Farmhouse Summer Ale | Flying Fish Brewing Company

584 Ratings
Farmhouse Summer AleFarmhouse Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A tribute to the highly drinkable "every day" beers from French-speaking Belgium. Contains Belgian two-row pale malt and 7% wheat. This beer is lightly filtered with an earthy, spicy hop character from imported Styrian Goldings hops and a beautiful rich creamy head from the wheat.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The beer pours a lightly hazed golden orange color with a tall white head.

S: Lemon zest, banana, and bubblegum make for a very...interesting aroma. Light breadiness from the malts with a moderate sweetness. Hints of pepper and other spices.

T: Sweet pale malts with some light bready notes. Pepper and earthy flavors are present as is a hint of banana. Lots of lemon, particularly lemon zest, with a little bit of tartness to it.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Not nearly as bad as their IPA that I had before it, but still not a fan.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass (I thought it was a saison...).

Thanks to stevglad and the N00b BIF for this bottle!

And the pain train that is the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender chugs along. This car pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of fast-dying white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light coriander, light lemon zest, graham crackers, orange peel, and some fresh spring flowers. The taste is heavy on the citrus notes (orange peel, lemon zest, a splash of ruby red grapefruit), but they all blend together into a muddled citrus-y mess; coriander, cardamom, and a pinch of nutmeg round things out on the tongue. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a decent summertime brew (for those seasonal drinkers among us), nothing altogether special, but tasty enough nonetheless.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold. Crème head. Nose is bland. Flavor is bitter. No saison qualities at all. Basically tastes like a metallic toned lager. Massive metallic aftertaste. Feel is not saison like at all. Thin and watery on the liquid. If this is a saison, then I have three feet. A complete miss of the mark (IMO) that holds no qualities that the well known saisons do. I didn't enjoy it at all and ended up dumping the majority of it.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of jwc215
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

No freshness date.

Poured golden yellow with a two-finger white head that descended to a thin, but well-retained head that left some lacing.

The smell was very thin (though non-offensive). It had a faint aroma of a saison-style yeast. Virtually nothing else.

The taste was so watered-down it was not easy to pick out flavors. There was a mild yeast and slice of lemon. It really didn't taste like much though. It was a touch sour and had a slightly salty finish.
Hints at being a saison, but doesn't quite get there.

The feel was too thin. With all its watery thinness, I would have expected it to at least quench a summer thirst a bit. Yet the sour and salt left the mouth not very refreshed at all. A faint, odd (almost plastic-like) aftertaste lingered a bit.

Overall - bland. What smoothness there was came more from thinness than anything else. While not awful, and I had two or three and will be able to eventually finish the 6-pack (or find someone to help me do so), its blandness and aftertaste would not have me choose this again for a summer brew. Not satisfying.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent and golden in appearance, beneath a lovely white puffy cloud of foam, leaving some lace.

Aroma is rather simple, straightforward, revealing nothing really...yeast, minor citrus, maybe...a bit blase.

Zesty flavors flood the mouth, big hops, bracing, but none too bitter. Tasty malt, nice and dry, after the hops. Medium bodied, intriquing play between malt and hops, it's kept spicy and dry at intervening times. Interesting.

Smooth, even if spicy. Great drinking, good character, not a bad stab at a saison in the least. Not bad at all.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is slightly sweet, some citrus. Taste is good, hops and grain, well balanced, some citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a quality beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light, yellowish colored ale that a pour develops a slight head. Not one of the better looking beers, but it is extremely drinkable as light citrus and wheat flavors are well balanced. Little to no aftertaste. More than one can be quaffed without getting bored. This ale has become one of my summertime staples in the refridgerator based on taste and reasonable price.

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Photo of tempest
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A single bottle brought home from Liberty St. Tavern.

I'd call this beer a small saison as the body and flavor are considerably lighter than the heavy hitters of the saison style. Still it has a pleasant and crisp body with mild biscuit malts and a smattering of hops and Belgian spice. A simple but tasty summer beer. I'd take this over Sam Adams Summer Ale on a hot day.

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Photo of outoffocus
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale malt scent that is fruity to the nose and has hints of wheat. There seems to be a bit of spice as well; very nice. The taste is good also. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that boasts also of wheat and a fruity yeast finish. It goes down with ease and finishes a bit tart and fruity. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine saison. It's not the best I've tried, but it drinks well.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of plaid75
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale straw hue with aone finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured very subtle grain with hints of earthy yeast esters.

The taste was clean and light with a slight estery yeast and a gentle lemon zest.

The mouthfeel was clean and refreshing.

Overall an easy drinking saison. A very toned down specimen in my opinion.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with a very white, very foamy head that fades to a cap. Lightly sweet, and lightly funky in the nose. Pleasant. The taste is similar- some nice fruitiness, with notes of red apple and pear as well as some breadiness, a hint of bitterness, and a little bit of funk. Restrained, and very refreshing, but enough interesting flavors to hold your attention. This is in no way an American Blonde Ale, and those looking for such will be disappointed. This, as the label attests, is a classic Belgian farmhouse style ale. Call it a Saison if you will, but not a blonde. I enjoyed it, and suspect that many that didn't are looking for something more mundane.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. White foam forms with good staying power. Aroma of earthy herbs, honey bread and spicy house proprietary yeast. In the taste, more of the same with some lemongrass, peppercorn and bread. Lightly tangy, well balanced, and somewhat light. Had good flavor on a light to medium bodied ale. Well carbonated. Overall, this is a nice session ale.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of John_M
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some American breweries seem to do this style pretty well, some not quite so well. Flying fish is definitely in the latter group.

I give Flying Fish some credit for trying to make a drinkable summer ale with low abv., but I'm puzzled by the fact they call this a saison/farmhouse beer. The beer looks, smells and tastes like a rather insipid pilsner. Had on tap the other day at Mahaffey's.

The beer pours a yellowish gold color with pretty persistent head retention and modest lacing. The nose is pretty close to non-existent, with none of the spice and/or funk one would normally associate with a Belgium saison. If anything I get a very light aroma of hoppy bitterness. On the palate this beer is very light and crisp. I guess one might call it refreshing, except that it's so light, watery and insipid, I really had no interest in finishing off my 10 ounce glass of the stuff. While I give Flying Fish points for keeping the abv. down, in this case they clearly did so at the expense of having much flavor. At least IMO, this is not a beer that would hold any interest for me in the future.

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Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 584 ratings.
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