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.
Martinus (3878) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy pale yellow colour, white head. Aroma of hops, yeast, resin, fruity notes. Light tart, fruity flavour, bitter, malts and citrus. Bitter finish, orange peel, malts and yeast.
(from 75cL bottle @ Letís drink all of Richís American beers Tasting. Thanks for sharing, omgrich!)
SHIG (3982) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow with white head. Aroma was funky earthy and fruit. Taste was soured grain with fruit and some funk.
Frank (3469) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is cloudy orange w/ a white head of mixed bubbles and a ton of lacing. Itís got a funky, fruity nose w/ lots of lemon citrus and a touch of grassiness. This has solid tartness to it and is overall fresh and juicy tasting. Itís medium bodied w/ creamy carbonation but still crisp and drinkable. This is another good one from Hill Farmstead.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3344) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Richís Massive Cellar Emptying Tasting. Hillís farmstead Arthur light cloudy gold earthy tart lemony aroma. Raspy mouthfeel dry finish and lovely soft lemon sour flavor. 3.7-3.8
Mr_Abner (196) - Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dry hopped version (DHVAR01) -- Hopped with Styrian Goldings and conditioned in stainless.
Bottle. Pours a beautiful, hazy pale yellow with a large, fluffy white head. Aromas of HF yeast, citrus, lemon, some spice/light pepper. Taste is light to just shy of moderately bitter. Can taste Arthur in the background, but the bitterness is not kind to him. Some citrus, a touch tart, and an unmistakeable "earthiness" accompanying this. Light bodied, average carbonation, a slight bitterness in the finish. I definitely prefer the regular version of Arthur.
RRistow12 (453) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours a hazy gold with thick white head. Aroma is fruity with Belgian spices, grass and sour funkiness. Taste is mild to moderately sour overall with flavors of tropical fruits, Belgian yeast and Brett, grains, lemon. Pretty tasty and great for a warm day.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jcnielsen (2691) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at LeninCatís. Thanks Lenin! Pours a hazy golden color with white head. Hazy, straw, yeast aromas. Tart, straw, citrus, yeast, peppery flavors. Pretty tasty!
thirdeye11 (5817) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle) cloudy medium gold, thick creamy white head, nice lacing on the glass. Nose of oats, Belgian yeast, light noble hops, clean, citrusy, orange peel, and a touch of brett. Taste of citrus peel, lemon, brett, oats, bright, zesty. Medium to high carbonation, delicious finish, bright and citrusy. So easy to drink. Donít want it to end.
sonnycheeba (4282) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow. Aroma is lemon zest, bready malts, light toast barnyard funk, and some grassy notes. Flavor is dry and funky with light floral and grassy notes, fresh citrus, and light toast. Medium body.
ClarkVV (4346) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
October 2014 Magnum drunk 7/25/15.
The mark of a fine saison lies in its perfect appearance. Thatís not true at all, but Dupont, Blaugies, Thiriez and Fantome all have wonderful heads with near-perfect retention. That is true for Mr. Hillís Belgian offerings and this one is no different. Bright golden appearance with just a touch of haziness and white head atop.
Absolute crazy aroma. High acidity with light plaster, cedar and some grassiness. Very similar phenol profile to Dupont; nice and peppery, dry. Reserved but ample funkiness combined with American hop notes (light juicy fruits and stone fruits, plentiful floral notes, minor citrus). No alcohol and no flaws.
The flavor is acidic, very brightly so and carried on by a tight carbonation and malty yet not sweet texture. Lots of honey-like notes from the malt and a good dose of pepper and tart acids to keep things very dry. Vibrant and lush and all this with 9 months of age on it. I could see this being a bit too brash/powerful very fresh and probably very interesting and potentially incredible after a couple more years. Much like Iíd imagine an American-hopped Dupont to be. Wonderfully drinkable with lime-like brett, honey, meyer lemon and black pepper all lingering nicely on the finish. Flavor dosent quite live up to the atoma for me, however. Theres just a bit too much tropical fruit like acidity and sourdough-like breadiness. Maybe a touch of alcohol in the flavor, as well (very similar to the light alcohol I get from Dupontís saison).