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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Farm Hand: French Style Farmhouse Ale 5.5% abv 16 oz Becher glass 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 sustain and nourish the laborers and beer was safer to drink than the water of the time. Farmhand is our interpretation of what these rustic beers must have been like. It is slightly cloudy from being made with raw un-malted grains a nd a simple single infusion mash procedure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2013
On tap in Grand Rapids (MI)
This is a respectable saison although I think not one I would go back to. With so many other options in a tough market this one does not stand out enough. Even so a can or draft will introduce you to a well crafted distraction.

Aroma / Appearance - A bright golden base harbors traces of carbonation. Slightly spicy mud, dewy woods, and lemons meld with a yeasty foundation. Also present are the typical smells of fresh hay just laid down in a barn.

Flavor / Palate - The spice that dominates the first sip transitions to a lightweight bitterness after a few seconds. Next the yeastiness rises up to give it some nice depth. A laid back finish is gentle on the palate. This is actually a bit of a weakness as towards the end of the pint it gets to be forgettable. Overall though it has a nice consistency that merits at least one try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
Can, pours bright golden, aroma is nice and spicy, taste is nice and refreshing, a nice spice with a good floral back bone, a nice offering

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
firstsip (733) - Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Opaque straw gold. Mild, funky nose and taste. Easy drinking. Good, but seems like it could be funkier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2013
UPDATED: APR 23, 2014 Can: golden apple juice color with a dense shade of yellow, mild chill haze throughout. Big, soapy, bone-white cap shows decent retention but poor lacing. Aroma is very farm-y. Musk, cheesy funk, & damp wood are joined by light apple skins, thick yeast, and bready malts. Kind of timid for the style, but seemingly balanced, although I’d like a little more fruitiness or spice. Taste is full of funky apples, lemon zest, white grape skins with light cheesecloth, faint, spicy esters, and a hint of barnyard. Doesn’t quite stack up to some of the other saisons out there, as it’s rather quiet & light, but there’s still nothing inherently wrong with it. Decent, refreshing beer that just needs a little more "oomph".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chuckstout (331) - Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Lemon, tart earthy aroma. Pours a cloudy straw color with a white head that dissipates quickly. Good mouthfeel, earthy, tangy, sweet. Seems like a bit strong for a farm hand to drink a lot of to stay hydrated and energized, but is delicious none the less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Pouring at BBF in Boston. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Soft musk, wheat, light funk. Musk, medium-bodied, lemon, funk. Wheat, soft and yeasty. Musk and lemon, bright and vibrant. Rather tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
574deadzone (1379) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Pours a hazy pure gold with a tall off-white head that quickly settles and leaves some sticky, intricate lace behind. Nose involves slight mustiness and earth, light pine and citric hops, and very light pale malt sweetness. Taste is lightly sweet and quite bitter. Light bodied, active, tingly, toward bright, with a drying bitter finish. Good quencher, though not especially dynamic.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2013
This brewery rocks! I had farmhouse at the brewery and it was good. Bought some at the brewery to take home and glad I did. Pours light golden brown, smooth light taste. Nice farm hand

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bartlebier (3496) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2013
Vivant Flight Draught. 29viii13. Light and easydrinking saison/bière de garde crossover with dominant straw malt and easy-going yeast characteristics, reminiscent more of 3Monts/Gavroche Light than Saison Dupont. Nice enough apéritif, but not a stand-out beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Poured from a can into my itty bitty sampler mug at World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Appearance: Yellow. Maybe a slight haze, I don’t really recall. Head bubbles away pretty quickly. Decent. Smell: The funk you’d expect from a Saison, maybe with some banana notes as well... bready. Taste: Follows the nose. I’m not normally big on "funky" beers for the most part, but Vivant never seems to do me wrong. The Belgian "twang" is there significantly at the start, but the finish is extremely refreshing, which bumps up the rating a tad. A respectable beer. Good, not great. A super refreshing beer with a nice finish.

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