changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from joeybones3. Thanks, man. I got a very small taste of this at the last Hunahpu release (thanks to whoever that was) so I knew it would be good but man is this beer special. It pours a golden color with a big lasting fluffy white head that leaves some substantial lacing. A wonderful array of scents invade the aroma consisting of citrus peel, grass, leafy hops, spring flowers, soft herbal notes, and raw honey. Wow. The flavors are so incredibly well integrated. Thereís a crackery-honey sweetness to this but itís super dry in teh finish with a touch of fresh citrus bitterness. Straw, grass, and herbal notes mix in well with plenty of rustic farmhouse character. What an amazing beer. One of the best Iíve had.
Slayer85 (1044) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 12, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. A lightly hazy medium blonde beer, with a huge, fizzy, frothy, lacing almost fully lasting white head. The aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs, lemon), lightly to moderately yeasty (earth, dough), with notes of honey, exotic fruits, pepper, spicy/perfumey herbs/flowers (hardly definable, but like lavender/basil/dandelion), oranges. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, dry and very long finish with moderate bitterness. This is a hell of a beer... Noble and American hops are amazingly integrated, live everything in this stuff, including the honey presence, subtle but effective. Marvellous from the beginning to the end, a true showstopper and shared with my mother Anna. I ím hugely impressed by Hill Farmstead and I definately need more.
MaBeer1972 (1283) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle obtained from the Farmstead. A light honey colored brew with a gorgeous frothy white head. Aroma of spice and honey malts. Great yeast profile. Very clean drinking, not sticky or too sweet. Very well balanced hoppiness. Bravo Hillís!
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Effervescent with a very bright straw yellow color 3 finger head. Hazy and unfiltered.Grassy and has a sweetness from the honey. Citrus fruits are strong in the nose with a bready/yeasty finish. A hint of funk rounds out this beer. The barnyard grassiness is right on the front of the tongue followed by a graprefruity hoppiness that lingers and grabs hold of my mouth and coats ever crevice. Perfect balance and very crisp. The mouthfeel is incredible with the carbonation being high with a medium to low body. A perfect example of this style. Will be sad to see this one go when I drink it all.
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
big thanks to whatsarezaf for this one. the pour is a hazy yellow a little cloudy on some of the other glasses at the tasting mine was a nice clean yellow. stong lemon and honey notes very floral taste was remarkable dry and crisp light fruit notes this is off memory from last night this was a super beer
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2014 My Bottom Line:
Herbal, spicy hops surf this Saisonís citrusy waves, while lightly honeyed cereals effortlessly leave way for a bitter, wooden undertow and increasing dryness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-Towering foam attains perfect retention and lacing atop the hazy blond.
-Natural carbonation is fluffy and amazingly soft.
-The finish is the meeting of herbal hops and doughy yeast.
-White grapefruit and citrusy thyme allusions are found throughout.
-The wildflower honey character is more prominent than the flavor profile. It is intelligently integrated.
-At this point, I get the impression that any Saison from Hill Farmstead will be a masterpiece. I donít think I can decide on a favorite since theyíre all so complex, authentic and amazingly drinkable.
-Addendum: an 18-month old bottle was absolutely mindblowing. Pretty much perfect, as a matter of fact. Tartness had slowly developed, fitting in perfectly with the rest of the complex and comfortable flavor profile. Wow.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 750 ml Bottle Shared by Egadjzis. I have had on tap, and the bottle seems a bit more conditioned and complex than the tap. Pours a nice deep hazed golden with a lively big rocky white head- and good lacing. Aroma is more powerful due to the lively high carbonation in the bottle- sea foam, slight grapefruit zest, lemon hint, earthy light farmhouse funk mixed with a white grapeskin- kind of a txakoli wine aroma- herbal grassy, slight pear and melon fruits- mixed with slight tropical fruits, earth, then slate/mineral. Flavor is light bread, cracker, toast, almost fruit juicy and wine-like, subdued tropical notes, light brett funk, earth then more mineral slightly tart wine with some herbal hints as the fruits fade. Dry crisp finish yet still complex in the aftertaste. Easy drinking and very unique. Nice Biere de Miel/Saison!
beernbourbon (1297) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle in a trade a while back. Pour is a glorious cloudy gold with a rocky white head. Aroma is bursting with orange, light barn funk, faint saison spice, light acidic notes, and light herbal notes. Flavor is tart and citrusy up front with notes of lemon peel and orange. Then spicy saison notes kick in with a juicy and spicy finish. Just a great beer. Another hit from this brewery.
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 hazy gold, thin white head. Honey, strong pineapple Brett, light dust and Earth. Flavor very soft, light yeast and bubblegum, less brett and less sweet. soapy thin body, dry and decently bitter finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, enjoyed by my lonesome on the balcony overlooking Sunny Isles Beach with a delicious prosciutto/chorizo/pecorino sandwich on hours-fresh sourdough. This is the life.
The body is a slightly hazy, gorgeous golden shade that shines brightly in the sun, revealing continuous streams of champagne-like bubbles. The effervescence feeds a creamy, steadfast blanket of tight-bubbled, snow-white foam. Short, fat, curled flares of lace harken to the profile shot of a chunky ocean wave. Beautiful beer.
The aroma on this beauty suggests of the very sourdough bread that I enjoy along side it. Fresh, lightly malted cereal grain and softly sweet dough provide a subdued backdrop, while masterfully subtle, peppery wildflower notes and aged, grassy hops come across dry, dusty, and mouthwatering. Honey is nearly fully attenuated, and was clearly used with (welcomed) restraint. The yeast is distinct, offering a soft pungency that I enjoy.
Flavors largely follow the nose. Fresh, bready grains are kissed with the softest possible glaze of honey. I get a distinct hint of flaked oats, and maybe some hay. Zippy, dusty, peppery spice nods to marigold, dandelion, and other such dry, fragrant wildflowers. Hops are again grassy, providing the perfect amount of bitterness. So tasty.
The palate approaches perfection. The moderately substantive body has been attenuated to the point where I donít think an additional micron of alcohol could be squeezed out of this thing. Dry as a bone, this beautí is laced with intense, lively carbonation that intensifies the wildflower spiciness before cleaning the palate off entirely. Even after the swallow, I can still feel tiny bubbles tickling the roof of my mouth.
If I close my eyes, thoughts of Saison Dupont rush in...only this is better. Yes, I realize that is a bold statement. Itís spicier (without going overboard), drier, more flavorful, and perhaps most importantly, more ambitious without getting carried away. Excellent beer from arguably the best saison brewer in the country at the moment.