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Art - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 335
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 486
Gots: 44 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Callmecoon for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a slightly murky honey yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, herbs, spices, wood, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a medicinal aftertaste and a super woody finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I definitely enjoyed regular Arthur over this barred aged version. (610 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (642 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 largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (528 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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (667 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 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 MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this gem. Served, appropriately, in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Big white foam with excellent retention settles to a thick chunky cap, and splotchy lace. Hazed dark apricot body with a few specks of suspended sediment.

S - A delicious mixture of oak, bretty funk, tropical fruits, pale malt, spicy farmhouse yeast, and vinous notes. Is spice added to this? I get a mild saffron note. In any case it's delicious.

T - Taste is a bit of a letdown, although it's still quite good. More buttery oak and pale stone fruit malt character. Some vinous notes in the finish. There's a faint oxidation/mineral note that I found a little odd, so I'm not sure this is something that needs to be aged any further, although that might help in cutting some of the oak.

M - Smooth medium body, medium-low carbonation, and a lightly sticky finish. No obvious alcohol.

D - This is really quite excellent. Tons of flavor for the lower ABV, pleasant texture, and a superb aroma. Another quality Hill Farmstead offering and one I'd love to have again. (1,075 characters)

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

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

Served along side Hill Farmstead Arthur, Flora, Civil Disobedience, and McKenzie Irma Extra.

The beer appears hazy and yellow hued with a half inch of white head and some decent lacing. The aroma is fabulous. Red wine, wild yeast, floral notes, citrus, funk. Yeah, I'm digging this. The flavor is very good, though not quite as remarkable as the aroma. Nice feel on the palate. Complex and delicious. This was my favorite of the five saisons I sampled that night. I would enjoy having this again. Recommended. (552 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Art came out looking like a saison, golden straw colored in appearance with a bright white head up above leaving nice patterns. Smell is a semi-big Belgian yeast profile with earthy grass ridden hops. Some citrus and spice. A nice fruity appeal and brett funk out the whazoo. They work together well, nothing too overpowering the other. This Saison from the farm is a good one. Art starts with the earth, the grass, the yeast (bread), semi tropical fruits, ripe apple is noted with pear slices. A peppery spice as well. A fairly simple saison from the base(Arthur) the brett brings this up a level with an even drier finish. The barrel gives off oak yet no vanilla which would of killed it, maybe it's french oak, I don't know. Feel is kinda lower than medium ah what the hell, feel is light bodied and refreshing, with a small carb bite as well, a yeasty aftertaste with some bitter hops at the end. I could probably drink more of this stuff. Another good one from the boys at the farm. This one has a bit of everything that I enjoy about beer and for that Shaun, I thank you. (1,077 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, poured into a tulip.

Pours a filtered, hazed golden straw color with a dense, frothy white head that initially fills the glass. Abundant lacing coats the glass and the head has nice retention supported by a consistent stream of bubbles.

Aroma is very dry, vinous and yeasty. Some residual sweetness with oak/vanilla, ripe grapes, and banana but earth and red wine dominate. Not much presence of spice or funk.

Smooth, medium-thick body. Soft, fine carbonation with a dry, oaky finish. Docking the mouthfeel a little for the finish which is very tannic and oaky.

Similar experience as Sean preceding me. Not as much wine as the aroma, more vanilla and woodsy oak. More brett funk comes through suppressing the fruity and yeasty sweetness of the aroma.

Another well made, good but not great saison from HF. I enjoy this more than the base Art I had a few months ago, but the wine barrel (particularly oak flavors) are a little too strong. Reminiscent of McKenzie's Saison Vautour and honestly a little more consistent in composition. However Vautour is still the standard I look for in this style of wine barrel/wild saisons. (1,145 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 corby112
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale hazy golden yellow/straw color with golden banana yellow hues and a frothy two finger white head.  Good retention slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves streaks of soapy lacing.  

Sweet yet earthy aroma with subtle barnyard funk, sweet honey, light fruit, banana, citrus, bready yeast and zesty spice.  Subtle toasted oak but not much of a barrel presence.

Fuller bodied than expected with tight carbonation up front Lots of zesty spice with hints of pepper, lemon peel and coriander.  Earthy funk countered by sweet fruit and bready yeast.  Good balance of funk, sweetness and dryness.  Spicy with bready yeast, light fruit and citrus.  Funkier as it warms but not sour.  More dry/bretty than anything with a faint barrel presence.   Some earthy wood but it is subtle not overpowering the other flavors.   (838 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

3/19/2011

"Art is the barrel aged version of Arthur, our traditional farmhouse saison. Eventually, all releases of Arthur will be equal to the current release of Art... and Art will be aged for 12 months or more and released as a single barrel reserve."

Big thanks to Barry for the extra. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours the color of apple cider, a light yellow gold with an impressive and mountainous four finger dense and frothy white cap that takes five minutes to recede to a smaller one finger version of itself that lingers for most of the session. The soapy lacing clings to the glass in thick clumps, curtains, and sheets. Perfect clarity. Amazing looking beer.

S: Ripe golden apples with a restrained musty wet leather Brettanomyces profile. Lightly spicy (peppery), with a touch of sulfur and mineral and a little oak. I detect some lemon and a low level of sourness. Quite complex.

T: Prominent notes of ripe Granny Smith apples accompany lesser traces of lemon and orange. Oak is well integrated, and spices maintain a peppery presence, adding complexity without dominating. Nice oak notes. Brett is well integrated, imparting lower levels of musty and leathery characteristics. Highly attenuated, with a soft malt profile and notes of earth. Bitterness is at a lower moderate level. Lightly tart with a low level of sourness.

M: Upper light in body with a high level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is spritzy, effervescent, and very dry, with a light acidity.

Overall: A very well crafted barrel aged Saison: complex, refreshing, and rewarding. Highly recommended. (1,580 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle at hosers 17/7/11

A hazy golden yellow with a thick two finger foam that retains well leaving a couple rings of lace, looking good

S spicy, funky yeast with some white fleshed fruit, apple and pear perhaps,

T more funky goodness with some earthy wet wood, the barrel evidence is subtle but blends in well with the flavors, nicely spiced and I'm loving the funk

M light and fluffy in the mouth with a great spicy aftertaste

O well rounded stuff, I'd like to get my hands on more of it but I don't see that happening anytime soon

the barrel come out a little more as it warms, interesting stuff worth looking for (626 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (1,328 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up one of these bad boys at the last release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - So this one is another slow gusher, which results in a bit, soapy three finger head that leaves big side lacing atop a crystal clear darker straw brew.

S - Nice aromas of barnyard here with lemons, light funky oak, some subtle vinous notes.

T - Taste is pretty good, theres an odd aftertaste but I'll get to that. Starts out with that nice barnyard funk that leads to a sharp lemon acidity with much stronger vinous characters of grape skin. The finish though...strange. For me, once the tart and funk have cleared I'm left with well, a cookie like aftertaste. Kind of like the part of a chocolate chip cookie that doesnt have the chocolate chips in it. Very strange. Not a bad thing, just, really weird.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty spot on for a Hill Farmstead saison, decent enough carbonation here, quite enjoyable and works well with the tart and funk.

O - Overall, this is a good saison, spot on for Hill Farmstead. The aftertaste throws me a bit but there are enough redeeming qualities to make this very enjoyable. (1,108 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for this... A hazy dark honey gold with a big white head, fluffy with a good lace... Aroma is outstanding, sweet overall, light sweet grape juice, grape skin, sweet oak, a bit of musky oak, not saisonish... Taste is good but as great as I was hoping, a lot of the sweetness of the nose is gone, musky oak, very oaky overall, a bit bitter... Nice mouthfeel... Really good and worth trying but a slight let down after an outstanding start (452 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at hawthornes in philly

Pours a hazy golden yellow with some straw tones. A thick, billowy head rests on top of the brew, leaving patchy lacing all along the glass.

Plenty of oak barrel and funk in the nose, some slight earthyness with spice and some sweeter fruit tones. A nice blend of what I expect in a saison with added barrel character.

Spice and funk with some yeasty notes. Softer fruit sweetness coupled with soft tartness and brett-like tones. Definite barrel presence along with a milder malt backbone. Finishes dry and a bit tart with some lingering sweetness.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, tingly and invigorating on the palate. I tried Arthur alongside this and was pretty impressed with both, although I really enjoyed what the barrel brought to the beer. (788 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 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 AgentZero
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (701 characters)

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