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

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97 Reviews
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Reviews: 97
Hads: 625
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 14
Gots: 116 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (1,325 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

There's those special times when I get to taste a beer and use words like "authentic", "traditional", "epitome" and "class". This is one of those beers.

At the onset of the pour, the beer nearly topples the glass with an explosion of carbonation. Billowing from the bottom of the glass, the medium straw colored ale is mildly hazed as it gives the impression of lightness. Its racy carbonation seems of champagne, except with a cottony froth that persistently caps the beer and laces the glass intricately.

Its pepper-heavy scent is spicy, earthy, herbal and straw-like. A background of dry cracker-like maltiness bleeds into dry white wine and corkish must.

But its high phenol taste really sets it apart with a sense of rusticity and charisma to taste. Fresh-cracked peppercorn, white pepper, and cumin give an earthen, smoke-like taste to start. Underpinnings of dry crackers and dough timidly support the spice and allow for a tart fruit flavor to rise. Green apples, spiced pear and lemon notes are part acidic and part bitter. Finishing with a grassy hop note- the beer is refreshingly zesty and spicy with a tinge of baking soda-like mineral quality.

Eruptive in carbonation, the tingle of bubbles facilitaste the beer's dryness. Zesty champagne textures are racy and make the beer seem like it dissolves above tongue. A quick and snappy finish is bone-dry, lightly iron-like, and and teeth churningly tart.

The collaborative ale is spot-on "all things Saison" It's raw, rustic, charming, and refreshing. There's something simple and complex that happens simultaneously. It's an effortless ale with a lot going on. Its superior balance is remarkable and well-positioned on the tongue. It's simply a beautiful Saison. (1,729 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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. (1,510 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One bottle per person on the release... it must be good and funky. In celebration of going to Belgium in a few weeks, I'm cracking this bad boy and hope for the best.

A very careful pour still yields a big fizzy foamy bubbly 2+ finger head that fades at a med pace but somewhat slowly at the same time, lots of pillowy lacing on the sides, very hazy sediment laden golden white peach colored beer with lots of bubbles streaming up from the bottom to reinforce the head, hence the fades at a med pace but also slowly, and it leaves nice pillowy mountains and valleys as it does pop.

Nose has a nice farmhouse aroma, not super funky, but nice open field grassy aroma, lemony, citrus rind, little toasted grainy malt and wheat as well, typical light saison spices and a faint juicy citrus fruit, with a little funk. A touch of a grassy citrusy lemony hop is there as well.

Taste starts with some light saison funk, little earthy farmhouse but not a lot, with light grainy malts, some wheat, little toasty faint pilsner malt. Plenty of citrus, lemony flavors, lemon grass, orange rind, pith flavors bringing plenty of bitterness. Hops come in with that, a little lemony and grassy hops that turn slightly spicy and a little citrusy as well. Bitterness cuts through the lighter malt base and blends with the light funk and lemony saison flavors nicely. There is a light but somewhat sharp acidity as well. Finish is long, with the grassy slightly spicy and citrusy hops lingering well with some bitterness, a little more farmhouse funk and saison grassy flavors and spices lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of effervescent carbonation.

Overall pretty nice, the funk isn't huge but there, nice saison spices and citrus flavors that blend with the nice grassy citrusy spicy hops as well for a decent bitterness, and lots of effervescent carb to bring it all out. Malts maybe could have been a bit bigger, and maybe the farmhouse funk since I love that character, but still nice. I'm surprised this isn't higher rated, but maybe people expected more hops, or more malts as well. (2,079 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good sour representation of style, this is decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for a sour Saison. (895 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of DrBier
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared Chris (spycow). Served in a tulip while watching the NCAA basketball finals.

A - Big white foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and spotty lace. Hazed pale orange body.

S - Toasted grains, spelt, peppery Belgian yeast, honey sweetness, bread, mild citrus notes, some herbal hopping. Get's a bit sharp and dandelion-esque as it warms up.

T - Taste is quite similar, with lightly toasted grains, spelt, spicy yeast, and moderate herbal hop bitterness. Not quite as complex as the aroma, and a bit less sweet as well, with more of a crackery and bready malt backbone.

M - Zesty, higher carbonation, that is surprising for a beer made, albeit partially, by Hill Farmstead. Medium body and quite dry. No alcohol, although I wasn't expecting any at 6%.

D - Very classic Saison, with its heavy emphasis on grain and yeast character. Not entirely what I want from the style, particularly compared to Shaun Hill's other Saisons, but easy to drink and enjoyable nonetheless. (984 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.02/5  rDev -24.7%
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. (1,231 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,129 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To me, this is an example of an old world, old recipe style of saison. Just my thought

Pours a light orange, semi hazy glass of goodness. Nice head and lacing.

Aroma is strong, spearheaded by a sulphur overtone....like firecrackers on the 4th of July. Spicy and dry. Some biscuit comes through.

Flavor is even better. Whereas a local saison had a strong taste of sulphur (and I hated it) this one doesn't, even with that big ole nose of it. No, apple and coriander take center stage, but they are not alone. Funkiness and lemon come in to play. White pepper and black pepper. Soft hints of bubblegum.
Crisp and refreshing. Wish it were lower abv so I can drink a ton more (676 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.61/5  rDev -10%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty, easy to appreciate saison. It's a bit hoppier than normal, and leans to the dry side, but I like that just fine in a saison. A bit more flavor would be nice, but what there is nice enough. It's a bit on the spendy side at my local, which is really the only complaint I have about this beer. (305 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very limited quantities of this beer just arrived in Indiana this week.

Vermontoise pours a light bodied Osage yellow gold in color with a two finger, bright white head with a lot of activity. The nose is dry and grassy with slight oranges and a good amount of lemony citrus. The flavors are dry and earthy with plenty of bitter, grassy hop character. It has a lot of bitter lemon and Belgian yeasty funk. It drinks light in body and pretty dry with perhaps a touch too much carbonation. Overall this was a nice grassy, citrusy saison. (536 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Craft Shack!

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

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

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

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

The deeper I got into the bottle, the more I liked it. I should say get and like as I haven't finished it just yet. (559 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 4.27.13

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a crazy soapy huge off-white head with great retention.

S - Tons of funk, lemon citrus. Nice and different.

T - Lemon, but subtle, funk- not tart, more Bretty. Peppery.

D - Tons of carbonaiton with a light body. Dry finish.

O - A wonderful saison, funk, citrus and super dry. (340 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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. (421 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at HF during the Biere de Norma bottle release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Bottles uncorks with a LOUD pop, the kind of noise one expects to be followed by gushing. Thankfully, not a gusher, though the head explodes on the pour forming a nearly FOUR finger sudsy white head that sits atop a crystal clear dark straw hue with TONS of effervescence erupting from the bottom. Fades to leave tremendous side lacing and

S - Lots of peppery spice on the nose, light lemons, TONS of belgian yeast notes here. Figured there would be seeing how my bottle had thick vertical stripes of yeast. Lots of your typical barnyard funk here too. Very, very assertive yeast and funk notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Lots of the peppery spice, the lemons are pretty much gone as this becomes a peppery, barnyard assault on the pallet. Lots and lots of barnyard funk and belgian yeast notes here, horse blanket, and peppercorn galore. I miss that citrus though.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice, though thanks to the carbonation explosion it does get thin and smooth a bit too quickly.

O - Overall, this is a damn good saison. Excellent appearance, solid nose. The taste though I wish there was a little bit of citrus to round out the pepper/belgian notes. With the mouth stayed crisper longer. Still, a very well crafted saison. (1,338 characters)

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Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise from Brasserie de Blaugies
89 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.