Farm Girl Saison | Lift Bridge Brewery

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Farm Girl SaisonFarm Girl Saison

Brewed by:
Lift Bridge Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 106 | Ratings: 385
Photo of Beerlover
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

how am I one of only two people to give this beer a perfect review?!? this beer is amazing, I discovered it early in my craft beer drinking career, loved it then and still love now with over 550 different beers under my belt in the last 2 years. Just visited Liftbridge brewery for the first time last night, I wasn't overly impressed with the selection, considering they didn't have anything heavier or darker than their chestnut hill on tap or any of their specialty beers, but the service was great as well as the atmosphere, very, cozy and homey, good place to chill with pals for an hour or so on a Friday night. but on with the beer.
A: has a great pale/hazy light yellowish white color, nice foamy head
S: aromas of cloves and yeast with some strong wheat backbone.
T: just like the aroma, spot on for a beer of this style, definitely better out of a can (like all beer) or on tap, easy drinking lighter beer for warm weather, after mowing or on the beach.
M: medium high carbonation but great for this style.
O.A.: I think some people forget that this is not a TRUE saison, its a saison "style" I have not found a saison style that is better or even comes close, this is also one of my favorite wheat beers next to 312.

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Photo of nklatt
4.54/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first saison and I quite enjoy it.

Pours a pale, somewhat cloudy orange; there is plenty of yeast on the bottom! Head is minimal and lacey. Smell is tart and fruity - cherry. Minimal hops bitterness but plenty of flavor. Goes down very easy and leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of spamspamspam
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeasty, especially the first few hits, Belgian yeast spice, subtle banana ester, fine carbonation, malt, here comes a nice slightly bitter reminder of the spice, pleasant lingering aftertaste amalgam of all of the above. Every gulp a wonderful walk through the whole park every time.

I beg to differ with those of you giving this a mediocre rating. I don't even like the style, but this is working for me. Not a beer you would drink all day or everyday, but definitely an experience. I wonder what the saison drinkers think rating for kind? Served from bottle into a chilled glass in Minneapolis, very fresh. Maybe you guys are getting beer suffering from transportation issues. Try one near the source!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of kenito799
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20 oz pour at Moto-i sake brewpub in Minneapolis.

Medium golden brew with a substantial 1 inch white fluffy head that retains well.

Fresh lemony aroms with distinct saison spiciness. The flavor is fresh and thankfully quite dry, witha moderately hoppy bitter finish.

Very refreshing, drinkable and sessionable, more interesting than your typical ale, well made.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I tried this I hadn't had anything form Lift Bridge, which is from my old stomping grounds in Stillwater, Minnesota. I went to high school there, and frequent the downtown area's in the summer (Lumberjack Days) as well as the occasional winter walk past the antique shops.

Enough about Stillwater, onto the beer! Headed over to Stub and Herb to give it a try.

I was excited to try this, I had heard good things about the brewery and specifically this beer. Nice straw golden color with a nice white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of spices and citrus as well as bready malts as well as a touch of hops. Tastes much like it smells, but more subtle. There is a sweetness that I wasn't expecting (from the aroma) as well as floral hops and plenty of malts. Thin on the mouthfeel. Easy drinking.

I will have to try this again on a hot summer day, but hey, I'll take this on any given cold Minnesotan-winter day.

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Photo of Greggy
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- served with a thin white cap. Slight chill haze is present in the yellow/straw colored body. Decent lacing is present.

S- Orange, grainy, touch of slight horse blanket. I would have liked to see a bit more hopiness and funk.

T- Nice grassy, banana, apricot, some light funk. Finish is semi dry but smooth.

M- Carbonation is low and could benefit from a bit more.

D- Solid beer and great year-round. It'd be neat to see this recipe tweaked slightly to offer a touch more funk and hopiness. As it is now though, it's very appealing to a wide variety of beer drinkers.

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Photo of HugePlume
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler style glass. Its all the restaurant had. No pints???

A- Zesty yellow with nice ribbons of cloudiness. Little to no head nor lacing.

S- Spicy and sweet notes. Very complex. Hard to pin down any one specific trait. Intriguing.

T- Complexity of aroma carries directly through to the taste. A bit more spice evident. Pear-like fruitiness.

M- A little weak and watery. Does not finish as dry as it should.

D- Very drinkable. Complexity lends itself to many meal paring possibilities.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of mnstorm99
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice straw yellow pour with a decent white head that sticks pretty well.
Aroma is a nice lemon, and bready malts, with a nice touch of hops and belgian spices.
Taste is malty, with a touch of breads. A nice little touch of belgian candy sweetness and spices which is a little more subtle and I like that. Nice floral spicy hops in the background help balance this one out.
Mouthfeel is thinner, as a Saison should be for a nice slightly dry summer beer. Easy drinking beer, and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was certainly a new one for me. I had never even heard of it before let alone seen it. Served cold and I poured it into a pint glass while I was grilling dinner last night. Consumed on 05/20/2010.

The pour was a light golden color, almost a hay colored straw, with loads of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. Really rich looking for the style as a three finger high head of white foam formed on top and settled down graciously into a thin pillow that never left sight. Aroma is light fruit, pears, peaches, hints of light grassy notes, hints of bread and other light grains. Warming brings out a nice little bit of banana and almost a clove like touch to it. Each sip is clean, crisp, concise with tons of depth and light fruit notes. Light drying on the palate as you start to finish it off, but it never does lose sight of the total package.

Overall a bit of a surprise here with a very solid and very session able light ale. Would love to have this one on a summers day again

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Photo of jjanega08
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= a pale yellow color almost white. A thin white one finger head rises with decent lacing and retention. Not too bad looking.
S= lemony and wheaty. A little funky and barnyardy. Very good for the style. Refreshing smelling.
T= light. Good wheat flavor a little weak as compared to the smell. A slight lemon smell and a little funky. Great refreshing summer beer but not too complex.
M= light carb and smooth very refreshing.
D= great. Enjoyable beer new to bottles a great addition to mn beers.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lift Bridge Farm Girl Saison pours a finger of white foam over a spritzy, cloudy lemon yellow brew. The nose is bright, clean Belgian ale yeast with notes of clove and banana. The flavor is light barley malt, wheat, and citrus, with a bit of herbal hop sharpness off the back. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a bit of barley in the aftertaste. More at the mellow end of the Saison style, this particular brew is missing some of the more assertive flavors that can be found in Saisons- funkiness, tartness, and peppery or herbal hop notes. In fact, Farm Girl has a lot of flavors a good Wit might have. This is all to the good- there's still plenty of flavor here, yet it's more accessible. This would make a good party or gateway beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EDIT: I am re-reviewing this beer, because I feel that my first review lacked quality.

Poured into Ommegang chalice.

Pours 1 finger of white head. Head fades down quick leaving some splattered lace. Color is a clear golden straw yellow.

Aroma: Spices, lemon zest, yeast, cloves, bananas. It reminds me a little of a hefe with some extra spices and a Belgium yeast.

Taste: Big spice flavor. Lemons, cloves, grass, yeast, and a little fruit flavor. Pretty decent.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Fairly light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a slight dry aftertaste, somewhat clean.

Overall, this is a very drinkable saison, as most of them are. Nice flavors and a good representation of the style. This one is worth a try.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - pale, foggy yellow or golden color. Lots of haze with this pour and a thin wispy white head. When held to the light it is still opaque and somewhat reminiscent of Belgian Wit.

Aroma - lots of good ol' ripe banana and cloves up front. I pick up some slight lemony/citric acid as well.

Taste - yeasty and spicy with a bit of sweetness in the finish. The banana and clove are all over the place with this so hopefully you know what you are getting into and like those flavor profiles. The spiciness is fairly mellow and not at all dominating which is what I like about this beer. It shows off what a yeast strain can do for an innocent subtle beer nicely.

Overall - very drinkable and definitely a nice offering from Lift Bridge. The higher carbonation level makes this beer refreshing and crisp with every sip. Well done sirs.

Would I buy more of it? - alas I can not, the brewery is far away and so are all their bottles of beer. My thanks goes out to a fellow beer lover in Iowa for this one. Cheers RobertDwight!

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Photo of Briancaldel
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild yeast, mild spice. Each soft, pleasant and trend towards sweeter with very mild fruitiness.
Poured with virtually no head. Slightly cloudy pale gold. Fair amount of fizzy bubbles rising.
Fizziness continues in feel with spirtzy fine carbonation that is surrounded by moderately light body. Yeast flavor strongest with pale malt flavor. Flavor close to aroma. Mild spice with some phenols, pepper and a touch of sweetness.
I like the flavors of this yeast. Drinks nicely and I really look forward to this on a hot summer day.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my favorite tulip glass.
Pours a very clear golden color. Slight head with no lacing. Smells of cloves and slight banana. Smooth taste. Very little to no hop flavor. Dry after taste.
This is a beer for the summer time, although I am drinking it mid-winter in MN, oh well.
Drinkable for sure!

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Photo of Onenote81
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a recent trade with BDLbrewster. Thanks!
Pours a very cloudy light gold. Reminded me of a lemonade. There's a very fizzy white head right away, but this pops away to nothing very quickly. No lace. Smells of pineapple, honey, and sour apples. The mouth is fairly spritzy, but not harsh. Nice tart flavor right away like apples and lemons. Finishes smooth and bready. I like the aftertaste. I expected more of a fruity finish, but I like this. Not a bad beer by any means. I could have a few of these. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of kruse
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on Farm Girl on tap in St. Paul, Minnesota. Beer was very clear with a beautiful golden yellow color. Nose was a bit weak, with mild hop aroma. Flavor was good; well-balanced with subtle mint overtones. Decent mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Good example of style.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
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.


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Photo of DangQuesadilla
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having never tried a Saison beer before, I was pleasantly surprised. I am no newbie to craft beers... just never bought a saison before. My buddy gave me a 6er of Farm Girl and I loved it. The smell and appearance initially didn't impress me. But when I tasted it, Wow.

Sort of reminded me of a light hefenweizen. Hints of orange and corriander. I didn't have to "chew" this like some heavy hefenweizens I have tried. The aftertaste is very pleasant. I would be happy to drink this one all summer and hoping I can get some more.

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Photo of Shango42
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type-bottle poured into pint glass.
A-Cloudy yellow pour. Thick white head from hard pour that dissapears quicky. Some suspended yeast.
S-Yeasty, bready, nutty. Some sweetness. Lemon and orange peel.
T-Nutty, bready, yeasty, and wheaty - just like in the nose, but this is far cleaner and crisper than other saisons I've had. It doesn't have the funk aroma to it. This is less complicated, more straightforward, more refreshing and possibly less true to the style. Doesn't quite matter to me, I'm really enjoying this version. Some bitterness in the middle - not much though. Good sweetness that balances the other flavors well.
M-A little watery but pretty smooth with decent carbonation.
D-So easy. A hot summer day's beer. Maybe not a very good example of a saison, but a very tasty, easy-drinking beer regardless of the style.

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Photo of RyanStelzner
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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