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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale | Brewery Vivant

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3.61/5
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521 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:
#37,294
Reviews:
128
Ratings:
521
pDev:
14.13%
Bros Score:
3.69
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
54
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 521 |  Reviews: 128
Photo of BAsbill
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TangoJuliet
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eman17
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of C_Adams
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of briantullis1
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of agrinnell
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.83/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Austin_Madagame
2.49/5  rDev -31%
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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Photo of Zhenghao
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of HenryWinters
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeahK
4.31/5  rDev +19.4%
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 jbmarie
4.69/5  rDev +29.9%
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 Mae1118
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bwood06
3.72/5  rDev +3%
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

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