Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #73
Ranked #1,369
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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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 Virginia

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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JackRWatkins from Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My thoughts on Florence, from @hillfarmstead: A: pours a hazy clean yellow with a nice one finger head that fades rapidly.
S: has a nice, lemon aroma with some understated brine and some nice, tart wheaty notes and a hint of brett-ish funk. (I wish it was more fragrant.
T: bracingly sour, with strong lemon with floral notes and of course wheat, some funk, but the sheer tartness of it keeps you from exploring said funk, touches of brine.
M: very dry, but very soft on the mouth as all of their beers are.
O: I haven’t had a whole lot of their beers, but this is probably my least favorite. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an excellent beer, but part of it I think is that I did not expect for it to be so bracingly sour so I was taken aback. It’s great though, and is like all of their beers that i’ve had, worth the effort to seek out.

Aug 21, 2018
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DavidR_9 from California

4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled October 2017. So easy drinking and pleasantly tart. Strong and continuous citrus and yeast esters the blanket the palate. Some earthiness and a light touch of spice that makes the tart funkiness more complex. Great thin to medium body and prickly mouthfeel. Always add that last bit of spent yeast from the bottom of the bottle. That plume of sediment adds to the deliciousness. Really unique brew.

Aug 21, 2018
WOLFGANG from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty fresh offering. Nice looking. Fair aromas. Excellent sweet tart fruit forward taste for such a light bodied brew. Nice yeast character. Thanks Stephen.

Jul 28, 2018
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keith40 from Massachusetts

1.55/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

750bottle dated 7/19/17 purchased at the brewery on 4/18/18 and poured on 4/21/18. It was as though I had poured glasses of Mountain Dew, let the carbonation decrease and added salt water. The wife took 2 sips and poured it down the drain and I had trouble finishing half. Was the problem a bad bottle or was 10 months too long? I suspect the latter and if true, shame on Hill Farmstead. Sign says all sales are final where you pay before your order is filled, so no recourse. Glad we only had 1 bottle and will not be making a return trip.

Apr 21, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. Bottle

A very active and lively looking white golden color, rushing bubbles for a pretty amazingly fluffy, high rising, dense white foam. A full 3" high.

The aroma is very intense for a wheat malt based ale. Thick, musky earth tones just explode off the weizen glass. Hearty grains, herbs and spices, crispy and sour toned wheat with a very spicey and earthy hop attack on the nose. Black pepper on sour berries and dried wheat all over the place. Sharp and funky, metallic style aroma's from the wild style yeast.

Whoa! A very sour/metallic/funky yeast flavor crushes the taste buds. Crispy butvsour wheat is ultra light in body but very heady in flavor. The mouthfeel and body texture is unreal! Light and airy, then amazingly smooth with a bit of a dry finish. Sooo light!!! It dances on the palate!
Sweet tart candies, tangy fruits, herbal spice rack mixture, sooouuurnes!! The organic Vermont wheat is just awesome in feel and flavor. Old and new world hops hold down the low end with an abundance of grainy, earthy notes. Zesty lemmon....this is a very sour yeast. Reminds me of the Russian River sour classics like supplication or beatification. Much more sour than any traditional Belgian or French Saison. This is more like an Belgian-style sour in style. Regardless of style guidline's...I mean, is that really a thing anymore anyway??.....a sour farmhouse!
A very intense and wild wheat ale. Intense sour with a very healthy blend of excellent ingredients. Cheers Florence!! You must be very proud.

Mar 09, 2018
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA
Served in a long stemmed tulip

Gorgeous appearance. The hazy, bright lemon yellow colored liquid was capped by a fluffy, two-finger tall, bone white crown that slowly dropped to a lasting halo. Drippy rings of lacing coated the upper portio of the glass.

The aroma was much more subtle than I anticipated. Crackery malts were most apparent initially. Somewhat grainy too. Bit of dry yeastiness. As the beer sat, lemon and wheat notes appeared. Some lactic sourness was also detectable.

Unlike the nose, the flavor profile was really punchy and bright. Zesty lemon and crisp wheaty notes dominated. Really tart and snappy. Bit of lime too. Loads of lactic sourness. Subtle grassy hop presence in the center. More tartness and acidity on the back end. The beer finish bone dry with some minerality and earthy bitterness.

The liquid was lighter bodied and contained a prickly, larger bubbled effervescence. Lively and sprightly on the palate. Immensely refreshing.

Although Florence Wheat Ale is classified as a saison, it reminded me more of an American pale wheat ale crossed with some wild ale yeast strains. This might not be one of Hill Farmstead’s more complex farmhouse offerings, but it was tasty nevertheless and would be perfect on a hot summer day.

Feb 22, 2018
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With huge expectations, I'm opening this bottle on my birthday. It's the first time I'm having a Hill Farmstead brewery. Just to think that the whole of this beer comes from the places surrounding the brewery, I get goosebumps. After all, it's not just the local wild yeast or the harvested wheat. The whole body is composed solely by the water of the well of Hill Farmstead. It's magical.

Poured to an Ora et Labora taster.

A: The body is yellow and hazy but has little to no opaqueness, just like a regular wheat beer would show itself. On top, a white head that shows amazing retention. It's very promising.
S: The aroma is so rich. At first, the funkiness - that horse blanket followed by apples, clove and wild yeast form together a huge thing. I'm already salivating.
T: The taste is crisp as a beer can be, so light. In the beginning, there's a cider-like, apple tone to the beer, that is met with clove from the wheat and right after, there's a gap in flavour jumping to the wild yeast funkiness with a mildly dry finish. It's so crisp. This should be drank on a summer evening. Not in a cold February afternoon.
M: Body is low, amazingly low for the type of beer. I know it's a Saison but even the lightest saisons I've had have bigger bodies. No alcohol shown. Slight sweetness, bigger but mild funkiness and no bitterness at all.
O: It's a bit different than what I expected. Expected for simple, belgian-wise, flavoured saison. This is different. It's filled with local soul.

Feb 08, 2018
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lic217 from Connecticut

4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great mixture of slight acidity and tartness it is also dry as some nice citrusy and earthy and funky flavors. It is very complex but yet not overwhelming Skype prickly carbonation. Extremely drinkable extremely enjoyable

Feb 01, 2018
Florence from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1105 ratings