rlgk (10533) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Fruit of the Foeder, 2014-05-17. Somewhat hazy pale golden beer with a nice white head. Sourish floral aroma, perfume, oranges, grassy, grapefruit, lemon grass, herbal notes. Sourish floral flavor, grassy, citrus, lemongrass, perfume, blood oranges, dandelions, funky, leather notes, earthy, some grapefruit. Refreshing and full of flavors. Really nice.
craftycarl21 (2227) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In full disclosure, rating this from memory, but damn do I remember it well. Poured for my co-workers on the ground floor of the gorgeous Bluejacket brewery prior to opening. Slightly opaque golden pour. Nose and flavor are stunning, with orange, lime, lemon, grapefruit, and apricot melding with floral hibiscus, notes of orchid, dry wheat, dough. Yes, yes, and yes.
cfrances33 (34) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 1 bottle poured into a tulip. Shared with pantanap. Pours a glowing bright orange with two fingers of frothy, sticky white head. Head retains for quite a while. Nose is zesty citrus and some earthiness, with a decent level of HFS funk. Taste is bright and refreshing - lemon, light lime, tart pear, and some earthiness. Gently floral, with a gently doughy mat backbone. Carbonation isn’t on the higher side, but not distracting. A superb beer.
kermis (5061) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the 2014 tasting in the Cellar of Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of peppery saison yeast, light funk, citrus and orange peel. Flavor is light sweet and moderate acidic. Medium bodied with light carbonation.
yourefragile (138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aged bottle of B1 at SARA March 14.
Pours a bright amber orange with a dense creamy head. A little more citrusy than any of the named HF saisons, hibiscus has faded but still a mild tartness, lime and orange peel finish.
tectactoe (1871) - Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Thanks, Travis. Super murky, pear-yellow body with a foamy, chunky white head that leaves some webbing behind. The bottle gushed a little when opening, so be careful. Aroma is total Hill Farmstead saison funk... Musty barnyard walls, wet hay, cobweb, with a sharp hint of lemon, orange, & stone fruit skin creeping in the background. Lovely Belgian-like estery yeast from front to back. Taste has a big, largely sweet blood orange presence up front leading into a moderate tartness mid-palate. Lime can be pulled if you look for it... A touch of acidic stone fruit, too. Still plenty of yeasty spice going on with more funk, must, mild wood, & some grassy tones that sharply show the way into a drying finish. Didn’t get explicitly much hibiscus, but the blood orange was definitely there. In any case, another amazing, super-drinkable saison from Shaun.
devman171 (967) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours light yellow with medium head. Aroma is tart wheat and lime. Taste is fairly sour with a tart like finish, not much orange for me.
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 bottle @RBWG-A-thin white-milky straw. A-acetic-lemon, lt malt. T-follows. Soft carbonation.
MJGG (950) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Plusieurs bouteilles de 750 ml. Arômes complexes d’agrumes et de levure rustique. Belle présence rustique au nez. Robe blonde aux reflets rosés, légèrement trouble, effervescence assez active et légère mousse. En bouche, les agrumes (pamplemousse rose, orange, lime) sont parfaitement équilibrés par le caractère rustique et lactique de la saison. Très belle texture effervescente et souple en bouche. Finale acidulée à la fois lactique et citrique. Spectaculaire et extrêmement facile à boire!
3fourths (8032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 Turbid pour, not sure if it’s typically like this or if the bottle was shook too much. Some brett must / BO in the nose, not sure if intentional or if it’s a culture blend with some brett. Wheat noticed. Lots of yeast / dough seems to cover the lime / lemon meringue hops. Off-dry, moderately bitter, acidic, lactic, yogurt-y, sharp lemon juice and such... in fact I guessed lemon juice but there’s blood orange juice... not that blood orange comes through, it’s more of a generic citrus juice, so lemon works. Update: this is currently the #1 saison on Ratebeer, which is laughable since this isn’t a saison at all, it’s a fruit beer. For the true top saison in the world, look at #25 saison on Ratebeer.