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Arthur - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 203
Hads: 1,649
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 454
Gots: 354 | FT: 55
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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 hillvt4me
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of emerge077
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of mikem0487
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of peensteen
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.74/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.42/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled April 27, 2013. Getting around to tasting this one a bit later.

(4.25) A: Hazy straw coloured with a tall puffy head that gradually recedes while clinging nicely to the glass.

(4.25) S: Straw, cloves, tart grapefruit, sour lemon, white grape, pepper, and sea salt-like. A lot of diverse barnyard aromas that are tart and slightly acidic – Outstanding.

(4.25) T: Lemons, semi-sweet grapefruit, white grape, straw-like qualities, spices, and dry cedar. This is tough to accurately describe with the variety of flavours in this, so I won’t attempt to – it’s delicious.

(4.5) M: Medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Pleasantly dry with a well balanced slick/crisp texture.

(4.25) D: Excellent farmhouse saison. The trip to the brewery is well worth it for their offerings, and worth it alone to pick up more of this.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From Brad. Thanks! Split. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours out as a yellow-lemon sun with an energetic and expanding white head. Great head retention.

N: Lemon zest and pine/cedar. Forest floors, dried leaves, and log cabins. Lavender and coriander seeds. Green apple. Have to give this one high marks; I really enjoy it.

T: Slightly soured with some bitterness and very little malt. Clean taste for the most part, but then I get a hint of sharp, stomach acid which I really can't stand.

M: dry and pleasing. The beer fills the palate, and then it disappears.

O: This is really nice, but I really wish it didn't have that stomach acid effect because it's a huge turnoff for me. If not for that one flaw, this might be my perfect beer.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to kmurray8621 for the bottle. Been meaning to drink this one for a little while. Tasted 17 May 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours mostly clear, medium-pale straw yellow. Three fingers of big, fluffy head that looks like closed-cell foam. Great retention and fantastic lacing, leaving etchings on the glass and a thick cap on the surface of the beer.

Smell is a really nice mix of earthy, musty smells and a little bit of spice. Earthy and deep, yet airy and light at the same time.

Taste is earthy and musty, again with a bit of spice. But here there's a citric acid bitterness that I really like. Just a shade of citrus combined with that little acidic almost-sour burst. Goes through three distinct stages: earthy, then spice, then citrusy bitter.

Feel is medium-bodied, watery-light, with a prickly carbonation that lightens the earthy sense and works well with the spice.

In the lower end of the upper tier of saisons. Musty and earthy. Not stunning, but very good.

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Photo of Resuin
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Bottling date is listed as April 27, 2013 so it is less than 2 months old.

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold/amber and leaves a beautiful white head of a couple fingers which lingers around a bit before fading, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lemon, a floral grassyness, honey, a hint of funk, perhaps some green apple. Very nice and light aromas.

Taste: Matches the smell nicely, very refreshing. Plenty of lemon, wheat-grass, black pepper, a little funk, finishes nicely with some hops.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation, light to medium body. Very smooth and refreshing. No alcohol presence.

Overall: Definitely a quality refreshing saison. Just a tad of barnyard which mixes nicely with the flavors. The hop presence adds an interesting element to the flavor, especially the finish. On a hot summer day, this beer is a savior.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Three Floyds Teku.

A- pours a hazy light honey color with a 2" frothy white head. Thick clumps of bubbles cling to the glass.

S- honey, lemon, cantaloupe, lemon peel, peppercorn

T- pale malts, slightly sour lemon and lemon zest, earthiness, peppercorn, slight grassy, weedy bitterness.

M- light body and high carbonation. Nice light, refreshing beer with a semi dry finish.

O- very good saison. Enough sweetness to balance the citrus, slight sourness and bitterness.

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Photo of Treebs
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Thanks to pmoney for the share.

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with a huge dollop of white foam forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick cap that leaves some stick lace down the glass.

S: Stone fruit and light yeasty notes with some lemony background scents. Grassy as well with a sweet malt profile.

T: Same as the nose with a tad more sweetness from the malts. Sweet bread with stone fruit and some spiced yeast. A little dry with some lemon tartness and mild dried grass.

M: Light bodied with a medium high carbonation. Bubbly texture across the tongue with a sweet and yeasty finish.

O: Another nice saison from HF. Hits all the balances of yeast, fruit and malt.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rough day at work and this was calling my name from the back of the fridge

A- Holy hell this is beautiful. Great golden hue with no haze at all and signs of life bubbling from the bottom of the glass to the top, which is covered by a frothy white head that lingers, just a great looking beer; I'd say Arthur looks inviting

S- Some light bready malt character with rustic yeasty notes with some slight green apple notes, smells good but not mindblowing

T-Now we are back to mindblowing. You notice the yeasty/green apple/funk notes right away while the bready malt notes spontaneously help keep the funk in check. Its not very often that when I'm half way done a review of a 750ml bottle that I'm also more than half way done the bottle.

M- The carbonation is just enough to keep the funk from linger too long, yet remains soft and pleasant, a wondrous balancing act

O-This is insanely drinkable, the flavors come together so well, giving you a little funk with your malt. This is a fantastic brew and i cannot wait to get more. I'm adamant about Saison DuPont being the standard bearer for the style, but Arthur blows that out of the water (with all due respect, DuPont did have the Saison standard bearer title for a very long time for me). Another great beer from Shaun Hill

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Photo of justforrazors
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
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....

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Golden in color with good clarity. Four fingers of thick, foamy white head retain wonderfully and leave thick spidery clumps of lacing in its wake.

S: Dry bready and biscuity malt base. Rustic yeast lends a light musty, funky scent and whiffs of green apple. White pepper and spices. Tropical esters of pineapple and tangerine.

T: Funk and must are the predominant tastes at the start. Green apple and a moderate level of sourness move in shortly. Tropical esters of starfruit, pineapple, and tangerine. Grassy hops. Hay. Slight phenolic pepper and spice hide beneath the funk. Bready and biscuity malts stay dry throughout. Layered yeasty tastes of musty funk, sour apple, and light spice ride it out into the finish.

M: Lighter medium body. Very fluffy and creamy in the mouth with an airy impression. Very mild scrubbing carbonation.

O: Not the most complex saison out there, but it's extremely drinkable. Refreshing and quaffable, even. One of those 'simple pleasures' sort of beers.

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Arthur from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.