Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #81
Ranked #1,463
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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Tmyhre802 from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 24, 2015
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tmbgnicu from Pennsylvania

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

Probably my least favorite of the HF saisons, but that's like the least hot gal in the miss america pageant. Cheweier than most, good lemon and funk up front. It's a good beer, but when compared to the other HF offerings, it loses some points because you know what the ceiling is for the style.

May 23, 2015
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

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

Barley, wheat, hops, yeast and water. In the hands of Hill Farmstead they make this complex field beer that runs the gamut from light, crisp, tart, effervescent and funky. A saison that has its place any time of the year.

Golden, straw-colored pour with a head that starts thick but quickly thins out. Lively bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass up.

Aroma is like standing in a field of mature wheat with scents of green apple and lemon coming though on a light breeze. A citrus zephyr.

This beer is such a treat it’ll have you saying shit like “citrus zephyr.”

Taste is green apple skins, grape must, lemon peel, ripe pear and a little funk. I like tart beers so this falls on the lighter end of the spectrum, although that will vary by palate.

Light, crisp and refreshing - for all the complexity and praise the beer receives, at its essence, its a delightful way to wet your whistle.

Oct 15, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy goldenstraw capped by a full three fingers; excellent stickage and copious amounts of lacing

Smell: Tangy wheat, tart lemon, coriander spice, lactic tones and barnyard funk

Taste: Wheat bread flavors in the background, but the tart lemon and lactic tones take over from the outset; coriander and funk elements intrude, in the middle; the spices and lactic aspect grow bolder in the finish, leaving a chalky aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A flavorful Brett beer with a nice lactic, spicy character

Thanks, bittermestupid, for the opportunity

May 29, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In the memory of the Hill Farmstead roots, Florence is remembered in the form of a classy farmhouse ale. One that is true to tradition with premiere dryness, a spice-forward balance and with peps of wine and cork. With just enough of a wheatness to prevent total dryness, the ale remains soft from beginning 'til end.

The ale erupts in the glass, looking as much like champagne as it does ale. Only its glowing haze and its perpetual head retention speaks otherwise. Its creamy foam-stance is of honeycomb as intricate lace trickles down the glass. All this transpires on a canvas of goldenrod hues that's straw-like at its edge.

Bright and tangy aromas leap right out with the scent of fermented fruit. This sheds light on its wine-like undertow with peps of apple, spiced pear, white grape, under-ripened orange and a certain lemony twang. With its short wafer-thin malt support, balance is achieved instead with a pang of fresh cracked peppercorn with earthy cumin, cork, hay and fennel lurking behind.

Its malt taste is delicately bready, and perhaps more cracker-like. But that's all short-lived as the tart and tangy fruit flavors are slightly citrusy but more of the orchard varieties and nearly evoking teeth churning behavior. Playfully acidic and earthen, its chardonnay-like taste stems from the fruit and trends corkish with spicy hop bitterness and an herbal flavor of damp hay and lemongrass.

Its light and bubbly body keeps the ale floating above the tongue and ushers in a fast fleeting finish. The bulk of the beer's finesse flavors are almost more appreciated in aftertaste than on the early or middle palates. Its finish of spice, warmth and acidity is followed only by an echo of whole wheat.

Hill Farmstead does it again- the creation of traditional Saison in all its classic glory, with the perfect balance, the perfect body and just enough dry fruit and pepper- its a taste straight out of the Belgian Low Countries.

Feb 25, 2014
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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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champ103 from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly hazed, pale straw yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: A basement like musty aroma up front. Earthy and peppery yeast. A light mineral character, lemon rind and citrus fruits. I really love the yeast character here.
T: Like the nose, musty, earthy, and peppery yeast. A more up front tartness than I was expecting, which is just fine. Lemon rind and citrus flavors, even a bit of white grapes. The yeast, and simple tart fruit flavors intermingle perfectly.
M/D: A light body that is effervescent. Beautiful crisp carbonation that is smooth at the same time, dry and refreshing. Really easy and enjoyable to drink. Wish I could get some more.

Reminds me a bit of Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam. Like that beer, fairly simple, but everything is really well integrated, and the rustic yeast just shines. Really well done.

Dec 13, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at prohibition pig

Big fluffy 1 finger messy bubbly head fades very slowly with tons of soapy lacing, hazy lemon yellow color.

Nose is pure saison, farmhouse funky yeast, dry light bready malts, wheat, hints of citrus and spices, light sweet golden malts, hint of lemony hops and floral aromas.

Taste Starts with light sweet pale malts, plenty of wheat as well, nice light bready toasty saison malts and hint of creamy malts. Plenty of saison yeast flavors, dry bready rustic farmhouse flavors. Juicy lemon and hint of citrus, plenty of typical saison spices. A light bitterness from the yeast spices and some from the light floral lemony hops. The bitterness ramps up to a nice level on the finish, which dries and lingers with plenty of farmhouse saison and spices, wheat, and lemony citrus.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall nice, well done saison with nice rustic flavors, spices, lemony citrus, wheat, bready malts, just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness. Shawn seems to know how to do every style perfectly, damn!

Apr 27, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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

rustic and beautiful beer. for me, the very best beers in the world no not often contain fruit or cocoa nibs, require extended barrel ageing or artful blending, instead they are comprised of relatively few high quality but simple ingredients, and they employ relative simple and traditional methods, and this beer is perhaps a perfect illustration of what i mean. nothing about this is futuristic or process intensive, its just a perfectly made beer with some quality grains. hazy straw colored beer with a bit of body to it, some decent carbonation, and a lasting white lace head that is downright gorgeous, an inch high with some beaten egg white peaks that rise and fall as i agitate. aroma here of funky wild yeast, really farmy, maybe a mix of brett and some mild saison strain, a hybrid of sorts, but its obviously rustic and bone dry, and its clearly flattering to the fresh pale wheat malt. some must to it at first, but then real clean, a touch of lemon and accompanying acidity, but all very delicate. the flavor is cool, the wheat is fresh and dry, giving some body and earthy heft to this, without taking over any of the other subtleties. the hops have an old world feel to them, and while i do get some light limey citrus to that aspect, its more of a hay loft dried grass and bitter complexion, which i think also flatters the wheat and leaves more space for the funky yeast to flavor the beer in the finish. i like it more and more as it warms, as the layers seem to get more space between them, despite the overall perfectly cohesive nature of this, the nuance abounds. carbonation is amazing, it tickles the roof of my mouth each sip including the last one. exceptional beer overall, head of its class!

Feb 22, 2017
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Caudalie from Canada (QC)

4.94/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my opinion, this is simply one of the best beers brewed by Hill Farmstead. Many seek big, bold offerings, while this is subtle, elegant, refreshing, delicate and simply outstandingly good. The overall balance of this beer keeps blowing me away, and I just seem to enjoy it more and more, every bottle being a real treat. The nose is quite subtle with bananas, citrus, apples, and what feels like jasmine flowers. Mouthfeel reminds me of great riesling, and the acidity brings a lovely freshness. I would trade all boozy, sweet stouts for an ounce of this beer.

Jan 14, 2014
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Tommo from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If i were richer, i would drink this multiple times a week. Super light and crisp saison, good tartness level. Wheat is not overwhelming. I dream of being able to make this beer

Aug 28, 2015
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

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

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden. Pours hazy golden yellow with a one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light ring around the edge, leaving very little if any lace on the glass.

Smells of bready wheat, earthen minerals, light musty funk, some yogurt and some lemon zest. Taste is pretty straight forward. Wheat and lemon zest up front with some yogurt, musty funk and the typical HF mineral rounds it all out. Tart, slightly chewy feel from start to finish.

Overall a solid saison. Don't get me wrong, I would never turn it down, but I definitely think some of the others are just better.

Nov 25, 2014
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greg4579 from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

Sep 28, 2014
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innuendobrewskiman63 from New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

Jul 26, 2013
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Mikeypnh from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Feb 10, 2014
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jmg480 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 08, 2017
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seeswo from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

May 11, 2012
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Maxwell from Massachusetts

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

The beer pours a pale yellow with a slightly cloudy haze and a cloudy torrent of bubbles racing to replenish the head. The beer pours with a nice white, fat two fingers’ width head made of small tightly knit bubbles. The beer’s body is slightly hazy, like any saison should be, with no floaties or particles in it. On the nose, the beer smells of metallic and banana-like with herbal notes of clove. There is also a slight salty tint to the smell, and even a slight funky tartness. As the beer warms the yeast smell becomes creamier and mellows out the metallic scent. On the tongue, the beer tastes funky sweet with some middling bitterness. The flavors begin as sharp bitter grass, moving into buttery banana yeast with touches of clove. It then delves back into herbal bitter with clove notes with lovely funky notes and a touch of chalky wheat malt. The finish is slightly metallic with some citrus lemon and tart banana and bubblegum funk notes. The after taste is softly herbal bitter with a touch of wheat funk. In the mouth the beer feels medium light in body with a creamy, welcoming carbonation level that is a little fierce to begin with, but mellows into a welcoming embrace on the tongue. The mouth is left clean with slight saliva pockets on the very edges of the mouth. Overall, this is a tasty and interesting saison that has a lot of wheat beer character. The saison elements are definitely underplayed in the flavors, but this beer is still delicious, and I guess I’m not quite sure what I should have expected in a wheat saison. As it warms the saison flavors do come out more and meld nicely with the wheat flavors. This is a delicious beer with some funky complexities. Another success from Hill Farmstead, try it.

Apr 07, 2013
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xJMFCx from West Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 19, 2015
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3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oct 16, 2015
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TomWight from New York

4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 07, 2020
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours very light yellow. Could be mistaken for a Light Lager. White head hangs around and is very lean. Body is transparent.

S-Wheat and yeast. Both are light. A bit of farmy funk. A tiny sprinkle of spice. Pale fruits and bread crumbs.

T-Rather light but the spice is set quite perfectly. Yeast and light funk are tasty. Zesty lemons. Grains and grass. A subdued but semi-complex Saison.

M-Light, light, light. Spritzy carbonation. Sessionable. Crisp.

O/D-This was pleasant but it isn't anywhere near Hill Farmstead's better beers. I stuck with their hoppy brews at the bar.

Jul 24, 2012
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MarkyMOD from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 03, 2014
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SpasmWaiter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -5.4%

Oct 22, 2014
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BEER88 from Washington

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

Jul 01, 2016
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