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Hill Farmstead / Blaugies Le Sarrasin - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 6.52%
Wants: 152
Gots: 40 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Borne of our abiding friendship with Belgium’s La Brasserie de Blaugies, Pierre-Alex and Kevin Carlier brewed with us here in June of 2013. The resulting beer—brewed with hops from Mons, Belgium, and 30% raw organic buckwheat; fermented in both oak barrels and stainless steel; and aged for many months in those same barrels—is among the finest farmhouse ales we’ve ever produced. Vibrant, lively and sophisticated, its bracing tartness belies its elegant wine-like profile. We were honored to have brewed with Pierre-Alex and Kevin; we are delighted to share it with you.

(Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 02-05-2014)
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

CSO, Jul 03, 2014
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4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Appearance is unfiltered, pastel light gold, small one ginger white head that retains quite well. Sticky froth residue is left on the sides of the glass, not as much as their non-barrel aged offerings but plentiful nonetheless.

Aroma is a crazy balanced mix of wine barrel, funky farmhouse yeast, and fruity esters. Where Fermier is super citrus and Cellarman had a tropical, spicy kick, this retains a more balanced aroma. Not necessarily better but fabulous like the formers. Lime, lemon peel, rustic wheat, white wine, faint banana, and a little tart nectarine.

The taste reveals a thing of beauty. Plenty of lemon tang, lime, and fruity white wine intermingle with a crisp wheat character, sourdough, oak, vanilla, and plantain. It's a crisp flavor that cleans out on the finish quite nice and makes you want to drink more and more. So damn drinkable. As it warms a slight funk also starts to shine through.

Mouthfeel sports a light body, velvety delicious carbonation, and sharp, tart late palate punch. It all ends really dry and exquisitely clean.

This here is a knockout of a beer. I love that the lacto presence is kept in check allowing some of the other flavors shine through that you might otherwise miss by an elevated tartness. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of acidity for a saison but it's so well balanced that it's not one of the main focuses. With breweries left and right making tart saisons I feel like some (Side Project for example) could tone down those PH levels (or maybe I should say tone up.) I have enjoyed the Side Projects immensely but the saisons I've noticed can be aggressively tart. Let's leave that for the sour/wild category. If I were to rate this among Fermier and Cellarman, two very similar other beers, this would likely land in between the two. With Cellarman being the favorite. But this is right there with it in all honesty.

MarcWP, Aug 11, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a Prairie Teku glass.

Appearance: Pale orange yellow, with a foamy white head leaving lots of thick lacing.

Smell: Loads of bretty funk, vinous tartness. A sweet, citrus character to the tartness as well, and a . This smells ridiculously amazing, one of the best saison’s I've ever smelled.

Taste: If possible, even better than the smell. Lots of sweet fruity, juicy brett character, citrus tartness mixing in with vinous complexity. Almost like a clementine. The finish is long and incredibly oaky, with a vanilla character that lasts forever. This is right up there with Fermier as far as saisons go.

Mouthfeel: Prickly yet smooth. Dry, and exactly what I want in a Saison. Fantastic.

Overall: As close to perfect a Saison as I can imagine, knowing that Fermier exists. Amazing, as always.

WTKeene, Jul 24, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. Served at cellar temperature. This was bottled in 11/2013.

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach/light amber color and gives a big, fluffy head of a couple fingers that fades slowly, leaving lacing all the way down. The bottle gushed just a tad upon opening, but I didn't lose much at all. Pretty looking beer.

Smell: Mmm, lemon rinds, nice funk, mouthwatering floral notes, white grapes, light must, hint of cheese. Just the right amount of sour/funk. Really nice.

Taste: Lemon, white grape skins, still quite floral, perfect amount of sour (maybe 3/10), peach, wheat. Not as funky as the smell. So well balanced.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a light to medium, creamy body. A bit acidic. Finishes just a little dry. Spectacular feel to it - hits the style right on.

Overall: This is a fantastic wine barrel aged saison. Several gueze-like qualities to it, which is interesting. Incredibly well balanced on all accounts. Extremely drinkable.

Resuin, Jun 05, 2014
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SkiBum22, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -13%

BillKuhnel, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -13%

I enjoyed this beer, but it's just kind of boring...

obiwan_k3n00bi, Nov 06, 2014
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jminch, Aug 21, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -15.2%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Nice white head. Chunky islands of foam.

Smell - White wine. Interesting grain aroma that I guess is buckwheat. Light toasty aroma. Light lemon.

Taste - White wine. Very light acidity. Grainy with very little sweetness. Light citrus, maybe from hops, maybe from yeast.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Medium light body.

Overall - It's good, but it's lacking in body and sweetness to carry the wine barrel flavors.

Alieniloquium, Sep 09, 2014
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Hill Farmstead / Blaugies Le Sarrasin from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.