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.
rxeight (1937) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375, thanks to Dany. Cloudy, slightly dark yellow. Watered down lemonade. Very mild sour. Dry farmhouse yeast on the back end. Wine oak barrel. Everything is very mild and subdued.
alexsdad06 (7088) - Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle from a tasting. Pours a hazy golden color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor had a nice tart/sour citrus, lemon, some grapefruit, white wine, funk, yogurt, lactic, slight honey, big oak character, drying, hay, perhaps on the way downhill, but this was still very good.
RichTheVillan (4655) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle during HF CD night; hazy straw yellow pour with a thin creamy white head, aroma has lemon, taste has sweet honey, yeast, grape, zesty citrus, apricot.
vtafro (4925) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Yellow pour with white head. Super wine, oak, fruit funk aromas. Nice funk flavored, fruit, wine and oak tones.
biggirlpanties (194) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with GT2 via Dany. Thank you boys! Bright, hazy golden pour. Small head, great lacing. Aroma is Vitamin C, citric fruit, fresh strawberry acid and raspberry, roses/flowers, flash of dough and white sugar. Taste is cherries, raspberries, sugar, sourdough, Vitamin C/citric. Palate is light acid, sweet and sour blood orange. Full bodied for saison, but not sticky or anything. Not watery. Nice buoyancy. Liked it overall.
GT2 (9364) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
> A bright citrus and dough style delicate saison with dialed back acid and superlative aroma
[ Bottle ][ glouglouburp ][ 375mL ][ Trade ][ Tired Hands Stemware ][ 3/15/14 ]
>> Cellared at 55F since acquiring- slow gusher upon opening. Poors low haze glowing straw gold on first pour. Second pour is a glowing, full haze vibrant golden. Dreg pour is muddy tan. Small white foam after a tepid pour. Extreme lacing all over the glass over the course of the experience. Nose is quite exceptional: fresh white grapefruit sections and pomelo, ugli fruit/Thai orange, Hill Farmstead’s house yeast character of sweet cream butter and fresh biscuit, flashes of 3F/Girardin style moldy red grapefruit rind with bright acid. Opens up to some cellared De Dolle Dulle Teve type of yellow apple and heavy attic, cinnamon spices, rich black cherry pit, no esters thankfully. In taste, slightly chalky and biscuity/bready with A slight leatheriness in the palate hints at something more in the grapefruit rind 3F/Girardin style of lactic complexity. There is very little to no acid, some pineapple upsidedown cake. Carbonation is low robbing this one of some effervescence that could really up the ’quenching saison’ level. Subtle palate gives some chalkiness, some dough, slight flashes of paper hint that this beer is about to take a dive cellaring wise and you should be drinking your bottle(s) very soon. Overall, it is a worthy addition to this absolutely breathtaking series of saison masterpieces (well except for that black saison one). This one is a sipper rather than a big gulping quenching.
>!< Mild paper and chalk, would not recommend cellaring this any longer
Leighton (14326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at the brewery, February 2013. Glorious beer. Pours lightly hazy, orange-gold with a modest, frothy white head. Engaging aroma marked by a restrained farmhouse funk and suggestions of tangy tangerine and lemon. Light sweet flavor with carrying on lemony tartness, low bitterness, mild acidic twang, juicy ripe tangerine, hints of grass and pale wood. Light to medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Very clean to finish with decent funk notes, barnyard, tangy citrus fruits, oak, lemon. Delicious beer. Exceptional.
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 (10118) - 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!