Art - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.03/5 rDev -7.4%
Cloudy gold yellow...small lingering head. Big aroma of barnyard, sour fruit, wheat. Flavors of funky fruit rind, lemon, horse blanket, oak, herbs, grass, brett, crackers...overall, rich and flavorful with some dry notes and craziness...very tasty and fun!
05-27-2012 21:59:13 | More by DenverLogan
4.68/5 rDev +7.6%
Presentation: 750 mL bottle from Batch 2 poured into two tulip glasses. Served chilled from the refrigerator.
Appearance: Pours a nice, tall three finger foamy white head with really nice retention. Light orange to golden yellow in color with a bit of cloudiness.
Aroma: First thing that hits is really nice brett funk character. Green apple sweetness and a touch of citrus in there as well. The funk note is completely spot on and very refreshing. Definitely some oak in there as well. Perfect.
Taste: Sweet fruit, mostly green apple and lemon, upfront is followed by a really complex and refreshing funk character. There is also a bit of a peppery bit to balance out the sweetness. Really reminds me of Fantome original, but I might enjoy this more. The combination of the subtle fruits, oak and funk character all together make this a winner.
Mouthfeel: Light in body and lots of carbonation. Extrememly refreshing.
Overall, this is probably my favorite of Shaun's saisons and that's a huge compliment. The balance of the funk character and the fruit is unmatched. Subtle, complex, and refreshing. Everything I want in a saison. Really outstanding.
05-27-2012 03:27:22 | More by Gosox8787
3.98/5 rDev -8.5%
Initially art has a two finger soapy head, but that changes quickly. Poor retention and no lacing. Pretty color that is honey golden and completely clear. Soft aroma of brett, hay, grass and lemon-y funk. Damp wood or oak presence. Complex flavor combining some brett funk, lemon, and fruity flavors hiding beneth the stronger ones. Very grassy and contains light lactic sour hits up front. Can't say I am picking up any barrel or vinous flavors from the aging. A good prickly carbonation with a slight lemon tart hit on the tip of the tongue. A beer that is truly enjoyable though I am beginning to wonder about the wisdom of categorizing beers such as these as Saisons. The combination of brett and oak change the beer so much.
05-21-2012 01:46:55 | More by pmlondrigan
4.4/5 rDev +1.1%
Chilled bottle into a glass. No idea which batch it is, but I've had it for the better part of a year.
A: Bottle is a gusher. Pours a cloudy, burnt sunset orange. I generally appreciate clarity in beers, but for this shade, the milkiness works wonders and captures the light stunningly. A finger of off-white head caps the beer, maintaining good retention and depositing lace.
S: Lemon, hay, grass; there is a light mineral character on some sips (brett?). A small white pepper note is evident, too. I believe this was aged in wine barrels; I don't detect any wine on the nose, but there is a soft oak-vanilla aroma on the back end.
T: What might be brett on the nose is definitely brett on the taste; it is fairly restrained, contributing only a light hay / barnyard presence and giving the beer a dry, minerally close. Grass, lemon, and spicy hops and/or phenols round out the rest of the beer. I couldn't detect any wine on the nose, but there is a light chardonnay sweetness before the finish.
M: Well-carbonated, perhaps a tad high. Light-bodied. Light astringency in the finish that reveals the barrel aging.
O: Excellent. Not really a surprise from Hill Farmstead. This is probably a notch below Shaun's older beer (Saison Lambic Pinot Noir), but we're talking about degrees of greatness here.
02-09-2012 05:44:36 | More by Arbitrator
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
3.8/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
01-23-2012 20:55:08 | More by largadeer
3.43/5 rDev -21.1%
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.
01-22-2012 15:31:00 | More by schwaeh
Art from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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