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A tribute to the highly drinkable ""every day"" beers from French-speaking Belgium. Contains Belgian two-row pale malt and 7% wheat. This beer is lightly filtered with an earthy, spicy hop character from imported Styrian Goldings hops and a beautiful rich creamy head from the wheat. Dry quenching finish achieved by use of the traditional sour mash process

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
closey22 (782) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Hazy gold with them lasting wwhite head; little aroma and little Flava what there is is wheaty; feels lightish and fizzy; finishes dry but not bitter with notes of wheat/grain

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
QCBWarlock (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2013
As with a couple of Flying Fish Beers, the name lends itself to be mis-categorized, and thus misjudged. In this case, the term Farmhouse suggested Saison, but it is fermented with American Choco Yeast, so it is a Blonde Ale. But it is a Blonde Ale with a very specific purpose: To be a Sessionable, Highly Drinkable/Thirst Quenching when it is hot as balls out Summer Beer. It is also quite different from virtually every other Summer Beer in that it does not use lemons, limes, spices, fruit or any other bullshit that makes a Summer beer virtually undrinkable IN the Summer. So why call it "Farmhouse"? FF used to do a true Sour Mash for a small portion of the grist back in the day, but sour mashing is way too problematic, and unpredictable, so they switched to using approx 2% Acidulated Malt, which accomplishes the same thing: It creates a subtle tartness which is extremely thirst quenching, and most welcome in a heat wave such as the one we are experiencing right now. So in judging this beer in particular, the INTENT of the brewery should also factor in to the judgement. If one were just judging this beer as a Saison, without any idea what style it is, or without knowing the purpose that the beer serves, low scores could be expected. Case in point; many of the reviews here. Another factor here is (and I am sure to ruffle a few feathers with this) most of the people that review beers have no fucking clue whatsoever. They come to ratebeer (and similar sites), look at the scores (which TOTALLY influences their score no matter what they think), and then essentially parrot what others have already stated I know YOU are not part of that collective, but THEY are ;) For ALL of those reasons, I have always encouraged folks to look at the brewers website/description FIRST, if possible, and then judge the beer armed with the correct info (Style, Expectations, Intent). I assure you that the scores of countless beers on this site would be much different if that were the case. But Iím a Realist. As has been said, certain utopias would be ideal in a nation of philosophers, but unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, from a Machiavellian standpoint) we are far from that point. But I digress. >:)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JHeath99 (786) - - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle poured into a glass. Light gold in color. Aroma of light hay. Tastes of flat alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
snoworsummer (1858) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2013
From a bottle. Pours clear gold with a thin fizzy white head. Strong malt, bread, grain, and grass smell. Tastes like malt and dough. Light body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (1970) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a huge fluffy white head. Aroma of sweet grains, citrus, and some funky yeast. Taste of light spices, bitter citrus hops, and sweet grains.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ReggieDunlap (3009) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Pours a clear pale yellow with a medium white head...nice lacing and retention. Aroma has notes of grain and straw. Flavor follows suit...very light maltiness and not much in the way of hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light/medium and the finish is straw witha bit of creeping bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
MadRobin (1830) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 29, 2013
On tap half pint at Gilly's Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD. Hazy, pale straw color with a cream colored head and good lacing. Aroma of grain, wheat, crackers and light lemon. Taste of grain, wheat, crackers and light lemon. Very light body and low carbonization. Pleasantly light, but so is water. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
On tap at Side Door Pub in Chalfont, PA. Very earthy, but I think I could enjoy this on a hot day. A little light on on the palate very little lasting flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a stunningly clear straw color. The head is a one finger white shade. It doesnít have the best retention, and only leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. Love the clarity, though. S: The maltiness doesnít provide much - maybe a touch of crackery malt - and the hops used are very earthy in their tones. There really isnít much of anything on the nose, good or bad. T: Again, there isnít too much here. A touch of wheat and cracker opens things up - and I mean a touch. The feeble malt base allows the hops to shine through, providing some finishing earthy, mildly sour notes. I was skeptical of the farmhouse label (and doubly skeptical when taking its clarity into consideration), but at the end of the day, I do notice a touch of funkiness, if only because itís hop-derived. M: Certainly, itís a crisp, dry brew, one thatís vibrantly carbonated and refreshing. I feel itís not really interesting enough to inspire great drinkability, but it goes down easily enough. O: Iím not sure where the ífarmhouseí term comes from here - the yeast is way too clean/subdued. As a simple blond ale, though, itís okay. I wouldnít pick it up again, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gym399 (26) - Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Everything about it is a straight forward saison, but that is not necessarily bad. There is nothing wrong with a simple idea well executed. It aspires to be a pleasant summer ale and i think it hits the mark. Flavor is a little earthier than some saisons with a mild spice finish that does not linger quite long enough.

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