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Edith - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 381
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 28.47%
Wants: 47
Gots: 57 | FT: 8
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 Skeeter1330
2/5  rDev -50.5%
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

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Photo of Sarlacc83
2.41/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From the bottle courtesy of Sam. Thanks!

A: Dull, dark brown. Head is a dark cream and has good retention. Decent legs.

N: Cacao, lavender, rose, flower beds grass, and a scattering of crushed tylenol.

T: Tart, earthy, bitter, then sweet. This clashes at every single point, and it is absolutely awful to me. I want to dump my glass.

M: Somewhat oily and medium bodied.

O: This doesn't work for me at all. I don't mind the dark saison style, but I shouldn't want to spit it out immediately, either. If this wasn't at a bottle share, I'd be very unhappy at having bought this.

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Photo of rudzud
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a nice trip finger sudsy head that fades to leave a light blanket.

S - Aromas of sour infection perhaps, cherries, light chocolate, roast malts, and some weird off note deep in the background...Hmm

T - Taste is quite sour cherry, light chocolate, faint roast, not very saison like at all, comes off as infected as this wasn't barrel aged at all. Bah...very sad by this..

M - Mouthfeel is not too bad, carbonation is spot on.

O - Overall I was massively disappointed by this beer, clearly something went wrong somewhere in this process add this is simply not a saison anymore. Gah!

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Photo of jlindros
3.01/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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Photo of dbrese
3.04/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Just to clarify for anyone reading about infections in this beer, it isn't. Hill Farmstead Saisons are typically tart to sour and always funky. That being said, I found that the dark malts did not work for my palette along with the citrus, fruit, and herbal aromas from the yeast. It just never came together as a cohesive beer for me. It was an interesting challenge to finish the glass because I wanted to study and experience the beer due to all the praise it has received, but I think this would be better without some of the conflicting flavors such as the dark chocolate bitterness I tasted in the finish with the acid. It does get better at room temp, but it is not my cup of tea, er, beer.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a really dark near black, couple inches of rich creamy brown head.

Smells of brett, chocolate roast, grass. A little odd but mostly good.

Taste is fairly sour, hint of chocolate and molasses, some grassiness and funk. Weird, good!

Carbonation is a bit light, mouthfeel is pretty nice and creamy though.

Odd beer, like it but definitely not the best HF beer.


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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

First of all, the biggest of thank you's to the man David for sending me the craziest box of HF I've ever seen. So awesome to drink this stuff on the west coast of Canada (though it seems to be a regular thing with all the beer bros in this town ;-) ).

Pours dark brown but thin looking for the colour (colour, go Canada and fuck you, spellcheck!). Near black in the (HF balloon ...montrealbcr89) glass. Two fingers of light khaki head.

Smell is dark toasty malts with dat hf signature mineral note ...which is a bit strange tbh. A light vinous note as well, again a bit strange with the other stuff.

Taste is much better. Like a nice hf saison, lemony tart but with a light roasty dark malt. Maybe not a combination that was born of starlight and rainbows, but not terrible by any means.

A bit below medium in body with soft and smooth, medium-strong carbonation.

Interesting and different but not the best beer ever made by these guys for me. The relativity must be considered here, of course. ;-)

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Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A slow gusher, but I didn't lose any beer; pours coffee brown with a buoyant beige head; rings of lacing

Smell: Tart and vinous; funky, with burnt toast and a hint of chocolate

Taste: Berry, burnt toast and chocolate tones, up front, with growing tart flavors building, charred, vinous flavors build underneath and, ultimately, dominate the finish; herbaceous elements in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I see a lot of reviewers saying this is a Brett beer but Brett alone would not account for the sourness here; I think there are other wild yeast things going on and, ultimately side with those who say that the combination of flavors that result does not produce a cohesive whole; glad to try it but would not likely seek it out again

Thanks, bittermestupid, for the opportunity

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington.$4 for a 6 oz pour.

Appears super dark with a slight reddish halo. Loose tan head. Nice lacing.

Big hop aroma bitter with a touch of sweetness.

Taste is hop forward and pine and slightly bitter.

Active carb with a medium body

overall interesting but lacking the something special that I was hoping for from my first Hill Farmstead brew. It won't stop me from seeking out their other beer though.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 03/28/13.

A: Pours a dark cola brown with a super frothy head that faded into a lasting fuzzy film leaving wispy lace down the glass. Very frothy carbonation really foamed up in the glass.
S: Smell is greasy, tart dark fruits, mildly sweet dark fruits, caramel, and dry tannins.
T: Very tart and acidic dark fruits and caramel mixed with mild chocolate. Like a tart Porter. Very tart and acidic. Dark fruits and cherries up front, mild sweetness and chocolate in the finish. Roasted aftertaste.
M: Frothy carbonation, drying mouthfeel with a balancing bit of greasy chew to it, medium body.
O: One of my least favorite HF beers overall, but as a standalone beer, it's a solid sour dark saision, albeit a bit over-carbonated.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours like a cross between a saison and a brown ale. The body is deep brown and close to black. The carb is on point and quite pillowy. The smell is very funky with some aged cheddar notes as well as hay. The taste is on the high end of tartness for a saison. The mouthfeel is very smooth and carbed well. The mid palate is murky almost soil-like. It's a challenging beer in terms of style and flavor. I'd suggest sharing the bottle if you haven't had the style previously.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark with a tan head. Nose is very light, lemon and citrus with a faint roast. Taste is extremely strong lemon, fairly sour and citrusy. There is a faint roast to it. Strong carbonation and a silky body and puckering citric acid. Very bright citrus, so different than what I thought.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep dark brown / near-black with large beige / tan head. Aroma brings out subtle tangy notes, earth, and some musty farmhouse notes. Flavor brings out loads of tangy notes, dark musty farmhouse notes, and earth. Lightly citric and earthy on the finish. Nicely balanced with no jagged edges. Characterized mostly by earthy notes and lightly citric notes.

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Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black hue with a one finger head. Not as dark as a stout but dark nonetheless.

Just a hint of clove in the nose followed by a dab of hops. Interesting combination.

Taste is full of roasted coffee and slight clove/wheat upfront. Not as viscous as a black ipa or stout.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering roasted malt and clove notes. Not much else of note.

I see a bit of overlap here between styles. Regardless, another fine, drinkable creation.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the brewery. Bottled 28.03.13.

A - Pours black, but dark red/amber up to the glass. Gorgeous tan head of 2 fingers. Lovely thick, creamy head. Good carbonation coming up. Insanely thick wall of lace and a finger of retention. Metal.

S - Great funky yeast character. Dark malts. Really cool and unexpected yeast character.

T - Nice funky barnyard yeast. Tart. Starts tart up front with the yeast, some mild dark fruit or chocolate sweetness, and then tart again in the finish. Their yeast really dominates. Dark fruit in the middle comes out when it warms.

M - Good carbonation. Medium body and a lingering tartness.

O/D - Farily one dimensional. The yeast dominates this a whole bunch, and while it's not at all bad, it's hard to get past the simplicity of it. Yet, the simplicity is delicious.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at the Hill itself a couple weeks ago. Label lists bottling date as 11-2014 and the ABV at 6.5%. Split at a tasting and reviewed from notes.

A - Slight gusher when opened. Dark brown/pretty much black pour. Beige head puffs up to a couple fingers, eventually reducing to a thick ring and spotty cap.

S - Tart dark+light fruits, brett, farmy must. Kinda simple but expected/good as usual HF saison, really not getting much 'dark'ness here though.

T - Some slight roast and chocolate now noticeable but really not much going on for dark qualities. Farmy lactic tartness, still brings an interesting mix of bretty light fruits (lemon, peach, apple) and dark fruits that are reminiscent of red wine grapes. Good oak barrel, farmy yeasts and brett.

M - Kinda big-feeling body, good carbonation, decent tart brett presence without overpowering.

O - The 'dark' roast/chocolate flavors are kept subtle which is probably for the best, other than that this is pretty standard HF saison fare - not a bad thing but this doesn't really come off as standout, other than the fact that it is a solid (the only solid?) example of a dark bretty farmhouse ale.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to erichxedge for sharing this one.

Bottled 3/28/13.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, yeast, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour Brett, funk, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a tasty Brett and funk presence.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz pour at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill.

Listed as a hoppy dark-wheat ale made with organic wheat from Butternut Farm.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown-black with lots of coffee-tan colored foamy head with great retention.

Nose: Lots and lots of piney hops layered on top of some faint yeast spice and a little banana peel.

Palate: Crisp and clean up front with lots of bitterness straight-away. Citrus layered on banana and a little white pepper, layered on a little black patent malt like bitterness finished off by lots and lots of sticky hops. As it warms, more of the wheat starts to show a lot more.

Notes: Very well made, another home-run for one of VT's newest breweries. Cold it was very similar to James Black Ale, but as it warms I started to see more and more of the dark wheat malt coming out.

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Photo of barczar
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly tart and sour aroma, with light funk and roast. Floral character adds complexity.

Flavor is lactic, with underlying roast and chocolate notes.

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Photo of cbutova
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second time around this block. Chico1985 shared a bottle generously a few months back.

A- Black bodied ale to many glasses at a meet up with a pale mocha head. Frothy and creamy cap dies over time to a hazy belt. One large web with plenty of drizzle.

S- Roasty grains rather prominent with some months on it with dark cocoa, coffee, slight char and heavily caramelized toasty sugars. Juxtaposition provided by semi tart farmhouse yeast with lemon and spicy tones.

T- Tartness becomes an integral part of the balance here and it acts to bring the roast influence down a bit. Hints now of cocoa, caramel, toasted nuts and roast barley. Hard to pick out obvious notes from the yeast but pepper, cooking herbs, lemon and vinous grapes come to mind.

MF- Dried out for the most part with a medium tartness and a silky, frothy consistency to the medium body. Carbonation lands on the high side.

Darker than the last time I had it seems but the blend of tart yeast and roastiness stands tall. Dark Saisons are always an interesting take on the style and throwing some tartness in actually works well for me.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 05/19/13

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with one finger of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks as expected for a black saison.

s - Smells quite hoppy...smells of pine hops, some brett, roasted malts, lemon, citrus hops, light funk, spices, yeast, and some light earthy notes. Nice nose with a lot going on, and a nice mix of hops and malts.

t - Tastes of pine hops, fruity malts, roasted malts, citrus hopsm and some brett. Nice taste, though I like the nose a little bit better. Taste is more dominated by roasted malts in my opinion.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice black saison, though not my favorite HF beer or style. Nice mix of hops and roasted malts, and easy to drink. Would personally look to get some of their other bottles first, but wouldn't turn this down if I saw it again.

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Photo of cvm4
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Edith from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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