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Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La VermontoiseBrasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise
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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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Added by MasterSki on 03-06-2013

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Photo of Ian_B
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of ThreeLions
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Hab11
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.02/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of MarcWP
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.09/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
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,

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Photo of cbutova
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

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Photo of tbeckett
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Kirk_Grant
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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!!

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Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of FrostBlast
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise from Brasserie de Blaugies
89 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.