Leighton (9638) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared in London during the First Tasting of the Year. Many thanks to Bruce for this special one, pours cloudy, bright yellow-gold with a frothy white head. Gorgeous aroma, lots of lemon, mango, very mild funk, hints of tangy wheat. Light sweet flavor with playful lemony sourness, mild citrus rind bitterness, a bit of hay, moderate acidity. Light bodied with average, spritzy carbonation. Super clean finish, lightly drying, with more lemony tartness, sour lemon candies, lemon rind, hints of funk, delicate balancing sweetness. Superb balance. Beautiful.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
murky gold, puffy white head drops to a ring with collar. Hugely vinous nose, grape skin, apple skin and doughy throughout. Grapey flavor, light vanilla from barrel, soft though clearly barreled, very faint hay brett.
madvike (2537) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Tooch4321...thanks Adam! - Pours light golden, hazy with a thin white head. Nose is pear, stone fruit, light Brett, and a light yeastiness. Taste is fruity, light tartness, tons of peach, pear, and other stone fruit, a little yeastiness. Gentle carbonation with a medium body.
lachrymalisis (374) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Stellar. Cosmic. This is a beer that makes you forget about every hack who puts bacon into a fermenting vessel.
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle poured a hazy blonde yellow lively dancing white head nose was hay and grapefruit taste strong grapefruit taste some pepper and some tart hidden behind the hay middle great beer
Mora2000 (5307) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating 4,900. Hazy gold pour with a white head. The aroma has a lot of lemon, biscuit malt, yeast and pepper notes. The flavor has some strong citrus notes with a lot of lemon and orange. There is also some grass and yeast, as well as some biscuit malt. As the beer warms some floral character comes out in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice saison.
pantanap (3335) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2013 750ml... Pours a pale hazy orange hue and topped with a thin film of soapy white head... Aroma of slightly tart farmhouse aspects almost with some oak qualities. Solid saison with more of a funky sour tinge ... More pronounced sourness than expected with a mild grain base saison feel to it. Not overwhelmingly sour, really drinkable with just shy of a medium body and semi-lively carbonation. Bit of grain on the backend with a fairly lively Brett presence.
GT2 (7717) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL shared at Woodshop 8. Rating #6800. Pours a full haze, glowing pineapple juice. Medium, white foam. Nose is crispy pils malt, white wine barrel, pear, Brett, vanilla. Taste is soft, buoyant saltwater, Brett aeration and spice, apricot, soft pineapple, light sourness. Just a touch of lactic acidity. Pretty much saison perfection. Best beer of Woodshop 8. 8/4/9/5/17=4.3
timfoolery (1122) - California, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in line for SARA from trade. Slightly funky and airy saison. Ain't got a crazy amount of flavor, some slight Meyer lemon and lemon candy. Very well carbonated. Good beer.
JAXSON (523) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours gold/orange with a medium white head. Nose is bright stone fruits, very pleasant and tight wine barrel, well integrated wild yeast. Flavor is nicely tart upfront, segueing into some citrus, peach and pear, perhaps a faint white grape skin. Wine barrel is really tight and refined. Slight funk on the finish. Completely non-acidic, thankfully. Opens up very nicely. Second pour is murkier from the yeast but flavors are even more expressive. Really bright tart fruits, pleasantly fruit forward with integrated wine barrel, not acidic. A near perfect lightly barrel aged American saison, about as good as anything I’ve had from Hill Farmstead.