callmemickey (2091) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 Hazy yellow-orange body. Large fluffy white head, spotty lacing. Mellow lemon zest, grain, hay, grassy hops, a bit of yeasty zip, light spicing. Flavor is quite similar to the nose. Medium bodied. Quite dry and refreshing. A nice saison, lacking something special to really set it apart though.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, consumed on the same day as Anna. The pour yields a lightly hazy, beautiful golden body that shines brightly in the light and shows consistently streaming micro-bubbles. A short but steadfast blanket of creamy, snow-white foam sits at the head, giving tissue-thin, tattered sheets of lace to the glass. The nose is masterfully simple, based in Łber-fresh malted grain with dry, peppery, floral yeast and crisp notes of grassy hops. Like in Anna, there is a suggestion of wet hay or straw that lends a bit of farmhouse character, but missing is her subtle honey kiss and wildflower complexity. This one is more classic saison. Flavors follow the nose, crisp and snappy, biting grass bitterness showing atop a base of fresh cereal, hay, and dried bread. White pepper and other dry spice show in the yeast profile. The palate is dry as a bone, laced with lively carbonation that quickly clears away what little residuals the fully-attenuated, moderate body leaves behind. Damn fine beer. Not quite the showstopper that Anna is, but an excellent example of a straight-up, classic saison. Close your eyes and youíre instantly transported back in time to the fields of Wallonia.
changeup45 (1700) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2013 Bottle from BeerPilgrim11. Aside from a small taste of Anna at the Hunahpu release (thanks to whoever that was) this is my first Hill Farmstead brew. This pours is a standard gold color with a thick white head that fades to a thin layer. Itís quite grassy and herbal in the aroma. Smells a little like doing spring yard work with flowers, herbs, and freshly mowed grass. Definitely can pick up the use of Euro hops in the scent. The flavor follows in line with that. Thereís lots of crisp grass, straw, and bready notes leading the way with spring flowers mixing in. This kind of tastes like a Pilsner colliding with a Saison. Itís clean and refreshing, and just a solid brew to kick back to on a warm day, which is exactly what I did. Great beer!
AdamJackson (2014) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2012 PIcked this up two weeks ago at the Hill. Thanks Shaun! Beautiful beer! Put in the fridge for a few minutes and poured into a Hill Farmstead glass.
A - 3-finger crystal clear head that shimmers like crystal. Very tight bubbles almost creamy. The beer is a hazy golden color. Deep orange gold color. Gorgeous beer.
S - Great spices like pepper and some other very bitey spice. Loving the very bready and sort of butter-like croissant scent. Thereís a terrific tangy scent that you related to great farmhouse saisons and a lot of dry white-wine appeal. Iíd be happy just smelling this beer!
T - Dry Saison is what I first get. The spice is a bit too much but itís not terrible, Iím just not a fan of so much spice. Maybe thatís why they call this a "rustic" saison. Very dry finish which pulls the spice away leaving a lingering tangy taste.
M - Huge explosion of bubbles on the swish but not bubbles that expand your cheeks. Carbonation without full-ness. Very nice. Light bodied and easy to drink
O - Iíd like this beer. HFSís Anna I prefer but this is still a solid Saison but just a little spicy for me.
Revising this to a 4.8. I reviewed this earlier in the year. The latest batches are more tart / sour. The spice is almost gone, still a little buttery on the nose. These beers are starting to sour and Iím sure itís intentional. Going to save my other 3 of these for a year and hope they develop into something else.
madmitch76 (13081) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
27th February 2012
Bottle shared by Leighton - cheers ears! Light haze on this gold beer, good white head. Light dry palate. Trace of brett. Creamy malt. Mild minerals. Better than some of the other Hill Farmstead Saisons but generally not getting the esteem in which they are held. No matter - all their other beers are great!
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle; cloudy light yellow with thick egg white head; light pepper, lemony hay, white sugar; thin, crisp, honey; clean, mild noble hops and orange peel; dry, clean finish; not as standout as Anna, but really nice
fonefan (32844) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear medium orange yellow colour with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, wheat notes, moderate hoppy, flowers, moderate to light light heavy yeasty, fruity, coriander. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, chrispy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
Ontbeertaster (2257) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours bright yellow, this is just a good example of a basic saison, it was neither amazing nor bad. But it had a solid thin body and smooth finish
beernbourbon (1249) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Peter for sharing this bottle at the STL RB gathering. Pour is very light yellow with a sizable fluffy, white head. The appearance belies the tremendous flavor and aroma. Loads of lemon, champagne-like dryness, hay, faint funk, light spice, and a touch of pepper. This beer was a huge hit for me. Itís so clean yet so complex. This beer makes me think there may be a bit of terroir in beers because the few beers that I have had from this place all seem to have a faint earthiness and rounded spice profile that I cannot get enough of. Damn good.
Leighton (9646) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at CBC one of Nateís last nights. Pours hazy yellow-gold with a large, frothy white head. Lovely aroma, all yeast, lemon and dough. Light to medium sweet flavor, some doughy bread, light spice, light bitterness, yeast, faint citrus. Light bodied with average to lively carbonation. Clean, fresh, bready finish, some mild yeast, light lemon and citrus rind. Just a damn good saison. Doesnít try to blow the top off. Just makes it do what it do, baby.