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Edith Black Saison (2013- ) - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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241 Ratings
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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 43
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-25-2013)
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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.

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4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. This was bottled 3 weeks ago today.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown and leaves a beautiful two-fingered tan head.

Smell: Funk comes out first but is subtle, not dominating, also green apple, lemon, citrus. The brett comes through with a nice balance. This one almost smells like a lite version of a wheaty gueuze - very interesting and definitely pleasant and balanced.

Taste: Starts with a little bit of tartness and brett, which is followed by some citrus and apples and finishes off with light roasted malts and some grassy flavors. Very complex and layered - this one is interesting! There is no doubt about it that this one is delicious and worth pondering and enjoying all of its complexities.

Mouth-feel: Light to medium bodied with a light to medium carbonation (both fit this brew wonderfully). Supremely smooth, alcohol is completely hidden.

Overall: This is a great version of a dark saison (my first dark saison). This is absolutely delicious fresh, and I admit I have no idea what age would do to it. To me, it is a compilation of several different styles into one including lambic, brown ale, pale ale, wild ale among others. It all comes together with surprising balance to taste amazing. Highly recommended.

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4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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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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!

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Edith Black Saison (2013- ) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.