Pear: 2020 Harvest
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #197
Ranked #5,887
4.25 | pDev: 7.06%
May 07, 2022
Aug 21, 2021
Notes: Each harvest season, we choose various barrels of our Farmstead® ales that exhibit sympathetic characteristics for pairing with local fruit varieties. Regardless of the base beer blend, the ideal outcome remains the same: a thoughtful, considerate representation of the fruit in season. In this case, we’ve selected a few barrels to complement the 2020 crop of organic Vermont pears from nearby Elmore Roots Nursery, including five different varieties: Stacey, Summercrisp, Luscious, Nova, and Siberian.
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4.25 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on May 07, 2022
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3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by Alieniloquium from Florida

375 mL bottle. Cloudy golden. Smells of pear, hefty earthy yeast, and an acidic punch. Tastes of pear, wheat grain, green apple tartness, dry back end. Medium body. Good.

Jan 15, 2022
4.19 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Jan 12, 2022
4.39 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Dec 11, 2021
4 by cp45 from New Jersey on Nov 21, 2021
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by nelsonracite from New Jersey

Looks light, golden, and yellow when poured with white bubbles. Smells seem to be a slight pear and funk. Taste bitter with fruity notes. Overall goes down quite nice

Nov 18, 2021
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4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

Translucent brass with a short but persistent white microfiber blanket supported by a beautifully sparkling pillar of diamond dust bubbles.

The nose exhibits a pleasant farmhouse funk that's almost cheesy of colby jack and measured oak before mild but floral and almost citrusy pear emerges.

Good head retention introduces a fluffiness to the medium body before tart lemon spritzed pear meets barnyard oak. While measured, the funk here is more present than I often find in Hill Farmstead ales, also accented by what seems like a hint of Altoid hop in the exhale after the semi-dry finish. As it warms, hints of cedar bloom, especially on the stunningly elegant nose.

A far more wonderful beer than I imagined this series would turn out, this comes just shy of being an absolute favorite of mine.

Nov 03, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a light golden orange color, with a small head, and a good bit of lacing.

This smells like funky and slightly acidic pear, white wine, and oak.

This is just about nearly as good as some of the best batches of Flora Pear. It's a bit more acidic than some of those beers, but Hill Farmstead certainly knows how to use pears. There's white wine, buttery chardonnay, lemon peel, lemon zest, and oak, along with a fresh and forward pear characteristic.

This is light bodied, decently sour, but not overly so, with a very nice drinkability.

Hill tends to do paler fruits better than darker fruits better, and this is no exception.

Oct 23, 2021
4.31 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Oct 17, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SABERG from Massachusetts

Poured from the 375 ml bottle into the test glass
A - Light golden straw colrerd backdrop, lovely carbonation dance on display. Activity accumulates in a small loose knit ring that hangs to the side of the glass
S - Farmstead fingerprint as always, the fruit aspect is complex, a sweet thread, then a bit if pithy skin aromas, then some lemongrass, the a hint of oak tannin. As the offering warms the pear is forward and delightful.
T - Frontloaded with light grainy elements, matched with wine like citrus and chalky components. The pear medly really keeps the depth. At any one point there are sweet, tart, bitter, aspects to the fruit all in play.
M - Delicate, comes to mind immediately, the subtle movements across the palate are traceable, semi sweet, follows a path layed out by slight tartness, followed by a lovely minerality, with a bit of an ashen closing. So much to process.
O - A treat to be relished, the base offering, the blend, the barrel, and finally that ful exploration of a variety of pear is just delightful

Oct 17, 2021
4.5 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Oct 14, 2021
3.98 by edthehead from New York on Sep 28, 2021
4.49 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Sep 26, 2021
4.06 by acurtis from New Jersey on Sep 18, 2021
4.76 by WesMantooth from Ohio on Sep 11, 2021
Pear: 2020 Harvest from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 15 ratings