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Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La VermontoiseBrasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Blaugies
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 03-06-2013

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Photo of ricknelson
1.83/5  rDev -53.9%
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.

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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 Franck
3/5  rDev -24.4%

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 stakem
3.02/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Been wanting to try this beer since learning of it almost a year ago, glad to have recently had the opportunity. 750ml poured into a tulip. The brew appears a hazed pale yellow color with a billowing white cap 4 fingers strong that fades leaving soapy patchy lace.

The smell is excessively full of sulfur. As it breaths, some hay, earth and grass emit. Some dry wheat aspect and faint peppery spice. There is a mild fruitiness coming out when warm.

Taste is dry and herbal with a modest grassy bitterness. Earthen with straw-like grain character and yeasty pepper notes. Like the aroma, it is difficult to ignore how sulfuric this brew is to the point of almost feeling skunky.

This is light bodied and effervescent with carbonation. Lively to say the least. Perhaps a bit too distracting with a dominating amount of sulfur and herbal bitterness that seems out of place. I wanted to like this but ended up being disappointed. The label had a best by date of 2018. I can only assume thats a generic 5-years out putting my bottle at a year old. I dont see this beer getting any better by holding on to it and have no idea if fresher would have been better. What I do know is that I wont be spending anymore money on this offering.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle I brought to share at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, chalk, and skunky aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy spice and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a smell that is slightly better than the taste, even though there is some initial skunk-like aromas.

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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 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 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 Kirk_Grant
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Hazy golden yellow
Smell: A slightly tart citrus note with a hint of hops and green banana
Taste: Hoppy lemon, green banana, and mixed greens
Overall: This is just a tad too hoppy for my taste. It's clearly made well...but not a style I enjoy.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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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 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 NuclearRich
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an allagash tulip. Cork popped with enthusiasm.

A. Poured half head, mega carbonated. Pale straw color, quite clear, huge persistent white head, foamy and cloud like, leaving fat chunks of lacing covering the glass

S. Standard funky saision. Bready, funky barn, hay, grass fields, mildly acidic.

T. Not sweet, which I love. Crisp, funky, a little soapy/astringent but not badly.

M. Super crisp, pretty dry, a little astringent pucker.

O. Drinkable all day. Tasty funkiness, but the soapy flavor/feel could use a reduction.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this on tap at Parker Pie for the 4th Anniversary party for Hill Farmstead -served chilled in a pint.

The color is golden with thick hazed look with white cap and fine bead. The smell is lghtly sulfuric with mineral aspect and phenolic yeast accent with gentle spice and some herbal hop aromas. The feel is medium bodied with gentle note of grain with very yeast oriented texture which is on the dry side with spiced element and medicinal edge with light tangy vinous quality.

The flavor is decent with some mild malt with a good amount of yeastiness in the flavor which is both creamy and has a slight pepper and phenolic quality combined with herbal and grass tinged hop flavor with a mild alcohol and light bitterness that carries through. Overall a more traditional take on the style with high hoppiness combined with lots of yeast aroma and flavor.

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Photo of ThreeLions
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with Hab11

Unwound the cage and just put a hint of pressure on the cork which made quite the 'pop' but thankfully the beer wasn't a gusher.

A: Aggressive foamy white head four fingers deep fills up the glass and lingers for a while before settling down to a half finger head with nice soapy lacing on the glass. Very light yellow color with lots of lingering carbonation.

S: Super spicy aroma right up front. Very spicy character from the yeast. Not getting any aroma from the amarillo yet but we'll see once it opens up in the glass. Spicy like white peppercorns.

T: Solid. Very spicy taste follows the nose. Peppercorns. There was something in the nose that I couldn't quite narrow down that I was hoping I would discover in the taste. It's there as well but I can't figure out what the flavor is. Can't tell if they are citrus notes from the amarillo but there's definitely another flavor profile going on here. Possible lemon. I think my taste buds are starting to get past the very strong peppercorn beginning and may be picking up some hop oils.

M: Very drinkable. Pretty light. I generally prefer a heavier mouth but considering the style I think they hit their mark. I could drink this all day long and since that's what a saison was meant for I'll give it good marks.

All in all a very drinkable beer. I could deal with less peppercorns since they really stole the show here. There were only whispers of a hop presence; I would have preferred more. Not my favorite offering from either of the two collaborators but far better than a lot else I would find on the market.

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Photo of babaracas
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange tinted yellow, hazy, with billowing white head; settles slowly to a half inch, a few big chunks of lace on the glass. Smell: lemon peel, dried pineapple note, spiciness, graham cracker. Taste: citrus peel, semi-sweet graininess, dried unsweet pineapple again, grass, pepper; lots of bitterness. Nice, but then gets quite medicinal and powdery/rubbery in the finish. Lots of carb, plus the bitterness gives a seltzery feel, thinning everything out a bit much. Very dry finish. About a year old (?), still smelling great, carb may be higher than intended.

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Photo of Zach136
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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 StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the people that shared this fine bottle with me were going ape over it, probably due in part to its maker, but this really didn't impress me as much as I thought it would. it pours a real pale lemonade color, with a ton of floating yeast bits clouding things up and a robust white head of several inches. the aromatic profile is lemon heavy, funky yeast, and a funny fusel alcohol that shouldn't really be present here. its not sour, but a little tart, and the wood notes permeate, but something just seems off, like the middle is missing despite a fine start and conclusion. the flavor agrees, there is definitely something lacking. perhaps its any kind of malt body at all, I just get yeast and acid here, without any grain. maybe that's the intent, and im almost never one to gas on for more of it, but in this case it just seems entirely absent. still, I love the yeast profile, its wild and way out there, and I love the dry finish. light as anything, but there is still an alcohol flavor to it that's a little unwarranted. the carbonation, as expected, is epic. overall this is kind of a curious beer, it didn't quite hit the mark for me, but I really enjoyed the interesting yeast. hopefully it will reappear in a more exciting beer sometime, but for now id say this is skipable, save for the real hill farmstead nuts.

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Photo of 77black_ships
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is basically just the Blaugies Saison d’Épeautre with Amarillo hops added to the recipe. Blaugies agreed to making this one upon request from their exporter. Tried it several times – all times from a 75 cl. bottle – review if from the first time I tried, shortly before the official release. Funny name.

A: Pours and odd pale greenish hay golden, some white head.

S: Very Belgian, huge citrus, touch dishwashing liquid / water, big BE yeast, citrus peel, spicy, hay yeast, some farm notes.

T: Big hazy lemon, citrus, huge BE yeast, farm, hay, very spicy yeast, ungrounded coriander, herbs, big hazy, hazy herbs, getting a Hof ten Dormaal vibe here which is explained by spelt being an ingredient, so yeah getting quite a bit of spelt as well. Despite Amarillo being involved the profile of this one is still all around Belgian.

B: Very hazy and yeasty.

O: Nowhere near as good as the standard Blaugies Saison d’Épeautre maybe this one was a lesser batch. Overrated as hell by American’s because there are lots of Belgian beers like this one around and this one while being solid is nowhere near a prime example. Glad to see the regular version being rated higher here on average.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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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Photo of Florida9
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

5 oz taster served at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy gold color. There's a one finger white-colored head, and - despite being in a dinky little sample - showed both good retention and some lacing.

S: This smells like a garden. I'm getting huge amounts of floral qualities (I'm thinking lavender), along with some nice fresh-cut grass. Funky notes are subtle. It really smells like spring; if I had to nitpick (I always do), I'd almost suggest it's TOO floral, grassy, and herbaceous.

T: There's a nice, grassy hop bite at first. It quickly transitions into a floral finish. Everything balances out well, but much like the nose indicated, a bit more funk wouldn't hurt.

M: Bone freakin' dry. Plain and simple. Powerful carbonation plays a role into its dry lightness, but the latter isn't exclusively reliant on the fizz to cleanse the back end.

O: Pretty much spring in a dinky little sample. If it was more funky, it would be off the charts, but it's still really damn good as is.

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Photo of MarcWP
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Lost Abbey tumbler.

Pours with huge carbonation. It's a carb bomb. Hazy light straw yellow, huge white head. Tons of carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom of glass. Yeast definitely did some work in the bottle.

Aroma is green hay, Granny Smith apple peel, earthy must, lemon zest, and subtle spices.

The taste brings a super spicy, classic saison style beer. Grains of paradise, basil, parsley, lime peel, white pepper, and earth.

Mouthfeel is fluffy, heavier side of light. Crisp carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty good saison. Classic flavors with not much anything being groundbreaking. A faint amount of skunkiness from light exposure seems to be present. I'm always weary of imported beers in the green bottles.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise from Brasserie de Blaugies
89 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.