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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale - Brewery Vivant

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334 Ratings

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -23%

ROBSTARR, Jul 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

ThurmondTX, Sep 04, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

Aisha, Sep 16, 2013
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2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light yellow, with an average sized frothy head. Light bodied beer with a thin, lively mouthfeel.

Aroma & Taste: Citrus and "barnyard" notes to it with light malt. A sour beer with a slight sweetness to it. Light beer that would be good for a day in the sun, which is what it's styled after.

Thaddeus, Apr 26, 2013
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2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
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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3/5  rDev -16%

Fetching, Jul 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

Markus98, Aug 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

KCM, Sep 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

Phoodcritic, Sep 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

TastyIsBeer, Apr 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

klipper, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16%

emottram, Jun 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

akttr, Feb 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

shiggins22, Aug 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

whartontallboy, May 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

ToddBeans, May 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

hollywood_15063, Sep 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

pvo, Jul 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

TheRuss9585, Dec 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16%

FrankHammer, Oct 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16%

dunlap926, Jun 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

Kerrie, Apr 22, 2013
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3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewery Vivant has been getting a lot of hype in West Michigan so I was excited to try their take on a saison.

Appearance: Pale gold with a simple white head. There is very little cloudiness from the yeast

Smell: Malt overtones with a slight hint of hops.

Taste: Light malt flavor with a hint of hops. This has a very subdued pepper flavor with very little tartness

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and quite a lot of carbonation. The lack of tartness and pepper makes this saison uninteresting.

Overall: I was excited to try this saison but ended up disappointed. I think this recipe came from a middle class farmhouse in Belgium who could afford the better things in life and not have to make their own beer.

pb9613, Jul 03, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big, foamy, soapy head. Golden straw color with lots of small bubbles. Looks like a light beer.

Yeasty aroma with a slight ammonia smell.

Tastes of lemon zest. Light and funky, not sure this is a good thing. Missing the sweetness mentioned on the can.

Light, almost watery mouthfeel. I does have a nice crisp finish with good carbonation.

It was OK, but not in the same league with the best American brewed Saisons.

ssimpson89, Jul 16, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

morimech, Oct 23, 2011
Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale from Brewery Vivant
81 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.