MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 750 ml. Arômes de raisins blancs, de chêne et de levure rustique. Robe blonde pâle et trouble, peu de mousse et effervescence assez délicate. En bouche, les notes vineuses et boisées apportées par le séjour en fût sont bien équilibrées par une bonne dose de blé citronné. La levure de saison et les brettanomyces (bruxellesis ?) demeurent en second plan. Finale assez douce, légèrement acide et vineuse. Une très bonne bière, complexe sans être intense.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml, batch 2(?). This was one of the best beers had on tap during Philly Beer Week 2011 so I’m excited to try it in bottle form.
Pours a hazy pale golden orange color with golden yellow hues when held to a light and a large two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing behind.
Slightly earthy aroma with subtle farmhouse funk from the saison yeast with hints of barn/wet hay. Additional funk from the wild yeast with hints of earth, grass and straw which are complimented by the oak barrel presence. I’m not picking up much of a wine presence but the wheat elements of the beer stand out under all of the other things going on. Hints of zesty spice, notably pepper and love as well as some bready yeast, banana, apple, pear and lemon peel. Very complex nose on this beer.
Medium bodied but on the fuller end of the spectrum with a flavor profile that’s almost as complex as the nose suggests. Dry, earthy and funky up front from the saison yeast giving off hints of hay, grass and straw which compliments the dry, funky wild yeast notes. These bugs create a funky effervescence that’s more dry than tart. Think more like Orval than like Temptation. The wine barrel aging further compliments this component with dry toasted oak notes and a very slight vinous light fruit character. Again, I’m not picking up much wine but there is a sweet fruit presence, mostly apple and pear and some noticeable wheat beer characteristics. Zesty spice notes, especially pepper and clove balanced by sweet citrus peel and a prominent bready yeast character that adds fullness to the body. Lingering dry finish.
Overall this beer is incredibly complex, well balanced and delicious. It’s such a strange amalgam of flavors but it works really well here. These factors along with the low ABV make it incredibly quaffable. I have to stop myself from pounding down the whole 750 too quickly. I was a little skeptical of Hill Farmstead at first but I’m quickly coming around after drinking this Galaxy and Double Citra. Highly recommended!
Beerman6686 (4713) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a cloudy orange like color with an off white head. Aroma is of light spices, vineous, some tropical fruit too, very interesting. Flavor was very smooth and a grand blend of barrell, vanilla, marshmellow spices and pineapple.
oh6gdx (20947) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled@Yespr’s blindtasting. Hazy yellow colour, small white head. Aroma is fruits, yeasty, earthy, mildly wooden along with some farmyardy notes. Flavour is fruits, wood, earth and some mild vanillaish notes. Quite pleasantly balanced.
nickd717 (3573) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottles, Batches 1 and 2. Yellowish-golden in color with a small white head. Batch 2 has more head and retention. Both batches have a nice aroma, but Batch 1 is better. Wheaty, mildly bretty, with citrus/ white peach/pineapple notes. Batch 2 is a bit yeastier and more wild. The flavor on Batch 1 is citrusy and floral, nice and yeasty with mild acidity and wheatiness. The flavor on Batch 2 has a strong Brie cheese note (which I like) and more acidity. Both have a good light palate with average carbonation and a mildly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, Batch 1 is great and Batch 2 is decent. Overall good though. A for Batch 1 and B for Batch 2. I’ll score it the average.
jtclockwork (8964) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Capone’s at RBSG. Pours semi cloudy gold. White head. Nose/taste of wheat, yeast, grassy hops, lemon zest and pineapple citrus. Some vinous notes. Light oak in nose. Medium body.
GT2 (8755) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2011 Tap at Capone’s for RBSG Philly 2011/Philly Beer Week. The pour is a clear straw with a healthy white head. Nice retention and lace. Nose at first is sort of like sweet kettle corn (salty, caramel, butterscotch) then opens up to huge Brie cheese rind and salty caramel. Later the nose gets funky and geuzey with lots of complexity like fresh grapefruit and white pepper. Taste is fresh, doughy, zesty, lots of brie cheese cream and rind, Bretty dry and grassy, salty caramel. Pretty hefty carbonation. Very nice. 6/6/2011 8/4/7/4/15=3.8
750mL thanks to j12601. The pour is a bright, glowing gold. Nose has mild Brett, fresh lemongrass and sourdough. Taste is dry and a bit powdery. Loads of cracker, pale malt coming across as bland. Refreshing, but didn’t have the same softness and complexity as I found on tap.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught) Pours a yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of lemon, salt, oak, white grapes, leather, and vanilla. Flavor of florals, lemon, white wine, oak, and pineapple.
adrian910ss (2371) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle purchased at the brewery. Pours a cloudy yellow golden honey with a medium sized white head. Aroma of oak, wine barrels, light floral notes and yeast. Taste is much the same as the aroma.
Jblauvs (1346) - Chester, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap at Hill Farmstead 1st Ann.
Pour is glowing murky golden, with a full white head.
Aroma is nectar fruit, lemony leather, a touch of cheesecake and some dry brett. Flavor is more nectar, woody with some light vinous notes, lemon, more funky cheesecake that Ive begun to associate with the wild yeasts that find their way into these rustic, funky HF beers. Finishes crisp and dry with some residual funk. Yum.