Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Oh how I love saisons...this one is one of the best!!!! Citrus and flora notes, orange blossom comes through as you drink it, Excellent carbonation with slim white head. Such a fantastic refreshing brew. A+++++ dpitinga (136) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Lucky to live in northern California. In Sunnyvale, Olsonís Cherries grows Blenheim apricots that are nearly dry-farmed, as are the Crane melons grown by the Crane Melon Barn in the black soil of Santa Rosa. Over on the coast in Davenport, Swanton Berry Farm is still growing Chandler strawberries. And Andy Mariani in Morgan Hill is the only orchardist in America I know of who grows the original "un-improved" green gage (reine claude) plum. So I have serious doubts about the deliciousness of the fruit varietals that are hardy enough to grow in the chilly climes of Vermont. Not so Vermont honey. This BiŤre de Miel rightly deserves the myriad accolades it has received. Had it at the RateBeer Best Festival. MatChar (53) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2017
Bottle. Appearance: light, rather clear yellow. Smell: nice brett, citrus, and subtle hops aromatic. Taste: unique use of bretts, balanced with citrus, and subtle barnyard notes. Unique combination between texture and feel, perhaps thanks to honey. Moderate to high dryness, moderately sour, high drinkability. Overall: Hill Farmstead. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle from joeybones3. Thanks, man. I got a very small taste of this at the last Hunahpu release (thanks to whoever that was) so I knew it would be good but man is this beer special. It pours a golden color with a big lasting fluffy white head that leaves some substantial lacing. A wonderful array of scents invade the aroma consisting of citrus peel, grass, leafy hops, spring flowers, soft herbal notes, and raw honey. Wow. The flavors are so incredibly well integrated. Thereís a crackery-honey sweetness to this but itís super dry in teh finish with a touch of fresh citrus bitterness. Straw, grass, and herbal notes mix in well with plenty of rustic farmhouse character. What an amazing beer. One of the best Iíve had. MartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2011
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Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 12, 2012
Herbal, spicy hops surf this Saisonís citrusy waves, while lightly honeyed cereals and haystacks effortlessly leave way for a bitter, wooden undertow and increasing dryness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-Towering foam attains perfect retention and lacing atop the hazy blond.
-Natural carbonation is fluffy and amazingly soft.
-The finish is the meeting of herbal hops and doughy yeast.
-White grapefruit and citrusy thyme allusions are found throughout.
-The wildflower honey character is more prominent than the flavor profile. It is intelligently integrated.
-At this point, I get the impression that any Saison from Hill Farmstead will be a masterpiece. I donít think I can decide on a favorite since theyíre all so complex, authentic and amazingly drinkable.
-Addendum: an 18-month old bottle was absolutely mindblowing. Pretty much perfect, as a matter of fact. Tartness had slowly developed, fitting in perfectly with the rest of the complex and comfortable flavor profile. Wow.
750 ml bottle. A lightly hazy medium blonde beer, with a huge, fizzy, frothy, lacing almost fully lasting white head. The aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs, lemon), lightly to moderately yeasty (earth, dough), with notes of honey, exotic fruits, pepper, spicy/perfumey herbs/flowers (hardly definable, but like lavender/basil/dandelion), oranges. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, dry and very long finish with moderate bitterness. This is a hell of a beer... Noble and American hops are amazingly integrated, live everything in this stuff, including the honey presence, subtle but effective. Marvellous from the beginning to the end, a true showstopper and shared with my mother Anna. I ím hugely impressed by Hill Farmstead and I definately need more. MaBeer1972 (2039) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2012
750 ml bottle obtained from the Farmstead. A light honey colored brew with a gorgeous frothy white head. Aroma of spice and honey malts. Great yeast profile. Very clean drinking, not sticky or too sweet. Very well balanced hoppiness. Bravo Hillís! DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Effervescent with a very bright straw yellow color 3 finger head. Hazy and unfiltered.Grassy and has a sweetness from the honey. Citrus fruits are strong in the nose with a bready/yeasty finish. A hint of funk rounds out this beer. The barnyard grassiness is right on the front of the tongue followed by a graprefruity hoppiness that lingers and grabs hold of my mouth and coats ever crevice. Perfect balance and very crisp. The mouthfeel is incredible with the carbonation being high with a medium to low body. A perfect example of this style. Will be sad to see this one go when I drink it all.
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
big thanks to whatsarezaf for this one. the pour is a hazy yellow a little cloudy on some of the other glasses at the tasting mine was a nice clean yellow. stong lemon and honey notes very floral taste was remarkable dry and crisp light fruit notes this is off memory from last night this was a super beer Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle dated "2015 05 14"
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a hazy burnt golden yellow to orange color with slim fingerís worth of foamy white head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds leaving some light rings of lacing.
The smell starts off with an eloquent sweet floral setting leading into a smooth sweet honey and a light underscore of spice to balance. Light citrus also makes a light presence.
The taste was mainly sweet through the floral and the honey adding a bit of grassiness underneath. Thereís no aftertaste but a light sweet floral finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly smooth. Light sweet floral tones hit my tongue in a refreshing manner.
Overall, what a wonderful saison that I would love to have again.