Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise - Brasserie de Blaugies

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Reviews: 97
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Avg: 3.98
pDev: 26.63%
Wants: 15
Gots: 116 | FT: 18
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-06-2013

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Photo of kylesobrien
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased 2015-08-06 at Hill Farmstead in a 750 mL bottle with a neat label.

I've really enjoyed other beers from Brasserie de Blaugies, though their stuff seemed much easier to find while I lived in the Pacific NW. When I saw this offering at Hill Farmstead, I knew I had to snag a bottle.

Poured an ever-so-slightly cloudy straw yellow, a beautiful golden colour. A really lovely white head with tons of lacing appeared, though the frothy cap dissipated before I was half-finished with my glass. Very faint hop aroma -- scent was the most underwhelming aspect of this beer for me, almost no nose. A slight whiff of noble hops, pleasant grassy character, hints of malt.

Really refreshing taste, a little citrusy zing, not too much carbonation, surprising amount of mouthfeel for a lighter brew. Aftertaste is deliciously hoppy without being bitter. Finishes very dry. Extremely well-balanced.

Overall, one of the more pleasant saisons I've tried. An excellent summer beer, would pair well with grilled foods or cheeses, very drinkable. I suspect this might appeal to folks who enjoy hoppy lagers and pale ales too.

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Photo of mschrei
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into wine glass. Super cloudy yellow, a lot of sediment at the end (it was delicious). Skunky nose that I couldn't get enough of. Nice tartness. A great example of this style. Would gladly try it again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 07/24/15 notes. On tap at Mug's Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY. 12 oz. pour.

Pours a hazy yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Spicy taste, good not great. Medium body and moderate carbonation...better as it warms.

Overall a good saison, little heavy on the spice and pepper.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another solid saison from Hill Farmstead (I feel like I say that a lot). Not a lot of standout features, but everything just seems right. A good choice to enjoy anytime.

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Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy yellow. Big, thick head with an average pour, some lacing. Smell is Belgian yeast, some funk, black pepper, dank hops. Taste follows the nose with the yeast and the hops. Has an earthiness to it, maybe from the spelt? Somewhat tart, a little bitterness on the back end. No sweetness detectable. Dry and refreshing, with a suitable level of carbonation.

This is a well crafted beer, tasty and enjoyable to drink. Really liked the Amarillo hops in it. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of MkDross
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Straw-gold with a slight haze, pours with a dense white head that subsides quickly, minimal lacing

S- Light fruit, pear, apple, apricot; mild spice; hay, malty notes

T- Restrained fruity notes play across a backbone of peppery spice, spicy finish with light grainy aftertaste. Rustic and classic

F- Crisp, dry, refreshing; plenty of effervescence that adds adequate bite; dry but by no means thin

O- A fantastic, classic styled saison. Refreshing and adequately complex. I would absolutely recommend it to a friend interested in farmhouse styles.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about a couple inch foamy white head that stayed around for a very long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like hay, grass, citrus peel, peppery spice, funk and a bit of clove. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some pear, grainy malt, and some mineral flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated, but the soft carbonation makes it easy and enjoyable to drink. Glad I got to try this one, I wouldn't mind buying this again in the future. $12.49 a bottle.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: sunshine yellow with a huge fluffy bone-white head that decreases to a half finger. S: barnyard funk, fruity Saison yeast esters, macintosh/delicious (ie mealy style) apples, hay, some coriander. T: funk, hay, minerals and grass predominate, Amarillo comes through but lessens on the linger, a hint of mealy apple and coriander. Has a bite similar to La chouffe. Malts are a background player providing some structure. F: excellent, crisp and dry. String carbonation that is pleasantly prickly. Good/solid Saison and happy to have tried it just for the mouthfeel, but I don't feel a need to seek it out again.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a light golden with a billowing and very airy and frothy bright white head that slowly faded into a rocky film. The head is huge despite a slow pour. Wispy sticky lace was left down the glass. A fuzzy and thick collar lasted the whole beer through.
S: Big apple juice and golden pear nose mixed with hints of crisp light wheat. Slight notes of bubblegum yeast. Definitely full of golden fruits. Mildly peppery and minerally.
T: Peppery yeast, dry golden fruits, apple juice, not especially sweet though, flavors are light, crisp and drying, and the fruits are golden and flavorful. Spicy slightly herbal finish, with a lingering peppery and mineral aftertaste. Crispy slightly chalky wheat base.
M: Light body, light and crisp mouthfeel, fuzzy and soft and frothy carbonation.
O: A bit too thin and not the most complex. Good but wouldn't want again.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Hazy yellow, one finger head. Delicate but funky nose, some citrus & stone fruit. Earthy/fruity palate but loses the funk. Light bodied. Nice collaboration.

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Photo of aleigator
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed, golden-yellow color with a huge, froth head, leaving a thin, bubbly lacing at the side of the glass.

Slightly funky aromas of mellow yeast with green grass, lemon peel, onion and subtle, malt based sweetness.

Begins with an intriguing interplay between sparkling, coppery carbonation and tongue-biting, warm spices, coming along with hints of black pepper and herbal, floral notes. These get enhanced by a grassy hoppiness which inherits an enjoyable bitterness, wrapped up by soft, white-bread yeast. A malty sweetness developes underneath these flavors and becomes more and more detectable during the finish, which gets joined by a slick, soft bitterness, a melange of yeast and hops. These very different flavors go unexpetedly well together, enhancing each others taste, without any off-flavors or distractions. Clove morphs flawlessly into floral hops, with carbonation calming the malty sweetness by coppery metallicness.

Unexpectedly complex, but throughout pleasant with a finish which is bitter and sweet at the same time, leaving me very satisfied.

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Photo of Floydster
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle served in a wine glass

Appearance is golden yellow, there is aggressive carbonation, it is slightly cloudy, with a very fluffy white head

Smell is spelt, fresh cut straw, Belgian yeast, lemon zest, lagery Amarillo hops, whole grains, and ripe tangerine

Taste is cereal up front, mild blueberries, burnt hay, fresh wheat, there is soft bitterness, light funk, pepper, must, semi sweet oranges, lemon zest, tartiness in the finish, seems more a French inspired saison rather than a Belgian

Mouthfeel is a little prickly, thin, with very strong carbonation, because a little crisper as it warms, and also lingers slightly longer

This beer drank easy for six percent, had a nice lightness to it overall with subtle spiciness, would be nice on a hot day because of its drinkability

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml C&C bottle split 2 ways into HF wine stems.

This is a beer that is as rustic of a saison as it gets... This is way underrated saison here! Thanks for the share, Aaron!

Apperance: yellow bodied beer with large billowing bone white head. Good staying power and leaves spotty lace behind.

Smell: Fruity esters, yeasty, minerally, hint of wheat malt.

Taste: Exact same as the nose. Fruity esters, lots of minerals, yeasty, deep earthy notes, and a slightly sweet wheat malt. Black pepper emerges as it warms too.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with crisp clean moderate level of carbonation. Dry finish on this beer that is a little better than semidry.

Overall: This is a really nice saison! Very rustic. I think with the Hill Farmstead name on the label of the bottle it bring expectations of a tart saison. Well this one does not have that signature Hill Farmstead tartness like most of Shawns saisons, but what it does have is a lot of rustic flavors and lots of complexity with an excellent mouthfeel. What not to enjoy about all that in a saison? I know I am a fan.

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Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Avoided this for a long time due to the price and green bottle, but pulled the trigger based on a friend's recommendation.

Skunk wafts from the bottle once the cork pops, becoming floral and earthy with some sulfuric notes also. Lemon candy wafer aroma later on though not sweet really.

Hazy golden orange, huge billowing head of white meringue foam that rises above the rim and fluffs up to look like parfait in a glass. The foam dies down eventually, leaving spotty lace in its wake.

Herbal grassiness sidles up to a lemon rind bitterness, lightly tart and very dry in the finish. Seemingly not much Amarillo taste left, though there's sufficient hop bitterness that lingers. Very charged with carbonation, almost excessively so, it's effervescent and palate scrubbing. Seems to be a fairly classical saison, not bad though I don't think its worth the pricetag.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy medium golden amber with a two finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing.Aroma of saison yeast, light citrus, cloves, apple and light stone fruit, mildly grassy. Flavor starts with light citrus, pear and peach clove; a mild caramel flavor develops then dries out to a classic saison dry grass, clove and funky wild yeast finish. Medium bodied with good peppery carbonation. Great flavor progression and pleasant moderately complex flavors. A nicely made and enjoyable saison. I've never had a Hill Farmstead beer, but this makes me look forward to trying one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/22/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast funk, light caramelized malts, some citrus and some spice.

T: The taste starts out with an estery bite of sourness that comes from the wild Belgian yeast. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty but not too heavy malt character followed by some mild citrus and spice sweetness. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good sour representation of style, this is decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for a sour Saison.

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Photo of Zach136
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dishwater cloudy yellow. Huge white pillow of a head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Skunked. Unfortunate as it may be. Touch of citrus fruit esters behind that though.

Flavor: Skunk is lighter on the palate thankfully. Fruit character manages to shine through.

Mouthfeel: Supper effervescent and bone dry.

Overall: Skunked, but even without that, I double this would be a world class saison I should expect from these two breweries.

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Photo of Florida9
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light, bright pastel yellow in color. Forms a large stable fluffy white head that gives the beer the appearance of lemon meringue pie. Aroma is bright and crisp predominantly with notes of lemon and coriander. Taste is much like the aroma - There is a lot of coriander in this one. Lemon, lemon peel, spice, and a touch of wheat. Dry. Heavy carbonation. Slight tartness. Low bitterness.
Not a bad Saison, but nothing earth shattering either.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

A-slightly hazy dark golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-wheat malt, spices, yeast, lemon

T-lemon, yeast, cloves, pepper, wheat malt, grassy, light pine

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent saison, but as good as other HF offerings

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Photo of Franck
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Small tartness. Belgian yeasts taste a lot and there's a hint of hops. Very dry bitterness.
Typical Belgian farmhouse. Not my kind of beer but drinkable

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Craft Shack!

Pours a straw yellow with a ton of foam on top of the brew...and it likes to grow.

It certainly has the usual Saison aromas going on, horse blanket, pepper, yeast, faint clove, and then the Amarillo hops kick in.

The taste pretty much reflects the's a battle between the Amarillo and that horse blanket goodness. One of the 2 wins by a nose. ;^)

Light side of medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation.

The deeper I got into the bottle, the more I liked it. I should say get and like as I haven't finished it just yet.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Schera’s in Elkader, IA. Poured into a Zwanze 2014 glass 9/20/2014.

A- Darker yellow, hazy with a 3 finger white head with way too much retention time. But plenty of lacing. It’s certainly worth waiting for. [3.75]

S- Belgian yeast, spices, cloves, pale wheat malt, tart funk. Really does smell like a tarter Saison Du Pont. [3.75]

F- Cloves, pale wheat, freshly baked bread, tart stone fruit, oak, a bit of musty hay. As in the nose, this is a tarter Saison Du Pont. Not that special, certainly not worth the asking price per bottle at Hill Farmstead but it’s certainly solid. [4]

M- Medium bodied, soft, well carbonated, mineral-dense finish with a bit of musty hay. Solid, but I don’t think I could drink more than 6oz in one sitting. [3.5]

O- Decent saison. I think the Hill Farmstead name being attached to this really makes this more desirable than it should be, especially given what it costs. [3.75]

Final score: 3.84

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Photo of beerbully
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Poured into HF stemware from bottle

A-light hazy yellow, big white frothy head lacing quickly slides down side of glass (4.25)

S-yeasty, citrus, tangy, lemon, grassy notes, straw someone describes it as barnyard funk and I would agree (4.0)

T-first flavor is lemon rind, some black and white pepper (white more so) saison yeasty flavors, cloves, floral and bready notes, slight bitterness, dry (4.25)

M-fizzy from the carbonation, crisp, dry typical for the style (4.25)

O-flavors are well balanced, crisp and clean beer, good carbonation nice dry finish everything one would look for in a saison. Very enjoyable and drinkable beer (4.25)

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty, easy to appreciate saison. It's a bit hoppier than normal, and leans to the dry side, but I like that just fine in a saison. A bit more flavor would be nice, but what there is nice enough. It's a bit on the spendy side at my local, which is really the only complaint I have about this beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

From the corked, caged 750 ml green bottle. Sampled on August 22, 2014.

Straw yellow, highly carbonated pour under a white fizzy head that builds up and fades back.

Green bottle skunkiness kicks in but not as bad as it might have been. Although it does distract from the other aromas of toast, yeast, spice, and citrus.

Light to medium body.

A nice bready, lemongrass, and citrus flavor that finishes slightly dry.

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Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise from Brasserie de Blaugies
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