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: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   ABV: -
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Borne of our abiding friendship with Belgiums La Brasserie de Blaugies, Pierre-Alex and Kevin Carlier brewed with us here in June of 2013. The resulting beerbrewed 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 barrelsis among the finest farmhouse ales weve 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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (6214) - 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). Its 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 its 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
b3shine (8463) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MotherBrother (935) - 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
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RasmusOtt (2591) - 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 Ive had for sure and one of the best beers as well!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (2000) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Klimaet (2279) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2016
Bottle @ Killem 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (526) - DENMARK - OCT 21, 2016
Pours a deep hazy orange with a white head. Nose is great with lemon and big funk, flowery yeast and mineral peach. Taste is so balanced with some dry yeasty saison notes along with zesty sour notes. Super pleasant finish really mineral and sour. Thanks Bursprak for bringing this.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bursprak (2752) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2016
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottleshares XL feat. Motherbrother, hoprider and FranzBC. Hazy orangish pour within h a frothy head. Notes og oranges zest, citrus, sweet oak, light yeasty, estery, complex, light vanilla and some zesty lime.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalumeaux (1328) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 14, 2016
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer deep golden color with a thin white head. Aromas of lemon lime grass mild funk. Taste is so soft like alot of their beers notes of oak white wine grapes mango. Well balanced all-around.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heather_B (252) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2016
I figured I should probably rate this now that Im drinking it for the 7th time. I have two more bottles. Thanks Adam for opening one of yours. This beer is killer. Pours a dark golden color with some retained white head. Smells like lime and lemon and grass. Flavor is so nice though. A really beautiful balance of some white wine, a very manageable but defined tartness, and a smooth citrus finish. I love this beer. Could drink it every day if I had the opportunity.


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