Ajcanon711 (35) - - JUN 27, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My Bottom Line:
This Saisonís seamless intertwining of ingredients is softly and eloquently expressed from aroma to finish in the cushiest of airy bodies. Orange-y zest, cereals, farmhouse yeast and spicy hops unite and become a single complex entity. Wow.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thick, creamy head of foam decorates the misty translucent golden.
-The fluffy mouthfeel is absolutely divine; perfectly quenching while delivering all the flavors this brew can present.
-The fruity character can easily come from spices, hops and/or esters. The flavor profile is so tight, individual ingredients are hard to dissociate. Bravo!
-The aroma is simply tantalizing.
-This has to be bottled. I know Art is bottled, but this source brew deserves its place in the spotlight too. If anything, it might even be more drinkable. And such a bottling might take care of the disparate ratings itís been getting...
On tap at the brewery.
AdamJackson (2598) - Enfield, 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.
Aarond (150) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Aroma has some funkiness, lemon citrus, and some grassy notes. Appearance is bright gold, hazy, and has a big, pillowy white head. Great lacing. Taste is earthy up front, then is tart and refreshing, some yeasty notes, finishes nice and clean. Overall it is complex, refreshing, delicious. Outstanding beer.
Glouglouburp (6023) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012
In short: A very rustic Saison with a generous amount of fruity grassy hops. Great session beer.
How: Many 750ml bottles
The look: Partly cloudy blonde body topped by a large white head with good rentention and leaving good lacings
In long: Nose is very rustic (almost wild) just how I like it from a Saison, a side of banana cake and bright shinning grassy and fruity hops. Mouthfeel is just Wow! Very lively very clean. Taste is uber-crisp crackery malts, plenty of rustic yeast and a generous amount of fruity hops and yellowed grass. Fruity notes of citrus, tropical fruits and a bit of bananas. The most recent batch is drier than erlier batches and it works so well with the rest of the beer that Iím raising my score. The bitterness of medium intensity is perfectly levelled. This is a fantastic thirst quencher just like any Saison should be. Iím glad to see this new for the brewer/owner to see that his new brewery is already getting praised from many people. Iíd like to have the motivation to start my own business. Maybe I should read a motivational book but the bookstore is all the way down the block.
PattyBat (61) - - AUG 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught in Burlington, VT. Pours a hazy yellow with decent head. Smells of citrusy lemon and earthy grass. Strong bitterness on the tongue complemented by the citrus. Light, refreshing and crisp. My girlfriend enjoyed her sip and she doesnít even like beer. Awesome.
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 wouldnít 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 manís 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 isnít tolerable, or enjoyable for this style.
O- God- the last time I had this same batch it didnít 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....
daje (2450) - NORWAY - AUG 18, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Mikkeller & Friends, july 25th 2014. Hazy yellow body with a big lively white head. Funky aroma with grapefruit, lemon, thyme, wheat and white pepper. Taste is tart and funky, lots of fruit, kiwi and mango comes to mind, with orange zest and barnyard. Light spicy finish. Dry zesty and spicy aftertaste. A truly amazing beer, cheers to Arthur!
GatheringBrews (45) - Derby, Vermont, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tart, citrusy aroma with trademark saison yeast and spice. Nice, fluffy head that laces well and sticks around for a while. Light, refreshing flavor with citrus and hops in excellent balance. Nice dry finish and just a touch of hops.
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is ridiculously good. Straight lemon saison DuPont. Excellent!!!