Leaves Of Grass: January 15, 2016
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Leaves Of Grass: January 15, 2016Leaves Of Grass: January 15, 2016
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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
not listed
Score:
90
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 8.65%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
42
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
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SCORE
90
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Notes: With the assistance of our dear friend Matt Dinges of Good Provisions, this iteration the Leaves of Grass series is a Farmstead ale brewed with oats, lime zest, lime juice, and salt and aged in wine barrels.

Leaves of Grass represents our brewery's collective pursuit to create, explore, and challenge. For each batch, we employ uniquely different processes and ingredients. This particular batch was aged for an extended period of time in wine barrels.
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4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a Skrip's Big Day tulip.

A~ glowing copper with a fluffy, bubbly head and a lot of lacing.

S~ a ton of wine barrel funk and white grapes up front followed by a little lime and wheat.

T~ more complex here with a ton of white wine/white grape funk. some type of melon mid-pallet followed by some lime and salt to finish it off. like a weird white grape margarita.

M~ the mouthfeel takes away from it a bit for me. the salt gives it a thick feel and makes it very clawing. keep in mind i'm not one for salt though! otherwise good carb.

O~ definitely one of the most complex LoG in the series. i'm loving the white wine funk! i told myself i wouldn't make it through this series but i stand corrected! they keep getting better and better!

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Photo of jhavs
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into fluted snifter.

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

This one pours golden straw color with a light haze, hint of tan in the foamy head. Head pops itself out, rings the glass with a thin collar and whispy lacing decorates the glass.

Aroma of lime zest and a slight earthy grass. Barrel and tartness become more accentuated as the brew warms.

Flavor is crisp and refreshing. Lime tastes fresh and zippy. Light salinity mixes nice with the earthiness from the barrel and grain.

Lighter side of medium body, but not thin. Oats bring body. Carbonation is moderate.

A brew that is delicate and complex at the same time. Refreshing and clean, but not light or thin.

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Photo of kevanb
2.53/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle, January 15, 2016 stamped on the front of the bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 1.8.2017, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright golden color, lightly cloudy with a finger of white head, loose bubbles, spotted lace and no head retention. The aroma is really salty, lime citrus bursts out with some underlying lemon acidity, somewhat floral with a touch of oak and pale doughy malt and mineral water. The flavors are right in line with the nose, super salty with lots of lime, pale grain, earthy wildflower, mineral water, more grain builds as it warms with earthy and chewy french oak. The mouthfeel is nice, medium body that is quite lively with active carbonation, bubbly and crisp but gentle and pleasant with a very tart finish.

Verdict: A very weird and unusual beer from Hill Farmstead. Obviously going for a Margarita inspired beer, but it just ends up tasting like cheap mix and while super salty up front, ends up being sweet and tart and just unpleasant.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 5/18/16
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The appearance is a nice tiger's eye gold that lets plenty of light through, but isn't clear. There's a good amount of fine head.

The smell is funky, pungent citrus. It's both concentrated lime juice and concentrated lemon juice. I haven't even tasted it, and it's getting me salivating.

The taste is plenty tart with every sip, but that very quickly gives way to buttery mellowness. I certainly get salt, too. The tart lime is what sticks around the most. It's not notably complex, but it is extremely well executed. Straightforward and simple, yet all so good.

The buttery aftertaste is really enjoyable. And I'd say that this is one of the silkier brews I've had. The aftertaste actually kind of shades toward popcorn. There's still a little lime in the back of my throat, too.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle. A little hazy. Golden body. Smells of lime, lime acidity, and a little white wine. Tastes really limey. Wow. Lime and white wine are both strongly accentuated. Back end has a little bitterness and some salt/mineral flavor. Light body. Well carbonated. Impressive. These Leaves of Grass beers are just starting to become very good.

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Photo of aleigator
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed, golden-yellow color, with a small ring of white lacing.

Very lemon forward on the nose with a noteable zest quality, scented dried lemons and a sour-sweet fruity peak, muffled up into a dusty mushroom funkiness.

Drinks very soft, with a sparkly carbonation, tingling the tongue, complimenting to a light, sour, refreshing beer, which packs a balancing lemon bonbon sweetness.

Tastes of lemons from the beginning till the end, together with a soft white bread dough malt foundation. The beer doesn't turn overly sour at any given point, or acetic, it produces a bright, fruity tartness instead, which turns lemon bonbon sweet at the end.

This tastes like aqueous lemonade with a fair amount of sugar in it, very well balanced and soft on the palate. Apart from the lemon there is not much else going on, which is alright, since the citrus fruit succeds at exhibiting an intriguing depth.

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Leaves Of Grass: January 15, 2016 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 42 ratings