Hill Farmstead / Blaugies Le Sarrasin

 
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Formerly brewed at Hill Farmstead Brewery
Style: Saison
Greensboro, Vermont USA
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29/5   ABV: -
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Borne of our abiding friendship with Belgium’s La Brasserie de Blaugies, Pierre-Alex and Kevin Carlier brewed with us here in June of 2013. The resulting beer—brewed with hops from Mons, Belgium, and 30% raw organic buckwheat; fermented in both oak barrels and stainless steel; and aged for many months in those same barrels—is among the finest farmhouse ales we’ve ever produced. Vibrant, lively and sophisticated, its bracing tartness belies its elegant wine-like profile. We were honored to have brewed with Pierre-Alex and Kevin; we are delighted to share it with you.

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4.7
Ataraxia (572) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2017
Clear golden color, small white head. Funk, wood, herbs, lemon, white grape, and minerally. Lightly tart, some oaky tannin character. Lively carb, light body, smooth, and crisp. Finishes beautifully clean.

4.7
skrip (230) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2017
*6/13/2014 750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead taster. A~ glowing copper orange with a nice fat fluffy head and a lot of lacing. S~ crazy wine barrel funk, wheat, brett, just amazingly funky all around! barnyard hay, slight urine... yummm!!!! T~ wow! follows the nose with all the funk. ton of fruit comes in here, apricot, orange, grapefruit, and lime! this is blowing me away! M~ perfect carbonation, a little dry from the brett but super refreshing! O~ this is perfect! crazy good! definitely reminds me of the new Tired Hands "future beers" haha definitely pricey but well worth it! one of the best beers i’ve ever had!

3.9
KansaiBeerLvrs (5373) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 23, 2017
At Fofa 2016. Really pale gold, light bodied and dry. Tarter than you expect, ascerbic with wheat cake notes from the malts. Dangerously drinkable.

5
koleminer20 (3976) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2017
From notes. Enjoyed at Doug’s house for the Whale Tasting and Poker Night, almost 18 months in planning. 750 mL bottle. Holy hell have I been waiting for this baby for a long time. Thanks Chris! The pour is a beautiful light orange-tinted golden yellow color with a thicker white head and a couple spots of lace as it falls down to a thin ring. The aroma is spectacular. There is a huge win aspect to it with a light citrus and a ton of stone fruit. I have no idea how this complexity comes, since this is a non-fruited saison. Oh my goodness. The flavor is equally spectacular. The fruitiness, the delicate wheat and light oak, a hint of spice to let you know it’s still a saison. The stone fruits and citrus remain at large, and I just don’t understand how good this is. The mouth feel is light and crisp with a big carbonation and a lingeringly tart and clean wine soaked citrus and stone fruit with a light zing of saison on the back end. Mother fucker.

4.3
ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2017
The one and only Batch 1, 750mL bottle, drunk 1/19/17 at the brewery.
Light-to-minimal haze in this bronze-golden body with fiery copper hues. Well-carbonated, with a big, off-white head that steadily recedes to cover.
The nose strikes me with two things immediately: one, the tell-tale Hill Farmstead "micro flora", if you will, creating light acidity, strong minerality and dry, yellow fruits. And two, LOTS of buckwheat character, giving it an almost vegetal funk (very hard to describe). It’s extremely unique and interesting. Beyond that, light black pepper enters the mix alongside light lemon and soft Brett notes. Over the course of 45 minutes, it really softens and turns quite elegant and incredibly funky, neither becoming too acidic nor fruity. No alcohol nor flaw.
In the mouth it’s still tightly carbonated, though the levels seem much lower now and it adds a bit to the drinkability, leaving a bit of wateriness on the end. Dry, of course, with cereal-like character from the buckwheat adding almost a vegetal, corn, vanilla-like note which is snapped up by light brett and lactic acids. Tart and crisp on the finish with soft black pepper and a touch of oaky tannin.
Pretty god damned nice stuff; flavorful, even rich and intense at times yet with a drinkable, simple elegance, as well.

4.2
b3shine (9145) - Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2016
750 ml bottle to snifter, shared with the Mrs. tonight. Looks good; a cloudy mango with foamy eggshell head. Smells good too; oak, brett, tropical fruit, and hops alongside a mild to moderate vinous presence. Tastes like it smells with a pleasantly tart medium-bodied mouthfeel that finishes semi-dry. Robust and delicious.

4.4
MotherBrother (945) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2016
Pour hazy light orange with a small white head. Aroma has plenty of citrus up front, stone fruits, slight grass, slight peachy, quite floral juice, very slight barnyard, sour sweets, slight wet wood, slight white grape skin. Pretty darn delicious and complex. Taste is rather sour, but is very well balanced with juicy fruity sweetness. Medium and super refreshing mouthfeel, with a fizzy carbonation. Thanks a lot to Erik for bringing this. Lovely.

4.6
RasmusOtt (2874) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2016
Dangerous Bottleshares XL forealz edition. Pours hazy orange amber with a white head. Aroma is amazing. First of all its funky with stable notes, musty oak, cheese and slight leather. Then there is also fruity notes like peach, orange, ripe pears and slight apricot. Aside from that there is some bread crust and weak esters. The taste is tart and balanced. Notes of bread crust, tart citrus notes, green apples, champagne notes, grapefruit and funky basement. Just deep and complex and extremely good! Best saison I’ve had for sure and one of the best beers as well!

4.4
Vestergaard (2091) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2016
Bottle thanks to Bursprak at Dangerous Bottleshares XL 4Realz Edition Motherbrother, Hoprider and Aaron. Pours a hazy golden amber with a huge, white head. Aroma is crazy complex and balanced! Oak, leather, light vinegar, spices, stone fruits, pear, bread, wheat, citrus, funk, light cheese, light grain, vinous. Taste is surprisingly tart, light estery sweetness, oaky dry, light vinegar, gets more spicy and has a very low bitterness, lemony or grape fruit juicy finish. Rather high carbonation and a super crisp body. Very nice saison!!

4.6
Klimaet (3020) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2016
Bottle @ Kill’em All 2016 thanks to Bursprak. Pours hazy bright orange with a medium white head. Aromas of fresh citrus, orange, sweet oak, esters, some sweet, hay, subtle tannins, pear, vanilla, grapes, sweet apples, peach. Taste is peachy, vinous, pretty tart, floral, sour pear, oak, sweet ripe orange, citrus, esters, lemony, juice. Damn. As good as expected. Super delicate.


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