaving a thin cover.
Grassy smelling, with light pepper and citrus. Earthy hops.
Dry and grassy at first, leads into a spicy mid-palate with some chalky, earthy hops. Faint, fruity sweetness, berry-like. The sweetness does remind me of lower quality lagers, leaving a very weird, sweet taste in my mouth.
Crisp and pretty easy drinking, but that sweetness that is akin to cheap adjunct lagers is a turn off. I like the idea, but not the execution.
02-29-2012 05:26:46 | More by litheum94
2.55/5 rDev -28.6%
ordered a draft of this at Rockys in Grand Rapids. i have been to Bewery Vivant several times as i live close to it, but have never ordered this particular flavor because it is not a style I enjoy. thought i would give a shot.
a- light yellow, clear, no head or lacing, small amount of carbonation bubbles floating from the bottom to the top of the glass
s- smells good, very yeasty, malty, grassy...almost smells like a lager
t- nothing like the smell. bland straw is the big flavor here. theres a funky, earthy aftertaste that gets worse as the beer warms. not good. couldnt finish the whole glass, it was making me gag.
m- wet, low carbonation, almost flat feeling
o- not enjoyable, will not order this ever again
09-25-2011 02:04:02 | More by cindiwindi1025
2.6/5 rDev -27.2%
Vivant, seriously guys. I love a saison, and this is not a saison.
It looks like a saison, it smells kinda like a saison, but it taste nothing like one. Way too sweet, no hay or barnyard smells, no fruity spice, just clover yeast bite.
I wouldn't order this again, it's not bad, but it's also not worth seeking out.
Vivant- make the beer as sexy as my server and I'll be back.
01-26-2011 16:55:31 | More by olympuszymurgus
2.6/5 rDev -27.2%
A= The appearance was a straw yellow in color it was light not really hazy. The head was really nice about the only good thing about this one retained well nice foamy head.
S= I expected a "Farmhouse Funk" smell but it really smelled like a euro lager. There really wasn't any of the other scents that I normally pick up on a Farmhouse Ale.
T= Tasted just like the nose a euro lager and it tasted kind of like a weaker euro lager at that.
M= Nice Carbonation, Lighter beer.
O= Overall, I really was excited to try this beer and it was a huge let down for me glad my friend gave me this beer I wouldn't buy this beer. I will however sample some of the other beers that I have from them.
10-12-2011 22:20:27 | More by LiquidBread219
2.65/5 rDev -25.8%
I generally find it hard to rate local brews with low scores, but this one was not in my wheel house. I actually enjoy farmhouse style ales but this one was a bit too bitter for me. The aftertaste left way too much bitterness and lasted way too long. I had to choke down the pint as I paid for it and I wasn't going to waste it. Generally when I think of Saison or Farmhouse Ales I think of fruity or spicy beers but not this bitter. It was lackluster at best and not in the style of a good farmhouse or saison in my opinion. This was the 2nd time I tried it and there, unfortunately, won't be a third time.
03-28-2013 15:25:50 | More by centurian62
2.68/5 rDev -24.9%
My number one problem with this brew is that it doesn't look like beer, it looks like lemonade. My number two problem is that the taste is very mild; it is not unpleasant, just not very intense. Now I had this after the Wit, which has a much stronger flavor, so I could have been influenced by that, next time I'll chug a PBR before I try this one. Of course, there may not be a next time for this brew, due to the other problems. Finally, the carbonation seems awfully harsh and industrial, not creamy at all.
06-22-2012 03:45:14 | More by ribby
2.7/5 rDev -24.4%
On tap poured into a becher glass.
A- Straw yellow with light carbonation. It started with a 1-finger, white head that left decent stick on the glass.
S- Reminded me somewhere between a decent pilsener and a euro pale. Lots of doughy, malt backbone with spicy hops and some peppery notes.
T- Much as the aroma suggests. Sweet, doughy malts combine with spicy hops and slightly peppery tones. Not very farmhousy.
M- There's a bit of a bite provided by the spicy qualities. Very dry with a clean finish.
D- It's pretty "meh." Presented as a "farmhouse ale," I'm thinking Saison or Biere de Garde. Even lighter on the spectrum, it doesn't fit these qualities. More of a Euro Pale Lager or Blonde Ale, maybe. While not a bad beer, it's very poorly categorized by the brewer or even misrepresented on the menu.
02-11-2011 03:28:31 | More by GRPunk
2.75/5 rDev -23%
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.
01-06-2013 06:22:09 | More by Sammy
Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale from Brewery Vivant
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