Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #29
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4.38 | pDev: 7.53%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: Arthur (1922-2005) was our grandfather’s youngest brother; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings. In his honor, this Saison is crafted from American malted barley, American and European hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Arthur.
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arthur (2021) from Hill Farmstead. Received from @Roy_Hobbs in BIF #14. 25.4 oz capped bottle. Stored at home at 38 degrees. Reviewed 28/11/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Stamped on end of label “20210106”. Served at 39.7 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 47.3 degrees.
Appearance – 4.5.
First pour – Pale Straw (SRM 2), clear.
Body – Straw (SRM 3), clear. When rear-lite, same.
Head – Large (Maximum five cm, aggressive center pour), white, average retention, diminishing to a one to 0.5 cm crown and a complete cap with many rocks. Second pour produces a 5.2 cm head. Some sediment breaks loose at the end of the third pour, but most remains in the bottle.
Lacing – Excellent! Wide band of tiny to small bubbles, slowly evolving into disintegrating torn curtains.
Aroma – 4 – Initially a bit vinous and fruity with some barnyard funk, no malt, no hops, no yeast. Funk becomes stronger as it warms.
Flavor – 4.75 – Taste follows the nose but slightly acidic, no malt, no hops, no yeast. Light lemon and little funk in the first glass. Second glass is about the same, with a slight increase in funk in the aroma but not in the flavor. No ethanol (6.2 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. Mild gastric warming toward the end. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Thin, watery, lively carbonation, i.e., typical wild ale. Ends a bit dry.
Final impression and summation: 4.5 Very pleasing wild ale, lemony and crisp, with the initial funkiness fading away. Lacks the muddledness of many other examples of the style.

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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at brewery:
First pour is clear golden, with the remnants sneaking in to cloudy and yellow things up a bit. Head is a couple fingers and lasts as a film encircled by a thick, fuzzy ring.

Nose is tart apricot, peach and lemon with a bit of must and a hint of funk. Smooth yet effervescent feel - a little smoother in the second pour. The second pour is also slightly less tart and a little more funky.

The second pour has a cracker and hay/grass sneaking out from an apricot/tangerine opening, whereas the first pour has a little sweeter opening. Tartness squeezes the sides of my tongue in both glasses.

A familiar farmhouse impression comes out of the second, transforming to a hay/dry grass bitterness by the end. The first one is a little cleaner, with the tartness lingering more than any distinct bitterness.

I really like the mix of tart and musty farmhouse, especially in the second pour.

Sep 09, 2021
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Pivopijak from Washington

3.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

large bottle into glass
Bottled 4 months ago.
Bright, fairly hazy, golden straw look. Effervescent, slightly tangy, fermented, malty & pineapple, aromas. Really tangy start to the show, taste wise, with a touch of bitterness that fades pretty soon. A trace of the pineapple, with no sweetness, mixed with a bit of lightly toasted wood and a bit of a good type of mustiness, also in the taste. Finish is the tangy part, fading to very little non-sweet muscat grape, with a touch of herbal and floral flavors.

Sep 07, 2021
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StJamesGate from New York

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy bright blonde with sticky endless white legs; chalk, flowers, lemon zest, + mild funk on the nose; Carr’s, apricot, orange zest, yellow apple, sage, earth, slight cheese rind, hint of white pepper, + grassy hop end; smooth, tangy, fizzy, with gypsum.

4.25 4.25 4.5 4.25 4.5

Another one you’ve got to pay attention to if you want to see the orchard fruit depth, mellow farmy funk, and the hop presence.
You can linger, drink in company without fussing, pair with food… this is their flagship for a reason.
Smooth, nuanced, mature, delicate, easy, fun, lovely.

Aug 13, 2021
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Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Poured into a wine glass, a cloudy straw haze is topped with a one inch white head lingered in suds of varying sizes before dissipating into a delicate crown.
Smell - Funk, increasing as it warmed, was the first thing I noticed, but was quickly joined by lemony citrus and a touch of spice.
Taste - A restrained tartness washed over my palate while barnyard funk quietly let its presence known. The citrus was from the aroma was present as well. Bright lemon was the most prominent of citrus, but more of a grilled lemon than overwhelmingly sour. Some spice on the finish with a lingering minerality that I find hard to define. Complex and changing with every sip, it leaves my mouth watering for more.
Feel - Lively and effervescent with a medium body.
Overall - Truly fantastic.

Jan 18, 2021
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BrandonAllaire from Vermont

4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite Hill Farmstead shelfie. For $10 you really can't beat this beer. Look is a beautiful light honey color. The nose offers that unmistakeable Hill Farmstead, sedimenty, funk that lingers. Taste is tart but the sediment and funk come through. As this beer ages it gains complexity which enhances the mouthfeel in my opinion. The taste will linger a bit longer and have a more prominent funk. Overall this is one of my favorite beers and is pretty hard to beat.

Dec 29, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

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

Pours a hazy straw color with a perfectly white head that is quite bubbly. Simply a gorgeous beer. Funky aromas associated with the style are forward on the nose, but there’s a surprising amount of citrus as well, specifically lemons and mandarin oranges, and some white grape notes, too.

I am officially drooling.

The funk is also forward on the taste, but it is the lemon and mandarin orange flavors that really elevate this - there’s a little sour, but the citrus flavors soften the sour and add depth that I’ve not previously found in this style. Truly incredible flavors.

The mouthfeel is effervescent, drawing you back in for another drink. Truly world-class, IMHO.

Oct 11, 2020
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lmaduells from Spain

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic beer, I really liked it. With defined style but with imagination and creativity. Complex but balanced in excesses and style. A brutal beer!

Sep 09, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours pale yellow with a chill haze. Two-plus inches of dense white head settled to a skim coat on the surface with plenty of tattered rings of lacing. Cut grass, lemony minerals, cloves, apple, and light funk in the nose. Light bodied with a lively, crisp mouthfeel. Lemon and grapefruit on the palate with stone fruit following through. Finishes dry, very tart, and Geuze -like with underlying citrus.

Sep 01, 2020
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SaisonMaker from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably the first HF beer I had. Had it on draft at Armsby Abbey. It's really good stuff. Classic soft water HF thing and very well constructed beer. Slightly sour.

Aug 30, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The perfect beer to be my 1000th review.

L — Lightly hazy straw body with two fingers of very dense white head produced with gentle pour. Fabulous retention and lacing, and very noticeable effervescence
S — Dry hay, dried lemon peel, subtle barnyard funk, pear, chamomile, wheat
T — Lemon balm, sumac berry, peach skin, dried floral, unripe apricot, parmesan cheese rind, hint of earthy hop. Quite dry, but there's a hint of barley sweetness
F — Light and fluffy mouthfeel, well carbonated. Like I’m taking bites out of a cloud
O — This is a great mixed fermentation ale (‘saison’, if you want to call it that) in its own right, but the fact that its only $10/750 bottle for this stuff makes it even better. What a fantastic daily drinker


Jul 09, 2020
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npolachek from New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Terrific beer. Love the low ABV so you dont feel trashed after drinking a 750ml. Has a funky and tart taste with a good head and great foam. So enjoyable in front of a campfire!

Jun 22, 2020
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A 750ml bottle, bottled on 23rd May 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen Zenne glass.

Appearance: A very nice lightly hazy golden colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Funky, tart, mango, stone fruit, malt, bready, citrus, lemon juice and pepper.

Taste: Sweet, tart, lightly sour, stone fruit, peach, citrusy, lemon juice, grass, funk, with hints of peppery spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate spritzy carbonation.

Overall: I love Arthur every time I get a chance to try it. One of my favourite from Hill Farmstead, and one of my favourite in the Saison / Farmhouse style. The aroma and flavours just come together so well that it’s a joy to drink.

May 08, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color with a hint of fog to the transparency. Head is two fingers of snow-white foam that lasts a long while. Aroma is straw, cellar stone, herbal and grassy hops and a squeeze of citrus. It has a remarkably well defined and managed profile, flowing seamlessly from start to finish. Flavor profile is cellar stone, grapefruits, cracked black pepper, straw, and herbal and grassy hops. A dab of bready, earthy malts adds a little firmness to the back, but the whole profile transitions together well. There is a mild tartness with a lactic sour bite the swells up right at the finish, leaving a lingering sour note on the tongue. Mouth feel has a light carbonation, landing a little shy of soft thanks to a prickly fuzz at the start. Texture then stills out to a consistent light-crispness, thinking more tempura-fried crispness vs. a hearty chicken fried chicken crispness. Thickness is medium. Overall, this saison does well to remain focused on the intent, all the while providing a delectable beverage that rewards both gulping and savoring.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 750mL bottle. Reviewed on Saison Day 2020 (April 4th).

Apr 04, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Dave for this one!

750ml capped bottle - 2018 vintage - poured into a classic tulip at 58°F.

Pours a brilliant golden straw hue with excellent unfiltered clarity, topped with two fingers of what could pass for whipped cream. The dense, creamy white head retains its form indefinitely, as some of the most aggressive effervescence I've ever seen streams upwards in a swirling column, keeping it alive.

Nose: I'm comparing this (perhaps unfairly) to Anna, but so far, the aroma is nearly identical. That wonderfully unique, complex aroma with tons of minerality, like wet earth by a rushing river after a rainstorm, delicate lemony acidity, spring meadows with fragrant blossoms covered in morning dew, dusty farmhouse, with all the funk of the old, musty barn, without any of the animals, wild green apples, pears, apricot, lemongrass, unripe forest berries, some musty brett funk, some peppery saison spice, lime leaf, and a whole bouquet of vinous dry white wine aromas. Complex, balanced, colourful, with a tame acidity. Definitely doesn't have that honeycomb/beeswax/earthy component that Anna does, otherwise, they're remarkably similar aromas.

Palate: I was so sad when I finished Anna, because it was like drinking a piece of art. This first sip just transported me back to that magical beer. Half a glass later, I'm ready to review. Arthur greets the palate with the perfect amount of acidity. Lemony, cidery, and just the faintest hint of apple cider vinegar, yet it's never puckering or uncomfortable. Like unripe berries with a flick of lemon juice over them. Wonderful bright lemon, lemon zest, lemonbalm, lime zest, wild green apple, unripe pear, apricot, peach, nectarine, and a touch of their bitter pits too. An absolute ton of minerality, bringing some flint and citric acid, leading into some really balanced barnyard funk, with wet wood, leather, and some nice dusty brett. A bright clean grassiness comes in, complimenting the orchard fruit, and lending a grassy, herbal bite, slowly becoming a touch spicy as if there were some classic European hops in here. This grassy, spicy, herbal note lends a touch of gentle bitterness on the back end, which really accentuates the peach pit note, becoming almost tannic, giving this the illusion that it spent time in a barrel. The malt base is clean, classy, and supportive, without any wheat or spelt grittiness. The bitterness begins the finish, where the tartness quickly retreats, along with the brighter lemon and fruity notes, and a slight peppery spiciness comes in, slowly pushing out the minerality and wine-like character, eventually finishing with some classic European hop spice, and just a whisper of bitterness, with some lingering dusty barn funk.

Mouthfeel/Body: Arthur is refreshingly, almost unbelievably spritzy, bubbly, and uplifting. Medium-light in body, with a very subtle malted roundness lending some shape. Ultra crisp, snappy, and drinkable beyond words. Effervescence is essentially seltzer, with such aggressively lively yet ultra-fine bubbles, that it basically turns to air in your mouth. Well-attenuated, zero stickiness, zero sweetness, finishing dry, slightly drying, clean, and with just the faintest hint of hop oils. 750ml of this will not last long.

Overall: I didn't think anything could compare to Anna, yet hear I am. In fact, I'm almost convinced that Anna just Arthur + honey. The perfect balance of acidity, minerality, classic saison traits, fruitiness, spicy and grassy European hops, citrus, light funk, brett, lacto, and pedio, floral notes, and insane drinkability. It doesn't get much better than this. Refreshing, complex, crisp, and both affordable and obtainable. A king among men. A special saison.

Mar 27, 2020
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/3/19, consumed 1/18/20

It's a light colored and gorgeous looking beer. A strong pour left me too much head to drink it for a bit. The smell is lemon funk but all understated. The taste gives a bit more sour than I expected, but it's not very tart overall. I love the hint of funk and light mouthfeel. I'm not a familiar with this style as other beers, but this is a great beer for a warm summer day (or January) and I could sip this all day long.

Jan 18, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulp

L: Nearly clear light golden pour with thick fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing... some sediment clouds the final pour.

S: Tart and funky. Green fruit and apple cider vinegar.

T.F: Tart... complex and funky. Green fruit and oak. Spice and crackery malts. Stone fruit, apple rind, lemongrass, and pepper. Moderate acidity.... no significant pucker. Medium to light bodied with vibrant carbonation. Complex funk and fruit at the finish.

O: A fabulous saison. Damned near perfect for the style.

Jan 16, 2020
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, pale bronze with a pillowy, everlasting head. Lemon juice and rustic, barnyard funk in the nose. The taste is dry and moderately tart with more lemon, some berries, some horsey funk and a resolute but inconspicuous malt backbone. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with champagne like active carbonation.

This is a fantastic funky Saison - complex and sour without taking the enamel off your teeth. I

Jan 12, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light copper colored with a light haziness. There’s a fingernail of eggshell around the rim and covering half of the top. The aroma is of lightly tart brettanomyces and earthy saison yeast. I’m tasting a gentle tartness from brettanomyces and light cereal grains. There’s also some very light earthy saison yeast. The mouth is moderately carbonated, crisp, and refreshing.

Nov 06, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 8/29/18

Pours a sharp, crystal-clear honey golden body (shifts to a cloudy, glistening orange/lemon balm hue once sediment settles) topped with an immediately cascading head of white foam; good retention relents to thick, chunky lacing walling the glass, along with a spotty cap and dense collar of foam.

Aromas of ripe barnyard open, quickly followed by a sweet straw interlude and eventually making way for grassy herbs and further complex, earthy funk to develop over time; light lime leaf and citrus rind touch the bouquet from the background.

Taste presents a backbone of yeasty funk beneath fresh grass, barnyard notes, and sweeter hay; deeply lactic, verging on cheesy, funk lingering through the swallow, and develops a casual intensity as it sits.

Mouthfeel features a light body with a semi-airy, moderate-high carbonation; slightly acidic consistently across the palate, with a wetness along the mid-palate balancing against the building funk; a zesty, funky grit holds steadily through to a largely dry finish.

This saison delivers in every aspect and leverages its more intense qualities to trickle throughout, but never overwhelm, the beer as a whole; universally-pleasing and complex in structure, but unceasingly drinkable.

Oct 25, 2019
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely exceptional. Light yellowy-straw colored with a remarkable soapy head and wonderful lacing. Highly carbonated and effervescent.

Horsey, grassy, citrusy, cidery, with sweet white wine notes. Incredible nose.

Crisp, funky, fruity (lemon, grapefruit, green apple, pear), crackery, light, dry, and delicate. Incredible.

Prickly, perfectly carbonated, silky, and smooth.

Oct 05, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think it was poured from a bottle (my wife picked it up for me). Tried it at Zwanze day at E9.

Pours with a humongous foamy head, hazy yellow color, almost murky. Very funky flavor, with a clear peach/apricot flavor. Nice and tart.

Sep 29, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottled on 5/16/19. Opened 9/24/19.
1+" sudsy white head, good retention at 1/2" and lots of sudsy lacing early. Pale yellow, not clear and not opaque either.
Lemon, clove, yeasty fruit and spice aromas, hay/barn.
Mouth puckering lemon sourness, green apple, more barnyard/earthiness. Zesty lime/lemon.
Light body, medium to high carbonation...very zesty and lively, acidity is just right - does the job of making you want more.
Wow, this one blew me away. Fantastic.

Sep 24, 2019
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hill Farmstead is obviously the absolute best. Drinking this beer for the first time in probably 5 years and it still is a wow beer. It’s a shelfie on site there!

Sep 08, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased bottle at HF last April; Dec 2018 bottling. Shared at home August 2019. poured into HF wine glass.
Beautiful soft golden brew; bright to light. Full creamy head that retained a decent ring and some light lacing. Nose was soft with mostly funk; some straw and apple. Taste was more complex with stronger elements of unripe apple; straw; yeast musty; grain;hints of lemon zest; delightful tartness. Body was soft carbonation and dry. Very well crafted. Overall an excellent example of sophisticated well made farmhouse ale at a very reasonable everyday price point (750ml for $10). Great job.

Aug 28, 2019
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 2128 ratings