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Arthur - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,405
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 438
Gots: 258 | FT: 41
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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: kingcrowing on 10-03-2010

Arthur (1922-2005) was our grandfather’s youngest brother; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings. In his honor, this Saison is crafted from American malted barley, American and European hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Arthur.
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Ratings: 1,405 | Reviews: 181
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Photo of gcamparone
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Purchased at the brewery in November.

Pours a super hazy, pale yellow body with a big gushing frothy white head that reduces slowly to leave some lacing a decent, uneven white retention that sits for a while. Some sediment.

Aroma is super inviting with big fruity and tart aromas, namely tart citrus, lemon, and green apple mixed with banana-clove, peppery spices, farmhouse funk.

Taste is equally as complex, upfront is tart citrus but not overpoweringly sour, saison yeastyness & barnhouse funk, estery banana, a creamy caramel, with a spicy, peppery, and slightly bitter finish. Super complex. Excellently balanced. Easy to drink with a medium body and medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall a world class Saison, super complex, balanced, and tasty. I expect nothing less from Hill Farmstead.

Photo of Spice_Navigator
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Has all the things you'd want in a saison. Lemon and citrus notes that are perfect on a hot summer day. Tastes like it has a bit of funky sour going on too. Highly recommended.

Photo of JohnG190
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep gold with a thick quickly dissipating head. Good lacing. Faint pepper and biscuit on the nose with some dry white wine notes following. Dry on the tongue, very spicy with lots of pepper. Dry finish as well. Light bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a supremely well crafted and easy drinking farmhouse ale.

Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$12.99 32 ounce growler pour from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours a dull shade of amber with a tangerine hue, clouded, with plenty of bubbles rising to the top. Head is loose, moderate, and tiny bubbles. Nice looking sheeting, with webs of lacing rise from the collar to the top of the glass.

Fruity, earthy and some peppery spice picked up in the nose.

Fresh, zesty and fully flavorful saison. More pepper, fruity, some grassyness with a kick of Belgian yeasty goodness.

More high quality and well worth seeking out brew from Hill Farmstead.

Photo of codysjb
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass. Had after Vera Mae and this is good but not like HF's other offerings. Smells slightly farmhousey, tastes like a somewhat watered down version of the style, not a ton of flavor. Good, but more like a lager or witbier than a saison. I prefer HF's other offerings more.

Photo of tigg924
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: 1 inch head, straw yellow in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: light apples, straw, and florals—really appealing smell—very spring like

Taste: light apples, straw, grape, and florals

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, super light bodied, sweet

Overall: Very light, faint, and super flavorful. A delicate beer that is a masterpiece. I have yet to be disappointed by a Hill beer and this is right with the best of them. I could drink this every day. A friend of mine who I gave some to said this tasted like a fine Champaign and I tend to agree.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2 liter pop-top growler poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass. The growler is really nice, as is the glass.

Pours a hazy amber color that's like a pale apricot. It's got a fairly small white head with some light lacing. Nose is funky fresh fruit. Apricots are here, and some nice Belgian yeast.

Taste is very fresh and fruity, also get that apricot taste here (seeing a theme?). Mouthfeel is nice and full, creamy and rich. Light carbonation is perfect for the style. This is one of the best saisons I've ever had, no idea how Shaun does it but keep it up!

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very pale yellow with a huge white head that lingers forever. Quite cloudy in body. Nose is belgian yeast, some lemons, and other citric flavors. The taste is very tart which I didn't see coming from the nose. Funky lemons, some hay, low acidity, and belgian yeast come through on the tongue. The finish is very crisp and clean with a very low lingering tartness.

This would be a great warm weather beer to sit by the pool and crush all day long.

Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

Barely clouded golden and dark straw yellow with a pillowy, persistent, sticky eggshell-colored head. Leaves sticky, irregular splotches of lace down the glass. Very pretty saison.

Incredible, expressive aroma, though very classic and typical for the style--not complaining, as it's perhaps my favorite style. Lots of sharp lemon in the aroma along with a distinctive tangy/funky/earth character, and some very mild black pepper presence.

The flavor follows the aroma, with lots of lemon pushing its way forward, backed by the earthy/stone/brick funk, and a bit of a pepper presence. Mild biscuit. Incredibly drinkable.

Artfully crafted. Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Nice, lingering lemon flavor presence.

Wonderful.

Photo of mahak213
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the most recent batch, into HF stemware. Started to foam over a bit when I cracked it open, and then continued to foam over very slowly for the next 2 minutes. *At the end of writing this review, the foam was still trying to creep up out of the bottle, it was pretty funny!*

Appearance- Hazy, bright yellow body with a huge, soapy, pillowy white head. Tremendous lacing.

Smell- Bright, lemony and a little funky with a big grassy, herbal hop note, and some biscuity malt rounds to round things off

Taste- Light herbal bitterness up front that fades into a crisp breadiness and some peppery notes. Finish has more black pepper, and a really mild lemon tartness

Mouthfeel- Crisp, very dry, super refreshing. This is the highlight for me, if I could drink this beer and only this beer all summer long, I'd be a happy man.

Overall- Nothing fancy here, just an incredibly well crafted, refreshing, easy to drink saison.

Photo of CLCardinal84
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Golden yellow with a nice bubbly head

S: Delicious citrus and funk. Nice oak and white wine scents picked up also

T: Woah, this stuff is really really good. Probably the best saison I've ever had. It's perfectly balanced. Fruity, tart and creamy. Pretty much perfect.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation.

O: Thanks to notjustgc for sending this in a trade. This was my first Hill Farmstead beer and was it ever enjoyable. I will certainly seek this and other HF stuff out again. Might just have to make the trek to Vermont as it might be easier to attain that way :)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden/straw color with a nice white head on top. Great retention and lacing.

S: Very nice aroma, some light wheat with lemon and a bit of spice. Slightly tart.

T: More lemony flavor mixed with a surprising amount of tartness. There was a little bit of barnyard funk and some spice on the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied, very easy drinking.

O: Fantastic beer, loved the level of tartness mixed with the lemon/zest flavors going on in this beer.

Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Terrific saison. Aroma is tantalizing with a fruit invitation. Cloudy yellow. Understated carbonation allowing for the palate to appreciate the tanginess. Some lace. Slightly pickled lemon taste and that's a good thing. Very good drinkability. Lots of farmhouse in the end of the bottle.

Photo of Roguer
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very light and bright straw yellow appearance; despite that, very thick and completely opaque. Great full lacing, relatively small head (~1/2 finger) with good retention.

Aroma is of straw and wheat, with some barnyard funk. I couldn't pick up much else.

The flavor follows the nose, with a huge funky Brett flavor hogging center stage. Some lemon and straw give it some balance.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily and sticky, with a small amount of carbonation sting. Overall a solid medium feel.

Overall, for a rustic saison, this is a great beer. It's not really at all sweet; there are other options for that kind of saison. The Brett is the dominating flavor, but it's quite well balanced and expertly crafted.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Hill Farmstead flute. Shared with schen9303. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a 1.5 finger frothy white head with amazing retention. Beer is a clear, pale goldenrod that reveals huge carbonation. Lacing is frothy and thick with excellent stick. Perfect.

Nose is lemon zest, cane sugar, coriander, clove, and some band-aid. Very fresh and aromatic.

Opens lemon zest and peel. Floral notes. Coriander and other spices. Barnyard funk with a nice yeastiness. Tart lemon on the finish and aftertaste. Real clean. Nice tartness balanced with ample hints of spice.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Spritzy and lively in the mouth and smooth and yeasty going down. Slightly messy but brief finish with little to no aftertaste. Reall good.

Pretty par for the coarse for Hill Farmstead... that is to say, amazing and one of the best in the style. There's great balance and complexity in this beer and it'll only get better with time. Clearly worth a try.

Photo of dirtylou
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, split, immediately post-Clara

Pale straw-golden beer, thick frothy white head. Crisp, light and refreshing citrus notes, white pepper, a touch earthy and light spice. Another infinitely drinkable and refreshing saison from HF - I prefered Clara to this during this session, but either one would do the trick on a summer afternoon.

Photo of nickd717
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to alfrantzell.

Pours golden and clear with a small white head and some lacing.

The aroma is great, with honey and grains, floral notes and spice, maybe light fruits.

Very nice flavor, not too sweet with a pale malt base, honey, pepperiness, Belgian yeast, and hop bitterness.

Medium-bodied with a dry crisp mouthfeel and a good level of carbonation.

Really good saison - best of this style I've had from Hill Farmstead so far. Goes down very easy.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Farmhouse Tap. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - Bright orange yellow. Nice white head. Nice lacing. Good rention.

Smell - Lemony. Slightly yeasty. Wine notes. Pale malt.

Taste - Very crisp. White wine all over. Pale malt. Acidic. Oaky in the finish. Mostly white wine and the saison is lost.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. Nice tang. A little bit yeasty.

Overall - The saison isn't the most complex, but wine flavors really round it out very nicely.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange body. It's tropical looking, like pineapple juice. Huge and fluffy bone white head.

The aroma is heavy lemon, light grass, and funky funky yeast.

The flavor is equally heavy lemon and funk. Light phenols, pepper, and mint finish.

Mouthfeel is tart and dry. Moderate carbonation.

It's an impressive saison that's deep in flavor and a fun mouthfeel.

Photo of zonker17
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Soft beer with balanced hops and carbonation.

Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy pale yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, earth, fruit hop, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, spice, earth, and fruity spice. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. There was quite a bit of fruitiness going on in this one that definitely balanced quite well with the Saison aspect going on in it. The spicy and earthiness from the style definitely shined through and was quite well incorporated with the rest of the brew and managed to compliment the other aspects well. I just wish there would have been a little more complexity going on to take it to a new level. Glad I got the chance to try this one, but not the best Saison I have ever had to this day.

Photo of Kinsman
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden yellow fills the glass with a frothy bright white head resting nicely on top. An effervescent body makes for quite the welcoming site.

Lemony citrus notes greet the nose. Peppery yeast and slight honey sweetness round it all out.

Tart and fruity upfront but nicely balanced by the peppery spice notes. Grassy hop notes make a brief appearance as well. All of these flavors a carried well by a nice medium-body bubbly and crisp mouthfeel.

Overall, this may be my favorite of the HF saisons I've had so far, but I'd like to revisit Anna. About as simple and straightforward as a saison can be yet so damn tasty.

Photo of KYGunner
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured a light yellow yet glowing complexion with a foamy and frothy head.

The aromas were strong but perhaps not my favorites. I love the Apple, pear, banana and honeysuckle but it was mixed with anise and clove. A slight sweet bubblegum was mixed throughout.

The flavors were strong with a lemony tartness, Granny Smith Apple, pear and a peppery finish. The overall flavor has a Chardonnay like taste and at times reminds me of cider.

I thought the feel was a tad thin but very light and tart.

As with all Hill Farmstead this beer gives the feel of craftsmanship and has an intense diversity.

Photo of claaark13
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought in January 2012 from the brewery. The guys told me they were old bottles, whatever that means. Poured into a HF snifter. Review from notes.

A - Clear yellow with a thick head. Great retention.

S - Belgian yeast, coriander, lemon.

T - Much like the aroma, then a slightly tart lemon on the finish. Very crisp.

M - Light to moderate carbonation.

O - Easy drinking, flavorful Saison. Well done. Great for an American version of the style. Very refreshing and clean.

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger:

A: Clear and golden with a solid two finger white head, good retention and lacing.

S: Grass, spice, brett funk, fruit. A lot going on.

T: Really smooth integrated flavors. Fruity, grassy, spicy and funky. Finishes really dry with a hint of hops. Excellent.

M: Light and airy, perfectly carbonated.

D: This beer was above average. It is immensely drinkable at 5%.

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Arthur from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 1,405 ratings.