Friday, September 16th 2011
Farm Hand is one of three canned offerings from Brewery Vivant. All three are Belgian-style beers and all are put in 16 oz. pint cans. Farm Hand is one of only two Saison-style beers currently being canned in the US - the other being Surly's CynicAle. This is a style that pairs perfectly with the warm summer weather. Cheers!
From the Brewery Vivant site:
"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 and a simple single infusion of mash procedure."
Here we go...
Pour - bright golden in appearance with a solid stream of bubbles heading upwards. Head it a good inch or so of tiny bubbles all smashed together. Not a bad looking pour by any means.
Aroma - grainy, cereals, some definite yeasty spiciness along with some hints of citrus. It has a faint bit of sourness to it as well.
Taste - the sour graininess is what I taste first followed by the spiciness from the Belgian yeast used with this beer. It's a very refreshing combo and the finish is very dry. Their is some hints at lemons and oranges and a bit of sweetness here and there. The spiciness and light body of this beer is what really make it great. This was a beer brewed for the folks that worked the fields during the summertime. I've come away satisfied and my thirst is quenched so I'd say its certainly done it's job.
Overall - not the easiest style to do well. Brewery Vivant has put together a very solid saison with Farm Hand and if you dig this style you should certainly give this one a shot. It's a perfect beer for warm weather...and not so bad the rest of the year either.
Would I buy more of it? - yes, I would. I think the style is perfect during summer time and cans make it that much more portable.
Posted by Russ
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