Arthur | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of JAStheAce
3.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Arthur pours out a bright yellow and built up quite a rocky foam head which crept up in my teku to almost 3 inches high. It took a good while for it to dissipate and go away on its own and once it receded, there was still a good, solid half inch to inch of head on the glass. It had a bit of stinky funk and spice on the nose. The taste was crisp with some funk and lemon acidity. It felt very clean on the palate. It was a very 1 dimensional beer with not much complexity. The beer finished dry and was refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of Buck89
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/2016 and poured into a tulip. Very clear and golden in color with a pillowy white head. The foam gradually settled, leaving a few tracks and a dollop in the middle of the glass. Bright grassy and hay aromas with a touch of lemon, orange, pepper, and flowers. I was a bit surprised at the tartness on the palate, but it was not distracting. Mainly lemon and lime. Also a nice peppery spice. Some hay and grassy flavors, all melded nicely. Medium-bodied with a dry finish.

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Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 750 ml (1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz.) bottle purchased at Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Bend, VT
Bottled 2016 09 15
Served in a tulip

Thanks to my friend Bill for grabbing me this bottle on his recent trip to Vermont.

Beautiful appearance. The crystal clear, bright golden colored body was topped by a two-finger tall, rocky, bone white crown that dropped to a thick bubbly mass. A sheet of drippy lacing coated the glass and stuck around for most of the session.

The nose was super crisp, clean and bright. Loads of grassy hops. Somewhat lemony. Bit of Bretty tartness. There was an intense dry, powdery yeastiness. Almost a bit lager-like. Pale malts were noticeable. Without knowledge of the style, I might guess this was a pilsener.

The flavor profile was even more bright and tart than the nose. Lemon notes came through big time right from the start. Fairly sour but not overly so. Touch of sweetness. This reminded me somewhat of a SweetTart. Crisp and wheaty in the center. Grassy hop notes appeared in the clean, dry finish. Some earthy hop bitterness and lemon pith lingered after the swallow.

Solid mouthfeel. Medium-full for the style. The liquid contained a fine, frothy effervescence. Fluffy on the palate. The carbonation was perhaps a bit subdued for the style.

Giving this bottle six months in the cellar yielded a beautiful crystal clear, golden yellow body and a fairly strong lemony tartness that made this saison amazingly refreshing and dangerously quaffable. I am curious to see what type of results even more aging would have on this beer.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 9/15/16
Palate Contaminants: a steak

The color is a light gold. It's translucent, and the color does notably change depending on what the light source is. Lots and lots of fine white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

The smell is like a grain candy. The initial thought is rice, but I can't exactly place it. There's a good amount of lemon, and it comes across as sweet and sour. I'm glad there's some more power with this one because the last few I've had have been milquetoast.

Quite a kick on the first sip. Then butter and more lemon (mostly sweet this time, but not too much). It also has a unleavened bread quality, ironically. The citrus is so strong that I can hardly pick out anything else. Grassy, maybe. Green apples, maybe.

There's plenty more carbonation, but it's blended in well. The lemon just keeps on keepin' on.

Maybe this would go okay with some white-sauce pasta, but it might be too sour.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes a ways back…
Clear golden yellow, no visible bubbles but a short lived foam leaves some polka dots. Dry cereal, peppery, lemon, yeasty, bubble gum, mineral water, light and tart

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at armsby abbey

Hazy yellow

Aroma of lemon citrus

Taste of tart lemon, whiff of apple?

Thin body , cidery

Tasty, very drinkable

Good beer

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Photo of hgw605
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Nice light hazy straw color. Rocky large white head.
S: Tart lemon citrus with a nice amount of complex brett funk.
T: tart to sour citrus heavy on the lemon side. Hint or earth and spice with a light amount of bready brett character.
F: Very nice with medium to high carbonation. Refreshing
O: Very good.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright and mostly clear yellow-gold with a moderate fluffy white head.

I get notes of honey, straw, light barnyard funk, tart or slightly sour lemon, and light wheat.

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Photo of LAp
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a teku glass. Pours a pale yellow, hazy, with tiny floaters. A strongly sour nose with a hint of saison yeast. The palate leaps prominently forward with a straight-out-of-the-farmhouse earthy note, though less funky than I would have anticipated or preferred. The background is more subtle, and accompanying fruit notes are light and reserved. The mouthfeel is medium-light with mild carbonation.

This beer was tasted in a sour sampling with OEC and Hill Farmstead. OEC trashed Hill Farmstead in this tasting. It was disappointing to see the superior beer trumped (in the BA ratings) by the superior name brand. That said, Arthur was a solid beer. World-class? No. But very good nonetheless.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours a hazy yellow with an average head.

A - Lots of sour citrus up front, especially tart lemon. Fermenty funk, too

T - Very tart and tasty. Lots of lemon and bits of lime and even a slight bit of apple (weird, yes). Incredibly tasty.

F - Super refreshing and drinkable. Perfect level of carbonation.

O - Wish I bought more! This is great stuff. Super tasty and super drinkable. And at 6% ABV, it's not too dangerous. Underrated offering by HF, highly recommended.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a light gold with some haze. Bright white foam. Smell is lemon, earth and funk. Taste is surprisingly sour. Well-made beer that you may think should be designated a sour.

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Photo of edthehead
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale grassy yellow with fizzy foamy white head that dissipates relatively quick. Earthy grassy lemon on the nose and palate, with a nice tart dry clean finish, and a near perfect medium to full mouthfeel. This tarty farmhouse ale is highly under rated. One of HF's best!

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Photo of Masonz223
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell: lots of lemon and vinegar some earthy funk grassiness
Taste: follows the nose exactly lemon vinegar some
Earthy funk fresh cut grass white grape skin maybe a hint of straw mild tartness a really clean tasting beer.
Feel: medium body really nice carbonation super drinkable. Pretty dry in the finish.
Overall: not a huge fan of the still but this beer is pretty damn tasty glad I got to try it!

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Photo of nhindian
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 7/22/2015. Now that I've had Art, time to try the non-barrel-aged version, Arthur.

Appearance - Compared to Art, Arthur is a bit lighter and perhaps a little more clear, but it still has that pale straw color to it. The head is large and dense, threatening to overflow before quickly fizzing away. Lots of lace follow this beer as it recedes, coating the glass in haphazard streaks of foam.

Aroma - The aroma is surprisingly simple and focuses on a damp funkiness and lighter grassy and lemony notes. You can smell the mild acidity which prepares the way for what's to come. It's also quite yeasty with a subtle black pepper or herbal quality to it.

Taste - My first impression of the taste is that it is actually less tart than Art was at the beginning. Otherwise, it transitions into a broad range of flavors that have much more breadth than the nose let on. First comes the citrus notes, like a tart Meyer lemon with parts of the rind to give it a solid earthiness. Next is that funky yeast which I assume is responsible for that herbal quality in the nose that comes through here as well. As it warms, I get an almost vinous grape flavor which is excellent when coupled with the lemon notes. Finally, the back-end brings back the subtle cracked black pepper.

Mouthfeel - Compared to Art, the mouthfeel on Arthur is perfect. The carbonation is spot-on (which lackthereof I thought was Art's fault) and the overall feel is dry, crisp, and very refreshing. There's a certain type of minerality which comes through that suits the style flawlessly.

Closing Arguments - My second Hill Farmstead saison, and they are 2/2 in my book. Everything from the appearance to the mouthfeel is near perfect, and each sip was a delight. My only complaint is that I have to trade for this, as I'd drink it all the time if it were readily available near me.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taster glass. Thanks again, Shannon!

A: Opaque golden/yellow with an off-white two finger head that stuck around (i.e., lots of carbonation).

S: Lemon zest, Belgian yeast, Brett, funk.

T: Lemon and citrus take over the palette with a kick of Brett and barnyard funk. Tart and floral. Fresh and effervescent.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: A damn fine saison, perfect for summer and a salad. Or grilled fish. Or lemon meringue. Or all by itself.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy bright yellow color with fizzy white head. Funk, citrus, tartness, earthy tones, and some light grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light to medium bodied. Finishes with a light tartness that compliments the citrus well.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy straw color. Aroma has sweet citrus fruits like pomelo and some nice farmhouse funk. Taste starts tart with citrus fruits and also has floral yeast esters. Body is light and effervescent. A really nice farmhouse ale but not as special as I expected.

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Photo of FFreak
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip and consumed with a nice seafood dinner. The appearance is perfect..golden yellow, almost clear, tall white head with considerable lace. Smell is slight lemon and yeast, very nice. Taste is awesome, light fruitiness with slight spice, straw and bread. Mouthfeel is great...light body, pefect carbonation, soft and creamy. Overall, a perfect choice to go with the meal.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml poured into a teku glass. Poured a pale yellow color with a huge white head that lingers for a while. Quite the hazy body. The smell is very citrus-y with lemons and yeast. The taste is fairly tart but I love that aspect of it. Has the citrus flavors as anticipated; lemons, hay, barnyard funk, low acidity, and little bit of yeast. The mouth feel is extremely crisp and clean with a lingering tartness. This could be my favorite Hill Farmstead "shelf" beer. Will be seeking out more bottles as this would be fantastic on a hot summer day, cheers!

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Photo of pagriley
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 into snifter

Pours golden strawcwith haze and a huge head.
Brett funk on the nose with hints of citrus and spice
Lemmony and crisp with a fanky tart finish
Bright sparkling carb

Overall a lovely beer.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On the nose i got tons of Green (sour) apples, with a funky kick, on the taste the apples were there along with that distinct funky/floral Hill farmstead yeast quality and a very satisfying sour finish. Very enjoyable Saison.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was very happy to get my hands on a bottle for New Years Eve.
Poured into my Lost Abbey Teku.
A - Pours a hazy golden color with a massive foamy head that settles to a nice 1/2" head. Lacing stays on the glass for a long time.
S - The aroma is funky and lemony and floral.
T - Flavor follows the nose, and it is tart. Just the right amount.
M - The mouth feel is crisp, finish is dry. Certainly has quite a bit of carbonation but it does not adversely affect the beer.
O - Very drinkable farmhouse ale. Just tart enough but not overdone.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 750Ml bottle poured into a HF stemmed snifter.

It is a slightly hazy golden yellow. There is a very large dishsoap like, bright white head. It leaves some spotty lacing.

Smells funky and sour. I get Belgian yeast, lemon, floral hops, and some sweet fruit.

It is tart. Lots of lemon, some grapefruit rind, green grapes, some pear juice, and a slight flowery hop flavor and subtle bitterness.

Crisp, light bodied, and dry. Like a white white/chardonay.

This is not a style I am real into, but this is my favorite HF beer, and probably my favorite farmhouse.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am generally just OK with this style beer but this is exceptional. So after scrafing down some of this on draft I wound up picking up about 10 bottles of this on my last visit and am STILL slowly reducing my "stash" for special friends or a "just because" moment. For me there is an overall "ness" to this beer that is special. Gosh, I've just talked myself into another one. Gotta wait until at least noon though.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden yellow with a white head. Smells and flavors of lemon rind, pear, green grape, white wine, floral hops, wildflower honey, and white pepper spice. Slightly tart with a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Perfect for quaffing and sipping.

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