Farm Girl Saison
Lift Bridge Brewery

Farm Girl SaisonFarm Girl Saison
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,916
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,063
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 13.93%
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
420
From:
Lift Bridge Brewery
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  14
Gots
  91
SCORE
83
Good
Farm Girl SaisonFarm Girl Saison
Notes: This lightly carbonated, medium-bodied Belgian-style ale is smooth and well-rounded with a hint of spiciness only Belgian yeasts can create. Farm Girl Saison was lovingly created for the wife of a co-founder, inspired by the farm she grew up on.
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Slightly hazy yellow. One finger of white head that was quickly dissipates.

Smell: Yeast balanced by sharp piney hops.

Taste: Very mild bready malt with a light yeast and pine flavor backing.

Mouthfeel: Average body with high carbonation.

Overall: I would barely classify this as a “saison.” It’s a macro brew with the barest hints of the style.

Oct 07, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of yeast are present in the nose along with hints of black pepper.
T: The taste follows the smell and has light flavors of yeast and hints of bananas.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This saison isn't as spicy/peppery or dry compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

Aug 02, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance - The beer is served a hazy orange-yellow color with a billowy white head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The smell is strongest of a wheat bread aroma that is mixed with a good deal of banana and yeast. Along with these smells comes a decent hit of clove and coriander, giving it a more standard saison aroma overall.
Taste - The taste begins strongest of a wheat bread taste that has a touch of candied sugar and orange sweetness mixed within. As the taste advances some light yeast flavors come to the tongue along with a good dose of banana. Along the same time a good deal of clove and coriander, meet the rest of the flavors and with a little loss of some of the sweeter tastes, one is left with a nice and clean, lightly sweetened and moderately spiced taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel - The bodyof the beer is medium in thickness and creaminess with a average carbonation level. A little bit more carbonation would have been slightly better but overall the feel was OK.
Overall- A decent saison overall. It has an easy going taste and feel with the right flavors for the style.

Jul 21, 2019
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defunksta from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

First off, this is really good.

Appearance: Pours a clear, lemony-orange color with a noisy and fizzy head that fades extremely quickly. (3.5)

Aroma: Complex aroma as expected. Strong aromas of orange, grape, and bubblegum with Belgian spices. Some tart orchard fruit with orange. Apple mostly. Good Belgian spices of banana, coriander, and yeast. Follows with a Belgian crystal malt sweetness mixed with a light funk. (4.0)

Flavor: Flavor is complex too. I get a lot of peppery yeast and Belgian spice flavors upfront. Lots of coriander. It follows into a sweet apple/pear orchard fruit with slight orange/lemon citrus. There is this nice dark apple and beet flavor that reminds me of a Thanksgiving casserole. A light, slightly Sharpie funk rides out the end along with a peppery, dry finish. Great flavors profile! (4.75)
Feel: The body is light and crisp. A mild peppery and spicy yeast is left on the palate. Finishes dry with no apparent alcohol. A little undercabonated. (3.25)

Compared directly to the Gold Standard Apex Predator: It pours very similar in color and cloudy. It has more German banana and bubblegum ester. There's less tart fruit and pepper. More orange, and dark sweet apple and beet. Finishes heavier and slightly sweeter. The funk is more Sharpie than plastic.

Overall (4.25): A well made saison. Sort of a session style with the lower ABV. It tastes like an orange Hefeweizen. It captures all the elements I expect from a saison including the yeast, Belgian spices, nice tart orchard apple, with a mild funk. Well-rounded. It's almost on Apex Predator level. One critique is it could use more carbonation. This is a saison I'm excited to come back to and get used to drinking. (Final Rating 4.25)

Jun 30, 2019
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pweis909 from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful gold, nearly clear, nice head, but it didn’t persist. Fruity with light phenolic notes. Balance, but leans towards sweetness. This beer nails my Siddons sweet spot. It’s all about the characteristics they can coax from the yeast, and they did a lovely job of it

Mar 09, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma of banana and spices. Very slightly hazy light gold color, 1/2 inch white head, leaving light lacing while receding. Lots of small rising bubbles. Initial taste is wow! What a nice, pleasant mix of flavors. Banana and spice, as with the aroma, but also fruity and bready. It tastes more complex than my words can convey. Very nice. Feel is moderate in the beginning, leaving a nice almost thick feel on the tongue that gives way to a thin, refreshing, dry finish. A nice, crisp, enjoyable farmhouse beer.

Feb 25, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fine golden colored body with lots of gentle carbonation and a thin, creamy head. Some nice citrus and pungent spiciness to the aroma; cloves. Gentle flavors of light cereal grain, hints of ginger and cloves; banana. Medium body; almost velvety and coats the tongue; mainly a soft sweetness and spiciness on the palate.

A very nicely done saison, melding fine elements of light sweetness and gentle spiciness to a rich yet not too dense body of light grain.

Jan 23, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap at the St. Paul Grill, St. Paul, MN

A nice hazy-gold saison, though perhaps a bit clearer than one would expect. Rather limited head and lacing, but fine overall.

Aroma is fairly muted, but the banana esters and peppery yeasts are detected. Still, more of these aromas would be nice.

On the tongue, this presents plenty of sour and peppery notes, but lacks some of the funk I was looking for. Still, there is a remarkable amount of complexity going on here. Sour and peppery at the front, esters and yeasts in mid-stream, and a fine dry finish. A very nice crisp brew. In fact, but for the understated "funk," this would be one of my favorite "tasting" versions of the style.

The mouthfeel is probably the aspect I am most torn about. It is a very nicely carbonated and crisp finishing brew that makes it eminently drinkable. But it's awfully thin in the "feel" department. Almost watery in feel.

Overall, a nice local take on a saison.

Feb 11, 2017
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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota

4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a rapidly diminishing 1 finger head. A thin line is left on top and I'm given enough room to finish pouring the bottle to top off the weizen glass.

Aroma is of banana peels, clove, and spicy yeast. White pepper, coriander. It's a rather beautiful aroma.

Flavor is dry and peppery to start, with fruity esters and clove following after, leading to banana flavors and some light suggestions of marshmallow. Good grain bill on this one - very fresh, very crisp.

Feel is also crisp, very clean, nice dryness on the finsh.

Overall, I think this is one of the better Saisons out there. I wasn't expecting much but I'd say this is better than the heavy hitters - Saison Du Pont (oh my, the blasphemy), Train To Mars, etc. It's a very solid Saison in the same vain as Sofie and Colette. Would buy again.

Feb 09, 2017
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darkpreferred from Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look= cloudy, straw colored.
Smell= lacking
Taste= taste is ok. This is not my style of beer to be honest. Fruity, some citrus notes (orange peel), a little sweet, but not overpowering with sweetness, some spiciness.
Feel= crisp. smooth, low carbonation, light body, dry finish. IBU is 19.
Overall a pleasant drinkable beer, especially if you like this style of beer. Should please a wide range of beer drinkers.

Jan 08, 2017
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terzap from Minnesota

1.87/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I found this to be bland, bland, bland. Then again, I like a great hoppy IPA. This, even after several IPAs, was utterly, showstoppingly, disappointing

Sep 22, 2016
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AleMan66 from Minnesota

3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a light golden with a great two finger white head. The taste is a little sweet and tastes like a saison should. It's good beer. I see any beer lover liking this one. I'd buy it again.

Jun 04, 2016
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VashonGuy from Washington

3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pleasant enough, but unfortunately it's not much more than that. The taste has bananas and a bit of yeast. The body is quite thin. It's just barely a saison. It's innocuous, and OK if that's what you're looking for.

Apr 01, 2016
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OrestesMethuon from Montana

3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not dreadful, but not dreadfully good, either. Farm Girl has a nice, pale pearly-flaxen color, but very flat appearance otherwise, with very little excitement or carbonate crown; there's likewise quite little operating on the nose, with no sharpness or bite expressed, instead simply a very vague grassy-malt note. The flavors, too, lack crispness: Farm Girl is too viscous, too oddly creamy, and too sugary-malty, for my tastes—nor particularly capturing the best elements of the style—with only a little bit of yeasty tartness to salvage this farmhouse gambit. It's also big on the banana flavors—reminiscent, in that way, more of a thin wit or confused hefe—and altogether sort of cloying, absent those wild, funky-fresh qualities I so enjoy from saison's stylistic spectrum. Overall, misguided, sort of moribund-on-arrival, and whelmed by a somewhat over-manufactured feel.

Feb 21, 2016
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Lostbeer35 from Maryland

3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from a 16oz tall boy. The look has a great head initially along with pretty good lacing as I continued to drink. Not picking up much of an aroma, just malts. The taste is sweet with very subtle orange peel notes. Refreshing taste, as the traditional saison styles typically are. The mouthfeel is creamy with significant body accompanied by a crisp, dry bite at the end. Overall, I'd drink with a sweet Farm Girl again.

Sep 12, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a one-finger head that disappears quickly, leaving nothing behind, constant bubble shooting to the top

S- peppery spice and clove aroma mix with some earthy yeast, dried hay & some ripe pear sweetness

T- light banana & clove mixes with sourdough sweetness, some spicy yeast & fruity lingers of citrus & pear

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly creamy mouthfeel that continues into a dry finish

O- crisp and refreshing saison that has high drinkability

Aug 24, 2015
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drpimento from Wisconsin

3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Barely qualifies for the saison moniker. Short lived head, no lace. Body is a tad thin. Aroma isn't bad- yeast, wet grain, but little pungency. Slightly on the sweet side. Meh.

Aug 17, 2015
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Muddy Pig. Poured into a shaker pint.

An unremarkable saison. 3.25

A - Pale yellow clear with a white head 3.5
S - Minimal aroma, some funk, but lacking 3.25
T - Plain, not enough pepper 3
MF - Light bodied and dry with a bit of sweetness 3.5

Aug 12, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i picked up a four pack of pint cans of these and i was glad i did. nice beer from these guys, although very american on the saison front, new and clean and quite belgian, less farmy and rustic and wild, but very good just the same. rather clear in looks for a saison, with a delicate lace white head on top. carbonation is rampant, really aggressive, tickling my nose as i try to smell it. notes of honey and clover and white wheat are all there, and the yeast takes on a belgian aroma, fruity without any of the horsey funk i like in the style. the flavor is a lot less yeast driven than most saisons, although it works in this context. the malt is very fresh and very light, makes a nice base. there is also a fun hopping going on in this, citrus and pear is what i get out of it, and with the yeast, which tastes a little more like a saison than it smells, the combination is excellently bright and refreshing. not much residual on the palate here, it drinks down very clean, forced to by the high carbonation. i found this super refreshing, pleasantly hoppy, and overall quite tasty. its nowhere near the best saisons out there, and i almost like it better in a sort of blonde ale context, but this is great beer for hot weather and i would buy it again.

Jun 05, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant straw under a 2” white foam cap that dissipates to a thin film.
S: Citrus, orange, spice, faint over ripe fruit.
T: Light malts, wheat, spice and citrus, orange peel, slightly tart finish.
F: Medium body and above average carbonation.
O: This makes a good lawnmower beer. You can buy a bunch without breaking the bank and have one when you are thirsty. You can also serve it to a wide range of people and they will enjoy it.

Jun 04, 2015
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Briancaldel from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Pale yellow color with a light head, aroma is sweet with spice and light hops. Mouth feel is smooth and good carbonation. Very smooth with taste of coriander, orange peel, spices ending has hints of banana and dry.

Apr 10, 2015
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Brenden from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Notes from a tasting on 3/24/15

The look is nice. This hazy dark yellow beer somehow still has a little bit of clarity to it and lots of brightness, with a sizeable fluffy white head. It forms a pillow that diminishes slowly and leaves good lacing after settling to a layer on top of the beer.
I want to think more of this, but the only thing I can think is that it's too soft and, ultimately, somewhat indistinct. There's some pale fruits flesh but no real tang or sweetness. The yeast sort of gets lost in the transition. There's only a faint touch of sweetness before it gets peppery. It's not bad, I just can't find everything I want in here.
The body is light but edges toward medium, almost moving there while I drink it. It starts off too spritzy, but the spritz backs off to make it a little creamier. It's fairly dry and evens out with a good balance of crisp and smooth.

Apr 01, 2015
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RyanStelzner

3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Budweiser yellow color but cloudy. No head. Very subtle banana smell. Flavor starts all banana and evolves into nice pepper notes after a second. Interesting beer. Somehow, it keeps reminding me of fermented Mountain Dew! Probably the color and fruitiness.

Feb 23, 2015
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maedhros09 from Minnesota

3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light golden yellow with slight cloudiness and moderate white head. Light yeasty Belgian ale flavor, mild sweetness and no bitterness. Solid drinkable saison, but make sure it's well chilled. Preferable IMO to the Lift Bridge Pale Ale.

Jan 29, 2015
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MNishCT77 from District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can obtained on trade (thanks, Dr. Samisar!), unknown brewing/canning dates, poured into my large bottom The Bruery "Rue the Day" snifter glass, drank over 30 minutes

Dec 18, 2014
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 420 ratings