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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 15/20
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Can. Golden colored with a fairly thick initial white head that quickly fades to a thin layer. The aroma shows tart lemons, grape, and an oak presence like you might find in a white wine. Tart and crisp flavors of white grape, lemon, a little grass, some white tea, and oak. Lightly hopped and light-bodied. The tartness is unexpected here; this tastes like a barrel-aged/soured saison. A little watery at times but still good and quite refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rondphoto (4269) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Cloudy straw with a full head that remains as a cover for the length of the drink, streaks of lace that drop back into the drink. Taste is typical of Brewery Vivant offerings: begins with wheat and malt, gives way to a sour fruit finish. I dont know the brewery intentions, but sour fruit is evident in all styles I have sampled. It isnt as offensive here as in some of the heavier brews, but I still consider it to be a distraction from what could be a palatable beverage.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2013
No thanks. Smells a little spicy and hay. Pours straw color with a white head. Taste is..... Hmmm.... eating straw with a hint of funk tied in, in other words, kind of like a bud aged on a bed of hay. I like the style, but this one didnt deliver.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Draft at Southwater Kitchen. Pours hazy gold with a thick white head. aromas of yeast, fruit, grass and hay. Taste is slightly funky and vinous with notes of oak, yeast, lemon rind. Really vibrant bright taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaser (5978) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Had this from a can at jake melnicks. Golden pour. No head. Grapefruit and sour taste. Medium body. Like it but not my style

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Very dry. Clean and crisp. Nice beer but a bit too dry. Light color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
I think that aside from a berliner, this is one of the most refreshing and easy to drink light beers I have had in a long time. The pour is hazy pale yellow with a big white head. The nose is straw, yeast, light citrus. The taste is medium high sweet, medium bitter and medium low tart. The texture is crisp and clean, the body is light and the finish is long. Unfortunately this doesnt really fit the bill for a traditional saison but none the less its delicious and I enjoyed the hell out of it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
megjlutton (20) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2013
It pours a cloudy pale yellow and a generous white head with aromas of lemongrass and year. The taste is tart with lemon and a little spicy. It is overall a very light beer that is delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pablo951 (657) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2013
Had it on tap at Fireside in Chicago, poured a hazy orange with a light head and a light citrusy aroma. It has a firm hop taste with a smooth finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
delamie6 (20) - - APR 21, 2013
I REALLY enjoyed this beer. I am a bit shocked the ratings are so low. Out of the 5 beers I tried with this brewery, this was by far my favorite. It is a lighter beer but the flavors and aromas were great. I am a big fan.

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