Nordic Saison - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 27
Gots: 91 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 06-25-2014

Our collaboration with Anders Kissmeyer of Kissmeyer Beer & Brewing and Will Meyers of Cambridge Brewing! This Scandinavian-inspired farmhouse ale embodies the newly burgening Nordic beer movement spearheaded by Anders.
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
Photo of cosmicevan
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My lucky day! Stopped in at tørst and this was on the lines! 5oz pour in tørst wine glass. Crisp but murky orange yellow and a thin head of tiny bubbles and maybe a spot or two of lace. Has a nice glow to it. Nose is brisk soft sweet n sour with a hint of funk. Flavor is more of the same, kind of lime, remind me if brother sog. Finish is rather dry. Tasty but what hf brew isn't at last tasty? Not mind blowing, but worth checking out.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Skrip
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

A~ beautiful glowing copper with yellow undertones. decent head and a bit of lacing.

S~ tons of bready, peppery Belgium saison yeast, tart citrus and what do you know! a ton of honey!

T~ you get everything from the nose just a tad more subtle here. so theres bread, pepper, lemon, lime, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, wheat, spelt?, and of course great honey flavor! ending with a nice dry lemony tartness and some bretty barnyard funk. mmm...!

M~ perfect carbonation! not gonna lie I expected it to gush haha! very refreshing and dry on the finish.

O~ its like a sessionable blend of Arthur and Anna hmm...! the crazy citrus from Arthur and the great honey flavor of Anna just a little lighter all around. overall definitely another great colab. i'd like to try Kissmeyer's version of this at some point. i wish his regulars didn't start getting brewed in the states... they might be better now but i loved when he was still brewing himself in Denmark. anyway this is a perfect 4.25 and theres nothing wrong with that!

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange. Nice white head. Some lacing. Thick collar and nice surface wisps.

Smell - Sharp citrus. Lemony tartness. Citrus hops. Grassy and herbal character. Yeasty aromas.

Taste - Yeasty and tart. Lemon zest tartness. Grassy. Almost a salty flavor in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Pleasantly tart. Medium body.

Overall - It's not a standout saison for Hill Farmstead and I definitely have no idea what Nordic means, but I enjoy it quite a bit.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Appearance: pours a light straw yellow color. A finger plus of a white head that fades quickly and leaves just the slightest lacing behind. Completely opaque with haze and a small amount of sediment. 3.75/5

Smell: Lots of grassy or straw-like aromas. slightly sweet lemon bread and a nice hint of tart fruits. 4.25/5

Taste: opens up with fresh cut grass, straw and a strong earthiness and mineral taste. lots of lemon and some sweet lemon bread. towards the end a tart tropical fruit/berry mix comes in. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: fairly light. a good dryness that gets you ready for another sip. Slightly tart. Possibly one of the most refreshing beers that I have had. 4.75/5

Overall: my first Hill Farmstead and surely not my last. Wonderfully balance and complex. great tartness and just the right amount of dryness. One of the best american saisons easily 4.5/5

Photo of joe1510
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml

A big thanks goes out to Ryan for this guy! Nordic saison is mildly hazy and bright golden, with an actual glow.The pure white foam is billowing and becomes quickly meringue like as it forms stiff peaks. Lacing is left stuck to the glass like glue while carbonation rushes from the middle of the glass to bolster the head. Just as a saison should look.

Soft orchard fruits, a little indistinct come from the glass and have a touch of a medicinal quality. The real star of the show is an ever rustic hay-like earthiness that's both vibrant and bright. The soft fruitiness is met with a mild sweetness on the backend that rounds out the whole thing. Mouthwatering.

Flavor is very similiar to the nose. The orchard fruits shine a little brighter with musty peach being up front. The medicinal quality follows through middle to end while the hay and wildflowers tend to pop up here and there adding that rustic, old school quality so many saisons are missing these days. Very good example of the style.

The body is light and airy as it should be. Carbonation is lively and active, adding to the feel and wakening the tastebuds. Before the dry finish is a quick flash of soft sweetness. Drinkability is insanely high, especially on a warm muggy night like this one.

I have to give Hill Farmstead credit. They can brew one hell of a saison. They know how to nail that rustic, only slightly wild characteristic that adds so much depth. Nordic Saison is another winner from the fellas up in Vermont. Thanks again, Ryan!

Photo of PHBoiler
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like a cross between Arthur & Anna. The honey is light and adds a touch of sweetness and complexity to a bone dry farmhouse ale. Quenching and light. A beautiful beer to pair with food. The carb is spot on as well as the full body. A bit of a haylike scent on the nose but nothing too noteworthy. Excellent beer.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

light yellow in color. lots of tarty sweetness on the nose. all sorts of fruits and sweetness to the taste, along with some tartness. very easy to drink, especially at 7%.

I did not read who made this as it was part of a trade, but WOW was I impressed as this was my first Hill Farmstead beer. Cannot wait until my next.

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice funk in the nose. Tastes mildly sour acidic with thick funky saison notes. Finishes with a numbing mint/menthol sensation. Really great beer.

Photo of Roguer
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful hazy lemon/straw-yellow brew, topped by a huge fluffy, cloud-white head. Retention is pretty good, leaving behind nice lines of lacing.

Aroma is much funkier than I anticipated, especially for a fresh bottle. I'm not sure if it's brewed with Brett or if they just really emphasized a rustic style. Nice tart edge, and a bit of sweetness. Nothing that I can definitively pick out as honey.

Flavor follows; it's a very nice rustic Saison, with sweetness and tartness very balanced, and a bit of a hay and wheat flavor. Not quite as funky as the aroma.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, lively and easy. Not quite as perfect as the usual HF feel, but still superior to most.

This is an excellent, easy-drinking saison. It's not my favorite saison effort from HF, but it's very, very good.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought back by a friend from Hill Farmstead.

Pours a golden glowing yellow with a 2.5 inch foamy white head, and many sheets of lacing.

Smells like deeply fruity citrus, farmhouse funk, grass, and hay.

This is a lot more citrusy and fruity than I expected, there's a wonderful citrusy funk, with some light barnyard funk up front, and a pretty strongly tart finish. It's got that sort of minerally character that seems to be in most Hill Farmstead saisons, probably a characteristic from the Hill Farmstead well water.

This is light bodied, with a fruity and crisp mouthfeel, with tartness that lingers on the finish for a good while. This is so, so drinkable.

Another great Hill Farmstead beer, no surprise there.

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

A-Cloudy orange, nice carbonation and a one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Wheat, some tartness, some yeast.

T-Starts with wheat, tad bit of lemon and orange, mild tartness, but a little too much yeast.

M-Lighter, nice carbonation, semi crisp finish.

O-Another good HF saison, but not in the upper echelon on their saisons.

Photo of 1424IpA
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer, will have again if given opportunity.

Photo of TheCobbgoblin
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's bright, to its look, a little hazy for a FH. Has a citrusy smell to the whole farmhouse thing. Super bright and flashes of tart citrus of the taste. It feels 100% like a FH. Great beer! Cheers!

Photo of Dwkasper
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at proletariat NYC

A: yellow, hazy, golden straw

S: big funk, tart, citrus, wet horse blanket

T: big funk taste follows the nose, limes

M: sharp, clear, dry, leaves a tingling sensation

O: Amazing beer, hill farmstead lives up to the hype

Photo of cbutova
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Second time around having this one. Bottle brought to Tampa and shared with cousin. Full review at time of consumption.

A- Haze filled pale golden pour from a 750ml to a snifter. A large head ends above two fingers with a thick frothy consistency. Above average retention and large sheets of lace form around the glass. Tons of lacing in the end.

S- A blend of herbal Saison yeast and lactic acid that I have not found in many beers outside of Greensboro VT. Notes of tart similar to a Berliner but less intense followed by coriander, slight pepper, floral and pale fruits. Crusty wheat bread.

T- Reminds me of something between Arthur, with less tartness, and Florence but with a more intense Saison yeast profile. Overall balance of lemons, lactic acid, crusty pale breads grains, coriander, pink peppercorn, citrus zest and slight esters of pale fruits like apple and pear.

MF- Puffy, creamy and foamy consistency to the light but more like medium body due to that texture. High end carbonation promotes the texture with a tiny bit of agitation. Lightly tart finish and mostly dried out.

Arthur, Florence, Anna, Vermontoise, Clara and now this. Hill Farmstead is one of the best producers of Farmhouse Ales in the world. This one feels like Arthur and Florence in ways but still original with a mix of tart, spicy Saison yeast and bready malts.

Photo of Rifugium
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's.
Pretty cool that we got this even before it was offered at Hill Farmstead. Philly, bro.

Murky, golden-yellow in color, with a small wispy layer of bubbles on top, which pretty much disappeared completely, leaving little to no lacing on the glass. Light aroma, grassy funk, herbal, notes of stone/tropical fruits. Slightly tangy taste, funky, lemon, peach, grass, leafy/herbal spice with a hint of mint, coming through and leaving a tame bitterness, finishing dry and very earthy. Medium body, lower carbonation, a little chewier mouthfeel than I expected. Nice and drinkable, overall a solid saison.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

750ml bottle sealed with pressure cap.

poured into Hill Farmstead Wine Stem.

Appearance: Yellow bodied beer with large bone white head. Excellent head retention and a rocky at least 3 fingers tall head resulting from a moderate pour. Head leaves a nice thick lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: light tartness. bright citrus. light funk. wheat malts and lots of sweetness from the honey.

Taste: subtle tartness and honey sweetness. Wheat malts and light funk. Nice tropical fruit notes and hint of citrus. Fruity yeast with a hint of white pepper. This beer tastes just like sunshine in a bottle!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with light and airy carbonation. So drinkable that you can drink gallons of this beer is a single sitting without getting bored. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: I have a hard time telling the difference between Nordic Saison and Anna. Both beers are fantastic honey saisons that are brewed at Hill Farmstead. They have a lot of the same characteristics in the aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel of the beer. An excellent saison non the less.

Photo of themind
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, sour Saison. Worth the jingle.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yummy. Clean, mineral, a little bit sour. This is refreshing.

Photo of brianmandell
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 11-2014

Bright citrusy flavors with some bretty, earthy funk. There is some mild bitterness on the finish. Shares the mineral and mildly tart qualities of other Hill Farmstead Saisons - as well as the sparkling effervescent mouthfeel. Not the best of the HF saisons but nevertheless a wonderful beer.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle opened on 10.17.2014

Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Poured from a 750ml

Pale straw yellow, slightly cloudy, meringue like foam fades to lacing

Nose is all funk-- hay, barn, horse piss... and a hint of lemon

Flavors are subdued compared to other HF Saisons, mild funk and sour lemon with a crisp dry finish

Mouthfeel is a little thin but very refreshing.

Overall a very nice beer, just lighter and less complex than say Arthur and Florence.

Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy honeyed gold.

The aroma offers green apple skin, lemon and lime peel, citrus pith, bright wet spring hay, a touch of floral honey, a bit of lactic tart.

The flavor offers fruity Brett notes of tart pineapple, citrus rind, tangelo. A medium minus tart quality along with those tropical notes onto a wet hay and funk. The beer is dry as champagne along with the beautiful tiny bubbled carbonation.

Having had the softer brother, Arthur, this tastes more towards a better Boulevard Saison-Brett.

Photo of scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled June 2014. Snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy lemon-straw color beneath a soft bubbly white frothy head that left a lingering film. Streaky lace was left down the glass.
S/T: Bright tart and earthy nose with slight citrus and slight green apple. Very crisp and clean smelling. The mouth follows the nose with super clean and delicious tart notes of sour apple and lemon zest with a clean and crisp wheat backbone. Creamy and earthy yeast lingers with a drying finish.
M: Medium-full body, super creamy and soft mouthfeel, light tartness, fluffy and soft carbonation.
O: Another very soft and delicate saison with tons of complexity. Delicious.

Photo of orangesol
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at TJ's, a pre-release keg.

A - Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a small half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a very light film, leaving small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of mild saison funk, nice tropical fruit rind, damp grass, dulled hop bitterness and some earthy minerals. Takes awhile to get going but solid once it does.

T - Starts off with the saison funk quickly being joined by the strong tropical fruitiness, fresh grass, mild hopiness, damp must and earthy minerals. Finish is pretty fruity with a bit of dryness, not lingering for very long.

M - Medium-Light body with moderate carbonation. Fruity, slightly sweet feel with some bready malt backing.

O - I enjoyed this one. The tropical fruitiness works well with the base flavors. Not sure how well it would age but right now this one is awesome. Hope I can get my hands on a bottle of this one.

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Nordic Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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