birdmachine (226) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared for gyberic’s birthday – reviewed from notes. Aroma has light brett, light sulfur and an odd waxy/glue character that I can’t seem to shake off. I don’t pick up much wine notes, but there is a funky, catty ripe fruit whiff at the end. Pours a clear golden color with tiny white head on the sides of the glass. Taste is has a bit of plastic and wax, some lemon, lime saltiness, musty wood, and perhaps a touch of honey. It is a little bit on the sweeter side at the end. Body is medium with medium carbonation. It does not finish very dry, and starts to have a fruit character as it warms. Not sure if this beer is past its prime, but I enjoyed CD#6 much more during the side-by-side.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: A very funky, oaky, dry and tart blonde ale. For the Extreme-Saison lovers.
How: Bottle 375ml, a few times, this rating for a bottle consumed 7 months after the beer release.
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a medium white head with good retention.
In long: The surprisingly strong nose is intensely wild, a whole lot of white wine barrels, a fruity tartness, fun notes of aged cheddar and other lactic stuff. In mouth the beer feels very lively, an expansive carbonation filling the mouth. Taste is a wet-dream for the dry funky tart beer lover. A strong farmhouse personality. More funk than in a James brown concert. Plenty of mouth drying oak. Dry cereals flakes. Quality aged cheese and yogurt. Mild tannins presence. No sweetness to be felt, this very dry and somewhat astringent too. An assertive fruity tartness (tart white grapes, lemon and others) that unfortunately prevents from taking big sips. First time I had this beer fresh and I noted some honey but a slightly aged bottle had no honey and a lot more funky tartness, this beer has developed quite nicely. Wonderful beer, one of HF best. This rating has been rated PG-13 for brief offensive language, this is a fucking great beer.
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Hazy, light yellow pour with a small, white head that dissipates faster than you can say “quick.” The bouquet is complex and multi-layered – woody, acidic, lightly funky and lemony with a touch of vanilla. Light-bodied with zippy carbonation. The flavor is terrific, but offers no surprises – lemony tartness accompanied by mild, crusty bitterness. Finishes funky, tart, tongue-numbing and dry. Big thanks to ctipping for the pour!
PhillyCraft (5499) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2013 Bottle, shared by NJ Alan, had a bottle of this but sent it to a trading partner, stoked to finally try it. Pours cloudy, hazy gold, hues of orange mixed in. Aromas and flavor of lemon sorbet, brett, light barn, blood orange, oak, peach nectar, lime zest, and lemon skins. Light carbonation with a medium to fuller body. All kind of dried fruit along with the super dry finish. Easily one of the best b.a. saisons’ I have had the pleasure of tasting. Had a similar body and appearance to Mimosa and Juicy Amazing!
Fred82 (2138) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml bottle shared by duchessedubourg.
Appearance : Slightly hazy pale golden with white head.
Aroma : Vinous and tart with citrusy notes. White wine notes with woody notes.
Taste : Great citrusy tartness with nice wood.
Overall : Wow another awesome Saison fropm HFB. Great woody notes with light funk. Really elegant and well balanced. Nice complexity.Great sharp citrusy tartness. Awesome beer.
mcberko (13523) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
375mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a hazy blonde / yellow with a medium white head. Very aromatic nose, full of complex wild yeast, white wine barrels, rustic farmhouse notes, and some citrus zest. Flavour is supremely complex, full of white wine, wild yeast, rustic farmhouse notes, a touch of barnyard and a little citrus zest. Incredible depth to this, with a wonderful blend of the different flavours. Everything really works together in perfect harmony. The finish is very vinous, wild and zesty. Exceedingly high drinkability as well. A saison of remarkable depth.
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle I shared with Andy, Max, and Pearl prior to our trip to the Hill Anniversary. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Loads of fuzzy musk and a bit of phenolic yeast on the nose. Gorgeous aromas, simple and subtle with so much going on. Delicate funk moves to a light barnyard note with some earthiness and the faintest hints of cheesiness. Very easy drinking, light and delicate. Picks up a bit of a lemony note into the finish, tart and bright. Loved this.
phaleslu (9256) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2 375 ml bottles opened at Cam’s tasting. Thanks again, guys! Pours a hazy, pale yellow gold with a small white head. Aroma of white wine, lemon, apricot, oak, herbs, farmhouse funk, and yogurt. Flavor of white wine, tangerine, lemon, pears, grapefruit, and some lighter grass and herbal notes; really fruity and citrusy. Sneaky tartness. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a tart, funky, vinous mouthfeel. Complex and delicious.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to phingdong for getting this one to me. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Pours a crystal clear straw color. Nice and sparkling with a good white head. Nice retention and lacing.
The nose has light hay and a bit of lemon. Dry and light; very crisp. A bit of lingering citrus, earth, and farmhouse funk. Flavor is very dry with hay and a very faint acidity. Touch of white wine and oak in the background. Light lemon zest through the finish. Very bright. Supremely drinkable.
jbeatty (1241) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to Mac, 03/21/2013. Opens slight gusher, but no harm no foul. Pours golden straw color, slight haze, thin white head, fine-bubbled lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit, floral with bit of wheat, brett, nice oak component with subtle vinous notes. Taste is not as soft, slightly acidic and tart, lemon and orange with that tropical edge, straw malts with faint honey, oak, and dry finish. Light body, crisp. All in all quite tasty though.