Thirsty Farmer Saison | Granville Island Brewery

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Thirsty Farmer SaisonThirsty Farmer Saison

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Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Derek on 07-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammie009
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was very refreshing on a very smoking hot day.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thirsty Farmer is a yellow beer that's developed a tan; golden highlights lend a darker complexion without compromising much of the clarity. Saison is a style suited to sunny weather and indeed looks the part... well, except for the fact that its head resembles fresh-fallen snow.

The aroma is a shifting slideshow of orange peel, clove and cracked peppercorn, dry grain and fresh-baked bread, and a more 'exotic' spiciness that the brewery confirms is grains of paradise. It's an entertaining shuffle as each sniff brings up something different.

Warmth betrays the 6.2% alcohol by uprooting plenty of booze (it tastes stronger than it is; blindfolded I'd have guessed this a Belgian Strong Pale Ale). Still, the beer has enough malt and yeast to maintain its flavours of oven-fresh white loaf, nectarous and over-ripe orchard fruit esters, and an aftertaste studded with phenols that imitate spices both savory and fiery.

The use of a high alpha-acid hop (Zeus) in tandem with a pungently aromatic variety (Palisade) has given the little green cones a much more noticeable presence than is typically the case with this style. Amidst all the yeasty esters and grain there are also cutting slices of citrus and a strongly herbal grassiness. Bitter orange brightens things further; a true 'sunny weather' beer.

Saisons, historically, were indeed intended for thirsty farmers; they are thirst-quenching as well as wholesome, providing both the refreshment and nourishment needed after a long day of hard work in the hot sun. I did little of anything on this lazy, cold, wet, gray November day but I enjoyed it nonetheless - it's a delightful ale regardless of the season.

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Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ZachT
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of steofwinnipeg
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After coming home from a family gathering and sampling all things Portuguese which was wonderful, the bottle in my fridge now was calling me .

Straight to the fridge and opening the bottle, the smell of the hops,wheat,yeast and spice make for a delightful start to the beverage.

Pouring of the beer, colour and the head off the beer are okay, although the head disappears pretty quick. As for the colour, a wonderful golden hue .

Now the best part, "taste"... I have to say i really did enjoy the taste and flavour off this beer. As Derek mentions this beer is full of flavour and will not dissapoint. A very nice after taste .

All in all a delightful beer and well worth a try .

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, fast on the heels of the last Black Notebook series offering. I'm not a farmer, but I did just work with my hands all day on a Saturday, no less, so here goes.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy bone white head, which leaves some nice randomly cobwebbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of somewhat biscuity, grainy wheat malt, black pepper, cloves, a touch of gritty yeast, and subtle earthy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy, lightly spicy wheat malt, more equally sassy pepper and cloves, kind of ethereal dry yeast, a hint of lemon, and still understated earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly peppy and consistent throughout, the body a quite adequate medium-light weight, and more or less smooth, the yeast providing a certain measure of acridity. It finishes generally dry, the grainy nature of the wheat, the inherent and added spiciness, yeast, and latent hops all contributing to this natural skewing.

A fairly crisp and refreshing saison, for a day where the first thing I did when I got home in the evening was kiss my son, and then did I change my overdressed jeans into something more comfortable, all before plopping down to finally enjoy this. Mission accomplished on all fronts.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Derek
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, dirty straw with a thin white head, not much retention, no lace.

Aroma is pleasantly spicy and it comes through in the flavour as well. Nice grainy malt, solid bitterness, crisp finish.

Very nice brew, though with the protein in this I'd expect more head?

Brewery info:

"The seasonal farm workers of Wallonia couldn’t think of a better way to end a hard day’s work than with a big glass of Belgian style , and neither can I. So this summer I’m bringing back our Saison for beer devotees. Look for it by its new name: Thirsty Farmer.

Saison, aka ‘Farmhouse Ale’, was traditionally brewed by land owners to give to their farm workers in the field. Thirsty Farmer gets its fruit and spice character primarily from its very special Belgian yeast with contributions from a generous portion of unmalted rye, some bitter orange peel and, one of my favourite spices: Grains of Paradise. As with all good Saisons this one is unfiltered, drinkers will notice a definite haze and a stable foamy head with Thirsty Farmer. The unmalted wheat and unmalted rye which are used in combination with BC grown and malted barley all contribute to the look, mouth-feel and flavour of this beer. Although not a focus for this beer style we can’t forget the hops. The high alpha hop Zeus was used to gain a respectable level of bitterness and Palisades were used to provide a pleasant background to the aromatics of the yeast and spice.

In case you were wondering, Thirsty Farmer Saison has a BU of 30, an OG of 13.4 °P and an abv of 6.2%.

Thirsty Farmer Saison is a flavourful beer with a dry finish. It pairs well with summer seafood dishes: salmon on the BBQ, Thai curried mussels, or coconut shrimp. Tradition is sometimes best, so sit back with a glass of Saison after a hard day’s work – you won’t regret it.
This small batch Black Note Book series beer will be available at its brewing location, the Taproom on Granville Island, and in select stores in BC. As the Small Batch title suggests, this one is available in limited supplies only."

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Thirsty Farmer Saison from Granville Island Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 19 ratings