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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale - Brewery Vivant

Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse AleFarm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

283 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.01%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

01-06-2013 06:22:09 | More by Sammy
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice golden amber color with a huge, towering head of white that refused to part ways no matter what you did. Really just superb looking with tons of lacing down the sides of the glass and a rich and proper looking appearence. Nice elements of light clove, peach, hints of grain and fresh grasses and a nice little spicey punch to it. Warming brings out the wonderful light tart notes through the air that carry over so well into the flavor. Not over done at all, in fact it seemed to fit perfectly as the mellow sourness played off of the rich grainy and frsh flavo

Serving type: can

10-18-2011 01:35:26 | More by mikesgroove
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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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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I didn't wanna have a free can hangin' around the homestead, so it's gettin' cracked right the hell now. It pours a cloudy pale straw topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises coriander, dry wheat, lemon zest, light clove, and a touch of sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, with the lemon coming through a bit stronger, the wheat coming through a bit funkier, and the slightest possible hint of earthy Belgian yeast. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry-ish finish. Overall, a generally enjoyable little saison-ish brew, nothing really special or emblematic of the style, but a nice option for a canned farmhouse ale.

Serving type: can

11-27-2012 06:44:26 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale orange, billowing head of creamy foam initially that settles down to a wispy skim with minimal lacing.

Smells a bit musty and minerally, faint fruity notes of sliced pears.

Taste has a pleasantly dry, fruity tartness reminiscent of Fantôme. Pear, orange, apple, and lemon splash against a dry wheaty backbone that lends some crackery, grassy dryness on the back end. Body is lighter and juicy, carbonation seems to ebb towards the end of the glass. Thankfully this isn't overly yeasty and phenolic as many american saisons can be. Very quenching and surprisingly easy drinking. Overall a saison I can get behind, and a solid Fantôme substitute (which we all need). The tartness is by design, and something one would recognize as a desirable quality once familiar with the style.

Thanks to Justin for the trade...

Serving type: can

03-29-2012 00:18:55 | More by emerge077
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mactrail

California

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale golden in the pint glass. Rather sharp. Modest fragrance. Not the usual thicker, richer Saison. It has more of a clean, simple taste. Acidic fruits. Not much malt and apparently no yeastiness. Head is nice at first but dissipates. Not a star among so many interesting beers in this farmhouse style.

A tangy quaff. On tap at Monarch's in Grand Rapids.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 04:46:33 | More by mactrail
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: can

12-18-2012 22:11:04 | More by rhoadsrage
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: can

05-16-2012 00:33:30 | More by Jason
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Today being New Beer Sunday and being unable to procure any new AMLs, I have decided to make it New MichiCAN Beer Sunday in honor of the day's founder, Malty, who resides somewhere in The Great Lakes/Wolverine State. These (among others) were sent to me by GrappyPunk and I have been waiting for an appropriate time to Crack & Glug them open.

From the CAN: "WHY USE CANS? We set out to build a sustainable brewery and found through our research that cans are a better option than bottles. Cans are much lighter in weight, contain more recycled content, are able to be up-cycled, and use less energy to produce. The canning line also has a much smaller footprint than a bottling line."; "If this was not enough, cans provide better protection from flavor degenerating oxygen and hop flavor robbing sunlight. This is the best package we can provide to bring our beer to you, tasting the way the brewer intended it. Enjoy."; "Belgian tradition. Local mission."; "FRENCH STYLE FARMHOUSE ALE There was a time in old world France when nearly every family farm had a brewery. A necessary part of farm life was to provide a ration of beer to laborers, as beer was safer to drink than the water of the time. Farm Hand is our interpretation of what these rustic beers must have been like. It is light in body, mildly sweet and has a slight cloudiness from the use of simple un-malted grains similar to the period."; "COMPLIMENTARY FOODS Chicken, fish, pasta, Camembert or other soft cheeses. Visit our website for more."; "GLASSWARE Tall, slender glass which will show off the beautiful color of the beer and allows for pleasant sipping."

The Crack went as planned, but the Glug was perhaps a tad heavy-handed as I did not realize how active a beer this was going to be. Man, the foam came up MUCH more quickly than anticipated and even broached the lip of the glass, much to my chagrin. Once things settled to a state of normalcy, I had a finger-and-a-half of rocky bone-white head that looked like JacktheRipper's avatar - dense and smiling up at me. The color was a testament to truth in advertising - it was a cloudy lemon-yellow and the whole thing looked like a lemon meringue pie. The nose was quite musty, almost cheesy in its intensity. Me likee! I have yet to get onboard with Andrew Zimmern, but Anthony Bourdain and his lack of disdain for sharp, "stinky" smells and flavors and rubbery mouthfeel speak to me. I am a US Navy retiree and that kind of thing does not put me off, but Zimmern's grilled horse heads push my upper limits. The nose on this beer might be too much for some, but I dug it. Mouthfeel was big, full, even creamy and the initial slight tartness followed by a light wheat-like sweetness were like a palate cleanser. Look, Ma, new taste buds! Finish tended towards dry and it was an absolutely refreshing beer that would be phenomenal with some soft cheese on crackers under the umbrella on the beach. Put this in your cooler and give me a call! I'll be right over, honey honeys in tow.

Serving type: can

07-31-2011 21:43:29 | More by woodychandler
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can picked up at Oades in East Lansing... poured into my slim tulip... the brew is very pale straw with a bunch of nucleation bubbles.. head is short lasting.

Nose shows bits of pear and underripe apple.. something that I associate with coriander.. grassy notes.

Flavor has not much of what I think of as a "European Model"... but the bones are there... wet hay... sorta dry lite toasty malt... a bit of lemon and cilantro stem .. very dry pear essence..

Body and carbonation are both light as should be..

Saisons can be all over the place... I think this one should be firmly stamped in the group that we should be paying attention too... I would buy it often if I had access.. if for no other reasons as it is refreshing and I expect the folks at Vivant to continually dial it.

Well done.

3.5/3/3.5/3.5/4.5

Serving type: can

09-19-2012 05:03:21 | More by JohnGalt1
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superspak

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 ounce can into tulip, no canning date. Pours slightly hazy bright golden straw color with a fairly dense 2 finger bright white head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap. A small bit of lacing clings to the glass as well, but not much. Aromas of big lemon, clove, pepper, grass, apple, spicy and lightly funky yeast. Some pretty nice aromas here with good balance. Taste of big grass, grain, biscuit, light lemon, pepper, clove, and yeast spiciness. Fairly dry finish; but there are some lingering notes of grain, light fruit, bread, and pepper on the finish for a bit. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a crisp finish and easy drinkability as expected. No alcohol noticed at all in the taste or finish. Overall a decent farmhouse saison that is very easy to drink. A bit over the top with grassy and grainy flavors that block out the fruitiness a fair amount.

Serving type: can

12-21-2011 04:39:07 | More by superspak
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.29/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can courtesy of mseguin pours a slightly hazed yellow color with a surprisingly fizzy head that fades in a matter of seconds...I don’t remember the other two cans of this doing that.

Nose seems to do a nice job of displaying lemony, tart yeast over a delicate and grainy malt backdrop. Just a touch of grassy hop aroma.

Taste is nice...sharp yeast and lively hops along with an earthy, biscuit maltiness. It is definitely at its best when fresh to give it the added complexity the hops bring. It is super drinkable...and I think it is my favorite of the 4 Vivant offerings I have had thus far. I could easily throw a 4-pack of this down without getting bored with it. In fact, there is a good possibility this is my favorite saison in a can! I really like how the malt is a touch earthy and the yeast is the main character that is on display...and the best part: no spice additions!!

Serving type: can

01-23-2013 23:11:59 | More by twiggamortis420
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good head and strong foam for all sixteen ounces. Mild haziness to this pilsner colored ale. Hay and sunshine on a somewhat foggy morning.

Somewhat ripened green apples, unmalted barley, a little lemon zest, and barely malted barley. Smells like a farm house with an orchard a few acres away.

Taste starts tart with lemon and green apples. The middle is more of an umalted barley flavor. The palate is tart and twangy. Makes me think of a French beer. Somewhat tart and viney like winey, but lower in alcohol. Making it easier to drink a couple after a long day in the fields. Glad I tried it.

Serving type: can

12-07-2012 22:25:51 | More by scruffwhor
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chinchill

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2013 03:39:13 | More by chinchill
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FosterJM

California

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

663rd Review on BA
Can to Tulip
16 oz

Thanks to Kzoobrew for this one.

App- A very light yellow with a lot of haze behind it. A very large long lasting two finger head with a ton of lace and cling.

Smell- I don't think it was pear but it was close to that sort of scent with a little yeast, a little sweet sugar.

Taste- A very nice little saison. It was a nice wheat base with that yeasty vibe, on the back end a bit of an earthy, grassy note. I wouldn't call it funk though. A little damp and soft.

Mouth- Light bodied and high carbed. A nice soft feel on the mouth with more yeast and damp at the end.

Drink- This was a nice tasty little beer. Saisons are always a favorite of mine and this was different out of a can. Not on the same level as cynical but close. If I were to go to MI, I'd have this one again.

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 17:29:55 | More by FosterJM
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the brewpub

A - Cloudy pale yellow with a small amount of white head.
S - Belgian yeast, bready malts, clove. Slightly sweet overall nose.

T - Belgian yeast, clove, bready malts, some sweetness and a touch of citrus in the background.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2012 20:49:56 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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morimech

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color with slight haze. A massive head forms and settles to a thick cap. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Does not smell Belgian or for that matter, interesting. Pale malt is all that is detected. Hate to say this but it smells like a pale lager.

Pale malt flavor with just the slightest hint of Belgian yeast. Not much for esters or phenols. It is dry so that much I enjoyed.

Light body with lively carbonation. A little too thin to warrant a good score.

An uninspiring attempt at a Saison. Nothing off-putting but not interesting in the least.

Serving type: can

10-23-2011 19:53:47 | More by morimech
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oline73

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque yellow color with a fist of white carbonation that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Mild malt with some herbal and slightly tart hints.

Taste: This is a very light and crisp beer. Mild citrus notes and lots of herbal yeast notes. Just a bit watery with an herbal finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tons of tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Nice and light, this is an easy drinking beer. Nothing wonderful about it, but it's not bad either.

Serving type: can

02-15-2012 00:04:18 | More by oline73
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.69 for a 16oz can at BevCo. No ingredients or stats on the website or can. 5% ABV.

Pours out to a very pale cloudy golden, forming a very thin soapy head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Brisk carbonation, true to style. The aroma is a of pale malt, freshly cut hay, faint spicy phenols, green fruits like apple, kiwi, and pear and a touch of Saison funk. The mouthfeel is brisk with a light body and a piquant acidity. This saison is a drinkable, true to style version with a nice bitterness to offset the hay with a nice tart spice overlaying the whole thing. Just a touch of ruddiness, which is something I've come to expect in saisons, but something that I don't like about the style. In order to get the required spice, you have to ferment these guys warm, and as a result can get some higher alcohols and plastic/PVC tastes as well, so it's a difficult thing to balance.

Again, Saison's aren't one of my favorite styles, but this is a good example, and at $2.69 for a pint, I would much prefer to drink this over the other import saisons available which cost much more. I'm also glad they package in pint cans...now I can take a Belgian style ale on my tubing trips down the river!

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 03:07:10 | More by Mitchster
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mdaschaf

Washington

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.

Serving type: can

09-07-2012 01:01:52 | More by mdaschaf
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prototypic

Ohio

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!

Serving type: can

09-24-2011 02:59:30 | More by prototypic
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a slightly hazed yellow color. Some good white froth and lace. Solid retention.

(S)- A good combo of a biscuit-like yeasty hay and a kiss of lemon sweetness.

(T)- Similar to the smell with the mild biscuit-like yeast. Bits of straw and lemon peel. Finishes with the tiniest hint of tartness.

(M)- A big & crisp carbonation level. A solid balance to it as well with just the mildest bitterness on the finish.

(O)- Overall, while its not earth shattering, it really is a solid Saison. Especially considering the price point to value of what is in the can. Very happy to see this coming to IL. I also think this is a year-round offering by Vivant, so I am sure this will see my fridge again.

Serving type: can

12-08-2012 01:00:18 | More by sweemzander
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from the brewery, 473ml into a tulip.

Clear golden orange, very loose, soapy and quickly dissipating white head. Minimal lacing and retention. Nose has some grains, very mild spicing, saision yeast notes. Light pepper. A bit of wheat, lightly tart. Taste has some cookie and biscuit notes, wheat, somewhat tart/lemon-like flavours as well. A bit of zitrus zest. Tart and light, and a fairly quick finish. Medium low carbonation. Not a bad beer by any stretch, quite refreshing. Good on a hot day.

Serving type: can

07-16-2012 22:58:45 | More by liamt07
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can a pale yellow color with two fingers of thick white head. a good amount of lacing left behind.

Aroma of lemon zest upfront along with grainy wheat notes and grass.

The taste was much like the aroma. A combination of lemon, wheat, earthy notes and grass.

Lighter bodied and quite dry with a sharp carbonation.

A decent Saison from Brewery Vivant.

Serving type: can

01-14-2013 03:11:21 | More by Monkeyknife
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david131

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A hazy orange liquid with a bit of a gray aspect. The white head is quick to rise and fall leaving a small ring and a small splotch.

S- Lemon, farm blanket, and some light fruit. Definitely not the most outstanding take on the style, but it is enjoyable.

T- Bready with some lemon zest, fruit, and a touch of horse blanket. Simple. Effective.

M- Creamy smooth with just the right amount of carbonation and a nice, dry finish.

D- A very enjoyable beer that I would love to see widely distributed in cans- especially in the summer months.

Serving type: can

05-06-2011 03:39:59 | More by david131
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