patrickfannon (1201) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2011
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Glass, Labeled Bottle.
Courtesy of James (JRedmond).
This beer pops to life with a whisper and a hiss, pouring a beautifully deepy, hazy glowing orange with an initially massive, resistant, craggy tan head which recedes, leaving a seafoam crested surface. The lacing simply slides slowly down the shimmery sides of the snifter, ensnaring my scrupulous gaze. Oh, the nose. The bouqet of lovely, freshly picked delights which greets my nostrils like the sweetest summer breeze off the salty sea; strong must and sea air swirl through, leaving traces of freshly picked, plump, red delcious strawberries, gentle Brettanomyces yeast, slightly chewed Bazooka bubble gum, lemongrass, huge bailed and bundled dry hay, and truely special sourdough bread accents in its wake. As the beer washes over the tongue, it presents an inital tart, borderling sour, astringency, which, amazingly dissipates and evaportes from the tongue. The flavors left upon the palate are outrageous and the body a near perfection to behold; soft bubblegum, candied green apples, and spicy lemon zest swirl in a magnificently sturdy, yet roomy and fucking unclearly suave. This beer has no buisness being this good; it borders on the absurd. It is an area of human transcendence which, though some may dispute its very existence, is utterly invincible once experienced, truly. Today, drinking this scant, masterfully playful Belgian ale, brewed by some of the most inspired, rebellious, yet deeply respectful tradionalist brewers in the world, I am reminded of the permanancy of memory and the echo of existence. I may die, and this beer shall, too, pass--soon, Iím afraid--but this moment; ah, this moment. It shall not perish from this realm so long as the stars fill the sky and until the known Universe collapse in itself. Amen, Halelujah, Omnipadi, Shanti Shanti Shanti. Cheers. Goodnight, angels of the human race. Be well, and take care of yourselves all.
5 June in the year 2011
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
In short: An Ovalesque funky hoppy beer. Fantastic.
How: Bottle 750ml. A few times. This rating for a bottle consumed 1.5 month after the beer release
The look: Cloudy orange-blonde body
In long: Nose is bretty-hoppy with strong notes of leathery funk, grapefruits, dry wild flowers. Taste is more or less the same, a nice bed or crunchy dry cereals, a lot of funk, leather, lots of bitter grapefruits, dry flowers. Very lively Belgian style mouthfeel and carbonation. The beer has morphed over the few months since its release, the funk is really coming out strong and the beer is now bone dry. Both the hops and funk are converging towards grapefruis and leather. Comparison to Orval is unavoidable and for good reason. When listing the individual flavor elements one by one it reads like two different beers yet somehow when I look at the big picture I cannot help but to think ďAmerican OrvalĒ. This is a fantastic beer.
ď"GIVE ME AN E! ... GIVE ME ANOTHER E! ... GIVE ME ANOTHER E! ... GIVE ME ANOTHER E! ... GIVE ME ANOTHER E! ... " Ė me if I was a Hill Farmstead cheerleader
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2012 On tap at the Hill Farmstead Anniversary Celebration. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.
Pours a bright yellow-golden color that is mostly clear with a really nice white head. Loads of foam and lacing. Early pour from the keg that was mostly foam to start, but really nice retention. The nose carries a good dosing of funk along with some light floral hops and a good dosing of stone fruits. Some citrus as well. Nice funk throughout. Really really nice nose. The flavor has a moderate amount of funk and good hop flavor, but doesnít quite hit the level of the nose. Body is dry and funky with a good background bitterness. Dry finish. Light body. Delicious.
Serving type: on-tap
Loineshawn (3006) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2013 mimosa aged batch 750ml bottle. pours a hazy dark orange with a huge cratered offwhite and mocha head. slowwww gusher. beautifully complex floral bouquet of bright floral hibiscus and a a touchy of juicy peaches. pleasant dry melon kissed bubblegum sweetness. cut super nicely by a clean, complex onslaught of fresh cut grass, old farm hay, funky fog, lemongrass, and pleasant flowery rose pedal to round things out. wonderful. taste is dry, crisp clean grass, hay, rye, and dank resin. hoppy. dank. bone dry. real nice. wow. takes orval to school. amazing beer. this just might be the best beer iíve ever had. just about perfect in every way. beyond complex, in a fun, exciting tasty way. juicy, dry, funky, floral. bright resin. really fun beer to drink. holy tamole peggy sue.
jredmond (4595) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2011 Botle split with pat. Pours a hazy, but bright orange body with three fingers of huge frothy head that eventually dissipates into creamy, frothy lacing coating my glass. Aroma is cereal, sweet Belgian sugar, bubblegum, light funky tart, fruit. Mouthfeel is smoothly and ultimately very refreshing with notes of fruit - peach, nectarine, sweet bready malts, fresh citrus hops, pine, tart yeast and farmhouse funk. Great beer that blew me away.
Reynolds314 (1879) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 5, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle. Pours a straw golden color with billowy foamy head. Aroma is huge citrus and funk with light herbal and bready notes. Taste is amazing. Orange dominates at the start but the beer finishes super dry with medium brett funkyness and a light hop/orange zest bitterness at the finish. This beer is close to perfection.
Ernesto987 (3021) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 5, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mimosa aged batch. Orval can go suck a dick. This is how itís done. Orange aroma, merange head. Brett and dry flavors with some oranges in the background. Dericious.
JulienHuxley (2137) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Beautiful glowing hazy gold pour with white head and heavy lacing. Aroma is very complex, lots of oak, brett is thick, winey character, some orange peel. Taste is slightly sour but with a strong hop bitterness, bretty, woody. Palate is amazing, really effervescent, medium bodied, super dry. Delicious
thirdeye11 (5338) - 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.
maekchu (1463) - 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.