Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale | Brewery Vivant

Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse AleFarm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale
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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.

Added by jale on 01-23-2011

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1/5  rDev -72.4%

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1/5  rDev -72.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

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

Photo of britbrew10
1.89/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a lemony saison with an almost offensive, polarizing taste.

I wanted to like it because I enjoy Vivant's other canned offerings and their beer at the brewery is great. This one however is a huge disappointment.

P.S. Gives me a real dirty Busch Light type of buzz.

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of Wadsey
2.12/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brewery Vivant's Farmhand

Served in New Belgium Tulip

A: Aggressive pour yields unacceptable head that looks nothing like a cloudy mountain, has no retention and leaves no lacing. Does not look like a Saison. Beer is hazy and pale gold with decent effervescence. 

S: Opens with a whiff of creamed corn, then lemonheads candy and earthy yeast. Sorry, no "horse blanket."

T: Sweet, toasted and crackery malts, a touch of spicy yeast, hay. A little tang. Definitely malt forward. There is something off in the malt bill that I find gross. It tastes stale. Finish is neither clean nor crisp. Still no horse blanket.

M: Medium body and low carbonation. Grainy and semi-dry. Mouthfeel is weak. 

O: I've been exploring Saisons lately, and that certainly cast the shortcomings of Farm Hand in sharp relief. Sloppy. 

Thanks hurfer for the opportunity. 

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2.18/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

$2.69 for a 16 oz. can from Siciliano's. Thanks Maddog for picking it up!

A: pale yellow color with slight cloudiness, poured with frothy head that dissipated to thicker veiled head with lively CO2
S: milder nose, grassy, hints of DMS
T: very light in taste, a bit of gritty malt up front with balanced bitter hop finish, hint of DMS in taste
M: very light bodied beer, has some American lager feel to it which is not pleasant for this style
O: I was expected more of a toned-down biere de garde style beer

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2.19/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy/yellow look
Smells yeasty
bland taste
easy to drink

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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

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2.43/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Can to glass. Pale yellow, some haze. Not a ton of aroma, but lots of carb.

Taste: here comes that carbonation. Overwhelming. Fizzy yellow beer overwhelming. Makes ot feel quite thin.

If this is a farm house ale, could have fooled me... all forced carb on this one. Yeast dominates the taste, but not standard farm house yeast. More like a whit. Very bready. Differentiated from a whit in that there are some hops there, but more of a hopped whit than a saison. And I the back end, this beer is fairly sweet. Totally misses the style mark.

Where is the farm house? Not here.

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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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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can. No canning dates.

Pours a very, very pale straw yellow. Looks almost like water. A billowy, bone white head fizzles out very quickly, leaving a thin cover.

Grassy smelling, with light pepper and citrus. Earthy hops.

Dry and grassy at first, leads into a spicy mid-palate with some chalky, earthy hops. Faint, fruity sweetness, berry-like. The sweetness does remind me of lower quality lagers, leaving a very weird, sweet taste in my mouth.

Crisp and pretty easy drinking, but that sweetness that is akin to cheap adjunct lagers is a turn off. I like the idea, but not the execution.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.57/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Damaged can may have affected integrity of the beer, this was significantly oxidized.

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2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Vivant, seriously guys. I love a saison, and this is not a saison.

It looks like a saison, it smells kinda like a saison, but it taste nothing like one. Way too sweet, no hay or barnyard smells, no fruity spice, just clover yeast bite.

I wouldn't order this again, it's not bad, but it's also not worth seeking out.

Vivant- make the beer as sexy as my server and I'll be back.

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2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A= The appearance was a straw yellow in color it was light not really hazy. The head was really nice about the only good thing about this one retained well nice foamy head.

S= I expected a "Farmhouse Funk" smell but it really smelled like a euro lager. There really wasn't any of the other scents that I normally pick up on a Farmhouse Ale.

T= Tasted just like the nose a euro lager and it tasted kind of like a weaker euro lager at that.

M= Nice Carbonation, Lighter beer.

O= Overall, I really was excited to try this beer and it was a huge let down for me glad my friend gave me this beer I wouldn't buy this beer. I will however sample some of the other beers that I have from them.

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2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

ordered a draft of this at Rockys in Grand Rapids. i have been to Bewery Vivant several times as i live close to it, but have never ordered this particular flavor because it is not a style I enjoy. thought i would give a shot.

a- light yellow, clear, no head or lacing, small amount of carbonation bubbles floating from the bottom to the top of the glass

s- smells good, very yeasty, malty, grassy...almost smells like a lager

t- nothing like the smell. bland straw is the big flavor here. theres a funky, earthy aftertaste that gets worse as the beer warms. not good. couldnt finish the whole glass, it was making me gag.

m- wet, low carbonation, almost flat feeling

o- not enjoyable, will not order this ever again

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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 46.9% out of 100 with 516 ratings
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