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Art - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
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73 Reviews
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Reviews: 73
Hads: 335
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 486
Gots: 44 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 335
Photo of Rutager
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

B3, hoppypocket, can't thank you enough. Tons of barrel on the nose. Tons of wine barrel, good mineral notes, decent sour. Different and not quite what I was expecting (not in a bad way) would drink again ;-) (208 characters)

Photo of judkinst
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect slighly hazy golden color. Was extremely active in the bottle before pouring. The smell was pleasantly funky and tart...you can smell it the second it pours. The taste blew me away...zero flaws as far as I'm concerned. Everything good about Arthur with the added complexity and tartness from the wine barrels. Even has a bit of vanilla flavor in the aftertaste which was very nice. Less carbed than I was expecting and that's not a bad thing...almost creamy, which I didn't expect either but I really really enjoy. This may just be the best beer I've ever had. Wish I could drink this every day. (603 characters)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

wow--- what a funky nose---apple meets barnyard funkiness... however, the flavor is a little more restrained and not quite up to the nose... a seriously delicious BA saison, but I have to agree with another reviewer, its no le sarrasin!... next up is Ann so ill have to see how it matches up.... life is rough! (310 characters)

Photo of ArkyVaughan
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 3 at a bottle share. This is a stunner and greatly exceeded my expectations. I actually liked this better than Ann, so I'm a bit surprised by the lower ratings. (166 characters)

Photo of MissSmisje
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
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 (191 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (226 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sour green apple. Crisp, tart, light. Finishes clean and dry. Wine barrel integrated very well. Really good.......................................................... (165 characters)

Photo of baybum
4.98/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As perfect as you can get in a barrel aged saison, more of a dry wine presence then Ann(probably due to the honey in Anna)

Found it very interesting having it next to Art B3. Those of us that prefer Arthur to Anna, actually preferred Ann to Art. And those that prefer Anna actually preferred Art. Now we all agreed that both are hard 5's, so we are talking very small preferences. (384 characters)

Photo of Ashey_Darkfruit
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

1 & 1/6 fingers of head that doesn't let you down. Color is light yet dark with a crisp clean refraction.

Slightly amberish aroma hints of dew and stone fruit.

I heated the it up to exactly 77 degrees Fahrenheit to release its full ash potential. If you go above that you'll mess with the explosiveness of the dark fruit.

Dry on the mouth that holds onto the pocket of the dark fruit. (387 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2

A: Very hazy light pastel yellow in color. Forms a large foamy-creamy off white head. Good retention. Globs of lacing on the way down.

S: Aroma is very "Saison-like." Yeasty phenols, lemon, peppery spice. There is also a slight sugar sweetness.

T: Taste is much drier than the aroma. Lemon, light yeasty-phenols, black pepper, green pepper, coriander. A little bit of wood that doesn't present itself as uniquely "oak." A slight tartness and maybe a hint of Brett?

M: Lighter bodied. Medium-heavy carbonation. Tart. Dry. Mild bitterness.

O: As to be expected from HF, this is an excellent beer. Dry, tart, complex. Just a very well made Saison. (660 characters)

Photo of mendvicdog
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bright yellow appearance with decent wide head.

Smells and tastes very geuzelike. Just a touch sweet and somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel, as always, is superb. (154 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at 2012 Hill Farmstead Harvest Fest.

Pours a cloudy light yellow with a foamy white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is slight sour white grapes with light vinegar.

Upfront taste is moderately sour, vinegar, unripe grapes. Sourness follows through to the finish. Fruity esters linger while the sourness gradually diminishes.

Moderate/lighter body with high carbonation that fits the beer well.

Overall very enjoyable. Reminds me a bit of St. Lamvinus, but with a different style grape.

9/22/2012 (500 characters)

Photo of doremite
4.99/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (153 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of Skrip
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Gandhi Bot snifter. *batch 2

A~ hazy golden orange with a lacing slight white head.

S~ citrus up front followed by pepper, bready yeast, and slight pineapple (almost like Juicy)

T~ **NOW! DO NOT DRINK THIS TOO COLD! definitely better as it warms! up front tart lemon with a tad of vinegar followed by peppery citrus saison yeast just like Arthur.

M~ very carbonated, smooth, kind of like champagne. also pretty dry.

O~ not exactly what i was expecting but still very delicious! HF saisons have to my favorite brew of all time, i probably say this a lot. Art is definitely not my favorite but still amazing. just remember to let it warm up before you drink it and you'll be good! (703 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (986 characters)

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. (744 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is transparent pale yellow with a tight white head. Nose is balanced Saison with light sweetness in back and some barrel overtones up front. Hints of dustiness towards the back with lemon behind. Taste is a bit more acidic, barrel is a touch stronger, lemony in back with some peppery mineral notes mid palate. Finish is crisp, high carbonation and fairly dry. (365 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of DaveHack
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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!!! (508 characters)

Photo of xenjoiii
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Quackus for this bottle. I'm unable to read the fill bottle # due to a tear in the label.

Bottle # 2?

A: Poured a golden/straw color with about a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Excellent retention, as the head receded to about a quarter of a finger and isn't going anywhere.

S: By far my favorite aspect of this beer. The aroma is very funky. Lots of musty wet hay. An abundance of yeast and peppery character linger in the background.

T: Slight tartness (green apple/lemon/white grape-esque) upfront followed by yeast and peppery notes. Out the back I am getting a bit of oak and white wine.

M: Light carbonation with a light to medium body. Super refreshing.

O: Excellent example of a wine barrel aged Saison. A very balanced beer that boasts many flavors. (793 characters)

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Art from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.