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Reviews: 95
Hads: 616
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 14
Gots: 114 | FT: 18
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-06-2013

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Photo of pants678
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of DrBier
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.92/5  rDev -2%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.76/5  rDev -6%
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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (1,127 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev -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. (345 characters)

Photo of ricknelson
1.83/5  rDev -54.3%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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. (964 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of SABERG
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a HFB Goblet, second release I believe.

A - Golden yellow, 3 finger cap with beautiful lacing. Fine bubble carbonation demonstrated. Sunrise in a glass.
S - As someone who has pithched hay I can say, the memories flood back. So much farmyard and funk, wet summer afternoon lounging in delight.
T - Sharp. grain and lemongrass, mild tropical fruit. Fresh cut grass, with mild white pepper, and Zest.
M - Light carbonation, delicate dance across the palate with a slight linger. Tropical closure leaves only desire bordering on want.
O - Such a delicate, assertive flavor. The offering is a dance between brewers and brings a complete experience. Well worth seeking out.

Cheers all (693 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow in colour, slightly hazy with a billowing head.

Super dank and wildly musty funk scents instantly after the bottle opens with a loud pop. Notes of pepper and other spice come through with some lemony citrus which all play together very nicely. The funky scents are pungent and slightly sulfuric in the way it plays on your nose -- and I don't mean that in a bad way. It starts to grow on you.

Slightly hoppy and sour lemon-like characters quickly draw into a kick of spiced, toasted-wheat flavours that precede an enveloping curtain of funk which is slightly more mellow than the nose. This is a very condensed description, but the flavours really play well off each other throughout. The funk will linger in your nose even after stepping away from the beer.

The mouthfeel is light and slightly spritzy. Just the slightest bit dry toward the finish. (864 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Found 2 of these bottles on the shelf in DeCiccos! Would have bought more but they only had 2 left :) one in the cellar - one in the belly.
Corked bottle - huge pop! Poured into HF Tulip - proper glassware.
Golden clear - almost hay color with 3 fingers of fluffy bubbly head. Huge aromas as the cork flies; grassy hay and a delicate saison aroma with a slight hop note. Taste is very classic "saison"...grainy hay, a nice slight balanced hop presence, and what I imagine is the spelt (I think im starting to tell what spelt tastes like - hint tired hands). So, deff a spelt flavor, its fluffy, rustic, classic, just so good...
its super dry and as perfect as can be for a saison.
Overall, this is simply amazing. A near perfect saison with a slight new age twist. Love it! (775 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy yellow, rather carbonated, three finger light fluffy head.

S-Grassy, slight lemon, wheat, a musty like note.

T-Starts rather grassy, with slight lemon and wheat but then it finishes with a musty/rubbery like flavor.

M-Lighter, dry crisp finish with nice carbonation.

O-A good saison, but no where near what HF normally puts out. (341 characters)

Photo of ThreeLions
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,594 characters)

Photo of Hab11
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (786 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.02/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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. (1,231 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Huge fluffy snow-white head with very good retention and tons of scattered lacing. Pale, golden straw color, very lively and hazy.

Aromas of lemon and sweet Belgian yeast immediately spring forth, balanced against a lightly wheat/straw scented malt bill. Slightly sharp and skunky funk aroma starts to cut through.

Flavor truly follows the nose: light and delicate, with a honey-sweetness, a not-quite-tart off-ness, a thick wheaty body (and associated flat aftertaste reminiscent of chewing wheat), and a dry bitterness, slightly earthy, with an even smaller hint of citrus. Not getting a significant sense of Amarillo hops, but that's appropriate to both the style and aging the bottle.

Surprisingly chewy for the style, medium feel overall, pretty drinkable, minor sting and liveliness. Creamy and overall very nice mouthfeel.

This is a pretty good Saison, and I feel an honest take on the genre, but it doesn't seem to do any one thing particularly well (except mouthfeel, perhaps). I would prefer it if any of the flavors had a bit more of a pronounced effect: more hops, or more of a rustic, non-Brett funkiness, more of the malt bill. Instead, it all comes together in a satisfying, but not overly impressive, package. (1,229 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 750 bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware.
Pours beautiful clear straw color with huge foamy head.
Smell is really nice, meadow, straw, yeast.
Taste is right in line with aromas. A very light touch of citrus, a very light touch of pepper.
Mouthfeel is effervescent, clean, dry.
Overall, a refreshing and delicious saison. (336 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Lost Abbey tumbler.

Pours with huge carbonation. It's a carb bomb. Hazy light straw yellow, huge white head. Tons of carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom of glass. Yeast definitely did some work in the bottle.

Aroma is green hay, Granny Smith apple peel, earthy must, lemon zest, and subtle spices.

The taste brings a super spicy, classic saison style beer. Grains of paradise, basil, parsley, lime peel, white pepper, and earth.

Mouthfeel is fluffy, heavier side of light. Crisp carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty good saison. Classic flavors with not much anything being groundbreaking. A faint amount of skunkiness from light exposure seems to be present. I'm always weary of imported beers in the green bottles. (746 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 2/18/14

Appearance: Golden in color, with some straw and and hints of orange - bottle opens with some big carbonation, pours with a huge, fluffy, distincitvely Belgian-looking head - fades to a solid, white head - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Bright, funky saison yeast and some nice complexity - nice funkiness, with some great saison aromas - some banana, pepper, clove, and light fruits like apples and white grapes - some Brett-like weirdness and a touch of lemon - deep, complex level of barnyard - some pale malts and wheat in the background - some earth, nicely balanced aromas

Taste: Tart, funky, interesting - great saison yeast flavors, including clove, pepper, and some earth, dirt - some light citrus, including hints of orange - some grassiness - light fruits, apples, pears, and white grapes - some dry, powdery yeast, somewhat Brett-like - pale malts, wheat, and some light, malty sweetness - finishes dry to round out the flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nicely carbonated, nice finish

Overall: La saison-oise

This is a great saison. It's remarkably Belgian, and I will admit that I can't quite taste the Hill Farmstead influence. Regardless of what went into this beer, the result is tasty. I would drink this again, if it were possible to find. (1,338 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy bright yellow-gold. Head is bright-white, bubbly, and loose. Starts off with a massive fluffy head but drops to a small clump of a cap with a small collar and sheets of sticky lacing. A vigorous swirl produces a short-lived head. Moderate to high carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Big initial push of yeast. Belgian esters including a soft clove spice, some ripe banana, and a hint of juicy fruit. Pear, apple skin, damp earth and some musty funk. Layers of earth, flowers, grass, hay, and fruity esters. Nice pale malt backbone offers a hint of cracker and a light bready element. Slightly sweet pale malts as well. A lot of banana and mild tropical notes as it warms.

Taste: A hint of lemon zest and a touch of a tart edge. Big yeast presence. Drops spice, read clove, and fruity esters. Slightly sweet pale malts coupled with a minor toasted bready element and a bit of snappy cracker. A bit of damp grass with some funky elements. Banana, a touch of pineapple, pear, apricot, and some red apple. Huge Belgian yeast push as it warms. Powdery yeast. Herbal and earthy and floral. Some biscuit and maybe even some oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a solid carbonation. A touch crisp and nice and dry on the finish. Could be a touch drier, but it's close.

Overall: Blastoise's megaevolution.

Surprise! Hill Farmstead collaborates with a Belgian brewer and creates a delicious and stellar beer. LIES! (1,421 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip- pours a hazy golden yellow color with two fingers of head, great retention, nice swathes of lacing.

Smells great- some Amarillo hops, nice and piney and floral and a good dose of funk. A little grain.

Tastes lovely just as a saison should. Good dose of Belgian funk along with a nice hop flavor and bitterness. A nice light grain profile and the spelt makes itself known towards the end.

Mouthfeel is very nice- well carbonated, light bodied. This is an awesome collaboration. You should get it if you can find it, (552 characters)

Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise from Brasserie de Blaugies
89 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.