AndyReynolds (1078) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Soured citrus with a good must in there, complex aroma. Hazy gold with a white head. Taste is a little soured but it also is dry.
deekyn (1371) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - hazy golden straw w high long lasting fluffy head. S - a nice fruity saison. Citrus, straw, clover, yeast, mineral water, wet grass. Some sweet cream butter. M - medium body nice and bright, lightly tart. Nice fluffy head. T - citrusy lightly musty nice tart saison. Orange and lemon juice with the pith, white wine notes? Clover, grasses, sweet tart and delicious. Light funk, must. A little dusty earth. O - another nice offering by HF. 4.2
drfabulous (5048) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. July 13 bottling. Tons of carbonation. Lemon. Brett. Apple. Tart. Very dry. Slight honey sweetness. Extremely tasty.
tleaver33 (62) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 vintage poured into a tulip. Pours light yellow with a ton of carbonation. Aroma of lemon zest, grass and white wine. Taste is lemon verbena, white wine and some funky oak notes. Very crisp and effervescent. Overall, very good.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle served in a wine glass. Thanks to cfrances33 for the share.
A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick cap that leaves some sticky lace down the glass.
S: Straight flower patch in the nose with some lemon tartness and plan stems. Light malt profile with a little grass.
T: Light and lemony with a slightly tart pucker. Sweet malts with a little bit of flower stem. Very floral with a dry yeasty note as well.
M: Light bodied with a bubble carbonation level. Fresh and floral.
O: This was nice, but definitely one of the weaker HF offerings in my opinion. Not that complex overall, just a nicely made saison with a little floral components to it.
Serving type: bottle
jkwood04 (4869) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2015 750ml bottle in a Hill Farmstead glass. Pours hazy, golden with a big, white head. Aroma of dandelions and flowers and a grassy field, a little honey, some tartness, and a nice light maltiness. Flavor the same with a great blend of everything. Average texture for Hill Farmstead’s saisons. A great saison. Edit: 2013 bottle a week before the 2014 release. Aroma still great. Texture and flavor still great. Can’t wait to (hopefully) get bottles next weekend!
Edit: 2014 release in 01/15. Bottle in an HF glass. Aroma and flavor still a great combo of all of the flowers and honey and a Hill Farmstead saison. Still an amazing beer.
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is hazy golden with nice white head and good lacing. Aroma is herbal, zesty, flowers, brett, some honey. Taste is nicely tart, some brett, herbal, honey. Low body and lively carbonation. Very nice saison again by HF.
Westmeister (2111) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared at Ale Alpharetta. My first HFS saison!!!! Poured hazy yellow with a fluffy white head and some nice lacing. The aroma was beautiful light funkiness and tartness, citrus, light sweet, floral, some grassiness as well. Taste was more floral (dandelions I suppose) than the nose. Tame funkiness, more grass and citrus. This was a different saison with the big floral punch, and it was lovely. I wants more.
ineedbeer (1301) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Notes from Saturday's tasting.
Aroma has light phenolics and esters. The esters were faint notes of pear and citrus. Light floral note present as well. Very delicate.
Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a small white head that has decent retention. Leaves a light lacing on the glass.
Flavor has moderate phenolics with a light hop spicules and floral quality. Faint mineral flavor to the beer but with a soft water character. Light pear, cider and citrus esters. Again, very delicate.
Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium carbonation. Very soft, similar to a kolsch in the way it hits your palate and its delicateness. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall a very nice, soft saison. The thing I found most impressive with this beer is how you could taste the water, but it wasn't hard and harsh like some saisons can be. Delicate aroma and flavor with light floral notes.
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Ed5388 (2600) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Big thanks to onebigtymer11. Pours a murky straw yellow color with a huge foamy bright white head. Aroma of funky citrus, sour brett, cat pee, floral hops, and bready malt. Taste of sour citrus, grass, lemon rind, floral notes, and and some barnyard funk.