Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale | Brewery Vivant

BA SCORE
82
good
512 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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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:
512
Reviews:
126
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.09%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
54
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 512 |  Reviews: 126
Photo of Jordanmtate
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mightyspan
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jackalope1977
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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 +8.8%
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 BLZR
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LloydDobler
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billydoughnuts
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mhpendleton
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopsbythebay
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Raime
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
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 bigleague
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WesM63
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lucnifter
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NateDyk47
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrewjraab
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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 krome
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LehighAce06
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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Photo of DbbC
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of km02600
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aussiebeer
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale from Brewery Vivant
3.62 out of 5 based on 512 ratings.
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