Edith - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 373
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 4.76%
Wants: 53
Gots: 58 | FT: 9
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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 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 jlindros
3.01/5  rDev -24.6%
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. (1,428 characters)

Photo of rudzud
2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
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! (696 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (1,206 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 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 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 mdfb79
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (881 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 Alieniloquium
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

7.4/10 (375 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 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 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 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 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 Brad007
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (465 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 ThirstyBird
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (818 characters)

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