Arthur
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #24
ABV:
6%
Score:
97
Ranked #437
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 7.55%
Reviews:
291
Ratings:
2,077
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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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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Photo of thorkelson
4.94/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think about this beer an unhealthy amount of the time.. My first Hill Farmstead brew. Sent to me by the legendary vtambrose. There's something so special about these guys. They take brewing to a whole new level of genuine understanding and thoughtful crafting. It's not just brewing - they're crafting stories with a beer.

Maybe I haven't had the right saisons yet... but this beer blew me to a new level of understanding of the style. I was so fixated on IIPAs for the longest time and now I realize that there are slightly tart and light saisons that rule out there. The complexity of this beer without the overwhelming sour just... made me appreciate the mild use of brett and the not over use of belgian yeast/sugar. I could drink this beer forever and be so happy. This is one of the few beers I will continue to seek out over and over again. I want to plan a trip to VT simply to visit the sacred grounds on which this beer was crafted.

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades at a med pace with lots of lacing, very hazy golden creamy yellow color.

Nose a bit yeasty, light lemony zest, light citrusy, dry rustic malts and wheat, farmhouse earthy aroma, touch of spices

Taste is very saison, dry rustic earthy farmhouse, light creamy malts, little yeasty, light lemony citrus fruit and zest, dry bready malts, light wheat like, lots of carbonation, little creamy and light spices, bit of bitterness and hint of tannins. Finishes even more bitter, light floral grassy hops, pretty dry, more farmhouse rustic malt flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall nice, great flavors, right on for saison, nice hops that come late, dry finish, good carb, nice farmhouse flavors, very light spices, and a nice lemony citrus flavor.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml. bottle acquired at the brewery on June 28, 2017.

A highly carbonated foggy yellow color pour with a long lasting foamy white head.

Those sour and green apple notes emerge immediately in the aroma with a good barnyard stable atmosphere. Underneath I pick up some hints of cooked barley.

Light to medium body that is also smooth.

The taste is as tart and sour as you would hope and it almost feels like it has a warming finale.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caught between the rusticity of traditional Belgian farmhouse ale and the popular norther German sour ale, the brewers at Hill Farmstead rely on both groupings of flavor to honor the men who held the farm before them.

Arthur pours with a surprisingly clear light golden color. A spritzy froth pulls from the ale and crowns the rim with a loosely knit, long lasting froth. The striking scent of white wine, cider and citrus align on the nose with a mild backdrop of cork, cellar and grain. Soft sweetness greets the tongue with a sense of pulled candy, sourdough and a crisp cereal character.

The real magic happens as the ale blossoms on the middle palate. Its sweetness drifts away and the multitude of yeasty nuances begin to shine. Citrus flavors of lemon and under ripened orange begin to fuse with a juicier melon and pear medley. Cider follows with the crispness of green apple in a dry french cider kind of way. White grape trends racy and crisp with a mineral snappiness late on the palate that balances to even keel perfection with the hop composition of hay, pepper and grassiness. A sharp grapefruit and vinous spice finish has the beer straddling the wine and ale separation.

Medium light on the palate, the beer's residual malts trend lightly starchy and of whole wheat. But the work of hop resins, playful acidity and yeast spices all lighten the impression of taste and texture to allow a fast finish of impeccable drinkability, refreshment and cleanliness. A quick aftertaste leaves a tart, cidery and soft doughy taste resonating briefly afterwards.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic saison, shared a bottle with my wife over dinner. The funk is beautifully balanced with wheat tartness. Fresher bottle(3-15), will hold one for a little while to see what age does to it...

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Photo of Spice_Navigator
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Has all the things you'd want in a saison. Lemon and citrus notes that are perfect on a hot summer day. Tastes like it has a bit of funky sour going on too. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep gold with a thick quickly dissipating head. Good lacing. Faint pepper and biscuit on the nose with some dry white wine notes following. Dry on the tongue, very spicy with lots of pepper. Dry finish as well. Light bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a supremely well crafted and easy drinking farmhouse ale.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Stevem68
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bubbly pale straw yellow with pure white head. Has a tart aroma with an unripened pineapple note. Flavor is a little pineapple, a little salty and tart. This is a very complex beer and I really enjoyed it. Overall I can't wait to have it again!

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Photo of humuloner22
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received this in trade a few weeks back. I noticed the bottling date was from January of last year, still this one has held up very well, perhaps even better than it was fresh? Although there was no noticeable off flavors at all. Very well crafted beer.

Appearance: Light golden honey colored with a large amount of delicate white head.

Aroma: Tartness is the dominant aroma some sweetness in there as well. Very much a Belgian style ale.

Taste: Tart, citrus fruits and a little bitterness pretty complex, yet mild as well. Very clean finishing and truly enjoyable.

Overall: This is my first Hill Farmstead beer and I am amazed at how well crafted it truly is, if I had not just ran across the date I would never have been able to tell that it had over a year of age on the bottle. Super beer! I hope this is the first of many opportunities.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

the difference between a very good saison and a world class one turns out to be not all that much. its just that one extra degree of refinement and attention to detail, maybe knowledge of process or even quality of ingredients. its tough to pinpoint, especially here, in a beer that in so many ways is not that different from a million other saisons on the market. it has a soft fluffy mostly pale malt base, with a slightly higher dosage of hops than tradition probably calls for, but with classic varietals and a yeast strain that makes it special. the recipe is the same across the board, but arthur has that it factor, that distinguishing element(s) that puts it up into a category nearly all of its own. for me, one element is the yeast. its super super funky, but it isnt tart or sour at all, and while it definitely has wild ale appeal, it doesnt get as involved on that front, a level of reserved craftsmanship rarely seen. if there is a little brett in here, its mild and sweet. the other element is the hops, and we all know these guys do hops pretty amazingly, but its grassy and bigger in this beer, without even lending oils to the beer to make it sticky and heavy, and without much bitterness. its a special understanding of the ingredients and the processes that produces such dynamic balance. mouthfeel is special as well, its carbonated quite brightly, but its not the racing soda bubbles of most, its a more gentle upbeat tune this one sings, and i am really happy having it hum along on my palate. finishes nice and dry and clean, feels rustic and timeless, traditional but evolved, and like something to be revered and shared, which is exactly what we did with it. a common beer style, probably with common ingredients and processes, but of outrageously uncommon quality. this is the new benchmark in my mind.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy shit is the only description that fits this beer. I love saisons, but this is just so well put together. It was so light and refreshing with the perfect amount of tart funk. I could drink this all day. It's absolutely phenomenal.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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 brentk56
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Looks like the best of the Belgians, with the liquid being a cloudy honey color and the head billows with marshmallow meringue; incredible stickage and copious lacing qualities

Smell: Grainy malt aromatics merge with some barnyard yeasty funk and a hint of lemony/grassy hops

Taste: The grainy malt flavor establishes itself first and then underpins the other flavors through the finish; lemon, cantaloupe and pear flavors emerge next with grassy hops and peppery yeast arriving in the middle; everything merges, after the swallow, with some lemony/grassiness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really clean, well crafted Saison

Thanks, GJ40, for the chance to revisit

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Photo of gcamparone
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Purchased at the brewery in November.

Pours a super hazy, pale yellow body with a big gushing frothy white head that reduces slowly to leave some lacing a decent, uneven white retention that sits for a while. Some sediment.

Aroma is super inviting with big fruity and tart aromas, namely tart citrus, lemon, and green apple mixed with banana-clove, peppery spices, farmhouse funk.

Taste is equally as complex, upfront is tart citrus but not overpoweringly sour, saison yeastyness & barnhouse funk, estery banana, a creamy caramel, with a spicy, peppery, and slightly bitter finish. Super complex. Excellently balanced. Easy to drink with a medium body and medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall a world class Saison, super complex, balanced, and tasty. I expect nothing less from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into a stemmed vase, the beer is a bright, hazy, straw-gold coloring with a steady, rapid flow of carbonation in the body, and a foamy, low profile, bright white head. Aromas of citrus sweet and tart, candi sugar, cut grass, bready notes, berries, subtle farmhouse funk, yeasty esters, and herbal highlights. Flavors are extremely sweet and tart citrus forward, heavy on orange rind and lemon zest, with a subtle candied backbone, grassy and herbal highlights, floral notes, berry fruits, all spice, and hints of bitter hops resin. Amazingly balanced, on a full body kept light by the carbonation. The aftertaste is a tart and sweet blend of all of the fruity notes, with a balanced of grassy and bitter hops. The finish is effervesced, crisp, and dry. This is a great beer!

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2.75/5  rDev -37.1%

Photo of abrodsky
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of harrymel
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch and Bottle: unk

Pours a diaphanous gold ale with a finger of white foam that falls over a few minutes to a broken sheet of the same. spotty lace. Smells of funk, grass, hay, must, manure and hints of herbal yeast. Nice nose. Slightly bitter initially, this converges with flavors of lemon, amaretto, pear and the slightest cloves. Some dirty character to the whole thing. Decent flavor, it's oddly crisp with the components. Mouthfeel is light with hi carb and a snappy finish.

This is a "rustic farmhouse saison". Yep, I agree with that assessment. Nice beer.

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Photo of Travcofarms
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of james582
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of controlfate
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Winston3737
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.56/5  rDev +4.3%

Arthur from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 2077 ratings