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Hill Farmstead / Blaugies Le SarrasinHill Farmstead / Blaugies Le Sarrasin
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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Borne of our abiding friendship with Belgium’s La Brasserie de Blaugies, Pierre-Alex and Kevin Carlier brewed with us here in June of 2013. The resulting beer—brewed with hops from Mons, Belgium, and 30% raw organic buckwheat; fermented in both oak barrels and stainless steel; and aged for many months in those same barrels—is among the finest farmhouse ales we’ve ever produced. Vibrant, lively and sophisticated, its bracing tartness belies its elegant wine-like profile. We were honored to have brewed with Pierre-Alex and Kevin; we are delighted to share it with you.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 02-05-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
354
pDev:
6.07%
 
 
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203
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4.49/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.21/5  rDev -8.7%
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4.99/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +3%
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4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.42/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +3%
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4.81/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hill Farmstead/Blaugies Le Sarrasin

A: This now legendary saison pours a beautiful, hazy, golden orange that looks quite a bit like orange juice in proper lighting. Two fingers of cream-colored head billow up and slowly descend, leaving swathes of lacing in their wake and a crust as a memory. Carbonation is ample if slightly lazy. This looks like a brilliant, textbook saison, but more head and retention would perfect it. 4.5/5

A: Immense, enigmatic complexity greets the nose. Waves of horsey barnyard funk, bright lemon, white grapes, and a distinctive graininess reminiscent of spelt (this is probably the buckwheat) all wax and wane in and out of one another. Apricot, overripe peach, and other stonefruit acidity is detectable underneath those earlier highlights. Creamy, buttery, slightly bitter oak underlines the entire package. The real mastery at hand here is how complex yet subtle everything is. It does not overwhelm in any direction; no, Le Sarrasin is more nimble and refined than that. In a word, near-perfection. 4.75/5

T: The svelte aroma hid what is actually quite an intense flavor profile. Hefty horse blanket, moldy attic funk is the first and most prominent note followed by moderate lemony acidity. Juicy stonefruits wash over the tongue in tandem with beautiful white wine. Finally, the wheaty graininess comes in and breaks up the acidic, funky assault, along with the slight bitterness of grassy hops. Buttery, mildly tannic oak rounds the whole flavor out, leaving behind only an impression of creaminess, fresh baked bread, peppercorn, and a bit of citrus rind. Perhaps it is the age, but this really has more characteristics of a lambic or gueuze than a saison at this point. That said, all the hallmarks of a saison are there (sans hefty spice notes) as well as so much more. 4.75/5

M: As per usual, HF knocks the mouthfeel completely out of the park. Eminent, impossible drinkability with just the right amount of puckering, creaminess, bitterness, and a very dry finish. Carbonation is soft, natural, and perfect. There is just the slightest hint of alcohol heat and not at all in an unpleasant way. This is a complete pleasure to drink. 5/5

O: Despite the heavy funk and moderate tartness, this is still a saison at heart. The wine barrel and long bottle conditioning (at my behest) have changed this beer into something truly remarkable. Sure, it is not the benchmark example of a saison that DuPont is, but it is certainly built on that tradition with HF's delicate yet revolutionary touch. This is a brilliant example of the tart, American saison that helped bring the style into the limelight in the craft scene. Good luck finding one, but never turn this down if given the chance. Pair with the perfect, many-layered jazz fusion musings of Thank You Scientist's "Stranger Heads Prevail". 5/5

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4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +8.5%
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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at HF FOFA 2015. HF Taster glass.

Light lemony tartness, some yeast, white grapefruit, and a touch of sweetness. Finishes clean. Extremely drinkable elegant and lengthy finish.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
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4.82/5  rDev +4.6%
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
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4.7/5  rDev +2%
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3.93/5  rDev -14.8%
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Beer rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 354 ratings