Elaborative #4 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.13/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed in August of 2015 with our friends Brad Clark of Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery, Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave Artisan Ales and Cory King of Side Project Brewing, we once again brew this beer—inspired by the German radler—with ample amounts of grapefruit zest and juice, wheat, and oats. In perfect time for our Festival of Farmhouse Ales, where we'll be joined by these same friends again... this bright, aromatic Farmstead ale is a refreshing 3.2% abv and now in a larger format from the original release—for better sharing! Best enjoyed chilled between 40-45F.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 10-13-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,085
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
154
pDev:
6.05%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
11
Trade:
3
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlindros
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light fizzy head, hazy pear color

Nose tart fruity note, little funk, big Brett B funk and little sour Brett, bacteria notes and acidity, faint barrel

Taste big chardonnay like buttery oak and vinous funk, dry gritty funk, Brett, farmhouse funk, gritty dry Brett and little bacteria sourness, little sour lemon and fruity dry gritty flemmy funky finish

Mouth is med to lighter bod, tart flemmy sour, nicer fluffy carb

Overall petty interesting

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4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
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3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
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4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

a gathering of the titans on this one. i had heard others talk this one down a little bit, saying things like the citrus is way too much, or it fades out too fast in the cellar, or its not very interesting, but i just totally disagree with all of that. i thought this beer was incredible, and have to thank my man for sending this one out! a few things about this beer are striking. the first is the appearance. this might be the most pale beer ive ever had, barely a shade darker than white whine, glowing a soft yellow, with a bubbly and lasting active white head, big airy bubbles. its crystal clear until the bottom of the bottle, but i like the little haze the sediment casts in it, just gorgeous and delicate looking. another cool feature here is the oats in here, this is anything but boring for how light it is, and the oats give a neat cereal bottom to this that the grapefruit really loves. ive had the bottle a few months now and the citrus still seems as lively as ever, fresh and pungent and a little bitter. similarly, the hop in the beer, which are floral and juicy, are also tasting very fresh. a cool yeasty funk, maybe a little brett along with a saison type, it cant be all wild, but its really interesting too for how mild it is. what amazes me is how low alcohol this is, how its so flavorful, and how each aspect, grain, yeast, hops, and adjuncts all contribute so loudly to such a relaxed and easy going light beer. its the essence of refined craftsmanship, and it makes me love hill farmstead even more. crafting a beer like this is not easy to do, and they have nailed it! i want to drink this beer all day every day forever, its dessert island status for me. wonderful beer, everything i could have hoped for and more. genius really!

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle dated Sep. '16. Hope it's still good. Can't even remember where I got it, some trade. Poured into Behind the Veil glass.

L: Big foamy white head with good retention, leaves lots of sticky lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a clear light straw gold.

S: Grapefruit and yeast.

T: Lots of grapefruit up front. Flaked wheat and oats. Yeast. Slightly bitter, sour finish.

F: Light bodied, strongly carbonated. Very crisp and dry. Great construction and good balance.

O: Well, age didn't seem to hurt it much. Packs an awful lot of flavor into a 3.2% ABV ale. And like I always say when it comes to Hill Farmstead, I strongly suspect their well water improves the taste.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
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Elaborative #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 154 ratings