Art - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.94/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
12-08-2012 01:37:45 | More by cfrances33
4.93/5 rDev +13.3%
Opens with a big hiss, and pours with a voluminous, puffy head! The beer itself is a pale gold and fairly clear, with a very slight haze (perhaps from disturbed lees).
The aroma is really more that of a wild ale than a standard saison. bretty funk, lemon and lemongrass, some spice from both yeast and hops, oak, and far more. Deep.
The flavor is equally complex with a surprisingly firm bitterness, light citric tartness, oaky tannins, grape skins, hints of tropical juice, and sweet grainy malt. Rich in flavor yet light and moreish. Yum.
Mouthfeel is light and drinkable with high carbonation and just a touch of creaminess.
Overall, it's hard to say how impressed I am by this beer. Nearly inconceivable that something so complex and refined is being made by in one-year-old brewery. It reminds me a bit of Fantome, and that's a VERY good thing. Really wish I'd bought more of this, so I will need to get back up north soon.
05-01-2011 03:44:31 | More by celeriac
4.88/5 rDev +12.2%
I picked up a few bottles of this last year at the HF 1st anniversary party. Now opening one on a quiet weekend in late January.
Removing the cap, foam starts to make a slow but persistent rise to the top. After pouring a glass things were mostly safe, although dried foam started pushing out the bottle before I went back for more. As long as you expect it and have a few glasses to fill you'll have no issues.
This saison, like everything I've had from HF, is stunning in execution. From appearance through finish, I'm so happy with this beer. It pours with lots of haze, a pale golden color with a large pillowy foam. Large chunks of dried lace remain on the glass as it empties.
The aroma is near perfection, this is exactly how I hope most saisons to smell. The Brett is evident but doesn't dominate, some grassiness behind that, maybe a hint of spice but I suspect that comes from the hops. It tastes as good as it smells, Fantome keeps coming to mind (not a bad comparison at all). Seriously, Sean may be the American version of Dany, maybe even more brilliant as he brews so many styles so well. Excellent Brett mustiness and (Saaz?) grassiness, alternating bitterness and barrel notes, slightly dry finish. Very good.
Easy drinking and light/medium bodied. I wish I had more of these. Excellent, highly recommended.
01-28-2012 20:22:25 | More by TurdFurgison
Art from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.