Art - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 474
Gots: 47 | FT: 8
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: t0rin0 on 03-02-2011

Art is the wine barrel fermented and aged version of Arthur (1922-2005), our grandfather's youngest brother as well as the name of our rustic farmstead ale. In honor of Arthur, we mindfully blend his namesake beer from French oak wine barrels that have been aged and conditioned for between 1 and 3 years. This is the standard that reflects, redefines and guides the progressive vision for Hill Farmstead.
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Ratings: 320 | Reviews: 71
Reviews by cosmicevan:
Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Hill Farmstead Art (wine barrel aged saison): Nice murky yellow…not even copper, straight up yellow, nice head for a small few ounce pour. Smell is sweet tart all day long. Carbonation is a bit lively…mouth puckeringly sour, maybe even a bit too much for me, the flavor is somewhat balanced sweet tart with a bit of malt in there…little too tart for my tastes. Lively carbonation. Very good, but a bit too tart and too bitter…you definitely get a white wine type of vibe on this one.

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had this again at a barrel aged tasting on 8/6/2011
4 - 3.5 - 3.5 - 3.5 - 3.5

light orange thin head. nice. smell reminds me of dominique. white whine heavy. grassy saison with some barrel that gives it a sour vibe...a bit musty. mouth is okay, very wine like, little thin. overall not super impressive many others are better. pretty tart, very over-rated.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MissSmisje
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: dark straw
S: tart, Meyer lemon flesh, green melon, green grapes
T: same as nose plus french oak. Tart with a hint of sweetness in the finish.
This is the best beer that I have ever tasted

Photo of PHBoiler
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

World class saison with wonderful carb. Tartness of a green apple with a crisp dryness that really invites additional drinks. The smell is funky, Bretty, and lightly fruity. Impeccable balance and crispness. Fantastic beer.

Photo of doremite
4.99/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Latest rating of batch 3, which I enjoyed more so than 2 (which I also loved). The barrel age and acidity balance on this is just an unparalleled treat.

Photo of jeonseh
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured in a GI tulip

A - Hazy, golden color with a very frothy two finger head. This leaves a lot of nice lacing as it goes down. Quite a nice looking Saison.

S - Smells of sweet banana, lemon, oak, slight vinegar and a slight grassy farmhouse funk

T - Initally tart lemon and slight vinegar come through. As the beer goes, the beer starts to get funky with grass, farmhouse funk and a slight blue cheese. The finish is slightly tart with a lingering oak.

MF - Medium carbonation with a creamy smooth body. Slightly astringent in the finish and a tingle remains on the tongue.

O - Solid, sour and funky Saison that reminds me of a more tart version of Orval. My first HF Saison and can understand why people get excited over them.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second HF beer. The first beer Rarl was terrific. This one was rather ordinary. Funky saison yeast. Generous retained head on hazy golden coloured body. Above average mouthfeel. Funky, yeasty taste, pepper. Dry bitter finish. Decent drinkability but it took many sips. Thanks Steve S.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Bit of a slow gusher. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a massive, 3 finger foamy white head with excellent retention. Beer is clear goldenrod. Lacing is patchy and thick with excellent cling. Couldn't ask for more.

Nose is yeast, band-aid, lemon rind, coriander, flower petals and a slight tartness. Aromatic with big funk notes. Clean, crisp and very refreshing with the exact flavors I expect from the style.

Opens slightly tart citrus and lemon peel. Coriander and other spices in the back along with some floral notes. Touch of yeastiness at the middle with band-aid and cobweb. Spicy finish with a yeasty and sharply funky aftertaste. Refreshing and very complex. Really enjoyable.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Light, fluffy and clean in the mouth and goes down refreshing. Accented finish with a mellow aftertaste. Really solid.

Hill Farmstead's Saison's are almost on the same level as their pale ales... that is, world class. Art is no different. A super solid beer all the way around. Definitely recommended.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 2. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Big white head. Hazy yellow orange. Excellent retention. Very nice lacing.

Smell - Spicy. Sweet malt makes its way through. Brett? Not sure. A touch of wine. Yeasty.

Taste - Brett comes through a lot here. Wine much more prevalent also. Pepper and a little acidic in the finish. A touch of pale malt sweetness and even a little bit bitter.

Mouthfeel - Dry, except for the wine sweetness. Well carbonated.

Overall - Really nice. Lots of complexity. Never had Arthur but I look forward to it now.

Photo of bonbini26
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger Ale House during the Hill Farmstead event. This is the barrel-aged version of 'Arthur' the breweries traditional farmhouse saison. This was an amazing beer, that matches herbal hop notes with a subtle undercurrent of Brett. The oak characters really blends well with the wild yeast and fruity hop spiciness. I could drink this all day. outstanding!

Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Eric for sharing, happy birthday buddy!

Peachy pastel orange, fluffy cap of foam, spotty lacing.

Fruity aroma, pineapple and passion fruit, dry grassiness in the background.

Tart fruity flavors, citrus and vaguely tropical. Dry and light bitterness in the aftertaste, mild oaky dryness. Medium bodied with firm tartness, quenching and drinkable. Overall it's nice, reminds me of a fruitier Temptation.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy and somewhat dirty golden color ale with a superb large foamy head with great retention and some really good lacing. Aromas of Brett notes are quite dominant with some refreshing white wine vinous notes. Taste is a superb mix between some white wine grapes, some light balanced funky Brett notes with light dry finish and some light oaks notes can also be detected. Rustic malt notes are well balanced and help keep the whole thing together. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Very complex and also easily drinkable beer.

Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Barry!

Hazy blond, a little clearer than Flora, and more effervescent. The head is tall and lasting.

Blue cheese, funk, graininess, vinous oak and funk. A lot of oak, actually. Quite a bit of cheese, too, but it's more pleasant than Flora batch 2.

Tastes light and refreshing with some really nice complexity coming from the barrel. Cheesy, a little lactic, a ton of funk and oak. Little metallic, blue cheese again. Drying oak in the finish. Leathery, horse stable funk. Pretty good, but not as good as Flora batch 1.

Photo of cbutova
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing.

A- Hazy golden apricot hue with a gargantuan white head. It looks like a root beer float with cream floating around. Infinite retention and thick piles of lace coat the glass.

S- Nice saison yeast with tart fruit, lemon and some funkiness. Vinous grape stem pit feel. Somewhat faint to me.

T- Not as funky as the nose, a straight saison yeast feel with just a bit of tart fruit and barnyard funk, hay... Zesty lemon peel, light fruit/apple/white grape vinous notes. Some floral, herbal tea and grassy hops as well as some lemon citrus. A good oak presence with warmth.

MF- Silky feel with lower carbonation than I expected. Smooth with a sharp bitterness in the finish.

Nice beer with a saison feel primarily and a bit of funk later on. Good fruity feel and a nice yeast profile, the bugs add a good tart funk complexity.

Photo of schwaeh
3.48/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with Ryan011235

A: Pours out a murky golden color, with surprisingly not much sediment at all. This beer gets a humongous rocky white head; I really had to wait for it to recede. The lacing clings to the glass like shaving cream. High carbonation.

S: Real interesting aroma with more happening than most saisons. Typical brett, musty basement, old potpourri(that's a new one), vague spice, grapes, some textile-plasticy smell. I kinda get the feeling that this was one hoppy SOB when it was first bottled, makes for a weird smell. There's dull orange peel and lemon zest. Smells musty/dank and soapy clean all at once.

T: Very odd flavors, again unlike any saison I've had. I get a good bit of vinous white grapes that really take this in a new direction that I'm not used to. Like the aroma I taste old musty hops that seem like they were once overwhelming-could be me I guess. Real bretty dryness to this but the wine barrel might have helped counter that slightly. All the good funk is too hidden for me.

M: Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Active carbonation.

O: I really feel the perceived once-huge hoppiness, at this stage of awkwardness, really hurt this bad. I would rather stick with more classic examples of this style. This isn't bad but it really didn't live up to my expectations, especially with the wine barrel use.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to sisuspeed for opening this bottle at the Rosso release. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a mild straw color with a really nice, fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a bit of time. Really nice lacing as it goes down. The nose is really nice with some complex earthy funk as well as grain and hay plus a touch of oak. Funk keeps coming, and also brings a hint of white grapes and mild stone fruit. The flavor is along the same lends, blending the funk with the base malt well and adding in slight fruit complexity. Mildly sweet feel is fairly light with a nicely dry finish. Really fantastic. Thanks again, John.

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Armsby Abbey during Hill Farmstead dinner.

Pours a nice fizzy head that hits a couple fingers and fades at a med pace nice lacing over hazy pale blond color.

Nose light farmhouse saison, hint floral spices, nice lemon and grassy aromas, hint of funk and acidity, little vinous quality and light oak.

Taste starts with nice tart fruits, lemony with little white wine vinous. Nice toasty vanilla oak. Then saison with light farmhouse and a ittle funk, light spices and grassy lemon grass. Light earthy funk and hint bready. Finish is dry and some acidity, lemon lingering a lot with little funk and light saison and bit of pinot grigio like fruity white wine.

Mouth is ligher bodied, good carb.

Overall quite tasty. Wine adds a great flavor and quality and barrel is tasty with plenty of the nice saison flavors coming through still.

Photo of AgentZero
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one.

A - Big white head with good retention that left some decent spots and lace on the sides. Hazy yellow-orange bodied beer.

S - Lots of barrel and funk. Big oak, brett, barnyard smells. Nice smelling. Has a mild vinous quality to it.

T - Some tartness, grapeskins, pale malts, brett funk, barnyard funk. Nicely complex, but I like the smell a little better than the taste. It's quite good and easy to get down, but I still hold Anna on a pedestal when it comes to HF saisons.

M - Little dry, lighter side of medium bodied iwth active carbonation.

O - A very good beer, I'm not a true fan of the stle, but this one was very good with a lot of stuff to pick out.

Photo of mportnoy
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good but its no Sarassin.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color, finger or so of white head.

S- Really nice blend of apples, pear and fruity brett aromas. Wet oak, musty, earthy yeast and mild spiciness. Smells very nice overall.

T- Nice mild fruity flavors, apple and pear, brett complements this nicely with more fruitiness. Wet oak flavors blend with some earthy, dry yeast flavors and some grassiness.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth feel.

O- A great saison, the barrel flavors complement the dry, fruity saison flavors really nicely.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.73/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 12/4/11

Shared by schwaeh

Dang, this is a looker of a beer. Dusty gold is simultaneously shiny and dull. A lofty three finger head is punctured with holes, having a meringue texture on top and, as it slowly falls, Steve likens it to a Flintstone's push-pop that has been pushed out and is melting away. Lace isn't solid, but there is a lot of it regardless; heck, this has the thickest clumps I've ever seen. Continuous rising bubbles.

This smells really nice. While my first impression is a soapy one, it obvious, after closer inspection, that there is so much more going on. prairie grass, flowers, dusty pollen, apples, soft vinous grape tones, clean oak and an oh-so-faint vanilla suggestion. Some dank earthiness emerges as it warms that balances the aforementioned cleanliness. Subtle spices shuffle around. Very enjoyable.

Huh. This tastes nothing like I'd expect - it's quite different from the aroma. To start, hops are all over the place; not super potent, mind you, cause they seem ensconced in the fading process, but hop kick is definitely had. Brief, tangy apple notes turn into a smattering of boozy heat (what's up with that?) and then on to extremely dry notes of wine and wood. Spices mix with a soapy suggestion for a really bizarre flavor experience. It starts to come together as it warms.

Medium-light body of moderate crispness. There's a good bit of carbonation, but it is fluffy and rolling - far from harsh. Finishes with musty barrel notes and lingering spice.

Really interesting beer. it doesn't strike me as in-line with a saison (at least not entirely so), but it's enjoyable. Especially that aroma.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Sour green apple. Crisp, tart, light. Finishes clean and dry. Wine barrel integrated very well. Really good.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Batch 2 courtesy of Todd.

A: The pour is a somewhat minimally hazed golden-orange color with a large white head.

S: There is a mild tartness on the nose, which I find pleasant. Definitely some apples along with a pronounced honeydew melon aroma and a bit of celery. Earth and spice notes as well as some wood and cracker malts.

T: The flavor has a mild sweet of bread and cracker malts. There is definitely some grass, celery, and earthy mushroom. A fair amount of fruits, especially green melon, lemon zest, and apples.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Lots of complexity to this one and I thought it was pretty nice to drink.

Photo of cfrances33
4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 2 bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: A radient golden orange with a two finger, eggshell white head. Leaves moderate lacing, and the head hangs around for the majority of the glass. Really love the almost glowing body on this.

Smell: Big barrel character up from, characterized by a white grape must. A nice lactic funk follows, with some lemon zest and pears. A light yeasty spice and slight funk finish.

Taste: Lactic tartness up front, followed by a really nice wine must and juicy grapefruits. A slight vanilla oakyness. A light white pepper and some bretty yeast funk follow the majority of the middle and end, but don't command. All the flavors blend incredibly well. Finishes with white wine grape skins.

Mouthfeel: Quite juicy, but there is a light dryness that tugs at how juicy this beer is. Really nice prickling carbonation. Finish fall somewhere between juicy and dry.

Overall: Quite possibly the best saison I've ever had. A close second to Flora.

Photo of DaveHack
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

Poured a mostly clear orange with a large white head.

Smell is a serious musty funk.

The first taste is very tart with the finish being a dry, acidic (tannin?) taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a healthy amount of carbonation.

This is fantastic! Recently had a blue label Arthur and not sure which I enjoyed more. Hill Farmstead can do saisons, and do them well!!

This review is edited...the first bottle of Art didn't impress me as much as this. I don't know why, but this was awesome!!!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to RSchaeffer.

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a light pale orange with a explosive off-white head. Awesome retention and some lacing.

S - White wine grapes, funk.

T - Bright white grapes, some funk and wood.

D - Good carbonation, light and fresh body.

O - Very light and drinkable. Wish there was a bit more funk/woodiness.

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Art from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.