Art - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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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
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
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
4.64/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
03-05-2014 01:08:24 | More by Ashey_Darkfruit
4.63/5 rDev +6.4%
A soft pour into a tilted tulip immediately spurs a huge pillowy white head of four fingers. The head leaves massive, thick and large-bubbled lacing, softly settling into a finger and a half. The beer itself has mezmerizing clarity (like Anna) on first pour - the tangerine body is clear and luminous.
A nice bouquet of citrus, oak, and some mineral character. There's some wet hay and pineapple from the brett. The citrus runs deeply through it, with just a hint of sourness.
The oakiness gives way to citrus that's more orange than lemon in expression. There's a little bit of white pepper here, along with a constant mustiness and earthiness that envelops the citrus on the front of the palate and the minerality on the finish. A light sourness cuts through the must. The lingering bitterness on the finish whets my palate before the next sip. The tiniest bit of sulphur / rubber in the mid- and late-palate keeps this from a perfect score.
Medium-light in body with high carbonation (though the body feels slick and oily on the front of the tongue). Medium dryness on the finish.
This saison is drinking elegantly right off the bat, and I'm glad I opened this one early, since it displays such a restrained balance (though I would like to try it after the brett has worked itself more overtly into the beer). A very well imagined saison and likely my favorite to date. I need more of this.
04-08-2011 00:58:34 | More by Verecund
4.58/5 rDev +5.3%
"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.
03-20-2011 04:28:36 | More by HopHead84
Art from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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