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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krumbum (991) - truckee, California, USA - APR 18, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Lovely soft funk with a light stone fruit. Pearlescent yellow with light foamy head. Amazing smooth light crisp slight funk so delicious. Amazing beer.
Gandalf39 (153) - - MAR 20, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Une saison parfaite : arôme sauvage et citronné, acidité maitrisée. La bouche est d’une pureté inouïe! Des notes de froment. Extremely drinkable!
AdamChandler (4540) - 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. There’s a terrific tangy scent that you related to great farmhouse saisons and a lot of dry white-wine appeal. I’d be happy just smelling this beer!
T - Dry Saison is what I first get. The spice is a bit too much but it’s not terrible, I’m just not a fan of so much spice. Maybe that’s 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 - I’d like this beer. HFS’s 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 I’m sure it’s 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.
Bulk_Carrier (3873) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUN 21, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Date on the side of the bottle reads 02/2015.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a hazy yellow color with a soft foamy white head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing is somewhat stringy.
The smell starts off with a nice sweet citrus to rustic funk. White grapes, lemon, lemongrass enliven to bring about an extra little spice - what seems like peppercorn.
The taste takes the sweet to combine nicely with the rustic and the funk through the previously mentioned flavors. Spice (peppercorn) comes back to balance and add an extra little kick to it. As it warms, it gets a slight sour to tart edge to it and it’s absolutely fantastic. There’s no aftertaste and it has a quick little sweet to rustic to slightly sour finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a super nice sessionability about it. Carbonated nicely as a saison, I’d say this had a nice semi-spicy to sour to tart feel over my tongue.
Overall, hot damn, probably the absolute best Hill Farmstead beer I’ve had to date.
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2016 My Bottom Line:
This Saison’s 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 it’s been getting...
Bottles and on tap at the brewery.
Hammy78 (961) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle through an awesome trade. Pours a clear yellow gold, huge fluffy white head tons of spider web like lace. Nose most definitely sour. Tastes tart, and possibly a little of wheat. This is so light, refreshing and just perfect on so many levels. There may be a slight touch of Brett in there somewhere.
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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 I’m raising my score. The bitterness of medium intensity is perfectly levelled. This is a fantastic thirst quencher just like any Saison should be. I’m glad to see this new for the brewer/owner to see that his new brewery is already getting praised from many people. I’d 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 (82) - - 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 doesn’t even like beer. Awesome.