Farmer's Daughter
The Alchemist

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #262
ABV:
7%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,238
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 8.78%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
98
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Vermont, United States
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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 98
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love the Farmhouse/saison style, Belgian or French. American "Style" is usually a far cry from authentic versions. The yeast charechter and complexity is the why.
I try American versions with little hope... But I still Try. Let's see if the Alchemist can pull it off....

16 oz. Cans.

Hazy but shiny white golden color. White fluffy cap of foam. Not as active or bubbly as Belgian versions Are.... Here we go again...

The aroma is deep, but filled with the same smells I get from most American versions: banana, cream herbs and spices. Tyme and Time again, it's the same. This one has cucumber, honey dew melon and light fruity hoppiness in the back, which helps to make it kinda unique.

A light, bright but CRAZY smooth and silky mouthfeel. I mean, it's extravagant and lush on the palate, but I expect crisp, dry and lively. Still, it's really fun to feel.

Creamy vanilla malt tastys, sour and earthy grains, black pepper, maybe ghost pepper salt, bananas, nettles, sparkling spring water and malted oats. Complex, interesting and easy to pull down. The yeast still has a mundane and basic charecterization I don't care for. But damn if the rest is not top notch quality.

Overall, this Farmhouses daughter is worthy of much lovin'. She'll have many fine children. A top notch American version of a style that just cannot compete unless the yeast charechter and flavor holds up to those stunningly beautiful versions from the old world.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Some fruity and spicy Belgian yeast up front along with some floral hops and bready malt

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the fruity and spicy yeast notes and then picks up some light bitterness and floral notes. Light bready maltiness in there as well. Finishes with lingering phenolic yeast notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid Americanized saison that has a good mix of Belgian yeast influence and hops. Easy to drink. Good summer brew

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can from the brewery in Stowe, VT. Pours an opaque pale straw yellow with a bubbly white head and great lacing, smell is grassy funk and yeasty banana, like a wet dough, plump, sweet, and alive, taste follows the nose with great sweet floral mild candied ginger, hint of banana and clove on the finish, this beer is rich and creamy. This is a major nostalgic throwback for me to the half pints of Leffe at the Enoteca Antica off of Via Del Corso in Rome when we were helping Jacob’s dad plan a pub crawl back in high school, a taste that awakened my curiosity for beer. Twisting finger in cheek yams!

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Photo of CLSimps
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 16oz can poured a straw yellow color with a thick head, and nice lacing sticking throughout. This was a treat, its got an almost funky, grassy nose, and the mouth is yeast, flowers, malt, and farmhouse craziness. Some bitterness on the back? Not a huge fan of Saisons but being a Son of New England I like this one.

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Photo of amano_h
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Pears. Orange peel. Chrysanthemum. Lemon. Slight clove. Wheat. Fuji apples. Grass. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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T: Lemon. Wheat. Pears. Clove. Grass. Slight milk sugar. Bitter gourd skin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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M: Creamy. Crisp. Dry. Medium-bodied. Soft, tongue-tickling carbonation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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O: Drinks like a Session Belgian Strong Pale Ale with a Vermontoise twist. Main takeaway is the superb balance struck between the yeast and malt derived flavors as the hops only play a tertiary role as the "drying" agent of the brew. In true Alchemist fashion, however, the hops stand out regardless of how minor of a role it's relegated to; it's as if Delirium Tremens or La Chouffe was dry hopped with American hops after having taken a substantial downgrade on the ABV and body (thickness) department. Nevertheless, a nice enjoyable dry 7% saison to help me remind myself that the worst of the week is already behind me.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can. Pours a translucent yellow gold with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is yeasty and funky with some cloves, coriander, lemon and lime. First sip is mostly the bready yeast as well as coriander and cloves. Some grassy hops later on as well as lime zest and honey. More of the Belgian yeast at the finish with some pepper and funk. Medium body with a well hidden ABV. Not the typical beer you'd expect from The Alchemist, and for that reason alone it's worth a least a try.

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Photo of Holderness
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a clear straw colored body with a dense, three-finger white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Definitely less retention than traditional saisons, but still pretty decent. Good lacing as well
S -- Pilsner malts, sundried tomato, floral notes, doughy yeast, lemon, a touch of citrus, honey, and rosemary
T -- Quite sweet honey-like malt profile. Also getting yeast, garden-herb hoppiness, and a touch of lemon
F -- The sweetness makes the character a little cloying. Fluffy, medium carb, medium mouthfeel
O -- The sweetness could definitely be turned down a notch, but otherwise a pretty interesting take on a saison. It's The Alchemist, so of course there's some hop character, yet it doesn't overwhelm

79/100

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Photo of JamFuel
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow with fine foam and some floaties.

Smell is very Belgian, with lots of yeasty apple, some cloves and a bit of grass.

Taste is yeasty with a bit of funk and grass. A substantial bitterness finishes with some booze.

Mouthfeel is medium and sparkly.

Overall, a very American take on a saison, with it's high bitterness. Very tasty.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stifler's Beer - Yellow body, white foamy head, LOTS of yeast floating around in there...but taste is great balance of citrus, lemon and yeast - not overpowering on the lemon like many saisons - nice feel too

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From can. Hazy bright yellow color with off-white head. Aroma has sweet wheat and vanilla notes with some floral yeast. Taste is sweet at first, somehow milky, yeasty, slightly bitter and astringent on the finish. Medium body, soft mouthfeel. Quite nice beer overall, seems like a combination of a witbier and a saison.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can from early April. Poured into Teku glass.

L: Small, 1F head with poor retention, only spotting lacing, and a tiny cap and ring. Beer is a mostly-clear light golden.

S: Citrus, Belgian yeast, kandi, banana, and clove.

T: Follows nose. Very Belgian, almost too traditional for an Alchemist beer. Very tasty. Kandi really comes through in this.

F: Light bodied, medium carbonation. Very crisp and dry, easy to drink. Great construction and balance.

O: More like "Oooh la la Saison!" Excellent example of the style and very close to Hill Farmstead quality.

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Photo of cmurphy7
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Generally I am not a saison guy, however of all saisons I have tried this is one of the better options. the best thing about this saison is the clean aftertaste.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a decent head. The head breaks quickly, but there is nice lacing. The smell is traditional saison, with elements of Belgian yeast, candi, some pepper and a slight grassiness. The flavor follows the aroma. Lots of Belgian coming through. The candi and the yeast are quite prevalent. Feel is medium with medium carbonation. A nice crisp finish.

Well, I am not surprised that this is good, being an Alchemist beer. But I also think it is one of the better American saisons I have had.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Belgian style Saison. Golden in color. Hazy in appearance. Banana, clove, white pepper, coriander and lemon peel. Wheaty malt profile. Fairly bright. Medium bodied. Shorter, clean finish with a hint of bitterness. This is good.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a straw golden body that is heavily hazy. Nice fluffy white head that sticks around a bit. Aroma is pepper, lemon, bready malt, typical saison aroma. Flavor has some light tartness (unlikely from lactic bacteria) and a continuation of the pepper from the nose with some creamy wheat based mouthfeel. Not as crisp and dry as a traditional saison, but nice none the less!

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Photo of FFreak
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cans poured into tulips. A hazy light yellow beer with a two finger pure white, foamy head that leaves some lace. Aromas of lemons and citrus. Very enjoyable taste with soft lemon meringue followed by just a bit of soft finishing bitterness. Mouth is medium bodied, fairly sweet - not highly carbonated or dry like a traditional saison. Overall, a great beer that is so easy to drink.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the can.
Color, per John's video is a nice bright straw color with slight haze and generous bubbly head.
Aromas are a lot of yeast, yellow grapes, champagne.
Flavors are spot on, yeasty, slightly mellow hops, not spicy but very bright flavor.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.
Overall, for a saison there is nothing off here and this is quite an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Straw, hazy with two inch head. Low carbonation.
Smell: Lemon, pepper, and banana.
Taste: Lemon, pepper, strawberries, real refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Crisp easy drinking.
Overall: A good saison. I enjoy higher alcohol saisons more than lower ones.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can. Served in a Alchemist arome glass. Pours a hazy golden-straw yellow body, two finger thick white head, appropriate retention time which is not too long by any means, wispy lacing. Smell is cloves, esters, light cracker, candied sugar, a bit of zest, minerals and mild floral hops. It smells like a cross between a hefeweizen and a hoppy pilsner. Works for me. Flavour is zesty, candied sugar, touch of cracker and fair bit of cloves; light fruity ester, touch of breadiness, finished with a bit of lavender and floral bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, very drinkable with the fruity esters lingering on the finish. A very well executed Belgian-style saison, which showcases the yeast. This is more on the hefeweizen end of the spectrum than the sour, tart AWA end of the spectrum.

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Photo of bobv
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a hazy, pale golden body with nice lacing. Nose of Belgian yeast, pepper, and a slight floral-fruit-funk. Tastes of spice and slight fruit and oh so refreshing. Very nice feel and overall a great beer! Brewed with Pilsner malt, Saaz hops, and fermented with Baston yeast.

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Farmer's Daughter from The Alchemist
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 98 ratings