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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3653) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Grand Rapids can. Seriously, why the lower ratings? This is a big, bold saison. An almost syrupy mouthfeel. A little funk and a little earthiness. Tasted good to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpar73 (860) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Sample at Suds on the Shore festival. Golden pour with just the right amount of fruit sourness to make it a very pleasant, easy drinking saison

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (3786) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2013
On tap in Ann Arbor,MI. Hazy yellow gold with a good bit of visible carbonation. Smallish head. Easy drinking with only a touch of funk. T: lightly yeasty and fruity flavor with a clear apricot note. Has a nice sweet/tart balance but clearly leans to the tart side. O: refreshing and very drinkable version of the style with a good bit of complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
16 oz can from the brewery (Grand Rapids, MI). Picked up a 4 pack of rates on the way out the door. Figured Iíd start with this while I dump in ratings. Pours a stark yellow golden hue, gentle haze, decent carbonation. A loose bubbly whitish head stays as a small filmy layer, loose ring with ok lacing. Small and soapy. Aromas are a bit of apple, gentle lemony tartness. Some straw, gentle sourdough and bread. A bit of yeast, gentle sourness. Straw, grainy cereal elements, and some crisp gentle earthy florals. Initial is lighter end of the fold, a bit fruity up front. Some gentle earth, light lemon rind. Middle gets a bit more muddled. Doughy, gentle fruit, estery pear and apple. Some decent sweetness in there. Backend is a bit more dry, spicy. Some yeastiness, faint white grape. Grainy, dry finish comes into the fold, bread yeast. Runs the gambit. Solid, a touch underbodied.. and if itís going to be that type of body, itíd be nice if it was more vibrant, light and sunny, without that more muddled sweet middle. Solid, if a bit forgetable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwm1034 (752) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2013
DRAFT at SWK in Chicago....pours a cloudy yellow with white head. Tart / crisp initial taste; mild / smooth middle; minimal funk....pleasant but nothing outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Draft at the Lansing Beerfest. Hazy gold with a medium head. Hay and some barnyard funk. Nice balance of the sour funk and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Can. Golden colored with a fairly thick initial white head that quickly fades to a thin layer. The aroma shows tart lemons, grape, and an oak presence like you might find in a white wine. Tart and crisp flavors of white grape, lemon, a little grass, some white tea, and oak. Lightly hopped and light-bodied. The tartness is unexpected here; this tastes like a barrel-aged/soured saison. A little watery at times but still good and quite refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rondphoto (3556) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Cloudy straw with a full head that remains as a cover for the length of the drink, streaks of lace that drop back into the drink. Taste is typical of Brewery Vivant offerings: begins with wheat and malt, gives way to a sour fruit finish. I donít know the brewery intentions, but sour fruit is evident in all styles I have sampled. It isnít as offensive here as in some of the heavier brews, but I still consider it to be a distraction from what could be a palatable beverage.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2013
No thanks. Smells a little spicy and hay. Pours straw color with a white head. Taste is..... Hmmm.... eating straw with a hint of funk tied in, in other words, kind of like a bud aged on a bed of hay. I like the style, but this one didnít deliver.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Draft at Southwater Kitchen. Pours hazy gold with a thick white head. aromas of yeast, fruit, grass and hay. Taste is slightly funky and vinous with notes of oak, yeast, lemon rind. Really vibrant bright taste.

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