dmac (4438) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at joeecís end of the world party. Poured a slight hazed golden body under a big fluffy bright white head. Aroma of subtle lemon, wheat, light citrus, hint of white pepper, slight funk and floral notes. The most delicate mouthfeel I have ever experienced, my notes actually say "itís like eating a newborn baby", yup the palate was that delicate. Flavor also had a delicate feel about it. It was almost like if you used to much pressure to swallow that the beer would berak apart. Very floral overall with notes of lemon, citrus juice, very slight white wine, yeast, cask wood. Great stuff and still amazed by the palate on this one.
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle generously shared by wherethewildbeersat at our pre thanksgiving whale tasting.
I could smell the beeswax for days nice little touch.
Bottle poured a hazy yellow with tight carbonation bubbles which lasted throughout my taste. Nose was strong white wine, from the barrel aging. Taste was bright, citric, slightly floral with a sweet(honey) dry white wine finish.
Overall this was good but not my favorite by HF and I certainly wouldnt go through the lengths or trade what I did for this bottle again. From what I hear, it was much better fresh. Never the less I am extremely appreciative of Joey for opening his bottle and will look to trade mine for something that we can both enjoy.
deyholla (7477) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Kyle, thanks! Pours a hazy pale yellow that dissipates to the edges quickly. Aroma has a great mesh of light wine and earthy grains and a nice light floral hoppiness. Flavor starts with light dry fruit with dry wine notes and a bit of sweet grains.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle pour. Nice light yellow/golden color. Nice light barrel aroma. Extremely well balanced. Finishes excellent.
cpetrone84 (1588) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pour is golden yellow, effervescent, tight white head. Nose is soft, Chardonnay barrels is up front with notes of honey and hints of citric fruit and lemon. Taste is great, much brighter than the nose. Chardonnay barrel is perfectly integrated with a soft Saison yeast. There is citric acid, light lemon, soft ripe fruit, and sweet honey in back. Very dry, assertive carbonation and light airy body. Well integrated and bright, solid stuff here.
JAXSON (533) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light gold hay pour with small white head of tiny bubbles. Nose is a soft array of chardonnay barrel, soft citrus, acids, very soft. Mouth is very dry, bright, a really neat and deeply integrated expression. White wine barrel and soft lemon rind are the initial flavors. Barrel integration is great, super dry with a pleasant acidity and very minimal grape or vine note. Light honey sweetness on the finish. Interesting, more citric acids than I expected but a really great dry barrel and oak quality.
AdamJackson (3262) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #260. Thanks Shaun. Enjoyed at 55 Degrees F in a snifter on my GFís birthday.
A - The beeswax surrounding this bottle smells amazing. The best smelling bottle Iíve ever had. Gorgeous clarity. Bright golden orange with a 3 finger fluffy solid white head. Head fades to a finger and remains. Pillow-like lacing sticks decently. A very nice steady stream of bubbles travel bottom to top for as long as Iím drinking it. Looks a lot like a Prosecco.
S - Grape skins and lemongrass on the nose. Lots of characters that remind me of Prosecco and Sauvignon Blanc. Lovely citrus and wine tannins and a splash of honey sweetness.
T - Very sweet like lemon, tangerines and grapefruit. Dash of wine tannins at the finish with a super dry finish. I donít pick up a lot of honey but there is this tart wild yeast aspect that compliments the excellent wheat and grassiness.
M - Medium body and a very nice balanced medium carbonation. A hint of an astringent listerine mouth wash finish but itís not drastic and you really have to swish quite a bit to get it.
O - Hype, Hype, Hype. So Ann, the elusive Ann. Her? Iím enjoying drinking this right now. Itís tasty and enjoyable but I prefer Art which, for most purposes, is the best beer to compare with Ann. Juicy, Mimosa and Flora, in my opinion, exceed Ann in taste, body and the nose. Art is still the definite winner of Hill Farmstead Barrel Aged farmhouse ales. Would I pick up Ann again? OF COURSE! Itís delicious and delicate and graceful throughout. However, the best saison Iíve ever had? Sorry but itís not. Try this if you can. Itís a fantastic beer! Thanks Shaun.
JulienHuxley (3807) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy gold pour, thin bubbly white head. Aroma of honey, typical HF aroma, light grain, light funk, wood, vanilla. Light lemony flavor, mild tartness, soft grainy notes. Palate is very very dry, light bodied with medium carbonation, super drinkable. Incredibly easy to drink, and very mellow tasting - a fine beer.
yngwie (14703) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 75cl. #108/300. Itís an almost clear one, golden in color and with a dense, small, white head. Itís lightly lemony and grapefruity on the nose, with some yeasty hints, a touch of pepper and flowers, and a woody hint. Very fruity and flowery flavor, grapefruit, lemon notes, white wine grapes and some woody, peppery hints. Very mellow and smooth. Medium body, quite high levels of carbonation, but pleasant, dry. Citrus-fruity finish with some faint peppery hints. A wonderful beer, tasteful, easy drinkable and quenching. Pity Iííll probably never have this one again. 121109
Meilby (8551) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 750ml #108/300 @ fonefan
Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, wheat, yeast, wood and white wine. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with a long very balanced, fruity, vineous finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.