Clownoisseur (486) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Bottle picked up at Hill Farmstead last February and shared at my wedding on 9/12/15. Pour was a slightly hazy blonde, lively eggshell head that breaks into gorgeous lace and remains throughout. Aromas are very inviting! Notes of oak, vanilla, light honey sweetness, light barnyard funk, medium floral and light earth. Taste is phenomenal! Such a balance of flavors throughout. Less honey and less Brett than the base beer, Anna.....but was a wonderful transformation through the barrel inflection. Nice rounded tartness gives off light hints of underripe apples and grapes...vinous and earthy in the mid-palate. Very much to my liking!! Light funk pushes through the back-end where the honey emerges in harmony with oak/vanilla to counter nicely. Finishes semi-dry, semi-sweet and lightly tart. Wonderful, wonderful beer....for a wonderful, wonderful night! ClarkVV (6873) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2017 May 2014 Magnum shared by Adam C on 7/25/15.AirForceHops (7815) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Hazy burnished copper with a good amount of fairly well-retained white head atop.
Brightness of Anna lightly dulled, but in the best way possible, replacing it with soft lactic acids. Again more of the floral-sulfur-grass thing going on (that’s my closest approximation to describing the aroma of these wonderful saisons, and it’s admittedly terrible and sounds unappealing, but I’ll work on it once I get a whole bottle to myself....). Bits of honey on the end are just begging you to drink it.
Very well-restrained on the barrel character, compared to Art. Bright acidity, wildflower notes producing the same light stickiness. As it progresses, you get a pineapple-near-the-rind sort of flavor that is nicely dry but still has some good tartness and a pinch of sweetness. Bits of vanilla and light wood with some juicier melon notes. Hard to describe, these beers of Shawn’s. The flavors are all so new to me and it’s overwhelming to try them all for the first time this weekend. I can say that the mouthfeel, balance and attenuation are perfect here once again.
2014 375mL drunk 5/26/17 at the brewery.
Was really hoping to try the 2016 batch but they ONLY had the 2014. DAMN. Life is hard.
Still smells wonderful; tons of tart acidity, spicy phenols and floral character from the honey with very soft oak and rich honeyed malt tones through it all. Very clean and much more gentle than when fresh.
Soft and very easygoing in the mouth with a lingering honey-like sweetness, soft wood tannins and lots of grass, juicy pineapple and melon. The carbonation is very low at this point and maybe the 375mLs haven’t aged as gracefully as the larger format bottles, as this is just a touch tired (I wouldn’t continue aging these small bottles more than a year and would definitely drink them now), though certainly still highly enjoyable. Bright acidity on the very end still helps enliven things but the tight, almost champagne-like carbonation that make Shaun’s sours so delightful is no longer very present here.
Magnum poured by Adam, bottled 2014, sold in 2015. Great bright gold color, spotty lace. Aroma is just a dream, honey, grain, citrus, very mild barrel. WillRunForBeer (2766) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Can the barrel be anymore integrated?? The mouthfeel is soft and delicate just like every other of Mr. hill’s brew. Wow, the wine barrel is here but really mild. The honey, citrus and grain has a juicy like texture. Light floral hints, damn... The mouthfeel is crisp and lively, nice tingle. No hype just straight flavor.
Magnum shared by AdanChandler, opened at Ratebeer Farmhouse Magnum Tasting v1. Bottled 5/14. Pours yellow gold with s big white head. Aroma is oak, white wine, mild HFS funk. Super soft, with white grape, lemon, HFS funk. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle: 2015 batch from a magnum thanks to Adam. Clear golden pour, soapy & foamy white head. Aroma is absolutely lovely. Big white wine character with light tartness & tannins that remain restrained. Light honey, wet oak, apple, lemon, hint of peach, kiwi, a small touch of soft mineral water, slight kick of farmhouse on the back end. Amazing flavor. White grape, honey, tart melon, lemon rind, kiwi, some soft grains. So smooth & mellow. Finishes with peach, lime, white grape, & a little kick of oaky tannins. This is a fucken fantastic beer that has lived up far beyond the hype. Incredible.
Chalumeaux (1709) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Poured from magnum thanks AdamChandler for the Ratebeer Farmhouse Magnum Tasting. Hazy golden color with a nice head. Aromas of honey yeast light wine and citrus with soft funk. Taste is smooth and crisp with complex flavors that blend perfectly. ctipping (2233) - Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Originally reviewed 10/26/2012. 750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 1 bottle #98. Hazy with a white head. Good retention and lacing. Smells like Anna with wine. Honey and yeasty as hell. Light wine notes and a touch of acidity. Stronger wine presence in the taste. Really quite dominant. Lots of honey still, which cuts the yeastiness more than in Anna. Dry with a little brett. Gets fruitier towards the finish. A touch of grainy malts. Wonderful. Slick from the wine. Light and medium carbonation. Very nice. Low acidity, but it’s there and helps to bring the honey and wine together. Yeasty bitterness. I know there’s a lot of hype with this beer, but I have to admit that this is one of the best saisons I’ve ever had. Complex, light, and never overbearing with any one flavor. Truly a great saison. MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle, courtesy of kermis. Pours a hazy golden beer with a a big white head on top. Aroma is woody, barnyard, vineous touches, rather yeasty and some slight notes of peppery yeasts in there. Flavor is very funky, vineous, loads of fruity notes in there as well. Some raisins or something. A very nice, well balanced saison, certainly very nice, but not getting all the hype here. kermis (14553) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2015
Bottle shared at LBT2. Pours cloudy golden with a white head. Aroma is vinous with good oaky barrel notes, light floral notes, honey, citrus, a soft funk, fruits and grapes. Flavour is light moderate sweet with a touch or sourness. Perfectly balanced in the palate with a minerally fruitiness, soft acidity and wonderful barrel notes complimenting an already great base beer. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall, a technically perfect beer and the best saison I’ve had. A beer like this with such crazy hype, rarity and value can never really live up to it. It’s not worth what it takes to acquire, but still a beautiful beer and a great experience. JakeG (26) - Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 8, 2015
Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of funk, barnyard and fruits. Taste is a bit tart. Good balance. Awesome complex of aromas and flavors.