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 Hesscabob
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW WOW WOW! Very light, white frothy head leading into a sensational aroma of Saison yeast, sour/acidic tones, earthy but very refreshing. First Hill Farmstead and will search for more! Game changer of a Saison.

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Photo of PHBoiler
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer perfection for me. Light, crisp, bright, and dry. It drinks like champagne. It's got a hint of white grape, pear, and apple skin. Like a pink lady apple with a hint of sweetness and a crispness that almost leans into a hair of tartness. The carbonation, light body, and dry finish are what make this beer special.

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Photo of thorkelson
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
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 boilermakerbrew
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a very hazy yellow to straw in color with a huge, fluffy head. The head is here to stay with tremendous retention. Lacing is also phenomenal with an intricate lattice work down the side of the glass from the incredibly fluffy head.

S- Just like the head on this beer, the scent is almost fluffy in quality. Light scents of grain, funk, and just a touch of tart acidity intermingle on the nose and provide an enticing scent. Underneath those scents is a smell of a touch of peppery spiciness that really mixes in with the funky part of the scent very well. Slightly dry on the end of the smell as well.

T- Starts with a mix of slight tartness and some funk at the beginning of the drink. The tartness is very mild and has just a touch of lemony characteristics. The grain and spiciness come next with a light and dry flavor that is accompanied by the same pepper flavor as the scent. The drink moves more towards a dry flavor overall in the second half and the funk and grain are dominant flavors from there on out. The lingering flavor on the tongue is just a touch of the tart flavor mixed in with the dry funkiness.

M- This beer is best described with a word that I have already used in this review; fluffy. It is very light and airy on the tongue with an easy drinking, smooth feel. Greatly sessionable with an evolving flavor profile as it warms.

Overall, this is the type of saison that is right up my alley. Grainy and just a little spicy and funky with a light to moderate level of tartness. My favorite saisons have that tart aspect yet keep a great complexity with grain and funk, and this beer has all of those qualities.

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Photo of pschul4
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Celticfutblclub!

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a big white fluffy head

S- Tiny bit of belgian yeast in there but the big thing is how sour this smells! Never would have expected that out of a saison. Smells amazing

T- What is a delicious gueze doing in this saison bottle? Nice and sour with a touch of sweetness. If someone told me this was a gueze I'd tell them it was damn near perfect. As a saison, it's beyond perfect

M- Very carbonated but it mathes the sourness nicely

O- Best saison I've ever had. Period

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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 CLCardinal84
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Golden yellow with a nice bubbly head

S: Delicious citrus and funk. Nice oak and white wine scents picked up also

T: Woah, this stuff is really really good. Probably the best saison I've ever had. It's perfectly balanced. Fruity, tart and creamy. Pretty much perfect.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation.

O: Thanks to notjustgc for sending this in a trade. This was my first Hill Farmstead beer and was it ever enjoyable. I will certainly seek this and other HF stuff out again. Might just have to make the trek to Vermont as it might be easier to attain that way :)

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Photo of Rifugium
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First had: bottle from Hill Farmstead

Poured into a HF stem glass, a hazy white peach color with a fizzy white head that my wife described as "decadent," for it truly was, nice retention and luscious lacing. I expected more of a straight up saison and prepared my olfactory glands for the typical hit of funk, but surprisingly, they were instead greeted with an unexpected hit of citrus and fruit, with a bit of tartness. This translated into the taste, zesty citrus, grass, apple skins, a twinge of tart/sour, spicy yeast, and a dash of pepper. I'm kicking myself for not getting a couple extra bottles of this! Light-medium body, prickly, and tremendously drinkable. And now it's gone. :( Loved it while it lasted though.

Being a more under-the-radar "sour," and a fairly "common" offering from HF, this may be one of my favorites from them.

*Old review aside, this has easily morphed into one of my favorite beers over the years.

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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 JulioH
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer from Hill Farmstead.

Pours a nice golden yellow beer. Normal head forms at the top. Smell of brett and funk on the nose. Taste is mildly sour, perfect for a saison. Some Belgian yeast is present, but very well balanced beer. Not hoppy or bitter whatsoever. Body is light.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%

On tap at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Mind blown. Mind on the wall like Earnest Hemingway. All those grassy, peppery saison flavors, but with a dollop of the most glorious citrus possible. Am I tripping? No, I'm alive.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Ri0
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured 750ml bottle into my Duvel.

A - Pours hazy, deep straw yellow with a nice 3 finger white head. Retention is excellent and there is plent of lacing all over the glass.

S - Aromas of citrus, lemon/lime, and floral notes. There is breadiness from the pale malts and some grassy/earthy notes followed by hints of spice and funk.

T - Quite citrusy, with lemons, limes, and oranges. Floral and earthy hops along with grassy notes fill in with a bready or cracker like malt. Just a bit of spice and funk on the finish.

M - Light and crisp with fantastic carbonation. Quite easy to drink on a warm summer's eve.

O - Easily the best Saison that I have had and it has everything I want in one. What a treat and I am lucky to have tried it. Now I want more!

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Photo of justforrazors
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

4-13 Batch, reviewed live 8/14/13. Bottle had a slow gush upon opening, poured into a HF wine glass.

A- Pours a hazy orange -yellow color with a soapy white head that fills the top three inches of my glass. As it slowly fades to about a third of an inch, it leaves insane lacing on all sides of the glass. Carbonation is noticeable, and appears fairly high, though alright for style.

S- Brett straight up. It rears its head with lemon, orange peel, pepper, and some complimentary band aid phenolics.

T- Awesome tartness that you wouldn't have expected from the smell. Tons of lemon mixed with a little bit of grassy flavors, as well as some spicy notes to balance the whole thing out. Pretty much the perfect saison as far as flavors goes, but that is just one man's opinion. Decent bitterness at the end as well, it plays well with the pepper notes on the back end.

M- Prickly carbonation, medium to low body with a crisp finish that sports some decent drying, although nothing that isn't tolerable, or enjoyable for this style.

O- God- the last time I had this same batch it didn't blow me away. This time around, it is clear that the bugs have taken over and just bumped this beer up in to the top tier. The lemon adds a tartness that is very well balanced by the pepper phenols and bitter hop notes at the end of the taste. The high carbonation and drying effects make you crave another sip, and the appearance is as close to perfect for a saison as one could ask. Give me more please....

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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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Photo of KornWallace
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Location: DiCicco's Armonk
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Pale to straw yellow. Little to no head. Hazy and very difficult to see through.
Aroma: Sour yeast. Slightly vinous. Apples/Pears. Light on the wheat.
Flavor: Again that sour flavor kicks more flavors of lemon then that apple/pear.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to Adam for the trade!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. A great head of white foam. Great retention and lacing too.

(S)- Quite dry. A great funky earthy yeast to it. Subtle lemon peel. Very complex despite its simplicity.

(T)- A juicy body to this white being quite dry and slightly earthy at the same time. Lemon and lime meets a dry yeast with an ever so slight tart funk.

(M)- A superb carbonation level and balance to this. Big dry funk while still having a bright and zesty citrus and yeast profile. Not overly bitter either.

(O)- A world class Saison in every sense. A bright yet dynamic and complex beer that has everything I love about Saisons. An instant favorite

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Photo of dar482
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a slightly hazy dark yellow color.

The aroma offers citrus bouquet of lime and lemon zest, hay, white bready malt, clean bathroom tilefunk.

The flavor follows with restrained grapefruit and lemon tart, white grape. A light bready malt, as the funk takes over funk eggs, bathroom cleaner, yet still being restrained. Hints of spicy hops to clean up the beer as the beer has wonderful carbonation and some minerality in the aftertaste.

One of the more funky of the shelf beers, but so balanced and refined, as expected.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Eamonn-Cummings3
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Color is golden and yellow, Very hazy with a thick frothy head.

Aroma is funky with a slight sourness.

Definitely a tart lemon taste with a grassy component.

Wonderful beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle pour at the Ithaca Luminous release.

Pours a murky, rusty looking yellow, with a 2 inch off white head, and lots of sticky lacing.

Smells like peach, apricot, orange, some mild to moderate funky barnyard type stuff.

The taste is pretty similar. Just the right amount of tartness here, some hay, some musty citrus flavors, some Belgian yeast, some Brett-like flavors, quite zesty, funky, and great.

Light to medium bodied, crisp, juicy mouthfeel, very drinkable, no alcohol presence.

Awesome saison. Might be the best I've ever had.

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Photo of kidkarma1971
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Another gem from the Hill, this saison brings great yeasty and grainy taste that is essential to good saisons. I found the carbonation a bit lighter than expected, but still possessed some mysterious quality that gave it some smooth wavy tartness that just stuck on my tongue.

A-hazy yellow color with good lacing

S-lemon, yeasty, a touch of pepper perhaps?

T- great grainy, yeasty, solid bitter finish, pepper

F-medium body with light carbonation, awesome edges/crispness

O-a winner Saison with light but yummy flavors,

growler at Buddha Beer Bar in NYC.

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Photo of suspect
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml into a Founders snifter.

A: Murky yellow-golden beer. Aggressive pour leads to a pure white fizzy two-finger head that fades relatively quickly leaving spotty but pure lacing.

S: Lemon zest, bready yeast, funk and black pepper. Spicy and complex. Brings the nose of a gueuze.

T: Not at all like the nose except for the citrus zest. Brings more of a trappist yeast note with a mellow ending to the flavor.

M: Big crisp finish, perfectly carbonated.

O: A fantastic beer. I might have liked this better than Abner and this is coming from a big time hop head. The complexity in this beer is top notch.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a truly sublime experience. It's hard to write anything beyond that; this beer is truly remarkable. Dry, complex, tart. This is the perfect saison.

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Photo of AleFaceKilla
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great bitterness. I think this beer is balanced so well. Makes for an easy drinking beer. The tartness adds a great depth and dries the mouth just enough to make you want to go back for more.... really really quickly.

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