Arthur - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 189
Hads: 1,567
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 7.03%
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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 roger617
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip.

A: Color is almost a glowing yellow, very bright. Pours with 2 fingers of frothy white head that reduces fairly slowly and leaves great lacing throughout the glass
S: Aroma hits up front with a crisp tartness, and follows through with coriander, spices, and a little bit of lemon. Also a little floraly presence.
T: the first few sips are very tart, and it's hard for me to detect what else is going on. As my palate adjusts I begin to detect more subtleties of lemon, coriander, orange.
M: High carbonation, finishes pretty dry.
O: This is a great representation of the style. I enjoy the crispness that holds true throughout the glass. Very flavorful and pleasantly tart. (705 characters)

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A delicious farmhouse style ale. Very crisp and tart with complex fruity, citrus zest and spice flavors and a fantastic clean, bready malt backbone. Highly aromatic and really develops as you allow it to warm in the glass. Hill Farmstead makes some amazing beer. (262 characters)

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Popped this puppy open to celebrate being done (hopefully) with college. My first HF beer ever and needless to say I'm pumped.

Beautiful color. Slightly cloudy and golden with a big fluffy head.

Aroma reeks of grains, lactic acid, faint funk and apple cider. Once it opens, lemon juice comes through with a slightly minty coolness on the nose. Orange peel, spice and grain make sure this beer sticks to its roots as a traditional saison.

Flavors explodes on to the palate. Herbal hop-bitterness balances the sweet apple/pear juice. After it sat for a while, Greek yogurt, herbaceous rosemary and a soily/gravel minerality gave this beer a 'rustic' feel as the label denotes. Only thing I am not a HUGE fan of is the interesting hoppy quality of the beer. I appreciate that they are there, but it just threw me off a little.

Honestly, I can't wait for them to start barrel-aging all Arthurs, but for now I will savor this wonderfully complex yet simple Saison. This shit right here creates the hype of HF beers. (1,016 characters)

Photo of BeerEngineer
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

General: Found this in the back room of my local craft beer shop in LA. This was expense (it's LA and the beer is from VT, go figure). They had a limited amount of them so I only picked up one to let some other people try it too. Poured this into a tulip for tasting.

Appearance: Straw colored beer with a light, fluffy white head. The head diminished really quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Some light clove aroma with a citrus note. There is almost an apricot aroma also with a smell of slight alcohol. Very fitting aroma for the style. If I didn't know better I would say this had a touch of brett finishing it because of the citrus nose that was developed with this mild funkish aroma. Really nice.

Mouthfeel: Moderately high carbonation and easy to drink. This is really refreshing. It's pretty light in body but fits the saison style.

Taste: Flavor is pretty nice, there are all the flavors that were found in the aroma with more added. There is a touch of malt, barely noticeable but refreshing. There are some really nice minor flavors in here and again, if I didn't know better I would think this had some brett in it. It reminds me of Saison Brett from Blvd Brewing.

Overall: This is interesting. I think that the best comparison is to Blvd Brewing Saison Brett, even though this doesn't have brett in it. It's a good saison, not perfect (I prefer more of the traditional belgian flavors like bubblegum, clove and banana in my saisons) but it's pretty damn good. That being said, I don't think that I would be paying $30 a bottle that it cost out in cali again. I'll wait until I make it to the brewery this summer. (1,659 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle dated 10/2013 shared with the wife after the first baseball scrimmage of the spring. Damn here's to summer closing in.

Clouded straw pour with an egg white cap and plenty of glass cling: a nice looking saison to be sure.

Smell hints at a mild tartness along with white grape skins, pepper, green apple, and crackers. Some pear lingers along the edges as well.

Green apple and lightly doughy at the start moves into some lemon tartness and peppered yeast. Pear shows here as well. Light and fizzy on the palate, drinks very easily while still allowing the flavors to hang on the tongue after the finish. Yeast clings to the finish.

Not the most remarkable saison but a very enjoyable effort that I'd appreciate drinking again sometime. (753 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to pete for this HF bottle!

750ml bottle sealed with pressure cap. bottled on date of 01/2014.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Translucent and glowing yellow bodied beer with massive and fluffy bone white head. The head has a lot of staying power and leave a heavy yet spotty lacing.

Smell: Grainy and bready malts. Fruity and yeasty aroma. Smells like it would have a light tartness. Hint of white pepper.

Taste: Mild tartness in the form of lemon and granny smith green apples. A light bitterness that is floral, grassy, and earthy. Bready and grainy malts with a hint of wet hay funk. Hint of pepper and orange zest. Getting some pears too. I might be detecting some brett notes in this beer as well. As the beer warms up the tartness, funk, and white pepper become very prominent, but remain in balance during the entire drink.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low almost moderate carbonation levels. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel too it. Carbonation is creamy. This beer is so drinkable as well.

Overall: Hill Farmstead saisons are fricking amazing. This one is no exception. The tartness really adds depth to the flavor profile of this beer. I could drink this beer by the gallons and never get bored. This beer is very much reminiscent of Dupont Saison. (1,286 characters)

Photo of 3sheets2wind
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into jester king tulip.

Extremely pale pour resolves into a buttercup haze with a pillow of white foam.

Smell is grassy meadow, lemon peel.

Tart lemon and hay. Light, creamy.

Beautiful carb, lightly drying and refreshing. I could drink this all day. (275 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma has hay, lemon, with a slight funk.

The flavor follows with white grape, lemon peel, lemon seed bitterness, lots of lemon zest throughout. There's a medium bready malt in the middle. There's a tart lemon note even on the finish as the beer dries aggressively.

Underrated and stands up as one of the better HF saison offerings. (338 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split bottle poured into tulip glass

A-Pours a hazy pale gold color with a one finger head. Great lacing.

S-Nice blend of both citrus juiciness and bready notes in the nose.

T-Lovely flavor with soft but juicy pineapple and orange rind balance by rye bread and coriander.

M-Full and almost frothy mouthfeel despite being thin and crisp. Yeasty finish.

O-A refined saison, delicate, tried and true Hill Farmstead. Really awesome! (436 characters)

Photo of danedelman
4.61/5  rDev +8%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, dated 10-2013 (Gushed upon opening)

Poured into a HF wine glass

A- It has that typical HF Saison golden straw color.

S- Slight citrusy funk, a little horse blanket-not too off putting though.

T- Tart, a touch of sourness, very refreshing.

M- Light, refreshing, extremely crisp. It does finish a little dry for me, but great nonetheless.

O- A great beer, extremly refreshing. The bottle will be empty before you know it. (440 characters)

Photo of hillvt4me
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery. Date stamped 10 2013.

A - Light hazy yellow. Medium carbonation. Thick snow white foam head with excellent lacing.

S - tart lemon, yeast; clean aroma.

T - lemony, tart, herbal

M - Smooth feel, medium body.

O - excellent rustic saison. Some sour elements blend nicely. drinkable.

Serving type: bottle (333 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to John for this one!
Pale hazy straw gold, rising streams of carb trails, fairly well charged with carbonation, producing loose soapy foam.

Bretty nose, light dry eucalyptus, dried botanicals.
Tart lemon rind and lightly Bretty, very dry aftertaste with a light bitterness that lingers. Effervescent, light bodied. Refreshing stuff, well balanced. Overall it's a great saison with plenty of rustic nuances. (416 characters)

Photo of mikem0487
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled the week of Halloween 2013. Picked this one up around than and has been in my fridge hanging out till now. Happy I finally popped this one open. AWESOME stuff!

A-Nice golden hued body. Mild haze. Nice two finger fluffy head with good retention and great lacing.

S-Very mild smell. Dank, pepper, citrus(lemon).

T-The taste is where this beer shines. The aroma is almost to subtle but the flavor makes up for that. This beer is all about the yeast. Thats where it is getting those great esters and dryness. Starts off sweet and has almost a tartness to it. A little spice in the middle of the palate and finish. The tart/sour taste is in the finish and lingers pleasantly on the tongue.

M-Medium/thin. Dry finish. Saison Perfect.

O-A excellent saison. The mouthfeel is spot on with a good carb and the taste with that sour/tart finish is awesome. This is a very unique yeast that did a beautiful job turning this wart into a all around enjoyable, thirst quenching brew. If you are fortunate enough to go to Hill Farmstead and even more fortunate to be there when this is on tap/bottled get your self some! You will not be disappointed! (1,146 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Liam

Pale blonde colour, hazy with a ring of white head, lots of lace all the way down the glass. Smell is a nice mix of yeast and frutis, bright citrus, pepper and spice creeps in with a little bit of funk, a bit of malt followed by more fruits. Taste is sharp and tart followed by some lemon, flavours similar to sweet tart, tons of citrus fruit, long drying finish. Medium drying carbonation, medium body. So good, and something I could drink a lot of, I probably could have drank the bottle alone no problem, would love to have this again. (561 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the brewery. Date stamped 10 2013.

A - Light golden pour. Hazy with strong carbonation. Two fingers of creamy white head left a full finger of retention and some nice lace.

S - Dusty, lemon, yeasty.

T - Lemony, tart, barnyard-y. Mild funk.

M - Creamy feel. Strong carbonation and a medium body. Musty lemon finish.

O/D - This was pretty tasty. Lot's of funky and lemony elements. Fairly drinkable. Well put together flavours. (445 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Had out of a bottle - friend visited Hill Farmstead and came back with one. This poured a very heady pour, and very light color...is this a Bud Light? The smell hits you quickly. I read the word tart from others, and this is 100% true. Very pure saison that has traces of a sour ale almost in my mind, but better carbonated. I hate to grade this as the style isn't in my wheelhouse, but I can see others liking it. I am still drinking it trying to determine if it is growing on me....I think it is....damn it is tart. (517 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The pour is a hazy orange golden yellow, with a smallish white head. Nice lace left behind on the glass. The aroma is soft lemon citrus, dry floral, a bit of yeast funk, and a very pleasant mineral earth encompassing the entire nose. The taste is tart lemon citrus, with floral character, opening up to the dry funk yeast earth and mineral. The palate is lovely, medium to light bodied, soft natural carbonation, and a dry tart funk mineral finish. (448 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bottle poured into a HF stemmed goblet. Purchased at the brewery on 11/1. Consumed on 11/16.

A - Golden orange in color with a full finger of bright white small bubble foam. Distinct lines of carbonation. Head mostly dissipates, leaves a thin white layer on the surface of the beer, supported by distinct lines of carbonation.

S - Slightly offensive. Tart lemon, pineapple, grassy notes and something funky.

T - Tart lemon and straw.

M - Crisp and well balanced as usual with HF.

O - Take this review with a grain of salt... this is my first of this style, so I may be off. The overwhelming tart lemon was unpleasant to me. I opened a second bottle to confirm that the first bottle was not a bad sample, but the same flavors and smell was presented. Loved several other HF offerings. but this one I did not like. (824 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured in to HF stemmed tulip.

A - Translucent bright yellow with two big fingers of thick, foamy white head that slowly reduced to a half finger.

S - Funk notes at first, then sweet breadiness, spice (pepper) and lemon zest.

T - Tart and funky up front with a big peppery spice profile. Sweet bready/honey malt profile enters mid-palate with bitter lemon zest in the finish.

M - Light body; slightly creamy. Dry. Moderate carbonation. (447 characters)

Photo of mhksuccess
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a 3FFF teku
first off for some reason when i opened the bottle it foamed up and poured over the top
let it sit for a few and then poured slow and it was still extremely huge head on it
even after drinking the first glass the second pour was massive head
now to the good stuff
the smell is that nice farmhouse funk
taste is similar i would say little dry
mouthfeel is nice i like the carbonation level makes it an easy drinker
farm funk in this is so good
would get again for sure i liked this much better than ANNA (542 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (345 characters)

Arthur from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.