thepatrickman (679) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - APR 4, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. It’s amazing how Hill Farmstead’s sour/funky beer has such a distinct aroma and taste, and E. has tons of that signature smell. It’s funky and vinous, with green apple and lemon flavors and some barnyard taste. The hop bitterness from Edward is also here, but I’m not sure it works quite as well -- here it’s a bit of a distraction from the Belgian yeast and esters. Still, this is a world-class beer.
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - APR 4, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 version I believe. We have a slow gusher upon popping the cap. Foamy straw colored pour. Funky nose of wet hay, lemon, and grass. Taste follows the nose with some tartness. Taste seemed a little off, so coupled with the massive carbonation, I am left to believe that either this beer doesn’t age well, or I had a less than perfect bottle.
ClarkVV (5369) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 1/26/16, drunk 3/18/16.
Fantastic pour per usual. Light haze, large white head, great retention. Sparkling golden-brass body.
Just a captivating nose on it. Not due to sheer force, but just so much complexity here. There’s light citrus, soft funk, earth, even light sulfur suggestions, wood, biscuit, honey, band-aid, plaster, well-water....the list goes on. Every sniff I find something new, but I’d say the lemon and band-aid-like brett notes, as well as the juicy, pineapple-guava-laden hops are the largest pleasures here.
Equally fun in the flavor, it’s nicely dry, but with a malty texture and tons of tropical fruit, band-aid, phenolic compounds (black and white pepper) and juicy hops on the end. Some definite wood character, and a touch of toastiness, but nothing excessive. Tight carbonation and no flaw or alcohol, the only downside is a fair bit of astringency, unable to tell whether it’s yeast or barrel-derived, which builds up on the finish and dulls some of the brightness/levity of the beer. Just like the bottle of The Wind I had before this, it may be my fault, having not given the bottle enough time to rest and the sediment to settle back down. I have another bottle and will be certainly updating the rating if that is the case. As is, however, this is still a supremely enjoyable, complex, drinkable beer.
yourilevesque (1169) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Une bouteille acquise à la brasserie et dégustée le jour même en compagnie de Mademoiselle Irina et Marc-André. Un liquide brillant, orangé et pourvu d’une épaisse mousse blanche tenace qui cependant glisse sur mon verre. Nous avons tous été sidérés par des arômes où les fruits côtoient la barrique dans une transcendante harmonie! Les fruits tropicaux tels la mangue, la papaye et le fruit de la passion explosent littéralement pour laisser place à une barrique réfléchie ainsi qu’à un funk vivant qui s’y est lentement développé. Un nez absolument magnifique! Je suis dérouté lorsque je glisse mon verre entre mes lèvres. Je vis complètement autre chose. Le liquide me paraît très vineux et dense, à un point tel qu’il me paraît presque visqueux. Une fois l’attaque vinicole passée, les houblons prennent une place de plus ne plus importante et terminent leur lente ascension en me laissant en bouche une âcreté capiteuse et pâteuse. Intéressante et surtout surprenante, cette bière dont les arômes m’ont séduit, manque de cohésion et de ligne directrice.
Heather_B (246) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 19, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at HFS. Dark orange pour with some initial white foamy head. Smells like a hoppy Arthur - that hop and tart aroma combo. Flavor is just that. It’s a hopped up, wine infused tasting saison-y ale. Taste lingers and the hop really hits home in the beginning but fades to this nice tart wine flavor.
Stoned99 (1050) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle shared with Seb and bought yesterday at he brewery. Aroma: nice apples, floral, white wine, oaky giving some vanilla aroma. Really reminds me of the TDD X. App: hazy orange, small white head, thick lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, really vinous, silky, light bitter and subtle sour finish. Overall: great stuff. Really reminds me of TDD X. Great stuff. Would like it to be a bit less bitter but still, this is pretty good.
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at Zwanze 2015, I think it’s probably not as interesting as it might have been fresher when the hops were much more alive. It’s still pretty damn good.
JJMBeer (48) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Happy to get to try this. A very well made beer that has characteristics of a pale, but is more like a saison. Funky nose, and tastes good, but not great.
MacBoost (1723) - Penfield, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
’14 release. Pours an orange color with a creeping head. Also a slow gusher from the bottle. Aromas of fruity yeast, some hops. Heavy funk with a load of brett. Taste is funky and dusty with fruity and floral hints. Pretty dry with a medium body. Seems like the Brett has eaten most of the residual sugar which prompted the gushing action along with the over attenuation, which really works well here actually. This is god nectar.
ctipping (1040) - Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 mL bottle. Batch 1. Originally reviewed 5/25/2013. It’s a hazy orange with a huge off white head. It slowly oozes out of the bottle pushing gunky crap with it. Sticky lacing.
Extremely bretty aroma, but lots of flavor behind it. Still some hops there. Lots of citrus.
Taste is Earthy and very bretty. Mimics the nose almost identically. Citrus more prominent. Lots of earthiness in the finish. Slight bitterness.
Medium body. Well carbonated but not overly so.
Arguably better than Mimosa. Has more complexity than Mimosa because of the fresh hop character, even at this age.