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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5004) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Pint can bought in a bottle shop near Detroit. Hazy straw colored. A big white fluffy head leaves nice lacing. A decent nose of pale malts and yeast. Some very gentle fruit. Flavor is gently hopped with dry noble varieties. Grass is tasted with pale malts and light yeast. The feel was just a bit fizzy. This was pleasant after a round of golf on a very hot day but I was hoping for a little more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexsdad06 (5562) - Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2012
16 oz. can. Pours a clear light golden color with a large fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a film. The aroma, which is mild at best, has grass, yeast, herbal spiciness and a splash of tart citrus and apple. The flavor is again, very mild. Light notes of slightly tart citrus and apple cider, grass, and herbal spiciness. This is light bodied and quite watery. Perhaps worth a drink outside on a hot day if it is cold, but there are many other options that would offer more flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
OldMrCrow (1869) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Tap at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor.

After a pleasant encounter with their Zaison, this was a terrible letdown. Very light hazy pour. Limited aroma, watery, with the dominant flavor of sewer water. I guess that’s funky in some way, but one of the few cases of a farmhouse beer where the funk and latrine is a turnoff. I didn’t bother to finish this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2012
From sampler at brewery. Pale yellow cowl. Came to me with a thin ring of head. Aroma is of apples slightly spicy and dusty. Some graininess in taste from wheat. Mouthfeel is prickly with a little sour like quality. Overall refreshing with some character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Pours a cloudy straw yellow with thick white head, decent lacing. Aroma of yeast, bread, citrus, slight tartness. Flavor matches pretty well and makes for a refreshing enjoyable brew. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2948) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Hazy straw with small head. Not a lot of funk, but slightly sour. Smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Hazy pale yellow. Very foamy head rises quickly, and then subsides into little more than light lacing, accompanied by a static/popping sound from all that action. Aroma of grain and a little yeast. Flavor is mild, some yeast, slightly spicy. Light, crisp, refreshing...but at the expense of flavor. Toss in some lactic acid and it might be a winner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8239) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Clear straw color with a medium thick and foamy white head that diminishes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, yeast and herbs. Light body with flavors of wheat, mild funk, yeast and a touch of fruit. The finish is sweet up front with a grain and yeast aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2051) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2012
Very clear, bright yellow, a little head that lingers. Pale malt and slightly fruity aroma. Very carbonated, foams up in my mouth a bit. But flavor is good. Crisp like a lager but with some fruity sweet notes. It got much better once I swirled in my glass to get rid of some carbonation. A pretty good farmhouse ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2012
Can. Light yellow with monster white head and carbonation. No aroma. Cloudy. It's better than water alright but not by much. Decent lacing. I pity the old french. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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