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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale - Brewery Vivant

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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse AleFarm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale

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349 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 14
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of pb9613
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
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
Photo of ssimpson89
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
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
Photo of morimech
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.

morimech, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked up a can of Brewery Vivant's Farm Hand a couple days ago for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. It's another unusually warm day in Michigan and a Saison sounds like a good choice to get the night started with so lets see how it goes. No canning date. Poured from a 16oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- Just like all the other Brewery Vivant cans this one looks pretty good with some bright red highlights and a scene of a person working on a farm. It poured a slightly hazy pale straw yellow color with two and a half fingers worth of head that died down very quickly to a thin ring that eventually faded to nothing. The color was nice and true to the style, but i wish it had better head retention, it faded really fast like most AAL's, slightly above average looking.

S- The aroma starts out with a good amount of malty wheat aromas that are followed by a slight fruity aroma. After that comes a pretty noticeable hay and straw aroma and a half and half mixture of herbal and grassy hops showed up towards the end. It smells true to style but it was a little bland and not that interesting.

T- The taste isn't that similar to the aroma. It starts out with a good amount of pale malts that impart a light grainy and malty flavor after that I get a light lemon flavor followed by a pretty noticeable grassy flavor. At the end I get some herbal flavors along with some grassy hops, it had a very low amount of bitterness on the finish and was slightly tart with a grainy aftertaste. The taste was inline with how a Saison should taste, but it wasn't that interesting to me.

M- Smooth, crisp, dry, light bodied, with a higher amount of lively carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty true to style and I didn't mind then higher amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this beer was ok and I thought that it was a slightly above average Saison, it had a lot of attributes that a Saison should have but they just didn't blend and come together as nicely as they could have. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it went down pretty smooth and was light in body and in flavor so drinking a couple on a hot day wouldn't be out of the question, but the flavors doesn't do a great job at holding my attention. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel I thought it worked well with this beer and it was pretty Saison like. What I liked least about this beer was the lack of complexity when it came to the flavor, to me that's what separates a good Saison from a mediocre Saison. I might buy this again if i need something in a can that is easy drinking for disc golf but I can think of more then a couple other Saisons that I would much rather have. This is worth a try for a fan of the style or someone looking for a lighter beer for a hot day, but the lack of complexity doesn't make it that memorable. This wasn't a bad Saison but it wasn't a great one either, it was pretty much right in the middle, if it had a little more flavor, more complexity, and was a little more rustic, it might be a pretty good Saison, but as it stands now I wasn't too impressed, this brewery is good but they have yet to wow me, but I still haven't tried their Belgian IPA, so I'll to wait till I try it to full form an opinion on this brewery. New Hollands Golden Cap is still my favorite Saison, I like it much more then this Saison.

StoutHunter, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Lillenk
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was nice. A lot lighter in color than I was expecting but very clear (no haziness) with a nice white head.

Smell was pretty average. When I think of a saison, I usually think of very earthy, robust wheaty, grassy smells and there wasn't much of that going on at all.

Taste was pretty light. Not a ton going on. A little bit of the earth tones that one would expect but very dim and light.

Mouthfeel was very light. Quite a bit lighter than expected. It was very easy to drink but I don't think very typical of the style.

Lillenk, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of spointon
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this one from a tall can into a stemmed Belgian tulip style glass.

A= This ale poured a clear yellow color with a fairly minimal white foam head that dropped super fast. Nice effervescent bubble release.

S= The aroma was full of odd notes such as lemon grass, white grape skins, and bready yeast.

T= Started off with a grainy malt character that was soon overwhelmed by the bready yeast notes, white grapes, and a citrusy lemon character. Dry finish.

MF= Light body with a firm, crisp carbonation level.

D= This had promise but was ultimately a disappointment.

spointon, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Bjohnston
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Another one received from jrbrukt in Cuzco's NOOB BIF. This one pours a cloudy pale golden color similar to a Belgian wit. It had a thick white three finger head that disapated quickly. Aroma is somewhat muted exhibiting faint malts, some slight pepperiness and citrus. Taste follows the aroma with a somewhat of a citrus rind at the front of the mouth, punchy carbonation cleans the palate and invites another taste. I like it alot, just wish the yeast was more expressive.

Bjohnston, May 10, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16oz can shared with my father-in-law, pours a super pale straw color, hazy, with a bubbly white head that fades very quickly. Aroma is fruity, tart, a bit sour, grassy. Tastes are interestingly different, tart & refreshing, not much for flavor, faint peach & grape perhaps, lemon, grassy hop, peppery finish with some astringency to clean the palate. Thin body, higher carbonation helps it a bit. Overall, I'm not sure what to think of this, with nothing to compare it to other than its Belgian counterparts. Good for a hot day, but I probably wouldn't get it again.

barnzy78, May 04, 2013
Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

DanGeo, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Reappropriated
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Reappropriated, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of rolandboy
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

rolandboy, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of beergorrilla
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

beergorrilla, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of oline73
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.

oline73, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of alelover
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

alelover, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of bccrosley
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

bccrosley, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

chippo33, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of superspak
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.

superspak, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of JVoyager
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

JVoyager, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of OnWisconsin
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

OnWisconsin, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
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.

scruffwhor, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of aaronblain22
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

aaronblain22, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of LennyBound
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

LennyBound, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of jschwei
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

jschwei, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of hotsudge
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

hotsudge, Apr 07, 2013
Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale from Brewery Vivant
81 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.