cfrances33 (34) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.
Pour: Pours a lightly hazy, bright straw yellow with a finger and a half white, fluffy head. Some nice lacing, and the head sticks around for a little while. Wonderful looking saison.
Smell: Big white wine barrel up front, mixed with funk, oak, and bright lemon. As it warms, the funk becomes more pronounced. Citrusy and bright.
Taste: Immediate white wine barrel and oak up front, with a heavy funk and strong lactic tartness. Lemons and citrus. Very Art forward. Mineral funk controls the mid and finish, but plays well with the bright lemony tartness. Finishes quite dry. As it warms, the oak and funk become more pronounced, exhibiting more lambic qualities.
Mouthfeel: Quite tart and borderline sour. Perfectly carbonated.
Overall: One of the best Hill Farmstead beers yet, and time is only going to help this beer progress.
Ernesto987 (4174) - Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 Don’t shoot me cause I actually opened my bottle. these really just keep getting better. Tons of tart, funky, lambic flavors, mixed with amazing house microflora. This is amazing, I wish I had more!
biggsbowler (417) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Pours a golden yellow w/ a frothy white head. A nice funky smell. The taste is wonderful. Funk, slightly tart, a little lemon/citrus notes on the backend. This is very solid.
Reynolds314 (2548) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden straw color with moderate hazyness and a moderate white head. Aroma is grapefruit, sourdough, a bit musty, and some light lemon. Taste is a zing of tartness with moderate sweetness on the finish. Some oaky character and light wine notes are present as well. Really great beer that I look forward to seeing develop further.
Marheb (2640) - San Diego, California, USA - 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.
Luk_ (219) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Glowing sunny gold, with a lasting ring of foam and some veil. Aroma is marvellous with funk, cheese and barnyard from the lambic. Definitly feels like Cantillon. Art is also present with white wine, honey and earthy peppery hops. Taste is puckering lemon, white wine, juicy hops and citrus rind. Mouthfeel is sharp and dry as it should be. White wine and honey makes it a little bit more mellow but it feels more like a lambic. Awesome lambic with a saison touch. Definitely more pungent than #6 and at least on par with #5 which I loved.
jkwood04 (4301) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2014 375ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy golden/amber with a white head. Aroma of sourness/funy notes, some tartness, some pale and light malts, a little citrus and light fruits, and a little wheat. Flavor the same with such a great blend of it all. Average texture. A great beer.
Edit : 375ml bottle again. Wow. This blend of the Art with its crispness and wine barrel and tartness plus the funkiness and barnyard notes from Cantillon make an incredible beer. Wow. Much good. So best beers ever. How does a beer this good even exist? Why is Shaun such a genius?
JulienHuxley (3571) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared by a friend. Glowing hazy gold pour, thin white head. Aroma is quite luring, nice tart lemony lambic aromas, tons of white wine, very subtle funky aromas, hay, pepper, beautiful. Taste is quite tart (lemony), über dry, citric with a mineral-like finish. Palate is light, dry and super quaffable. I’d have a bottle of this with every nice dinner please.
JBPortland (1001) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2013 375ml bottle pours hazy semi-clear gold with small 1 finger head. Nose is funk, barrel, tart golden apples and hay, straw. Mouthfeel is so well balanced, delicate but not thin, just the right amount of moderate carbonation. Taste is bright tart apple skin, funky, woody, hay, citrus, grape, barnyard. Finish is complex white grape, oak, earthy, barrel notes. Complex, elegant, delicious. Wonderful!
czar (4916) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle gracefully shared by misterminderbinder, many thanks for this oen brah. pours hazy pale golden with a small white cap, some retention and lacing. winey-lambic, dust, cheese, tender and juicy pears along with some of its sweetness, floral notes, cucumber-like esters - reminiscent of elderflower lambic, soft acetic. very nice tartness - complex acidity, although mostly lactic. lively and soft carbonation, light body, tart and astringent herbal-grassy finish. delicious!