Arthur Puncheon
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Belgian Saison
4.51 | pDev: 3.99%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Arthur PuncheonArthur Puncheon
Notes: Arthur (1922-2005) was our grandfather's youngest brother; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings. In his honor, this version of Arthur was aged for many months in our puncheons--not quite Arthur, not quite Art, but magical all the same. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Arthur.
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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

this had an insane depth of funk - mellow barnyard character, hay, peppery spice, earthy must to it, oak, some wine character and bright lemony acidity. there is a really interesting flavor profile to this one, sour and fruity to an extent, but drinking more towards the funky side of things!

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Photo of Rifugium
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I mean, this is basically Art. A little less oaky, a little more sweetness, but it's basically Art. Rounding up and subtle differences aside, Arthur, Arthur Puncheon, and Art, are all essentially 5 star beers, and the paradigm of the American saison.

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Photo of kevanb
4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 4.10.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright golden color, straw hues with a hazy complexion and a foamy white head, good retention and lots of lace. The aroma is quite funky, lots of citrus with strong mineral water and buggy tartness, soft oak, very floral as it warms with some light grainy character. The flavors are nice, quite tart with lots of citrus, lots of tangy lemon, grapefruit, a touch of lime even, a hint of bitter rind with soft pale grain, mineral water, lingering floral character with a nice barrel presence as well, soft wood, pleasant funk, acidic bugginess. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, lively with a lighter medium body, quite tart and a crisp and dry finish.

Verdict: A good farmhouse ale from HIll Farmstead, very distinct from Arthur and also distinct from Art. It's lacking a bit of vinous quality that makes Art so great, but it's definitely an improvement over Arthur. It's more complex, more interesting, brighter and more delicate than the base beer. Really delicious beer.

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Photo of Frudel
4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We didn't know what to expect at all, Arthur is a wonderful beer already, what would happen when you age it in barrels? Can't be bad at all, we had to find out!

A hazy yellow straw liquid comes out of the neck dressed with a white foam hat that diminishes quite fast.

Nose is....what can we say..... Astonishing!! Not the farmhouse nose it used to be, it's much tarter, still funky, oaky, citrus forward.

A hell of a beer! The tartness is so complex, lovely mouthfeel, it reminds me the tartness of Works of Love : Tired Hands, a lot of citrus acid, lemon zest, some funk notes, light cereal. No doubt about the brewer who did that beauty.

I'm happy I was able to get a bottle! Merci Dominic!

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Photo of yasky
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lighter gold pour, hazy, smaller white head. Oak, citrus aroma, funky, light tartness. Lighter citrus up front, lemon zest, light grape, toasted malt, oak, rustic, light cellar notes. Lighter body. Extremely approachable. Un Gros Merci!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

from a quality standpoint, it really doesnt get any better than this. what the wood and the wine notes do here to an already incredible beer in arthur is just fantastic, but i also am not sure its an improvement. its hard to improve on a beer as good as as unique as arthur is, and i think the changes here are great, but its not as radical as i anticipated it would be. huge thanks to my man back east for sending this (and so many other vermont greats) out my way! like arthur, there is a slight astringency to the nose, somewhere between wild development and tannic grain, its really unique and endearing right off the bat. some wood here in nose and taste too, but its far from overwhelming, and suggests a pretty abbreviated ageing period, mellow out just a little, pick up some soft wood and wine elements but retain the character of the original, fully. i like the little bit sourer nature of this, and the botanical elements seem to be more at the fore as well, there is a lot going on in a very subtle and refined way, with the fundamentals of grain and yeast and hops still of course leading the way. the feel is strange in that its super dry and highly effervescent, which i love in the style, especially to this degree, but it also seems a little thinner to me than the original (we were lucky enough to have them side by side), like there isnt quite enough body there, or like the yeast continue to break it down while it rested in wood, so even though its a little more flavorful, its a little less round, which leads to a not quite perfect balance of flavor and feel that we have in the original. tangy to finish, winey, and just really darn good. i bet it will age like a boss, but i am glad we got to try it relatively fresh. special beer no doubt.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml capped bottle, served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow body, slight orange hue, one finger thick white head, good retention, thin film, moderate collar and lots of lacing. Smell is vinous, slightly sweet grain, light cobweb, oak, mineral, floral notes. It’s distinct from Arthur, but not quite as funky as Art. Flavour is similarly distinct; oak and mild white vinous character, lemon and floral, mineral, mild acetic acidity. The sulfur isn’t as prominent here as it is in Arthur, as it seems to be covered up a bit by the slightly increased acetic tartness and vinous character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, perfect amount of carbonation, refreshing on a warmer spring day after spending hours working in the yard. Great stuff, one of the better ones Hill Farmstead has produced.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a slightly hazed yellow color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer is very earthy with some funk on the nose. The taste of the beer is grainy with some acidic funk in there too. The feel of the beer is well carbonated with a dry finish. Overall this beer is solid, was great trying it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks for the share, AJ!

This one pours a slightly hazy luminous orange, with a fluffy substantial head, and no lacing.

Smells like honey, sour lemon, soft hay, grassiness- all that classic Hill Farmsted funk you've come to know and love.

This is quite similar to Arthur, but almost thicker in flavor, if that makes sense. It bumps a little harder than Arthur, and is less delicate, but is still wholly delicious. There's lots of citrus, with a bit more sweetness than the regular Arthur- it tastes pretty honeyed. There's light grassy funk on the finish.

The mouthfeel on this is quite creamy, more so than the regular Arthur. It's got a good level of carbonation.

This is quite lovely- Arthur is one of my favorite beers, so it's nice to see a new twist on it.

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Photo of Skrip
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Black Tuesday taster glass.

A~ glowing orange with a slight head and a little lacing.

S~ pretty much like regular Arthur, citrus, lemon, lime, black pepper and some wine barrel funk. but the funk is definitely more present while the citrus is subdued.

T~ follows the nose, very delicate here with more delicious barnyard funk ending wth some floral qualities.

M~ nice carb. very soft, delicate and smooth tying it all together!

O~ trying to recreate the magical Blue Label Arthur!? i would like to think so! none the less a great iteration of a already great brew! the mouthfeel really blew me away!

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from Roguer. 375 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 8/24/2016. Pours lightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, green apple, peach, pear, pineapple, melon, peppercorn, white wine, oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, and cracker; with light leather, musty funk, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, oak, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, green apple, peach, pear, pineapple, melon, peppercorn, white wine, oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, and cracker; with light leather, musty funk, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate yeast/tannic oak spiciness and fruity/lactic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, green apple, peach, pear, pineapple, melon, peppercorn, white wine, oak, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/funky yeast, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance; and zero astringent/puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/grainy/sticky, and fairly acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an outstanding saison! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance fruity/spicy/funky yeast, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. Outstanding Brett complexity, great oak presence, and a solid malt backbone to balance. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Hill Farmstead. Hazy golden orange. Smells funky, acidic, grainy. A little oak and wine. Tastes much more winey. Lemon tartness. Oak. Grain. Lots of wine and an oaky finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Delicious. Arthur’s best characteristics remain with enough barrel influence to make it truly special.

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Photo of SABERG
4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a recent bottle into a small stem goblet.
A - Light straw color, steady and gentle carbonation supports a this white cap.
S - Lemon rine, herbal note like forsythia and lily, chalky soil and ash wash.
T - Minerals first, then a bit of light oak and some funkiness. A tart mid point that cleans up nicely.
F - Dances across the palate, the tongues edges roll up a bit then settle in for the clean up by those tiny bubbles.
O - A well executed Arthur, this version is a bit softer that the base offering.

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Photo of Resuin
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a tulip. Bottled 08/24/16.

A: Pours a translucent gold with a finger of white head that fades relatively quickly to a white layer atop the beer.

S: Lemons, barnyard funk, white grapes, lemongrass. Nice, refreshing nose.

T: Sweet tarts, lime, lemongrass, pear, white grapes, hay funk. Medium tartness, dry finish.

M: Medium carb with a creamy, medium, slightly frothy body. Fairly dry finish.

O: Really nice and balanced saison. Nice light amount of funk and tartness with some nice citrus and white grape. Really well done.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a slightly better version of regular Arthur, with brighter flavor, a bit more lemon tartness on the palate, and a less pronounced phenolic character.

I think that this beer was unfairly marketed to the public as the median between Art and Arthur, when it fact it is -in my opinion- nothing more than a better executed version of Arthur and a shell of what Art is as a beer. At twice the price per milliliter of regular Arthur, I cannot justify the purchase of this bottle to anyone beyond those simply looking to satisfy a curiosity.

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Photo of Roguer
4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arthur Puncheon

Straw yellow, good head, slightly hazy
Wonderfully tart and rustic aroma. Hay, oak, flowers, a touch of vinegar
Lightly sour on the palate, restrained sweetness, soft, lemons and honey

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Arthur Puncheon from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 84 ratings