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

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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

300 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%


Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-06-2013)
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77black_ships

Belgium

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is basically just the Blaugies Saison d’Épeautre with Amarillo hops added to the recipe. Blaugies agreed to making this one upon request from their exporter. Tried it several times – all times from a 75 cl. bottle – review if from the first time I tried, shortly before the official release. Funny name.

A: Pours and odd pale greenish hay golden, some white head.

S: Very Belgian, huge citrus, touch dishwashing liquid / water, big BE yeast, citrus peel, spicy, hay yeast, some farm notes.

T: Big hazy lemon, citrus, huge BE yeast, farm, hay, very spicy yeast, ungrounded coriander, herbs, big hazy, hazy herbs, getting a Hof ten Dormaal vibe here which is explained by spelt being an ingredient, so yeah getting quite a bit of spelt as well. Despite Amarillo being involved the profile of this one is still all around Belgian.

B: Very hazy and yeasty.

O: Nowhere near as good as the standard Blaugies Saison d’Épeautre maybe this one was a lesser batch. Overrated as hell by American’s because there are lots of Belgian beers like this one around and this one while being solid is nowhere near a prime example. Glad to see the regular version being rated higher here on average.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 09:23:04 | More by 77black_ships
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NuclearRich

Connecticut

3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an allagash tulip. Cork popped with enthusiasm.

A. Poured half head, mega carbonated. Pale straw color, quite clear, huge persistent white head, foamy and cloud like, leaving fat chunks of lacing covering the glass

S. Standard funky saision. Bready, funky barn, hay, grass fields, mildly acidic.

T. Not sweet, which I love. Crisp, funky, a little soapy/astringent but not badly.

M. Super crisp, pretty dry, a little astringent pucker.

O. Drinkable all day. Tasty funkiness, but the soapy flavor/feel could use a reduction.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 01:21:15 | More by NuclearRich
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MarioM

California

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml poured into Ommegang stemmed glass.

A: High carbonation, cork flew and hi the ceiling hard. Large cloudy almost sticky lookin white head that's lingering and lacing for days. A Verizon's light staw like color with many bubbles forming at the base and rising constantly.

S: Light lemon grass character with a good earthy grassiness common for the style. Some good phenols with a light funk in the background.

T: Nice crisp bite from the carbonation and a very refreshing tartness, nothing even close to sour but mostly the high carbonation mixed with the dryness. Light lemon like earthyness more like lemon grass and fresh hay. Hops are there and well balanced. Very nice and tasty saison for sure.

M: Nice tartness lingers along with the farmhouse funky phenols and also a Nicky balanced bitterness. Great body for this dry beer and just refreshing.

O: A great tasty, drinkable saison from a great group of guys known for amazing beers. I recommend this to anyone who can get their hands on it. Really enjoying this.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 01:20:38 | More by MarioM
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nataku00

California

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a slightly hazy straw color with four plus fingers of fluffy white head of mostly large bubbles. Head sticks around a while, dissipating slowly leaving a few spots of bubbles along the edge here and there. Highly effervescent, with plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. There's quite a bit of floaties at the bottom, so poured gently.

Nose is fairly typical saison, big yeast character, spicy with coriander and white pepper, fruity esters, biscuit malt, grapefruit peel, floral and grassy hops.

Taste leads with a light hop bitterness, grapefruit peel, grassy and herbal, with some of the floral hops coming out as it warms. Not as much spice as on the nose, hoppier in taste with just some light biscuit malt sweetness. Bone dry with some light lingering spice and grapefruit pith bitterness.

Light body and highly carbonated, though not excessively so. Very refreshing and would be nice on a warm summer's day. A nice representation of a typical saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 01:38:26 | More by nataku00
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N17shelfside

California

4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent dry saison, especially as the beer warms. A lot of soft funky notes. When the beer first hits your mouth a tad sweet which just transforms into a dry bitterness expected of a great farmhouse beer. The beer pours with a thick, easy forming head that lingers for a little bit. Overall excellent beer for style, should be a good one to keep around for an extra year to let it dry out some more.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 19:19:09 | More by N17shelfside
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Smokee

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Spiegelglau snifter. As others have mentioned, big, light, pale head, very compact bubbles. The beer itself is a very nice, pale, pale gold. Smell is decent, more malt than I would have thought. Mouthfeel is good, however not to full. Taste is a little underwhelming. Some hoppiness, floral, but not the depth and finish I was hoping for. Still very drinkable, but I had higher expectations(maybe too high) Still a very good Saison, great on a muggy July night.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 00:42:40 | More by Smokee
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Caleb

Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It is very active and frothy with lines of bubbles running up the glass long after the beer was poured. The perfect bubbles rest upon each other forming walls up the side of the glass. They are beautiful. The head lingers long after. The bubbles leave behind neat patterns on the glass and great lacing. The beer is light golden, warm and opaque. Beautiful bubbles come to the surface after each sip.

Aroma: It isn't floral or fruity but hoppy, yeasty, herbal, piney, and dank like an old verdant forest.

Taste: It is crisp, dry, tart, yeasty and hoppy.

Mouthful: Light, smooth, perfectly carbonated which surrounds the floating hop bitterness, which ultimately settles in the back of the mouth.

Overall: The appearance and mouthful were the best parts of this beer for me. There was a lot of great aromas and tastes in the beer but I felt that they were hidden by an abundance of hop bitterness that came across as too strong for a saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 20:56:40 | More by Caleb
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Released around April, 2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

La Vermontoise is a saison in the classic mold, with perhaps higher bitterness than others in the same, otherwise similar, flavor range. The flavor and aroma are fairly complex, though fitting the template quite nicely for a saison. The hop bitterness is more notable than others in the genre, making this stand out: perhaps that and the expressiveness of the overall recipe are all that separate it from other saisons. If this were commonly available in the US, I'm certain to try this again, but I'm not sure I'd go to the trouble and cost of importing it again.

Pours a hugely tall (>4cm) head of white foam, made up of medium-sized bubbles, resulting in a frothy, spittle-like appearance. Retention is excellent, lasting for what seems like an eternity, only fading to a thick cap atop the body of the beer after many minutes. Similarly, the lacing is superb, coating the insides of the glass with all manner of shapes, columns, and rows of sticky foam. Carbonation is easily visible and intensely energetic, rapidly and densely arising from the center of the glass.

Aroma is heavily influenced by rich, earthy Belgian yeast, moderate farmhouse mustiness and funk, "light" fruits such as apple and pear, lemon zest, and, somewhat surprisingly, pale and pilsner malts. I was hoping for a slightly more noticeable citrus-influenced Amarillo hop presence, but it's not there. Still, this is a pleasant and fairly complex collection of scents.

Front of palate is of substantial Belgian yeast, bright fruits like apple and pear, very faint pale and/or pilsner malt. Mid-palate of overripe apple, pear, Belgian yeast, lemon zest, gently bitter hops, and notable farmhouse mustiness. Back of palate notes some bright, overripe fruits such as apple and pear, lemon zest, fairly heavy yeast character, a bit of farmhouse mustiness and funk, and a dry, cracker-like malt. Aftertaste features dry, cracker-like malt, light fruitiness that hangs around the inside of the tongue, while the sides of the tongue are constantly plunged into a moderate hop bitterness.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with aggressive, high levels of carbonation that are appropriate for the style. The result is a mouthfeel that is at first quite fizzy and prickly on the palate, but with time becomes much more pleasant, gently foaming, and smooth/fluffy (you have to wait a while for the CO2 to remove itself, though). Closes semi-dry, with very mild lingering stickiness on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 00:23:13 | More by falloutsnow
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KingdomBobcat

Vermont

4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

La Vermontoise
A-golden, opaque saison that pours a massive head that looks like the thunderstorm clouds out my window on this ungodly hot june afternoon.
S-yeasty, general saison aromas, not distinctly noticeable hops
T-Almost orange-y sweetness, maybe some coriander, very refreshing. Kind of a better than average saison, comparable to Dupont I would say.
M-malty sweetness, lingering fruity aftertaste.
O-Makes a phenomenal summer beer. Love the label and name as well. Very true to perfecting the saison style rather than experimenting with other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 12:11:03 | More by KingdomBobcat
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon Zwanze glass. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a massive, 4 finger frothy white head with good retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod that reveals ample carbonation. Lacing is patchy, stringy and thick with good stick. Thin legs. Solid looking beer.

Nose is moderately soapy. Peppercorn, lemon, and cane sugar sweetness. Some coriander, Belgian yeast and clove spiciness too. Aromatic, clean and crisp. Nice.

Opens soapy. Belgian yeast, coriander and clove spiciness. A mellow malt backbone appears a bit towards the middle. Peppercorn spice and bitterness at the end with some foamy funky at the end. Finishes yeasty and sweet with a floral, spicy aftertaste. Pretty good.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly, light and refreshing in the mouth and goes down aggressive, dry, and crisp. Messy finish with a lingering, dry, sticky aftertaste. Real drinkable.

A decent beer overall but for Hill Farmstead, this one's a bit of an underperformer. Yeast bitterness is too forward and the soapiness is a touch overwhelming at times. Good complexity and nice feel but La Vermontoise doesn't stand out.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 01:24:46 | More by SpeedwayJim
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

25th Birthday Nightcap

A: Pours a golden copper orange with a 3-4 bright, fluffy white head that left great lacing

S: Grassiness, earthiness, funk, lemon zest, and a fair amount of spiciness.

T: Lemon and spice dominate. Spiciness is quite apparent. Very drying and clean. Quite bitter as well. Super drinkable.

M: A little bit higher than medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on.

O: Great beer. Nothing earth-shattering here, but a super well crafted, and an unbelievably drinkable saison.

Great way to end my 25th birthday celebration. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 06:46:01 | More by montrealbcr89
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 04:09:56 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged bottle shared amongst friends (both new and old) at Braustelle in Koln, Germany on 4/10/2013. Served in a tulip. Pours a golden-orange hue with a rocky, three inch, bright white head. Nose is herbal and expresses clove, yeast, a grassy quality and perhaps a touch of mint. Taste consistent with nose, but really somewhat clean and a little watery. Some earthy hops bittering is present at the finish. There's also a slightly medicinal character to the flavor profile as well as some citric acid. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation - really quite bright with a slight acidity that tickles the tongue and stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks. Overall, a decent farmhouse, but a bit too clean for my sensibilities. There are certainly better examples of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 00:48:02 | More by Jwale73
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pour is pale hazy yellow with a tight billowy white head. Nose has a great yeast presence, strong and funky, dry hop presence, light lemon. Taste follows suit, huge farmhouse note, not too funky but the yeast is bright and delicious. Lemon is light, solid hop presence and a touch grassy. Crisp clean dry finish with perfect carb. So drinkable and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 13:12:56 | More by cpetrone84
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 01:41:20 | More by StonedTrippin
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 01:57:36 | More by jlindros
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 01:11:39 | More by MasterSki
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A collaboration beer brewed by de Blaugies and Hill Farmstead. Corked and caged bottle that releases an extremely loud bang when opened. Poured into a Bell's tulip. The beer pours out gold in color and slightly hazy with a massive (and I mean MASSIVE) white creamy head. Nice effervescence. The nose is fruity and peppery. I get oranges, peaches, and white pepper. No funkiness or brett character.

Light body and high carbonation leads to a lively, spritzy feel. Light wheat cracker taste up front gets nicely balanced by crisp, dry, bitter floral and citrus hop notes. There is more peppery hop character here than citrus hop character and it suits the style very well. The peppery nature makes the beer seem drier than it probably is. It is very appetizing. On the finish there is a faint touch of lemon acidity that joins with the pepper to dry out the mouth and leave you ready for more.

I don't have a lot of experience with Saisons, hence my desire to explore more of them. I am really enjoying this one. It is well-made and the dry character seems to suit my palate well.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 17:42:31 | More by deadonhisfeet
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aasher

Indiana

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 03:08:27 | More by aasher
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 17:51:07 | More by BEERchitect
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 01:09:47 | More by Alieniloquium
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 21:57:44 | More by Mebuzzard
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WillCarrera

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy gold color, topped with a finger of white head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Lots of spice, pepper, herbal hops, bready yeast and a weird almost smoky aroma. Smells very interesting.

T- Lots of spiciness and herbal hops, there's some fruitiness and yeasty flavors as well, but spicy and bitter flavors are pretty dominant.

M- Medium-bodied, carbonation is very high, almost like seltzer water, definitely detracted from the drinkability by quite a bit.

O- An interesting beer, I'm not sure if bottle variation is responsible for the crazy high carbonation on this beer, but the elements of a good saison are here, it would just be way better with fewer bubbles.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 04:48:27 | More by WillCarrera
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Corked and caged 750mL bottle I picked up at Hill Farmstead a couple weeks ago. Poured into a Russian River tulip glass after being kept chilled before opening.

Appearance: A gentle pour yields a ridiculous head. Big, foamy, four finger head with great retention. Really impressive lacing around the glass. Clear straw yellow in color. Absolutely textbook for the style.

Aroma: Some light herbal hop character, a touch of dry saison yeast, and a little note of bubblegum. Really solid and traditional.

Taste: A touch of hop bitterness and herbal character. Definitely on the dry side. There is a touch of funk from the saison yeast, but it really isn't too strong. A touch of bubblegum and straw. Definitely more on the traditional side.

Mouthfeel: Really light and tons of carbonation. Really bright and refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall, a really nice dry and refreshing saison. Not spectacular by any means, but incredibly solid and really tasty. More herbal than funky. Really nice. I actually prefer this to many of the traditional saisons on the market.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 01:35:14 | More by Gosox8787
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to hfs sniffer

A:light yellow in color cloudy with a ton if yeast that ended up in the bottom of the glass. Also there is a huge white to tan head that is very fluffy and does not go away quickly.

S:strong farmhouse smell you can really smell that distinctive saison yeast as it is very pungent smell

T: follows the nose with a heavy yeasty barnyard flavor upfront with a little but of funk though no sour flavor more earthy tastes like it came from vt so there is that

M: it is very light even for a saison it is very thin and watery but it goes down very easily feels sort of like a seasion lagar

O: not a bad saison but not up to standard for hill farmstead though much more beluga in then American, but with that said it does have and organic earthy taste which I assume is from the vt ingredients so I can appreciate that. This beer is worth a try but not a trade 4

Serving type: bottle

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