Table Dorothy (Wine Barrel aged)
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Table Dorothy (Wine Barrel aged)Table Dorothy (Wine Barrel aged)
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #135
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,021
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 3.42%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
29
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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Table Dorothy (Wine Barrel aged)Table Dorothy (Wine Barrel aged)
Notes: Our low-abv Farmstead® table pale ale—crafted from American malted barley, malted wheat, New Zealand and American hops, our distinctive yeast blend, and water from our well—was conditioned for 6 months in wine barrels and then dry-hopped with Mosaic® and Simcoe® before packaging and bottle conditioning.
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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 375mL bottle into a perennial wine glass. pours a hazy light yellow with minimal head that fades to nothing instantly. nose is that typical HF soapy yeasty oak wine barrel smell with a slight bit of hops that adds a floral element. taste is lemony, floral, somewhat hoppy and extremely mellow. feel is very light on the tongue. not as carbonated as expected and kind of feels like nothing on the finish but it is a low abv table beer. overall, very drinkable and extremely well done table pale.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled dated november 8, 2018, and generously shared by my brother. this is some special stuff, a cool version of one of their classics, and a beer i could drink gallons of if i had my way, its a shame thats not an option, but gluttony with this one would be a fantasy. its so light, crisp, interesting, and drinkable. the hops are crazy fresh still almost a year later, the white wine elements are huge, and the now familiar hill farmstead yeast is in full swing here. there is something special about opening one of their beers, especially one of the little ones, thick glass, iconic labels, a feeling just sets in even before the top pops. this is blonde and fizzy and humble looking, like so many of their beers, but it sings in the nose and taste. honeydew melon, lemongrass, bee balm, white tea, limey citrus, and soft notes of wet white flower petals, rose hip, white sangria, and peach. the hops have almost no bitterness but there are tannins and acids here, despite this being more rustic and funky than sour on the fermentation side. the hops are super fruity and fresh, and the brett element pops the hops right off. its refreshing at the same time that its complex, and so few beers can do that. there is a lot to be excited about in this delicate but interesting session saison thats both old world and new school in each sip. monumentally cool, thanks to my brother for sharing on a special occasion. this is a nice hybrid of what they do best, hoppy and wild, its really killer stuff. do the hops change from batch to batch? was this a one off? how do i get more?

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle at the brewery. Clear golden. Smells of Brett, lemon, bright white wine, and oak. Tastes of white wine, lemon and citrus zest, oak. Brett throughout. Light grain flavor. Brett spiciness and wine linger. Light body. Delicious.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received via CANBIF - this is an incredibly complex, subtle, and satisfying beer. The barrel treatment means that each sip brings a different layer of flavour. Highly recommend.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L - barely a trace of head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - white wine, funk, cheese.

T - funky blue cheese. Orange zest, lime, pine, white wine, oak, cracker malt. No bitterness. Low sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium-light body with minimal carb.

O - not at all what I was expecting for a Table beer. Full of flavor.

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Photo of kevanb
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, bottled on Nov 8, 2018, poured into an etched Hill Farmstead tall wine glass.

The beer pours a pale golden color, straw hues, lightly cloudy with a foamy finger of white head that has great retention and lacing. The aroma is great, very floral and grassy, citrusy with a nice bitter hop character, a bit of resin with some nice wine barrel character and soft biscuit base with some peppercorn and mineral water. The flavors are great, a nice dry wine character that is fruity and refreshing leads to citrusy and earthy hops, light peppercorn, mineral water, cracker malt with a light oak flavor that lingers nicely. The mouthfeel is great, coating and very lively with a lighter medium body that finishes easily with a very light dry kick.

Verdict: A very good table saison from Hill Farmstead. Dry, light, refreshing and very balanced, really what one would expect for a table beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. HF stemmed glass. Pours a cloudy bright yellow body, one finger frothy white head, fair retention, not a ton of lacing. Smell is big grapefruit, mildly spicy resin, citrus peel, light oak, mild leather. Flavour follows- a bit more nuanced- dry grapefruit and citrus zest, light spice, grapefruit flesh, a nice dry oak barrel all the way through to the end, which is delicious. Mouthfeel is medium lighter in body, mildly soft carbonation but carbonated more than enough. Grapefruit zest and dry oak all the way through. Good combination which makes for a delicious round of drinkable flavours. Overall- I enjoyed drinking this beer a lot- it's greater than the sum of its parts. Don't be fooled by the "farmstead pale ale" moniker- think of this as a drier, more resinous Juicy.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a nice light straw yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells pretty hoppy - with fruity, grassy, and piney hops galore, some kiwi and pineapple, along with funky grapefruit, light wine barrel, and lemon.

The bottle is pretty young, so the hops are still poppin' here. That's not a bad thing, but I definitely would want a little bit more wine barrel. It was only in barrels for 6 months, so the light barrel is not surprising, anyway. It's crazy refreshing, with an herbal funk, filled with tropical fruit, and a dry grassy bitterness on the finish.

This is light bodied, drinkable, refreshing, and oh so delicious - with a nice soft pillowy finish.

This is a very fun little beer. It doesn't have quite the depth of the big and legendary Farmstead ales in the HF catalogue. That doesn't detract from how delicious it is though.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

a beautiful looking slightly hazed straw color. nose is grassy, lemon peel, slightly floral and woodsy hops. on palate is light bready quality, lemon zing and some soft lemon cream notes. pleasant fruity character of grapefruit, kiwi, pulpy acidity. mellow funky and hay qualities, has some pleasant hoppy bitterness. as it warms emitting even more tropical character of pineapple, lychee, just insaneeee... super effervescent and creamy almost airy mouthfeel. just insane!

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Table Dorothy (Wine Barrel aged) from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 29 ratings