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Hill Farmstead / Blaugies Le Sarrasin

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Borne of our abiding friendship with Belgium’s La Brasserie de Blaugies, Pierre-Alex and Kevin Carlier brewed with us here in June of 2013. The resulting beer—brewed with hops from Mons, Belgium, and 30% raw organic buckwheat; fermented in both oak barrels and stainless steel; and aged for many months in those same barrels—is among the finest farmhouse ales we’ve ever produced. Vibrant, lively and sophisticated, its bracing tartness belies its elegant wine-like profile. We were honored to have brewed with Pierre-Alex and Kevin; we are delighted to share it with you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
artmcd8 (1902) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Opened during the bachelor party. Pours a beautiful cloudy yellow orange with a white head. Aromas of wet rocks, must, Brett funk, yeast, lemon. Taste is pillowy soft with a slight tartness at the finish. An amazingly drinkable beer. Medium body and light carb. Wow I love this stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1400) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured cloudy yellow clean white head. Aroma funky farm hay sour. Light carb med bod. Taste dry tart sour minerals.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Clownoisseur (325) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy golden-straw color. Pillowy head that recedes quickly to a cap before breaking into spotty lacing. Aromas of cobweb, oak, lemongrass, fresh cut flowers, Brett, light wheat, musty grape. Taste was incredibly balanced. Touches of funk, dry oak, cobweb, a peak tartness with lemon, musty grape and a dry vinious note. Finishes without any astringency or acidity. Very soft in the finish despite a hefty venture into Funkytown! Very well done Saison...and certainly one of the better I have had from HF.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (2307) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle, huge thanks to WillRunForBeer. Cloudy yellowish orange pour with a small fizzy head that collects to a ring. Musty aroma of leather, juicy lemon, horse blanket, black pepper, flowers and oak. Tastes awesome. Juicy, slightly sour lemons, vinegar, yogurt, light barnyard, light tropical fruit, and straw. Incredible balance with the sweet, sour, tart and funk. Each sip brings something different. Now that it’s warmed I get peaches, wheat, strong oak, and white grapes. Possibly the best saison I’ve had. HF now occupies more than half of my top 10 saisons.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ametras (551) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
750ml bottle. Milky golden yellow with a frothy white head. Flavors are dough, hay, honey, lime, lemon peel and white wine with herbal, musty and peppery notes. Lots of gueuze-like characteristics. Nice lactic sourness and tartness. Light to medium body, sparkling carbonation, smooth texture. Dry, grassy and lemony finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (1607) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2015
750 bottle, dated 11 2013. Huge thanks to Dany for this one. Golden yellow with a fuzzy white head. Aroma is slight lemon sour. Slight farmhouse barnyard. Taste is slight sour and tart, bit of white wine, bit of peppery saison. Taste is very gentile like everything from HF. Perfectly blended. Really damn good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHangover (2949) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle @ New Years Tasting, courtesy of kermis. Pours a hazy blonde beer with a big white head on top. Aroma has loads of peppery yeasts going on, big barnyard funk, apples and some woody notes in there as well. Flavor is quite sour for a saison, slight vineous notes and again an oaky note in the back. Dry, stringent mouthfeel, nice level of carbontion and overal a very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (5260) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Courtesy of umich03jm

Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate florals, citrus, lemon, funk, vinous notes, and faint oak. It pours cloudy dull yellow with a large white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There are some nice soapy rings left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of citrus and tropical fruits. The finish has moderate-heavy sour lemon, light funk, and sour grapes. It’s light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is super tasty and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (1001) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2015
750 shared by Adam to cap off the mead tasting night, thanks! Pours golden straw with a white head. Aroma is grains and lemon and a touch of barnyard. Flavor is amazing, tart, floral, lemon tart, peach, slight yogurt funk. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (2656) - Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle: Thanks, Brandon. Very slightly hazed golden color; mostly clear with several rapidly rising bubble streams, ending at the rich, fluffy white foam grouped on top. Lightly soapy, creamy, & long-lasting. Aroma is great. Lovely bit of dry cotton & farmhouse stall funk with touches of musty hay, dried & toasted wheat (buckwheat maybe?) mild green apple, a perfect touch of slightly tart stone fruit, & a hint of white grape. So clean, so balanced. Flavor is no different. Wow. Great melange of semi-tart & ever-so-slightly acidic fruits with each sip; peach, white grape, lemon, green apple. Background notes of toasted wheat & baked crackers with a perfect funky offset of post-rainstorm hay, straw, & barnyard floor. Touch of earthiness in the finish, ending with a nice combo of mineral & barnyard, a slight hint of stone fruits that linger into a mostly dry finish. Crisp, light, refreshing body. This is just ridiculous. Shaun’s ability to crank out saisons of this caliber is disgusting. Goddamn. Phenomenal stuff.

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