Ratman197 (9042) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle poured a hazy gold with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of straw, barnyard funk, citrus and light hibiscus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry tart finish. Flavors of straw, barnyard, citrus, light pineapple and a hint of hibiscus with a smooth dry tart lingering funky citrus finish.
kermis (4285) - 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 (136) - 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 (1169) - 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 (719) - 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 (11004) - 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 (926) - 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 (7799) - 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.
BeerandBlues2 (9094) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy yellow with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is perfume, floral, and citrusy hops, biscuit malt, pear, passion fruits, farmhouse yeast. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, light malt, tropical fruity esters farmhouse yeast notes and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
blomster (229) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ RBWG Asheville, thanks to Maxxdaddy! Straw coloured hazy pour. Funky, spicy, citrusy aroma. Quite a bit of lemon acidity. Super refreshing!
bytemesis (2581) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Hill. Pours cloudy orange, small white head, nice lacing on the glass. Aroma has notes of pepper, lemon-lime, zest, and lots of fruitiness. Flavor is lightly sweet with just a bit of tartness and some nice funky brett notes. Quite rich and fruity on the palate as well. Medium body. A very tasty beer!