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Juicy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 6.9%


Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Wine barrel aged New Zealand hopped saison.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-20-2012)
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Josh for this one. Shared at a tasting 12/8. 5oz pour into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light, thin white ring of carbonation. Beer is clear bronze. Spotty lace with decent stick. Not great for the style.

Nose is passion fruit, citrus, pineapple, and other tropical fruit with cane sugar sweetness. Really good!

Opens yeasty. Citrus, passion fruit, light tartness balanced by a mild, yeast and hop bitterness. Big tropical fruit notes throughout make this one almost IIPA like but with a saison-y spicy finish. Interesting.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Spritzy in the mouth and crisp and quenching going down. Dry finish with a dry aftertaste. Very good.

Pretty good overall and just like mimosa, very aptly named. However, also like mimosa, I wouldn't rank this among the best saison's HF makes. Flavor profile is interesting but this just doesn't stand out to me. I'm glad I got to try it but I wouldn't go through the trouble of seeking this out myself.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 18:02:56 | More by SpeedwayJim
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is is somewhat cloudy gold with minimal head. Nose is interesting, tons of herbal hop character with notes of oak, white wine, and grapes. Taste is mildly tart with notes of grapefruit, lemon, herbs, and sour finish. Mouthfeel is moderate with medium level of carbonation. Very nice, very hoppy for for a wild.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 00:05:32 | More by homebrew311
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Florida9

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slightly hazy very light pale yellow. Forms a minimal off white head. No lacing.

S: very interesting aroma. Minty, wine wine, grapey, lemon-lime citrus. The dry and grassy.

T: light pale malt sweetness. Citrus, white wine. A little bit grainy. Light green apple tartness.

M: light bodied, tart, moderate carbonation.

O: a very nice beer. Tart, complex, interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 00:07:00 | More by Florida9
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is copper orange with a thin tan head that dissipates immediately. Nose is fruity, light hints of brett and some peppery yeasty notes with some malt lingering in. Lots of mango and tropical fruit. Taste is sweet and fairly bright. Brett is underneath but a hint disorganized. Lots of mango and pineapple. Tropical fruits with the Brett and notes of muddled malt trough the finish. Body is light with very strong carbonation as semi dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 00:40:42 | More by cpetrone84
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one at a past Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a dark hazy yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange, fruit, sour, funk, earth, and wood. The flavor was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, wood, funk, earth, subtle sour, and orange zest. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was pretty good brew. I had heard lots of really good things about this one as it has quite a bit of hype going along with it. I am usually fairly skeptical when it comes to hyped beers, so this one wasn’t any different. Granted what I found was actually quite good and had a fairly good balance to it. This kept my palate refreshed and interested throughout the glass. I really wish that this one came in a larger format bottle so a larger pour could be enjoyed, but that is the nature of the beast I suppose. Definitely worth your time trying at least once if you get the chance, but I wouldn’t trade my soul to do so in my honest opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 17:41:27 | More by thagr81us
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with a big frothy off white head. Great retention and good spotty lacing down the glass.

Lots of funk in the nose. Some citrus fruits combine with brett to form the aroma backbone. Can't really smell any wine barrel.

Very fruity and funky taste as well. I get some white wine components that were absent in the aroma. Good grape and orange notes along with brett and a few spices. Very smooth throughout as no one component overpowers. Not very sour at all, just funky.

Medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. A little bit slick and oily and goes down smooth.

Very well made beer, but not worth giving up an arm and a leg so thanks to chippo for the great trade. For Hill Farmstead frame of reference, I enjoyed this more than Mimosa, but still not anywhere as good as b3 Flora.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 23:20:25 | More by jmarsh123
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dirtylou

Washington

4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, served in hill farmstead stemware, thanks @blackie

Don't delay - she's a little of a slow and steady gusher. A hazed peach body and a thick creamy white head with sticky retention. Aromas of musty yeast, melon, and distant citrus. The flavor profile improves off the nose - featuring melon, grapefruit, yeast, white pepper, orange, brett. The wine barrel is light - really not much wood but a bit of a tannic finish. Expectations are naturally sky high for Hill Farmstead, so this was a little underwhelming but still a really nice saison.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 21:49:12 | More by dirtylou
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice light orange with good carbonation, light white cap with some good lacing, moderate head retention leaves white rings clinging to the glass

S: Light and funky, Brett is noticed, light whiffs of baby diaper and barf with subtle hints of light citrus and passion fruits

T: The nose is somewhat misleading. Not as funky or "Bretty" as I had hoped for from a Farmhouse. With that being said, this beer was tasty as heck. Lots of pineapple, light citrus; dash of orange peel, hints of lemons and some hay, light funk is buried beneath the subtle fruit notes.

M: Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, very nice feel, crisp.

O: Very good. While this beer was extremely tasteful and killer on the tastebuds I was looking for a little more brett on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 20:53:30 | More by barleywinefiend
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Memories of The PJs doesn't help my initial perception of this bottle... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy amber-gold topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, light mango, light leek, light-ish fruity Brett, light banana peel, and a twinge of buttery caramel. The taste holds notes of tart grapefruit zest, sour white grapes (a white wine varietal I can't pin down), light earthy greens, mandarin orange, and lemon zest. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, lightly sticky finish. Overall, a very nice beer, one that sees a keen marriage of base, extra hops, and barrel. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 21:50:00 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Ryan. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacework. Murky, peach flesh-colored body.

S - An intriguing mixture of white wine, zesty ctirus hops, mildly tropical funkiness, light grass and herbs, sweet malts, and a hint of oak.

T - The taste loses some of the hop complexity, and fills out the palate with more vinous and sweet malty flavors, along with mild tropical brett flavors. Some of the earthy and herbal qualities persist, and there's again a light oak presence. Closer to a 4.25 here, do I dinged the drinkability a bit.

M - Medium body, appropriately juicy texture, and a soft but sufficient moderate carbonation level. No alcohol presence, and a lightly tannic and dry finish.

D - Another well-executed beer from Hill Farmstead. It didn't blow my mind, but the marriage of hops and yeast is finely wrought and the beer is eminently drinkable at 7.4%. I kind of liked things better when I didn't have to fight for 2oz of Shaun's beers at a tasting. Better than CD #3, and roughly on par with CD #1.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 04:27:07 | More by MasterSki
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opened at a tasting 2/16/2013.

Nose is a lot of wine barrel and brett, some tart citrus character (mandarin oranges?) too. More wine and brett than hops though.

Taste is also big on wine, lots of dry grape skin, tart and a bit of bretty funk but this is more dry than acidic. Pretty bitter, some grapefruit and orange from the hops.

This is a great beer for sure, but maybe not quite what it's hyped up to be. This was the rarest of the HF saisons/sours we opened last night but IMO not the best one.

8.7/10

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 15:19:26 | More by AlexFields
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy golden with light brown accents to it. Small white head

S - Grapes, light citrus from the mimosa, light oak, blue cheese funk as well for this.

T - You get a lot of Mimosa up front with the citrus coming through. There is also a lot of funk that leaves a strong blue chesse funk. The finish is tart and has some of the oak and funk that linger on

M - Thick body with a light creaminess to it. Finish is slightly dry

O - Call this a poor man's Mimosa. It is a really good sour that gets a ton of flavors from the Mimosa barrels which gives it a lot citrus to go with its tartness and blue cheese funk

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 03:08:01 | More by jeonseh
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange body, slight haze, good amount of sediment floating around, big 3 finger white head.

S - Funk, brett, white wine, lemon, tart.

T - Orange, lemon, white/red wine, oak, a touch bready, slightly tart. A lot of orange in the finish. Not as tart as the nose would suggest.

M - Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

Great stuff. Best HF (or any) saison I have tried so far. As others have noted it was a gusher, have a glass ready

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 22:47:54 | More by s1ckboy
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HopHead84

California

4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12/26/2012

375ml bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware. Thanks! Look out, this is a slow gusher.

A: Dark golden orange and hazy with a finger of mousse-like foam that rapidly recedes, leaving scattered lacing.

S: The aroma brings to mind mineral, wet leather, grass, and musty barnyard characteristics. The hops impart lemon, orange, white grape, and melon. A peppery spiciness pervades the olfactory, blending nicely with citrus zest. Tangerine is pronounced. There's a light woody quality.

T: Up front tartness segues into a pleasant midpalate pixie stix sweetness. This tantalizing sweet-tart sensation persists. Fruit abounds, reminiscent of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Lightly peppery with leather, grass, earth, oak, and brackish notes. There's a low level of bitterness throughout. The finish is mildly tannic with lingering notes of leather, lemongrass, and tangerine.

M: Medium body with lower medium carbonation. The carbonation is interesting in that it was high initially but it seemed to quickly disappear. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and tannic.

Overall: The combination of New Zealand hops and Saison makes for a unique and refreshing beer. I wish this 375ml bottle would double in size.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 04:43:57 | More by HopHead84
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle, thanks Starr!

Pours a hazy and dull golden amber with a thin off white head. Acidic aroma of lemon and wine with some leafy tropical hops and grass. Medium thick body with soft carbonation and a long lasting orange pulp/resin and leafy hop finish. Bright flavor of orange peel, lemon, grass, white wine and bready malt. Notes of Mimosa's citrus flavor are present but tempered in a welcomed way. Reminds me a lot of my favorite batches of Vautour, with the balance of grassy and lemon saison notes with the wine and orange of the barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 01:29:08 | More by yourefragile
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to bevdaddy for grabbing me a bottle of Juicy on his recent trip...

375ml bottle poured into (what else) a Hill Farmstead balloon glass.

Appearance: Well-chilled bottle gushes up very slightly on open, though not as bad as the rumors. Color is somewhere between a dirty gold and a dark orange. Head is surprisingly thin, though I poured it tenderly after the bit of gushing. Great lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and a strong brett-y funk dancing together in my nose. Hops are there, and prominent for the style, but take a backseat. If I strain I can get the oak.

Taste: Tastes like it smells. The grapefruit and brett have found their perfect match. Citrus flavored hops on the backend are potent, but the lingering aftertaste is brett. Oaky, earthy, barnyard/hay, and fruit. Not sour at all, just funky, and a slight tart from the wine.

Drinkability: Really high. I only have one bottle, but I would buy this by the 6-pack if I could.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carb, medium body, a bit sticky on the back.

Overall: I'm not really sure what this beer is. Part saison, part Belgian IPA, part wild ale, but all good. It's very unique, and like most everything HF does, it's awesome. But, I feel Juicy only falls somewhere around average for HF. Chase after it if you are a brett fiend, but otherwise you could do just as well with their other saisons.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 01:59:04 | More by cbeer88
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two 375ml bottles opened at once and split three ways, purchased at the brewery 2-3 weeks ago. Poured into HF stemmed glass. Slight gusher when opened, nothing too bad though.

A- Pours a slightly organish brownish red that is slightly translucent with a bit of haze. About a finger's worth of head that fades pretty fast to a fairly bubbly, but mostly flat surface that leaves some clingy lacing. On close inspection of one of the bottles there is some definite small white sedimentation specs floating around (similar to what you would find from a poured Heady Topper). Overall an interesting appearance, a little bit darker then expected but has a nice glow.

S- Funky, citrusy, tart, earthy aromas of citrus hops, sour lemons, grapefruit, chardonnay, limes, bretty funk, and a light presence of what some people might refer to as wet-horse blanket or sweaty gym clothes. As it settles for awhile the funk fades a little bit and more earthy tones come out. Fairly aromatic and reminds me a little bit of a hoppy/citrusy Beatification that is slightly less funky.

T- Hops balance nicely with the sour/funk aspects of the beer to provide tastes of sour lemons, grapefruit, some melons, a hint of lime, some light bretty funkiness, sour finish with a slight presence of citric acid. Lingering aftertastes of sour lemons and a bit of brett. A little less funky but a bit more sour then the nose. As it settles for awhile sourness dies a little bit and a little bit more earthy brett comes out.

M- Medium bodied, juicy with a dry finish, fairly minimal carbonation but leaves a tingly sensation that makes it feel more carbonated then it actually is, fairly high drinkability.

O- This was a very interesting, complex saison. It was definitely funkier then I was expecting but it balanced nicely with the citrus hops presence which lended a little bit of a Juicy quality as you would expect from the name. There was definitely a hint of Mimosa in this that provided a little bit lemon. I would definitely recommend trying this beer out especially if you like beers with a little bit more funk to them. It'll be interesting to see how this one ages.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 14:54:38 | More by jaasen64
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Juicy pours a hazy yellow/amber with a small, thin white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with tangerine citrus. In addition, notes of brett and tropical fruit are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft, a little watery with mild carbonation. The flavor is tart with orange and tangerine citrus. Some grapes appear in the middle along with a touch of tropical fruit. It finishes a little salty (? maybe it's just me). Once gone the tart flavor and tangerine citrus lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking beer with lots of aroma and flavor. An interesting combination of tartness and citrus hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 20:36:33 | More by WanderingFool
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle opened on 3.1.13

A - Pours a dark copper, almost red with an active light tan head that fizzes away pretty quickly to a clump that sits in the middle.

S - Lots of barrel characteristics, almost Bretty. Hoppy leaf with some white wine.

T -Tart white wine, hoppy leaves and grass, buttery wood.

D - Lower carbonation with a light body. A dry tart finish.

O - Lots of barrel, hops and white wine. Winner.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 16:43:34 | More by HuskyinPDX
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jfmamj for sending this one my way.

Beer pours a very hazy golden-orange with a big white head. Gusher alert - this started pouring out of the bottle immediately. Smell is a fantastic blend of wine barrel, brett and hops. It reminds me a lot of E. in a good way. Flavor follows the nose as all the same elements are present in wonderful balance. The wine barrel and brett hit you first, but it's got a great citrus character that emerges halfway through followed by a fairly bitter, orange-rindy hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and mouth-coating, really quite nice. Overall this is a really well-done, complex saison that's one of Hill Farmstead's best. I'd say it's right up there with CD1 and E. It kinda comes off like a junior version of Mimosa that incorporates all of its elements even better. Well done Shaun!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 01:28:45 | More by starrdogg
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a HF stem

Cloudy, hazy, gold with a huge fluffy head. Others have reported a gusher, this bottle did no such thing. phew.

There is a nice mustiness to it. There is also a fruitiness I just can't quite place. There is some funky scent in there, a band aid plastic...it all works well together, I'm not a professional at this so my descriptors may be off, but trust me...it works.

There is a lot going on here. Hops start out and a milky, tart finish follows. Again, it's hard for me to describe, but it works.

Rather creamy and well..Juicy. It's kind of like a saison on hop steroids. Feels oh so smooth in the mouth with just a touch of dryness as I swallow.

Really a fantastic beer stretching the boundaries of saison and wild ale. Really an awesome beer. I think I may have enjoyed CD 5 a touch more...but, Shaun is fucking killing it!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 04:40:57 | More by DaveHack
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jegross2

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the infamous Juicy from Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro, Vermont. This dry hopped saison is aged in the barrels that were used to age Mimosa.

Score: 95

November 2012 vintage bottle served in a Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 03/19/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a nice murky orange color with a finger of off-white head that settles to a thick ring around the glass and splotchy, wispy coating. Amazing lacing and retention; crazy cling. 4.75/5

Smell: Apricot, grapefruit, grapes, a touch of barnyard funk and sweet malt. Really nice tropical juiciness, wine character and young-ish saison aroma mix. Warms up to a little bit of lacto and PDO comes out of the woodwork into the mix. 4.5/5

Taste: Bready malt and white wine, following by grapefruit/stone fruit and a little tannic acidity. Straw-like flavor and tropical juiciness in the finish, lingering with just a kiss of funk. Really nice flavors here, blending gracefully. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, good carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel with a dry finish. Nice earthiness with a good light tartness. 4.5/5

Overall: Many have said this beer aged is a shell of its former fresh self, but I found it to be delicious aged nearly a year and a half regardless of how much better it may or may not have been fresh. Relative to Dry Hopped L'Brett D'Or, as aged, my palate prefers Juicy. With ample tropical juiciness, a nice wine character and a dry finish, this beer offers lots of complexity. Drink 'em now fellas.

Cost: $8 for a 375 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 07:20:06 | More by jegross2
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ehammond1


4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, mkabull!

This one does gush upon opening! Be warned!

Burnt apricot or peach flesh in color with a quickly forming, creamy off-white head of very small bubbles. Nice retention and this leaves messy lacing. Very pretty saison.

Definite citrus in the aroma, along with a concentrated, rotting fruit character (in a good way!), a mild to moderate funk character, and a bit of a champagne or white wine character that's tough to describe but definitely adds to the overall enjoyment and complexity of the aroma.

The flavor follows suit, though the flavor is more balanced than the aroma, as the (rotting, strong) citrus character is tamed down nicely by the complex, earthy funk, and champagne/white wine flavors. Some brick flavor as well, which adds nicely. This is delightful.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

A lovely, enjoyable saison from Hill Farmstead. Shocking!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 04:58:15 | More by ehammond1
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Hill Farmstead.

Poured into a HF white-logo fest glass (rarwale). Cloudy orange-amber color, with a small, puffy, white head that retained well and laced the glass nicely. Delectable aroma, oaky, white wine, grassy, light citrus and mild funk. Lots of citrusy tang in the taste, assertive but delicate hop bitterness, white grapes and a nicely defined barrel character, with a slight sour twinge, crisp tropical fruit notes, mild grassy funk, pulpy and juicy (harhar) orange and lemon lingering into the aftertaste. Very light and toasty malts. Medium body, clean and crisp mouthfeel. Complexity through the roof. I would have called this "juicy" even if it wasn't the actual name of the beer. I may never have this beer again, but I definitely want to...

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 00:36:24 | More by Rifugium
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koopa

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle purchased at the brewery and poured / gushed into a gulden drak tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours between russet and a cloudy dirty copper penny with a 1.5 finger white crown that shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Mainly band aid and plastic (reduced quite a bit when the beer warmed up more) from the brett that comes off like a milder version of the smell that crushed stink bugs make with some tropical fruit notes (apricot, mango, tangerine, and grapefruit) from the hops. As the beer warms the stink bug juice transforms magically into a light funk level of brett. I'd give this one a 4.25 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit.

Taste: More enjoyable than the nose in my opinion. The yeast character is much more prominent and is very well integrated with the malt and hops. In addition to a light funk up front, that oh so lovely brett derived lemon note appears in the finish too. The hops definitely play a bit more of a supporting role in this beer than I expected them to. I get some white wine character similar to Nelson Sauvin in the hop profile as well, but I believe that is coming from the mimosa barrel used, since I believe it was a white wine barrel that also housed some citrus (orange rind).

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with medium carbonation comprised of very soft billowy bubbles. Not as dry as I expected and that might actually be a good thing.

Overall: I would drink this beer constantly if I had the opportunity. What a lovely hoppy wild saison. The flavors are so well layered and compliment each other fantastically. Truly gestalt in nature. Kudos to Hill Farmstead for making such a progressive and delicious beer! The hops combined with the brett is what makes this one truly special so consuming it fresh is a big factor in having the experience I've outlined.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 01:03:28 | More by koopa
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Juicy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.