Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale | Brewery Vivant

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82
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505 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
505
Reviews:
124
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.09%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
52
For Trade:
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Ratings: 505 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of GoldenChild
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of DisneyDreamer29
4.78/5  rDev +32%
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 Erichb411
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CashChel
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Farmhand is full of flavor and body. The yeast smell is unusual but overall the beer is crisp, clean, and has a light taste.

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Photo of jbmarie
4.69/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

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Photo of zachpaschal
4.65/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of callit
4.64/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of defilli2
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
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 taylorzeee
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
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!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Today being New Beer Sunday and being unable to procure any new AMLs, I have decided to make it New MichiCAN Beer Sunday in honor of the day's founder, Malty, who resides somewhere in The Great Lakes/Wolverine State. These (among others) were sent to me by GrappyPunk and I have been waiting for an appropriate time to Crack & Glug them open.

From the CAN: "WHY USE CANS? We set out to build a sustainable brewery and found through our research that cans are a better option than bottles. Cans are much lighter in weight, contain more recycled content, are able to be up-cycled, and use less energy to produce. The canning line also has a much smaller footprint than a bottling line."; "If this was not enough, cans provide better protection from flavor degenerating oxygen and hop flavor robbing sunlight. This is the best package we can provide to bring our beer to you, tasting the way the brewer intended it. Enjoy."; "Belgian tradition. Local mission."; "FRENCH STYLE FARMHOUSE ALE 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. Farm Hand is our interpretation of what these rustic beers must have been like. It is light in body, mildly sweet and has a slight cloudiness from the use of simple un-malted grains similar to the period."; "COMPLIMENTARY FOODS Chicken, fish, pasta, Camembert or other soft cheeses. Visit our website for more."; "GLASSWARE Tall, slender glass which will show off the beautiful color of the beer and allows for pleasant sipping."

The Crack went as planned, but the Glug was perhaps a tad heavy-handed as I did not realize how active a beer this was going to be. Man, the foam came up MUCH more quickly than anticipated and even broached the lip of the glass, much to my chagrin. Once things settled to a state of normalcy, I had a finger-and-a-half of rocky bone-white head that looked like JacktheRipper's avatar - dense and smiling up at me. The color was a testament to truth in advertising - it was a cloudy lemon-yellow and the whole thing looked like a lemon meringue pie. The nose was quite musty, almost cheesy in its intensity. Me likee! I have yet to get onboard with Andrew Zimmern, but Anthony Bourdain and his lack of disdain for sharp, "stinky" smells and flavors and rubbery mouthfeel speak to me. I am a US Navy retiree and that kind of thing does not put me off, but Zimmern's grilled horse heads push my upper limits. The nose on this beer might be too much for some, but I dug it. Mouthfeel was big, full, even creamy and the initial slight tartness followed by a light wheat-like sweetness were like a palate cleanser. Look, Ma, new taste buds! Finish tended towards dry and it was an absolutely refreshing beer that would be phenomenal with some soft cheese on crackers under the umbrella on the beach. Put this in your cooler and give me a call! I'll be right over, honey honeys in tow.

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Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of coz
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of pare311
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of rusty3335
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of sliverX
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of pmckenney
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of PincheNorteno
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my household's standard summer beer, I highly recommend it.
Appearance- Pours a golden yellow with a bit of haze. Low to moderate head. Carbonation works its way beautifully up the side of a pub glass.
Smell- Grapefruit, hay, crispness of Vivant house yeast, cereals.
Taste- Simple, fresh, straight forward grassy cereals and dry tart yeast. The nose of this beer is lively, it will make you smile. with As the beer warms, the batley flavor blooms in a good way. You will fully appreciate this brew if you are hot, sweaty, and thirsty.
Mouthfeel- Refreshing. There's decent carbonation here it's definitely not flat. It's balanced, not thin or thick. If you're parched this beer fits your palate like a glove.

Overall, this is a solid beer. Beginners will find it accessible and drinkable, experienced drinkers will appreciate the quality of Farmhand from start to finish.

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Photo of mfarnick
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of Slagerdad
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a Brewery Vivant can glass.
5% ABV,

A - Farm Hand's fleeting white head sinks to a thin skim of foam above the still and hazy pale straw yellow beer, leaving it an attractive beer to sip.

S - Tart lactic acidity almost comes across the nose as a sour mash process (as opposed to yeast) giving way to cracker-like dry maltiness with a complimentary dry earth undertone and suggestions of bubble gum and lemongrass from the yeast.

T - Hoppier than expected, Farm Hand brings a lemony citrus twang to the delicately yeasty saison. Underlying biscuit-and-cracker malts pave the way for a refreshingly tart finish of lactic acidity.

M - Vibrant tartness starts and finish this delicate and refreshing saison while in between lands a kiss of hop bitterness that dials everything in just right.

O - Brewery Vivant's Farm Hand puts a truly unique spin on the saison style with a forward lactic acidity-like tartness that steals the show as opposed to the bigger Belgian overtones. The yeast nuances are there but subdued and soft, making this one hell of a good beer!

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of Maiora13
4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
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 Mambajahamba
4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great, easy drinking year round beer!

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Photo of LeahK
4.31/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden/yellow color. Citrus, sweet, crisp smell. Citrus, hoppy, tangy taste.

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Photo of mjshearer1
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold and bubbly.

S: Fruity Belgian notes predominate.

T: Nice and light, a little sour, lots of Belgian fruit, finishes clean.

M: Light body, good carbonation.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this. I haven't had very many saisons, especially saisons with a Belgian twist, but this is definitely something I'll be getting more of later.

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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale from Brewery Vivant
3.62 out of 5 based on 505 ratings.
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