QCBWarlock (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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. >:)
drfabulous (3559) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Light and crisp. Some yeasty characteristics. While not a flavor bomb, better than most of the reviews here.
catface5326 (119) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from tap at brew co. Typical pilsner style beer. Light golden color and light crisp taste
redtechnj (182) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance- Hazy golden, Thick long lasting white head, average lacing
Aroma- Spicy, some kind of floral background, Grassy
Flavor- Spicy and earthy, malty, kind of on the dry side,bitter finish Not a beer I would get again.
conway (1047) - - AUG 15, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear gold with a thin white head. Aroma is strong yeast with a dash of citrus. Wheat is apparent towards the end. Taste is heavy on wheat and not much else. Light citrusy notes in the finish. Palate is surprisingly full for the style. This just needs more flavor.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells Lightly grainy, bready accented wheat and pale malts citrus, spice, clover honey, and zesty hops. Taste is Pale malted barley and malted wheat, incorporating a slight tang and joining a honeyish sweetness. Bready, biscuity elements to it. Floral, spicy hops with a sufficient bitterness present. Small splash of lemon Light touches of unripe bananas and cloves. A bit of slight sourness. The sweetness darts back in and out as you work through the bottle. Creamy yet crisp on the drying finish with light hints of citrus and earthy spice. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation. Iíll be honest, and maybe itís my own fault, but I purchased this assuming I was getting into a saison. The word "farmhouse" in the title is generally appealing, the word "summer" on the other hand... Iíve heard saison yeast can be tricky to handle, but Iím somewhat surprised they just copped out with just a standard English ale yeast. At least they did go for a sour mash. So the beer is a tasty blonde, yes, even a very fine "summery" beer.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Total Wine Sterling. It pours a clear light gold with a soft and sustained white head. The nose is muted with a little hint of grain and grass. Thin and watery on the tongue. Lacks flavor. You get a little hit of grain, malt sweetness, and grass up front, but that quickly goes away. Light in body with a short finish. Really weak offering.
hfmejias (606) - Dover, Delaware, USA - AUG 3, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Growler filled at Dover Liquor Depotís Taps. Pours clear light yellow with a huge white head and lots of lacing. Aroma is mostly yeast and grain not strong at all. Taste is also grain, yeast and some malts; very watery. This is a good beer for summer days quite refreshing and super easy to drink, not a superb beer, but not bad at all.
troupos40 (65) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer sampled right from a 12 oz bottle, the aroma is of hay and wheat, darker brown then most blonde ales. you can taste the malts and slightly sweet flavor on the tongue. overall seemed like an average beer with no discerning characteristics to set it apart from others of this style. Not bad, not great.
icehawk (831) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (best by 8.7.13)
Appearance: Cloudy straw with fine white head
Aroma: Plums, yeast
Taste: A bit bread-like, white bread that is
Palate: Lots of carbonation making it mouth filling despite itís relatively light body. A bit spicy on the tongue
Overall: Not much flavor or discernable qualities
Braudog (5455) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Like a slight hazy summer afternoon, this is bright, but just a little less than clear. The head is barely there. The beer drinks with a nice, light, quaffable essence, lightly flavorful and with a hint of spice. Nice guzzler for a hot afternoon. (#5178, 7/26/2013)