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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale - Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
81
good

318 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | 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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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -71.9%

09-04-2013 22:56:34 | More by phishphorce
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cysiam

District of Columbia

1/5  rDev -71.9%

09-03-2013 13:30:47 | More by cysiam
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

1/5  rDev -71.9%

10-16-2013 17:42:29 | More by HRamz3
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Nachos4two

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

02-06-2013 15:44:02 | More by Nachos4two
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baybum

Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

09-04-2013 20:52:39 | More by baybum
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britbrew10

Michigan

1.85/5  rDev -48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Serving type: can

06-06-2011 03:27:11 | More by britbrew10
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leadahmer

Michigan

2/5  rDev -43.8%

12-07-2013 01:15:44 | More by leadahmer
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OldManBike

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -43.8%

07-06-2014 03:22:58 | More by OldManBike
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jbierling

Michigan

2/5  rDev -43.8%

03-29-2013 12:56:05 | More by jbierling
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Wadsey

Indiana

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. 

Serving type: can

06-04-2011 02:34:30 | More by Wadsey
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

2.15/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

$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

Serving type: can

02-21-2012 01:07:02 | More by wisrarebeer
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DCdevyl78

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

01-30-2014 02:05:45 | More by DCdevyl78
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MacStinson

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

04-10-2012 21:41:12 | More by MacStinson
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jwjon1

Delaware

2.43/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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.

Serving type: can

09-03-2013 01:58:32 | More by jwjon1
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Weter

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

02-27-2012 02:13:26 | More by Weter
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litheum94

California

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: can

02-29-2012 05:26:46 | More by litheum94
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Filabee

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

04-04-2014 22:08:46 | More by Filabee
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jacothom

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

11-25-2013 23:32:48 | More by jacothom
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16-ounce can picked up at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a clear straw color with a big, fluffy white head and nice lacing on the way down. The nose carried a bit of pilsner malt and that's about it. No yeast presence. No phenolics of fruit. Not very impressive. Flavor is similar with just a touch of pepper. Light body and high carbonation. A bit astringent and tannic. Not a big fan.

Serving type: can

09-20-2011 10:40:46 | More by Thorpe429
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cindiwindi1025

Michigan

2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 02:04:02 | More by cindiwindi1025
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olympuszymurgus

California

2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 16:55:31 | More by olympuszymurgus
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: can

10-12-2011 22:20:27 | More by LiquidBread219
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centurian62

Michigan

2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2013 15:25:50 | More by centurian62
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ribby

Michigan

2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2012 03:45:14 | More by ribby
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GRPunk

Michigan

2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 03:28:31 | More by GRPunk
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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale from Brewery Vivant
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