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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

492 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 12
Gots: 95 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Blaugies visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-06-2013)
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Sammy, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

spycow, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

djrn2, Mar 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Oct 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

acurtis, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Thorpe429, Mar 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

nmann08, Mar 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Texasfan549, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

metter98, Apr 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

GRG1313, May 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

kjkinsey, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 03, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Knapp85, Mar 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

SocalKicks, Sep 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

largadeer, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

JAHMUR, Jun 28, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

zeff80, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

StonedTrippin, May 02, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

TheManiacalOne, Saturday at 09:17 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

nickfl, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Slatetank, May 27, 2014
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Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise from Brasserie de Blaugies
88 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.