Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale
Brewery Vivant

Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse AleFarm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,934
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #41,126
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 13.7%
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
556
From:
Brewery Vivant
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  22
Gots
  59
SCORE
83
Good
Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse AleFarm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 134 | Ratings: 556 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of snaotheus
snaotheus from Washington

3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2020-05-31
16oz can served in a little glass I don't know how to describe, but is definitely not intended to serve beer. Dated 02/27/2020. Sent to my wife by a friend who lives in some other state.

Pours a moderately hazy light yellow with little head and a lot of carbonation. Smell is mild, slightly funky/woody, a little lemon.

Taste is lightly tart, stronger funk (but not too strong). Something almost peppery about this -- not the right flavor, but closest I can come up with right now. Kind of delicate.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth. Overall, it's a pretty solid beer.

May 31, 2020
Photo of WunderLlama
WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into pint glass

Slightly translucent yellow liquid , thin white foam layer quickly fades

Faint aroma of bananas and cloves

Slight taste if bananas and cloves

Light sudsing

Good beer

Jun 15, 2019
Photo of puboflyons
puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 16 oz. can with no notable canning date. Sampled on March 16, 2019.

The appearance is a slightly foggy light amber-yellow with a fizzy white head that fades fast. No significant lacing.

The aroma is yeasty, buttery, doughy, and slightly fruity. Maybe a bite of lemonzest.

Light to medium mouthfeel.

The taste is sweet but generally clean and crisp with a very minimal tart bite to conclude. It's not bad and it seems to be within the style but it is not anything that stands out.

Mar 16, 2019
Photo of dd53grif
dd53grif from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden amber color with small head that disappears quickly. No discernable aroma Taste is slightly tart with a mild flavor. Good mouth feel.

Sep 29, 2018
Photo of beersampler6
beersampler6 from Michigan

3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very nice drinkable farm-style ale, tried this one on tap. Light golden color with mild head. Nice notes of fruit, grains, mild yeast spiciness. Clean finish with mild thin mouthfeel and moderate carbonation throughout. Very trace bitterness throughout. Mild sweetness definitely balances out mild spicy hints. Very easy to drink.

Apr 18, 2018
Photo of cbutova
cbutova from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Tallboy into a tulip with a clear pale golden body and a tall, two finger foamy white head. The cap has fairly good retention. Lacing is almost nonexistent.

S- Fruits like white grapes, apple and pears with a hint of lemon and yeast spiciness. Hints at a slight sweetness and definitely on the fruity end of the Saison spectrum.

T- Definitely has the pale fruits covered with the apples, pears and white grapes all opening up in the beer with a decent peppery yeast spiciness. A touch of citrus zest. A hint of clove and banana but they are very subtle. Somewhat sweet for the style.

MF- Silky and lightly creamy medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. A spicy bitterness in the finish.

A lot of pale fruits with apples, white grapes and pears really coming on with the yeast spice, a hint of lemon and some pale grains.

Mar 27, 2018
Photo of rodbeermunch
rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Sep 18, 2017
Photo of MrOH
MrOH from Maryland

3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Sep 18, 2017
Photo of Beejay
Beejay from Virginia

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Aug 19, 2017
Photo of Lone_Freighter
Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Jun 16, 2017
Photo of Zhenghao
Zhenghao from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a clear yellow/golden color with a sweet citrus smell. It tastes like grains, very smooth and easy to swallow. The end is a little dry. Overall, it has a good taste.

Apr 30, 2017
Photo of jbmarie
jbmarie from Wisconsin

4.69/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color is a light golden yellow as previously mentioned. The smell is citrusy and crisp with a bit of sweetness. The taste is similar with only a little hops/malt. Very crisp and smooth beer I could drink this for a while.

Apr 02, 2017
Photo of Mae1118
Mae1118 from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This Farm Hand beer has a nice light golden yellow look to it. The smell is sweet and citrus, and the taste is sweet but tangy. Overall, It is a really good taste. I like this more than the beers I have had recently.

Mar 29, 2017
Photo of bwood06
bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I decided to go to dinner at Brewery Vivant since I was in town for work and had not been there in quite some time. I thought this beer would be best to start the evening out with so I settled down to order food and got this as an appetizer.

This beer pours a hazy, golden color that has light carbonation visible. The white head is frothy in nature and dissipates quickly to a thin ghostly layer that is consistent from edge to edge with creamy edges. 3.75/5 The aroma is quite light with unmalted grains, herbal & grassy hops, and a slight musty hay note. This is a very simple aroma that is well balanced but is somewhat boring. 3.5/5 The flavor profile starts out with a bit of light white bread and butter before transitioning to notes of peach and pear. These fruit notes are quite unexpected and lead in nicely to hay, moss, and grassy hops. There is a bit of lemon fruit (not peel) that comes out as the beer warms, providing a nice light sweetness and tartness to the profile. Also, as the beer warms, a bit of clove makes its way out. The bitterness is very light and does not linger. 3.75/5 This is a medium bodied beer with a light carbonation tickle up front, but no drying whatsoever. Rather, it is thirst quenching and wet. 4/5 This is a good, albeit not great, farmhouse ale that is simple and straightforward with a nice surprise in the form of the peach, pear, and lemon notes. It is well balanced betweens sweet and bitter. 3.75/5

Jan 25, 2017
Photo of barczar
barczar from Kentucky

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is musty, with light horse blanket notes, a hint of pepto, grains, and lemon.

Flavor is lightly acidic, with a slightly sweet grainy malt backbone and a peppery, dry finish.

Oct 25, 2016
Photo of KatieSmith
KatieSmith from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This farmhouse ale was very light yellow in color. It is high in citrus notes yet contained a mild flavor. This is a very smooth and easy beer to drink. It has a small amount of sweetness to it as well.

May 04, 2016
Photo of stinewils24
stinewils24 from Michigan

3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour of this beer has a light gold and apple juice color to it. The smell is fruity and resembles a sweet bread, and a lemon hint. The taste is yeasty, with dough and citrus notes. The beer is highly carbonated as well.

May 02, 2016
Photo of Edith0703
Edith0703 from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bittersweet tasting. Yellow hazy appearance with really crispy flavor. Light body, taste is better than aroma. However the taste with strong yeast flavor, not really my type of beer.

Apr 27, 2016
Photo of mfarnick
mfarnick from Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed farmhand. It was nice to have a refreshing classic beer. Color of this beer is slightly golden with slight carbonation.
Aroma was filled with yeast
Tasted like a classic ale with yeast, malt, and a slight fruity taste underneath
This is a great beer to casually sip on and enjoy.

Apr 27, 2016
Photo of HensonJ3
HensonJ3 from Michigan

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good beer, nothing amazing. Very wheaty flavors. Light caramel look. Carbonated but simple enough in flavors to where you can drink more of it. May order again depending on the situation.

Apr 27, 2016
Photo of defilli2
defilli2 from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer from Brewery Vivant. It had a light caramel color to it, almost golden. Was not a clear beer though, cloudy and natural looking. It had strong and full aromas, I could sense fruits and a crisp touch. Very carbonated when drinking it, I could taste the wheat and the grains in it. Very refreshing, very good. Would drink again.

Apr 27, 2016
Photo of Kristie_Duve
Kristie_Duve from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was light in color with lots of carbonation. It had a smooth taste and was easy on the palette. Classic tasting with a few notes of distinctive flavors.

Apr 25, 2016
Photo of Sparty21
Sparty21 from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Non-filtered beer, a pale yellow color, not very vibrant.
Aroma: Smells like stale straw with Belgian yeast.
Taste: Great mouthfeel with a distinctive taste.
Overall: Great beer, refreshing and can be drank anytime with anything.

Apr 13, 2016
Photo of Beginner2
Beginner2 from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had Fram Hand three times from 2014-16 and the last is the basis of this review. But on 11/11/19, I had it a fourth time after a three year hiatus of no distribution in Illinois.
And my rating and review remains largely the same.
This is a good saison, but not a great one.

It Looks like a saison, but with marginal foam. Farm Hand could Smell fruitier like the great ones, but is good enough.
The big test for this style is whether it goes well with food. And I eat lots of garlicky food and veggies. And Farm Hand goes well with Uncle Bob's World Famous Soup. It also went well with today's grilled cheese sandwich.

What this Saison misses is that inexplicable Belgian yeast that is so very hard to duplicate (or innovate) here in North America. If Vivant gets the right strain, it well could have a great Saison.

I like Vivant and want to like it more. I came close to visiting them again after three years ago popping into the bottleshop. But it was not in the cards to this visit to Grand Rapids. What intrigues me about Vivant is that it really tries hard to bring to this straightforward Midwestern city the Belgian sensibility of table and brewing. But I won't know until I sample their food !

Apr 13, 2016
Photo of taylorzeee
taylorzeee from Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A light beer with a grainy, straw like smell with a hint of fruit. Very carbonated on the palate with a wonderful golden color. It has a really different taste that some may think is too strong, but I enjoyed immensity. It wasn't too fruity or too hoppy, very nice!

Mar 30, 2016
Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 556 ratings