Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge, huge thanks to Evan for this one. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.
Slow gusher as I pop the cap. Nothing big, but have a glass at the ready. Pour yields a deep peach-colored brew with a nice two-finger white head. Good retention and plenty of lacing as it goes down. Thin cap throughout.
The initial nose provides a good dose of honeydew alongside tropical fruit. Mild funk and white-wine character in the background. Touch of citrus rind and very light straw.
Flavor is incredible. Absolutely fantastic. Notes of melon and white wine overlay a very light acidity. Just a touch of oak in the background as well as some mild underlying Brett.
Body is light with a mild underlying bitterness. Acidity is quite light and is more along the lines of a mild citrus character rather than straight lactic acid. There’s a touch of creaminess in the background. Perhaps not creamy, but just a bit of wheat character.
Overall, on the level with the best Hill Farmstead beers. Phenomenal, to say the least. Can we officially name Hill Farmstead the best brewery in the world?
birdmachine (213) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks so much Mike for busting out the heavy hitters last night. Glad to finally revisit this after nearly 2 years. Aroma is mega grapefruit rind, overripe tropical fruit, lots of lime, pink grapefruit pith, subtle oak, RUSTIC, dusty earthy brett. There is noticeable funk, but grapefruit and lime are the dominate aromas. The beer pours cloudy amber/orange with fizzy off white head that sizzles out pretty quickly. Taste is dominated by grapefruit rind with moderate bitter quality towards the end. Lime is present as well, with fruity brett, overripe fruit funk, tangerines, oak tannins. The body is light, with medium-high carbonation, dry bitter finish, medium astringency. Aftertaste is pepper, grapefruit, melon and faint wine. Overall, the brett, fruit and oak work very well together with extreme depth, but I am surprised to see this beer have bitterness to it after almost 2 years. The bitterness seems a bit overpowering to the delicate nature of most Hill Farmstead farmhouse beers, but still stupid good.
bytemesis (3505) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle with huge thanks to Reynolds314! Shared with friends. Pours clear amber, cloudier toward the sediment. Medium off-white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is Brett, very citrusy - tangerine and lime. Light tart, light funk, light bitter, lots of citrus, grapefruit, tropical limes (if there is such a thing), a bit of dustiness and pepper as well. Medium body, medium carbonation. Hella good.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: A complex and highly drinkable amber ale with superb farmhouse-funk character. Excellent wild ale.
How: Bottle 375ml, twice, one bottle fresh and one bottle 10 months old, different beer, I preferred the dryer aged bottle that I’m rating here.
The look: Cloudy glowing amber body topped by a small white head.
In long: WARNING: My aged bottle was a moderate gusher. Nose is moderately wild with a farmhouse bretty character that is very much barnyard. Aroma also has tropical fruits and some fun aged cheddar undertones. In mouth the beer has a medium+ body size, a texture that is somewhat chewy-doughy, a lively carbonation with very soft bubbles, an overall very comfortable mouthfeel. The aged bottle was less fruity and juicy (pardon the pun) than the fresh one but I loved its dryness and the stronger farmhouse character. This one doesn’t seem to be developing the signature tartness of many other HF wild beers, this is a pure wild ale, not your usual Sour/Wild Ale by ratebeer standards, nothing sour here, this beer is actually quite sessionnable. “I drank my last bottle of Juicy and now my heart is broken” I repeated for a third time to the man who kept saying “sir, this is 911, what’s your emergency?”.
djd07 (3879) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a cloudy orange with small off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong yeast, apricot, brett, papaya juice. Thin mouthfeel with nice crisp fruit, funk, brett with light dry finish. Easy to drink, very impressive.
PriorL (1989) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, shared with and thx to Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small unstable white head.
NOSE: fruity, hoppy, older hops, rather sweet, some lemon.
TASTE: fruity, very fresh, hoppy, sour, some wood. Very nice!
JorisPPattyn (8032) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted under less than ideal circumstances B.C."H.", fully hazy orange-brown beer. Acidic nose, with even a touch of acetic - if fleetingly. Pear juice, maltsyrup, cookies or waffles in syrup; then fruit, maybe strawberry or blue grape. Sweetish with a faint sourish edge. Mainly fruity flavours, but very difficult to imply any specific fruit. Vinous - the wine barrels coming through. Flat, but that might be attributable to the circumstance. Slightly (fruit?)slick. Pharmaceutical/mannah in the aftertaste. Very nice - big thanks to Mathieu!
rxeight (1515) - Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375ml bottle. Big thanks to Dany for hooking up this impossible to land beer. Sampled against a stellar lineup of sours. Peppery. Slightly lemony. Saison-ish. Not impressed after the rest of the lineup.
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
38cl, new exclusive American brew Anno 2012, with Brettanomyces, thx alot to my German friends for sharing!, very complex sour brew, fruity/woody and slightly vinous/bitter, very balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew
cpetrone84 (1535) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is copper orange with a thin tan head that dissipates immediately. Nose is fruity, light hints of brett and some peppery yeasty notes with some malt lingering in. Lots of mango and tropical fruit. Taste is sweet and fairly bright. Brett is underneath but a hint disorganized. Lots of mango and pineapple. Tropical fruits with the Brett and notes of muddled malt trough the finish. Body is light with very strong carbonation as semi dry finish.
TheHOFF43 (1758) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with adnielsen. Pours a slightly hazy orange. Tart citrus, dry, really nice funk. Very solid beer.