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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmschefke (576) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hopper8 (42) - Holland, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2016
Having heard so much good about Brewery Vivant I was very excited to try this beer, but itís awful. It smells musty, it looks like a lager, it originally tastes like a lager than gets this weird sour bitterness. Itís awful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (10658) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2016
1 pint can. (Marathon) Alto, MI.
Yesterday evening we were going to visit Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids but then my son decided that itís not a good idea. So we went to the hotel instead. Iím not saying if it was a good choice or not. Anyhow I decided to buy this beer to see if we really missed something. Letís see. Slightly cloudy yellow golden color with a small white head. Apple, yeast, some basement and malt in the aroma. The flavor is dryish malt, mild hops, fruitiness, apple and some basement. Drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubblehouse (1365) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 1, 2016
Not bad but nothing special. Pours a murky gold color with muddled aroma. Would drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2016
Can sampled @ Hopishop #3. Clear golden with no head. Nose is weird, oily metallic dull corn, sugar, white sugar, hay sweet grains. Taste is dull metallic oily corn, touch of butter, white sugar, apple, oily grains. Oily, soft carbonation, touch of butter. Wow this one is weak, almost flirting with pale lager territory notes. Weak man.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mfhennig (281) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2016
Pours a cloudy golden color, white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is bread, grass and a hint of lemon. Flavor is mostly dough and bread. Not my favorite style of beer, but probably one of the better farmhouse ales Iíve tried. It came in a variety 9 pack. Anxious to try the rest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Msdrbeat (498) - East Lansing, USA - FEB 28, 2016
At Tin Can canned. Nice spreading mouth feel. Not super carbonated. Enjoyable but I'm all stuffed up and can't smell well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markas101 (2303) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Can, Ann Arbor, MI via Plum Market. Very pale hazy gold. Thin head. Yeasty citrus aroma. Sweet, smooth, some bready grain and more citrus. Slight earthy finsih.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Canned 1/22/15, drunk 12/4/15.
Large white head steadily recedes to cover atop a blonde, clear body.
Dough, light dustiness, hints of corn and cereal grains donít really announce much of a saison-like nose. Thereís light lactic character, hints of bubble gum and mild fruits (apples, strawberries). But mostly just dough and grains....
Hard, rather lifeless feel to the beer, with prickly carbonation and tons of huskiness and graininess, leading to a thin, watery finish with light fruitiness and a hint of acidity. Very little malt depth, loose carbonation and just vaguely Belgian.
On one hand I thought about not reviewing the beers I got in this sampler 9-pack, but they were refrigerated and even if they werenít refrigerated, Iíve had Saison Dupontís that have sat on the shelf warm for years that were absolutely delicious. So I donít see any reason why the beers were in such poor condition after 10-12 months in the fridge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2015
Can. Pours a clear hazy gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet grains with a bit of light fruits and a bit of flora. Flavor has a good amount of sweet grains and flora with a bit of light fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ilovedarkbeer (2716) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Pours a light yellow color with a bubbly white head. Notes of lemons, sourdough, and faint Belgian yeast.

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