Saison - Hilliard's Beer
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3.28/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
04-21-2013 10:29:03 | More by Rifugium
3.43/5 rDev -8%
Thanks to 5000 for sending this can my way.
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat and biscuit malt, with some Belgian yeast and white pepper notes thrown in. The flavor is a little more complex. I get some nice orange citrus notes, as well as some wheat, Belgian yeast, white pepper and biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
08-05-2012 20:25:41 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev +7.2%
Big foam-up in the Affligem chalice. Nice sudsy appearance and mouthfeel. Light lemon color. Slight aroma of yeast. Light bodied.
A touch of meaty and mushroomy flavors. Tangy and creamy. A little toast in the taste. Really a nicely made and spritzy beer with a modest but a delightful flavor. Some of the Belgian flavors but not as strong as many Saisons. It seems like a great example of a lighter interpretation of the style. Appropriate alcohol content.
Thoroughly drinkable and pleasing brew. From the 16 oz can. If there are still any can skeptics out there, this is one to check out.
08-13-2012 04:14:18 | More by mactrail
3.03/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
12-23-2012 21:48:56 | More by barleywinefiend
3.93/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
11-30-2012 16:01:57 | More by mdaschaf
3.45/5 rDev -7.5%
Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a nice hazy yellow color and ended up with about a half-inch of white head that hod very low retention and no lacing.
There was a nice grain base to the scent, with a good yeasty spiciness on top. It had the aroma that typifies the style. On the on tongue, the flavors were crisp. Again, a solid grain base upon which the yeast and spices flavors floated very well.
The body was just a touch thinner than I like in the style, but was good and coated the tongue well. Drinkability was very good, as I find Saisons to be in general, the beer was smooth and clean and left just a tingle of spice. Overall, a pretty good start for this new brewery. Worth having when you see it, and probably worth getting in a trade.
02-27-2012 20:55:35 | More by beertunes
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
I've probably had 25-30 of these things...at the brewery (sweet room, Ballard), on the Puget Sound paired with the freshest oysters in the world, used as a broth for mussels, and most recently, on the couch watching the eurocup
appearance: classic can design. served in an odell imperial pint (for some reason, didnt use the hilliards can-pint for this one)...hazy peach body, creamy white froth with moderate retention
smell: fresh, grassy, lemon zest, light spice
taste: The concept of having a local (~0.5 miles from my house) canned saison is extremely useful. Not only is it portable, the saison is in my opinion the most functional and versatile beer on the planet. The hilliards version is quite light on the funk compared to belgian counterparts but has a pulpy delicious freshness to it - tangerine, lemon zest, peach, pear, crisp yeast, light spice.
mouthfeel: medium-light, creamy
overall: a very pleasant local saison
06-08-2012 23:55:40 | More by dirtylou
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
05-06-2013 02:33:25 | More by LiquidAmber
4.15/5 rDev +11.3%
Poured from 16oz tall can into a tulip. The fact that tulip-appropriate beer even comes in a 16oz tall can pleases me.
Appearance: light yellow silvery-golden hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head pours two thick fingers of pillowy white foam. Overall, pretty nice.
Smell: light, sweet malt with just the right amount of dank funk. It's not too heavy, but it's strong enough to let you know you're drinking a saison. Basic, but very well-executed; I like it.
Taste: very much like the aroma, but with a fruitier character. This reminds me very much of a slightly sweet, fruity tripel with just a hint of funk; the flavor is less funky than the aroma. I like it.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and very big creaminess. Love it.
Overall: while the flavor might be saison-lite, it's also very tripel-ey, which I love. This may be the best beer I've had from a can; certainly it is in a Belgian style.
03-14-2012 23:10:40 | More by flagmantho
3.18/5 rDev -14.7%
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
09-03-2013 02:59:55 | More by blackie
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
Pours a hazy, sunny color. Opaque, with a bright white finger or so of head. Poured into a Stone Nonic.
The aroma is very musky, with a dank bready note, yeast, wheat and spicy, earthy tones.
The taste is musky too, with a hint of nuttiness, wheat, funk, yeast and bread, with some citrus notes.
Light-medium bodied, lightly crisp, slightly dry.
A rather dank and musky Saison, and I'm digging it.
07-21-2012 02:44:46 | More by EgadBananas
3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
One from a 4-pack of 16 oz. cans, picked up earlier this week at Whole Foods-Westlake in Seattle. Cracked and glugged to an imperial pint glass.
'Classy' label, harkening to 1960s design/spirit: a zigzag-ing herringbone pattern and calligraphied font. 'One Pint of Beer'
A: A milky/cloudy version of 'blonde'; a paler yellow with abundant carbonation. Really hazy, in fact. A fluffed white topping (a finger, maybe?) that dies rather abruptly. Broken skim of cream on top and some good lace. All told, it's a nice-looking saison.
S: A sweeter, honey-drenched kind of saison. Bready, fruity (apples primarily), a sprig of herbal greenness. A twinge that's not quite 'sour', but that definitely falls into the nebulous 'funky' category. Really nice strength - it grows better and better as it warms.
T: Solid 'farmhouse' ale: loads of baked bread (with a peppery-dry backbone and minty 'menthol' quality as well). Peppery and very dry spicing, a chalky 'mineral' quality, too. Bitter in the end, almost to a fault.
M: Light-medium body, good effervescence/carbonation. A slighlty coating malt/grain effect. Finishes bone dry and quite crisp.
O: I haven't tried too many canned Saisons, so comparisons are lacking. This is NOT better than Surly's canned version of the style, but it's still plenty tasty AND not far behind. Worth having again and certainly worth snagging a 4-pack if you're in Hilliard's extremely limited distribution area.
03-30-2012 08:20:15 | More by msubulldog25
3.55/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
11-10-2012 05:56:41 | More by harrymel
3.75/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-11-2014 16:59:13 | More by StJamesGate
3.08/5 rDev -17.4%
16oz can purchased for $2.59 at Main Market Co-Op in Spokane. No obvious freshness date on the can.
Poured a clear, slightly dark golden color, with a big, sudsy bone-white head that dropped away within a couple of minutes. Looks a lot like a macro-lager.
A little bit spicy in the nose. This spiciness is all that stands out, otherwise it would just smell like an averaged mass-consumption lager.
Mild spicy notes and a grassy hop flavor greet the taste buds. There’s a real subtle, dry fruit flavor in the background. After that, it’s a quiet, unremarkable fadeout.
Medium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.
A fairly plain example of a Saison. Once again I find a beer from Hilliard to be pretty unremarkable. I won’t need to try it again.
09-09-2012 20:23:48 | More by woemad
3.78/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured a pale yellow-orange with a finger of bright white head. Gentle aroma of lemon, a touch of orange, grass, and mild spice.
Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Wheat up front with lemon, green apple, a trace of funk, and some earthy spice on the dry finish.
Light and pretty refreshing, but the overall flavor profile wasn't too memorable.
04-20-2012 03:15:22 | More by grittybrews
Saison from Hilliard's Beer
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