dwm1034 (710) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Split a bomber with Sherm1016. Thanks! Only my second Hill Farmstead so happy to have a chance to sample / imbibe. Pours almost black with full frothy head. Nose and initial taste is sour with interesting notes of smoke and cherry...oak in there too - or that’s what I guess it to be. Tasty.
sherm1016 (1247) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, a gift from Dan and Tim, split with dwm1034. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a huge tan head. Aroma is red wine, sour cherry, grape must, oak. Medium on the palate with soft, smooth carbonation. Flavor is lightly sour, more sour cherry, a little roasty coffee, a little smokey, a little yeasty, with a light sour finish. Very complex. Not sure all the flavors work together perfectly, but very interesting, and tasty too.
mcberko (9566) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a deep dark brown / near-black with a large beige head. Nose is very complex, full of farmhouse notes, deep earthy notes, oak barrels, some wood tannins, a little roast, and a touch of dark fruits. Flavour is remarkably complex, full of wood tannins, oak barrels, a strong earthy farmhouse dominance, some mild lactic notes, light-to-moderate sourness, yeast and some dark fruits. A blend of stunning complexity here, with all the notes working in incredible harmony. I feared the carbonation would be too lively, as has been the case in many other black saisons I’ve had, but this is perfectly suited. One of my favourite Hill Farmstead beers and one of the best black saisons. Remarkable.
Leighton (14303) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell - big thanks to Momma Smith for picking this up and to Sister Nellie for bringing it to London (via Cluj, Romania). A moderate gusher! Pours dark brown with a creamy, beige head. Good and tangy berry aroma, big funk, leather, grapes. Light sweet flavor with some sweat, leathery dark fruits, ripe berries, sturdy wild funk. Light to medium bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Fairly tangy to finish, some acetic bite, more sweaty and leathery fruits. Another great one.
radagast83 (5809) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle at GT2’s place - so probably thanks to Huhzubendah? Poured a light brownish color, tiny off-white head. Aroma had some dark fruits, sugar notes. Flavor with some sweetness, touch of fruit, malt character. Not sure what to think.
GT2 (9364) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL big thanks to Huhzubendah. Slow gusher. Pours overcarbonated deep ruby. Gray foam. Spotty lacing. Nose is musty attic, dusty, hints of cranberry and redcurrant, hazelnut, German chocolate. Too musty. Taste is quite lactic, sharp cranberry, more of a Flanders red/oud bruin than saison. But muddled, harsh acid in finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10827) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Matt. Pours hazy brown, medium fizzy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is farmhouse yeast, pepper, fruity esters and spicy hops. Flavor is malt forward with farmhouse yeast, fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share, pour is deep red/ brown, aroma is funk and spice, taste is very smooth tart and spice finish. Great
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is malt, brett, grapefruit, flower, perfume, light oak and light cherry notes. FLavour is malt, grapefruit, brett, light chocolate, light cherries and oak.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A complex oaky/tannic dark ale with a strong farmhouse character and mild sourness. Great beer.
How: Fresh a few times on tap at the brewery (not ready imho) then this rating for a 750ml aged 6 months.
The look: Very dark burgundy body (near black) topped by a large beige head with good retention.
In long: Complex and somewhat intense nose with many elements, strong farmhouse character, a slice of freshly baked fruit cake, roast, citrus fruits, more…
Taste is roasted, rich fruitiness ranging from fresh dark fruits to citrus fruits, lactic notes, mild sourness, yeast, lots of tannins, cherry skin, red meat. Very astringent finish leaving the mouth totally dry without saliva. Splendid full foamy and fluffy mouthfeel with lots of soft bubbles. This is a very complex beer, although the Saison category may be a bit misleading, this is far from a classic Saison. It could have been one of my favorite HF beers if it wasn’t for the light bloody red meat flavor I had all the way through. Still a truly excellent beer. Drinking a full 750ml of a great beer like this one by myself is a perfect time to sit back and quietly reflect on what beer I’m gonna open next.