Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale | Brewery Vivant

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3.62/5
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528 Ratings
Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse AleFarm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
breweryvivant.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
There was a time in old world France when nearly every family farm had a brewery. A necessary part of farm life was to provide a ration of beer to laborers, as beer was safer to drink than the water of the time. (Has to do with water carrying bacteria and alcohol killing said bacteria. Yay beer!) Farm Hand is our interpretation of what these rustic beers must have been like. It is slight in body, mildly sweet, and has a slight cloudiness from the simple un-malted grains similar to the period.

Added by jale on 01-23-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,518
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
528
pDev:
14.09%
Bros Score:
3.69
 
 
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20
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 528 |  Reviews: 128
Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alault
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Celtics76
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Seebeej
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kat drank this at Family Dinner December 2017. It was good.

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Photo of AirBob
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BAsbill
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TangoJuliet
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eman17
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of C_Adams
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this for the first time back in the summer of 2014 I believe. Typical yellow pour with the attendant haze accompanying the liquid, 1/3" white head on the top, good retention. Aroma was yeasty and after that, bread like.

Taste hits those yeast and humid like notes. Not funky, but like a humid barn, without all the horse shit, blanket and whatever notes people from the city describe a barnyard like. Mouthfeel was relatively dry and somewhat light. Thankfully this wasn't one of those wild ales masquerading as a saison. This is traditional, and what you would want if you were on break at work agragarian style and whatnot. Plenty of grassiness and grain feels throughout. I liked its simplicity and traditional aspects.

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Photo of MrOH
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw. Fluffy white head with decent retention
Smells of bready malt, a bit fruity.
Crisp, bready, a bit of fruit and spice, slight herbal quality.
Really nice mouthfeel for how light it is.
Overall, a great introduction to Belgian beers for light lager drinkers. Very refreshing.

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Photo of QianBokSubai
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of briantullis1
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A hazy yellow color with a light white head that descends into itself almost immediately.

S: Slightly funky, with lemon peel and a bit of a twang and perhaps a touch of spice in the finish.

T: Lemony, though with a hint of booze. Slight caramel, as well as some Belgian yeast fruit notes in the finish.

M: Medium light in body, highly carbonated with a soft feel, and a dry finish.

O: Overall tasty, but it feels more like a Belgian blonde or single than a farmhouse.

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Photo of Danmullens1
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of agrinnell
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.83/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip glass. The appearance was a lightly glazed over yellow color with a one and a half finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated leaving some light stringy lacing sliding into the beer. The smell had a nice sweet to grassy rustic/slightly earthy citrus hops roaming over light grapes. The taste copied the aroma well being somewhat sweet and earthy rustic. A slight grassy grape-like quality leads into the aftertaste and only leaves a wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonated nicely, this one doesn’t really pound over my tongue but lightly roams smoothly over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty nice crushable saison that I would have again.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Austin_Madagame
2.49/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Average beer, wouldn't be my go to.

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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 528 ratings