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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:
#5,353
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
172
pDev:
9.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
22
Trade:
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Photo of StormAles
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pootz
3.39/5  rDev -15%
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 -28.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tpop1005
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmithyAlan
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/05/2016

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Photo of SithDarkLord11
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of largadeer
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of N_E_Beer
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jotora
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jcubz
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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 +0.3%
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 -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jrempel
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PacificNorthWester
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
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 -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of headlessparrot
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours from a bomber into the glass an orange-copper colour, faintly hazy, and capped by two fingers of frothy white, large-bubbled foam. The head recedes to a finger fairly quickly but persists there decently, and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell is peppery, yeasty, earthy. Slight fruity esters--apple in particular. Lots of malt, and a faint funky sourness. Orange peel, lemon zest, perhaps some clove. Slightly soapy, but not unpleasantly so. Grainy with a bit of smell I generally associate most with rye beers.

Taste is the smell, redux. Slightly soapy, though again not unpleasantly. A touch of funk, a bit of sour. Cracker, rye (is there rye here in the grist-bill?), slight clove, citrus. Peppery spice. Carbonation is high-moderate, and the body is quite full. Yeasty, slightly vinous, slightly milky? Drying on the finish.

As far as saisons go, this isn't revolutionary. But it is pretty enjoyable, interesting, and shows some complexity. I've heard it said by a few people that Driftwood is giving Bellwoods and Dieu de Ciel a run for their money as "best brewer in Canada." I don't know if I'd go *that* far on the evidence of this beer, but it's certainly a nice, delicious offering.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle

L: Amber Yellow Orange colour with a nice white head leaving lacing down the glass as it dissappear.

S: Citrusy sour smell to it with almost a sweet bubblegum tone.

T: Coriander and a slight bitterness to it with a tart taste.

F: Light bodied with a nice mouth feel.

O: A very nice easy drinking beer. Although not my favorite saison.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yes please. This is an incredibly accessible saison. The grainy, malty, spicy edge comes alive in your mouth. This was the perfect beer to kick off my summer holiday!

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Photo of Slongie
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mlkluther
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Farmhand Ale from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 172 ratings
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