Leighton (11123) - 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.
GT2 (8464) - 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
deyholla (6660) - 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.
Reynolds314 (2334) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer here. Pours a straw golden color with light head, much less billowy and creamy then many HF saisons. Aroma is very subtle and lightly vinous, spicy, and moderately funky. Taste is medicinal brett, green apples, mustyness, light citrus, and clean dry finish. Lacks a bit in the mouthfeel comparead to other HF offerings as well but still a great beer.
pantanap (3357) - 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.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , 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.
vtafro (3489) - 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.
JulienHuxley (3162) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared by Tom et al. Hazy yello pour, small white head. Aroma is citrusy, lemon, light rustic/farmhouse, light floral (hibiscus) notes, honey. Taste is quite citric, lemony, white wine finish. Palate is fizzy, really dry. Great stuff.
Minderbinder (1860) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear blond with low white head (hazy towards bottom of the so small bottle). Good lacing. Aroma is of bretts, citrus, barnyard, rustic, dandelion-like flowers. Taste is of bretts, citrus, malt. Palate: Ligth body. Overall: Very good. Refreshing. Nice citrus. One sip calls for another one. Some common points with white wine.
biggirlpanties (181) - Carlsbad, 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.