Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise - Brasserie de Blaugies
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3.71/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
04-12-2014 20:12:33 | More by ThreeLions
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
04-12-2014 20:08:38 | More by Hab11
2.99/5 rDev -22.7%
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.
04-09-2014 15:06:13 | More by stakem
Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise from Brasserie de Blaugies
87 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.