sarro (125) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Harvest Fest VIP ’12. Pours a cloudy dark shaded golden straw with about one finger of heading. Super grapefruity and lemony hops come out of the aroma. Taste is initially Arthur forward then erupts into a wave of simcoe hop flavor and finishes dry. Some green tea & piney herb notes too. Much hoppier than I expected and hard to get to the saison blend, but good.
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the VIP session at the 2012 Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Tropical fruit, mango, sweet floral notes, citrus, light yeast. Medium bodied, sweet, floral, crisp musk. Long citrus, pith. Pungent musk, long musky notes. Long gentle bitterness. Lovely beer.
Leighton (12601) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival VIP Event, VT. Loads of juicy fruits in the nose, tropical and citrusy, with some hints of funk. Medium sweet flavor, extremely juicy and refreshing, some funk, lemon, bit of pine and grass. Medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Fresh and clean to finish with mild funk bite, subtle bitterness, lingering juicy fruits. Perfectly balanced and incredibly drinkable. Excellent. Probably my favorite beer of the night.
JulienHuxley (3592) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2012 On tap at Harvest Fest VIP. Very pale hazy yellow pour with white head. Aroma is super citrusy, IPA like, saison yeast. Taste is dry, hoppy, yeasty finish, some fresh coriander. Palate is sparkling and very dry. Superb.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Hill Farmstead Harvest fest vip event. Bend of the summer’s saison and Simcoe single hop pale ale. Hazy golden orange pour with a super tight white froth. The aroma holds melon, cantaloupe, papya, pineapple, and amazing cheesy brett funk. Massive Simcoe tropical fruit with pleasant herbal bitterness. Merangue like mouthfeel with a dry quenching finish. My favorite of the event.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A hoppy and wheaty-tart blond Saison. Very good.
How: Tap at the brewery during the Harvest Festival 2012 VIP event.
The look: Cloudy blond topped by a small white head.
In long: Nose is Arthur with wheaty-lemony notes and wooden hops. Taste is very much Arthur with addition of wheaty-lemony, some bananas and pineapples. Finish is dry with the Arthur hopping juxtaposed with wooden hops. The bitterness felt a bit awkward to me. The beer was very good, you cannot blend a bunch of excellent related session beers from the same brewery (including the excellent Arthur) and get a bad beer, but here I think the whole was less than the sum of its parts. I loved that all-you-can drink Hill Farmstead 2012 Harvest VIP event… not saying that I party too much but I watched The Hangover then I was halfway through watching The Hangover Part II when I realized those movies are not documentaries.
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of one 20L keg blended for the Friday night party at the ’12 Harvest Festival. Blend of ’12 summer saisons and Simcoe single hop pale. Dan guessed ratio to be: 4L Clara, 10L Arthur, 6L Simcoe.
Had the first pour off this keg and then a couple of glasses near the end resulting in two significantly different experiences with this beer. Appearance of both was a hazed golden orange, creamy white head, ample lace. Aroma and flavor of first glass were dominated by the simcoe component, hoppy and leafy with mild citrus and a bitter finish. Subsequent glasses were saison forward, crisp and dry, with mild sourness (sort of like a "blue label" Arthur light), some tropical fruit and floral bitterness. I liked the later glasses better, but consensus was split amongst my friends at the party.