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Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La VermontoiseBrasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise
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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Blaugies
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MasterSki on 03-06-2013

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Photo of Beginner2
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Despite its devoted following, Hill Farmstead does not distribute outside of Vermont. So the only way for PLMs (People Like Me)to see what everyone else raves about is to go to Vermont. This beer solves that dilemma... and solves it decisively.

Very impressive, rocky head that recedes and a pleasant pale to admire in the sun.
Because they seem to use hops mostly for balancing the taste, I smell mostly malty, grassy.
The taste distinguishes this saison because the bittering hops do not bother me as usually then do. (How does Blaugies or Hill do that ?)
The feel is lively and worked great with the garlicky meal accompanying it.

If this is all I get of Hill Farmstead, it won't be enough.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Straw yellow in color; somewhat hazy. Pours with a huge bright white head that dies down very slowly leaving a very thick uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer and some lacing on the sides of the glass. Lots of small bubbles visible from the carbonation.

Smell: Malty, slightly sour aroma.

Taste: Mild, slightly malty taste to start. Mildly bitter, grainy finish.

Feel: Somewhat thin body; light velvety feeling. Mild fizzy sensation from the carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Typical taste of a saison, however very mild. Not a lot of flavor. Tastes like a good quality commercial beer. If in the mood for a light beer to have with food, this would be a decent choice.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost solid white head into Yupik glass. Vigorous bubbles like champaign after 5 minutes of settling it leaves a cloudy straw yellow with nice lacing and a white center mound, Looks perfect. Smells hoppy, somewhat funky, slight floral and actually a little chewing tobacco. Taste is very complex with hop bitterness, sweet floral and funkiness all blending together. Aftertaste is very bitter for a saison but I think this was what they were after. Overall I very unique saison from tee of the best.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L - pours an impeccably crystal clear straw gold. Monstrous head. I'm having a hard time consuming this because of how quickly the head FWOOMPs up in the glass. Light and delicate foam structure.

S - bitter tartness. Lemon zest, spices galore.

T - taste is muted compared to the nose. Citrusy grassiness. Tangy, zesty, spicy. White wine and apples. Bubblegum as it warms.

F - sharp and jagged carbonation. Fluffs up way too easily. If I do anything (including swelling) but let the beer sit in my mouth, I end up with a stomach full of foam. Gonna let this guy sit for a while and mellow out.

O - I wanted to like this more! A solid saison offering as always, but this one falls short in several categories.

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Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Large shared bottle.
Pours cloudy, pale golden with a very large and fluffy white head.

Aroma - very unusual with a mix of appealing elements, including citrus tones, and some faint suggestions of household cleaning products.

Flavor also weird but not as the aroma suggests. Unappealing aspects are largely gone. Slight-moderate tartness and moderately bitter.

Excellent lively but light body.

Overall: strange but drinkable.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.79/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I very much enjoyed this. Uncorked like a champagne bottle. BIg foamy head, great flavors, and goes down easy. I found this to be elegant, beautiful offering. Cheers!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.39/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Nabbed this after seeing Hill Farmstead's name on it. 750ml green glass cage n cork bottle purchased in Denver, CO. Reviewed live as a saison per the label. This is brewed with spelt/dinkel malt, which is interesting for a saison...

HEAD: Occupies the entire glass. Given the loud pop accompanying the removal of the cork, I suspect overcarbonation. White in colour, with a thin weak consistency and poor retention (~1-2 minutes, receding quickly immediately after settling). Leaves no lacing.

BODY: Clear (not hazy as one would expect in a world class saison). Pale copper in colour. No yeast is visible, which deadens the appearance. Has average vibrance, at least.

It's not a typical saison appearance, nor is it a particularly great one.

AROMA: Pungent gym sock-redolent funkiness. Grassy hop character, some floral notes, farmhouse-y straw and hay. There's an off-note here...almost medicinal and definitely phenolic. Some might call it "band-aid," but I've always despised that descriptor...it's funky and twangy in an off-putting way. No lemon or citrus here. Some soapy hop character...maybe this spent too long in primary? Or maybe it got skunked or light-struck seeing as it comes in a green bottle; either way it was the brewers' choice...

Aromatic intensity is average. I don't get any intricate saison spicing, nor is there any Dupont-esque milkiness. The funkiness seems out of control, but I'm optimistic.

Sweat comes to mind, if only because it conveys disgusting dirtiness and funkiness simultaneously, which is exactly what this is.

TASTE: Perfumey grassy hop character beats the build over the head; this is hamfisted and crude in its execution. Crystal malt, out-of-control gym sock (i.e. unappealing) funkiness, buried straw & hay, floral character, weird starchy malts...I suppose that's the spelt. It's a bit soapy as well.

Yeah, this didn't come together at all. The phenol off-flavours, soapiness, and crude spelt notes spoil the build. There's no lemony twang, intricate spicing, milkiness, or rich vitamin-y yeast(s) like you'd find in the finest beers in the style. I'm not sure what went wrong here, but there are severe balance issues and the build just isn't right for the style in a fundamental way.

Green apple. Raw dough. Hints of pepper.

To its credit, it's not boozy. I've tried worse, but make no mistake - this is a mess. And the amarillo hop character promised on the label never emerges.

TEXTURE: Starchy and somewhat dry, parching the palate. Unrefreshing, though still light in body. Carbonation is aggressively high (so high as to be suggestive of potential unwanted fermenting agents in the brew). It's uneven in its consistency, thickening in the third act after riding weak and thin through the first two. Execution is better than that of the taste, but there are still ample issues that need fixing.

OVERALL: I don't know if it's the green bottle format, the unnecessary spelt malt (why fix what isn't broken?), the time spent in primary fermentation resulting in soapy off-flavours, or the out-of-control brettanomyces yeast(s) that are/is the main problem, but regardless I'm not sure this is a recipe that can be saved. Something went seriously wrong here, and even the most casual of drinkers would immediately recognize something off. I'm not keen on crying infection, so I won't - but this is a beer I really regret buying and those hoping for a divine Hill Farmstead brew will be let down. Saison is a relatively broad style that has ample room for interpretation, but this is nowhere near the acceptable spectrum of expressions within the style. Perhaps Hill Farmstead's worst work as a result...maybe I got a spoilt bottle?

D+ (2.39)

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Photo of stephens101
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale brass and fizzy with a large and pristine off-white froth. A potent, dank and dirty funk full of sour light fruits flows freely from the bottle, portending good things to come. Tastes of sweet bread, damp hay, sour apple, white grape, spice and a swift kick of barnyard earthiness all stand strong but never compete. Faint peel and phenols linger. Light in body yet interesting until the end.

This is one of those beers folks are going to love or going to be indifferent about. As for me, I should've grabbed a few.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Oak & Oar OKC. Pours a hazy light gold with a substantial fluffy white head. Smells of citrus, Belgian esters and hay. Taste is similar to the nose: lemony citrus, pepper, some floral notes. Medium mouth and very crisp. Very nice saison.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright straw-gold with a massive fluffy head jumping out of the glass and lots of lacing. Nose is potent with a blast of citrus and some grassy hay and yeast notes. Taste is spicy, citric, and some slightly good and slightly off sourness in the background. Mouthfeel is rough with massive carbonation. Overall, a great beer that could be world class with a slightly cleaner taste and lower carbonation.

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Photo of kylesobrien
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +14.9%
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 -0.5%
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 +0.3%
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 +0.8%
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 +17.9%
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 +3.8%
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 +4.3%
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 -8.8%
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 +3.8%
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 +11.8%
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 -12.3%
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 +7.8%
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 -3.8%
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 +3.3%
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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