Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise - Brasserie de Blaugies
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3.4/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
12-16-2013 03:40:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.45/5 rDev +15%
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.
11-12-2013 20:47:40 | More by Phyl21ca
4.3/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
04-03-2013 17:51:07 | More by BEERchitect
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
09-21-2013 04:37:38 | More by biboergosum
4.09/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
04-17-2013 01:11:39 | More by MasterSki
3.71/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
05-27-2014 13:55:18 | More by Slatetank
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
04-27-2013 01:57:36 | More by jlindros
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
05-02-2013 01:41:20 | More by StonedTrippin
Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise from Brasserie de Blaugies
87 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.