Leighton (9650) - 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.
hopscotch (8465) - 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!
GT2 (7726) - Carlsbad, 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
j12601 (6585) - 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.
Glouglouburp (5929) - 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.
deyholla (5917) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 Bottle shared by Kyle, thanks! Pours a hazy pale gold with a white head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a nice combination of white wine and citrus hops with backing growing and light flora. Flavor has a lot of dry white wine and dry light fruit with a backing earthy grain.
phaleslu (5723) - 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.
mcberko (5230) - 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.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , 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.
pantanap (3340) - 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.