dmac (3688) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle shared by Ed5388, thanks breu. Poured a thicker bodied deep muddy blackish brown with an average sized tight foamy light beige head. Aroma is loads of sour, cherry, chocolate, wet oak, light alcohol notes, syrup, bactene. Great palate, lighter bodied with softer carbonation and that all around Hill Farmstead delicate mouthfeel. Flavor of yeast, choclatey, vinegar, acid, eraser shavings, slight spice, sourness. Solid beer but a saison???
ineedbeer (512) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 mL bottle.
Aroma is fairly malty with some nice dark grain spice. Has a character similar to rye. Light fruity acidity with a touch of spice. Light funky, enteric, vegetal note but it works well.
Pours a moderately dark brown with a touch of ruby notes. Light tan head with moderately good retention. Light lacing and small legs.
Flavor is slightly acidic upfront with some lactic acid. Light cherry and berry fruit notes along with a touch of tropical fruit. Light vegetal note in the finish much like the aroma. Fairly dry finish with some lingering dark, tart fruit and some acidity.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency with medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a surprisingly good spontaneously fermented beer. Everything is well balanced without being overboard, but nothing really shines and leads the way either. It is odd the way the tropical fruit blends with the dark malt to create an almost rye character.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line :
This very dry and tart creation develops pepper-laden earth notes alongside black grape fruitiness and wood before delving into a citric and lactic finish.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sizeable head of foam covers the darkness.
-That acidity is nearly refreshing (it’s a tad too intense to be purely refreshing, mind you).
-Carbonation is fluffy and all natural, which makes the dryness still feel quite comfortable.
-Lemon juice acidity and fruitiness stick to the palate in the finish.
-This is another one of those black brews which would surprise those who correlate color and flavor...
ReggieDunlap (2894) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours dark brown wirh a medium tan head. aroma has nice tart oak...vinous...some tart dark fruit and just a hint of booziness. Flavor is much more tart than the aroma suggests...pleasant soury/roasty dark fruit and lots of oak...wonderfully vinous and tart. Mouthfeel is light and the finish is tart/fruit/oak and dry.
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thank you Colin and family! Bottled June 2013. Interesting aroma- some smoke, a bit of funk, some dark fruit, wood. Very dark murky brown, little head. Wow - huge tart taste - was not expecting that. They have recreated Belgium in Vermont :) . Lovely red wine, wood, dark fruit character. Heavy grape characteristic to this in finish. Lovely complex stuff - well done HF.
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chestnut pour with garnet tints. Fluffy off white head. Vinous funk and dark fruit jam lead to bright lactic acidity and light oak character. Medium body with caressing effervescence and a super dry finish. Most struck by the complexity of funk. Hard to pinpoint and wholly enjoyable.
AdamJackson (1994) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2014 I had at Hill Farmstead’s Farmhouse Festival in August and again in January ’14 via a 375ML bottle packaged in 06/2013. By my estimates, this was brewed in December of 2011.
A - Very intriguing color. Out of the bottle, it pours a dark brown with ruby tones. In the glass, it’s almost completely black with the same red hues sort of like a plum. 1 Finger head faded to a nice thin ring.
S - Nose is similar to august’s tasting with a combo of Peaches, Cherries and Mild Oak. I get a lot of very juicy tree fruits like Plum and some fig. A minor orange ’tang’ nose as well and just a hint of balsamic vinegar.
T - Taste is nice and tart. Lovely throughout. No residual sweetness and lingering grapey or pear tastes that really are resilient. Drinks sort of like a sour cherry apple juice. I get more backbone than the last time I had it like chewing on a peach seed or the woody notes you get from eating roasted chestnuts. Cherry juice is totally what I would go with here. There’s a minor brett taste but nothing out of the park.
M - It’s a fairly oily body and very similar to an unblended lambic. A nice carbonation forms only on a heavy mouth-swish. Does down easy adding a ’craisin’ like taste with cloves
O - Really nice. I wish I had another bottle to try this again in a year as I imagine this will age very well for some time. Also, I’m dumb and I opened this up thinking I had not already rated it. Oops.
Fred82 (2091) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml bottle from duchessedubourg.
Appearance : Dark brown with small head.
Aroma : Roasted malts with vinous and citrusy notes. Pretty clean lacto tartness with light sweet-ish liquor notes. Pretty wild and sharply acidic.
Taste : Great citrusy tartness with light roasted malt, Vinous and oaky with sharp acidity. Finish is sharply tart with light wood. Light balsamic notes here and there.
Overall : Pretty interesting and unique. The lacto tartness is pretty clean and sharp. Nice acidity. Nice woody profile. This is an inherently complex beer with a nice balance despite the "all over the place" feeling at first. I think this is pretty promising for the spontaneous program at HFB !
czar (3660) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared by fred82, thanks bro. pours almost clear dark brown with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. complex bretty esters mingle with roasted malt and cocoa, some cheese, brandied fruits, brandy, cherries, kirsch, grape skin acidity, umami - mushrooms, chocolatey, peppery, spicy, just a hint of coconut. aged hops feeling too. very nice acidic profile - mainly lactic, light body - never watery thanks also to great bottle refermentation, ligthly acidic and mellow coffee finish. expectations were high, as non coolship version was a 5.0 for me - but i still believe that they were met! totally different though. just not as perfect but i truly loved this one!
Minderbinder (1522) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of malt, sugar, sligth sourness, roasted malt, caramel. Taste is of sourness, fruits, latic acid?, malt. Palate: Medium body. Dry finish. Overall: Good. Not outstanding.