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

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 623
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 14
Gots: 115 | 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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Reviews: 97 | Hads: 623
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +13.2%
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)

Photo of cbutova
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into two HF tulips glasses with a yeast-hazed golden yellow body. Pouring in the center immediately reveals an insane amount of foam, almost leaving the glass. Great head retention as the cap never seems to fully leave, falling to a thick pillow after about ten minutes. The amount of lacing is extraordinary, thick blankets coat the glass all around the entire bowl of the tulip.

S- Classic Belgian farmhouse yeast off the top without much funk or added specialty items. Reminds me of the DuPont strain quite a bit and not as much of a French strain. Inviting notes of lemon citrus, Belgian peppery and herbal yeast spice, light grains and some bread hints. Becomes quite flowery with warming.

T- A prominent, yet soothing spicy Belgian yeast with a slight hop balance on the back end. Appropriate amount of yeast character bringing notes of peppery spice, cooking herbs, lemon zest oil and grainy bread. Hops are herbal, floral and a tiny bit fruity. Light malts provide a platform for the yeast to shine.

MF- Light, super dried out body with a high end carbonation. Foams up nicely as you sip on it and really exhibits a good feel for the style. Light spicy bitterness lingers on the palate after sipping.

For a no-frills kind of Saison this is something I would enjoy time and time again. I love DuPont and this reminds me a bit of it, perhaps with a bit more hop character and a slightly different yeast feel. Definitely recommended for fans of Saisons. (1,472 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This had a cloudy yellow appearance with a thick but dissipating bright white head.

The aroma had sweet bread and grain with peppery cloves and soft banana. There was a bubblegum sweetness but it seemed more spicy.

The flavor started with a blast of clove but with every sip it started to soften to a more peppercorn tone. The was some sweetness in the array of Apple bubblegum, banana and anise.

The feel is very light and somewhat tangy with an ease that made it disappear quickly.

At first blush I was disappointed that anything with the Hill Farmstead name would be so clovey sharp but as I followed through it began to grow on me and I discovered liking it more. (672 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL
L - hazy yellow body with a tall white head that holds excellent retention
S - beautiful aroma of banana, fruity yeast, citric hop
T - excellent array of flavors with zesty grapefruit, lemon, banana, yeast, white pepper, grass, earth
F - higher carbonation, medium body with an excellent feel. Finishes dry with some peppery spice lingering with some citrus
O - loved this one. It's very delicate but has some great flavors. Glad I got to try it. Now only if I could get my hands on some more Hill Farmstead! (549 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Hill Farmstead. From notes.

A - Poured light golden, sort of like apple juice. Strong carbonation, bright. Nice dense two finger white fluffy head left good lace rings and a good finger of retention. Cloudy with yeast added.

S - Citrus hop, nice yeast component of the Belgian persuasion, orange, hops.

T - Lot's of yeasty notes, lot's of lemon, sweet grain, floral, spritsy.

M - Very strong carbonation, fairly dry finish, medium body.

O/D - The carbonation was a bit strong, but I suppose suited to the style. I suppose it could have been hoppier considering the 'copious amounts' claim on the bottle, but it was hoppy and enjoyable nonetheless. It seemed quite to style and sits above many examples of the style which are usually fairly uninteresting. (771 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of Kirk_Grant
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Hazy golden yellow
Smell: A slightly tart citrus note with a hint of hops and green banana
Taste: Hoppy lemon, green banana, and mixed greens
Overall: This is just a tad too hoppy for my taste. It's clearly made well...but not a style I enjoy. (250 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thank you to Montrealbcr89 for bringing this one along to our tasting on the weekend. Been wanting to try this one for a while now.

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw gold with 2 fingers of frothy white head.

Smell. Grassy and earthy hops, hay and minerals, light sulfur and lemongrass, citrus rinds, fruity classic saison yeast phenols, light peppery spices.

Taste. Peppery and grassy, Fruity belgian yeast, lightly bitter, light citrus.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, strong carbonation.

Overall. Quality traditional style saison, very nice. Thanks again Tyler!! (569 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Blaugies/Hill Farmstead collab. saison, split with my dawg.

Big pop leads to an almost entirely foam pour. Beer is hazy and straw-colored with flecks and an impressive white head. Smells of baked bread, farmy yeast, herbal and grassy hops, white grape.

Tastes like straight up saison with slight Amarillo hop influence, good stuff. Lots of yeast and bread with a good herbal farmy feel. Crackers, grains, some citrus. The mouthfeel is solid with ample carbonation.

Some who are expecting brett/super hoppy madness maybe be disappointed, but this has a great traditional saison feel and the American hops compliment rather than take over. Very good stuff. (660 characters)

Photo of FrostBlast
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Bright hay/yellow colour, smooth white head, about 2cm thick, that drops slowly, leaving some lacing. The body is not quite completely clear, there's a slight haze and some particles are present.

SMELL : First nose is malt and hay, yeast, with a definitely sharp hoppy side, which I think should express itself more clearly in the second and third noses. Some grass and faint flowers. Second nose brings out the yeast profile some more and also the hops. I can see where this is going. Third nose says it all. This collaboration has the yeast profile of Blaugies products blended in with the Hill Farmstead's mastery of bright hops. Very interesting.

TASTE : The yeasty hay is a dominant on the taste, the hops are there but blended in with the hay side. This hay seems to be what links the Blaugies yeast side and the Hill Farmstead hop side. Definite barnyard side, with some dry hay and earthy, dusty notes.

MOUTHFEEL : Good carbonation. The texture has some earthiness. Good length, the final aromas stay with you for a little while, quite bright.

OVERALL : An interesting brew, especially for those who know both Blaugies' and Hill Farmstead's products. They managed to make a very interesting collaboration, blending both brewing styles into something that has both personalities but still knows where it's going. (1,453 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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. (1,510 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hoppypocket for sending us this brew in another great trade.

A: Notable how the cork popped off like champagne with a solid blast, then poured out half head - giant foamy and pocketed with soapy bubbles, and half liquid pale straw and slightly mirky. The head holds to the sides, lacy and delicate.

S: Pale yeasts spiced with white pepper, coriander, & fresh lemon juice supported with a backbone of subtle funk. A note of fresh cut grass, green and vibrant livens up as the brew warms.

T: Dry with a tang of lemon juice and a dry bitter hoppiness. Yeasts are bold and bring forward a pepperiness. Surprising amount of bitters that are somewhat out of place, although not unpleasant.

M: Light to medium bodied with highly active carbonation.

O: A very refreshing and clean saison that had a surprising amount of lemon juice tang. Would definitely seak out again. (884 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Very hazy straw yellow, lots of sediment settles to the bottom. Nice 2 fingers of dense white head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Skunky sweet farmhouse ale, grainy, caramel, honey, and sour/funk

T - Lots of grainy Belgian yeast flavors, clove, some banana and a good bit of funk

O - Very Belgiany, semi dry, tart beer. Quite grainy. decent but I don't love the Belgian characteristics, not a very american styled brew imo

M - lighter bodied with good carbonation, quite drinkable (490 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured in ti HF stemmed tulip.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with a significant amount of light. bubbly white head that slowly receded.

S - Funk and spice notes with lemon and a bready malt profile coming through.

T - Some funk, yeast esters and a peppery spice profile dominate with lighter notes of lemon, citrus and a touch of pine. Slightly more bitter than the average saison.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry throughout. (456 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a perfecty clean straw yellow pour with 3 fingers of bright white detergent-like head which left behind a great amount of sticky, but patchy lacing. smells of lemongrass, wheat, pilsner malt, grassy hops, black pepper, belgian saison yeast. a very earthy, grassy, pepper flavored saison (just the way i like them), slightly bitter from the hops, with a nice overtone from the yeast making it bready. a light body beer with very high amount of carbonation, making it a very refreshing drink. go figure, this is my very first hill farmstead beer (it is damn near impossible to land a trade for their stuff since i'm close enough to VT that we get a lot of the same good beer, yet we don't get HF), i'm liking what i'm tasting here, but definitely want to try and seek out one of their saisons (not a collab). (806 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Hazy and light pale off yellow with a billowing 4 finger white head on a very gentle pour.
Streams of micro bubbles rocket from the bottom of my glass. Retention is fantastic and the lacing is all over the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, with lemon peel and other citrus notes. Faint wet hay with some floral hop and spice.

T - I believe this is my first true Belgian Saison and I had very high expectations. I was a bit let down. It is very herbal and floral with hay, yeast, lemon peel, and white grape at the very end. There is some bitterness from the hops and hints of spice. Not as tart as the aroma suggested.

M - Very light with a bitter/tart and dry finish. Carbonation is very high.

O - I had high hopes for this Saison, but it didn't live up to my expectations. It is still quite good for the style. It is a bit more dry and less tart that I had hoped for. Thank you Nick for sending one for me to try. (959 characters)

Photo of 77black_ships
3.73/5  rDev -7%
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. (1,203 characters)

Photo of NuclearRich
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of MarioM
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,032 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,032 characters)

Photo of N17shelfside
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of Smokee
3.81/5  rDev -5%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of Caleb
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (956 characters)

Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise from Brasserie de Blaugies
89 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.