illidurit (2258) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Dustin for this one. 750 mL to tulip glass. Carbonation is... enthusiastic. I didn’t serve it super cold but still, the foam started to creep out of the bottle and each pour was a time-consuming affair. Aroma is a soft lemon verbena with fresh hay. Flavor is a little sharper than that, with the lemony character turning both slightly acidic and slightly rindy. Honeyed malt and a Brett finish with a bit of phenolics and more dusty straw. Very enjoyable saison.
merc7186 (2710) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Decent Lacing
S: Yeasty, Peppercorn, Lemons
T: Lemons, Yeasty, White Pepper
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Bitter
Overall, a nice mildly bitter saison, good spicy blend.
CanIHave4Beers (3676) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from box aroma offered courtesy of Edmund Edmunds xochitl bro 2 the end of life.
Pours a hazy yellow with a good head and nice lacing on the glass.
The bottle from box aroma on this one is pretty solid... lemony, sort of lightly funky with lots of hay, grass, and dusty malt offered. Some leafy hops work well in the mix as well. As it warms it opens up and there is some distinct barnyard earthiness.
The beer is nicely bitter & earthy with some leafy hop character. It’s perfectly dry & tart with some lemony sour notes... as the glass progresses there is a nice little lime-stoney note. The beer is extraordinarily drinkable, very well balanced and finessed.
Palate is that classic high carbonation prickly Saison thing.
Cool beer bro
Not a shelf beer
Defreni (2866) - Husum, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaske: Fornem lysegul uklar øl. Duft af let syre med en klassisk saison base. Masser af kompleksitet og masser af dejlig smag. Virkelig en forfriske tørstslukker der stadig er forbandet nuanceret. Et lille mesterstykke.
pete4999 (1311) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, as pictured. Pours a hazy golden yellow. Has a smell of orange, very pungent citrus with a little bit of flowery scent. It has the distinctive Hill Farm champagne-ish tart yeast flavor, and taste is similar to the scent. Very good, as always.
justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
4-13 Batch, reviewed live 8/14/13. Bottle had a slow gush upon opening, poured into a HF wine glass.
A- Pours a hazy orange -yellow color with a soapy white head that fills the top three inches of my glass. As it slowly fades to about a third of an inch, it leaves insane lacing on all sides of the glass. Carbonation is noticeable, and appears fairly high, though alright for style.
S- Brett straight up. It rears its head with lemon, orange peel, pepper, and some complimentary band aid phenolics.
T- Awesome tartness that you wouldn’t have expected from the smell. Tons of lemon mixed with a little bit of grassy flavors, as well as some spicy notes to balance the whole thing out. Pretty much the perfect saison as far as flavors goes, but that is just one man’s opinion. Decent bitterness at the end as well, it plays well with the pepper notes on the back end.
M- Prickly carbonation, medium to low body with a crisp finish that sports some decent drying, although nothing that isn’t tolerable, or enjoyable for this style.
O- God- the last time I had this same batch it didn’t blow me away. This time around, it is clear that the bugs have taken over and just bumped this beer up in to the top tier. The lemon adds a tartness that is very well balanced by the pepper phenols and bitter hop notes at the end of the taste. The high carbonation and drying effects make you crave another sip, and the appearance is as close to perfect for a saison as one could ask. Give me more please....
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy light straw with a big fluffy white head interspersed with chunks of air. Amazing retention and lacing.
Light lemon aromas. Wheat, a bit of yeast and some must. Maybe some coriander, but nice and light on the spices.
Lots of lemon flavor up front. Good tartness through the middle mixed with a little funk and tangy wheat. Finishes with lemon zest and an almost white wine like component. Light pepper and coriander although thankfully the spice component is toned down.
Light bodied. Carbonation is high accentuating the tartness. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel that is typical of HF beer.
Very easy drinking beer. Just the right amount of tartness to keep me wanting more, but not to overwhelm the palate. I hate most saisons, but whatever HF does with them is gold because this is another winner.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Thanks to pmoney for the share.
A: Pours a hazy yellow color with a huge dollop of white foam forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick cap that leaves some stick lace down the glass.
S: Stone fruit and light yeasty notes with some lemony background scents. Grassy as well with a sweet malt profile.
T: Same as the nose with a tad more sweetness from the malts. Sweet bread with stone fruit and some spiced yeast. A little dry with some lemon tartness and mild dried grass.
M: Light bodied with a medium high carbonation. Bubbly texture across the tongue with a sweet and yeasty finish.
O: Another nice saison from HF. Hits all the balances of yeast, fruit and malt.
Serving type: bottle
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
24 karat pour with a vibrant ivory cap that left significant rings of lacing as it traveled down the glass. Pungent lemon zest, tart grapefruit rind, and mild pepper accompany freshly baked buttermilk biscuits in the nose. Flavor shows the same bright citrus but also has a nice earthiness, acidity, and funk to add complexity. Refreshing and flavorful. Ample carbonation to ignite the palate. Wish I could get this locally...an every day drinker for sure!
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a good eggshell white head. Smell is bread; citrus, funky tart lemon rind and a little wet hay. Taste is tart lemon citrus, mild hops, wheat bread and overall funky tart beer. Light refreshing, highly carbonated smooth saison.