Theydon_Bois (16869) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Craft Clerko, thanks to Nellie then Leighton, 26/06/13.
Murky mahogony brown with a tan head that clears to a film. Some little floaty friends make themselves known!
Nose is sour cherries, tarte berry fruit,oaky wood notes, light smoke, burnt straw.
Taste comprises tarte berry fruits, touch of yeast, grass, funky, famyard, light herbals.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry crisp finish.
Solid enough stuff but came over more as a sour than a saison to me.
dwm1034 (755) - 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 (1271) - 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 (14396) - 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 (18526) - 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 (7313) - Alexandria, 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.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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 (12101) - Escondido, 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 (4789) - 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.