cfrances33 (35) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.
Pour: Pours a lightly hazy, bright straw yellow with a finger and a half white, fluffy head. Some nice lacing, and the head sticks around for a little while. Wonderful looking saison.
Smell: Big white wine barrel up front, mixed with funk, oak, and bright lemon. As it warms, the funk becomes more pronounced. Citrusy and bright.
Taste: Immediate white wine barrel and oak up front, with a heavy funk and strong lactic tartness. Lemons and citrus. Very Art forward. Mineral funk controls the mid and finish, but plays well with the bright lemony tartness. Finishes quite dry. As it warms, the oak and funk become more pronounced, exhibiting more lambic qualities.
Mouthfeel: Quite tart and borderline sour. Perfectly carbonated.
Overall: One of the best Hill Farmstead beers yet, and time is only going to help this beer progress.
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 Don’t shoot me cause I actually opened my bottle. these really just keep getting better. Tons of tart, funky, lambic flavors, mixed with amazing house microflora. This is amazing, I wish I had more! biggsbowler (629) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle - Pours a golden yellow w/ a frothy white head. A nice funky smell. The taste is wonderful. Funk, slightly tart, a little lemon/citrus notes on the backend. This is very solid. RichTheVillan (8160) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle during HF CD night; hazy amber pour with a frothy white head, zesty lemon aroma, taste has tart citrus acidity, funk, a hint of apricot, grape, a powdery yeast, barnyard funk. ctipping (2202) - 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.
Reynolds314 (3470) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Pours a golden straw color with moderate hazyness and a moderate white head. Aroma is grapefruit, sourdough, a bit musty, and some light lemon. Taste is a zing of tartness with moderate sweetness on the finish. Some oaky character and light wine notes are present as well. Really great beer that I look forward to seeing develop further. Marheb (6037) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Un nez de chardonnay et de jeune lambic, une fusion fruitée entre la carambole et l’ananas, belle sauvagerie. Les même notes suivent en bouche avec l’assaut beurré qui reste après la disparition de l’acidité. Superbe assemblage. Luk_ (243) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle. Glowing sunny gold, with a lasting ring of foam and some veil. Aroma is marvellous with funk, cheese and barnyard from the lambic. Definitly feels like Cantillon. Art is also present with white wine, honey and earthy peppery hops. Taste is puckering lemon, white wine, juicy hops and citrus rind. Mouthfeel is sharp and dry as it should be. White wine and honey makes it a little bit more mellow but it feels more like a lambic. Awesome lambic with a saison touch. Definitely more pungent than #6 and at least on par with #5 which I loved. 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. JulienHuxley (5909) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle, shared by a friend. Glowing hazy gold pour, thin white head. Aroma is quite luring, nice tart lemony lambic aromas, tons of white wine, very subtle funky aromas, hay, pepper, beautiful. Taste is quite tart (lemony), über dry, citric with a mineral-like finish. Palate is light, dry and super quaffable. I’d have a bottle of this with every nice dinner please.