IndianaRed (7408) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2019 Bottle at the SteveOJ birthday bottle share
Musty open fermented tart light pale malt flavors. Very tart dry and some citrus character nickd717 (6696) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 22, 2018
Bottle pours slightly hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma is funk, sweet malt. Flavor is dry, medium funky, barnyard. Complex. Medium body, crisp. Good stuff Tide (8059) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 22, 2018
UPDATED: APR 22, 2018 Bottle from a friend. Golden color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, earthy notes, spices, ripe fruits, grass, a bit of sour apple, grass and sour apple. Bitter finish with citrus, ripe fruits, earthy notes, grass, spices, oak and a bit of sour apple. Excellent saison. skrip (230) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2017
375ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.
A~ dark glowing copper, orange, a little red in there as well. not too much head and no lacing at all.
S~ lemony tartness up front and lots of pineapple. smells strongly like Juicy. all followed by saison bready yeast, black pepper, and coriander.
T~ everyone of the blended brews comes out here with lots of complexity yet very balanced. Juicy seems to be the most present, lots of pineapple and citrus. Amber malts and peppery saison yeast from Sankt Hans, nice wheat hints from Flora and Clara and also tons of wine barrel funk from Juicy and Flora. this beer goes a long way! something different comes out with every sip. delicious!
M~ nicely carbonated, not as carbonated as most HF brews but not bad once so ever. very smooth and keeps the pineapple juice feel like Juicy.
O~ every time i’m amazed with the complexity and balance that HF always seem to achieve. if you like a complex, fruity, should i say "perfect" saison you’ll wanna give this a try lol definitely worth seeking out! i can’t wait for the 7th of the series with their "favorite lambics" i wonder if thats literally pours from bottles/kegs or just dregs. ClarkVV (8564) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2016
Bottle shared with Nelson, at the tasting room, on 5/4/16 (Art Release).
thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2016
Lovely, deep copper-amber body readily shows the SanktHans in solution. Big white head atop is very well-retained. Great clarity to the beer, as well.
For how disappointing the bottle of CD5 was a week prior to this, I was very happy to find a vivacious nose alive with lush grains and a wonderful, bright balance of bacteria and yeast. No heavy wood/wine influence here though some acidity is present. Strong honey tending lightly caramel-like balances everything, while nicely reserved funk slowly, inevitably takes over, with breathing/warming.
Baguette-like malt qualities open up the flavor, joined immediately by a bright fruitiness of nectarine, pineapple, cherry and apple. Can definitely taste a lot of the Sankt Hans, though it’s lighter, fruitier and obviously with the addition of funky yeast and bacteria. Very low tannin and just some light oak for good measure, with a malty but well-attenuated texture as one expects from HF. Light citrus and plentiful lactic notes keep it crisp and drinkable. Fantastically creamy, tight carbonation and no alcohol or flaw.
On site at Hill Farmstead last week. One incredible beer. It’s pretty mellow, and all of the flavors have melded together really well. There’s some light acidity, but this is far more funky than sour. Really this is just waves of pure "Hill Farmstead Brett funk aroma". Exceptionally good. Stoned99 (2386) - Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2016
375ml 2013 bottle drank onsite at premise. Aroma: nice funky, citrusy, oaky, winey with some apples. App: cloudy golden, medium head, not much retention, good lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, soft carbonation, moderate tart dry acidity a tad astringent and sweet finish. Overall: pretty good. Really dry and fruity. Sweetness helps balance the acidity and dryness. MacBoost (2072) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Vintage offering, 375ml bottle at Hill Farmstead, $25. Pours a clear, dark gold with a generous head. Aroma of wine, tart citrus, oak. Taste is moderately tart. Some vinous notes, but no dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel. Very dry. Mind = blown. Guess you have to be at HF to really understand this one... corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours a hazy and very dark golden yellow color with orange/banana colored hues and a one finger white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
The aroma is kind of bland with a decent spice and earthy funk presence. Subtle oak and earthy funky along with barnyard, grassy hops, straw, peppery spice and light fruit. Opens up a little as it warms but the nose isn’t too inviting.
Much more interesting than it smells with soft carbonation and a nice balance of oak barrel, musty, grassy funk, zesty spice, sweet citrus and light fruit. Dry oak/toothpick but it’s not overwhelming with hints of white pepper and ginger, citrus zest, apple and pear. Well balanced and easy to drink. Pretty complex and much better than anticipated. Homer321 (5359) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Bottle. Nose smells tart and woody with some citrus fruit. Fairly clear with minimal head. Taste is light in citrus and fairly flat in the malt flavor. Just kind of ok. Nothing great.