Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale | Brewery Vivant

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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse AleFarm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States

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.

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Photo of KatieSmith
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of stinewils24
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Edith0703
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of mfarnick
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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Photo of HensonJ3
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of defilli2
4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of Sparty21
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this three times now over three years.
And either it has gotten better or I have lowered my standards... or both.
Probably both.
This is a good saison, but not a great one.
It looks like a saison. It 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 tonight with Uncle Bob's World Famous Soup.
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.

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Photo of taylorzeee
4.55/5  rDev +26%
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!

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a two finger white head. Very little lacing.

S - Aroma is Belgian yeast, lemon, and wheat.

T - The flavor is light Belgian yeast, bready malts, and some very faint fruitiness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This a very average Saison. The flavors are light and very easy drinking. Would make a nice warm weather beer.

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Photo of NatoMasochism
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 pint can. Ignored the glassware recommendation and poured into large tulip. Paired with barbecue chicken sandwich. Honestly, I think this beer is mild enough to pair with just about anything.

Excellent representation of the farmhouse/saison style. It's an easy drinker when you can't decide what to grab from the beer fridge. Unfortunately, this was my last one and will have to wait till my next trip to Michigan before I can restock. Last time I was at the taproom, they said their plan is to remain local and not increase their distribution footprint. :(

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Brewery Vivant Farmhouse Saison.

Haven't had a whole lotta saisons in my day so it's always nice to pick one up from a local brewery. Admittedly , Vivant has never really blown me away but I haven't had a whole lot outta them. Hoping for the best, but likely expecting something a bit above average.

Look - From the pint sized can poured slowly into a dimpled pint glass. Beer pours a slightly murked golden with a big frothy sticky and thick white head that sticks around and leaves immediate lace amongst slight decay. Carbonation appears to be about moderate with this brew. Lacing is sparse, though still thick and soapy.

Smell - The nose isn't overly prevelant. It does have the typical farmhouse character with a bit of a berlinner like twang but there isn't much in the way of funky ness. The yeasts are clearly Belgian with a bit of the mustard seed.

Taste - Taste follows the nose almost 99%. Mostly moderate amounts of Belgian style yeastyness with a quick and moderately present shot of tartness. A bit of hay and Belgian whorehouse. Again, not a huge flavor so this review likely won't be all that long.

Feel - Feel is the best part of the beer. The body is moderately full with a supremely creamy over all mouth feel. The flavors remain much the same and the brew swallows with a moderate Belgian funky factor.

Overall - A pretty average brew that won't blow anybody away and certainly isn't even the top ten in the style. Needs the flavor amped up a touch or three. At $2.99. Pint I wouldn't buy it again, but it's fine as a lower abv session drinker. As always, try it for yourself and come to your own conclusion..

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy and cloudy yellow straw colored - not much head or retention.

S - Yeasty, lemons, dough, wheat.

T -Grains and yeast take the opening kick off, followed by a faint malts, cracker, nutty, dough. Low to medium bodied, this Finishes dry.

O - solid brew, not a big fan of this style, but this is a good brew to journey to for it.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank right from the can. Aroma is clean, and fleshy-fruited: pears and apples. Yeasty. Taste follows, clean and crisp, a little bit of spice in there as well. Refreshing and clean.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

- pint can. duvel chalice.

A: Palest of straw pour exit from the can produces a glass consuming white foam monster that dominates the vessel for a lengthy period of time. Beneath, a crystal clarity of brass coloring reveals an even pace of effervesce filling the glass. Big sloppy, soapy patches of lace smoother the glass. Turns cloudy on second pour.

S: Sweet aroma, white grapes, fresh wet citrus, with some fresh pear and apple juice fruitiness. Nice level of commitment, lasting duration.

T: Flavor of apple juice, pear, lightly tart and acidic with a gentle dry finish. Spicy, fruity sweetness, with a increasing tart and funky finish upon warming. Some light wheat, berries with some stemmy and spruce notes.

M: Crisp mouthful, light bodied.

O: Overall an easy drinking french style farm house style ale that is refreshing, lightly tart perfect for a hot summer day. Clean, crisp, multiple drinker again for those hot summer days and and back yard affairs with light chatter. Not gonna blow you away, but is appreciable for its easy drinking nature and approachable for new to style and just kicking back.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This pours a chill hazed golden tan with light foaming. Kinda muted, musty aroma. Coriander and a hint of cracked pepper come across as I sip, with a pleasing hint of orange blossom. Somewhat of a muddled mess over all.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a cloudy straw gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like citrus (lemon peel), hay, apricots and some earthiness. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some bready/grainy malt and a bit of an apple flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's crisp and easy to drink with a decent amount of carbonation. I thought this was an enjoyable brew, glad I got to try this! I got this for $3.29 a can, not sure how much the 4 pack was.

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Photo of DisneyDreamer29
4.78/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is straw colored. It smells of citrus, pine, and a hint of other earthy smells. The taste has small hints of fruit in the background and strong flavors of wheat or grass. Slight bitter notes to offset the sweetness of the fruit. Very balanced. The body is light. Overall, a very drinkable everyday beer.

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Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is crisp and golden yellow. It has a yeasty smell, leaving it with some mild fruit notes. It is a really smooth beer with citrus notes. Overall it's a pretty good beer and easy to drink.

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Photo of Maiora13
4.34/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You can almost taste the history behind "farmhand" ale. The french style sets it apart from the more full Belgian style that Vivant is known for. Beautiful, light, and refreshing.

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Photo of carolynschaf
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a very yeasty scent, almost like bread. Which leads you to believe it will be a heavy drink but it is very light and crisp. It does have a cloudy appearance but goes down smoothly.

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Photo of lucasra1
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Overall this is a good beer because of the drinkability, but the flavors are hardy discernable. Lots of yeast on the nose making it stand out as a farmhouse ale. Crisp, light and refreshing. A very uncomplicated beer that most would enjoy.

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Photo of Sydney10
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color. Strong yeasty lemon aroma. A much lighter beer and easy to drink. The taste is a mixture of sweet and citrus. Lemon, apple, and pear are present in the taste. The sweetness is a honey flavor. Overall, enjoyed this mild beer.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an IPA glass....
A - Pours a hazy golden amber color with small head.
S - Aroma is mild and a little funky.
T - The flavor is also mild, slightly funky, a little tart.
M - Thin, low carbonation.
O - I feel like I'm drinking a Light Saison. The aroma and flavor is right but light, which makes this a very drinkable beer but not complex or interesting.

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