Beer Diviner Farmhouse Ale is a good example of the new generation of
American saisons. Not very traditional compared to its European
brethren, it’s an overtly modern example of the style and it works well
because of its uniqueness, not in spite of it. A tasty combination of
citrus flavors and spicy yeast character, while still functioning as the
refresher it should be. That’s something to like.
I poured a 16oz growler into a tulip glass. It cost $5 ($0.31 per ounce).
Appearance: Glowing orange pumpkin-skin hue. Hazy. Pours to a large, eggshell, frothy head which retains and laces very well.
Smell: Sweet orange sherbet with a touch of banana and bubblegum.
Taste: At first, The Beer Diviner Farmhouse Ale doesn’t seem like a
saison. There’s a strong presence of orange in various incarnations:
orange peel, orange sherbet, and even some orange juice. Sweet to be
sure, but in no way cloying or chewy. There’s additional malt presence
through the middle, coupled with some dry spiciness and bitterness. The
classic farmhouse/black pepper qualities are present here, but they’re
quite tame (which is fine by me). I also detect some flavors of banana
and bubblegum – akin to those you find in a hefeweizen, but it doesn’t
have the overt wheat character of beers of those styles. There’s a touch
of acidity on the finish, but otherwise this is a really enjoyable and
Drinkability: Saisons tend to be highly effervescent (to say the least),
but this beer is a bit tamer – and for good measure. Medium to full
bodied with a soft, comfortable mouthfeel and easy finish. Refreshing
while in the mouth and only a mild aftertaste so as not to linger
uncomfortably. The Beer Diviner Farmhouse Ale is one of the better brews
by the Bly Hollow Brewery – they should sell this in bottles instead of