Arthur - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,529
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.8%
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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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Photo of Hesscabob
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW WOW WOW! Very light, white frothy head leading into a sensational aroma of Saison yeast, sour/acidic tones, earthy but very refreshing. First Hill Farmstead and will search for more! Game changer of a Saison.

Photo of Tarabeth
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really enjoy this beer, one of my favorites from Hill Farmstead.

Photo of Ri0
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%

poured 750ml bottle into my Duvel.

A - Pours hazy, deep straw yellow with a nice 3 finger white head. Retention is excellent and there is plent of lacing all over the glass.

S - Aromas of citrus, lemon/lime, and floral notes. There is breadiness from the pale malts and some grassy/earthy notes followed by hints of spice and funk.

T - Quite citrusy, with lemons, limes, and oranges. Floral and earthy hops along with grassy notes fill in with a bready or cracker like malt. Just a bit of spice and funk on the finish.

M - Light and crisp with fantastic carbonation. Quite easy to drink on a warm summer's eve.

O - Easily the best Saison that I have had and it has everything I want in one. What a treat and I am lucky to have tried it. Now I want more!

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a very hazy yellow to straw in color with a huge, fluffy head. The head is here to stay with tremendous retention. Lacing is also phenomenal with an intricate lattice work down the side of the glass from the incredibly fluffy head.

S- Just like the head on this beer, the scent is almost fluffy in quality. Light scents of grain, funk, and just a touch of tart acidity intermingle on the nose and provide an enticing scent. Underneath those scents is a smell of a touch of peppery spiciness that really mixes in with the funky part of the scent very well. Slightly dry on the end of the smell as well.

T- Starts with a mix of slight tartness and some funk at the beginning of the drink. The tartness is very mild and has just a touch of lemony characteristics. The grain and spiciness come next with a light and dry flavor that is accompanied by the same pepper flavor as the scent. The drink moves more towards a dry flavor overall in the second half and the funk and grain are dominant flavors from there on out. The lingering flavor on the tongue is just a touch of the tart flavor mixed in with the dry funkiness.

M- This beer is best described with a word that I have already used in this review; fluffy. It is very light and airy on the tongue with an easy drinking, smooth feel. Greatly sessionable with an evolving flavor profile as it warms.

Overall, this is the type of saison that is right up my alley. Grainy and just a little spicy and funky with a light to moderate level of tartness. My favorite saisons have that tart aspect yet keep a great complexity with grain and funk, and this beer has all of those qualities.

Photo of pschul4
4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Celticfutblclub!

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a big white fluffy head

S- Tiny bit of belgian yeast in there but the big thing is how sour this smells! Never would have expected that out of a saison. Smells amazing

T- What is a delicious gueze doing in this saison bottle? Nice and sour with a touch of sweetness. If someone told me this was a gueze I'd tell them it was damn near perfect. As a saison, it's beyond perfect

M- Very carbonated but it mathes the sourness nicely

O- Best saison I've ever had. Period

Photo of sdeese21
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazingly good beer! Hint of sour accompanies the light citrus aroma. Mouthfeel is on point. Beautifully done, Hill Farmstead!

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 Rifugium
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First had: bottle from Hill Farmstead

Poured into a HF stem glass, a hazy white peach color with a fizzy white head that my wife described as "decadent," for it truly was, nice retention and luscious lacing. I expected more of a straight up saison and prepared my olfactory glands for the typical hit of funk, but surprisingly, they were instead greeted with an unexpected hit of citrus and fruit, with a bit of tartness. This translated into the taste, zesty citrus, grass, apple skins, a twinge of tart/sour, spicy yeast, and a dash of pepper. Gah...now I'm kicking myself for not getting a couple extra bottles of this! Light-medium body, prickly, and tremendously drinkable. And now it's gone. :( Loved it while it lasted though.

Being a more under-the-radar "sour," and a fairly "common" offering from HF, this may be one of my favorites from them.

*Old review aside, this has easily morphed into one of my favorite beers over the years.

Photo of JulioH
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer from Hill Farmstead.

Pours a nice golden yellow beer. Normal head forms at the top. Smell of brett and funk on the nose. Taste is mildly sour, perfect for a saison. Some Belgian yeast is present, but very well balanced beer. Not hoppy or bitter whatsoever. Body is light.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%

On tap at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Mind blown. Mind on the wall like Earnest Hemingway. All those grassy, peppery saison flavors, but with a dollop of the most glorious citrus possible. Am I tripping? No, I'm alive.

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 justforrazors
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

4-13 Batch, reviewed live 8/14/13. Bottle had a slow gush upon opening, poured into a HF wine glass.

A- Pours a hazy orange -yellow color with a soapy white head that fills the top three inches of my glass. As it slowly fades to about a third of an inch, it leaves insane lacing on all sides of the glass. Carbonation is noticeable, and appears fairly high, though alright for style.

S- Brett straight up. It rears its head with lemon, orange peel, pepper, and some complimentary band aid phenolics.

T- Awesome tartness that you wouldn't have expected from the smell. Tons of lemon mixed with a little bit of grassy flavors, as well as some spicy notes to balance the whole thing out. Pretty much the perfect saison as far as flavors goes, but that is just one man's opinion. Decent bitterness at the end as well, it plays well with the pepper notes on the back end.

M- Prickly carbonation, medium to low body with a crisp finish that sports some decent drying, although nothing that isn't tolerable, or enjoyable for this style.

O- God- the last time I had this same batch it didn't blow me away. This time around, it is clear that the bugs have taken over and just bumped this beer up in to the top tier. The lemon adds a tartness that is very well balanced by the pepper phenols and bitter hop notes at the end of the taste. The high carbonation and drying effects make you crave another sip, and the appearance is as close to perfect for a saison as one could ask. Give me more please....

Photo of KornWallace
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Date:7/31/14
Location: DiCicco's Armonk
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Pale to straw yellow. Little to no head. Hazy and very difficult to see through.
Aroma: Sour yeast. Slightly vinous. Apples/Pears. Light on the wheat.
Flavor: Again that sour flavor kicks more flavors of lemon then that apple/pear.

Photo of sweemzander
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to Adam for the trade!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. A great head of white foam. Great retention and lacing too.

(S)- Quite dry. A great funky earthy yeast to it. Subtle lemon peel. Very complex despite its simplicity.

(T)- A juicy body to this white being quite dry and slightly earthy at the same time. Lemon and lime meets a dry yeast with an ever so slight tart funk.

(M)- A superb carbonation level and balance to this. Big dry funk while still having a bright and zesty citrus and yeast profile. Not overly bitter either.

(O)- A world class Saison in every sense. A bright yet dynamic and complex beer that has everything I love about Saisons. An instant favorite

Photo of humuloner22
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received this in trade a few weeks back. I noticed the bottling date was from January of last year, still this one has held up very well, perhaps even better than it was fresh? Although there was no noticeable off flavors at all. Very well crafted beer.

Appearance: Light golden honey colored with a large amount of delicate white head.

Aroma: Tartness is the dominant aroma some sweetness in there as well. Very much a Belgian style ale.

Taste: Tart, citrus fruits and a little bitterness pretty complex, yet mild as well. Very clean finishing and truly enjoyable.

Overall: This is my first Hill Farmstead beer and I am amazed at how well crafted it truly is, if I had not just ran across the date I would never have been able to tell that it had over a year of age on the bottle. Super beer! I hope this is the first of many opportunities.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle pour at the Ithaca Luminous release.

Pours a murky, rusty looking yellow, with a 2 inch off white head, and lots of sticky lacing.

Smells like peach, apricot, orange, some mild to moderate funky barnyard type stuff.

The taste is pretty similar. Just the right amount of tartness here, some hay, some musty citrus flavors, some Belgian yeast, some Brett-like flavors, quite zesty, funky, and great.

Light to medium bodied, crisp, juicy mouthfeel, very drinkable, no alcohol presence.

Awesome saison. Might be the best I've ever had.

Photo of kidkarma1971
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Another gem from the Hill, this saison brings great yeasty and grainy taste that is essential to good saisons. I found the carbonation a bit lighter than expected, but still possessed some mysterious quality that gave it some smooth wavy tartness that just stuck on my tongue.

A-hazy yellow color with good lacing

S-lemon, yeasty, a touch of pepper perhaps?

T- great grainy, yeasty, solid bitter finish, pepper

F-medium body with light carbonation, awesome edges/crispness

O-a winner Saison with light but yummy flavors,

growler at Buddha Beer Bar in NYC.

Photo of suspect
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml into a Founders snifter.

A: Murky yellow-golden beer. Aggressive pour leads to a pure white fizzy two-finger head that fades relatively quickly leaving spotty but pure lacing.

S: Lemon zest, bready yeast, funk and black pepper. Spicy and complex. Brings the nose of a gueuze.

T: Not at all like the nose except for the citrus zest. Brings more of a trappist yeast note with a mellow ending to the flavor.

M: Big crisp finish, perfectly carbonated.

O: A fantastic beer. I might have liked this better than Abner and this is coming from a big time hop head. The complexity in this beer is top notch.

Photo of Onemoresolo
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a truly sublime experience.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Hill Farmstead on November 4, 2010. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Thanks to Shaun for his incredible generosity for spending a good deal of time with us.

Pours a nice orangish amber color with a nice white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some nice stone fruit, apricot, peach, a bit of Belgian-yeast spice, and a bit of light earth and grass.

The taste is nice and fruity with a bit of yeast character. Really nice feel with a light body and excellent carbonation. Really nice and sessionable. I had heard about all of HF's excellent hoppy beers and read about Fear & Trembling, but I had no idea on this and it was a really pleasant surprise.

Photo of lovindahops
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Can't believe after the amount of Arthur's I have had I have never reviewed one! I love Hill Farmstead and what they push out

A- a bursting darkened fluorescent yellow with a wicked foamy white head. Off the charts retention and vicious slashing of lacing on the edges of my HF stemware. Hazy and brilliant with the colors and amazing foamy head

S- a lemony and peppery blast of bready yeast and lively flavors. This is a hardcore example of barnyard funk being collected in a bottle. A little citrus and Brett scent carries over at the end

T- same lemon and pepper scent flows into a delicious yeasty treat. Full of citric flavor bready flavor that is equivalent to some sweetly enrobed Belgian candy. Absolutely flavorful with a dry finish that keeps me wanting more of the funk and tart flavor

M- carbonated just right and flavor that coates your mouth

O- what a saison. Barnhouse Funk! Arthur delivers as a delicious mouth watering saison. I will say this again... Hill farmstead is the best brewery in the world!

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic saison, shared a bottle with my wife over dinner. The funk is beautifully balanced with wheat tartness. Fresher bottle(3-15), will hold one for a little while to see what age does to it...

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle to start of NYE 2014 after getting this in a non-BA trade a few weeks ago. As my first taste of Hill Farmstead, it's amazing that I was able to hold off this long. Label is marked with a bottling date of 10/2014. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series tulip glass.

Appearance (4.75) - Starting off on the right foot, this is what a saison should look like. The body is a glowing lemon topaz hue with hints of spun gold and a slight haze that seems to enhance the glowing nature. A lazy trail of carbonation rises from the etching on the bottom of the inside of the glass to replenish a towering four finger head of stark white meringue-like foam. With the way the beer developed a half finger of foam inside the bottle after I popped the top, I was afraid it might be a gusher, but after some careful handling, the carbonation was just enough to provide the massive head. Rings of sticky lace adorn the sides of the glass after the head dissipates several minutes later.

Smell (4.5) - At first whiff, there is a decided acidic tartness to the aroma alongside notes of white pepper and citrus zest. Some light floral notes take the edge of the acidity and bring it back to it's saison roots, rather than straying too far overboard with any sourness. Some barnyard funk and the impression of sourdough comes through as the yeast and malt make their presence known.

Taste (4.75) - As wonderful as this beer smelled, the taste is even better. There is so much going on, but it's not busy or overwrought. Notes of clover and pepper blend seamlessly with a refreshing but delicate tartness that leaves just the lightest kiss of that pinch of sour on the tongue, with a dry finish to prepare your mouth for the next sip. Light citrus and the suggestion of peach dance over the more earthy notes of yeast and grain. While stronger than a traditional "session" beer, the taste of this beer is so excellent that I could easily drink bottle after bottle without tiring of it.

Mouthfeel (4.75) - Light bodied, but with enough heft to provide an excellent counterpoint to the tartness and pungency of the beer. Some beers like this can feel watery even though they are supposed to have a lighter feel. This one manages to have some girth without being heavy. High carbonation and a dry finish on the tongue.

Overall (4.5), this is just a fantastically crafted beer. The saison style is a broad-ranging one, so it's hard to compare takes on the style that can be quite different from one another. That said, I can attest that this particular beer more than lives up to the massive reputation that precedes Hill Farmstead. It's the quintessential tart farmhouse ale in my mind.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 750ml bottle into an Allagash chalice.

Appearance- Beautiful clear golden color with outstanding two finger head that shows no sign of dissipating.

Smell- Sweet lemon, bready yeast, yeasty funkiness, farms, hard work, oakiness.

Taste- Yeasty lemony flavor, light funky tartness, smooth crisp hops. Finishes light and crisp with mild tartness.

Mouthfeel- Super light and generously carbonated, mild tartness on the tongue. I could drink this all day.

Overall- Hands down the best saison I've had period.

Photo of danedelman
4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-first pour clear and golden. Then turned hazy with huge fluffy white head.

S-sweet hay and citrus

T- lemon, orange, tart, slight funk. At only 4 months old this is awesome. Definitely getting tarter faster than his old stuff.

M- dry and thin. I can drink a lot of this stuff.

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Arthur from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 1,529 ratings.