Arthur Puncheon
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #21
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4.52 | pDev: 4.2%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
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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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Sabtos from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lightly foggy pale amber, a moderate head of white froth settles in lumps to leave a decorative doily lacing.

Aroma of the most delicately floral perfume gives way to hints of citrusy yet almost New Zealand-style hops, before dry oak and a light dusty funk quietly emerge.

So subtly tart, the floral and citrus qualities comes together as one, contrasted by an herbal bitterness supported by only the faintest bright oak. A suggestion of cracker comes up as it warms, verging ever closer to nelson hop characteristics, before translating as a measured brett spice.

The light body has an airy fluff, and finishes semi-dry before a hint of hay comes out in the exhale.

Oct 25, 2021
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jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled June 2019 and purchased at the brewery October 2021.

L: bright straw gold, medium haze, minimal head on pour that dissipated after a couple minutes.

A: pleasant barnyard funk with white wine and tart citrus undertones.

T: lemon and lime, tart apple cider, white wine, barnyard funk, white wine, oak finish.

F: slick medium mouthfeel with some carbonation and tart sharpness that’s reminiscent of apple cider; finish is tart and dry

O: this variation of Arthur is fantastic. The base beer is in there but the time spent in the puncheons and bottle conditioning has added so much complexity. One of the best farmhouse brews I’ve had to date from Hill Farmstead.

Oct 25, 2021
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Tommo from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Honestly, not the stunner i was expecting

Pours a nice straw saison with 2.5/5 head. Taste is similar to arthur but a bit more acidic. Body is thin. Overall i would rather have 2 bottles of arthur for the price

Oct 24, 2021
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into HF black logo Charlente glass.

Appearance: Light yellow body with a full finger of white head.

Smell: Hay, citrus, floral, funk, well water, minerals. This smells fantastic.

Taste: Wine white and very earthy / woody deep oak note. Wet hay. Light to moderate tartness with hints of lemon, lime, melon rind, and floral notes. Well water and minerals. Deep damp / wet basement funky awesomeness. The complex and delicious funk just builds on into the finish and aftertaste. This is really awesome!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied saison. Just barely reaching medium levels of carbonation here. Not overly acidic yet still slick / slippery; Softish body with lightly dry finish. Man this is crazy good texture for a saison.

Overall: This was a stunner of a saison from Hill Farmstead and would love to have this again. The complexity of the funk and oak is really something unique. Might be the best Hill Farmstead saison that I have had to date.

Jul 29, 2021
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 375mL bottle into a stemmed wine glass. pours a cloudy yet vibrant light orange with almost two fingers worth of soapy white head. smell is musty oak, barn funk, faint white wine and of course that signature HF soapiness that accompanies the majority of their barrel-aged Farmstead ales. taste is typical Arthur with its refined funk and minerality, yet the puncheon-aging adds a depth of flavor and a dryness to it. it doesn’t really make it any less drinkable than Arthur, which is a plus. it has a moderately full mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. overall, a delicious offering from one of the best in the saison game. takes Arthur up a notch (although i still love Arthur and would drink it every day if i could) and showcases the distinct differences and nuances that oak-aging can have on a particular beer. well done.

Dec 25, 2020
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Great color with really nice legs. Nose is outrageously aromatic. I get aromas of lemon, barnyard, hay, a slight manure funk, citrus, and oak. This is incredible. Beer opens lemon zest, coriander, and orange. A cobweb and hay funk lingers in the middle. I get some floral notes at the end with a mellow, lightly tart aftertaste. Perfect balance. Body is light with moderate carbonation. Some small prickliness tickles the palate and goes down accented with a brief aftertaste. Very solid.

I'm glad to see that Hill Farmstead continues to turn out some of the best Wild Ales in the US after all these years. They're still leading the field.

Dec 23, 2020
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Feb 27, 2019
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Oct 13, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Sep 05, 2017
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Frudel from Canada (QC)

4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

Aug 21, 2017
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yasky from Canada (ON)

4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

Jun 28, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

May 27, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

May 15, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6%
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.

May 14, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.79/5  rDev +6%
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.

May 04, 2017
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Apr 19, 2017
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superspak from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Apr 08, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Apr 06, 2017
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Apr 02, 2017
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Resuin from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Apr 01, 2017
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Mar 29, 2017
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Mar 18, 2017
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 100 ratings