Edith - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 373
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 4.76%
Wants: 54
Gots: 57 | FT: 8
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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 +16.3%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.63/5  rDev +16%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.63/5  rDev +16%
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. (1,292 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
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! (1,807 characters)

Photo of Respirologist
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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. (425 characters)

Photo of ThreeLions
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with Hab11.
Appearance: Well...as it was pouring out of the bottle this beer looked rather thin and light. Now that it is In the glass it appears quote dark and not thin at all. Very nice one and a half finger head that quickly dissipates to a lingering quarter finger head. Excellent carbonation. Had been warned about these bottles being gushes but I had no problem thankfully. Really nice lacing left behind by all that carbonation.
Smell: well there's brett. There's brett and then some more brett. Then there's chocolate. Lemons, funk, chocolate. Okay then. Interesting style. Haven't had a dark saison before. Some dark fruits like plums or cherries mixed in with stone fruit like apricots. Quite complex.
Taste: Umm what? My first reaction was 'I don't like it.' This is just plain weird. For what it is, a dark saison, I think it is very well done but I definitely don't care for the style. Sour fruity chocolate? Is that a thing? Stone fruit sweet/tart with a bitter chocolate finish. What is going on? My taste buds and brain are confused. If there were no chocolate malts or barley this would be an incredible saison. I don't care for this. How do I rate it though? It's very well done but I don't want to drink the rest of my glass.
Feel: hmm. I puckered which is a good result for a brett beer. Great carbonation. Not thin but not chewy. The mouth on this beer is the only part of this beer that makes sense to me.
Overall: it's going to be hard to rate this beer and not the style. Overall I simply don't get it. I really like stouts and I would drink brett saisons all day buy I don't see the need to mix them. It's like a black ipa...why? I don't get it. Would I guy this again? Nope. If you happen to like the style though I think it was extremely well crafted. No off flavors or anything like that. Shaun produced most likely what he set out to make but it's not for me. Damn I just looked at my glass and realize that I have well over half left. Time to man up and get ready for the next one. (2,061 characters)

Photo of Skrip
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ very dark brown, with a tanish head and some nice lacing.

S~ whoa! peppery, citrus, really tart, and a little hay funk as well.

T~ a nice amount of tartness up front followed by some lemony citrus notes and pepper on the finish. dark roasty malts flow throughout. a little bitter chocolate too!

M~ perfectly carbonated, very smooth, just a little thin. if it was thicker this would be some what similar to Funk Metal without the coffee notes.

O~ amazing! to say the least... one of the most sour HF's i've had fresh, i can only imagine how this will turn out in a year or two. it might thicken up as well, oh you know i'll be waiting! get your hands on a bottle if you have the chance! (757 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick, muddy brown with a huge, fluffy, pillowy, light brown head that settles into dense mounds and craters of foam.

S: Roasty funk with plenty of yeast and farm but also a sweet, malty component.

T: I've been sitting with this for a long time. Very warm. Delicious sour notes come from this along with dark fruits and a slight roasted character. The balance between all the qualities about this beer make a farmhouse ale with dark, roasted malt and a slightly different yeast strain come together for a unique experience. So damn delicious.

M: Seriously awesome body with the right carbonation. HF doesn't ever miss here. Super smooth with massive flavor.

O: Haven't had too many Dark/Black Saisons and I must say, an interesting and unique style. I'm sure they'll become more common as Black IPA's did. HF brewed an amazingly tasty beer with the character you would expect from this twist on a style Shaun knows so well. (930 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
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! (2,431 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (1,193 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.39/5  rDev +10%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received via trade. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Shared with Paul.

The beer is dark mahogany with a thick, khaki head. The aroma is enticing, with scents of oak, funk, dark fruits, spice. Flavors include red wine, oak tannins, brett, yeast, raisins, plums. Wonderfully complex and fabulous. No surprise there, as Hill Farmstead "keeps comin' up with funky ass shit like every single day" ...Old school reference. Anyhow...I thoroughly enjoyed this. I'm not usually as much of a fan of the darker saisons and wilds, but Edith was a lovely beer. Recommended fo sho. (574 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL into a snifter.

A- mean lacing here. All over the glass. Khaki-colored head. Chewy. Beautiful dark brown body. 5

S- Tart, brett-y tartness, and some funk. Not much diversity on this nose. 4

T- Maaan, tasty. Roast-y, lemony, tart, with a lingering touch of coffee. Very rich in taste while still light. 4.25

M- Light and refreshing and so easy to drink. Tart but in a pleasant way. 4.5

Excellent. Really like the dark roast flavor contrasted with tartness. (467 characters)

Photo of 4ster
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled March 28, 2013. Poured into a large tulip, very chilled, a perfect end of summer saison. (also, to the people reviewing this as being infected... perhaps you should read up a little more on the beer, or read other reviews, to know that this is not a straight up dark saison, but is actually supposed to be a tad sour...Brett as an ingredient could be a bit of a hint, though I guess, yes, in a way it is infected...).... now that that is out of the way...

A: Just a lovely dark beer with an amazing tan head that just hangs around forever after a 6 month long summer of doing its thing in the bottle...thick and viscous, stays on top, on the glass, on my face... this is hour a beer should look...

S: Straight off, funky, brett, slightly grassy and some earthy yeast...very light fruit there... unfortunately this is the one place this beer loses some points as the sour really overpowers everything else on the nose.... the base of the beer is very subdued and hard to read....

T: Sour, cherries, fruit then changes to earthy yeast funk, the dark barley base follows on the fade out, slightly roasted earth with some burnt bitterness, and the after taste is more tart. I find the tart a nice balance to the dark malts and provides a nice balance between sour fruit and earth bitterness.

M: After nearly 6 months, there is a wonderful carbonation and if I was working out in the fields all day, this is exactly what I'd want to quench my thirst... beer is very balanced...and is nicely dry on the aftertaste.

O: Haven't had a lot of black saisions, so I can't say how far off a true one this is, but what it is, is a well made saison as with so many HF brews, but one with a slightly accentuated character with the Brett, but a welcomed one that does help to balance a dark beer that might not be so welcomed on a really hot day.... that perfect cool down beer after a hard day of sweating out in the late summer sun... wasn't a beer on the top of my HF list to try, but happy I got 'stuck' getting to try it.... (2,025 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (1,284 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml, Spring 2013
Pinocchio's mini snifter

A: Pours out a dark brownish color with reddish hues. It's actually not that dark once you get down into it. Some light gets through it. Initially about a half finger of light tan head. Forms a collar around the edges quickly. Doesn't leave a ton of lacing, but some bits on the glass. Nice carbonation.

S: Smells nice. Get that HF yeast strain right away. Nice hints of powdered cocoa. Funky barnyard. Some dark cherry hints.

T: Up front you get a nice tartness. it's not a Flanders like dark cherry, but some sort of dark fruity tartness. Then it sort of just dies off, and you get this funky yeast. And some cocoa. And some chalk-like dryness. It's actually pretty dry on the finish and it does have a chalk like finish, but still very tasty.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. (834 characters)

Photo of Hab11
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed with Three Lions from a 750 ml. 6.5 ABV.
Look: Very dark indeed, rich dark brown with a almost Kahlua like head, no sorry more like Bailey's. Actually looks a lot like a completely settled Guinness. Nice lacing!
Smell: Brett!...That is all!! Maybe just maybe a hint of lemon. Three Lions is getting Chocolate. I'm not and its the same bottle. Either the color is tricking his brain or my nose is missing something. I'll bet on the latter! After burying my nose in the glass I found it. Really hidden by the Brett. Another fruit going on maybe a combo because I just can't place it.
taste: not sure what I think about this. It's super funky and finishes with a smoked slightly burnt wet expensive coffee ground taste. It's the inbetween that has me confused. You know what there is no middle. Fruits up front Lemon, apricot, peach, some plumb, pluot? Malted bitterness at the end. I can't pan it. It's not terrible at all but I just don't get it.
Feel: It's exceptional! I think it nails it. Good zest, good finish. I think this beer proves Shaun is a Jedi! This beer makes no sense but I would take two more for the feel alone. Even after sometime away my mouth feels like I was eating candy at campfire. I think he enjoys fucking with us! To that I say Cheers because you can!
Overall: my overall # is less than the sum of the parts. Why? Well I just don't get it. I'll by it again just to see it's either mad scientist or a fluke! I'm betting the former. The beer is really not for me hence the lower overall but it hit what I think he was going for. (1,581 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of naproxen
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,286 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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. (659 characters)

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Edith from Hill Farmstead Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.