ineedbeer (1221) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Saturday'a tasting. Batch 5.
Light wheat aroma with soft fruit and phenolic notes. Fruit was citrus and phenolics were pepper and coriander. Yoghurt like acidity and light lactic notes.
Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a small white head that showed good retention and moderate lacing.
Flavor was fairly tart with some light yoghurt and lactic acid character. Medium citrus notes with some light wheat character. Light phenolics.
Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Low acidic astringency and low alcohol warmth. Tart but also some creaminess from the wheat.
Overall a fairly nice, tart saison. The tartness kind of hides the water qualities that I think make the saisons so special, but it also adds a nice complexity to the beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jkwood04 (4771) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2014 Sampled at 2013 FOFA. Pours hazy golden with a lacy, white head. Aroma of oak, sourness/tartness, a little funk, and some pale and caramel malts. Flavor the same with a great blend of everything. Smooth texture. Another incredible Hill Farmstead beer.
Edit: Poured from a bottle. Pours hazy, golden/amber. Aroma incrdible with a great blend of everything I said before.
Edit: After FOFA 2014, this beer needs to be rated higher. This was the best beer at the festival and the bottle share the night before.
illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Collected Works tasting. Pungent grapefruit rind dominates the aroma. Flavor has a nice lemon Greek yogurt lactic character with pulpy key lime emerging in the back. Smooth, well-integrated tartness feels great on the palate.
jcwattsrugger (11559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle @dmac’s shared by Scott-dissipating white-hazy gold. A-spice/mint, lt malt. T-tart fruit, spice hops, lt malt, wood.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - APR 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent wild wheat beer. Sweet but only residually, rounded body. Drinks big for 5%. Long, dryish finish. Top notch.
phaleslu (7545) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared at Cam’s tasting- thanks again! Pours a clear, pale gold with a small white head. Aroma of bretty and light fruity funk, white grapes, oak, lemon, and oak; the wine barrels are very apparent here. The flavor is tart, with barnyard, bretty funk, white wine, lemon, and oak. Light-bodied, with a tart, vinous, dry mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Nice beer. Easy to drink despite tartness and complexity. Enjoyable.
Maverick34 (2584) - New York, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draight from brouwerij lijn. Golden shiny pour white head. Zesty lemon with floral and fruits. Dry finish. Real good
Zeeben (36) - Goffstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into my HF taster. Bryan decided to share. Pours a lovely light blonde color. Subtle grass on the nose and hints of herbs. Thin head quickly dispersed. Smooth and easy drinking.
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a mini snifter. Smells of chardonnay and a bit of tropical fruits. Taste is fantastic.... chardonnay and a nice zesty bite. Super dry finish. I want more.
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 2, capped but not corked 750 mL bottle share by Mr. Thorpe. Tasted with Art, Arthur, et al.
Color is cloudy, pale golden with a thick white head. Head fades quickly to a collar of bubbles with nice sheets of lacing.
Aroma is a pleasant blend of funk, citrus, wheat, pale malt, straw, and grass. Some oak, but not as much as Art.
Flavor starts similar to Art. Light saison yeast; more sweet than spice or funk, before some fruit and wine transition into a dry, wheat and yeast based finish. Lemon, grassy and herbal with subtle wine and oak tinges. Brett funk is present throughout, but not as strong as others have mentioned. Very unique and enjoyable. Similar body to other HF saisons, medium thick with a crisp, dry finish.
Haven’t tried both batches yet, but Number 2 is drinking well right now.