thepatrickman (1307) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2016
Does a good job showcasing a tough style -- dark sours. The aroma is dominated by Brett funkiness and a bit of dark malts, and the taste is surprisingly restrained. Well made and delicious, but not HF most exciting saison. ineedbeer (2147) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 19, 2016
Poured from a Dec. 2015 bottle.
Aroma is nice and rather fruity with nice cherry, raisin, plum and prune notes. Only light acidity with hints of citrus. Light toffee and caramel with some toasted bread.
Pours brown with a medium large, thick, tan head that exceeds steadily to a thin film that lingers for quite some time. High amounts of lacing and faint legs.
Flavor is moderately acidic with some citrus and tart cherry notes. Some medium light toasted bread, caramel and toffee notes. Quite a bit of dark fruit with plums, cherries, raisin and prune. Light mineral note to the water. Low bitterness.
Mouthfeel i s medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a pretty nice dark farmhouse ale. This beer does a good job of allowing the malt profile to shine through the acidity and dark fruit notes. It also avoids becoming too acidic and astringent. This may be my favorite dark farmhouse beer. Iím pretty impressed as I donít usually like the style, but this beer is good. DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Murky amber. Fruity, funk, caramel. Tart. drfabulous (7813) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Bottle pour at Kevinís. Sour red wine, vinegar, some oak. tannic and acidic. Nice overall. Stine (1779) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Blackened, sienna brown hue, with glimmering transparency at the rim. Cold aroma is menthol cigarette ash and green apple skins. Warming introduces some nuances, but the impression remains dusty, chalky, and dryly herbal throughout. Citrusy winks of tangerine and pineapple. Roasted malt suggestions of spent coffee and charcoal. Basement air and farm soil envelop this somewhat, in a general sense, accompanied by a curious dry evergreen sensation.
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2015
The flavor is more easily compartmentalized, as the acidity amps up and the scattered details of the aroma are overpowered. There is less a lemon or lime component to this than a plain acid phosphate, chalky tanginess. Dry cocoa and juicy wooden and fruit nuances of roasted malt fill in, for an ample structure. Unripe pineapple and cobwebby yeasts maintain, as does the unexpected fragrant evergreen note that ultimately carried the aroma.
Texturally tightly wound but fulsome beneath the high strung acids. The finish is mouth-drying, elastic in buoyancy, bright. This grew richer with warmth and exposure, a testament to the value of a full, informed drinking experience.
Draft at HF. Pours a medium brownish burnt red color with a tan head. Aroma is acetic, soured dark malts. Flavor has a decent vinegar kick to it. Not a bad welcoming gift for waiting in line in 35F weather! ctipping (1922) - Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2015
750 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 5/13/2013.
Nearly black. Slight transparency. Huge khaki head. Great collar and nice surface foam.
Smells of chocolate malt. Sharp acidic character. Bretty. Not a ton else going on.
Taste has even more brett. Lots of acidic flavors, without being that sour until the finish. Chocolate malt blends in and is almost completely disguised. Again, not a lot else going on.
Itís light and well carbonated. Nice sharp acidity.
Itís definitely not Hill Farmsteadís best saison. Itís pretty tasty, but overpowered by brett. Bule (2137) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2015
750ml bottle pours a dark brown color with a lot of frothy head. Malty and sharp sourness.
Stoned99 (1531) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2015
Sampled at The brewery. Not sure if same batch as of 2013 or not. Aroma: red fruits and that typical Hill Farmstead wild yeast. App: dark brown, small brown head, nice lacing. Taste and palate: light to medium body, fizzy, dry acidity finish. Overall: taster at the bottle entrance, nice welcoming gift! Great aroma, tasty and good palate. berntholer (1615) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2015
beige head. dark brown colour. aroma is roasted malts, funky, sourish. taste like aroma and lemon. medium body, rather soft carbonation. reminds me of a sour stout, not too fond of this one. bottle 75cl