Saison - Hilliard's Beer

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 97
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 8.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: suncrust on 12-25-2011

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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 97
Photo of marcellaproust
2.74/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I first tried Hilliard's out on a Road Dawgs tour of Seattle breweries, even though I am a resident and not tourist. I recall liking the pils but nothing else. I've not had any since (two years) because Hilliard's tends to be expensive and there's just too much good PNW! But, deciding to treat myself to one of my favorite styles, I bought a four pint pack. Why, why? The nose was AWOL. The appearance: poured into a glass it's nearly as pale as a run of the mill lager. As for taste: I get it when the brewers state that this beer is made in the old way, without addition of spices but as far as I'm concerned, all the more pity for it. This beer's body and mouthfeel thin; great carbonation, and little body and nearly imperceptible aftertaste. If anything, it has the beginnings of what wants to be a saison but ends up metallic and tinny. There's no bitterness, but no smoothness, nothing substantial enough that I can bring an adjective to. A wastes of $ and caloiries. (975 characters)

Photo of macpapi
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent straw-like yellow color with a decent foamy head. Smells of light wheat with hints of lemon citrus and a small hint of pepper or clove. Taste is biting yet fruity. There is a dry peppery taste accompanied by citrus--mainly lemon--flavor and the sweet taste of Belgian sugar and yeast. The beer is light bodied and pretty bubbly in the mouth. There is a bit of hop presence as well. Overall this is a pretty drinkable beer that represents the style pretty well. There is quite a bit going on here but nothing too overwhelming. A nice beer. (566 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%

Can to tulip glass

A- pours a hazy pale yellow color with a two-finger foamy white head that retains long after the pour, with bubbles continuously shooting to the top 3.75

S- spicy & yeasty aroma overall, also picking up some crisp wheat and lemon grass, sourdough aroma malt & earth 3.75

T- slightly tangy lemon peel flavor up front, quickly followed by crisp wheat with some spicy & slightly phenolic yeast, earthy and must on the finish with lingers of more spicy notes 4

M- medium body with moderate-but-spritzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that fills the mouth, eventually finishing crisp and dry 4

O- a nice saison that packs enough flavor to avoid the blandness of many saisons out there, worth a try! 3.75 (746 characters)

Photo of Donkster46
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got this from a local beer store along with many other cans from this same brewery. They're a local brewery so that's how I was able to procure many of their brews. This one was pretty good, no earth shattering but I would definitely buy it again. It wasn't very pricey either. Sadly though this one was the best one out of the lot I got from Hilliard's. (356 characters)

Photo of HugePlume
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a pint.... no proper glassware available.

Shiny brassy yellow color, somewhat absent a head. I do know this is at least a 4 month old can though so that is playing some part I am sure,

Has a wonderful clove and grain smell. Nothing outstanding here but very nicely done and down the middle of the road.

Taste is textbook light saison. Has all the sweet grain, clove and a little sweet fruit elements you would like. Very sessionable taste, its not very powerful but everything is there in the right proportion.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, good carbonation but Could maybe use a tick more

Overall its a great go to saison, nothing crazy but if you need that style, its a solid performer. Thumbs up for cans, makes it a better tailgating and camping beer. (782 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Frothy snow white head that fades but trails over a cloudy dirty blonde body.
Big funky barnyard nose with some lemon zest.
White bread base, big blast of white vinegar, some earth, a bit of white pepper, and an herbal tang to end.
Funky finish and limoncello linger.
Tingly, medium, some chew.

Funky base is bigger than a lot of other so-called saisons, but citrus-forward, so ends up refreshing. However, a bit too full and strong to kick back with like you wanna do with a can. Keeps it real, though, even if it is funk and lemon and not much else. (557 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have only had one other beer that tasted like this and it was a import from Germany. I'm thinking this one might be better. I'm wondering if this is what I term as "Techno a Brewing". Rather than be a long process of trials and tweeking a recipe. The science of brewing takes over through computer technology and the finest ingredients. The agriculture is becoming technology driven as well. Gonna have to take a tour of Hilliards to be sure but this one is a great beer. (473 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

16oz : tulip

Hazy golden yellow with a foamy, white head.

Lightly funky, spicy farmhouse yeast, floral, lightly fruity esters.

Medium+ body for the style, foamy carbonation. I would have liked to have seen a more crisp, clean finish.

A well brewed saison, with a great flavor profile, despite it's shortcomings in the mouthfeel I really enjoyed this one. (358 characters)

Photo of ryane
1.95/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pale Yellow, slightly hazy, dense 1 finger white head
S - very cidery, and somewhat off-putting, some peppery notes round out the aroma
T - very dry, peppery with a metallic taste that lingers, very little to no hop presence
M - Light and spritzy, slightly higher carbonation than I like in my saisons, I found myself swirling to release just a bit of the Co2 in the beer to soften the sharpness

I was looking forward to this beer (I love Belgians and especially great saisons) but this one really did not come close to delivering. Generally cans are a good way to go, but maybe that isnt the case with this beer? Either way I think the cidery overtones in the aroma are pretty off-putting, the pepper notes are nice, but a bit more fruity esters would be good to round things out, and no metallic finish... (812 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a little more than a sliver and has equally slim retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a dull, pale straw that appears as a golden lemon yellow when held up to the light. A tiny bit of lacing at the start but that's about it.

Nose- Starts off with a pretty typical aroma of banana and cloves which quickly gives way to a more dominant note of apples. The can shows this note as sweeter and tarter. Slight ashiness in the background from the cloves. Swirling reveals a little bit of a bandaid note.

Taste- Starts off with a tart and sweet apple that has undertones of orange and lemon. Banana starts on the middle after these notes while some hint of cloves starts to show itself and ends the finish while the apple appears to extend itself throughout the entire flavor profile. Tart character moves into ash (from the cloves) and then seems to move into a vinous note (mostly white grapes). Above average to good- definitely better than I expected from an American saison in a tallboy. Has a good amount of presence along with good balance and integration. Lacks complexity but is still pretty enjoyable. Not in the same league as Dupont, Boulevard, or regular Fantome but better than some other highly regarded saisons (I'm thinking of Upright 7 at the moment). Maybe not better but comparable.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a little bit too much carbonation. Sometimes a lot of carbonation works well for saisons but only the effervescent variety. Slight grittiness on the finish.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing. A pretty accessible but basic saison with no real flaws. I think it was between 2 and 3 bucks for a can so it's also a pretty good deal.

Overall- Above average to good but mostly good. Doesn't do anything that impresses; it's simply a competent saison that is easygoing. I would give it a try. B-/B. (1,885 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pounder can from brewery

a: into my reubens snifter, this hilliard’s pour produces a thin white head atop a golden, very slightly hazed ale, yeasty haze really comes out with second pour including bottom sediment

s: wheat and clean barley malts combine with some simple, moderate yeast aromas to give a doughy impression, coriander, hops very slight with only a hint of grass, delicate spice and some mustiness (others have said cheesefunk or mushroom, I get, strangely enough gunpowder sulfur as well, and definite fungus mold - NOT referring to any infection)

m: carbonation around moderate, prickly, light bodied

t: somewhat sweet wheat malt and clean barley, lots of bready yeast, coriander, stale lemon, some grassiness, a slight coating lingers, very mild bitter

o: a simple saison with some quirks that aren’t exactly endearing to me, my least fave of the line thus far but not a bad beer all told (913 characters)

Photo of cavedave
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

Thanks even once more to beertunes, without whom all this would not have been necessary ;-)

It pours a thick looking cider topped with a thin, off white cap that gives way pretty quickly to a bare cap.

Nice pepper and tart farmhouse yeast, some real candy in there too, lighter floral and earth.

Full flavored with the sweet and pepper in the lead, but some righteous herbal bitter dries out what is really a sweet and spicy sip. Yeasty tart is an excellent counterpart to this bitter. Hides the 6% ABV very well. Nice.

Quite thick for style, low carb., and certainly less refreshing than optimal. Rescued by how tasty it is, and how clean the linger remains.

As it warms this beer improves greatly, but it is never as refreshing as one would hope from a style for which that feature is one of few important characteristics. Recommended for its strong and clean taste. (874 characters)

Photo of Smurf2055
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from Chuck’s 85th.

Pours a hazy yellow with a generous fluffy white head, probably around two or three fingers.

Smell is a bit funky and crisp citrus.

Taste is a bit yeasty, a bit tart, maybe a bit more bitter. Bit of coriander and hay. Crisp taste and clean finish.

Drinkable canned Saison. (305 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a slightly hazey light golden amber with a two finger white head that dissipates to a fine thick layer with lacing. Aroma of apple juice, saison yeast, a hint of wild yeast, bready malt. Flavor follows, with mild wild yeast, apple juice, light coriander; semi dry finish with residual lightly funky yeast and spice. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. A pleasant, low key saison that hits all the right notes for the style. Nothing mind blowing, but a very nicely made domestic saison. (535 characters)

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Really happy & surprised with this one. Been eyeing up the 4-packs in Trader Joe's for a while, but finally convinced myself to pick it up since it's a local brew.

Thick, thick head dissolving into a hazy lemon-yellow. Smells somewhere between pear & pineapple.

Taste completely took me by surprise; tastes almost like what you'd think an ale version of PIlsner Urquell would taste like; starfruit with a hay overtone, falling away to a clean, bitter finish.

Very happy with this; very eager to try the rest of the line-up. (527 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to FalconA for throwing this extra in along with the #properglassware.

Hazy yellow pour, with a fluffy cap of white head that settled to a ringlet, leaving moderate lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted wheat, funk, earth. Taste was similar, wheat and biscuity pale malts, grassy funk, quite earthy, with notes of citrus pith. A little bit harsh and metallic on my palate, but then again, I've been spoiled with Tired Hands saisons for the past year. Light body, crisp, but a bit too lacking in flavor to be very drinkable IMO. Not undrinkable, but just not something I'd go back for. (592 characters)

Photo of Braz
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into glass at Parkway Tavern. Pale gold in color with white head. Active looking. Smells are bready with some light fruit notes. Taste notes are wide ranging. Bready, fruity, citrus, picked up a little clove as well. A sort of flavor explosion. Lighter bodied than I anticipated. Very enjoyable and unexpected. (326 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Nice pale yellow color. Real light foamy head.

S- Smells like a BMC type beer mixed with a German Hefe.

T- The taste is interesting. It is similar to the smell. BMC with a German Hefe mixed in for flavor. Clove and banana esters are the driving flavors for me here. Savory comes to mind for me.

M- Very light and carbonated, almost too carbonated for me.

O- Not too bad, would be a great summer hot day beer. A good combo for a hot day . (446 characters)

Photo of bizweasel
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Can, to various glasses over time.
A: Decent enough straw color, not cloudy. Pretty thin white head when poured.
S: Strong banana ester and grassy. Not the greatest intro.
T: A sourness that doesn't really successfully mimic how Belgian beers are sour. Not a lot of malt to finish the taste. Not the kind of complexity and spice I'd expect from a Saison.
M: Carbonation OK, but the false sour figures into the mouthfeel too.
D: I am willing to cut some slack for a Saison in a can because the idea is cool. But after repeated tries have to say this is at best average beer, not a repeater. For canned beers there are lots of fine examples of other styles, and for Saison there are so many better ones to be had in bottles. (722 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cloudy glowing yellow with a nice white cap

S: Very spicey, fruity, banana esters, some wheat

T: Big yeast presence on this initially. Some citrus and banana really take over balanced with a sordove sulfur meets spiciness. The finish has a lingering yeast, fruit presence with dying spices, sordove cloying.

M: Light to medium bodied. Bleh. Not exactly my cup o tea. Just does not have the taste or feel of a Saison to me. If I didnt know any better I would say it was a hef, meet Belgian Pale

O: Not a bad beer. However, compared to other traditional farmhouse beers like Logdsons I find it very hard to rate it any higher than average. (653 characters)

Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, pils-like dark yellow with low and rapidly fading head. Smells out-doorsy, but not really funky, just hints of it, and bread and yeast and some floral a young fruit notes. Tastes like it smells, and is moderately tart puckering, and well balanced, with subtle sweetness. HInting at a few weird notes, but nothing curiously off or suggestively scary. Probably a good saison to start with for someone who might find hearty barn-like notes a bit off-putting. A good entry saison. (490 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a massive foamy white head on top, very thick with nice retention and pretty lacing down the sides.

S: Rather bready up front with a bit of citrus coming through lemon, some grass, and a bit of spicy pepper.

T: A bit fruitier than the aroma with some lemon, melon, and a bit of banana. There is a hint of bubblegum and a slight sweetness. Light spices round out the flavor profile.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation, rather smooth.

O: A solid saison, not earth shattering, but no problems with it either. Easy drinking, would have it again. (590 characters)

Photo of gkatsoris
4.49/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Crazy super light yellow....pretty lol. Lots and lots and lots of little bubbles. Thin whispy head. Lots of bubbles.

S: Funkylicious! Leather, an old couch. Musty and musky. Slight lemon/pineapple. Man I love this smell.

T: Again, funkylicious! Yummy funky too.

M: Tingy. Thin and whispy. Love it!!!

O: I couldn't drink these all day, but man this was one enjoyable brew!!!! (382 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canned at some point before getting to my face.

Pours a hazy lemon with a solid sheet of fine white foam. Smells musty, dusty, farmy, some yeast, some grain, some milky character. I like the nose, has the unbound notes I find promising in a beer such as this. Flavor is yeasty, a little much so. Still meanders with some farm, some hay, some manure and clay, but a little too much of the yeast is a bit cloying. Medium on full bodied with a low carb and a semi dry finish. Nice enough. I like where they're headed with this. (525 characters)

Photo of searsclone
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a can into an imperial pint glass. hazy butterscotch with a puffy white head that lasts

smell is bread and sour fruit and a touch of bubble gum

taste is very balanced sweet and sour fruit followed by bread

mouthfeel is very sharp at 1st, almost burns the lips, then very chewy and creamy with a dry finish

overall, I think this one is great (357 characters)

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