Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale | Brewery Vivant

BA SCORE
82
good
505 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:
505
Reviews:
124
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.09%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
52
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 505 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of gogreen99
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Hazy light yellow in appearance with minor amounts of lacing when poured into the glass...minimal sour smell which make their way to your mouth in the pre taste but finishes clean with hints of lemon in there....overall one of my favorite beers. Highly recommend.

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

I have had this beer many times on tap and in the can from the store and it consistently tastes very good every time. It has a very unique flavor that is very difficult to explain, but to me it has a nice balance of a malty taste along with a subtle sweetness to top it off.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mvanwoerm
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of delgotit99
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Filabee
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Supergenious
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of KevinL
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Badger6
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Vitale's Sports Bar in Comstock Park, MI, 21 Mar 2014.

A: Hazy, light yellow body. Almost no head, some lacing on the glass.

S: Sour smell, with grass, hay, and lemon. The yeasts are distinct.

T: Sour malts in the front, with a lemony note. Gives way to a grassy note, clean finish.

M: Light to medium body, prickly carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Beautiful example of a saison. Nicely balanced feel, and distinct, yet not overpowering flavor notes. Not overly complex, and relatively straightforward to drink, but in that it is a really great and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of GGRECH
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of GRap
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MattBreight
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Pinkgorilla
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jbaker67
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of DCdevyl78
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of OnWisconsin
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of bauermj
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of zeledonia
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 14 November 2013 at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor.

Pours a a very pale light straw color. 96% clear. Brought with little head, leaves no lacing on the edges.

Smell is faint. As in, I can barely smell it. There’s the faintest hint of grain. But mostly, I get nothing.

Taste is quite nice. I don’t know what this beer is, but it has a light tartness that reminds me of a Berliner weisse. The grainy, wheaty background support that. But there’s a spiciness that surprises me, reminiscent of a Czech pilsner.

Feel is outstanding. Light body, prickly carbonation that elevates the beer well beyond what it would be without that vibrancy.. Dries out and gone at tjust the right time.

Not sure where the smell is; otherwise this is a stellar beer. The feel adds as much as it does in any beer.

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Photo of Oscar_The_Rauch
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a tulip glass

A: Hazy golden yellow. Pours a good amount of head at first then fades to about a 1/2 finger.

N: Bright, sour yeasty notes with some grass/hay, lemon peel, and apple skin.

T: Confirms nose. Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and some fleshy white grapes followed by a grassy finish.

O: This is a simple, refreshing saison that is easy to drink, but has enough going on to give it the right amount of complexity for what it is. This is definitely NOT a "thinking man's saison", but I don't think that's what they are going for. Call it a "lawnmower saison". Call it a "front porch saison". Almost every beer has a time and a place.

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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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