Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
4.72 | pDev: 6.14%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Clover (2005-2014) was a grey cat. Simple. Yet, a few moments with her quickly revealed an independent, playful, occasionally subdued and reflective personality, one that held sway where she might roam. Clover was our compatriot, our guardian of grain, our huntress and our muse. We did not own Clover; she graced our presence.

Batch 2 - 2019 is a blend of Ann and Art (batch 1 also had Flora in it) that had been aged for 12 to 22 months—guided by her lingering spirit towards a beer of elegance, grace and patience. As often our Clover would, this beer took its own path and its own time to become what it is now; an effervescent, refined reflection of both our melancholy for her departure, but most importantly, our joy in traveling with her for a while.
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.99/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 2 opened from fridge temp on 9/21/20

Pours a golden straw with minimal head that dissipates completely.

Nose starts with honey, giving way to lemon, faint vanilla, hay/barnyard, buttery oak, dust.

Taste follows with subtle honey, green apple, oak, barnyard , floral hop, pepper, and dust, minimal vinegar.

Feel is soft textured, minimal carb, medium body, dry.

Overall, excellent from pour to sip. The nose is complex that leads to a just as complex taste. The feel makes this so easy to drink.

Sep 22, 2020
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.74/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2, drank on 7/14/2019 - thank you goes to jhavs. Light, funky, nice straw and lemon. Tons of barnyard to the nose, a bit salty. This is tremendous - Hill Farmstead has taught me to love funk.

Sep 30, 2019
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on Oct. 19, 2016

Pours cloudy golden amber orange with a dense creamy lasting white foam head. Smells like honey, oak, sweet grains, apple, pear, lemon, apricot, sweet white grape, wine barrel, sweet spice, mild funk, banana, vanilla, dill, hints of vinegar, dust, with some earthy floral hops. Tastes incredibly balanced and easy drinking with flavors of sweet honey, malty grains, oak, wine barrel, grape, apple, pear, lemon, apricot, banana, sweet spice, mild funk, minimal tartness, vanilla, dill, slight hints of vinegar, dust, with some floral earthy hop notes. Feels soft, smooth, almost juicy, creamy, medium plus bodied, dry with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great beer.

May 21, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

tasting notes from B1

pours out an essentially clear gold tinged straw color, bright white head is thin with big bubbles and quickly recedes. honestly looks stunning, especially given that it was bottled 4 years ago and originally brewed who the fuck knows when... 6 or 7 years ago?

aromas are originally sort of subdued when its colder, but always wonderfully enticing none the less. as it warms there is an immense bouquet of white wine, floral and grassy, lemon pith and peel, honey comb,toasted oak, vanilla, green apple, slightly musty earth, mellow funky straw quality and hints of nectarines. the beautiful wine, lemon, and honey scents set this one apart in my mind, potentially the best smelling beer ive encountered.

on palate there is this wonderful vinous quality invoking white grape/white wine, mellow tannins, oak, vanilla, more of that crisp and tart green apple, lemon character, bright acidity, slightly lactic, hints of under ripe nectarines and peach skin, peppery spice, grassy and slightly floral, straw and earthy qualities. if i could explain in three words - bright, complex, clean. there is certainly a fair amount of tartness in here, with green apple, lemon, and under ripe white grape leading the way, but its kept well in check by funky complexity, wine flavors, grain character, and oaky notes. having cracked flora B7 two nights ago, I can definitely see the parallel flavors but this one has a ton more depth to it in terms of funky complexity. on mounthfeel is sort of still but somehow manages to retain this very subtle effervescence to it.

this is perfect, prior to drinking this I was immensely hyped, and worried that a beer could not live up to such an expectation ... but what i encountered was a beer so far beyond what i could have imagined. 5++++

Mar 11, 2019
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a Clear gold with a thin white head that recedes immediately. It has high carbonation. The beer smells of lemon, orange, pear, and oak. It tastes lightly tart, with lemon, apples, pears, wine, and light funk. The feel is light and dry. An excellent Saison from Hill Farmstead.

Dec 16, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at GAB bottle share
Light fizzy head, decent retention, hazy blond lemon color

Nose soft creamy wheat, grainy notes, faint honey and nice farmhouse funk, little lemony, some buttery oak

Taste a little weird then really nice, honey and creamy wheat malt, little winey, fair acidity and lemony, tart little flemmy, mild buttery oak, drier finish

Mouth is lighter bod, fair acidity lighter carb, little flemmy

Nov 24, 2018
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Ready4aHeady from New York

4.09/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love HF saisons, especially le sarrasin, flora, and sue...didnt really get much from clover however,.... maybe ill try it again some day because the hype was lost on me this time around....

Mar 18, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.74/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375mL bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed bulb. 2015-03-12 bottled date. Original owner, purchased at the brewery during release.

Pours a lightly hazy sunny yellow effervescent body with a small white head that reduces pretty quickly to leave a ring of lacing and spotty lacing.

Aromas are mesmerizing and complex and really intensify as it warms up. Citrus, white wine and oak sit center stage, with lightly fruity green apple and grapes not too far behind. There's a zesty pepperyness in there as well with straw and funk in the background.

On the tongue is a delicate tartness with notes of citrus and funk, hay and grapes and a little grainy, dry white wine on the follow through with a solid amount of oak. Very, very smooth and drinkable, crisp and light with a little less carbonation than I was expecting.

Clover is the real deal. It reminds me a lot of Flora with a bit more complexity and oak.

Oct 14, 2017
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frasergrove from California

4.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with little to no head - akin to a white wine. Aroma is light and nuanced - pepper, lemon, minor funkiness with a rounded body. Flavor is delightful and nuanced as well...tartness, some biscuit, lemon zest as well. A wonderful beer.

Oct 13, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 2.3.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright golden straw color, hazy and cloudy complexion with a thin, soapy finger of white head, little retention but large swatches of soapy lace. The aroma is crazy bright, lemon acidity with soft grain at first bringing out beautiful wildflower aromas with a touch of earthy oak, white wine and light fruity funk. The flavors are beautifully tart, tangy citrus with light pitted stone fruits, peach and apricot with a delicate white wine acidity, smooth oak barrel adds a touch of heft and a bit of earthiness to balance the beer with soft pale grain, light yeasty funk and mineral water. The mouthfeel is good, a heavier more full body that lacks a bit of needed carbonation but still lively and bubbly with a coating and dry finish.

Verdict: A delicious blended beer from Hill Farmstead. Extremely flavorful and exceptionally well balanced, very tart and almost borders on sour but the restraint shown is wonderful. So complex, delicate and bright, bursting with flavor.

Aug 29, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

4.35/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright, strawy golden color with a very small head, which immediately receeds to a thin lacing atop the liquid.

Smells of citraic cellar dust, together with a good amount of mushrooms and wet grass. Has a moldy funk presence to it, which acts nicely as a balance to the prominent citrus. Develops a gentle potato sweetness, together with lots of old hay and a whiff of dried wild berries - pretty complex and well nuanced.

Drinks very soft with a sparkly effervescence in the finish, due to a mineralic quality. Light bodied, easy drinking, while unfolding a plethora of flavors at the same time.

Tastes of sweet straw and white bread dough, which immediately get coated up by dry lemon pulp and a mineralic, bubbly refreshment. Dried white wine grapes and a prominent acidity, tamed by the funk set the bar once the lemon bitterness is dialed in. Turns more mature and subltle the longer this is on the palate, with blueberries, lemon grass, and a scoop of orange jam. Finishes with its initial, calming softness, citrus, which almost entirely has lost its bitterness and soft oak among fruity white grapes and white bread dough.

Tasty throughout, this one has a lot lambic reminiscences. For example its funk and higher acidity, but those get mellowed effectivly by the barrels and a lovely sweet peak, creating a powerful, old and complex Saison.

Aug 28, 2017
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a unmarked oversized wine glass at Hill Farmstead.

A~ clear light yellow with a little head and a little lacing.

S~ acidic up front a little bready brett and lemon/lime.

T~ follows the nose for the most part way more acidic here. clawing sugar that really stays with you like after eating a lot of sour candy.

M~ nice carb but very clawing like i said.

O~ sooooo... bad bottle? getting very acidic? it was still very enjoyable but i really don't like the clawing feel on this one. glad i was able to have it on-site.

Aug 07, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.53/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Pours a bright lemon yellow body, slightly hazy, one finger white head, perfect retention with bits of lacing. Smell is oak, mineral, farmhouse funk, slight straw, mild acetic acidity, touch of zest and citrus. Flavour follows, citrus, zest, hay, light farmhouse funk, mild vinegar acidity, light vinous character, mineral, bit of oak. A lot going on here, but this is a fairly restrained beer, really drinkable with a fair bit of complexity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, perfectly carbonated, dangerously drinkable that one has to pause to appreciate the beer for what it is. Overall, a very tasty barrel aged saison. This didn't have as much of Flora as it did Art; but I've never had Ann so I can't draw a direct comparison to that one, unfortunately.

Jun 04, 2017
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M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Head is approximately half an inch high with some retention, and stylish lacing. The pour itself is lively; slightly transparent via a glowing golden, orange color

S: Aroma is of vinous acidity with grapes, melon, lemon, citrus, and slight candy appeal. The brett, oak, and malt play nicely amongst a quite floral, herbal, and earthy brew

T: Palate is once again kept busy with the subtleties of melon, honey, lemon, grapes, vanilla, some barrel character, and fitting acidity. The convergence of earthy funk, fruit, and dryness to the “taste” is exquisite

M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body/feel. Skillfully balanced: soft and pillowy, fruity, sweet, creamy, and barnyard funk

O: Spick-and-span – Ann, Art, and Flora are proficiently blended; a delicate, thought-provoking story

May 31, 2017
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facesnorth from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First bottle I had very fresh, and was a huge let down. 2nd bottle a few months later was awesome. However, I'd still rather have any of the 3 beers on their own that make up this blend.

May 04, 2017
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Clover is another gem from Hill
Look: Nice Yellow pour
Smell: Great funk with subtle barrel smell
Taste: Really nice, not tart at all, classic Hill Farmstead subtle funk
Feel: Really nice and smooth. Loved it.

Apr 25, 2017
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of opening a bottle of Ann 2014 vintage recently. Such an amazing beer! In my opinion this is right behind Ann. Really special beer. Highly recommended!

Apr 17, 2017
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craftnewb from Virginia

5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Meow. Such a fantastic beer my HF. I can def hear clover meowing when opening the bottle. The initial mouthful was amazing. Such a great light and refreshing beer to drink in the summer time.

Apr 17, 2017
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TheBlueJerzzzz from Virginia

5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Such a terrific beer. Had at a share this past weekend and this was unanimously voted as the best. Had this with Cycle, De Garde, 3F and this took the first prize.

Apr 17, 2017
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brians52 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the most underrated beers that hill farmstead has made. Really not sure where some of the negative reviews are coming from. Gold in color, slightly tart - refreshing and light.

Apr 17, 2017
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Mpontiakos from Virginia

5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a gem! Did not see that coming. Clover surprised me with how crisp it was. Highly recommend. @brians52 literally couldn't speak after his first sip.

Apr 17, 2017
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yasky from Canada (ON)

4.86/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Golden yellow pour, miniscule head. White wine, oak, citrus dominate the aroma, light vinegar. Citrus, wheat, white wine, oak in the taste, sweet candy notes (lemon drops), tannic, fairly sour. Lower carbonation, perfect mouthfeel. Awesome.

Apr 05, 2017
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall it is a very nice BA blend from Hill Farmstead; but for what this commands on the secondary market, I honestly don't think it's worth it. At this point, I feel like I've had much better HF things at much less of a hit to my cellar.

Jan 09, 2017
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tapperm from Iowa

5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Slightly hazy golden pale
S: Slight oak and slight bretty funk
T: A little sweet. Not much tartness in the jaw.
F: Very soft and nicely carbonated
O: Amazing brew. Hill knocks another one out of the park!

Jan 09, 2017
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NathanStelter from Iowa

4.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best Wild I have consumed to this point in my life. I am an IPA guy but couldn't pass up a pour of this when I had the chance! Amazing beer!

Jan 09, 2017
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