Edith Black Saison (2013- ) - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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3.76/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
06-24-2013 02:09:04 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
09-29-2013 16:45:46 | More by hooliganlife
3.65/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
05-14-2013 01:14:17 | More by Alieniloquium
4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
04-23-2013 00:21:32 | More by Kinsman
Edith Black Saison (2013- ) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.