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 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 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 JamesMN
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy honey yellow beer that poured a three finger white head that has quickly become a thin cap of foam.

Aroma: Dry yeasty tones of pear and apple. A dab of sweet malt that is hard to isolate.

Taste: Starts with a nice semi-dry flavor of pear and fig. There is an almost sweet syrup taste right before the finish that balances out the dryness of the palate without drawing too much attention to itself. Nicely prickly bitterness throughout, giving the palate an extra dimension to keep things interesting. Finish is decently smooth with a long echoing aftertaste of bitterness and some of the esters from the yeast. At 6% ABV there is a good amount of flavor. The can says "ale brewed with orange peel" but I can't really taste any orange or citrus here.

Mouthfeel: About medium in body with lots of effervescence and an almost syrupy feel at times. Good drinkability, though the bitterness takes its toll on the palate.

Final Thoughts: I like this beer if only for the fact that it's local and never been hyped up by anyone around here. I'd definitely recommend it to any fans of Belgian style ales who are looking for a light and near-refreshing beer. Although, Lift Bridge should consider removing the statement "ale brewed with orange peel" from their label. It makes them sound like Blue Moon or Shock Top and they are leaps and bounds above those craft wannabes. Perhaps something like "ale brewed without compromise" would be more suitable. Would I drink it again? Yes, perfect for summer.

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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 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 zeledonia
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm thrilled that a local brewery has a saison as one of its flagship beers, and it's odd that I'm just now getting around to reviewing it. Tasted 4 February 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale golden straw yellow, lightly hazed, with soft, almost grayish tones. Half-finger of white head, okay retention and lacing.

Smell is buoyant, fruity, and floral, with an almost-enough dose of funk. Orange peel peeks through, complementing the general citrusy flowery drifts. But it's juicy as well, and has a pleasant earthy funk. Hard to describe, sitting more in the realm of flowers, but solidly saisony.

Taste is good, but lacking depth and complexity. Big and pungent, rocking me with flowers, sweet fruit (peaches!), and grain. Quite peachy, actually, with that melt-in-your-mouth juiciness. I like it. Fades to a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fine, if a touch on the flat side. Medium-bodied, expansive and mouth-filling. Just a prickle of carbonation, though.

A solid, tasty saison. Now that I know it, I plan to make this a regular purchase. The best 6-pack saison I can think of around here.

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Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap while I was in Minneapolis. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with half a finger of off white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour with some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Yeasty up front with some banana and bubble gum notes. This one seems to be rather light and crisp.

Taste: Light and very yeasty with strong banana and bubble gum notes. I'm also getting some citrus fruit as well as a floral note. The finish is fruity and full of yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressively tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I wouldn't have guessed this was a saison if I didn't know the game. Reminds me more of a hefe. I don't think I'd have another, but it was a decent beer.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A random scored from a recent trip to Minnesota...

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, finger of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by sour citrus rind, orange notes, bready wheat and grassy notes on the finish.

T - The citrus and orange notes come through alongside the bready wheat flavours. Some sour grassy hop bitterness comes through on the finish.

M - Lighter bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes dry.

O - A tasty saison that offers a hint of citrus on the finish. Nothing mind blowing, but certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes

A - Pours a hazy straw/golden brown color with one finger of off-white head.

S - Smells of coriander. citrus and yeast. Also a slight amount of pepper. Pretty good.

T - Similar to smell. Nice spices with hints of citrus and pronounced Belgian yeast presence. Pretty refreeshing. Finishes slightly earthy.

M - Light/medium mouthfeel, crisp up front, slightly dry finish.

O - A bit tame for the style, but this still has some good flavors and goes down easy.

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Photo of Humulus85
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first from this local brewery. From a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a hazy golden rod. A modest, white, one finger head that needed a fairly stiff pour to produce died quickly and left little lacing.

Biscuity grains blend with Belgian style yeast esters. Spices, some pear. Orange zest comes through.

Taste follows the nose. Grainy upfront but quickly blends with floral/spicy and somewhat fruity yeast notes. Orange peel in the finish is a nice addition. Very little in the hop department.

Light to medium in body. Creamy with a moderately dry finish. Well carbonated.

Overall this was a good Saison from a local brewery I'll have to look into more. This was by no means stellar, but it was a tasty and drinkable brew. The orange peel can actually be tasted and seems to work well. I can't say I'll revisit this one frequently, but would recommend it to anyone not familiar with Saisons or looking to try a good, lesser known, MN brewery. Cheers!

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Photo of jsprain1
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear honey, with a thin white head that lasts pretty well and leaves a couple wisps of lacing.
S- The aroma is straightforward but pleasant. Spicy, with pepper and clove and a bit of pale grainyness.
T- Taste is far sweeter than the nose made me think it would be. This one has an odd but pleasant canned peach flavor, with a strong spice flavor in the finish.
M- Mouthfeel is light, almost foamy. The finish is quite dry.
O- It's an ok beer, I enjoyed it well enough, but there are so many saisons out there I would prefer.

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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 yamar68
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to polak:

Pours a nice hazy honey gold with a finger of egg shell head and abundant beading. On the nose it's a little spicy, some orange zest, lemon, clove. The taste is refreshing with all the expected saison qualities. I wish this was amped up a bit, both in booze and clove/ester/citrus. The feel is medium with a dry finish. Overall, a bit better than what other reviews suggest but still has its flaws. Perfectly drinkable though.

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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 ForWhatAlesYou
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz on tap into a pint glass.

A: Slightly yellow, nearly clear (colorless). Foamy head, not strong. Steady carbonation bubbles.

S:A little spicy malt & apple. Vague pineapple pineapple, honey, cardamom.

T: Fruit (banana) dominates the flavor profile. Spice profile from hops balances and comliments. Clove, pastry, and a tartness (citrus pith). Rough around the edges.

M: Rich and oily. Nearly perfect balance.

D: Sessionable but I don't like it enough to have too many. Maybe it's the style, maybe it's me...

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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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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 MattyG85
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with a tint of orange. Not many bubbles. Decent one finger white head fades into a patchy layer.

Smell: Belgian yeast and wheat with banana, cloves, and coriander spice. Hints of orange, apple, and lemon. Light scent of pepper.

Taste: Lots of yeast and wheat throughout with the coriander spice and pepper coming midway. A lot more pepper than was in the smell. Hints of citrus throughout. Finish is fairly dry with a strong kick of bananas.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Slightly watery.

Overall: This is a tasty and very easy drinking take on a Belgian Saison but it should of been fuller in the body.

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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 ChimRichels
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Macro-esque color with moderate cloudiness. Bone-white head builds up quickly and recedes to about 1/4 inch.

S - Yeast-heavy as to be expected. Very clovey. Citrus notes are mild, some coriander lingers.

T - A lot more spicy than the nose indicated. Very zesty, almost like a strong-brewed ginger ale. Doughy and peppery aftertaste.

M - Carbonation is pretty low, which leads to a very smooth, creamy, easy drinking brew

O - A pretty solid saison that sacrifices a little flavor in favor of approachability, which I don't think is necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of argock
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No decipherable freshness date. Received from my brother Greg -- thanks bro!

A: Soft, slightly hazy yellow with 1/2-1 finger of ivory head with good retention and a few formations of lace down the mug.

S: Nice saison aromas of pepper and lemony citrus, but it is a little off with some vanilla frosting notes too.

T: The flavor though is solid with none of the weird vanilla sweetness coming through in the flavor. Crisp tangy lemon and peppery flavor, ample pale maltiness with with a touch of Belgian yeast and spot-on dry finish.

M: Crispness and dryness is right on target with a staunch malt body.

O: I enjoyed this brew a lot, and if they can clean up the aroma to get rid of the sweet frosting note, they have a real winner that will appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers. A really nice summer brew.

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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 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 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 321jeff
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to UMNbeerhunter for including this one in a trade.

Pours golden with a very small head that quickly fades down to a small collar.

Aroma is faint but musty with some spicy belgian yeast and lemons, also some other earthy aromas in the background. Smells about right, but a little on the faint side.

Taste starts off slightly bitter up front before moving to a mid-palate sweetness and a lemony tartness before ending with a mildly dry, musty finish.

The body is nice and light but the carbonation is low for the style. It's a decent example of a saison and it's quite drinkable on its own but it really doesn't stand up to the better American examples and certainly not to the high quality Belgians.

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Farm Girl Saison from Lift Bridge Brewery
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