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Saison - Hilliard's Beer

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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 100
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Hilliard's Beer visit their website
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: 43 | Hads: 100
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

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Photo of hmph
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one received in a box from Lordkrystic, thanks again!

A - very hazy yellow with some darker hues due to the haze, small head disappears quickly, ring of carbonation bubbles up on the edges and leaves an afterthought of lacing

S - pepper spice and lemon grass, hint of clove and maybe some wheat, strong belgian yeast smell as well

T - Thicker on the taste than the smell would imply, some lighter lemon grass taste subsides to a nice musky wheat funk in the mid palate that seems to linger on, really well rounded taste for a saison, it has some 'thickness' to the taste , almost creamy, very delectable and a sweetness to match the tartness really digging the taste

O - Very surprising to find this kind of quality Saison/Farmhouse from a can, it has incredible depth and complexity that most Saison's seem to miss, this is a very balanced (read as you can taste the more than just the yeast) Saison that I would love to have again, one of my new favorites for the style, very well done

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Photo of woemad
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of draheim
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz into a Hennepin glass. Pours a hazy yellow w/ a sudsy white head, a few sticky chunks of lace, moderate carb.

Aroma is spice, pepper, clove and a hint of banana - this could almost be a hefeweizen.

Taste is soft Belgian yeast, pale malt, floral old world hops, and some vague spice.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium bodied. Crisp, clean refreshing.

Overall a fairly bland saison. Drinkable and enjoyable, but not on the same level as my favorites. A good entry-level saison at a reasonable price.

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

Thanks to bbarnumboy for the can! I really dig the design, first of all - cool retro tall boy feel.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Cloudy golden-yellow body with loads of tiny, fast nucleation under two fingers of soft, champagne-like head that drops but stays at a half-finger.

Very light aroma, kind of grassy, kind of like under-ripe banana, kind of like dried apricot, kind of doughy.

Taste is fruitier, with some passion fruit, dried apricot & peach, a kind of menthol buoyancy, but turning very dry while retaining a kind of bubblegum flavor. Interesting, & recognizably farmhouse but pretty approachable. The sweetness & tartness surrounds the tongue at the sides but doesn't hit the center, making for a really interesting taste/feel synthesis.

Medium-bodied, a little sweet, a little more tart, a little more dry. It's got that inflating quality that a lot of saisons have, that makes me feel so bloated.

Not bad, pretty approachable, nothing really outstanding about it but no real flaws, either. Pretty satisfying.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz tallboy

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

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Photo of bstave
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall boy in awesome retro can.

A- Poured cloudy orange with a nice white head.

S- Big barnyard funk with orange peel and lemon zest.

T- Barnyard funk, wheat, citrus

M- Tart, refreshing and highly quaffable.

O- Not a lot of experience with this style other then Saison Dupont. I really enjoyed this beer as it portrayed lots of interesting flavors and can imagine this being really refreshing on a warm summer day. Great job.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a pair of large snifters

Smells of must and bananas, some spices. There's something vaguely mushroomy about it.

Taste is nice spicy fruity saisony-ness, banana, clove, some other bright stuff in there, some sourness. It's actually pretty darn good! Significantly better tasting than it smells.

Mouthfeel is light and airy. Overall, I'm impressed.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden yellow with a crisp head that dissipates to a light film, nil lace. Smell has an earthy spiciness in the yeast, lightly fruity having a malt aroma in the background. Taste has a richness in the fruit and spice with a bit of tart coming out and having a good malt backbone that comes out and a bit dry in the end. Mouthfeel is heavier than a light with a good spike of carbonation. This Saison gives us enough complexity to be true to the style.

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Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - straw-colored pour that is soft and slightly cloudy. A nicely formed inch of foam on top. As it settles a bit it clarifies a little.

Aroma - yeasty spiciness, coriander, sour wheat, grainy, lemons, pears and honey. Very aromatic.

Taste - light on the palate but plenty flavorful. Sweet with hints of pears and green apples along with some grassiness and plenty of spiciness from the yeast strain. Some hints of bitter lemon and light wheat. Clean and crisp, this goes down extremely well (and perhaps a bit too fast!). Carbonation is spot on and it has tartness that combines very well with the tangy, yeasty finish.

Overall - love this beer. A very well brewed Saison with the great yeasty spiciness that defines the style. Crisp and refreshing - an excellent brew anytime of year. I love that they chose to can a Saison early on and can't wait to see what they choose to can down the road. I also love the retro-esque look of Hilliard's can designs.

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Photo of suncrust
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz tallboy poured to a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, creamsicle yellow with a very bright white, three finger foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. Minimal lace on the glass. Hazy and loads of bubbles. Tallboy can designs are as classy as a tallboy can get!

S: Spicy yeasts, coriander, and some wheat hit the nose first, followed by a fresh lemony zest, and a little funkiness- similar to some funky cheese. Notes of apple, sourdough breads, and buttermilk top off the aromas.

T: Taste leads off with tart apples, sour lemons, dry spices, yeast, and mild wheat. Some sour fruits that finish with loads of activity on the tongue. More tartness as it goes down, slight earthiness, hay and a little bit of a warming effect.

MF: Very lively carbonation with a boatload of mouth activity. Semi-dry, crisp character and a little waxy of an aftertaste.

O: Very straightforward and solid. Not overly complex…. drank a bit like a belgian witbier to me.

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