Leaves Of Grass: December 30, 2016
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #289
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4.36 | pDev: 5.73%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: Our Leaves of Grass series represents our collective pursuit to create, explore, and expand our often boundaried understanding of beer and fermentation. This particular Farmstead® ale was brewed with American and European malt, organic oats, organic spelt, an assortment of apple varieties from Elmore Roots, and aged in oak puncheons. We have observed and learned from this beer’s development of nuanced aromatic and flavor compounds. Extended bottle conditioning of more than three years has led this beer to a pleasantly and wholly unexpected place. The transitional nature of a beer’s journey in the bottle seems to recurringly present us with an unimagined gift.
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw gold, with slight haze and small a solid white head that stays around and leaves some lacing.

Heavy on the funk in the nose initially, giving way to tart green apple, bright citrus, and lemongrass. Faint notes of hay as well. Delightful!

Much more apple cider notes than anticipated from the nose. Bright and tart, with a good amount of barnyard funk in the back end. There's a note reminiscent of sparkling apple cider.

A nice medium to full body, and it's quite effervescent. A fairly dry finish.

This was a great one-off experimental saison! I'd be happy if they took this idea to make a regular seasonal offering!

Jun 04, 2021
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hops_for_thought from New York

3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (10Jul2017) into a Belgian glass

L: pours a perfectly clear light yellow/straw gold with a minimal white head and no visible carbonation after a few seconds

S: opens with that excellent HF nose, bit of tart funk with an almost lambic acidity note. Get some lemon, apple (makes sense given the beer), bit of a combination white wine/peach note as well

T: follows the nose somewhat, with that apple coming through much more than on the nose. A bit of that lemon and nice acidity. The funk that was implied from the nose didn't seem to translate to the swallow. Would say flavor falls off somewhat soon but there’s a note that lingers for a while. Overall the flavor is fairly light with some bright acidity - the nose is a bit more complex and suggestive than what I ultimately get from the swallow

F: medium- carbonation, medium-/light+ body lighter than I expected, nicely drying but not significantly

O: a good ale with a flavor that falls short of what the nose suggests. Considering it’s had 3.5yrs in the bottle guess that’s not too surprising. Overall I'm a fan, but the difference nose to swallow has me hung up on how to grade. Perhaps a different

Jan 23, 2021
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The light amber body is fairly clear, with only a slightly hazy sheen under a short khaki head that dies off quickly to a thin chain before dissipating to nothing but a fluid surface.

I was a little worried that this might enter less desirable levels of acidity or apple characteristics, but wow does it express freshly herbal apple so pleasantly. It's not quite any one varietal, and maybe translates as a little more wild, at the same time eschewing crabapple. It seems to lean green, but also yellow, with accents of honeysuckle and some bright oak that even adds floral orange.

At times, a unique, almost peppery but faint accent of what comes across as that distinct New Zealand hop spice crops up, which makes this all the more intriguing, to the point that as it warms and nears the bottom of the glass it has me wishing this was a 750.

Its light body is crisp, sharp even, while maintaining a moderate level of acidity, finishing just dry where it brings back the oak.

Jan 11, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pour a light yellowish color, slightly hazy, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells much more lemony and citrusy, than apple-forward, honestly, but the apple is there subtly, with some light funk and white wine and oak.

This is solid stuff, and it's surprisingly quite lemony, compared to what I was expecting. There's a light apple flavor, and there's none of the issues that plagued the unfortunate CD Crabapple. There's some light oak spice and acidic white wine flavors.

This is light bodied, clean, and very drinkable.

This isn't gonna knock the crown off of some of HF's most coveted releases, but it's a nice little beer for sure.

Nov 28, 2020
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this one is such a unique beer, almost comes off as a blend between a cider and under carbed champagne or something. beautifully authentic and crisp apple flavors blending with oak, some grassyness, bright lemony acidity, mellow funk, and hint of vanilla. really loved this one!

Nov 15, 2020
Leaves Of Grass: December 30, 2016 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 14 ratings