ClarkVV (6644) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2017 JBPortland (1543) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2013 375ml bottle pours hazy semi-clear gold with small 1 finger head. Nose is funk, barrel, tart golden apples and hay, straw. Mouthfeel is so well balanced, delicate but not thin, just the right amount of moderate carbonation. Taste is bright tart apple skin, funky, woody, hay, citrus, grape, barnyard. Finish is complex white grape, oak, earthy, barrel notes. Complex, elegant, delicious. Wonderful!
Bottle at the brewery, 1/19/17.Sudz4Dayz (136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2016
Lightly-to-minimally hazy, bright goldenrod-bronze body shows moderate carbonation and an initially medium-sized, white head that recedes slowly to a ring.
A complex mix of light malt sweetness (honey, hints of bread and other light grain), light citrus (oranges, lemon pulp) and what probably were a lot more aggressive acids, comprise the nose, which does a great job of integrating Art and Cantillon. Light acetic notes and plentiful lactic notes certainly show an American sour ale character, but the Cantillon blended in helps soften things considerably and deepen the funk, as well. No alcohol or flaw. Grows fruitier and fruitier as it warms and breathes with light wood emerging and more soft malt.
Honey, soft aceto-lactic character and very fruity brett comprise the flavor, with lots of strawberry, apple, light lime and cherry. It’s boisterous, soft, woody and quite funky with remnants of much heavier/sharper acidity. Seems to really have softened and homogenized as its aged, with no detriments. Tight, soft, natural carbonation and a malty, well-attenuated texture with no alcohol or flaw. Very interesting and glad I got to try it.
375ml bottle for on site consumption at Hill Farmstead. Pours a slightly hazy orange gold. Beautiful foamy head with tiny smooth carbonated bubbles and great lacing. Smells winey, oaky, and sweet, Slight fruitiness. Tastes winey, fruity, oaky, very smooth and acidic with a small tartiness. Big mouthfeel for a sour. Very good. I enjoyed this one. Johnsense (1631) - - MAR 29, 2016
Opened mar 29 2016. Golden pour, 1 finger of head, small spots of lacing. Tart aroma, farmhouse, citrus, oak, white wine, lactic. Citrus dialed down on the taste, large funk note, oak, brett, underripe stone fruit. Lighter body. Very nice. ctipping (1963) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2015
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 7/2013. Originally reviewed 4/28/2014. Pale orange. Hazy body. Nice white head. Thick collar.
Wine barrel saison is immediately prevalent in the nose. White wine. Oak. A little bit of yogurt lactic aroma. The lambic pushes through in the back. White pepper. Some hay and funk. Lemony acidic aroma.
Taste has that same lactic sourness. White wine right up front. Oak and some funky cheese flavors. Grainy malt. A little bit of sweetness in the back. Lingering oaky finish. It isn’t crisp, but it is light. Well carbonated with a pleasant sourness.
Superb. I never quite got past the lactic sourness, but nonetheless, I really loved it. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 13, 2015
Drank on my birthday last year. From the backlog. Hazy peach pour with a solid frothy head. Earthen funk, blue and brie cheese, peaches, and werthers candy. Very vibrant lactic acidity. Wicked dry. Would slurp all day.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2015
Bottle: Beaming golden color with soft amber at the edges. Hazy, mostly opaque throughout the center with a dense radiance. Foamy, bubbly white head that settles quickly on top. Big time vinous aroma. Huge Pinot Grigio nose; very dry with tons of white grape, oak, soft tannins, slight barnyard must, & a sharp acidity nearing the back-end. Flavor is tart; lots of lemon, under-ripe green apple, sour grapes, loaded with a nice, dry & vinous oak profile running front to back. Mineral water, soft hay, stone fruit skin, white wine, dry oak, & a very mildly acidic finish that never gets overbearing. A touch of funky lychee lingers in the end. Great stuff as always. deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 29, 2015
From short notes...
Clear yellow straw pour with no head. Nose is white wine and bitter tannins, citrus, and nice Brett's. Still some diactyl and the distinct HF BA saison character. Lightly sour and dry end. Nice palate. Taste is the same with more Lemon and yeast. All the HF BA saisons have the same feel to me. Good drinking beer. Benzai (15486) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle shared by Koen @ "Zunt Om Nog Langer Te Bewaren" tasting (ZONLTB). Hazy, even a bit murky or milky pale yellow to orange color (must admit I poured the last of the bottle), small white head. Smell and taste sourish, orangepeel, apricot, farmhouse, lightly yeast. Hmm quite fruity and sourish. Decent body and carbonation. Quite pleasant. DutchDrebus (5960) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle @ SONLTB tasting. Hazy yellow colour with a small white head. Smells sour, herbs, yeasty. Tastes sour, brett, fruity, yoghurt, peach or apricot. Medium body, nice crisp carbo. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Pour is hazed yellow with a tight white ring. Nose has a good bit of barrel with a hint of buttered popcorn and strong citrus and tangerine notes. Taste is stronger citrus with lots of orange pulp and a faint barrel with a lingering citrus bitterness. Light body, flavor is short, a hint slick with assertive carbonation.