GODFROMANAL (50) - Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
B2, thanks to JD. THANKS, BRØ. A brown/red pour. Aroma consists of light cherry, yogurt, oak, basement, earth. Taste beautifully lightens up a traditionally heavier profile. Feel is bright. B1 was definitely more lactic (and perhaps preferable), but still easily one of my favorite Hill Farmstead releases. Beauty.
adamjackson (1761) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle #269. Enjoyed in a Hill Farmstead Glass.
A - Dark golden orange. No lacing. Minimal head.
S - Wow. Smells nice. Lots of citrus, some funky yeast and some vanilla.
T - Up front with honey taste. Almost a mead up front taste. Mild bitterness but not too much. Floral notes, roses and hibiscus. Some sweetened candi sugars. Finish is this dry champagne like belgian yeast.
M - 20% carbonation. Light body. Grape-skin finish.
O - This was a very special beer. It has an exceptional taste. Truly a phenomenal world-class beer.
Ernesto987 (3040) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2013 Completely flat, no head. Too bad, would be amazing but with a flat body it’s just flavored water. Will definitely rerate when I try again, asking around this was an islocated incident
After opening another bottle, oh my god....... I’m speechless
daknole (8013) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Burned orange pour, a light fluffy head. Wonderful yeasty qualities jump out of the glass, some rich fresh oaky notes, a bit of unripe stone fruit, bready malts. Flavor is so light on the tongue, I get the oak, some great lively yeast. So flavorful. So wonderful. Wow.
davey101 (566) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml red waxxed bottle into a tulip glass. 2012 vintage, 1200 bottles. Shared moments after returning to CT from the Norma release on an outside patio in the cold. Can’t beat it! Quick notes I jotted down.
A - Pours a cloudy dark red body. Messy off-white foam.
S - My first thought was of a Flemmish bruin. Has a lactic twang with some cherries, vinegar, apricot and plenty of oak. Some musky saison notes with a touch of caramel.
T - Tart cherries and vinegar, caramel malts, funky earthy notes, fresh apricot, and some light oak and vanilla. Really complex and tasty. The finish was unreal though. The beer was incredibly tart and then it just vanishes away. Medium bodied with nice carb.
O - The first half of the glass left me a bit underwhelmed. The more I thought about the beer the more I liked it though. Its incredibly complex and unique. Super tart with a perfectly clean finish. It drinks way too easily. Certainly worth the effort to get a bottle in person.
PhillyCraft (2593) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2013 Bottle at tasting in VT and with Joe, acquired at the release. Pours hazy ruby with whiteish head, medium in size. Aroma of red berries, black currants, jam, citrus, potpourri, red grapes, and oak. Flavor is tropical hibiscus, wood, rind zest, grape skins, cherry and yeasty funk. Medium carbonation with a perfect palate from the oak. Really complex and layered brew from HF. Unbelievable. Sweet caramel and oak.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2012 Bottle 195, 750ml capped with red wax. Lively foamy carbonation upon opening the bottle- poured it fast to avoid wasting the sweet nectar. A deep cloudy orange body yields a robust lasting fluffy white head. Amazing funk and lactic acidity in the nose rounds out with notes of bretty cheesecloth and nectar fruits. The flavor is amazingly vibrant and super dry. Earthen brett, quenching lactic acid, champagne, and stone fruit pulp abound. Medium body with caressing fluffy carbonation, a quenching palate, and a bone dry finish. An incredible experience.
craftycarl21 (2087) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle #196, red wax top. Murky gumwood colored pour with a large, vivacious head. Nose holds absolutely gorgeous cheesecloth, oaky tannins, brie with big washed rind, plum, apricot, orange zest, and white pepper. The flavor is even more vibrant and stunning, with beautiful mango, pineapple, tart yeasty funk, lactic sourness, a bit of kiwi and starfruit; just an outrageous fruit profile that blends so amazingly well with the lactic sour presence. Neither is overwhelming. The palate is really outrageous, completely quenching and limitlessly quaffable. Wow. Once again from Shaun Hill.
tom10101 (1844) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 Bottle 750 ml (# 100). Hazy orange with a small persistent off-white head. Lacing is amazing! Aroma is of brett, oak, ton of fruits (grapefruit, grape, peach and still counting) and slight vanilla. Taste is explosive fruits and brett with oak and slight vanilla. Interesting sourness. Grapefruit is very present at finish. Lively carbonation. Crisp beer. This one taste like a boosted TDD Dulcis Succubus. Great one!
Marheb (1529) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Critique cahoteuse de la St-Jean Baptiste: Explosion d’agrumes habité par le cocktail de levure tellement habile. Elle a été séparé en 4 mais je l’aurais facilement géré seul.