Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Thorpette for insisting that we open this one. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware.
Pours a slightly-cloudy golden-peach with a huge, fluffy white head. Fantastic retention and loads of sticky lacing as it falls to a nice cap.
The nose starts off with orange peel and is quickly followed up with some light straw and earth. Just a touch of cherry in the background. The Brett is working wonders here. Some notes of wine and oak in the background.
Flavor keeps things on the same level with some beautiful and complex Brett notes. Aside from orange peel, there’s some light tropical fruit and a dusting of pineapple. Faint tartness follows through to the finish after a smidgen of oak and wine.
Body is light and über refreshing. Finish has a very subtle tartness along with citrus zest and some earth. Bit of tart cherry. Very crisp and dry.
Overall, simply a fantastic beer. The only thing I can say is that Shaun has done it yet again. Phenomenal.
djd07 (3372) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Dave. Pours a cloudy orange with thick frothy white head that lasts leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is a strong peach, mango, papaya, sweet juicy citrus. Thick mouthfeel that coats your mouth with juicy mango, peach, brett, funk, wow this is amazing.
orangesol (680) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Deuane for busting out one of his bottles for us to try at the last monthly tasting. Another long time HF want bites the dust!
A - Pours hazy bright orange with a beautiful one and a half finger tall white head, slowly dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky webs of lace on the sides of the glass. Beautiful looking beer.
S - Smells of orange zest, woody oak, bit of wine spritzer, good amount of typical HF saison funk, dash of earthen mineral and some wet hay. Some of the orange has definitely faded away but it still smells amazing.
T - Starts off with a mix of earthen mineral, wet barnyard hay, light funk and oaken wine quickly being joined by the orange zest and pulp and some bready malt helping to back up all of the other flavors. Finish is pretty dry, not lingering for very long after the finish.
M - Medium-Light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, juicy feel with some nice backing funky earth that keeps me coming back for more.
O - This has aged beautifully well. The fruit has definitely fallen off a bit but the fruity/funky yeast has made up that gap. I would have loved to have tried this one right when it came out as it is just marvelous right now. Thanks again for the share Deuane!
Lukaduke (2067) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clean golden orange color with two fingers of white foam. Lots of citrus punch, with tangerine, citrus pith layers of wet vinous barrel flavors. A touch boozier than expected with some funky barnyard complexity balancing the creamy cereal malt backbone. Hints of vanilla, stonefruit and soft brett influence. Dry finish.
JBPortland (684) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle shared with big thanks to Matt for offering up this rare beast! Pours cloudy orange with a finger of head. Nose is bretty, earthy dry wheat, rustic subtle citrus, funk. Taste is earthy dry malts, balanced fruity brett, some soft lemon and clementine, zest, barnyard funk, soft oakiness. Finish is dry bretty citrus, funky oak, body has nice malty creaminess and fluffy mouthfeel. A treat to try!
crossovert (7020) - Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tastes similiar to a mimosa, not a sour beer at all, orange and pineapple flavors, good.
Atom (1305) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 361 pours a clear golden orange with a large off-white head. Aroma of Brett, hops, bready dry wheat malt, and lots citrus. Very tart, strong hits of Brett, and oranges, with dry bitter hops. Very enjoyable!
Ed5388 (1977) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle (2011 bottle 56 of 450). Huge thanks to Scott for sharing! Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thick pillowy white head. Aroma of sour citrus, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, lots of funk, and brett. Taste of biscuity malt, sour juicy tart citrus, orange zest, orange pulp, and lots of funky brett. Awesome!
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Review from backlog, bottle reviewed 08/12/2012. Pours hazy golden orange, soft frothy white head, sticky lacing. Aroma is soft yeast, wheat, pronounced orange citrus, tart funky edge. Taste is tart, sour orange, intensely fruity, citrus hops, a bit of booze, alcohol coming through to give a champagne-like bitterness, dry finish. Medium bodied, spritzy. Tasty for sure, but almost a bit one-dimensional, lacking some of the complexity found in other HF brews.
RichTheVillan (2510) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle via international trade; enjoyed with Kaufmanised, Cloudy amber pour with white head, citrus aroma, a big hit of Brett sour funk, strong taste of Christmas fruit bowl satsuma, mandarin, oranges, just a massive delightful fruity taste, some peppery yeast action, decent fizzy mouthfeel, overall a memorable beer experience which is unlikely to be repeated.
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from a bottle at DLD ’11. Pours a hazy yellow golden color with a medium sized fluffy white head. The aroma is orange citrus, hay, funk, Brett, yeast and some floral notes. The flavor has a great blend of the juicy citrus with orange zest, Brett, funk, hay, and hints of spicy hops. I was shocked to see this was 10%, it is too easy to drink.