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 Buebie
1.79/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Forming little head, under an inch of white. Settling to leave to retention, no colar, nothing.
Color is brite yellow....budweiser yellow.

Aroma of corn, shampoo...yes shampoo, also smells like perm. Burnt hair, and thats about it.

Taste is very mellow with very little flavor. There is some bittering grain taste and a touch of grassy hops, more corn and burnt hair.
Lingering dryness at the swallow with a lemon rind sourness.

Mouthfeel is thin, like water. Some carbonation, but man, this beer is terrible.

I did not enjoy this at all. Sorry, but drainpour.

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Photo of terzap
1.87/5  rDev -47.5%
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

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Photo of sugit
1.9/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours clear golden yellow. (Very BMC) Some head that quicky fads to away leaving just a few bubbles behind.

S: Some yeast and very very little bit of lemon peel. Couldn't pickup any of the orange mentioned on the label.

T: Very very light, very very mellow flavor (again very BMC). None of the oranage peel mentioned on the label. I'm trying to pick a flavor out, but nothing other than a bit of yeast. No spice at all other than an odd bitter kind of peppery taste.

M: Very thin, almost like water. Carbonation too low.

D: I would only drink this is if I was in a BMC mood. While 6% isn't anything high nowadays, I still wouldn't guess it was 6%, or eveb 4% for that matter.

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Photo of cokes
2.16/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Moderately hazy, milky lemon-yellow hued with a thin white skim, which fades swiftly but leaves patchy lace.
Doughy wheat bread nose, backed with chalk dust, powdered sugar, and bitter orange rind.
Wheaty, wet, and doughy. That's what the mouth gets. Yeast adds a touch of lactic sourness. Orange-rind flavors piggybacks and overrides, adding sweetness rather than bitterness.
Gassy, light bodied, with a fizzy CO2 that burns itself out with haste. It's got a Shandy-like profile that might suffice when a mean thirst strikes. But why bother, when any number of liquids could easily fill that roll more satisfyingly.
Essentially, it's an American Wheat Ale doing a half-ass Witbier impersonation.

But marketing this as a Saison?


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Photo of ZAP
2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hard to believe this is 6% is light bodied, light textured, lightly flavored, etc....watery body and feel...flavor is almost like that of an American wheat....really does not give any impression of a saison....

Might be servicable as summer drinker in the sun when you want something lighter...but it is just not a real flavorful or inspiring example of a saison.

Low carbonation too...

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Photo of Dulcea
2.51/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Cloves. That is all.

Initial smell of bananas.

Tasted like an ale which was made with too much clove. I could not get past the clove flavor. In fact, I could not finish it because it was so overpowering. I was looking forward to the "citrus" flavor since it's brewed with orange peel but it was lost on me. No flavor of orange at all.

Personally, this is not a beer I would buy again.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.69/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured with no head and a sickly looking cloudy yellow. The beer is dominated by a sweet and sour wheat malt smell. There is a hint of earthy sweetness as well.

I agree with another reviewer who compared the taste to that of an american wheat. It really does not taste/feel like a Saison. Taste is mostly malt with a bit of a fruity flavor (banana). Really weak carbonation and hardly any spice.

It is not a horrible beer, but really not a good representation of the Saison style.

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Photo of brewdoc75
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Busters

A: Yellow, slightly cloudy. Strong carbonation. Not much head.

S: Really not a whole lot of aroma. I let it warm up a bit and god some tartness and faint yeast tones, with some banana and pepper. Really faint though.

T: Slightly sweet with nice tartness. Really no yeast character when compared to other saisons I've had. The yeast that is there provides some hints of pepper and banana, but it is really hard to get out of this beer. I do get a nice lemon peel bitterness towards the end, but other than that, the flavors just aren't there. Tastes more like a pale wheat ale than a saison.

M: Light bodied and finishes dry. Right on mouthfeel.

D: I really felt like this one missed the boat. I've had it a couple times and thought it was so-so. Upon reviewing this, I really agree with that assessment. I love saisons, and just had a Saison Dupont. This doesn't hold a candle. I may give it another try in the future to see if it changes my mind.

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Photo of GregSVT
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a white head that fades quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

S: The aromas are lemmony citrus and that's about it. Maybe a slight malt aroma.

T: The taste is lemon peel and bready malt. Pretty one dimensional.

M: The feel is crisp and a bit flat. This makes the acidic citrus really come through in the finish.

D: I'm not a big Saison drinker but this didn't seem to be a good representation.

I could see a BMC drinking liking this because it's pretty one dimensional. If you like lemon in your Blue Moon or Corona you'll probably like this.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a semi-cloudy orange-gold color. The head is small, and recedes into almost no lacing within seconds. The aroma has lots of lemon and orange peel, some cardamom, and yeasty barnyard funk. This is the most lemon/orange peel I've encountered in a saison, but it works and I like it. The taste is considerably less vibrant than the aroma. In fact, I think it can be best described as weak. What is there is fruity with a mild yeast presence. The mouthfeel is thin, water, with low carbonation. This is the weakest, thinnest feel I've encountered in a saison. Overall, I am greatly disappointed in this beer. I had heard good things, and it being brewed in Minnesota I decided to take a chance and bought a whole six pack. Now I'm left with the problem of how to finish the last five beers. This is by no means the worst beer around. However, it has a lot of aspects which I find very disagreeable, and nothing that really sparks any interest.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass in Minnesota. Reviewed from notes. I didn't have any expectations. Not paired with food.

A: No head at all. Colour is a semitransparent gold.

Sm: Light bacteria, yeast, and barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Light sourness/bacteria, a decently full barley foundation, and a milky note on the side. Not horribly complex, but pleasant and refreshing with a little something different.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a touch sharp (overcarbonated?), and little too thick. Pretty suitable for the flavours.

Dr: Pretty drinkable, but a bit sharp. Affordable, but I still wouldn't get it again simply because it's mediocre.

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Photo of orangesol
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my HOTD tulip glass.

A - Pours straw yellow with a decent one finger tall white head leaving small wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells like a wheat beer to me. It has a few hints of apples, pears, and lemon but it is mostly just wheat.

T - Starts off with a big dose of chewy wheat slowly giving way to a mix of dulled fruits; similar to the nose; and a touch of light funk. Finish is pretty chewy, lingering for some time. Is this really a saison? Could have fooled me.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy feel with a tiny bit of funk, lingering through the finish.

O - Meh, this was ok at best. It really didn't taste like a saison at all until it came completely to room temp. I wouldn't seek this one out.

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Photo of drpimento
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dull pale orange, opaque with streams of tiny bubbles rising like champagne, though not as rapidly. Thin layer of foam after the pour, but it fades to nothing after a few seconds. No lace, nothing.

Aroma is yeasty with a hint of white pepper spice, sweetness underneath.

First thing that hits is a jarring astringency, then a dry peppery bitterness, and some graininess underneath. Medium bodied and overcarbonated. Drying finish with lingering pepper flavor. Not getting any of the advertised citrus.

So this is the beer Lift Bridge sued another brewery over to "protect their trademark".
9 breweries make a "Farmer's Daughter" beer:

They should focus on making a decent beer first... not buying this one again, glad it was only a single.

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Photo of ccrida
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Farm Girl Saison is a fizzy yellow beer with a quickly dissipating white head leaving very light scattered lace.

Smell is grainy, sweet, fruity.

Taste is simple and strait forward, a touch of cereal but mostly Belgian esters, with the orange fairly obvious as well. More of a pseudo Belgian pale, lots of banana. Smooth, but not really a saison.

Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp and dry, but not as much as it should be, and it seems a bit thin.

Drinkability (just noticed they changed this to "overall", whatever) is ok, an inoffensive brew that goes down with ease, but nothing I'd bother revisiting.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass

This beer pours a very clear straw yellow with a white head that dissipated quickly. The smell is uninteresting with a touch of lemon tartness and some grain. The taste is also mediocre. You get a bit more wheat taste than expecting. Lemon, orange rind and a touch of pepper are there but weak. No real 'farmyard funk' that you'd typically expect from a saison. The mouthfeel was light bodied and didn't leave a bad taste in your mouth. This beer drinks very lightly and would be good in the summer.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
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

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Photo of morimech
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow color with two inchs of white head that faded quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Just a little lace is left on the glass. Sourdough bread aroma with just a hint of funkiness. About the most boring flavor I have had in a saison. Mild spice and malt notes with a little sweetness up front. Finishes bone dry. Average. Light body with nice carbonation. I understand the bottled version with the contract brewer is not quite up to par with what is on-tap. Nothing terrible about this beer, it just has average flavor.

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Photo of birchstick
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a cloudy straw yellow with a small head

S - faint nose, but what is there is good - peppery lemon with hits of coriander

T - starts off lively with sweet lemon flavor and some grain malts. It fades to a bit coriander and some subtle bitter rind. Nice, light flavor profile. Pretty good but I think falls a little short of others in its company.

M - creamy and goes down smoothly

D - not a bad saison by any means, but I find this to be very middle of the road compared to others I have had. It was a nice treat for this afternoon. Thanks to KeefD for sending this Minnesota brew my way!

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Cloudy, unfiltered golden straw color with a very fizzy head to it which quickly disappears.

Smell - Lemon, cloves, a slight hint of pepper, yeasts and barley. The smell itself is very earthy and grassy, almost like a blonde ale instead of a Saison.

Taste - Cloves, bananas, pepper, light lemon, biscuits/yeasts and grassiness. It tastes more like a Saison in the flavor fortunately and the flavor is alright.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. It feels very crisp and refreshing on the palate

Overall - It's okay for what it is. However if you want a truly excellent Saison ale, go with Surly CynicAle or Ommegang Hennepin

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of juanny
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light clear color with a respectable head. The nose had a grainy background, with hints of spice and yeasty-earthiness. The taste was very light, a wheat ale with a splash of lemon zest at the end and some gentle earthy spice. The feel was crisp and light, an easy drinker that disappears quickly.

If I was told this was a what beer, I would applaud it's slight twist with fun saison zesty flavors, but with the expectation in mind for a farmhouse ale, it was too light and boring. Fine taste, well-balanced and drinkable, but too plain for my preference.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours incredibly clear, easily making it the clearest saison I've ever had. Very cider-like in appearance - straw-colored body and absolutely no head what-so-ever. Plenty of fine sediment in suspension being pushed around by mild streams of carbonation.

Good but very light. Biscuits are prominent. Mild funk with adequate spicing (pepper, coriander, and clove). Bubble gum and banana notes can be found, but they are so light you'd be forgiven if you missed them.

Refreshing but again, light. Banana and Sourdough stand out. Light citrus notes. Nice spicing and balance, if not a hint on the bitter side. I would like to note that the warmer this one got, the more I enjoyed it... Do yourself a favor and serve this one at 40*-45*

Medium body. Good carbonation. Clean finish.

For a light saison, it's not bad but it left me quite underwhelmed. I prefer more potency, flavor, and funk from a saison.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Farm Girl pours a hazy yellow color, with almost no head. There is a slightly fruity and pepper like aroma. The taste has different spices, and flowery like notes, and hints of peppercorn. Nice complex flavors coming together, and not overpowering. Overall a nice Saison.

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Photo of GoldHorde
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was my very first taste test of a categorical Saison type from a commercial/craft brewery. I expected the cloudy appearance and the very light watery mouth-feel because it was not on my predictions to get a grain-body weight coating on my tongue from an offering in this category. I had sampled home-brewed saisons from friends and it was quickly not a favorite of mine. I was instantly reminded of the Belgian ale category which is extremely loose and can spill over into lambics and krieks with sour notes. Though I scored a silver with my own homebrew in the Belgian Ale category I was never impressed with the category. While this probably excels in the saison category - it is far too fruity with distinctly sour notes for me to give marks higher than good or average. I prefer the IPA's and mostly the face slapping American IPA's.

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