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

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88
very good

589 Ratings
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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 15
Gots: 108 | FT: 18
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Belgium

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 Stevedore
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Photo of BeerIsland
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the most delicate beers I've ever had. On a guest draft at 3's in Brooklyn, March 10. Excellently made.

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle, thanks to Phyl21ca for getting it to me. The cork came off easily, with a satisfyingly loud pop and hiss, unlike, cough, cough, a recent debacle I had with a similar Lost Abbey contraption.

This beer pours a cloudy, pale golden straw colour, with a frightening amount of fast rising, puffy columnar white head, which slowly settles, eventually leaving some attractive layered cloud lace around the glass.

It smells of zippy, somewhat acrid yeast, zesty lemon peel, gritty, grainy wheat malt, white pepper, a subtle musty funk, and earthy, kind of surprisingly leafy hops. The taste is a much softer yeastiness than on the nose, with some mildly acidic lemon juice, clove and black pepper spice, understated wheat malt, ethereal funk, fresh-cut hay, and a leafy, earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is really the lead here - it doesn't get any easier to pour or wait for the head to go down as things progress - some sort of bottle refermentation had to have gone on here. At any rate, the mouthfeel is actually pretty pleasant, the body medium-light in weight, and agreeably smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the lilting citrus and leafy hops doing an end run around the yeast and funk - America wins!

A rather tasty, and balanced (and least until the end, when the hops assert themselves) saison. Kind of a shame about the bubbles situation though - I shouldn't be this confounding to pour and subsequently drink a beer - so, unfortunately, the drinkability factor duly suffers.

Photo of Roguer
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Huge fluffy snow-white head with very good retention and tons of scattered lacing. Pale, golden straw color, very lively and hazy.

Aromas of lemon and sweet Belgian yeast immediately spring forth, balanced against a lightly wheat/straw scented malt bill. Slightly sharp and skunky funk aroma starts to cut through.

Flavor truly follows the nose: light and delicate, with a honey-sweetness, a not-quite-tart off-ness, a thick wheaty body (and associated flat aftertaste reminiscent of chewing wheat), and a dry bitterness, slightly earthy, with an even smaller hint of citrus. Not getting a significant sense of Amarillo hops, but that's appropriate to both the style and aging the bottle.

Surprisingly chewy for the style, medium feel overall, pretty drinkable, minor sting and liveliness. Creamy and overall very nice mouthfeel.

This is a pretty good Saison, and I feel an honest take on the genre, but it doesn't seem to do any one thing particularly well (except mouthfeel, perhaps). I would prefer it if any of the flavors had a bit more of a pronounced effect: more hops, or more of a rustic, non-Brett funkiness, more of the malt bill. Instead, it all comes together in a satisfying, but not overly impressive, package.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon Zwanze glass. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a massive, 4 finger frothy white head with good retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod that reveals ample carbonation. Lacing is patchy, stringy and thick with good stick. Thin legs. Solid looking beer.

Nose is moderately soapy. Peppercorn, lemon, and cane sugar sweetness. Some coriander, Belgian yeast and clove spiciness too. Aromatic, clean and crisp. Nice.

Opens soapy. Belgian yeast, coriander and clove spiciness. A mellow malt backbone appears a bit towards the middle. Peppercorn spice and bitterness at the end with some foamy funky at the end. Finishes yeasty and sweet with a floral, spicy aftertaste. Pretty good.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly, light and refreshing in the mouth and goes down aggressive, dry, and crisp. Messy finish with a lingering, dry, sticky aftertaste. Real drinkable.

A decent beer overall but for Hill Farmstead, this one's a bit of an underperformer. Yeast bitterness is too forward and the soapiness is a touch overwhelming at times. Good complexity and nice feel but La Vermontoise doesn't stand out.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip- pours a hazy golden yellow color with two fingers of head, great retention, nice swathes of lacing.

Smells great- some Amarillo hops, nice and piney and floral and a good dose of funk. A little grain.

Tastes lovely just as a saison should. Good dose of Belgian funk along with a nice hop flavor and bitterness. A nice light grain profile and the spelt makes itself known towards the end.

Mouthfeel is very nice- well carbonated, light bodied. This is an awesome collaboration. You should get it if you can find it,

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear yellow body with an ample white head. Lots of foam on the surface. Swirls around without dissipating.

Smell - Extremely spicy. Lots of pale malt. Some yeastiness, but dominated by spice.

Taste - Pale malt is very strong. Lots of spice here as well. Hoppier and a little bit bitter. Vegetal bitterness.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Medium body, very malty.

Overall - Dominated by spice and not a lot else. It's a quality beer, but way too spicy and malty.

Photo of ricknelson
1.83/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a God awful beer. I brought this to a tasting thinking that with Hill Farmstead's name on it that I was going to be the hero of the day. It turned up to be one of the worst beers we have ever collectively had at a tasting. Beat out only by Wing Walker; which has a BA rating of 70. The common joke while drinking this beer was a reference to MADGE (most of you will too young to remember Madge) who did a TV ad for Palmolive Detergent. Remember "You're soaking in it." Vermontoise tasted like lemon PLEDGE. Had soap bubbles like dish washing fluid, smelled like dish washing fluid. Someone should find all the bottles of Vermontoise there is out there; dump em and rinse the bottles out with dish washing fluid. OH wait they could just use Vermontoise.

Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This had a cloudy yellow appearance with a thick but dissipating bright white head.

The aroma had sweet bread and grain with peppery cloves and soft banana. There was a bubblegum sweetness but it seemed more spicy.

The flavor started with a blast of clove but with every sip it started to soften to a more peppercorn tone. The was some sweetness in the array of Apple bubblegum, banana and anise.

The feel is very light and somewhat tangy with an ease that made it disappear quickly.

At first blush I was disappointed that anything with the Hill Farmstead name would be so clovey sharp but as I followed through it began to grow on me and I discovered liking it more.

Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thank you to Montrealbcr89 for bringing this one along to our tasting on the weekend. Been wanting to try this one for a while now.

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw gold with 2 fingers of frothy white head.

Smell. Grassy and earthy hops, hay and minerals, light sulfur and lemongrass, citrus rinds, fruity classic saison yeast phenols, light peppery spices.

Taste. Peppery and grassy, Fruity belgian yeast, lightly bitter, light citrus.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, strong carbonation.

Overall. Quality traditional style saison, very nice. Thanks again Tyler!!

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty beige color ale with a nice huge white foamy head with excellent retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with light funky ester with some nice floral dry hops notes with light and subtle lemony notes. Taste is also dominated by rustic malt with nice funky yeasty notes and some light lemony notes with an incredible dry floral hoppy finish. Body is about average for style with great carbonation. As good as I had anticipated though could do without the light lemon notes.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured in ti HF stemmed tulip.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with a significant amount of light. bubbly white head that slowly receded.

S - Funk and spice notes with lemon and a bready malt profile coming through.

T - Some funk, yeast esters and a peppery spice profile dominate with lighter notes of lemon, citrus and a touch of pine. Slightly more bitter than the average saison.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry throughout.

Photo of nataku00
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a slightly hazy straw color with four plus fingers of fluffy white head of mostly large bubbles. Head sticks around a while, dissipating slowly leaving a few spots of bubbles along the edge here and there. Highly effervescent, with plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. There's quite a bit of floaties at the bottom, so poured gently.

Nose is fairly typical saison, big yeast character, spicy with coriander and white pepper, fruity esters, biscuit malt, grapefruit peel, floral and grassy hops.

Taste leads with a light hop bitterness, grapefruit peel, grassy and herbal, with some of the floral hops coming out as it warms. Not as much spice as on the nose, hoppier in taste with just some light biscuit malt sweetness. Bone dry with some light lingering spice and grapefruit pith bitterness.

Light body and highly carbonated, though not excessively so. Very refreshing and would be nice on a warm summer's day. A nice representation of a typical saison.

Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good pop off the cork, literally jumped out of my hands with no gushing either.

Big bleach white rocking head, three fingers on a slow build, and grows like the perfect plant. Big clumpy soapy retention. Body color is a big glowing bright banana to lemon yellow, like a crystal orb and big smoke stake puffs of carbonation in the middle, giving a good rise of fire. Just a classic near perfect looking saison.

Good amount of brett heat, but not overpowering. Slightly phenol burnt a bit sensation, hints of floral hops as well. Big earth component mixing in with some mint and lemon. Quite nice, a bit jarring though.

Real crisp body with lots of fruit flavors. Big tropical notes, and some good lemon fruit. Banana esters come out quite a bit also in the background. Carbonation is quite lively and sharp, almost brut champagne, but with a much hotter dryness to it as well. Really good prickly tongue action without being distracting too, love that. Mild sucrose sense of sweetness as well. Crisp, playful, lively, fruity, sharp. Delicious.

Overall a great saison wonderful stuff.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 2/18/14

Appearance: Golden in color, with some straw and and hints of orange - bottle opens with some big carbonation, pours with a huge, fluffy, distincitvely Belgian-looking head - fades to a solid, white head - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Bright, funky saison yeast and some nice complexity - nice funkiness, with some great saison aromas - some banana, pepper, clove, and light fruits like apples and white grapes - some Brett-like weirdness and a touch of lemon - deep, complex level of barnyard - some pale malts and wheat in the background - some earth, nicely balanced aromas

Taste: Tart, funky, interesting - great saison yeast flavors, including clove, pepper, and some earth, dirt - some light citrus, including hints of orange - some grassiness - light fruits, apples, pears, and white grapes - some dry, powdery yeast, somewhat Brett-like - pale malts, wheat, and some light, malty sweetness - finishes dry to round out the flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nicely carbonated, nice finish

Overall: La saison-oise

This is a great saison. It's remarkably Belgian, and I will admit that I can't quite taste the Hill Farmstead influence. Regardless of what went into this beer, the result is tasty. I would drink this again, if it were possible to find.

Photo of DrBier
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 12 oz tulip. Bottle aged 1+ year.

Pours with a huge bright white head. Bright golden, crystal clear in color. Lots of carbonation. You can see the bottle conditioning is still working away in this beer. Tight, sporadic lacing.

Aroma is prominent barnyard funk with grass, grain, straw and slight lemon characteristic.

Taste is not quite as funky as smell. Slightly sweet with mild hop presence, lemon, grassy and underlying citrus. Funk fades slightly with more lemon and fruit flavors as it warms.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy. Extremely drinkable.

This beer has developed beautifully over the past year. Easily one of the best saisons I've had this year. Rivals some of my all time favorites from Fantome. I want more.

Photo of montrealbcr89
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

25th Birthday Nightcap

A: Pours a golden copper orange with a 3-4 bright, fluffy white head that left great lacing

S: Grassiness, earthiness, funk, lemon zest, and a fair amount of spiciness.

T: Lemon and spice dominate. Spiciness is quite apparent. Very drying and clean. Quite bitter as well. Super drinkable.

M: A little bit higher than medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on.

O: Great beer. Nothing earth-shattering here, but a super well crafted, and an unbelievably drinkable saison.

Great way to end my 25th birthday celebration. Cheers.

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy yellow, rather carbonated, three finger light fluffy head.

S-Grassy, slight lemon, wheat, a musty like note.

T-Starts rather grassy, with slight lemon and wheat but then it finishes with a musty/rubbery like flavor.

M-Lighter, dry crisp finish with nice carbonation.

O-A good saison, but no where near what HF normally puts out.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A collaboration beer brewed by de Blaugies and Hill Farmstead. Corked and caged bottle that releases an extremely loud bang when opened. Poured into a Bell's tulip. The beer pours out gold in color and slightly hazy with a massive (and I mean MASSIVE) white creamy head. Nice effervescence. The nose is fruity and peppery. I get oranges, peaches, and white pepper. No funkiness or brett character.

Light body and high carbonation leads to a lively, spritzy feel. Light wheat cracker taste up front gets nicely balanced by crisp, dry, bitter floral and citrus hop notes. There is more peppery hop character here than citrus hop character and it suits the style very well. The peppery nature makes the beer seem drier than it probably is. It is very appetizing. On the finish there is a faint touch of lemon acidity that joins with the pepper to dry out the mouth and leave you ready for more.

I don't have a lot of experience with Saisons, hence my desire to explore more of them. I am really enjoying this one. It is well-made and the dry character seems to suit my palate well.

Photo of mwilbur
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a slightly hazed yellow (hint of green about the edges) with extremely active carbonation jets producing a 3-4 inch billowy white head. Excellent retention.
S: Soft lemon and orange citrus, earthy mineral funk, toasted cereal grains, and a hint of honey.
T: Soft orange citrus, black and white pepper, toasted grains, honey, and earthy mineral funk.
M: Prickly carbonation hits the tongue first. Light body. Slightly sweet at first, then turns more bitter and astringent in the mid-palate through the finish.
D: An interesting take on the style. Can definitely tell the influences of both Hill and Blaugies. An excellent result of a collaboration brew. Very drinkable and refreshing with a decent amount of complexity.

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Riedel tulip glass. The act of pouring it produces such an incredible amount of bubbles that you can hardly get any in the glass before the head is too big to fit. The head is huge, nearly white, and the consistency of meringue. The liquid is clear and light yellow. Definitely fizzy and yellow - exactly how I usually want a saison to look.

Aroma is funky and sour, and actually smells like weed to me. I don't get that weird mineraliness that often comes along with sour-ish beers, so that's a plus for me.

Taste follows the nose, but is a little less pronounced. It's really pleasantly tart, with a nice dense bit of funkiness on the finish. Not much else to say - I really like those two flavors, but that's about all I get!

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, even for a saison, and has tons of carbonation.

Overall, this is a super nice saison. I would love to drink it again, but I don't think I would ever feel the need to trade for it or anything.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Found 2 of these bottles on the shelf in DeCiccos! Would have bought more but they only had 2 left :) one in the cellar - one in the belly.
Corked bottle - huge pop! Poured into HF Tulip - proper glassware.
Golden clear - almost hay color with 3 fingers of fluffy bubbly head. Huge aromas as the cork flies; grassy hay and a delicate saison aroma with a slight hop note. Taste is very classic "saison"...grainy hay, a nice slight balanced hop presence, and what I imagine is the spelt (I think im starting to tell what spelt tastes like - hint tired hands). So, deff a spelt flavor, its fluffy, rustic, classic, just so good...
its super dry and as perfect as can be for a saison.
Overall, this is simply amazing. A near perfect saison with a slight new age twist. Love it!

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Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise from Brasserie de Blaugies
88 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.