Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #81
Ranked #1,511
4.23 | pDev: 7.57%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: Florence (1915-1967) 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 Belgian inspired Wheat ale is crafted from American malted barley, Organic Vermont wheat, European and American hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. It is unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Soft, cloudy, and fresh, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Florence.

Pale Malt; Vermont Organic Wheat; American and European Hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.
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pinthouse_pizza from New York

4.98/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Unbelievable ale. This one of the finest farmhouse ales ever produced, and the best I've ever had. The light, refreshing tanginess coupled with the smooth mouthfeel add up to a highly highly drinkable ale. The tartness isn't bitter, and more reminiscent of sweeter New England apples and fresh apple cider I grew up around. Finally, the freshness and quality seeps through noticeably, likely a result of the fresh well water Hill Farmstead is known for utilizing.

Apr 25, 2021
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a sudsy white head, with the body adding a slightly hazy hue as you continue to pour from the 750ML bottle. Gorgeous beer.

The nose has “that funk” that is joined by some citrus aromas (lemon and tangerine) and tart apples. The tart apple taste, like a Granny Smith apple, is forward on the taste, and the lemon flavor follows, and there’s a subtle wheat flavor as well. Simply delicious.

The mouthfeel is bright and effervescent, mimicking Anna and Arthur with their champagne-like quality. What a wonderful beer this is from a world-class brewery.

Nov 21, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle dated 10/21/19.

Pours clear yellow with an inch of white fluff. Nice retention with some smears of lacing. Minerally and grassy in the nose with hints of lemon and apple skins. Crisp and snappy on the palate with a light body. Lemon, soured apples, and grapefruit on the palate. Finishes dry with a lingering tartness, zero malt, and minimal bitterness.

Nov 08, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - Vintage 7/17 - poured into a teku at 40°F.

A heartfelt thank you to Alan for this one!

Pours a lightly cloudy honey-straw golden, topped with a large finger of coarse grayish-white head that quickly recedes to an airy collar, leaving no lacing behind. Plentiful streaming effervescence.

Nose: The complexity here is simply unreal. Never before has a beer smelled more like cellar stone than this. Gentle wheat and pale malt beneath massive aromas of dusty stone cellar, damp earth, wet forest floor, petrichor, wet hay, damp musty farmhouse, dead leaves, tree bark, and a truly unreal note that I couldn't possibly describe. Almost like a classic 80's cologne, with lemon-lime, and exotic outdoorsy floral aromas that words cannot describe. This is the aroma of magic.

Palate: Florence greets the palate with delicate but pronounced acidity and that beautiful signature Hill Farmstead minerality that tickles the palate. The flavour profile so perfectly mirrors the aroma, it's unbelievable. Old wet stone, dusty cellar, damp hay, firest floor, dead leaves... Flavours that don't even make sense as flavours, but they're there! This is the definition of funk - not barnyard stable horse funk, but earthy, woodsy, floral funk. It's the air after a summer rain, the most that rolls over the lake, the chill autumn morning. Flavours that can really only be described with pictures. Yes, there's some lemon and lime oil, some apple blossom, some pear, apricot pit, coriander, rosemary, dill, and wildflowers, but the rest is this whole new dimension - Florence. She is bone dry, bright, and ever-so-slightly tannic, finishing tart with clean wheat, bergamot, juniper, spruce, lilac, and lemon, with a gentle peppery spice.

Mouthfeel/Body: Florence is lighter than air - fluffy, but airy, with a gentle prickly effervescence, which is complimented by that tingly Hill minerality - presumably from their water source. The ale ia bone-dry, crisp, refreshing, and balanced with its mikd acidity.

Overall: Few ales possess the magic of this one. The complexity and nuance that this displays, both in aroma and taste are truly unrivaled by any ale that hasn't seen time in oak. There is an allure to this ale - aromas and flavours that cannot be described with comparisons. Sort of like how you cannot compare perfume to food or spice - this is like perfume, the way it lures you in and stimulates your olfactory senses, evoking images of forests and fairy circles. It's a beautiful ale, and I cannot imagine how incredible Flora, its barrel-aged counterpart is.

Sep 04, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A slightly hazy gold with a thick white head that dissipates into nothing with very little lacing.

S: Very tart smelling, nice funky apple notes as well as citrus. The bready malt is a nice backdrop.

T: Big notes of lime, apple and pear. Reinforced by a solid, fresh doughy malt backbone and some mild yeast spiciness.

F: Very dry and crisp

Overall: An excellent beer with loads of flavor and aroma. Not really huge in hop character but rather very much driven by the yeast culture that they are using. I recommend this beer to anyone who wants a refreshing, quenching treat.

Aug 15, 2020
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bennyman12 from Missouri

4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I can’t imaging a better wheat beer. I’ve had two other barrel-aged wits tonight (2nd shift gin barrel hibiscus then look it’s got pockets) then a Stella then this 12/29/2015 Florence. Unintentional aging brought out an amazing complexity. Even a little thick on the tongue still. A little lemon, orange peel, white pepper but so balanced. Not sour. Almost gave this a 5 for being the absolute paragon of the style. 5% wit—how do I rate alongside 15% pastry stout? Even if it was t 95f right now this is the better beer

Jul 11, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L -- Slightly hazy straw body with a half finger of white head that, surprisingly, laces and retains quite poorly. A first for me in a HF offering
S -- Lightly funky wit aromas: wheat, hay, orange peel, coriander, and a general 'outdoorsy' character
T -- Straddles the line between a lacto lemon seed tartness and the refreshing fruity yeast character of a Belgian wit or a hefeweizen
F -- Incredibly drinkable, I could down this whole 750 in one gulp if I had more. Light mouthfeel, medium+ carb


Jul 09, 2020
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npolachek from New York

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer was decent but a bit tart for my liking. Golden pour with good Hill Farmstead classic foam on the top. Good funk in this beer and overall a solid.

Jun 21, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Sediment and haze on the followup/finishing the beer pour.

S: Tart and funky. Spice, citrus, andyeast.

T.F: Tart without being sour. Lemongrass and mild citrus. Some funk and spice... green fruit and apple skins. Citrus rind, coriander, and modest acidity. Crisp and refreshing... well carbonated and medium to light bodied.

O: An outstanding saison. Great mix of funk, yeast, lemon citrus, and drinkability. A fantastic beer from one of the worlds finest brewers.

Feb 15, 2020
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StJamesGate from New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, dark yellow with white legs; funk, deep lemon, melon rind, flowers, apricot pit on the nose; slight wheat, big tine, a ton of apricot, oily herb, preserved lemon peel, some earth, and rosemary; clean + slightly bitter.

4 4.5 4.25 4.25 4.25

Gentle tartness plays against big esters. A bright, expansive beer, zesty yet earthy. “Rustic”, says Simon - that’s not what strikes me most about it, but it is true to the roots of the saison as a farmer’s quencher. Layered yet very drinkable. Yeay, HF.

*from notes

Feb 07, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours yellow gold and cloudy. It has a white head.

Smell: It has a spicy aroma with some earthly qualities and a bit of lemon. There are some tart notes as well.

Taste: It has a lemon and spicy flavor to it. There is a doughy quality to is as well. It is tart with other fruit esters. There are earthly qualities as well.

Feel: It has a medium body with a moderately tart aftertaste.

Overall, it is favorable and tart.

Jan 24, 2020
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Covenhoven in Brooklyn, NY.

Straw colored and hazy. Good amount of funk in the aroma, while tasting brings out a pleasant lemon and peppery spice combo. Crackery malt comes through as well, but the spice note really sings throughout the beer. It's not overdone though, as the malt, hops, and yeast are all in balance.

A well-crafted beer from Hill Farmstead. Did you expect anything less? Made an awesome accompaniment to a delicious Havarti & arugula grilled cheese enjoyed out back in the garden.

Oct 03, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly foggy straw with two fingers of white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is stone, biscuit, lemon, grassy, earthy and light stone fruits. Aroma doesn't last long with the dryness at the finish. Flavor profile is stone, lemon, grassy, earthy, stone fruits, green apple, pear and melon. It has a light tartness to the finish, just enough to round out the flavor profile with pleasant balance. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a light initial effervescence that turns to a more prickly texture right at the finish. Pricky texture matches the light tartness. Overall, a very refreshing, lightly tart saison option with plenty of nuance. Very easy to drink fast, and yet appropriate enough to slow sip.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 750mL bottle.

Sep 29, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a bottle at HF back in April; shared with cousin Frank @ Labor Day.
Pretty beer ; soft hazy yellow gold with full but brief head. Decent lacing throughout drinking. Nose and taste mirrored for most part...green/slightly unripe apple; straw; wheat, biscuit and yeasty funk. Nicely tart.
Initially unhappy with sharp biting carbonation on first sip, but this settled down to a very soft gentle foam as beer had some time in the glass.
Overall a very nice farmhouse ale, and very accessible cost wise... if not distribution wise.

Sep 06, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Cloudy bright golden body thin white cap that fades, plenty of lacing. Smells is wheaty, with flowers, soil, lemon, apple, hay, spices, and slight funk, but all very airy and light. Taste is pretty much the same, with a touch more funk, but less citrus. Still pretty light and wheaty, with plenty of character from the flavors even if they are not the most potent. Great saison for wet spring days.

Jul 22, 2019
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a tap at The Sovereign (Georgetown, DC), pours as a bright hazy yellow with a thin white quickly dispersing head. Subtle aroma of wheat and perhaps lemon. Taste is a really puckery tart sour apple (with again, some lemon) with wheat breadiness at the back end. Light bodies and (nicely) non-sweet, but an overall acidity that I kinda fancied at first, but was totally done with by the end of the glass.

Jun 24, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale yellow, effervescent, with a fat finger of bright white head. Heavy lacing. Sweet, lightly sour, floral aroma with lemon and apple skins most prevalent. Really tart tasting, with a good wallop of sour apple. Definite wheat. Faint earthy, grassy impressions. Clean, semi-dry finish. Medium bodied and pillowy with strong carbonation. Tart and tasty.

May 07, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. A hazy pale straw color with a thick creamy white head. Aroma was fresh wheat, lemons, and grass. Pleasantly tart on the palate with lemon, faint peppery spice, wheat, and grassy notes. Delicious.

Apr 11, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unusual beer, blending Belgian-style farmhouse yeast with a lively wheat presence. On the first few sips, the wheat opens strongly--you can feel the rush into your sinuses. Later on though, zest levels off, and your left with a thinnish saison.

Apr 08, 2019
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/12/18. About 6 months old (just bought it 2 weeks ago, interesting)

A: Pours a hazy gold. Small off-white head that fades pretty quickly. Lacing doesn't stick very well to the glass either.

S: Well, it is certainly wheaty. Mild citrus with some hints of white pepper. Touch of tartness in the nose as well.

T: Tart up front with tons of citrus (lemon, really). Wheaty, very wheaty. Quite acidic, it becomes almost all lemons on the back end with just a sprinkling of wheat.

M: Lighter bodied, acidic.

O: Nice tart lemony saison, very crisp and refreshing.

Mar 05, 2019
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale straw golden, it's transparent. Lemon and funk on the nose. Wow, there's some acidity on this. It's lemony, funky, but it's pretty acidic. Not quite puckering, but enough to make the teeth contemplate life. It's good but it's a little overwhelmed by the mixed culture.

Dec 24, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The wheat has a classic but light clove punch to it, but the saison notes are just a little bit muted & it ends up being of a straightforward blonde wheat, which is perfectly fine and it is well done

Dec 09, 2018
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Bum4ever from California

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Straw colored beer with a good amount of white head. Little white bubbles continue up the sides for awhile.
S: Lemon, crackers, wheat, earthy scents, a slight hint of pepper.
T: Tart lemon, wheat and bread. Also some floral notes.
F: Light bodied with a super dry finish.
O: Every beer i have had from these guys has been excellent and this is no different.

Dec 03, 2018
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Monk's in Philly, 9/28/18.

Pint glass filled with bubbly light colored liquid wheat. 1-plus F white cap, sticky lacing.

Lemon, wheat, yeast funk, citrus, and spice.

Funky sour yeast, lemon, light grass and grain. Citrus hops and berries.

Dry and clean. Slightly hoppy with puckering bite.

Americanized saison, a bit of pale ale in the mix. Perfect abv compliment.

Oct 02, 2018
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz draft poured into a tulip.

Cloudy straw blonde with no head.

Lemon zest, coriander, and wheat.

Lemonade, tangy wheat, lemon zest, and coriander. Lightly grainy with touches of orange citrus.

Light bodied, clean, and tangy.

Tangy with a balanced spice. Very simple, very overrated.

Sep 25, 2018
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