Edith: Coffee Collective - Alaka
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
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4.04 | pDev: 3.47%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Edith (1897-1992) was our grandfather’s sister, and Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this dark Farmstead® ale is crafted from American malted barley, German roasted malts, European hops, our farmhouse yeast, and water from our well.

For this special selection of Edith, we conditioned the beer atop Alaka coffee from the Guji region of Ethiopia, sourced and roasted by The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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kevanb from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, poured into an etched Hill Farmstead Rona wine glass.

The beer pours a dark cola brown color, almost black with a nice opacity and a taut khaki head that rises about two fingers with great retention and excellent lacing. The aroma is very unique, light funk, berry esters with chocolate and a light coffee roast that brings out some more of the fruit and some acidity, a touch of roast with stone fruits, dark grains and mineral water. The flavors are great, dark grains, chocolate, an interesting coffee profile that does offer some roast and bitterness and even a richness that amplifies the chocolate and dark grains, and brings forward stone fruits while the funkiness comes out towards the back end and showcases a more tart fruit character. The mouthfeel is great, coating, lively medium body that is super smooth and finishes with a lightly tart bite.

Verdict: A very good and very unique beer from Hill Farmstead. The dark saison on its own is already interesting and the addition of coffee increases the subtleties and takes this beer to new heights.

Oct 22, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a black/dark brown color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like roasted malt, cherry, red wine, a touch of citrus, smoke, chocolate, and a little bit of coffee.

There’s not a ton of coffee here - it’s a light accompaniment to a great base beer. It adds a bit more rich chocolate and roast to the malt backbone. There’s still that nice fruity and cherry-ish funk, and a light pleasant smoke.

This is light bodied, and very creamy, with a great drinkability.

This isn’t necessarily better than regular old Edith, but it was still a cool beer to try.

Sep 16, 2019
Edith: Coffee Collective - Alaka from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 4 ratings