Leaves Of Grass: December 4, 2015
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Leaves Of Grass: December 4, 2015Leaves Of Grass: December 4, 2015
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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
not listed
Score:
90
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 5.41%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
70
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  10
SCORE
90
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Notes: Leaves of Grass represents our brewery's collective pursuit to create, explore and challenge. For each batch, we employ uniquely different processes and ingredients, all of which further our understanding of the art and science of brewing.

A Farmstead Ale brewed with Vermont organic malted barley, Vermont organic malted wheat, Vermont organic malted oats, hops, chamomile, heather flowers, yeast and our well water, then fermented in an oak tank.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 70 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of MacSon1982
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: poured into a tulip glass. Bright golden yellow in color and is opaque to moderate light. Strong carbonation created a solid inch of head which stuck around for the majority of enjoyment. When drinking, the lacing was there but quickly fell back to the head and never left any distinct lines...

S: strong lemon presence, some wildflower notes, some spice and a light yeasty nose...

T: incredibly smooth at first, strong wheat grass flavors blend with a lime zest and chamomile. Slightly sour with a taste that resembles dandelion tea. A touch of hop adds a tiny bit of bitterness...

F: medium high effervescentness with a medium low mouthfeel. A bit thin but smooth.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle. Hazy yellow. Big white head. Smells of wheat, yeast, and some floral notes. Tastes better. Very light lemon tartness. Strong yeast and chamomile. Floral flavors in the back end. Light body. Well carbonated. Pleasant and subtle.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a soft looking hazy orange-ish, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells very floral, with some funky farmhouse yeast, chamomile, and light citrus.

This is a really nice but very soft beer. It's super mellow, which makes it very drinkable. It's very flowery, the chamomile and heather flowers come through very strongly, with some farmhousey funk. There's a little bit of oak, but not a whole lot.

This is really light and fluffy, pretty pillowy, with a normal level of carbonation.

A really nice farmhouse ale that tastes of the earth, and clouds. Wow, that last line was kind of lame.

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Photo of rjp217
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer. Nice light golden color with an absurd amount of lacing. Not much clarity. Aroma is somewhat muted, not much going on, maybe a little bit of dandelion. The flavor has some heavy chamomile and a strong mint presence. Also fairly dry in the finish. It's got some decent balance but the minty clove type flavors aren't my favorite type of thing. Interesting and different but not something I'd come back to.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

Pours a slightly hazy, golden-orange body, one finger white head, fair retention, not much lacing. Smells very floral, mild sulphuric aroma, graininess, mild tartness. This honestly makes me think of a very floral Arthur, and this works quite well. Flavour is slightly bit less floral, with tartness, graininess, a bit of herbal hops, but very much floral still. Imagine Arthur dry hopped with floral hops- this is what this is. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, creamy and very drinkable. A beer for any self-proclaimed Arthur lover.

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Photo of Skrip
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Other Half/Tired Hands Teku.

A~ light glowing yellow with a bubbly head and a little bit of lacing.

S~ kind of smells like Arthur at first with a ton of lemon/lime. along with a little smoke, a lot of spelt and some zesty wheat.

T~ not as flavor forward as the nose lead me to assume. otherwise the nose is pretty accurate just a bit muted. also some black pepper here and traditional saison yeast.

M~ nice carb and pretty smooth but a little watery...

O~ definitely the best of the series so far. i'm glad i decided to stick with it! basically Arthur Lite! hahaha

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Photo of FenderOffset238
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving - at the source for on-site consumption. 375ml poured into a single HF glass, in one steady pour.
Appearance - cloudy deep yellow. Thick, stable, foamy head. Settles to a halo of thin foam that delicately laces the glass.
Smell - like a bouquet of flowers; fades to a hints of fresh hay with a twinge of barnyard funk.
Taste - follows nose, slightly more delicate. Juicy citrus followed by bitter rind as the hops become more salient. Slightly tart, with little sweetness.
Mouth feel - juicy, cloud-like and dries the tongue post-swallow, leaving you ready for another mouthful.
Overall - a real treat, a beautiful exemplar of a floral saison. Each element - the malt, hops, yeast/funk, and adjuncts - complement each other with near perfection as to accentuate their best components. So happy to have had the chance to try this.

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Photo of kevanb
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, December 4, 2015 on the front of the bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 1.16.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a pale gold color, hazy and turbid with a finger of white head, exceptional retention and plenty of lace. The aroma is wonderful, herbal and floral to start, chamomile, wildflower, raw honey, definitely getting the heather flowers, yeasty banana with pale cereal grains that offer some rustic and sweet character. The flavors offer more of the same, big chamomile and heather flower presence, herbal and floral, cereal grain, lively funk, yeast spice, light clove accentuates the herbal nature of this beer with some bright fruits that linger well. The mouthfeel is impeccable, coating, thick, lively medium body, perfect carbonation that finishes with a creamy touch.

Verdict: A fantastic saison from Hill Farmstead, bright, delicate, herbal and floral. The adjuncts really help to add some nice complexities to the saison base and make for a beer that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a different taste profile as it warmed. I liked the flavor of the beer much better after it hit about 40 degrees. Look was a nice watery, cloudy yellow. Little to no head. The smell when it was cold was farmhouse yeast and plastic. The taste was plastic/band aid like underlying the nice farmhouse beer. As the beer warmed the plastic taste subsided and the beer was very tasty. The feel was extremely nice and easy to drink.

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Leaves Of Grass: December 4, 2015 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 70 ratings