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Art - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
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229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 403
Gots: 25 | FT: 3
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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:
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.

(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 03-02-2011)
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%

From really crappy notes. Thanks for sharing this Roger.

A - clouded yellow body, with a substantial white head. Nice

S - wow! this is one of the best-smelling beers I've ever had. There's a light tartness, some oak, some winey notes. Everything is very complimentary and great smelling! This would be a realistic wish for an air freshener.

T - the Nose was a tough act to follow, but here we've got what I have in my notes as "sweetoakwineontopsaison." I think that means it is sweet, with notes of wine and oak all on top of a traditional saison taste - light malts, some citrus and vanilla notes.

M - thin and dry. Shoot.

O - Everything about this beer is pretty incredible, except for the mouthfeel. Oh well.

09-02-2011 15:10:25 | More by ColdPoncho
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%

A. Pours a hazy yellow with a thick creamy white head.

S. Wow. The oakiness really stands out and compliments the funkiness of the saison. Nice floral notes. Some white grape character. A touch of pepper.

T. Similiar to the flavor. The floral notes come through nicely.

M. Thin body that dries out completely. I can't believe how low the carb is on the tongue.

D. Smells great. I really like how the oak contributes to the saison.

09-01-2011 23:44:27 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a Hazy light orangish yellow. Lots of white head. Looks. Very pretty beer. Smells incredible. Spicy, oak heavy, lots of great floral and yeasty aromas. Some nice citrus as well. This beer tastes solid as well. Very very nice. The mouthfeel however... Sucks!

THIS BEER IS PHENOMENAL EXCEPT FOR THE MOUTHFEEL!!!

09-01-2011 23:28:03 | More by Urbancaver
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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%

750ml bottle into a proper Hill Farmstead wine glass. Big thanks to Tony for sharing.

A: My pour from toward the end of the bottle is a hazy amber-orange, but earlier pours are crystal clear. Two fingers of creamy, rocky head preside above, leaving tons of sticky lace. Gorgeous.

S: Lovely, delicate mixture of floral + fruity, vinous notes. Some dry, chalky yeast. Pretty solid.

T: Some coconut oak starts things off, with vinous grapes, tannins, and a big rush of dry, floral yeast. Pretty refreshing, but the finish is so bone dry that it verges on astringency.

M: Soft, delicate, moderately carbonated medium body. So, so supple.

O: I really enjoyed this one, but the more I drank of it the more difficult it became to look forward to more - the dryness and chalkiness of the finish really started to wear on me. Still, the balance of flavors was pretty great.

Cheers!

07-27-2011 03:44:40 | More by woosterbill
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scottfrie

California

4.72/5  rDev +8.5%

750ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks go to SneezyAchew for sending me both beer and glass.

A: Pours a deep gold with a billowing, dense, bright white head that foamed up with the pour and then took forever to fade into a thick collar and film with a mound of foam in the center. Amazing rings of lacing were left down the glass as the head receded, and a sticky network was left the whole beer through.
S: The first thought that came to my head when I smelled this beer was ‘Russian River’. This definitely reminds me of some of their barrel aged beers. This beer smells so fantastically complex it’s hard for me to pick out all the elements. I get notes of white wine, green apple skins, black pepper, citrus hops, bubblegum, perfume, stone fruits, lemon zest, clove, straw, and coriander.
T: The taste is as amazing as the smell. Green apple skins, white wine oak barrel, and earthy hops dominate, but there are some sweeter notes of stone fruits and spicier notes of ‘Belgian’ spices mixed in as well. The finish is lightly bitter with notes of citrus and lemon zest and green pears, and the aftertaste is earthy and full of hay and peppery spices.
M: Fullish body with a drying mouthfeel and tingly carbonation that froths up on my palate quite a bit.
O: An all-around amazing brew with a complex and refreshing flavor. Tastes a bit like Temptation I think, but I haven’t had a bottle in a little while. Regardless, I love the wine and oak flavors, and can’t thank you enough for sending me this one Michael.

07-25-2011 23:49:12 | More by scottfrie
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%

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

07-25-2011 16:17:08 | More by wordemupg
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev -8%

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.

07-13-2011 00:46:01 | More by womencantsail
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cosmicevan

New York

3.73/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

*** ** * ** ***
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.

07-05-2011 03:27:01 | More by cosmicevan
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Kkottonmouthkngz

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours a vibrant, hazed golden with a fairly fluffy, cloud white head. pretty nice head retention, tons of sticky lacing left behind after every delicious sip.
Yeast, bread, pepper and spice notes on the nose, rather harmonious, and definitely the high point of this
brew.
Flavors of the above mentioned, plus some slightly under-ripe banana, grass, and a hint of oak.
Carbonation level is just edgy enough and brings the flavors alive nicely. It is slightly aggressive in style, but im loving it overall. An oversized wineglass really does the appearance of this beer justice.

06-28-2011 23:08:11 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -18.9%

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.  

06-25-2011 01:05:43 | More by corby112
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

06-08-2011 04:15:14 | More by xnicknj
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -9.2%

On tap at Hawthorne's on 6/3/11 during Philly Beer Week.

A - Hazy golden body with a two-finger high fluffy white head that reduced to sleek web-like lacing and patchy dots all around the glass.

S - Sweet and floral with a hint of light tartness, cheese rind and juniper berries. As the liquid warmed up a bit, subtle grassy and earthy funk attributes began to emerge, adding a bit more sourness to the nose.

T - Opens with quite a bit of grassy hop bitterness and a hint of wildflowers. Overall, the tartness of the saison is subtle at first, suggesting a light cheesy character and hint of musty basement funk. However, the earthiness really takes over in the backend, releasing a pretty sharp grassy hop bite paired with a semi-dry woody finish.

M - Light bodied overall, although a tad thin and watery perhaps. Quite spicy and dry on the palate with plenty of sharp hop bitterness and moderate sourness on the palate.

D - Art is a very fragrant, albeit light, saison with plenty of character and quite a bit of bitterness. If you like a pretty dry, funky saison, give this one a shot.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"Ooooh, that's cheesy!"

06-06-2011 15:39:45 | More by ffejherb
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flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Thanks a ton to rtepiak for this bottle!!

A: Standard pour gave a full four fingers of a cream white head, it is very fluffy looking. Retention is very good and lacing is also very good. The beer itself is a lightly hazy yellow color.

S: Wow, this is amazing. Very strong white wine notes: nice oak-y tannins, vanilla and green grape like characteristics. Strong spicy notes: pepper, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom. Quite musky thanks to brett (I think). Some pale malt too with a kind of white sugar sweetness. Light red apples.

T: Quite strong musky notes coming upfront: horse blanket and wet hay. Quite sweet and juicy too: good amounts of red apples and white wine type of acid green grapes. The oak is quite evident in this with the tannins, vanilla and earthy notes. Quite grainy too, which is a surprise after the smell. Not as spicy as the smell though: only light amount of cardamom and cloves are noticeable. Dry.

M: Light body with solid carbonation. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

O: This is one really really good saison. Just lack a bit of "wow factor" to get a better score. Anyway, this is a world class brew from a world class brewery.

06-04-2011 22:34:37 | More by flipper2gv
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

06-04-2011 01:43:57 | More by BARFLYB
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

Bottle, pours a light straw gold with a large white head. Nose is grass, light fresh cereal grains, hay, lemon. Mouth is very grainy upfront, segueing into citrus fruits and a long, grassy finish. Fresh, bright, very good stuff. Some comparisons to the bottled version of Saison Vautour have been made. I agree that they are simialr in their fresh cereal grain and lemon character, but this is a little more focused and rustic while the Vautour is funkier, more sour, probably a bit more complex. Really nice stuff, way better than E which I found totally overrated.

05-31-2011 22:00:38 | More by JAXSON
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -8.5%

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

05-30-2011 14:35:56 | More by jrallen34
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

05-29-2011 19:58:46 | More by AgentZero
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rtepiak

Poland

4.35/5  rDev 0%

perfect for this time or year... not a day more not a day less. any of the inconsistent american qualities in a saison are eliminated in the additional conditioning in the wine barrels. this sort of gives it that subtle gin dryness and juniper note that is really some quite rare. but its like a delicate ghost on my palate. consistent nose though.

pour is golden cloudy with a cotton candy sticky head. rocky formation on the edge of the glass. nose of wine tannins and brett. hints of floral that are both juniper flowers and hop hints. palate is bright to say the least. and floral mineral that are like juniper hints at first that seems to fade. lemongrass bitter with a white grape tannins dryness. great for duck. lotus root salad. and i would even say perfect for ethiopian food.

05-27-2011 01:13:48 | More by rtepiak
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

05-20-2011 23:51:23 | More by yourefragile
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%

Thank you, Chris! Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a darker golden color, white frothy head, thick white cap, nice sticking lacing. A wonderful-looking beer, if I do say so myself.

S - Wonderful brett funk, nice dose of oak and red wine, which all work together so well. Just an excellent-smelling beer...I'd keep my nose in it for a while if I didn't have to drink it (darn).

T - Nice funk, huge oak, touch of bitterness. Perhaps a little too much oak for me here, and the wine notes don't come through as much as they do on the nose. The funk is soft yet still adds a nice level of complexity.

M - Light, smooth and refreshing, good carbonation for the style.

O - The only thing I'm not excited about with this beer is the oak on the palate. It's just too "in your face" for me to say it's outstanding. I think it's a wonderful Saison and HF continues to make a wide variety of remarkable beers. Recommend.

05-16-2011 19:17:04 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

05-15-2011 18:59:37 | More by MasterSki
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celeriac

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +13.3%

Incredible beer.

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
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%

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!

04-21-2011 23:59:41 | More by bonbini26
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

04-20-2011 11:27:18 | More by Thorpe429
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.72/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. A clear, straw-yellow body holds up a thick, foamy, white head. Each sip leaves some beautiful lacing on the glass.

Wet hay and earthy oak rise up from a few swirls of the glass. Light fruits and a touch of yeast spice on the nose. Faint white wine grapes and a light brett presence add to the complexity.

Dry, oaky, earthy malts mixed with light wine barrel fruitiness compose the taste. Faint orchard fruit, apple, hay and earthiness. Malts, yeast and barrels in perfect harmony. Exceptional.

Mouthfeel is earthy and musty with a touch of sweetness, but mostly dry throughout. Feels great for the style.

Overall, this is an amazing saison. Essentially flawless in every way. From the nose, to the flavor, to the mouthfeel, Shaun has nailed this one on the head. The wine oak barrels plus the house yeast make this a truly unique and exceptional saison. Probably in my top 3 for the style, if not my favorite. Highly recommended.

04-09-2011 00:33:31 | More by sisuspeed
Art from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.