Dorothy (Wine Barrel Aged)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Dorothy (Wine Barrel Aged)Dorothy (Wine Barrel Aged)
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Belgian Saison
Ranked #10
Ranked #233
4.54 | pDev: 5.73%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Dorothy (Wine Barrel Aged)Dorothy (Wine Barrel Aged)
Notes: Farmstead ale dry-hopped and aged in wine barrels.
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 231 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.96/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some oak and Brett with light vinous notes is quite enticing. Taste is a great mix of tart notes with some oak and Brett notes with light vinous notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very enjoyable saison but maybe not as complex as I had expected.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3. Thanks Brian for sharing. Shared from 750mL bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a lightly hazy straw glowing body with a frothy white head that leaves good retention and lacing

Aromas of funk, oak, citrus, green apple, very inviting. On the tongue its crisp and funky, hay and straw, green apple, a little peppery. Very nicely balanced and delicate. Light carbonation and body. I could easily finish a bottle.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yeasty, fairly dry, and a reasonable barrel presence - wine notes are subtle, but grapes can definitely be distinguished. The nose is just a bit floral and quite pleasant.

Light, but thick, and quite easy to drink. Complex. Very good.

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Photo of JLK7299
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the first beer I ever had from Hill Farmstead and boy was in memorable. What a great first trip it was and getting to enjoy this made it the best!

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Photo of bobv
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle.
Bottled 2016 06 08.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1/2 inch white clear over a super bright golden body with some sticky lacing. Nose of funk first, followed by a bit of citrus, a tad of tropical fruit, and hay/straw, with some slight herbal/floral notes as well. Beautiful flavors of candied citrus, pink grapefruit, white grape, and finishing with grapefruit pith and just the slightest hops. Nice feel and overall, I know I waited too long to open this but, it's still fantastic! Cheers to Shaun and his crew for another world class effort!

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Photo of jheimbigner
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2/18/2018 consumed 2/16/2019

Poured into a Hill Farmstead etched glass

L - pours a golden hay color with a 1.5 inch almost white head that dissapates into a nice lace. Not as crisp of color as I expect from some of HF ba saisons
S - lime rind hits the nose first followed by green apple. As it warms start to get a hay/barnyard aroma and the oak comes though nicely. Additionally the hop sent develops as it sits. With a deep breath can get hits of ethenol.
T - it has been some time since I have drank regular Dorothy, but remember it not being my favorite due to the bitterness. Initially get hop bitterness on the tip of the tounge. This is followed by a fantastic light barnyard funk. Finishes with citrus and citrus rind bitterness and the oak does start to come through the more I consume. Very slight acidity. I do get minerality.
F - absolutely plays on the tounge. Light, effervescent and does not coat the tounge at all.
O - for being the easiest of the ancestry series, I think I could try to get more bottles. It is very complex and unlike the non BA version I enjoy the bitterness immensely

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Photo of Sabtos
4.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sparkling clear yellow-gold with a tall bright white foam settling to a persistent blanket with a slight cling at the edges.

Smell is hay, straw, wild herbs and orchard fruits with a touch of toasted oak and a hint of lime rind.

Taste is grassy hay, lemon and apple, with more brett forward funk and bitterness than regular. Tart and crisp with a tingly semi-dry swallow, a touch of woodiness comes out on the exhale. Overall very well balanced and extremely drinkable.

This isn't the drastic transformation from the base that other barrel aged Hill saisons are, and it's barely more tart. Considering Dorothy is a stellar beer in its own right, I'm still very satisfied with this sip of sunlight on this uncharacteristically sunny Northeast Ohio day.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

B2 April 4, 2017

pours out a mostly clear brilliant golden straw color, creamy bright white head with suds atop and great retention. aromas of lemon, hay, fresh cut grass, floral, oak, mellow earthy funk, spice and bright citrus peel in there. on palate there is the above mentioned notes with even more depth and coherence. quite a pungent hit of fruity citrus and fuzzy peach flavor dancing in there, almost invoking characteristics of a NEIPA. but there is this beautiful funky dryness and oak character to balance it out. hay, fresh cut grass, lemon peel, musty grape skin, white grape, mellow acidity, oaky sweetness hinting at vanilla. the feel is so effervescent and crisp, wonderfully complimenting the flavor profile.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2/28/2018 bottle shared with 5 others. Poured into a tulip glass. Poured a clear golden color with a bubbly, effervescent white head that lingered. Aromas of funk, oak, hay and subtle acidity fill my nose. Not much of a farmhouse aroma here as I feel like the barrel aging did away with that. Taste is divine. Tart, oaky, subtle acidity in the finish. Muted layers of farmhouse here but not very prevalent. Feel is light and bubbly. Almost champagne like. Damn good. Overall, this is an outstanding brew. HF already makes world class non BA saisons and when you toss them into a barrel, they elevate to a whole new level.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have had Dorothy before and think it’s wonderful. This bbl aged, dry hopped version is spectacular and I am so glad I shared it with a friend who appreciated it as much as I did. Smooth and tasty. To be sipped and savored. My taste buds are overwhelmed. Yay HF

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Photo of cbutova
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- 750ml bottle into a small chalice with a mostly clear golden body and a thick frothy white cap. Good head retention and a fluffy ring remains at the edges. Thick sheets of lace form at each sip.

S- Hill Farmstead terroir with some added hops, such an amazing combonation. Lactic tartness from the bigs with notes of underripe stonefruit, passionfruit, apricot, Bretty barn funk, vinous oak and a very slight acetic hint. Bright and balanced between the hops and bugs.

T- The hops provide some more balance here as the Brett goes up and the lactic bacteria goes a bit down. Herbal, floral and fruity (stone/citrus) hops with lactic yogurt, fresh crushed wheat, vinous wet oak, vanilla oak degradation and underripe tart apricots. Horsey and a bit barney but still balanced wonderfully.

MF- Light body with a solid frothy texture and a high level of carbonation. A hint of slickness and a tart ending.

The base beer gets some vinous oaky feels. Wonderful balance between all of the elements and the barrel suits one of the best HF beers there is.

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Photo of aleigator
4.91/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy golden color with a huge, froth head.

Smells very promising and complex - the nose is filled with dried herbs, lemon zest and a note of orange juice, as well as white bread dough and wet hay. There is a cookie sweetness coming from the hay, which gets almost entirely swallowed by the tart lemon presence, but manages to cut through. A whiff of old basement, together with some wooden mold establish a fantastic counterpart to the bright fruitiness.

Has a soft and light mouthfeel, which got a well nuanced sparkly, mineralic carbonation to it, which becomes most present during the finish, lending a well deserved refreshing note to the beer.

Tastes of ripe wheat, which gets immediatly overpowered by tart lemon and juicy orange, together with a slowly evolving herb dryness of mint and oregano, which turns even more prominent in the finish. Maintains a very pleasant, mellow mouthfeel, which gets complimented by a sparkly, well dosed mineralic carbonation, adding to the dryness. Its cookie sweetness from the nose, together with some subtle blue cheese funk, create a wonderful complexity, which does not distract from the lemon at all.

That is an incredibly well made, complex and tasty beer, it is mindblowingly good. All aspects come together in perfect order, enriching each other, balanced by the fantastic mouthfeel.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Golden honeycomb hues with a thin white head
S: Lemons, hay, slight mineral component, and a balanced funk
T: Even keeled citrus profile - grapefruit, lime, and lemon pith - complemented by a soft white wine note, oak, and that classic HF-style finish
F: Effortlessly soft and crisp mouthfeel
O: Another incredible saison from Hill Farmstead. Nicely complex profile with citrus, wine, oak, and a slight funk. Awesome.

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Photo of yasky
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold pour, hazy, larger head. White wine, grape, oak, yeast, slightly catty, citrus aroma. Nelson and citra hops give way to yeast, oak, white wine, white grape. Slight catty taste. Lighter body, drying mouthfeel. Stellar

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a mostly clear golden sunshine yellow, with a small head, and a very small amount of lacing.

This smells like chalky, minerally funk, with lots of citrus- mostly lemon lime and white pepper.

This tastes pretty good, but it's surprisingly mellow. It's a slow sipper, complex, and doesn't bash you over the head with a farmhouse anvil. I get sour lime, white wine, minerally funk, sweaty Brett, and grapefruit. There's much less of a hop presence here than the normal Dorothy, which is not surprising.

This is surprisingly creamy and soft, with a huge level of drinkability.

Hill Farmstead really cannot go wrong for me. This is exquisite.

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Photo of edthehead
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had onsite at Anniversary 2017, and it was amazing. So different than regular Dorothy, wouldn't recognize the association. Barrel Dorothy was golden and slightly opaque, fluffy lasting head, fruity, mild barrel tones, and smooth. Unbelievable, must try!

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.96/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a glorious example of why Hill Farmstead is probably the best brewery in the world. Complex layer upon layer of flavors, smells and mouthfeel that was simply amazing. I aged this for a year in my cellar and just spectacular....even better than when I had it last year.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer, very reminiscent of HF Sue--one of my all time favorites.... Nice Funky Saison with citrus and grapefruit bitterness on the finish, with a kick of dry hops, very concentrated and delicious!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The beer is hazy yellow with a small white collar. Aromas of citrus, funk, lemon, grass, spice, floral hops. Zesty, juicy, floral. Delicious. Elegant balance. Tangy and quaffable. Damn, this is tasty.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is based on the dregs (last in line for a pour). Pours a cloudy orange hue akin to Sunny Delight. Nose expresses citrus, rind a just a hint of the wine barrel. Taste follows nose - a little little yeasty, but to be expected considering the pour was off the bottom of the bottle. Mouthfeel is light in body with a mild, even carbonation. All and all, quite enjoyable; however, I'd like to revisit with a proper pour.

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Photo of Morey
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big upgrade over original Dorothy in my opinion. The wine barrel add so much complexity, and this was perfectly carbonated as well. Not a lot of bells and whistles with adjuncts and or fruit being added, just a beautiful barrel-aged Saison.

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Photo of jjdc
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has a wonderful bursting lemon mixed with pith that makes this complex, sophisticated and easy drinking. A major upgrade from regular Dorothy. Great offering, almost in the realm of Art, Ann and Le Sarrasin.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden. There's a musty grape aroma, some tropical hops as well. The aroma is incredible and it carries through into the flavor and feel. There's good wine barrel presence, but it's balanced by the Hill mixed culture and the dry hop. There is funkified tropical fruit and some grassiness on the finish. It's amazingly complex, super balanced, with no component overpowering the rest. BA Dorothy is a phenomenally delicate beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Pours a hazy golden yellow body, one finger thick head, short retention, bits of lacing. Typical HF saison appearance. Smells of grapefruit and citrus, more of a hop aroma, light bitterness and a bit of white wine sweetness and must. Light funk. Bits of oak. Flavour brings out more dry white wine grape, nice mustiness, light farmhouse funk, oak, and light acidity with a more grapefruit zesty bitterness. Very solid. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, good carbonation, light and bitter citrus and saison yeast on the finish. Smells like a Hill Farmstead IPA, but with more of a white wine twist and complexity to it. It's not necessarily one of the better saisons from this brewery, but for what it is, it is very nice.

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Photo of Skrip
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a Plan Bee Taster.

A~ yellowy orange with a tiny head and no lacing.

S~ tons of white wine funk! lots of lemon/lime up front followed by bretty hay and dank juicy hops... whoa!!

T~ more delicate here. more white wine funk followed by more lemon/lime. very slight bitterness from the hops which also adds a orange peel/lemon zest kind of feel and slight white pepper on the end. delicious!

M~ smooth with nice carb. the brett coats the tongue which makes it kind of clawing but it doesn't bother me! just helps to keep the flavor in (and around) your mouth hahaha!

O~ seriously one of the best barrel aged offerings from HF, up there with Art and Ann in my opinion! if it wasn't for the mouthfeel this would probably be perfect in my book! everything i look for in a crazy saison! don't sleep on this... or do! i'll take more =]

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