Alchemist Farmers Daughter

Formerly brewed at The Alchemist
Style: Saison
Stowe, Vermont USA
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
This Belgian- inspired ale is loosely based on a Saison. A blend of Hallertau Mittlefrue and Amarillo hops lend a beautiful and delicate bitterness to a dry and malty background. No spices added.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (7123) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Draft at Blind Tiger. Light golden pour with some white head. Some barnyard aroma, with fruit, yeast, and light floral tones. Flavor has some spice, light fruit sweetness and a mild warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Draft. Pours a golden chardonnay like body with a white ring of lacing. Light yeast and fruit ester tones. Perfume with a musty dry floral tone. Sweet honey and bubble gum notes, earth and spices, with a hint of orange. A messy saison with a medium warming rounds this out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a clear gold with lots of tiny fizzy bubbles. The aroma is surprisingly heavier on orange peel at first, followed by notes of yeast and bubble gum. Flavor... lots of sugary esters. Slightly tart red fruit, orange punch, and pure white sugar cane. This sort of tasted like a tart bubble gum. Finish has plenty of yeast and esters. Too sugary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (42113) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2011
From tap at the brewpub. Pours hazy to cloudy yellow with a thick, creamy and white head. Aroma is mild spiced, peppery and dry herba. Bitter. Yeasty, phenolic and dry hoppy. Ends bitter and spiced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Tap at BT. Pours a mostly clear with a thin white head. Aroma is light spicy dupont yeastiness, some spicy earthy grassy hops, honey, toast, pepper, slight seafoam, unripe orange peel, and bubblegum phenols. Flavor is spicy, yeasty, light bready doughiness, medium sweetness in the middle, toast and honey with a waxy sugary candy thing going on, some off phenols, earth, spicy, bubblegum, hay mixed with spicy hops, and a medium sweet finish- not dry or refined. A bit messy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2179) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2010
On tap at Alchemist
Appearance : Clear yellow with medium head.
Aroma : Nice yeasty profile. A bit spicy and herbal. Quite floral also.
Taste : Yeasty with some notes of bananas. Some spices as well. A bit citrusy. Quite crisp.
Overall : Nice drinkable and fresh saison. Quite floral and herbal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2009
Hazy yellow pour. The aroma has funk, yeast and citrus. The flavor is funky, theres yeast, citrus and spices. The body is light with a creamy texture and gentle carbonation. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9408) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2009
Pale golden yellow straw colour. Aroma is a bit wheaty and grainy. Light bubble gum ester and a touch of soft spiciness. Lightly musty with a little bit of soft spicy. Herbal and spicy character with a soft noble/floral hoppiness. Really authentic malt character which is what is usually wrong in most US interpretations of this style. Soft and very well-balanced. Quite dry on the finish with a bit of fruit and light sweet hoppiness. Straw-like maltiness, a little bit crackery as well. Warming brings out more fruitiness and a light yeasty spiciness. Aroma really improves as it warms up, bringing out more fruity/spicy complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
josarah (112) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Draft at the brewpub: Nice yeast & farmy aroma, nice white head, and cloudy yellow color. I think John brewed this batch a little different, the ABV was 7.5 and well masked and the flavor was a dead on Saison. I really like this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
In short: A nice (too) spicy and (too) strong Saison
How: Tap at brewpub. Fresh first batch, brand new creation
The look: Dark yellow body topped by a long-lasting off-white head
In long: Nice wild and spicy nose, not bretty but certainly farmhouse-ish wild. Taste was very good but could have been great. I really enjoyed the extra-nice true wild Saison sensation and the dryness was up there just how I like it in a Saison. Unfortunately both the spiciness and alcohol presence were too strong for my liking and turned what could have been a highly drinkable wild and dry Saison into a kind-of-wild spicy sipper. This is a case where simpler would have been better. Still this beer is very good, but it could have been excellent (to me at least) if they had not tried so hard. Its the second Saison called Farmers Daughter I have in the past two months and I liked both of them call me Farmers Son in Law.

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