adamjackson (1750) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2012 On Tap at Hill Farmstead Tap Takeover at Positive Pie in Plainfield.
A - Huge carbonation of 4-finger head with a leather appearance. The beer is dark brown to black. Clarity is pretty great.
S - There’s this really pleasant farmhouse funkiness on the nose. Brettanomyces? I get a hint of Raspberries as well. Very sweet and tart.
T - Lots of tart characters but a solid nutty malty finish. Smoked malts are pretty up front. Very tart as the malts fade. Funky and wild for sure. There is a underlying white wine taste that has me excited.
M - Swishing in my mouth, I only get 10% re-carbonation. Very light body with a nice tart malty finish.
O - I’m VERY happy I tried this before the release this weekend on tap. I was not sure if I’d get all 4 bottles for myself but now I am. This beer is PHENOMENAL and it’s only going to get better.
UPDATE: Bottled Version
Appearance is more carbonated so therefore a 4-finger head, overflowing bottle of carbonation even though it’s sat in the fridge for 3 days and gorgeous head lacing. Beer itself is the same.
Smell is unchanged except I get more lemons on the nose.
Taste is the same except more tart, more sweet and less nutty than the draft version. Very tart and far more closer to a wild beer than a saison
Huge difference in carbonation on the mouth feel. Getting 80% carbonation on the mouth swish versus on tap. No malts on the finish but there is toffee
Overall, this beer is greatly improved in bottle form. I can’t wait to see how this ages. Glad I have 3 more of them. Increasing my rating from 4.5 to 4.7.
czar (3257) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap at saison festival, 2012. pitch black with a creamy beige head, very good retention and lacing. delicately roasted malts, hints of smoke, hints of sweetness, bretts, layered in oak, light acidity. lively and soft carbonation, medium to full body, very nice medium long bitter coffee and citrusy-grassy finish. really enjoyed this one with a burger!
mcberko (4809) - 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.
PhillyCraft (2581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle w/ some heads at Evans going away party. Been waiting to try this sour black saison blend from HF. Pours a deep black with medium off white head, awesome lacing. Aromas are tart lactic cherry funk, earth, roasty malt. Taste is dusty oak, cocoa powder, cherry, peat, currants, and other misc berries. Perfect balance of sour and light roasty notes with a full body long lasting flavor. Very solid and tasty brew meh.
stobbe74 (3790) - DENMARK - NOV 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a clear and dark brown beer with a beige head. The aroma is malt, tart, fruit and brett. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness with some bitterness. Overall a really good beer.
Lukaduke (1475) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep mahogany brownish black with a big frothy eggshell foam. Aromas and flavors a re a complex mystery of dark fruit, leather, tart sweetness, cocoa, dark cherry, caramel... the flavors unfold as the beer goes from cold to warm. Lots of vinous berry notes from the start with dark rustic background... but as it warms more deep dark notes take hold tobacco, leather, wet funky wood, smoke, bitter chocolate... wow this beer keeps on giving. Really Nice.
Ernesto987 (3021) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2012 on draft at the anniversary party, what an amazing black saison. Bretty and rich with a great barrel wine flavor. Another home run!
lachrymalisis (331) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
tart grapes, earthy maple/chocolate notes in the most abstract sense. Hay, slight citrussy white/red grape character. incredibly complex flavors. uber dry finish. great beer.
strawberry (14) - Hanover, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass revealing a finger or two of tan head over dark brown body. Caramel and smoke on the nose along with a bit of lemony funk and a stone fruit floral essence. Taste is slightly tart and evocative of grilled unripe plum with some smoke and woodiness on the finish. Earthy underneath. Lively carb on the tongue, medium-bodied. Overall very refreshing and deliciously complex.
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.
The beer is opaque, a deep, dark shade of chestnut brown. The head is over an inch thick, receding quickly and settling in at around a half inch. Copious lacing all over the vessel.
The aroma is funky, earthy. Notes of wine are evident from the start. Tart fruit, perhaps currants.
Great flavor. Everything comes together beautifully. Delicious. What a complex and fantastic beer. Lots of tartness and wine barrel notes. Dark fruit character.
Medium bodied and smooth. Lingering sour, lactic, tart feel on the palate.
Overall, yet another fantastic brew from Shaun and the folks at Hill Farmstead.