Stine (1746) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blackened, sienna brown hue, with glimmering transparency at the rim. Cold aroma is menthol cigarette ash and green apple skins. Warming introduces some nuances, but the impression remains dusty, chalky, and dryly herbal throughout. Citrusy winks of tangerine and pineapple. Roasted malt suggestions of spent coffee and charcoal. Basement air and farm soil envelop this somewhat, in a general sense, accompanied by a curious dry evergreen sensation.
The flavor is more easily compartmentalized, as the acidity amps up and the scattered details of the aroma are overpowered. There is less a lemon or lime component to this than a plain acid phosphate, chalky tanginess. Dry cocoa and juicy wooden and fruit nuances of roasted malt fill in, for an ample structure. Unripe pineapple and cobwebby yeasts maintain, as does the unexpected fragrant evergreen note that ultimately carried the aroma.
Texturally tightly wound but fulsome beneath the high strung acids. The finish is mouth-drying, elastic in buoyancy, bright. This grew richer with warmth and exposure, a testament to the value of a full, informed drinking experience.
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at HF. Pours a medium brownish burnt red color with a tan head. Aroma is acetic, soured dark malts. Flavor has a decent vinegar kick to it. Not a bad welcoming gift for waiting in line in 35F weather!
ctipping (1254) - Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 5/13/2013.
Nearly black. Slight transparency. Huge khaki head. Great collar and nice surface foam.
Smells of chocolate malt. Sharp acidic character. Bretty. Not a ton else going on.
Taste has even more brett. Lots of acidic flavors, without being that sour until the finish. Chocolate malt blends in and is almost completely disguised. Again, not a lot else going on.
Itís light and well carbonated. Nice sharp acidity.
Itís definitely not Hill Farmsteadís best saison. Itís pretty tasty, but overpowered by brett.
Bule (1807) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle pours a dark brown color with a lot of frothy head. Malty and sharp sourness.
Stoned99 (1155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at The brewery. Not sure if same batch as of 2013 or not. Aroma: red fruits and that typical Hill Farmstead wild yeast. App: dark brown, small brown head, nice lacing. Taste and palate: light to medium body, fizzy, dry acidity finish. Overall: taster at the bottle entrance, nice welcoming gift! Great aroma, tasty and good palate.
berntholer (1559) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
beige head. dark brown colour. aroma is roasted malts, funky, sourish. taste like aroma and lemon. medium body, rather soft carbonation. reminds me of a sour stout, not too fond of this one. bottle 75cl
gEUS (1713) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting. Pours dark brown to light black with a small filmic light grey head. Interesting aroma as it combines the typical peppery character of American saisons, and citrusy hops as well as some sour lactic notes. Medium body with quite some bitterness. Taste is light roasted malts, resinous hops and citrus peel.
kermis (9995) - Zeeman, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roast, light funk, citrus, Brett, light tart fruits, grapefruit and light chocolate. Flavour is light moderate sweet and sour. Medium bodied with light carbonation.
MacBoost (1738) - Penfield, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from trade, bottled 2013. Pours a petty dark brown, almost black. Tan head. Aromas of that signature HF yeast. Lightly toasty despite the appearance. Kind of funky, bretty, sweaty. I really dig the beer.
piscator34 (2312) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via and shared with oakbluff. Near black in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas are of tart red berries, leather, herbs, and milk chocolate. Very complex flavor profile with elements of sour cherry, juicy pink grapefruit, milk chocolate, peppery herbs, and dry malts. Very mellow (almost slick) on the palate, but balanced by the carbonation and funk. A strange beast. Difficult to rate, but tasty.