Fred82 (2115) - 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 (8421) - 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 (7386) - 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 (7208) - 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 (1148) - 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.
toxichop (427) - South Gate, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Golden haze with a frost white head. S: white grapes, oak, brett, rather a weak smell. T: Lots of white wine characteristics, lemon zest, old wood, tartness creeps up in there, and some herbal spices, and ends with a note of blue cheese. M: crispy with medium to high carbonation. O: Very nice but not over the top.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle courtesy of Matt for sharing... Bottle opens with a pop and gushes just a touch. The pour itself yields a semi-transparent golden yellow orange hue and topped with a creamy frothy white head... Aroma of a little yogurs and white wine notes to go along with pear and a mild Belgian yeast. A modicum of soft herbalness to go with the aforementioned. Lightly tart and very complex... Flavors are more of the same with white wine, earthy bitterness, lightly tart soft brett notes. A touch of grass surfaces late and through the finish. Just shy of medium bodied with a effervescent semi-lively level of carbonation. Pretty neat stuff.
sarro (125) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear, golden straw with no head.
Slow foam and gush up. High carbonation.
Nose is Flora, Art and a bit of Anna.
Wheaty, bit of grass & oak, prickly floral notes.
Taste is a mild Flora with a bit of honey. Loss of carbonation on pour and slightly thin mouth feel.
Solid overall. The sum seems somewhat weaker than the parts, but still enjoyable. More time in the barrel may have helped, but it’s hard to say.
Dunt (297) - Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opened this FOBAB eve. CD5 pours a lazy light to moderate yellow in color with a fingers worth of frothy white head. The nose is comprised of typical HF saison characteristics in addition to some citrus, orange, and oak. I can definitely see aspects from each of the beers blended into this. Light tart lemon blends with rustic/floral features as well as some citrus and light white wine. Light mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, slightly watery, no acidity, and a moderate finish. Another great saison from Hill Farmstead. It’s subtle, pleasantly tart, and very clean.