Arthur Puncheon
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #20
ABV:
6%
Score:
99
Ranked #263
Avg:
4.51 | pDev: 5.32%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
95
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 04, 2022
Added:
Mar 11, 2017
Wants:
  16
Gots:
  15
SCORE
99
World-Class
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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Rated: 4.75 by SkiBum22 from New York

Nov 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Nov 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.59 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.58 by not2quick from Missouri

Sep 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.59 by Dicers from California

Jul 21, 2022
 
Rated: 2.96 by Bugsmcl from Ohio

Jul 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by Jkolls from Ohio

Jul 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.66 by RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

Jul 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.68 by Travitten from Iowa

Jul 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by bret27 from California

Jul 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by Dharms from Pennsylvania

Jul 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.64 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jun 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.58 by Chuckg93 from Oregon

Jun 11, 2022
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled on 6/25/2019 (batch 3); consumed on 5/13/2022

Pours a clear, deep straw-gold body capped with over two fingers of fluffy, white foam; good head retention leaves a thick layer of craggy cap, a moderate, frothy collar, and a generous spatter of webby/spotty lacing scattered across the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens to tinges of attic/old wood accented with a lemony funk as distant shades of horsey texture trends cheesy over time; fresher oak grazes the back end against a light citric entanglement meeting minerality on the close.

Taste shows a brief lemony undercurrent preceding waves of fresh, earthen oak; white wine sparks through with a cheesy heft over the mid-palate, while a clean minerality shines floral funk and a lacto twang on the finish.

Mouthfeel offers a lighter body with carbonation on the higher end of medium easing to a glossy funk delicately taut, and with a timid acidity over the mid-palate engaging a bright tartness on the back end; the finish highlights a semi-wet trend with intermittent pangs of resounding dryness.

A quaint display of balanced, bright funk strewn with a detailed overlay of rustic oak; another well-pronounced yet clean farmhouse ale from Hill Farmstead.
May 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.42 by Roeg4567 from New York

Apr 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by Ajlvt from Washington

Jan 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.61 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Jan 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.4 by StoutSnob40 from California

Dec 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.47 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.59 by TWStandley from Massachusetts

Nov 12, 2021
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Rated by nelsonracite from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Looks light golden. Smells like tart. Taste tarty and of wine. Overall it is a pleasant beer.
Nov 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Reviewed by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Reviewed by Tommo from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.75 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Oct 22, 2021
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Reviewed by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.9 by thewimperoo from Illinois

Jun 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by fthegiants from California

Mar 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by aasher from Indiana

Feb 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.95 by EasternIsh from California

Jan 12, 2021
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Rated by PandaHatRodeo from Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Batch 2,

Complex, brety character, lightly tart, good funk. A superior version to Arthur
Jan 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.68 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Jan 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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
 
Rated: 4.55 by vfgccp from New York

May 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

May 09, 2019
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

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!
Feb 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.53 by AMCimpi from New York

Dec 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Dec 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.44 by KT123 from Pennsylvania

Dec 01, 2018
Arthur Puncheon from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 118 ratings