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Edith - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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348 Ratings
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 47
Gots: 62 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SFLpunk on 09-03-2010

Edith (1897-1992) was our grandfather’s sister, and Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this black saison is crafted from American malted barley, German roasted malts, European hops, our farmhouse yeast, and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Edith.
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Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown to black color.

The aroma is complex of berry forward red wine, tart black cherry, a touch of balsamic, roasted malt sweetness.

The flavor follows with that tart cranberry juice and cherry note up front. However, it's restrained and towards medium tartness. The middle has a handful of blackberry, raspberry, all kinds of slightly tart and sweet berries. Then onto a surprisingly robust roasted character with cocoa, milk chocolate, and even towards the richness of heavy roasted coffee or charcoal.

I really enjoy this "sour porter/stout" style. This is one of the best I've had. It tastes maybe in between an oud bruin and a porter. This is exceptionally interesting and delicious as a full palate experience.

Photo of boredalready
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Interesting and flavorful with a nice tartness to it. Glad this beer is back in the rotation.

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Toasty, malty, sour. Super nice blend of flavors. Not a big saison fan, but really enjoyed this one.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle sealed with pressure cap.

bottle date of 11/2014.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: black bodied beer with light beige / khaki colored head. Fantastic retention is displayed with a lingering head on top of the black bodied beer. Creamy and silky looking head on the beer. Eventually, the beer drops down to a thin cap and some spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: chocolatey and smokey malts that have a pretty big presence in the nose; contributing a moderate sweetness. Fruity and slightly spicy yeast that brings loads of dark fruits like that of a malty belgian dark strong ale. This has alot of mineral character and earthiness. Hint of leather and oak. This beer has a nose that is very complex and layered; very aeromatic and pleasing. I have never smelt anything like this it is very interesting. I could smell beer this all day long.

Taste: What hell just happened? Every sip I anticipate tasting some sweet malts, but the sweetness is no where to be found, it is almost like trickery of my senses. I expect a moderatly sweet saison judging by the nose, but the sweetness just isnt there in the flavor profile. The sweetness that should be there is dominated by the tartness found in the beer. This beer has a mild almost moderate tartness that tastes like red grapes, berries, cherries, with a decent dose of lemon and citrusy character. Lots of tannins, oak, and signature Hill Farmstead funk. The funk is slightly leathery, earthy, it also has a hint of fruity esters. Hint of smoke and slight roast in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Nice creamy carbonation. Very drinkable which is a surprise considering how robust the aroma and flavor profiles are of this beer. As this beer warms up the body thins slightly and the carbonation goes from creamy to silky.

Overall: This black saison is so different and unique than any saison that I have had. I have only tried a handful of black saisons, but this is a very memorable beer for sure. It is just like a saison, an oude bruin, and a malty dark belgian ale got rolled into a single beer. Then the brett in the beer makes the mouthfeel absolutely outstanding. Edith is probably my favorite black saison that I have drank; Saint Somewhere Surge being in close in second place compared to Edith. Such an original and creative beer; Shawn Hill is a master of brewing beers like this!

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown pour that settles into the glass with a dark brown body and a light tan head. Lots of sticky head residue all over the glass. Aroma includes roasted malt, sour funk, some earthy cocoa, and hints of white grape. Very complex nose. I was expecting dark roastiness to dominate with some peppery flavors mixed in, but this one has a prominent sour component to it. More like a dark sour with lots of earthiness, hints of cocoa, earthiness and pepper. Medium-high carbonation with a medium body. I'm not huge on dark saisons, but this one is a whole other animal. Huge flavor and tartness, which makes this more than just a standard dark saison.

Photo of Respirologist
4.5/5  rDev +10%

I base my reviews off of the style, and this dark saison is spot on. Everything about this screams Hill Farmstead Arthur with the exceptions of: its black obviously. Roastiness in the nose, lots of lemon here. Its tart on the finish and delightful. I'm not a huge fan of dark beers that are hoppy or tart mainly because they are an oxymoron to me. But Edith is certainly well deserving of my attention. 2014 Vintage reviewed.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a Hill Farmstead sampler. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 3 finger brown-gray frothy head with good retention. Beer is pitch black but thin. Lacing is thick and layered with great stick. As always, a great looking brew from Hill Farmstead.

Nose is lightly tart. Saison yeast, coriander and floral notes. A mellow funkiness too. Very light roast notes linger in the background. Nice. Subtle.

Opens lightly tart. Smoke, roast, Saison yeast and other spices. More burnt malt tartness in the middle and end. Finishes roasty bitterness with the same yeasty, peppercorn bitter aftertaste. Ok but the flavor combination just doesn't really work for me here.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Prickly and light in the mouth. Goes down aggressive and frothy. Messy finish with a moderately dry, lingering aftertaste. Pretty good.

I've never been a fan of light beers made dark (Black IPAs, Dark Saisons). That being said, I can't imagine a more well-made Dark Saison than Edith. The dark, roast notes don't quite work with the refreshing spice flavors. However, this is nicely tart and well integrated. Worth trying but if you don't like this style, this won't change your mind.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was black. big cocoa head filled the glass. dark all around

sweet dark fruit, tart and sweet. slightly one dimensional.

sweet and tart dark fruit. very one dimensional and simple. judging from earlier reviews this had more saison characteristics but that is not the case now. barely any funk, zest, spice, etc. but, it was delicious.

light body, mild to moderate carbonation.

possibly infected, but in a great way. this was adored by everyone.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Nearly black. Slight transparency. Huge khaki head. Great collar and nice surface foam.

Smell - Chocolate malt. Sharp acidic character. Bretty. Not a ton else going on.

Taste - Even more brett. Lots of acidic flavors, without being that sour until the finish. Chocolate malt blends in and is almost completely disguised. Again, not a lot else going on.

Mouthfeel - It's light and well carbonated. Nice sharp acidity.

Overall - It's definitely not Hill Farmstead's best saison. It's pretty tasty, but overpowered by brett.

Photo of Kinsman
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this bottle up 11 days ago at the brewery. Poured into a Duvel tulip (RIP HF stemware).

Damn near looks like a stout in the glass. Opaque dark brown through the body with just a tiny bit light making it through on the edges. Fluffy dark tan head rest atop nicely.

First whiff gives a lot of yeasty character, with a sweet bubblegum note that is more reminiscent of a hefeweizen but certainly not out of place here. Lemony citrus however soon takes hold and almost overpowers you for a moment. Spice notes like clove add a bit of a warming note to round it all out. Despite the appearance, this aroma is all saison and I'm finding it hard to pick up much from the roasted malts.

Tasting this reveals another layer or two of complexity from what the nose picked up, with a tartness that plays well the sweeter chocolately malt notes. Lemon and green apple flavors give this one more sourness than what I remember from other HF saisons but it's within reason.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamier and full bodied than your typical 'light' saison. Obviously, the dark malt bill plays a role here but I do find myself wanting that typical dry/crisp texture you get in regular saison. Overall, and excellent beer as expected and certainly a nice change up from the normal light saison.

Photo of Skeeter1330
2/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Honestly, if Hill Farmstead didn't make it, say Sierra Nevada did, would people think it's that great? It's an odd combo that doesn't taste or finish well IMO

Photo of naproxen
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap all over fine VT bars this past weekend from Waterbury to Burlington.

This pours looking just like a black IPA, it is a dark chocolate auburn, but not opaque, with a one finger light taupe head. The hop aroma is impressive, I was salivating for the few minutes I let this one sit, just inhaling pine and grapefruit. I am surprised to not pick up too much of a wheaty profile, given the description, but more of a slight sweet and roasted quality instead.

My first sip was a total fullfillment of my expectations of my first Hill brew. My first pint at The Reservoir was the coldest, and left me with the impression of a straight black IPA. However, the following pints over the course of the weekend I let warm, which allowed the characteristics of the wheat come through. Either way, this one begins with citrus and pine up front and a nice peppery spice in the finish. This one definitely leans heavier on the side of IPA than wheat ale, as the wheat is only playing a supporting role to the rest of the beer.

I must have had around 4 pints of Edith, so the drinkability is pretty high. The finish is bitter, but not mouth puckering. I am very excited that this was my first beer from Hill, it set the stage really well for the rest of his brews I enjoyed over the weekend.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 280313. Poured in to HF stemmed tulip.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black with 2 fingers of light brown head.

S - Funk/tartness dominate the nose. Some lemon, earthy notes and just a hint of roast.

T - Tart up front with some funk that immediately gives way to roast and chocolate notes. A touch of lemon in the background with yeast esters and spice.

M - Medium body. Slight creaminess. Medium carbonation.

Photo of Mike
2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Gusher. Did not enjoy this.

Photo of rlee1390
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear deep brown when pouring, two finger cream off-white/tan head with nice lacing.

S-Good deal of funk, grass, lemon, wheat, dark fruits and roasted malt.

T-Great balance, good deal of funk, lemon, grass, wheat, roasted malt, sour cherry. As it warms the roasted malt takes over.

M-Medium bodied, creamy, well carbonated.

O-When it warms the balance is thrown off slightly, best cold. And when cold absolutely phenomenal.

Photo of jlindros
3.01/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottled at the end of March, so only a few months old, shouldn't be too bad. Shared with rudzud.

Pop the bottle and a slow rise of foam up the neck. Pours a decent off white creamy fluffy head that fades at a med pace, spotty lacing, pretty much pitch black beer with no real light getting through.

Nose had a definite sour fruit, tart cherry like, thinking infection. A bit of a grainy dark malt, hint caramel cocoa almost, very faint roast almost acrid like but not quite that. Some saison spices, almost earthy root like, light choc covered cherry, almost definite sour fruit wild yeast. Not much for saison malts or yeast like.

Taste starts with a light sour infection again, wild like bready yeasty taste, I'm almost positive infection now. The sour wild yeast infection destroys pretty much all the saison flavours. There is a hint of cocoa and very light acrid like roast, touch of bitterness, choc covered cherry, etc. an earthy dirty flavor too maybe saison yeast. Finish is sticky sweet flemmy grainy with plenty of sour cherry infected yeast like.

Mouth is sticky syrupy and med bod, decent carb.

Overall meh. Obvious infection and with the lower carb and sweetness I wonder how long it's been infected, there's no real saison left. If I could get another bottle of this I wouldn't even review it, but people need to know to drink it now in case their's is also infected. If I somehow find one I'll re-review it.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting. Almost like a sour stout, but with a very light mouth feel.

Photo of portia99
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Dark, dark brown in color with a frothy 3 fingers of mocha head that shows good staying power with lots of foamy lacing.

S - Super bretty barnyard funk, dirty and earthy. Chocolate and cocoa powder, cherries, berries and raspberries.

T - Oaky...woody. Cherries and cocoa, quite bitter, tobacco, smoky and funky.

M - funky, medium body with lowish foamy carbonation.

O - Very good and interesting saison. Fairly unique. Would definitely like to have this one again.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.18.13
Bottled 280313

A - Pours a nice dark brown with an active, bubbly darker tan head and bubbles all along the glass surface.

S - Roasted malt, peppery, Belgian yeast, lemony.

T - Bitter citrus hops, lemony and peppery Belgian finish. More tart.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body, a touch bitter.

O - A ton of citrus puckering with a dark Belgian base.

Photo of thebigredone
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jon for hooking me up with this.

Pours a deep brown with one finger tan head.

Smells of roast and tartness, almost an odd Swedish Fish note coming through as well.

Taste is now quite what I hoped for. Earthy, somewhat herbal roast collides with a mild tartness. Doesn't quite work together as well as it could.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost slick.

Overall, a this would be a solid beer from most brewers. For Hill Farmstead's standards, this leaves a little something to be desired.

Photo of cvm4
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle date Nov. 2014

L - Pours a dark, watery, brown color with a tan one finger head. Good lacing and retention.

S - Lots of brett going on here with a smattering of lemon juice and dark malts.

T - Nice tart sour fruits of lemons, strawberries and apricots. Light dark malts to give it some base. The end has a light hop bitterness. Such a simple, straightforward taste.

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Has a dry finish. The body really lets the flavors dance around.

O - Such an odd specimen this dark saison is. It is a confusing style as your mind thinks one thing and the taste is completely different. I'd gladly take a few more of these.

Photo of Damian
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from 750 ml (1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz.) bottle
Bottled 280313
Served in a tulip

Big thanks to MrDarcy for bringing this back from a trip to Vermont.

Fantastic appearance. The beer poured a cola-like shade of brown and was topped by a super dense and creamy, four-fingered, khaki colored head. The crown slowly faded to a clumps of froth and left a thick curtain of lacing on the far side of the glass and clingy streaks on the near.

Initially, the aroma was very much like an American wild ale. Super brett forward. Crisp, fruity and tart with strong berry-like notes. Touch of oak and funk. Later, the nose turned much more saison-like. Belgian yeast notes lent a crisp, clean and dry quality. Slightly musty with indications of fresh cut grass and hay. Strong powdery notes also came out as the beer warmed, along with a touch of roast. Overall, really dynamic and unique.

The flavor profile was an equal mix of wild ale and saison. Bready, crackery malts appeared on the front end. Tart, oaky, fruity and funky with strong berry-like notes. Touch of red wine. There was a crisp, Belgian yeastiness in the center. Moderately spicy. Some hay and must were detectible. The "dark" aspects of this beer did not appear until the finish. Roasted and toasted malts were detectible. Crisp, oaky, sour notes also carried into the finish. Fairly acidic with a good dose of brett and funk. With time, the dry, woody, tannic, red wine-like quality intensified.

On the palate, the beer was super creamy with a fine yet zippy effervescence. Smooth, supple and pillowy soft on the palate.

Hill Farmstead's Edith was far and away the best brett-infused saison I have had to date. The brett notes added a ton of complexity and were very well integrated into the flavor profile. This beer definitely kept me on my toes!

Photo of Gosox8787
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle chilled and poured into my new Hill Farmstead tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a really nice, medium brown, one finger fluffy head. Leaves a really spectacular lacing and clings to the glass nicely. Dark brown in color.

Aroma: Despite the dark color, the aroma is definitely that of a Hill Farmstead saison. Light lemon zest, green apple, and some barnyard funk. A touch of chocolate and grassy character as well. Nice balance of tartness, funk and a strong malt bill.

Taste: Really nice bright burst of lemon and grassy notes upfront. I'm really surprised how much the tartness stands out in this. There is definitely some roasted chocolate and light caramel from the malt but it is definitely more in the background. Some light bittering hops at the end of each sip. Really tasty and refreshing. The complexities really start to come out as this warms.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with some nice carbonation. Nice effervescence throughout.

Overall, this batch of Edith is probably my favorite non barrel aged saison from Hill Farmstead since the more tart versions of Arthur. Really nice balance of tartness, malt character and funk. Really refreshing and complex.

Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml into my Kuhnhenn snifter.

A- Dark black, looks like a thin stout. 1.5 finger head that leaves a nice cap all the way down.

S-Lightly roasted malts with a tart brett and mild funk aroma.

T-Follows the nose with mildly roasted chocolate malts, a slight barnyard/earthy funk, and then a nice brett tartness to politely cuts off the other flavors. Also picking up very light coffee notes.

M-light to medium body with higher levels of carbonation.

O-An excellent beer. I have not had too many dark saisons, but this is hands down the best one I have had. Flavors blend together beautifully.

Photo of harrymel
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013

It's dark, etched surface of light tan foam. Smells of funk, some cola, lots of grass (dried) some dark malts, a little light in the nose. The flavor is fucking outstanding. Really sexy. Dark prunes, raisin, leather, sour cherries, a little bit of bicarb, some really nice fungal flavors. Nearly thin with higher carb and a dry, but salivating finish. Man, this is a great beer.

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Edith from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.