Saison - Hilliard's Beer

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hilliard's Beer visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: suncrust on 12-25-2011)
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of marcellaproust
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of BabaBeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of macpapi
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Treyliff
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%

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

Photo of Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Donkster46
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of zeledonia
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Didier
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Oidmoe
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Jlabs
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jbhollis1180
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Buckeye982
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of user785335
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of HugePlume
3.88/5  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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of ssteakley
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of vkv822
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of ryane
1.98/5  rDev -46.9%
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...

Photo of artoolemomo
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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