yourefragile (140) - 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.
ClarkVV (5781) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with Nelson at the tasting room on 4/29/16.
A dull copper liquid is topped by a small, thick, white head that shows moderate to poor retention. Good clarity throughout the liquid.
The nose is all over the place and changed quite drastically over the 20 minutes or so that I drank the beer. Initially very fruity with tons of light wine and wood. The brett and lacto are nicely balanced with pleniful minerality and cellar notes throughout. As it warmed, however, more lactic acid emerged with strong pepper phenols and finally a bevy of sharp alcohol fumes. So a bit of a mixed bag for me but the alcohol really took it down a notch. Very raw and uninviting.
The beer seemed better in flavor, with tons of fruit, mineral, wood and bacterial/yeast induced funk. However, sadly, the carbonation is nearly non-existent and what’s there is loose and bubbly. I feel like a broken record but the texture is so important, especially in beers with lots of acid. With the loose, watery mouthfeel here, the acid builds and sits on the palate, fatiguing it pretty easily. Beer seems incredibly tired and with pre-mature oxidation emerging.
baraciisch (2873) - California, USA - APR 29, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly hazy yellow orange... Aroma of citrus, apricots, lemon, Chardonnay wine oak... Flavor is lemon, earthy grains, melon, apricots, honey, Chardonnay buttery oak finish... Amazingly good
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ctipping (1335) - Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Originally reviewed 3/4/2013.
Quite a clear yellow golden body. Nice white head. Nice retention. Clings to the glass.
Complex aroma. Some acidity. Honey. Musty grapes and white wine. Slightly peppery. Yeasty.
Much more sour than any of the base saisons, but still more tart than sour. Grainy malt. Sweet, but less honey. Peppery flavor in the back. Less complex, but excellent.
Just shy of crisp. Excellent tartness. Well carbonated.
I can see the comparisons to Ann. The flavor isn’t quite as complex, but it’s excellent.
rxeight (2577) - 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 (9004) - 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 (6669) - 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 (6666) - 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.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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 (18522) - 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.