Leaves Of Grass: May 2, 2016
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Leaves Of Grass: May 2, 2016Leaves Of Grass: May 2, 2016
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
not listed
Score:
89
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 6.22%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
35
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  0
Gots
  5
SCORE
89
Very Good
Leaves Of Grass: May 2, 2016Leaves Of Grass: May 2, 2016
Notes: This iteration is a dry-hopped dark Farmstead ale fermented entirely in oak.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 35 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a super foamy and seemingly heavily carbonated dark reddish brown, with a big and fluffy head, and a good amount of lacing.

This smells like creamy chocolate, light smoke, citrusy funk, clove, dry wine, and caramel.

Hill Farmstead is just about the only brewery out there that makes dark sours/saisons that are enjoyable to me. This has a great malt character- creamy and semisweet chocolate, caramel, some light smoke, a nice crisp oak character, some light sour citrus, a bit of red wine, and grassiness. It's really nice and fairly unique.

This is fairly rich and has a solid body, with a higher level of carbonation.

I can always count on Hill Farmstead to produce highly unique and enjoyable beers.

Jan 15, 2018
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jhavs from New York

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into fluted snifter.

5 from LOG series sampled back to back by chronological order.

This one was bubbly from the get go. Pours dark brown with thick actively foamy tan head. Head settled very slowly.

Aroma has roasted malts, hint of citrus zest, earthy hops and barrel. The funk is noticeable in this ones aroma.

RIch malts and barrel followed by a hint of yeasty funk. The hops are earthy and citrus. Some bitter cocoa and lemon are noticeable components.

High active carb but not out of control. Settles into smooth brew with medium body.

More malt than others in the series, rich and earthy, but kept light by the citrusy hops.

Jun 09, 2017
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Relatively light. Huge carb that gushed repeatedly. Dry. Funky. Unmistakable HF yeast strain that is very clean and quenchingly dry. A light sweetness from the malty body but otherwise not distinctly different than their lighter bodied beers. Hints of floral and grassy notes from the hops. Very nice.

Jan 19, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle. The bottle slowly oozes brown foam out of the top. Pours a putrid brown with an ample khaki head. Really ugly beer. Smells kinda hoppy. Lightly lemony and citrusy. Tastes lemony and kinda hoppy too. Has some roasty and chocolately malts. Bitter and oaky in the back end. Earthy flavors in the finish. Medium light body, maybe even a little creamy. Surprisingly good. Wasn't expecting much from this.

Oct 11, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty black color ale with a large brown foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of oak, dry roasted malt with some quite particular funky notes. Taste is a mix of oak with dry funky notes and some roasted malt notes. Body is lighter then I was expecting with great carbonation. Not sure I really dig the yeast that was used here and the level of funk didn’t work with the rest of the flavours profile.

Oct 05, 2016
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Skrip from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Tired Hands tulip.

A~ dark as night with a huge tan head and a lot of lacing.

S~ dark roasted malts up front followed by a little bretty barnyard funk and lemony tartness.

T~ mostly follows the nose but gets a little weird here with a ton of black pepper and more wet dog like brett funk.

M~ over carbed but smooth overall.

O~ sadly this is probably my favorite of the series... i might have said that before haha! i'm a sucker for dark saisons but this one just didn't do it for me, Edith is a millions times better. I heard to wait on the bottles from this series as they only get better? i could see that with this one, i should have waited longer but you know how that goes haha!

Sep 01, 2016
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edward_boumil from New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a thin head, not quite 1 finger that dissipates to a thin, bubbly film. Color is a dark brown, almost mocha colored, near black and opaque. Looks somewhat turbid.
S: Complex aroma. There is a tart sort of funk present, somewhat like wine or grapes, and blackberries. Underneath that there is a sweet floral aspect. Also some earthy notes.
T: Soft orange citrus tartness, red grapes, blackberry, as well as other dark fruits such as plums or prunes. Behind these flavors are woody earth notes, think tannins. Finishes with a touch of crisp bitterness.
F: Despite being dark, its quite light in body. Tart and bitter flavors contrast nicely, keep the astringency and crispness in balance. Carbonation is medium. Slightly astringent.
O: This is a highly complex beer. Very challenging to the palate, presents flavors I'm not used to, and it is awesome. Loved this beer, seek it out.

Jun 22, 2016
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a large stem goblet, 52 degrees.
A - Worn saddle leather brown, opaque and mysterious. Steady streams of the tiniest spheres rise
and accumulate. A loose knit creamy froth of mocha color caps the offering.
S - Lightly toasted malts, cocoa powder, exotic floral element, a hint of claret wine, and balsamic reduction. The smells are tied bundled with a ribbon citrus. Quite delightful.
T - Grilled lemon slices over wood fire, a beautiful display of delicate roasted grain, mated with citrusy hop flavors, pineapple, guava, and mango.
F - Medium in body, the tart start sets of all the right reactions, paving the way for a sweet roll down the center of the tongue, the tart janitors clean that up with help from near perfect carbonation. The calling card is on the tongues edges left with tart tingle of the best kind.
O - As a series the Leaves of Grass allows the creative collective to work some magic. This offering is that effort on full display. A slightly roasty, tart, delight, complex and refreshing. I can only wish for this to be set as recurring offering.

Jun 19, 2016
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bobv from Vermont

4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: One inch head dissipates moderately slow.
Smell: Interesting fresh hop on the nose. The oak and roasted malt are present as well.
Taste: It tastes a bit familiar as if it was part of the CD 16? Nice sour hoppy bitterness. Intriguing.
Feel: Medium mouthfeel. Very pleasant.
Overall: They need to make more as I would buy this again!

Jun 18, 2016
Leaves Of Grass: May 2, 2016 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 35 ratings