Leaves Of Grass: December 6, 2017
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Leaves Of Grass: December 6, 2017Leaves Of Grass: December 6, 2017
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
6%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 4.08%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
25
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  2
SCORE
92
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Leaves Of Grass: December 6, 2017Leaves Of Grass: December 6, 2017
Notes: 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 brewed with organic Vermont oats, organic Vermont spelt, and New Zealand hops, then aged in oak puncheons for 6 months and further conditioned in bottle for nearly 10 months.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 25 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle. A little hazy pale yellow. Smells of wine barrel, bright hops, a little pale malt. Tastes of bright white wine acidity, citrus hops, chewy oats and malt, a touch of sweetness, light grassy notes in the finish. Medium light. Simple and really tasty.

Jul 06, 2020
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detpizzaboi from Michigan

4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A wonderful beer, saved for a long time for a special occasion, opened in honor of the comrade Bernie Sanders’ long hard fight. Smells like standing in a wet orchard, apples mingling with funky lemon citrus. Beautifully rich bright lactic lemon zest, apple cider oak, bright on the tongue turning to smooth and silky. Leaves you craving more. Special.

Apr 10, 2020
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kevanb from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, bottled on July 6, 2018, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a bright golden color, straw hues with a cloudy and hazy complexion and a finger of white frothy head that has good retention and yields sticky lacing. The aroma is very nice, lots of oak, dry and earthy funk, floral with more grassy and weediness than brightness, mineral water and pale dough. The flavors are right in line with the nose, tons of dry funk, dirty, leafy, green and crisp with chewy oak, lightly floral with citrus peel, a bit of wine like acidity with mineral water and a soft doughy pale grain flavor. The mouthfeel is good, coating and crisp medium body, lightly tart, very dry, lively texture with a dry bite at the finish.

Verdict: A very nice saison blend from Hill Farmstead. It's super dry and funky, perhaps the most developed funk I've experienced in a Hill Farmstead beer and it really drives the beer.

Nov 17, 2019
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TheDoctor from Canada

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Dec-6-2017 (Consumed Sep-24-2019)


Pours a crystal clear brass with two fingers of white meringue. Settles to a rouseable skiff, spiderweb lacing. Tart aroma with some light sulfur, pepper, hay, lemon zest. Clean lightly sweet grassy. Granny Smith flavor with a buttery, round body to it. It is fairly dry with bright carbonation and a complex finish.

This might be one of the nicest sours I've ever enjoyed. Everything is very well-balanced despite how assertive the tartness is. Not a sharp aspect of it despite this as well. Very drinkable, refreshing and complex. Truly an excellent wild beer. Shockingly approachable for as much as is going on in it. It even outdoes some of the big boys in not letting the earthy, buttery character a lot of lambics have take over. Truly excellent and a nice happy medium of everything that makes wild/funky/tart/sour beers popular without being boring and still being interesting (whether that means me, someone who is never sure about sours; or somebody who adores the beers of this general category). Well done! And thank you for thinking of me, K!

4.25...4.5...4.5...4.5...4.5

Sep 25, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This has a bold and wonderful citrusy funk that is so indicative of a HF farmhouse ale. It's a combination of hay and grass and citrus rind. I also get pineapple and white wine on the nose.

This is pretty "normal" for this series, but it's still delicious. It's very juicy, with stone fruit, pineapple, and lemon tartness, along with that classic HF funk, and a slight touch of tart bitterness on the back end.

This is really drinkable, with a very clean finish - the tartness doesn't linger at all.

I'm glad they're still releasing beers in this series - it had been a while since the last one.

Jul 22, 2019
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Crisp citrus, tart white grape, lime, lemon, grapefruit, orange, passion fruit, tropical mango, peach, pineapple, some funk, oak, bready oaty malts, resinous floral earthy hops

Jun 23, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375mL poured into perennial wine glass. pours a hazy yellow with a thin soapy white head. white ring around the edges lasts the entire pour. smell is a lemony, grassy funk with a bit of wine barrel character. taste is similar with a mildly tart aftertaste. not sure i am picking up on any hops, but i’m okay with that. feel is a bit on the thin side. kind of lower carb for the style but a little watery. other than that aspect, great beer in a series where you don’t always know what you’re going to get.

Jun 13, 2019
Leaves Of Grass: December 6, 2017 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 25 ratings