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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

299 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%


Brewed by:
Brasserie de Blaugies visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-06-2013)
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ThreeLions

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 20:12:33 | More by ThreeLions
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Hab11

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed with Three Lions from 750ml bottle.
Appearance: Yellow Gold in color with a huge bright white head (no not poured in correctly just super active) settles with a lot of lace on the glass.
Smell: big smell of white and black pepper and something else I'm having trouble distinguishing.
Taste: the white and black peppercorn flavor is definitely there and the mystery in the smell is there with the taste as well. Definitely not a bad taste just can't describe it.
Mouthfeel: typical saisson. Light easily drinkable the little bit of bitterness actually makes this beer. It's not overdone.
Overall: I think Three Lions is right of all the Hill Farmstead I have had this one is the only one I can say is really good not great. But having said that I could drink this all day long.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 20:08:38 | More by Hab11
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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 15:06:13 | More by stakem
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 16:30:27 | More by Roguer
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BoldRulerVermont

Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 750 bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware.
Pours beautiful clear straw color with huge foamy head.
Smell is really nice, meadow, straw, yeast.
Taste is right in line with aromas. A very light touch of citrus, a very light touch of pepper.
Mouthfeel is effervescent, clean, dry.
Overall, a refreshing and delicious saison.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 13:36:07 | More by BoldRulerVermont
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MarcWP

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 02:15:46 | More by MarcWP
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 23:32:33 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy bright yellow-gold. Head is bright-white, bubbly, and loose. Starts off with a massive fluffy head but drops to a small clump of a cap with a small collar and sheets of sticky lacing. A vigorous swirl produces a short-lived head. Moderate to high carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Big initial push of yeast. Belgian esters including a soft clove spice, some ripe banana, and a hint of juicy fruit. Pear, apple skin, damp earth and some musty funk. Layers of earth, flowers, grass, hay, and fruity esters. Nice pale malt backbone offers a hint of cracker and a light bready element. Slightly sweet pale malts as well. A lot of banana and mild tropical notes as it warms.

Taste: A hint of lemon zest and a touch of a tart edge. Big yeast presence. Drops spice, read clove, and fruity esters. Slightly sweet pale malts coupled with a minor toasted bready element and a bit of snappy cracker. A bit of damp grass with some funky elements. Banana, a touch of pineapple, pear, apricot, and some red apple. Huge Belgian yeast push as it warms. Powdery yeast. Herbal and earthy and floral. Some biscuit and maybe even some oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a solid carbonation. A touch crisp and nice and dry on the finish. Could be a touch drier, but it's close.

Overall: Blastoise's megaevolution.

Surprise! Hill Farmstead collaborates with a Belgian brewer and creates a delicious and stellar beer. LIES!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 23:30:06 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
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,

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 02:04:55 | More by Hopdaemon39
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into two HF tulips glasses with a yeast-hazed golden yellow body. Pouring in the center immediately reveals an insane amount of foam, almost leaving the glass. Great head retention as the cap never seems to fully leave, falling to a thick pillow after about ten minutes. The amount of lacing is extraordinary, thick blankets coat the glass all around the entire bowl of the tulip.

S- Classic Belgian farmhouse yeast off the top without much funk or added specialty items. Reminds me of the DuPont strain quite a bit and not as much of a French strain. Inviting notes of lemon citrus, Belgian peppery and herbal yeast spice, light grains and some bread hints. Becomes quite flowery with warming.

T- A prominent, yet soothing spicy Belgian yeast with a slight hop balance on the back end. Appropriate amount of yeast character bringing notes of peppery spice, cooking herbs, lemon zest oil and grainy bread. Hops are herbal, floral and a tiny bit fruity. Light malts provide a platform for the yeast to shine.

MF- Light, super dried out body with a high end carbonation. Foams up nicely as you sip on it and really exhibits a good feel for the style. Light spicy bitterness lingers on the palate after sipping.

For a no-frills kind of Saison this is something I would enjoy time and time again. I love DuPont and this reminds me a bit of it, perhaps with a bit more hop character and a slightly different yeast feel. Definitely recommended for fans of Saisons.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 21:51:59 | More by cbutova
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Hill Farmstead. From notes.

A - Poured light golden, sort of like apple juice. Strong carbonation, bright. Nice dense two finger white fluffy head left good lace rings and a good finger of retention. Cloudy with yeast added.

S - Citrus hop, nice yeast component of the Belgian persuasion, orange, hops.

T - Lot's of yeasty notes, lot's of lemon, sweet grain, floral, spritsy.

M - Very strong carbonation, fairly dry finish, medium body.

O/D - The carbonation was a bit strong, but I suppose suited to the style. I suppose it could have been hoppier considering the 'copious amounts' claim on the bottle, but it was hoppy and enjoyable nonetheless. It seemed quite to style and sits above many examples of the style which are usually fairly uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 03:14:39 | More by tbeckett
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 03:40:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 20:47:40 | More by Phyl21ca
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Kirk_Grant

Maine

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 01:26:57 | More by Kirk_Grant
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 23:19:12 | More by Rutager
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Blaugies/Hill Farmstead collab. saison, split with my dawg.

Big pop leads to an almost entirely foam pour. Beer is hazy and straw-colored with flecks and an impressive white head. Smells of baked bread, farmy yeast, herbal and grassy hops, white grape.

Tastes like straight up saison with slight Amarillo hop influence, good stuff. Lots of yeast and bread with a good herbal farmy feel. Crackers, grains, some citrus. The mouthfeel is solid with ample carbonation.

Some who are expecting brett/super hoppy madness maybe be disappointed, but this has a great traditional saison feel and the American hops compliment rather than take over. Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 12:01:54 | More by Chico1985
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FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Bright hay/yellow colour, smooth white head, about 2cm thick, that drops slowly, leaving some lacing. The body is not quite completely clear, there's a slight haze and some particles are present.

SMELL : First nose is malt and hay, yeast, with a definitely sharp hoppy side, which I think should express itself more clearly in the second and third noses. Some grass and faint flowers. Second nose brings out the yeast profile some more and also the hops. I can see where this is going. Third nose says it all. This collaboration has the yeast profile of Blaugies products blended in with the Hill Farmstead's mastery of bright hops. Very interesting.

TASTE : The yeasty hay is a dominant on the taste, the hops are there but blended in with the hay side. This hay seems to be what links the Blaugies yeast side and the Hill Farmstead hop side. Definite barnyard side, with some dry hay and earthy, dusty notes.

MOUTHFEEL : Good carbonation. The texture has some earthiness. Good length, the final aromas stay with you for a little while, quite bright.

OVERALL : An interesting brew, especially for those who know both Blaugies' and Hill Farmstead's products. They managed to make a very interesting collaboration, blending both brewing styles into something that has both personalities but still knows where it's going.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 20:22:57 | More by FrostBlast
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 04:37:38 | More by biboergosum
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hoppypocket for sending us this brew in another great trade.

A: Notable how the cork popped off like champagne with a solid blast, then poured out half head - giant foamy and pocketed with soapy bubbles, and half liquid pale straw and slightly mirky. The head holds to the sides, lacy and delicate.

S: Pale yeasts spiced with white pepper, coriander, & fresh lemon juice supported with a backbone of subtle funk. A note of fresh cut grass, green and vibrant livens up as the brew warms.

T: Dry with a tang of lemon juice and a dry bitter hoppiness. Yeasts are bold and bring forward a pepperiness. Surprising amount of bitters that are somewhat out of place, although not unpleasant.

M: Light to medium bodied with highly active carbonation.

O: A very refreshing and clean saison that had a surprising amount of lemon juice tang. Would definitely seak out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 02:58:52 | More by FondueVoodoo
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Very hazy straw yellow, lots of sediment settles to the bottom. Nice 2 fingers of dense white head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Skunky sweet farmhouse ale, grainy, caramel, honey, and sour/funk

T - Lots of grainy Belgian yeast flavors, clove, some banana and a good bit of funk

O - Very Belgiany, semi dry, tart beer. Quite grainy. decent but I don't love the Belgian characteristics, not a very american styled brew imo

M - lighter bodied with good carbonation, quite drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 04:44:59 | More by MacQ32
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 15:03:36 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a perfecty clean straw yellow pour with 3 fingers of bright white detergent-like head which left behind a great amount of sticky, but patchy lacing. smells of lemongrass, wheat, pilsner malt, grassy hops, black pepper, belgian saison yeast. a very earthy, grassy, pepper flavored saison (just the way i like them), slightly bitter from the hops, with a nice overtone from the yeast making it bready. a light body beer with very high amount of carbonation, making it a very refreshing drink. go figure, this is my very first hill farmstead beer (it is damn near impossible to land a trade for their stuff since i'm close enough to VT that we get a lot of the same good beer, yet we don't get HF), i'm liking what i'm tasting here, but definitely want to try and seek out one of their saisons (not a collab).

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 01:08:45 | More by facundoCNB
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Hazy and light pale off yellow with a billowing 4 finger white head on a very gentle pour.
Streams of micro bubbles rocket from the bottom of my glass. Retention is fantastic and the lacing is all over the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, with lemon peel and other citrus notes. Faint wet hay with some floral hop and spice.

T - I believe this is my first true Belgian Saison and I had very high expectations. I was a bit let down. It is very herbal and floral with hay, yeast, lemon peel, and white grape at the very end. There is some bitterness from the hops and hints of spice. Not as tart as the aroma suggested.

M - Very light with a bitter/tart and dry finish. Carbonation is very high.

O - I had high hopes for this Saison, but it didn't live up to my expectations. It is still quite good for the style. It is a bit more dry and less tart that I had hoped for. Thank you Nick for sending one for me to try.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 20:19:01 | More by Ri0
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77black_ships

Belgium

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 09:23:04 | More by 77black_ships
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NuclearRich

Connecticut

3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 01:21:15 | More by NuclearRich
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Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise from Brasserie de Blaugies
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