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Saison - Hilliard's Beer

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84
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 7
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: suncrust on 12-25-2011)
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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.88/5  rDev +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.

Bitter_Echo, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
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.

mdaschaf, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of MacStinson
3/5  rDev -19.6%

MacStinson, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of gkatsoris
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%

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!!!!

gkatsoris, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of redliner8
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

redliner8, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +7.2%

strongaf, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of DaveAnderson
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

DaveAnderson, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of harrymel
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.

harrymel, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Vonhooeydonk
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Vonhooeydonk, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of dsauter
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

dsauter, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of FalconA
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

FalconA, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of searsclone
4.4/5  rDev +18%

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

searsclone, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Lordkrystic
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Lordkrystic, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of hmph
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%

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

hmph, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of woemad
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.

woemad, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

twelveinches, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of draheim
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

draheim, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

BeerNDoggerel, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
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.

EgadBananas, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.73/5  rDev 0%

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.

OneDropSoup, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

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

dirtylou, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of bstave
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

bstave, May 03, 2012
Saison from Hilliard's Beer
84 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.