Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale | Brewery Vivant

BA SCORE
82
good
509 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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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:
509
Reviews:
125
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.09%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
53
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 509 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of Mae1118
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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 -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bwood06
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of reebtaerG
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcoleMA66
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Junior
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Aroma is musty, with light horse blanket notes, a hint of pepto, grains, and lemon.

Flavor is lightly acidic, with a slightly sweet grainy malt backbone and a peppery, dry finish.

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Photo of KevBot89
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mxsluis
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Remmy800
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of seanchai
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nurt20
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of KatieSmith
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Tuckersmth
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stinewils24
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
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 +17.1%
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 +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 HensonJ3
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale from Brewery Vivant
3.62 out of 5 based on 509 ratings.
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