madmitch76 (13043) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
26th June 2013
Craft Clerkenwell Tasting. Thanks as always to Leighton for keeping us in Hill Farmstead. Opaque dark brown - red beer. Palate is light, dry and slightly crisp. Touch of cherry fruit with light malt cream and a little yeast bitterness. Dry finish. Fine, if a bit dry.
jcwattsrugger (10929) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 bottle @the dmac Monmouth Park Horserace Gathering shared by dmac-lt brown-brown. A-sour, med malt. T-sour, med malt.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by GT. Black pour with a tan head. Big herbal and pine aroma. Citrus zest, blueberry, roasted malt, grass, and some smoke. The flavor is quite dry. Tons of roasted malt, some herbs, smoke, and pine. Citrus zest, blueberry skin, and grass.A bit bitter on the finish.
Leighton (9640) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell - big thanks to Momma Smith for picking this up and to Sister Nellie for bringing it to London (via Cluj, Romania). Pours rich brown with a thick, frothy beige head; it looks perfect, basically. Lovely leathery funk in the nose, some tangy berries and, as the beer warms, notes of bread come through. Light sweet flavor with a dominant dry leather character, light wood, some dried fruits, good funk, bitter berry pits. Light to medium bodied with average, massaging carbonation; typically stunning HF mouthfeel. Funky finish, lightly dry, with more leathery berries, some bitter lemon rind, faint dry dark bread. Lovely.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Dark brown pour with a mid-sized, fluffy, khaki head. Terrific retention. The nose is a spicy, earthy mingling of farmhouse yeast, spice-rack clove, coriander, wet leather and sweaty sock funk. Medium to full-bodied with a 2%-milk mouthfeel and jazzy carbonation. The flavor is where this brew really excels. Nice, clean acidity provides a tart spark that blows away an otherwise pesky nuance of farmhouse yeast phenolic spiciness. Tart, tangy finish. Bravo! Bottle courtesy of landhoney!
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by jerc and mabel - thanks! Deep black pour. The nose is intensely Bretty. Loads of soft tartness and a bit of light fruit and a touch of pepper. There is a bit of light fruit and a touch of soft dark malt and a bit of pepper. Really damn tasty.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Armin’s house, courtesy of mattsciguy. Thanks! Pours a deep brown appearance with a light brown head. Somewhat minty / herbal, slightly roasty, chocolate, kind if juicy, pretty aroma. Twangy, lime, pineapple, tart fruity, somewhat roasty flavor. Strange but quite tasty.
Sammy (8027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, with tons of lasting foamy head. An aroma with a melange of malt, funky farmhouse, chocolate and spice. Thick smooth mouthfeel, so drinkable combination of sweet and sour, funk, hops, chocolate.
Unique and wonderful saison, thanks Quebec connection.
GT2 (7718) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL thanks to a trade on BA. Pours a deeper brown than expected looking black in the glass with medium latte foam. Good retention and lacing. Nose as it opens up really is fantastic with truffle salt and smoke in the background of something simpler: lemon, dusty yeast, tootsie roll, cranberry. Taste is disappointing...it really never steps out of a dusty, void body that brings mild tootsie roll and dark bread. The palate has an odd paperiness that leaves me dumbfounded. I did have a similar experience with Civil Disobedience #4, so maybe my palate and HFS black saisons aren’t melding well.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013-11-15. Very dark brown body and nice small beige head. 3++ Aroma is lovely, with notes of dandelion and whispers of citrus. A light funk comes out as it warms. 7++ Flavour is pleasant, vaguely tart, dandelion and a whisper of fruit, more tartness in the finish. Average plus bodied palate, pleasant carbonation. 3++ Quite drinkable! Lovely stuff. More complexity to it than I am articulating here but it is excellent. Bottle from the brewery cellared approximately six months
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