Nordic Saison
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Nordic SaisonNordic Saison
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #63
ABV:
6%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,210
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 7.04%
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
624
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
94
Outstanding
Nordic SaisonNordic Saison
Notes: In May of 2014, our friend and mentor Anders Kissmeyer of Kissmeyer Beer & Brewing visited Hill Farmstead Brewery, along with our dear friend Will Meyers of Cambridge Brewing Co., to brew a special collaborative beer. Inspired by our guests and their journeys, this beer was brewed with the resourcefulness and inventiveness of the Nordic tradition, as well as the creative spirit of its three architects. Farmstead ale brewed with honey, heather, rose hips, rhubarb and wheat.
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mhksuccess from California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 21, 2014
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

A~ beautiful glowing copper with yellow undertones. decent head and a bit of lacing.

S~ tons of bready, peppery Belgium saison yeast, tart citrus and what do you know! a ton of honey!

T~ you get everything from the nose just a tad more subtle here. so theres bread, pepper, lemon, lime, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, wheat, spelt?, and of course great honey flavor! ending with a nice dry lemony tartness and some bretty barnyard funk. mmm...!

M~ perfect carbonation! not gonna lie I expected it to gush haha! very refreshing and dry on the finish.

O~ its like a sessionable blend of Arthur and Anna hmm...! the crazy citrus from Arthur and the great honey flavor of Anna just a little lighter all around. overall definitely another great colab. i'd like to try Kissmeyer's version of this at some point. i wish his regulars didn't start getting brewed in the states... they might be better now but i loved when he was still brewing himself in Denmark. anyway this is a perfect 4.25 and theres nothing wrong with that!

Aug 03, 2014
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml

A big thanks goes out to Ryan for this guy! Nordic saison is mildly hazy and bright golden, with an actual glow.The pure white foam is billowing and becomes quickly meringue like as it forms stiff peaks. Lacing is left stuck to the glass like glue while carbonation rushes from the middle of the glass to bolster the head. Just as a saison should look.

Soft orchard fruits, a little indistinct come from the glass and have a touch of a medicinal quality. The real star of the show is an ever rustic hay-like earthiness that's both vibrant and bright. The soft fruitiness is met with a mild sweetness on the backend that rounds out the whole thing. Mouthwatering.

Flavor is very similiar to the nose. The orchard fruits shine a little brighter with musty peach being up front. The medicinal quality follows through middle to end while the hay and wildflowers tend to pop up here and there adding that rustic, old school quality so many saisons are missing these days. Very good example of the style.

The body is light and airy as it should be. Carbonation is lively and active, adding to the feel and wakening the tastebuds. Before the dry finish is a quick flash of soft sweetness. Drinkability is insanely high, especially on a warm muggy night like this one.

I have to give Hill Farmstead credit. They can brew one hell of a saison. They know how to nail that rustic, only slightly wild characteristic that adds so much depth. Nordic Saison is another winner from the fellas up in Vermont. Thanks again, Ryan!

May 17, 2015
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance: pours a light straw yellow color. A finger plus of a white head that fades quickly and leaves just the slightest lacing behind. Completely opaque with haze and a small amount of sediment. 3.75/5

Smell: Lots of grassy or straw-like aromas. slightly sweet lemon bread and a nice hint of tart fruits. 4.25/5

Taste: opens up with fresh cut grass, straw and a strong earthiness and mineral taste. lots of lemon and some sweet lemon bread. towards the end a tart tropical fruit/berry mix comes in. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: fairly light. a good dryness that gets you ready for another sip. Slightly tart. Possibly one of the most refreshing beers that I have had. 4.75/5

Overall: my first Hill Farmstead and surely not my last. Wonderfully balance and complex. great tartness and just the right amount of dryness. One of the best american saisons easily 4.5/5

Aug 22, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange. Nice white head. Some lacing. Thick collar and nice surface wisps.

Smell - Sharp citrus. Lemony tartness. Citrus hops. Grassy and herbal character. Yeasty aromas.

Taste - Yeasty and tart. Lemon zest tartness. Grassy. Almost a salty flavor in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Pleasantly tart. Medium body.

Overall - It's not a standout saison for Hill Farmstead and I definitely have no idea what Nordic means, but I enjoy it quite a bit.

Jul 29, 2014
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like a cross between Arthur & Anna. The honey is light and adds a touch of sweetness and complexity to a bone dry farmhouse ale. Quenching and light. A beautiful beer to pair with food. The carb is spot on as well as the full body. A bit of a haylike scent on the nose but nothing too noteworthy. Excellent beer.

Feb 20, 2015
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jacewg from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Jul 29, 2014
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dkboston from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Aug 08, 2014
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Bockerdoppel91 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Nov 11, 2014
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breadwinner from California

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Whew, big Brett funk out of my bottle, almost compost-like at times, in some ways intriguing, in others off-putting. Settles into a similar HF-saison vein, with the tartness of the brew eventually winning out.

Apr 26, 2015
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jaasen64 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.1%

Sep 02, 2014
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Masters from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 14, 2016
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SwG237 from New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 18, 2015
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knicks19947 from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 15, 2015
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williamjbauer from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 27, 2015
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Onestophopshop from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 12, 2015
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OldCrustacean79 from Connecticut

4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dec 19, 2014
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AleHunter805 from California

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 08, 2015
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Lare453 from Florida

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 07, 2015
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souredonbeer from Washington

4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 04, 2015
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iatethecloudsfor from Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dec 18, 2014
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Ace1117 from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 09, 2018
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FondueVoodoo from Canada

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jan 11, 2015
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Narthax from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 24, 2016
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RobinLee from Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 11, 2017
Nordic Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 624 ratings