Dorothy (2015) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.21/5
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613 Ratings
Dorothy (2015)Dorothy (2015)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
New iteration. Farmstead ale brewed with wheat, fermented with Brettanomyces, and hopped with Citra. Reminiscent of Wheat is the New Hops.

Added by shawn14526 on 03-28-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
613
pDev:
6.89%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
128
Trade:
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Photo of HopsnScotch987
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice hazy pale yellow to orange color with a thick two finger rocky foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds. The smell started off with a sharp sweet lemon rind and pulp combining over sweet freshly cut grassy tones. Lemongrass makes a subtle presence to blend nicely. The taste was mainly sweet with blends of the lemon, lemongrass, grass, and a light floral tones to balance. There’s a quick sweet lemon to floral aftertaste leading to a quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly smooth and allows sweet floral to honey rich tones to run over my tongue. Overall, hot damn, what a wonderful saison that is everything I expected and more. Absolutely stellar!

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Photo of dd43
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I sat on this beer way longer than I thought I was going to. As a citra dry hopped pale ale, much of what I'm sure was pungent and up front hop aroma has largely faded over the past year and a half. Replacing it however is a full expression of brettanomyces that I have to say is one of the more captivating examples I can recall of what brett is capable of.

Massive craggy and densely packed head. Laces exquisitely. Aromas of field grass, earth and rose water. Some lemon as well. Maybe a little rubbery, kind of hard to nail that down. There is some oxidized character in the middle of each sip, comes off a little papery. Malt flavor similar to Czech Pilsner though I don't believe any pilsner malt was used. It's definitely wheaty. Bitterness on the finish is mild, just enough to encourage continued drinking. Very well carbonated, tiny bubbles but they present nicely and lend a crispness that makes it hugely drinkable.

If I ever land another bottle of Dorothy I will not hesitate to drink it right away, regardless of bottle conditioning or the yeast used during fermentation. A super hoppy version of this beer, while it wouldn't have nearly the funk of what the brett did here, would be right up my alley.

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Photo of professorchow
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a glass from a bottle dated 9/16 and purchased at HF late in 10/16. Pours an appealing pale yellow with enduring 2 finger head. Wonderful aroma of lemons, hay, spices, Brett. Taste is citrusy, mildly tart and Bretty, with a subtle hoppy finish. Well carbonated, medium body, complements the flavor profile perfectly. Wish I'd bought more: it's a great saison.

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Photo of Prost76
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KingforaDay
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StuB617
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jvandever
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy bright yellow color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of funky Brett notes with some citrusy and tropical fruit notes with some Sauvignon notes also clearly noticeable. Taste is a great mix of floral Brett notes with some funky barnyard notes, some tropical fruit and citrusy dry hoppy notes are also noticeable with some white wine notes that are clearly apparent. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Definitely one of the best saison out there.

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Photo of heerboth
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lic217
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: light yellow, little hazy, long lasting head
Smell: Funky, citrus, tartness
Taste: Follows the nose,
Feel: very refreshing and smooth
Overall: Very nice refreshing beer

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Photo of ScottP
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage picked up at the brewery for $10 usd.

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Photo of Moestavern
3.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Run4theRoses
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kkazemi
3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sexton
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MamaHoney
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always happy to pour out one of these when I have company.
Perfect for a summer evening as it's light and refreshing.

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Photo of Zaximus
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jhfinn
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bfitzge2
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Dorothy (2015) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 613 ratings