Edith Black Saison (2013- ) - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.19/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
05-03-2013 18:03:02 | More by inlimbo77
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 234 ratings.