yourefragile (138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Pat, thanks!
Hazed golden color with a creamy white head. Nose is slightly buttery and sweet. Flavor is dry, light funk, oak and a sweet finish. Preferred the fresh bottle of Arthur we had a long side this or fresh-ish Art. Overall this sample was a little disappointing given (colossal) expectations for it. However, some other saisons from HF like cd 5 and juicy have had some "peaks and valleys" as they age so I’m optimistic for future bottles of this along with everyone else’s raves.
Lukaduke (2183) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium to deep golden color with a finger of white foam. Nose is layered with wet musky barrel funk, stonefruit, unripe pineapple straw. The palate follows with lots of chardonnay character, dry dusty funk definite drie character, light unripe stonefruit, beeswax, some floral field grass, lingering minerality.
Marheb (2047) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Un nez de chardonnay et de jeune lambic, une fusion fruitée entre la carambole et l’ananas, belle sauvagerie. Les même notes suivent en bouche avec l’assaut beurré qui reste après la disparition de l’acidité. Superbe assemblage.
dogfish120love (944) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky pale orange with a thin white lacing. Bright orange and citrus aromas followed by funk and grape notes
Steve_0 (2651) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2014 Bottle at home with friends. Pour is slightly hazy orange with a small white head and no lacing. Big lemony, doughy, urine, almost savory, doughy, floral, almost funky, and sweet honey. Taste is bright fruits, buttery, lemony, doughy, floral, straw, slightly sour, grassy, and grainy with a medium sour finish. Medium body with low carbonation. Tasty stuff but not my favorite of the series and has a few off notes... Definitely can’t taste the rare in this one.
AdamJackson (2598) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an exciting beer to try. My favorite Hill Farmstead Saison and Lambic from the greatest classic producer in Belgium. 375ML bottle, purchased at the Hill and enjoyed January 2nd at 55 Degrees F in HFS Stemware.
A - Gorgeous bright orange...gold undertone. Bottle filled with bubbles when I opened it but did not gush. The beer poured with a 2 finger head that faded to a thin line.
S - The nose is raw mashed grape skins with lemon head candies and fresh cut grass. Musty oak and zest tangerine skin.
T - This is perhaps the most oak-forward beer in the Civil Dis series. Very musty, leathery and funky. The citrus explosion is unmistakable. I get a tad bit of copper penny on the back-end of the palate. If you were to tell me there was Lambic in here, I’d disagree. It doesn’t have the tartness you’d expect and having had 2-year unblended lambic, I consider it oaky, funky and almost earthy. This has that but without the tart I expected. Lemon and hay are totally present. Musty, earthy just really nice.
M - Nice burst of carbonation that fades quickly. Leaves behind an effervescent tree fruit and bark taste paired with the copper penny.
O - This was a great beer to have tried. It didn’t meet my expectations but I was probably wrong to go into this with expectations at all. Still, a top quality beer but not my favorite in the series. I still can’t believe Shaun got the lambic to throw in these :)
MrChopin (3276) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bright tangerine, glowing sun thin White Island, thinnest lacing. Muted buttery nose, lightest diacetyl amidst orange and tangerine, rindy sourness. Flavor is gone fast, diacetyl oily palate noticeable as the tangerine merges with cardboard, plants, light oak and Chardonnay. For HF, this is a mess.
JAXSON (528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glowing trojan yellow pour, small head. Nose is citrus, some sweeter notes, buttered popcorn (Kevin). Flavor is tart upfront, sweet and tart, still getting that buttery flavor. Some mineral notes. Feel is slick, low to medium carbonation. Strangely heavy, slick, sludgy almost. Pleasant fruit notes, pretty good overall. Still, not bright, one of their weaker barrel aged saisons or whatever this is.
Leighton (10963) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2013 Bottle shared at Sander’s in NYC. Pours lightly hazy gold with a frothy, white head. The nose has some light, grassy lambic character, cornflakes, general cereal, mellow funk. Great flavor. Lovely, balanced tangy funk, light sweetness, soured wheat, decent grassy bitterness. Light bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Very clean to finish with further funk, light cereal, pale bread, balanced bitter grass, mild dryness. Well balanced, clean and very drinkable.
mathieuc (1280) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy golden with a tiny rim that leaves low lace. Aroma is fruity with a citric twang and light barnyard. Taste is tart, fruity and full of peaches. There is a definite sweetness to it but it isn’t disturbing and enhances the juicy impressions. Some light cheesy/funky notes, too. Mouthfeel is juicy/vinous, awesome. This was really good, we need more blends like this one!