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

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Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La VermontoiseBrasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Blaugies
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dishwater cloudy yellow. Huge white pillow of a head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: Skunked. Unfortunate as it may be. Touch of citrus fruit esters behind that though.

Flavor: Skunk is lighter on the palate thankfully. Fruit character manages to shine through.

Mouthfeel: Supper effervescent and bone dry.

Overall: Skunked, but even without that, I double this would be a world class saison I should expect from these two breweries.

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Photo of Florida9
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light, bright pastel yellow in color. Forms a large stable fluffy white head that gives the beer the appearance of lemon meringue pie. Aroma is bright and crisp predominantly with notes of lemon and coriander. Taste is much like the aroma - There is a lot of coriander in this one. Lemon, lemon peel, spice, and a touch of wheat. Dry. Heavy carbonation. Slight tartness. Low bitterness.
Not a bad Saison, but nothing earth shattering either.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

A-slightly hazy dark golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-wheat malt, spices, yeast, lemon

T-lemon, yeast, cloves, pepper, wheat malt, grassy, light pine

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent saison, but as good as other HF offerings

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Photo of Franck
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Small tartness. Belgian yeasts taste a lot and there's a hint of hops. Very dry bitterness.
Typical Belgian farmhouse. Not my kind of beer but drinkable

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Schera’s in Elkader, IA. Poured into a Zwanze 2014 glass 9/20/2014.

A- Darker yellow, hazy with a 3 finger white head with way too much retention time. But plenty of lacing. It’s certainly worth waiting for. [3.75]

S- Belgian yeast, spices, cloves, pale wheat malt, tart funk. Really does smell like a tarter Saison Du Pont. [3.75]

F- Cloves, pale wheat, freshly baked bread, tart stone fruit, oak, a bit of musty hay. As in the nose, this is a tarter Saison Du Pont. Not that special, certainly not worth the asking price per bottle at Hill Farmstead but it’s certainly solid. [4]

M- Medium bodied, soft, well carbonated, mineral-dense finish with a bit of musty hay. Solid, but I don’t think I could drink more than 6oz in one sitting. [3.5]

O- Decent saison. I think the Hill Farmstead name being attached to this really makes this more desirable than it should be, especially given what it costs. [3.75]

Final score: 3.84

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Photo of beerbully
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured into HF stemware from bottle

A-light hazy yellow, big white frothy head lacing quickly slides down side of glass (4.25)

S-yeasty, citrus, tangy, lemon, grassy notes, straw someone describes it as barnyard funk and I would agree (4.0)

T-first flavor is lemon rind, some black and white pepper (white more so) saison yeasty flavors, cloves, floral and bready notes, slight bitterness, dry (4.25)

M-fizzy from the carbonation, crisp, dry typical for the style (4.25)

O-flavors are well balanced, crisp and clean beer, good carbonation nice dry finish everything one would look for in a saison. Very enjoyable and drinkable beer (4.25)

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

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Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Served on-tap in a 16 oz HF-branded willi at The Reservoir (Waterbury, VT).

A: Slightly hazy lemonade yellow with 1-finger of foamy, almost white head with good retention and a collar of lace at the top of the glass. (4.0)

S: Delicious aromas of lemon citrus, grassiness, earthy yeast esters, tangy wheat, and crisp pale pilsner malt with just the right grainy edge (4.25)

T: A nice light taste, a wonderful aperitif with tangy lemon-lime and grapefruit citrus, grassy-herbal honeysuckle, and earthy, slightly funky yeast ester component accentuating the tang and light-medium bitterness. This is not a very tart beer, but the lightness and dryness of the feel seems to enhance the tangy, quenching character of this beer. Pilsner malt sweetness is a light touch along with a little bit of grain character to lend some needed grit to this complex, otherwise elegant beer. (4.25)

M: The feel is on-target with light body, high carbonation, and medium-dry finish. THe body is substantial enough, however, to maintain the feel and prevent astringency. (4.5)

O: This is a superb saison and my first HF beer. Delicious prior to an excellent dinner with a great blend of tart, tang, citrus and herbal hopping with a light amount of earthy yeast character to keep the complexity high but not overwhelming. Stellar beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of pants678
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy yellow, puffy white head.

Prominent lemon, bread.

Clean, subdued lemon poppy muffin. Fruit and citric notes are smooth like that. Not so peppery, and for that not a unique profile, but a fine example of the style. That said, could stand to dial up the sweetness. As good as saisons come, to be enjoyed outdoors.

Highly carbonated like it's supposed to be.

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Photo of DrBier
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazed golden color with a huge fluffy white head. Pretty great retention and a ton of sticky lace left behind with each sip. Tons of visible carbonation in the glass.

S: Dusty and grassy with an underlying grainy sweetness and a touch of clove. Maybe a hint of ginger, lemon meringue and green apple.

T: Cracked black pepper and earthy malt throughout with just a hint of clove and baked apple poking through. Grassy hops, dusty earth, a touch of funk and some white pepper on the finish. Pretty clean and finishes up very dry. Not the best out there, but a pretty tasty saison.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a slightly hazed yellow (hint of green about the edges) with extremely active carbonation jets producing a 3-4 inch billowy white head. Excellent retention.
S: Soft lemon and orange citrus, earthy mineral funk, toasted cereal grains, and a hint of honey.
T: Soft orange citrus, black and white pepper, toasted grains, honey, and earthy mineral funk.
M: Prickly carbonation hits the tongue first. Light body. Slightly sweet at first, then turns more bitter and astringent in the mid-palate through the finish.
D: An interesting take on the style. Can definitely tell the influences of both Hill and Blaugies. An excellent result of a collaboration brew. Very drinkable and refreshing with a decent amount of complexity.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

5 oz taster served at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy gold color. There's a one finger white-colored head, and - despite being in a dinky little sample - showed both good retention and some lacing.

S: This smells like a garden. I'm getting huge amounts of floral qualities (I'm thinking lavender), along with some nice fresh-cut grass. Funky notes are subtle. It really smells like spring; if I had to nitpick (I always do), I'd almost suggest it's TOO floral, grassy, and herbaceous.

T: There's a nice, grassy hop bite at first. It quickly transitions into a floral finish. Everything balances out well, but much like the nose indicated, a bit more funk wouldn't hurt.

M: Bone freakin' dry. Plain and simple. Powerful carbonation plays a role into its dry lightness, but the latter isn't exclusively reliant on the fizz to cleanse the back end.

O: Pretty much spring in a dinky little sample. If it was more funky, it would be off the charts, but it's still really damn good as is.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Bottle opens with a nice pop. Pours a nice pale straw golden color with some slight haze. A large 3 inch tall head appears after a gentle pour with active carbonation rising rapidly from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is of fresh cut grass. Notes of grain and bready malt. Some slight cornhusk notes as well as some nice notes of mild lemon can be perceived in the nose. Very fresh nose with some good funk on the back end. Nice hop nose is present with some mild American-style bite and citrus-ness to it.

Flavor starts off with quite traditional saison notes. Typical bready and earthy grain notes. There is some nice funk mixed in with the malt undertones. Slight fruit sweetness is present along with some nice citrus notes. The hops play into the flavor a bit more as the beer warms with a nice grassy and citrus character. The slight fruit notes liven up a bit more as it warms and compliment the dry funkiness very well. Solid. Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated and dry.

Solid brew overall. Great funky notes and nice grainy saison notes with a good dose of hop character.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oo la la, La Vermontoise.

Hearty cork pop and glass that's more foam than beer leads me to believe this will be a highly carbonated beverage. Hazy lemon gold with an over the top head.

Lemon barnyard aroma.

Skunky farmy flavor with a moisture sucking sawdust finish. One of the dryer beers I've had recently. I like dry though. A few sweet notes for balance wouldn't hurt. Not as carbonated as I would have guessed.

C'est très bonne.

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Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a wheat golden hay color.

The aroma has orange, clove, pepper spice, lemon zest, and bready qualities.

The flavor has clove, pepper, and orange. It has bitter astringency and medicine on the finish and is very dry with strong phenolic plastic notes

A good saison, but not exactly where I want it. Slightly lacking in palate.

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Photo of ricknelson
1.83/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a God awful beer. I brought this to a tasting thinking that with Hill Farmstead's name on it that I was going to be the hero of the day. It turned up to be one of the worst beers we have ever collectively had at a tasting. Beat out only by Wing Walker; which has a BA rating of 70. The common joke while drinking this beer was a reference to MADGE (most of you will too young to remember Madge) who did a TV ad for Palmolive Detergent. Remember "You're soaking in it." Vermontoise tasted like lemon PLEDGE. Had soap bubbles like dish washing fluid, smelled like dish washing fluid. Someone should find all the bottles of Vermontoise there is out there; dump em and rinse the bottles out with dish washing fluid. OH wait they could just use Vermontoise.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Riedel tulip glass. The act of pouring it produces such an incredible amount of bubbles that you can hardly get any in the glass before the head is too big to fit. The head is huge, nearly white, and the consistency of meringue. The liquid is clear and light yellow. Definitely fizzy and yellow - exactly how I usually want a saison to look.

Aroma is funky and sour, and actually smells like weed to me. I don't get that weird mineraliness that often comes along with sour-ish beers, so that's a plus for me.

Taste follows the nose, but is a little less pronounced. It's really pleasantly tart, with a nice dense bit of funkiness on the finish. Not much else to say - I really like those two flavors, but that's about all I get!

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, even for a saison, and has tons of carbonation.

Overall, this is a super nice saison. I would love to drink it again, but I don't think I would ever feel the need to trade for it or anything.

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Photo of babaracas
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange tinted yellow, hazy, with billowing white head; settles slowly to a half inch, a few big chunks of lace on the glass. Smell: lemon peel, dried pineapple note, spiciness, graham cracker. Taste: citrus peel, semi-sweet graininess, dried unsweet pineapple again, grass, pepper; lots of bitterness. Nice, but then gets quite medicinal and powdery/rubbery in the finish. Lots of carb, plus the bitterness gives a seltzery feel, thinning everything out a bit much. Very dry finish. About a year old (?), still smelling great, carb may be higher than intended.

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Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise from Brasserie de Blaugies
89 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.