Thirsty Farmer Saison – Granville Island Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: C

Thirsty Farmer Saison – Granville Island Brewing, 6.2% ABV – 650ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

on the front side label:

“After plowing through a long day’s work, the refreshing taste of this Belgian-style ale is enough to keep a parched farmer mighty satisfied. Freshly harvested unmalted wheat and rye, Belgian yeast & a crop of secret spices.”

  • Style: Saison
  • Taste Profile: sour fizzy -> sour barnyard/dry wheat malt/hops/lemon -> coriander/dry hoppy tangy bitter finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off), July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes for sure

Visual: Eye-catching artwork on the label. It reminds me of the “how stuff works” PC series back in the day. Pours almost clear yellow amber with a decent-sized dissipating head, thin layer of retention, tiny bubbles, lots of activity.

Nose: sour tangy lemon wheat malts with mild barnyard funk.

Attack: incoming sourness

Mid-palate: (MAIN) barnyard sourness, dry wheat malts, bitter hops, sour lemon (HINTS) puke

Finish: strong coriander dryness, lingering hoppy dry tangy bitter finish.

Summary: The profile is quite different as it warms up. Chilled, it drinks crisp, clean, and mildly sour. Near room temp it drinks overly sour, pukey, and very off-putting.