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Arthur - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 911
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.85%
Wants: 320
Gots: 166 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: kingcrowing on 10-03-2010)
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 11:58:03 | More by Sammy
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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

10-14-2012 14:19:20 | More by t0rin0
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4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wowcoolman for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, spice, pepper, and some citrusy aromas. Taste is the same with a nice spice bitterness on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 00:31:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.6%

02-28-2013 22:03:00 | More by djrn2
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4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 13:59:20 | More by Thorpe429
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like the best of the Belgians, with the liquid being a cloudy honey color and the head billows with marshmallow meringue; incredible stickage and copious lacing qualities

Smell: Delicate toffee malt aromatics merge with some barnyard yeasty funk and a hint of grassy hops

Taste: The toffee malt flavor establishes itself first and then underpins the other flavors through the finish; fruit flavors that are cantaloup and pear forward emerge next with peppery yeast arriving in the middle; everything merges, after the swallow, with some grassiness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really clean, well crafted Saison

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 23:48:54 | More by brentk56
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-03-2013 01:15:19 | More by nmann08
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Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright golden color ale with a nice large pure white foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of rustic ester and floral malt is very nice and enticing. Taste is also a nice mix between some floral malt with good attenuation and limited sweetness with some rustic notes and a lightly spicy yeast strain. Body is full with excellent carbonation. Hops are present though not overly so and provide nice zesty flavour. Another great combination between some complex flavour while retaining some great complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 20:44:01 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing, Joe.

Pours a hazed golden color with a tall white head. Excellent nose to this. Straw, yeast, and citrus peel aromas. A light sweetness, some floral notes, and mild spice. The flavor is crisp and refreshing. Biscuit malts, floral hops, yeast, and lightly spicy. A bit of citrus peel, and a light tartness throughout. A very mild funk in the background, too.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 17:41:56 | More by womencantsail
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.6%

03-10-2012 19:13:48 | More by acurtis
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-17-2013 00:47:40 | More by kjkinsey
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

06-07-2013 00:51:14 | More by ygtbsm94
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-18-2013 17:42:58 | More by Texasfan549
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-13-2011 23:32:28 | More by spycow
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

03-26-2014 02:33:00 | More by Knapp85
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-29-2013 05:46:40 | More by emerge077
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-12-2013 17:07:44 | More by JAHMUR
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3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Arne. 32 oz growler into a tulip.

The brilliantly clear golden body is topped by two fingers of white suds. Head retention isn't great for the style, but I'll cut it some slack for coming from a growler.

Grainy and fruity on the nose, the yeast contributes a lot of bubblegum, green apple and white pepper. A whiff of citrusy, grassy hops are noticeable beneath the strong yeast profile.

The palate opens with a rough grainy character, along with bubblegum, unripe pear and citrus. The body is thin, and the beer feels too refined for a saison. Hop flavors show up mid-palate, lemony and herbal, leading into a grainy and dry finish that ends with notes of banana and fresh herbs.

There's plenty of complexity here, but the flavors don't seem entirely harmonious to me. I'm also not crazy about the yeast, which brings too much cloying bubblegum flavor.

Serving type: growler

01-07-2011 00:30:34 | More by largadeer
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-14-2011 17:38:28 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-27-2013 02:36:31 | More by nickfl
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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of AshleyMiller. Served in a Cantillon glass at the end of a pretty insane evening.

A - Voluminous white foam that will overflow if you're not careful. The foam eventually settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotchy glass-coating lace. The body is a hazed white flesh peach color. Not sure what else you'd want from a farmhouse ale.

S - Sharp grains, lemons, lightly phenolic and peppery yeast, some vanilla and stone fruit malt sweetness, a kiss of noble hops. Pretty potent and intense for only 6%.

T - The taste is a little more subtle. Lightly toasted grains, some pilsner malt(?), yeasty bread, and a light lemon and herbal hop finish. Doesn't quite have the intensity of the aroma. No alcohol, but none was expected.

M - Creamy medium body that is more than sufficiently hefty. Pleasant low-to-moderate carbonation, no alcohol, and a dry, crisp finish.

D - Crushable stuff - I drank most of the 750ml bottle on my own after pouring a few small snifters for guests. My own complaint is that the taste is a bit tame and doesn't match the other facets of the beer. I like Art better, but I'd gladly have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 18:49:16 | More by MasterSki
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-08-2013 13:56:16 | More by drabmuh
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

05-27-2014 13:54:49 | More by Slatetank
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4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades at a med pace with lots of lacing, very hazy golden creamy yellow color.

Nose a bit yeasty, light lemony zest, light citrusy, dry rustic malts and wheat, farmhouse earthy aroma, touch of spices

Taste is very saison, dry rustic earthy farmhouse, light creamy malts, little yeasty, light lemony citrus fruit and zest, dry bready malts, light wheat like, lots of carbonation, little creamy and light spices, bit of bitterness and hint of tannins. Finishes even more bitter, light floral grassy hops, pretty dry, more farmhouse rustic malt flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall nice, great flavors, right on for saison, nice hops that come late, dry finish, good carb, nice farmhouse flavors, very light spices, and a nice lemony citrus flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 04:19:23 | More by jlindros
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 05:10:40 | More by Rifugium
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Arthur from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 911 ratings.