Dorothy (2015) | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
614
pDev:
6.89%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
125
Trade:
13
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 614
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 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 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 Sparty1224
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on date is a little smeared, but seems to be somewhere in 2015, maybe September. Anyway, looking at least 3 months old at this point, likely more.

A: Pours a very beautiful hazy yellow-golden color. Huge 4-5 finger, white foamy head with just the most gentle of pours. That while yeast just going crazy here.

S: Very earthy, alive. Lemon notes, lemon zest, orange peel, white grapes, apricot.

T: Simple, yet so refined. Classic HF yeast flavors coming through. Tart, but not sour. Get a little hop burst with the dry-hopping at the back of the palette.

M: Very clean and balanced. Light, dry, refreshing. This is what I love most about HF beers, their attention to detail and crafting the finest beer they can, each and every time. Loads of carbonation, but it's all in the head from the yeast.

O: Another great beer from HF. This one is simple, not trying to make a huge statement, but so what. You take an idea, and you perfect it, and that's what they do overtime. Huge pleasure to drink. This isn't one of their more tart or earthy or funky offerings, and gets very traditional with the dry-hopping, but that's okay. They still make it work.

Recommendation: May not come up as the most popular HF beer, but they can do no wrong. Try it if you can find it.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy light yellow and white head that has a mix of tight bubbles and larger ones. Dissipated over time. Aroma is fresh cut grass, citrus, slight spice (think noble hop spice) and a bit of lemon tartness. Flavor is lemon, grass (like a green flavor you can't put a finger on), bit of spice, and HF signature yeast flavors. Finishes dry and quick. Slight flavor lingers but it's the lemon and hops that finish. Medium mouthfeel with great carbonation. Really nice. Not sure whether I prefer this or the table version better. Both are great.

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

Pour: On draft at the Jeffery in NYC. Poured into a tulip glass. Appearance: Hazy and golden straw in color. Thick white head with a good amount of lacing present. Aroma: Big barnyard funk and Brett notes. Spicy and peppery with citrus as well. Taste: Funky and Brett. Barnyard on the tongue. Hints of sulphur. Very clean and parties with your tastebuds. Slightly bitter. Aftertaste: Sulphur and Brett. Very complex with a long linger. Funk on the back end as well. Overall: Amazing. Complex. Excellent!

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Photo of John_M
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hmmmm..... I could swear the bottle I opened last night listed the abv. at 4.5%.

The beer pours a slightly cloudy gold color with decent head retention and light lacing. The beer smells very nice, as I get some hay, light dry citrus and a light overlay of sour funk. The sour funk aroma is interesting, as I pick up none of it on the palate. The hay and light bitterness show up on the palate, with some light clove and spice as well. The beer is quite light on it's feet, with the low alcohol enhancing the beer's drinkability. While a bit simple and one dimensional (as others have pointed out), this beer is still very pleasant and easy to drink.

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Photo of beergoot
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Front Range BBQ

Cloudy, pale yellow body with a thin yet lasting white head. Spicy, peppery, lemony aroma. White pepper flavor, yeasty. Medium body; coarse; mild heat on the palate; powdery, dry finish.

Pungent and spicy about sums things up. Not much in the way of funk or tartness. A nice, quirky little saison.

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Photo of citizencane
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Smells like sour grapes and barnyard funk, in a good way. Taste is somewhat similar but more tart. Looks okay and mouthfeel is about average. Overall, tasty and would definitely order again without much hesitation.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on draft in a tulip

Bright yellow with a hint of gold. Two finger head with nice lacing. Orange, lemon zest on the nose, Amarillo hops came to mind. Clean and crisp lemon taste, malty feel, and subtle bitter finish. Sudsy on the mouth with no hint of alcohol. Very clean. Excellent beer!

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Photo of pagriley
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750 into snifter

Pours hazy pale straw with huge billowing head
Very bretty up front with hints of citrus peel behind
brett funk and tart with quite a bitter finish
Light and crisp

Overall a nice beer, but one dimensional

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Photo of Parmesan
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy yellow color with a white fizzy head and nice lacing.

S: Quite a bit of funky Brett, lots of citrus, orange grapefruit and lemon.

F: lots of funky Brett, lots of citrus orange, grapefruit, tartness and lemon peel with a nice slight lemon peel bitterness.

F: Good carbonation, light mouthfeel.

O: Definitely lives up to the Hill Farmstead hype

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Photo of KEEPonPOURING
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - pours a lovely yellow haze with a pale white head
S - very sutle on the nose, pleasant, but very sutle citrus
T - one ups the nose on the citrus with a light tartness and a great balance of hop to match the zest of orange and lemon
F - great carbonation...right on the money
O - this is a a great beer. I wish the nose was more potent, but I can live with it. I need more of this asap!

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

Poured from a bottle date 03/15 into the modified tulip glass.
A - First pour was wonderfully clear, with strong carbonation feeding a snow white cap.
S - Initially funky, then a massive run up of saison, lemongrass,and delicate grains.
T - Citrus, aged orange, lemon drops and a fine thin thread of funkiness runs these all together.
M - This is the strong suit here, mouth feel is delicate leaving the flavors to run over the palate in full exploration. Carbonation is clean and does not interfere in any way.
O - Finest of all the table pale ales, executed and offered in a way that only leaves desire for more.
Cheers

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale straw with a big fluffy, soapy head. Good aroma of a farmhouse ale, hoppy but not too hoppy. Same for the taste, very smooth and drinkable. Great beer.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Light straw pale body with a nice fluffy head. Aroma is sweet barnyard. Beer seems pretty danky, in a good way to me. Nice blend of hops and sweet barnyard taste.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy saison, on tap at Mug's Ale House. Good drinkability, and meets the description though nothing very outstanding. Fresh and lacy, cloudy mid-yellow.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fruit. Mangoes, papaya, tangerine, citrus rind, pineapple, minerals and brett. Lots of carb helps to push the flavors around my mouth. Dry, oaky, medium finish. Pretty good, but I liked the first batch a little bit better. More juicy hop character. I can see this has its merits though.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pretty hazy yellow with a boisterous and fluffy white head. Smell and taste are of fresh flowers and grassy hops, hay, citrusy lemon, crisp spiciness, and barnyard funk. Creamy, delicate mouthfeel. A fantastic saison.

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Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and a thick coating of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops—lemon and orange seem to stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with notes of funk from the Brett.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of citrusy hops, which contribute a moderate amount of bitterness, and strong notes of Brett in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very nice balance between the city hops and the Brett, as both are prominently featured in the smell and taste but neither are overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Sep-17-2015


A:
Pours a super cloudy light gold/straw with a big, fluffy white head that very slowly drops to a fat, rocky little cap. Very good retention; soapy lacing. (4)

S:
Bright citrus aromas. Floral yeast and fruity hops mixed evenly, lemon zest, soap, honeysuckle, fresh cut grass. (4.25)

T:
Citrus and yeast. Similar to the aroma. Bready saison flavor with underlying citrus oil bitterness and some light tart/sweetness; there is a little funky brett character but it is just in the background holding the beer together. (4.25)

M:
A very active carbonation with a light-medium body and a dryly bitter finish. (4)

O:
Very good beer.
Everything is together, balanced, and 'as it should be' (according to me). The yeast and dry-hop flavors blend seamlessly and make for a sweet, floral, spicy, dry, citric brew. It is nice-looking in the glass and nice in every other way as well.
Lots of citra aroma upon popping the bottle. In the glass and going down it is balanced and well-made with a nice balance struck between the different components. This is a common thread among the HF beers I have been lucky enough to try.
Great. I would definitely have it again. (4.25)

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Photo of Oswick
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the look and feel. The smell put me off a little bit. Still figuring out what I'm smelling exactly. The taste is good, not great. It pops in your mouth. Hits all the tastebuds.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huuuuuge billowing head as it is poured into a pre wetted glass, ended up sticking around for a little while. Very hazy, very pale with a tinge of yellow corn color. Lemon tartness, hints of passion fruit, underlying sweetness on the nose. Very crisp, a bit light in the body, with a lingering tart note on the end of the tongue. Earthy bitterness with mild funk. An enjoyable dry hopped saison, refreshing and bright.

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Dorothy (2015) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 614 ratings