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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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 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 darkpreferred
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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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 AleMan66
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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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 Lostbeer35
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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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 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 StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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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 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 Brenden
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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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Photo of maedhros09
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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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 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 mnredsoxfan69
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. pour at the Old Village Hall in Lanesboro, MN.

A: Clear, pale gold with a white, rocky head that quickly dissipates but leaves behind lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Light, fresh, grassy with a minimum of either hops or malt.

T: Clean, fresh taste, herbaceous, grassy, like a kolsch or helles. Reminiscent of Schell's Sommerfest.

M: Light, refreshing, good carbonation with a short finish. Crisp on the tongue.

O: Okay, but not my cup of tea. I doubt I'd order it again.

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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 UpNorthBeerGirl
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very pleased I've been able to try this beer. I was pleasantly surprised with the carbonation, (slightly more carbonated from other beers I've tried,) and it has a great flavor. It's light, and goes down well. Smell has a kind of metallic tone to it, but it doesn't leave much of an after-taste in your mouth. Overall I feel this would be a great beer to enjoy after a long day. It's very refreshing.

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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 jimmah120
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pint on tap at baldy's, a great BBQ place in dinkytown.

look is a orange yellow with a light dusting of foam. smell is musty wheat, grain, spice. taste is wheat, apple, pear, with a spicy clove finish.

good saison, but there are better options out there.

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Photo of Mdog
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear yellow, good head.

Smell: Yeasty, hint of lemon, clove.

Taste: Starts yeasty, then moves to a fruity mix with grapes as the most prominent. Moderately sweet, easy drinking.

Overall: Picked up a four pack of cans, as I'd like to encourage more breweries to go that direction. This is a perfectly decent saison, an easy drinking yeasty/fruity beer for about any occasion. Plus the brewery is probably the closest one to my house.

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