Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale | Brewery Vivant

BA SCORE
82
good
509 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:
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 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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Photo of defilli2
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer from Brewery Vivant. It had a light caramel color to it, almost golden. Was not a clear beer though, cloudy and natural looking. It had strong and full aromas, I could sense fruits and a crisp touch. Very carbonated when drinking it, I could taste the wheat and the grains in it. Very refreshing, very good. Would drink again.

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Photo of Erichb411
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tomakara
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer appeared a lighter color and smelled refreshing and clean. The taste was also refreshing and very smooth.

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Photo of hrhopkins12
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

refreshing and smooth with a citrus and banana smell and taste

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was light in color with lots of carbonation. It had a smooth taste and was easy on the palette. Classic tasting with a few notes of distinctive flavors.

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Photo of teamwiggum
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Sparty21
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Non-filtered beer, a pale yellow color, not very vibrant.
Aroma: Smells like stale straw with Belgian yeast.
Taste: Great mouthfeel with a distinctive taste.
Overall: Great beer, refreshing and can be drank anytime with anything.

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Photo of Hanna-Russell
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light color, smells a bit yeasty. Intersting taste, a little strong but overall a good beer.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this three times now over three years.
And either it has gotten better or I have lowered my standards... or both.
Probably both.
This is a good saison, but not a great one.
It looks like a saison. It could smell fruitier like the great ones, but is good enough.
The big test for this style is whether it goes well with food. And I eat lots of garlicky food and veggies. And Farm Hand goes well tonight with Uncle Bob's World Famous Soup.
What this Saison misses is that inexplicable Belgian yeast that is so very hard to duplicate (or innovate) here in North America. If Vivant gets the right strain, it well could have a great Saison.

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

Photo of taylorzeee
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A light beer with a grainy, straw like smell with a hint of fruit. Very carbonated on the palate with a wonderful golden color. It has a really different taste that some may think is too strong, but I enjoyed immensity. It wasn't too fruity or too hoppy, very nice!

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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

Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale from Brewery Vivant
3.62 out of 5 based on 509 ratings.
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