Farmhand Ale | Driftwood Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
driftwoodbeer.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our interpretation of this Southern-Belgian farmhouse ale uses a partial sour-mash and the addition of freshly ground black pepper. We use a very unique strain of yeast from Belgium to add further layers of spice and complexity to this rare style of beer.

Added by Derek on 12-20-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,095
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
177
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Simon212
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nullbort
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Perry_W
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Very disappointed in this beer. The marketing is strong but the payoff is not there. Tales on the label of a special funky beer being made for seasonal workers leaves you anticipating some nifty flavours

Unfortunately this beer is basically just a run of the mill belgian ale type beer. Not bad.....very session-able (though not at $6 a pop)...but also very forgettable.

The look is okay. Slightly pale but nice and murky. If it's murky you know there's some good flavours goin' on. The smell is nice...perfect bouquet of a belgian wit or ale. The mouthfeel is great...nice body on this one. The flavour is where this beer drops the ball. The pale appearance was an indicator because the taste is just watered down. This is clearly a beer for normies who would rather be drinking some shite macro brew but every once in awhile go out to some gastropub

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Photo of imbibehour
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a globe/tulip glass.

Tangerine orange and slightly clear with a touch of haze. Very fine carbonation, real hard to see that rises to an off white two finger head that dissolves and snaps out pretty quickly.

Aroma is quite nice if subtle. Mild sensations of brett, but a nicer almost juicy citrus orange like quality. A touch of floral and citrus mix and soft malt quality on the nose. Flirts with a bit of baby aspirin flavor also.

Quite a juicy palate for a saison. Peppery feeling and somewhat tasting mid palate, but more of a juicy tangerine citrus note than anything. Light bodied but a bit of malt depth with more fruity tones and quality than expected. Doesn't seem to have much classic Belgian character, and even the funk is small, but this almost has a bit of IPA like West coast fruityness mixed in.

Pretty unique tasting saison, if a little off character, but quite tasty I must admit.

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Photo of StormAles
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pootz
3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap - pours a hazed burnished gold with orange tint - 2 finger off-white cap. Bight spicy-peppery character, med-light body - aroma is fruity-spicy with solid cereal notes and some funk from the Belgian yeast. The flavor profile uses these elements but they hit the palate with different timing - light pastry malting p front is balanced by a bright peppery spiciness then fruity esters emerge - clean increasingly bitter-spicy finish - refreshing and well made.

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Photo of ILOVEHAM
2.86/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tpop1005
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmithyAlan
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of SithDarkLord11
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of largadeer
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of N_E_Beer
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jotora
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jcubz
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange body with a pearly white head, no lacing. The scent is very strong with floral, yeast, and fruity flavours, a bit like LFM. The taste has a great deal of spice to it from the black pepper, along with great ester flavours. It's overall pretty smooth, though I think the carbonation could be better contained. Very pleased by this.

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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Driftwood Brewery 'Farmhand Saison' @ 5.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.60
A-pour is a gold from the bottle to a rich copper in the glass with a small beige head that is leaving a fine lace along the tulip
S-some fruityness like banana bread in the front with black pepper in the background , Belgian yeast
T-the mix of flavors follow the aroma fairly close , fruit followed by spices , saison done local
MF-ok carbonation , medium body , enters the mouth nicely then burst's with sweet , fruit , bitter , spice , a crisp finish that will slightly sour the longer its held in the mouth
Ov-a well balanced saison , pleasant to taste and very easy to drink , good beer
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Tmappin
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jrempel
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PacificNorthWester
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice zesty orange-yellow color in the glass with little foam. Nose of the beer yields notes of pepper, grass, light hops, and a hint of spice (very faint). Upon sipping the beer one is exposed to a nice tango of tang and pepper, resulting in a refreshing first sip. Over the course of enjoying this beer I particularly thought that the grass and pepper characteristics never over powered the other. Buy this for a refreshing break from the IPA's crowding the shelf.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Farmhand Ale from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 177 ratings