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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cbfobes (2155) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2011
On tap at brewery, pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head and some spotty lacing, the aroma has a slight amount of fruit to it and some funk, the flavor has a touch of fruit and must in the finish, nothing really shines though with this brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
superspak (2212) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2011
16 ounce can into tulip, no canning date. Pours slightly hazy bright golden straw color with a fairly dense 2 finger bright white head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap. A small bit of lacing clings to the glass as well, but not much. Aromas of big lemon, clove, pepper, grass, apple, spicy and lightly funky yeast. Some pretty nice aromas here with good balance. Taste of big grass, grain, biscuit, light lemon, pepper, clove, and yeast spiciness. Fairly dry finish; but there are some lingering notes of grain, light fruit, bread, and pepper on the finish for a bit. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a crisp finish and easy drinkability as expected. No alcohol noticed at all in the taste or finish. Overall a decent farmhouse saison that is very easy to drink. A bit over the top with grassy and grainy flavors that block out the fruitiness a fair amount.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Can from a friend. Pours a slight chill-hazed orangey gold. Nose is grape bubblegum and some faint grain and banana. On tasting, it is also quite grape forward with no real farmhouse type character. Really odd with that strong grape note. Damn.

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jabic (387) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Ar: Very light grainy aroma, some corn sweetness. Ap: Pale as a pils - faint haze - med white head with medium-low retention, leaves some lacing. T: Cracker maltiness and spicy hop flavor, a little corn sweetness - finish is very short - overall, very clean. P: Light body with high carbonation - prickly and dry. O: Practically speaking, this is a border-line pils, regardless of what the label says and what yeast was used - nice thirst quencher for a hot day - could do without the corn flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
italianjohn (2234) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Pale yellow pour thin white head ... aroma of funk, wheat and light fruit .... taste is grainy and wheaty light fruit to it ... finish is dry .... kind of disappointing doesnít have any spicy saison aspects meh

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NielsenRatings (8279) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Tap @ Brewery Vivant. Fairly cloudy, light yellow appearance with a white head. Slightly spicy, light barnyard, belgian yeasty, lemon aroma. Lemon tangy, Belgian yeasty, slightly bland flavor.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BigBeer45 (1210) - Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Can, I noticed the can lists 5% alc. while the website of the brewery lists 5.5 %, no date found on the can, this ale had a faint yellow pour with a little haze, and made a two finger white head that quickly fell to a thin cover and ring, this drink left a couple of spots of lacing on the glass, there were aromas of faint floral and malt, pear and faint apple fruit juice, this beer smelled like fruit juice and there was faint fruit sweetness, the flavors were faint fruit and malt with a small amount of citrus, anda little drying at the finish, pouring the sediment at the bottom of the can into the glass dulled the flavor a bit and gave a yeast and bread flavor to the beer, the mouth feel was light and had a watery feel to it, this beer smelled like fruit juice mixed with beer not a Saison, I thought this was a poor example of Saison.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flatmatt (1025) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2011
16 oz can. Pours a hazed straw color with a fizzy white head. Aroma is quite musty with green apple. Pale malt flavor with some apple and some light yeast flavors. As it warms, flavor starts to lean more heavily toward some nice yeast flavors, as does the aroma, and it picks up an aftertaste of honey.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2011
(16oz can) Pours a lightly hazy yellow body with a moderate white head. Aroma of toasted grain, honey, bread, and florals. Flavor of toasted grain, grass, lemon zest, and honey.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (4418) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Can: The aroma is too light and consists of light honey, grass, hints of yeast, and lemon. It pours a dull gold with a two finger soapy white head that lasts all of ten seconds before it almost looks still with the exception of a minimal ring around the edges of the glass and a few stray bubbles in the middle. Lacing is non-existent. The flavor starts with some very light honey. The finish has light grassiness and hints of lemongrass. Itís light bodied with somewhat spritzy carbonation. Overall, itís far more Pilsner than Saison. Refreshing and drinkable...yes, but nothing close to what I want when Iím looking for a Saison. A solid lawnmower beer, but if thatís what I want, I can find one at a better price.


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