JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold peach pour with tight white head. Nose is barrel forward, sulfuric, citrus. Very bretty, wet sock and sweaty underwear. White wine barrel prominent on Ann is here but to a lesser degree and with more Brett and less tight integration. Acidic and tart. Nice, pleasant blonde sour blend, finding more Brett and mineral than I like, less overall integration than I hoped.
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma jumps out more than anything else, damn does that smell great. Yeasty farmhouse funk and lemony citrus lead the charge. Much better than the last bottle we opened a few weeks back. Recommended!
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 mL bottle shared by Starr. Thanks.
Pours a hazy, pale straw gol with a thin, crisp white head. Fades to a thin collar and dots of lace. Nose of oak, grass, lemon, peach, red grape, straw and light acidity though it lacks the immediate visceral punch of some of HF’s other saisons. Flavor starts with citric acidity, grape, and grass. Reminds me a lot of how Art batch 1 tastes currently, with a little bit of Flora’s lactic and tart presence. Honestly not tasting much of Ann other than the strong doughy base to the body. Mouthfeel is medium thin, well carbonated and a strong woody and slightly acidic finish. Very balanced and crisp, but honestly let down by what were admittedly colossal, unfair expectations. Probably wouldn’t age this or trade your soul for this, but still an exceptional saison as usual from HF.
AdamChandler (3589) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ML Bottle. Acquired at the HIll and enjoyed at 58 Degrees F in an HFS tulip with Ahi Steaks and salads at home.
A - Upon uncapping, the gushing starts but I was expecting it after GoM did the same. Bright golden yellow with a hint of haze. Cloudiness grows as you get to the bottom of the bottle. I love the dregs. 2 Finger pillowy white head that fades fast.
S - The nose is fantastic. Bright, citrus, orange peel and vinous characteristics. Hints of honey and lavender.
T - Exceptional taste. Tart up front, Sauvignon blanc dry finish. The middle is akin to tangerines, bready notes and brett.
M - Light body, uber bright and mouth-filling carbonation.
O - Another winner from Shaun. A fantastic saison. I only wish the bottle were bigger.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 25, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a new style 375 mL bottle purchased at the brewery. Hazy golden pour with a frothy white head. Vibrant nectar fruits and musty funk ŕ la vintage 3F with the balanced honey oriented funk from Ann, the puckering lactic character from Flora, and the raw brett onslaught from more recent Art. Beautiful tropical fruits and quenching acidity give way to a super dry finish. Medium body with caressing carbonation and a pillowy mouthfeel. A super fun and almost obvious blend of 3 flagship funky farmhouse ales. Might be cool with a splash of Vera Mae as well. I loved it and hope to see it again sometime...