Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy lemony golden, somewhat clear on an early pour but very cloudy at the end of the bottle. The aroma brings the wine barrel, sweet floral notes,and subtle farmhouse funk all blended perfectly together. There are juicy white wine flavors shining through beautifully from the barrel. Also brings notes of green apples white grapes on a crisp but creamy, bubbly body that dances on the palate. It ends with a bit of citrus and velvety saison yeast on the tongue.
Dunt (301) - Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 Bottle generously provided by Mishuggah for our Sunday mini whale tasting. Thanks for bringing out the instawhale Steve! Pours a clear dehydrated pee color with about a fingers worth of white head. Nose is pretty balanced between the saison base, the honey in the base, some oak, and some light tartness. The flavor is less on the saison character and more on sweet honey and tartness. The tartness compliments the honey nicely. Light to moderate mouthfeel, light carbonation, gentle tartness, and a mOderate finish. A good beer, not the be all end all beer that everyone has been making it out to be. It’s a pleasant drinker, especially on a muggy summer day. With that said, I’d have a hard time pulling the trigger on trading the beers this is going for.
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of this beer is lovely - soft and subtle with notes of honey, white grapes, soft yeast. Looks beautiful, clear yellow with white foam. Taste is pleasant. The barrel aging has softened the sharp saison yeast and given the beer a mellow subtle character. White wine/grapes, and a hint of sourness on the finish. Excellent saison, but not the best beer I’ve ever had.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by the other Matt tonight. Thanks! Beer served in a Tired Hands glass because I don’t bring my Hill Farmatead glass. At the time of this review this is #1 on the "Top beers - Saison" list on beeradvocate and is #18 on the "Top Beers - Popular".
I got a later pour of this beer but saw others. The beer is yellow, straw clear but with a poorly settled yeast that fills the bottom pours with a cloudy white haze. The higher pours are clear and crisp yellow. Wispy white head of small bubbles, some retention, mild carbonation. Looks good. Also the bottle looks really nice. The beeswax really adds to the overall beer.
Aroma is the best part. Super complex. At times I can smell a vinous white wine quality, saison yeast, honey, flowers, other times pineapple and Brett c breaks through. Very wonderful smelling beer.
This beer has it all. Seriously. The honey character falls out slightly for me and it is close to perfect. The body is light and airy. Sweet with a yeasty funk mild oakiness with some grape and softer sweet fruits. The finish is thin but not overly dry. I really loved it and would of course have this beer again. This breaks into my top 50 beers of all time. A near perfect work of brewing art. Nice beer Shaun.
jrallen34 (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
top 50 ticked again... nice aroma of sour, crisp honey, floral notes... the taste has a sour bite on the end, dandelions, honey... quite good
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden yellow with a nice white fizzy head, thick collar, bubbles, thin cap, spotty lace. Nose is citrus zest funk, tart acidic notes, oak. Really refreshing for a hot summer day. Flavor is citrus, grass, oak, lots of funk, some honey sweetness in there perhaps as well. Finish is a bit off-putting and a little harsh, some medicinal aftertaste mixed with some funky yeast notes. Light body, perfect carbonation, refreshing.
Overall, a really cool beer from HF that I enjoyed very much. Really refreshing, nice and tart, and easy to drink. Good stuff.
---Rated via I'm awesome and you're not.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great funky, citrus nose, hint of dandelions; honey, hint of funk and lemon; weird potent finish; good carb, but not super drinkable. Give me Anna instead.
biggirlpanties (194) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle #99 out of 300 or so. Thanks to GT2 and Travlr for sharing. Appearance is golden with a big, fluffy, white head. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, little flowers, fresh summer fruits. Complex but soft. Taste is fresh citrus pulp, fresh sourdough bread, no sugar. Mouthfeel allows acid to balance sweet breadiness. Very nice. Refreshing, light, aerated.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750mL yellow wax thanks to JulienHuxley. Pours clear orange with higher, fine effervescence. Big lacing. 360 sheets of white lace. Nose is subtler: fresh potpourri, curaçao, vanilla, ice cream, fresh peach. Unreal- bright nectar fruits and fresh mango and elusive papaya and white chocolate mousse. Essentially perfect aroma. But not too different from Civil Disobedience #1. Taste is salty and quite lactic with high buoyancy like Fantome Saison and Sante 14. But fresh sweet rolls and subtle buttery biscuit is unmistakable Hill Farmstead. Very similar delicate malty balance found in Civil Disobedience #1. Palate is salty, restrained sour, key lime acid balanced by Hawaiian sweet rolls. Very beautiful. Refreshing and truly designed to be a summer quencher. Thankfully it will be brewed again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Travlr (18633) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of JulienHuxley via GT2, merci bien mes amis! Hazy golden yellow color, large white head, solid lacing. Aroma of perfume and subtle grandma’s armpits. Taste is vanilla, citrus, rose water, white wine. Very nice.