oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 30, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2013 On tap at Hill Farmsteads first anniversary celebration. The first beer I had at the event, and one of the best. Delicious blend of fruity dough, lemon, nectar, and brett funk. Palate is so perfect for a summer sipper. My god.
cfrances33 (34) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Batch 3 and batch 4 bottles, about a week apart, poured into a Hill Farmstead glass. Flavor profiles and review notes were checked and were nearly identical for both batches.
Pour: A hazy, glowing light orange with a nice two finger white fluffy head. Head is pretty sticky and leaves very nice lacing. Body is quite radiant.
Smell: Tart lemons and pear skin up front, followed by a light funk and light breadyness. Some white wine notes in there as well. A really nice oak comes through as it warms.
Taste: Tart lemons, pear juice up front, and a white grape must. A light funk, and some bready sweetness. A little bit of oak towards the finish really rounds everything out. Finishes tart with lemon juice and is quite dry.
Mouthfeel: Insanely drinkable. The beer is supremely refreshing. Very juicy, yet equally dry. Begs you to have another sip right after the first.
Overall: This beer is perfect. More simplistic, yet more elegant than Juicy. More drinkable and flavorful than Civil Disobedience #5. Fantastic. If any difference between batch 3 and batch 4 were to be noted, batch 4 had a slightly greater wine barrel presence, potentially due to the longer maturation in the barrels
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
5 oz flight sample. Pours a shiny mellowed yellow haze with a veiny, tightly-bubbled white laced head. Aroma of fresh cut grass, peaches, strawberries, lemon, grapefruit, oranges, Pinot Noir sour grapes, Brett and buttery yeasty funk. Quick flashes of strawberries and honey upfront, followed by a salty, geuezey tartness that follows through in the finish. Holy shit. What an insane sour Saison. Excellent.
adnielsen (9468) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2012 Bottle @ Scott’s Summer Saison tasting. Thanks so much Scott! The best of Scott’s epic tasting. Muchas gracias! Gusher. Fairly clear, golden appearance with a bubbly white head. Spicy, well carbonated, mango/pineapple citrusy aroma that very nice. Quite tart and funky, pineapple, lemon, mango, tangy, somewhat spicy. So very tasty. (4.6)
Bottle with Jetson in Vail for Christmas. Batch 2. Pours a fairly hazy/cloudy, golden orange appearance with a white head, not as good of retention as Art. Vanilla, funky, dry vinous, big tropical fruity, tart mango aroma. Tart, juicy, pineapple, mango, dry wheat malty, vanilla, super refreshing flavor. R u jokin or wat, bro? Fuck yeah. (4.7)
Sweetone (32) - USA - SEP 27, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2012 750ml. Batch 3. Pours cloudy yellow gold w/ thin white head. Very nice retention & lacing. Aroma is lemon zest, wheat, light funk, & a hint of sweeter fruit. Smells wonderful! Tastes of lemon, lactic, wheat, apple pie made w/ good tart apples, white wine, yeasty goodness, & faint wood. Delicious! Carbonation is very fine and finish is dry & wine like. I dig wild ales so this easily places amongst my favorite saisons.
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!
AdamJackson (2878) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased at the Hill Farmstead Beer Release on February 18th. Kept in the fridge and poured into an HFS glass.
A - 1-Finger crystal clear head with cream like bubbles. The beer itself is golden to leather in appearance. It’s a very hazy beer with some nice sediment floating around.
S - Wheat is the dominant scent followed by Kiwi, Mango and lots of grapes. I’m getting really sweet green grapes.
T - In short, a carbonated Pinot Noir with wheat and bitter yeast. I love wine so this has those Pinot tastes in a very balanced way. The wheat in this beer is very apparent.
M - None of HFS’s beers really take over your mouth with carbonation when you swish. This is no different. Solid mouth feel, light bodied and a pleasant white grape juice aftertaste.
O - Utterly remarkable. This beer is simply a fantastic wheat saison with the drinkability of white wine. We had this beer with baked fish and it paired very well! Delicious, drinkable, perfect.
jkwood04 (4173) - 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.
PhillyCraft (3441) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cant remember if it was a bottle or on tap at Matt’s. Hazy bright yellow pour. Aromas of leather, oak, tropical citrus, and pine. Flavor is filled with white wine, pineapple, slightly bitter and orangey hops. Very very good.
RoyalFlushing (324) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
At Tria Fermentation, poured a hazy golden straw yellow with a small creamy white head and active carbonation. Aroma is wonderfully complex with notes similar to a fine oaky chardonnay including grass, golden delicious apples, pear, kiwi, and guava joined by slight dusty barnyard funk. First sip is clean and crisp with flavors of citrus and tart fruits, tangy lemon, grassy hops, and wonderful wheat grains. Exceptional mouthfeel with the carbonation dancing on the tongue and the flavors lingering on the palate. Best saison I’ve had to date.