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Arthur - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 199
Hads: 1,605
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 2.57%
Wants: 454
Gots: 331 | FT: 50
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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 tbeckett
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
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 -12.6%
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 +1.6%
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 -20.1%
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 -2.3%
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 +3.3%
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 -0.9%
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 -4.2%
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 -0.9%
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)

Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.28/5  rDev 0%
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. (839 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (980 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
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 (695 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
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 (1,281 characters)

Photo of justforrazors
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
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.... (1,502 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.11/5  rDev -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. (1,038 characters)

Photo of mahak213
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (931 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
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 (726 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Hopshopenstein for sending me a bottle of this in a trade, shared with my friend Tony (ahalloin) who's a big saison guy.

The look is amazing, a bright golden body, huge frothy head and great lacing. Very hazy and opaque, really the look is perfect for a saison.

The smell has all the earthy and barnyard notes that make a saison a saison. Great taffy like sweetness, some citrus rind hops, slight funk and yeast, nice table spice like coriander and has a nice must to it too. An excellent saison aroma it's both sweet and savory.

The beer is nicely carbonated and has a nice lemony straw malt and slight sweetness, but it's mostly dry and clean in the taste; it has a good malt backbone and is nice medium to light in body. More of an easy drinker than a real palate stretcher, it just has a nice bitterness and slight barnyard funk but not much. Some peppery notes too.

A very nice beer, super solid! (922 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Churchkey, served in a snifter.

A- Pours a hazy gold yellow color, topped with a white head, nice retention and lacing.

S- Lots of fruit and hay, lemon, peach, some spiciness, nice funkiness. Smells really nice, this was my favorite part of the beer.

T- Similar to the aroma, more subtle lemon/peach fruitiness, which is a bit tart, bready yeast, has a decent amount of black pepper towards the finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, dry finish.

O- Another very tasty saison from HF, compared to Vera Mae this was my 2nd favorite, but I would gladly drink this again any day. (590 characters)

Arthur from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.