Stine (1434) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fully hazed, brilliant yellow-orange pour gathers a rocky, lathery head. A quick whiff of funk quickly gives way to the brightest golden kiwi and pineapple aroma I can remember. A blanketing of tough to find herbs and spices comes next; tarragon, clove, white pepper and dandelion. Citrus and stone fruit notes flash like meteors. This is a connection of quieted hops and brilliant yeasts that just thrills the imagination with its soft layering of herbal notes and pungent, rather indescribable moments of rustic funk.
The flavor is enormous but reserved like a young Orval. First is a white pepper dusted apricot flavor, distinct and quiet. Very light resiny hop oils surrounding it, and some dry green herbs. Myriad stone fruits. Gorgeous lavender. Banana. Gravelly and brittle. The yeast doesnít flex much yet, and so what we have is a lovely, quiet showing of hops gathered up in the dimly seen funk of the brett. Itís like a fresh farm with no animals.
Texture is light and young; punchy with light acids and hops. Gruyere rind and pineapple finish, leaving an oily, rubbery texture grabbing every corner of my mouth. This is delicious, and it doesnít have it together yet. Thereís so much hop, so much saison yeast, and when the funk arrives it will just fucking kill it. And right now, it still kind of does.
beernbourbon (1161) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Blake at an impromptu tuesday tasting, thanks man! Pour is enticing looking cloudy orange with a large white head. Aroma and flavor loaded with light dry spice and clean dry hop notes. Hints of light orange and then a wonderfully clean finish accented by hints of black pepper and a very clean hop note. This tastes a lot like de Dolle Arabier which is one of my all time favorites. Itís got a lot of character, but itís so clean and drinkable that you could sip on E for hours.
phaleslu (4528) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle shared by lushawn- thanks a ton, LíSean! Pours a cloudy gold with a two-finger white head that laces the glass. Shawn said this was the Mimosa-aged batch. Aroma of floral notes, herbs, apricot, peach, white wine oak barrel, straw, pale malts, and mellow spices. Lovely and complex. Same for the flavor- spices, dry malts, bread, grass, white wine, floral notes, oak, straw. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and an earthy, dry mouthfeel with some tartness in the back. Mercy. This beer is fantastic. Far exceeded expectations and is my favorite Hill Farmstead beer to date.
maekchu (1126) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Big thanks to KyotoLefty! Manure-covered demons escaping into the ether, crushing citrus fruit and raining it down on the earth. Cloudy pale yellow. Wow! Explosions of fruit in the initial; mid palate is full of overripe and even rotten fruit; final is sharp and tart and stay on the tongue a good long whle. Medium body, with a lot of tongue scraping. Astounding stuff. Exceptionally complex, in both aroma and flavor. One guy at the table kept a quarter-glass of this for a few hours, so we could occasionally have a scent of it. Transporting and transfixing stuff.
hammerslammer (14) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
PREEEETAY, PREEEEETAY, PREEEEEETAY. ........good. what happened here was i poured the shit, smelled the shit, swirled the shit, tasted the shit, ticked the shit out of this beer. mega-tasty. shout out to rape-beer!!!!!!
Steve_0 (1395) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#600!! Big thanks to Sexy Chad for this one! Big gusher. Pour is hazy honeycomb with a huge white head and great lacing. Huge medicinal characteristics, band-aid, pepper, super earthy, pineapple, mango, dirt, cobwebs, honey, grass, and straw in the aroma. Taste is herbal, medicinal, straw, grass, urine, funky earth, spice, brett, yeast, bread, and citrus. Medium body with soft carbonation. So complex, yet all the flavors meld together beautifully. Sweet fruit, Belgian yeast, funk, and spice. Very delicious and a real treat. Well-done!
mcberko (4145) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot Dany), pours a cloudy golden yellow with a big white head. Aroma is very bretty and moderately funky, with loads of hay, grains, and barnyard funk - much funkier than newish Orval. Flavour is beautifully funk, with loads of barnyard funk, lots of brett and hay. Definitely an American take on Orval, with a shit load more funk. Lively carbonation which brings the complexity out perfectly. Excellent stuff.
TimE (2604) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
hazy golden color, tons of barnyard, horse blanket with just a hint of sav blanc in the nose. Dry, hoppy mouth, tons of funk, lots of barnyard. Very brett like. Tart. Lingering sour, funky finish. Awesome
thirdeye11 (5070) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught at Hill Farmstead Fall Festival of Ales) very cloudy, very creamy/fluffy head and excellent lace. Deep orange in color, just a pretty beer. Nose of manure, orange, funky, open fermentation from the field I am standing in, citrus zest. This beer smells so incredible, and just like the field we were in. Beautiful. Have had it twice since, and you must simply drink this at the source to truly appreciate the unique experience. Taste is very refreshing, dry as a bone, citrus zest, yogurt, very complex, so refreshing, perfectly carbonated, very dry, and amazing. Hard to describe everything thatís going on, but itís probably the best non-sour beers at this low of an ABV Iíve had, that is this good.
jonno (2013) - JAPAN - SEP 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge funky, hop centric nose. Smells like poo too - a lot actually. Very hoppy for the style (although to be honest it isnít a saison) with some sweet barrel flavours giving an interesting aside to the beer. Full bodied and flavour projection is huge ,this is a mighty beer for 6.2%. Like a really lovely duvel/orval/cantillion blend hopped and then dry hopped to the hilt. Rustic is a great term for this - this is quintessentially ífarmhouseí. Aroma is minus one because i donít like sniffing feces.