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 largadeer
3.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Arne. 32 oz growler into a tulip.

The brilliantly clear golden body is topped by two fingers of white suds. Head retention isn't great for the style, but I'll cut it some slack for coming from a growler.

Grainy and fruity on the nose, the yeast contributes a lot of bubblegum, green apple and white pepper. A whiff of citrusy, grassy hops are noticeable beneath the strong yeast profile.

The palate opens with a rough grainy character, along with bubblegum, unripe pear and citrus. The body is thin, and the beer feels too refined for a saison. Hop flavors show up mid-palate, lemony and herbal, leading into a grainy and dry finish that ends with notes of banana and fresh herbs.

There's plenty of complexity here, but the flavors don't seem entirely harmonious to me. I'm also not crazy about the yeast, which brings too much cloying bubblegum flavor.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.31/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml into a Russian River tulip. This is the latest batch with the new yeast.

Pale yellow with a dense head that dissipates after a few minutes. A decent amount of spritzy bubbles dance to the top of the beer.

Soft pilsner like grains and a touch of breadyness make up the initial aroma. As the beer warms, more lemon like and farmhouse yeast qualities become apparent but still remain subtle.

Crisp lemon and soft sour dough bread like flavors, and a touch of earthy hops. Crisp and clean, with no frills to it.

Thin-medium in the body, crisp and bubbly on the palate.

Clean lemon and Belgian yeast flavors in this, and that's about it. Not a bad beer per se, but I was expecting more.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.42/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bottle poured into a HF stemmed goblet. Purchased at the brewery on 11/1. Consumed on 11/16.

A - Golden orange in color with a full finger of bright white small bubble foam. Distinct lines of carbonation. Head mostly dissipates, leaves a thin white layer on the surface of the beer, supported by distinct lines of carbonation.

S - Slightly offensive. Tart lemon, pineapple, grassy notes and something funky.

T - Tart lemon and straw.

M - Crisp and well balanced as usual with HF.

O - Take this review with a grain of salt... this is my first of this style, so I may be off. The overwhelming tart lemon was unpleasant to me. I opened a second bottle to confirm that the first bottle was not a bad sample, but the same flavors and smell was presented. Loved several other HF offerings. but this one I did not like.

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Photo of orangesol
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Capone's into a sampler glass.

A - Pours pale yellow with a strong one finger head, dissipating to a light film of head, leaving thin sheets of lacing down the glass

S - Tons of breadyness up front with a bit of funk. A bit dry with some hints of citric hops and fruits. The bready mix of malt and yeast really dominated the other flavors a bit too much.

T - Starts off with plenty of bready yeast up front giving way quickly to a mix of muted grassy hops and citric fruits. Finish is quite chewy, thanks to all that bready yeast and malt, and it lingers on the pallet for quite a bit of time. I wanted to like this one more but I just do not like how chewy it was.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Fairly heavy, chewy, feel with plenty of it lingering long after consumption.

D - Good not great. I liked it but I prefer my saison's to be a little cleaner and funkier. I just don't seem to like these bready saison's very much I guess.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt.

Served along side Hill Farmstead Art, Flora, Civil Disobedience, and McKenzie Irma Extra.

The beer is hazy and yellow hued with a thick, white head that leaves ample lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings floral, citrus, malt, yeast. The flavor is decent. Overly yeasty, with some fruit notes, perhaps apricots. The feel is very dry, with lingering yeast. Overall, a decent saison that could stand a few improvements.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arthur pours a cloudy, straw yellow color with a big, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a blanket on the surface coating the sides of the glass with lace.

The aroma is spicy with notes of clove, pepper, wheat/bread, lemon and bubblegum.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is watery on the palate with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is spice balanced out by wheat malt. Flavors of clove, pepper and lemon citrus are followed by wheat/bread and a hint of bubblegum. It finishes dry and once gone the clove and pepper lingers on the palate.

A very tasty and spicy beer. A great example of the Saison style.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow with a lingering head. Big aroma of tart fruit and funkiness. Moderate carbonation. Flavors of horse blanket, fruit rind, herbs, funky yeast. grass, lemon, earthy flavors. Drinkable in modest amounts...not something I'd dream about but flavorful and tasty!!

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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 BradMacMullin
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Had out of a bottle - friend visited Hill Farmstead and came back with one. This poured a very heady pour, and very light this a Bud Light? The smell hits you quickly. I read the word tart from others, and this is 100% true. Very pure saison that has traces of a sour ale almost in my mind, but better carbonated. I hate to grade this as the style isn't in my wheelhouse, but I can see others liking it. I am still drinking it trying to determine if it is growing on me....I think it is....damn it is tart.

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Photo of tewaris
3.76/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into a tulip. Final in my Hill Farmstead sampler!

Golden and bubbly with good clarity, head and retention. Euro hops, mild malts and a sunny day describe the aroma pretty well, IMO. Slightly bitter, slightly lemony without the tartness and some spice in taste. I need to let this warm up which wouldn't be a problem, plenty left.

A really well made, very clean, super easy drinking beer. Light body, good carbonation, refreshing and crisp. However, it lacks both, the sharpness of Dupont and certainly the complexity of Fantome. Having tried their IPAs and a couple other styles, I am totally bowled over by the hoppy stuff but I am not overly impressed with the porter or the saison or the wild ale, Mimosa.

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Photo of corby112
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Capone's.

Pours a hazy golden yellowish orange color with pale golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 fingerfrothy white head that slowly fades into a lastig ring. Decent amount of lacing left behind.

Slightly floral aroma with lots of bready yeast notes as well as some estery light fruit, zesty spice and citrus peel. Hints of pepper, coriander, orange peel and pear in the nose.

Chewy medium body with a lot of bready yeast which contributes to the moutfeel. There is also a lot of zesty peppery spice up front with more coriander and lemon zest. Hints of sweet citrus and crisp light fuir, especially orange peel, apple and pear. Not a bery high ABV but the alcohol presence is still felt. A bit overly spicy and hit but the nice mouthfeel helps the drinkability.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes, a sampler on draft at Capones in January.

Pour is a hazed golden orange with a frothy white head that fades to a thick ring and decent lacing.

Aroma is more floral and bready than expected with a Belgian yeast body; mild citrus, orange peel and peppery spice.

Flavor is a little overly spicy and honey/yeasty sweet. Has a strong grassy and peppery typical farmhouse base but the tart fruit and stronger hops hurts the drinkability and subtlety.

Soft and lighter bodied with mild carbonation.

A good saison, but not great. Drinks much larger than the 5% ABV and could use a little more crispness and/or earthy funk.

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Photo of K4550
3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Admittedly biased against this general style, too much "saison-y" yeasty farmhouse-y ness, not enough tartness for my palate. Not quite my favorite HF offering, but I can at least objectively see that it's a solid beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Courtesy of Ineedabeerhere (thanks Joe!). Bottled 05/2014. 750ml bottled served in a tulip. Pours a translucent straw-gold with a fizzy, 2.5 inch bright white head that sizzles and pops as it slowly recedes into a soapy slick. A thick band of lacing encircles half the bowl of the glass and lingers between quaffs. Nose is slightly grassy and suggests green apple, a slight lemony quality and a suggestion of spice. Taste is biscuity and lemony and the green apple quality is present, but less so than in the nose; something of a Berliner-Weisse character in the flavor profile in my opinion. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright carbonation that tickles the tongue and a slight astringency that stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, a decent farmhouse but a bit too clean for my general sensibilities. Well worth a try if the opportunity presents.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, Purchased in Winter 2012.
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A: Holy carbonation! Loud hiss on the cap pop. Tons of small bubbles streaming off the bottom of the glass. Pours a bright yellow color. Hazy as hell. Two fingers of full bright white fluffy head. Seems to be sticking around a while. Leaving some lacing trails.

S: Pepper. Citrus. Some wet hay funky notes. Smells like some grassy hops are in there as well. Smells light and airy. You do smell those Euro noble hops in there.

T: Right at the tip of the tongue you get those nice light citrusy hops. Then you get some of that peppery hints that you smelled. Light spice if you will, common of saisons. Dare I say that it has similar flavors to a Saison DuPont Saison. No where near the quality but it's solid. You get a nice touch of maybe white grape in there. On the close it's nice and crisp and dry like a summer white wine would be. Refreshing for sure.

M: Light bodied. Dry. Crisp.

O: B+

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a hazy golden straw colow with a huge pillowy white head with thick soapy lace. Real nice retention on this.

Nice funky barnyard aroma here with a good floral hop aroma. Little bit of lemon zest and some must round this out. White grape skin on the pallet with some good notes of lemon grass and musty barnyard flavors. A little bit of sourdough flavor to it.

The body is light with expansive carbonation. Overall a sound saison. Real tasty stuff, which is what I've come to expect from hill farmstead.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick gold with a finger of bright white head. Slightly floral aroma of grass, lemon, and light spice.

Full, creamy mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Wheat/biscuit up front with lemon-dominated citrus, peppery spice, and slight musk.

Very refreshing and nicely balanced.

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Photo of LSUPT
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml, thanks to the extremely generous DearthVader, split two way reviewed from a Fantome tulip.

Pours a medium golden color. Cloudiness varies between pours. First pour is almost clear but from the middle of the bottle on it becomes a very cloudy honey color. Huge light fluffy head close to 4" but the retention is inconsistent as well. Lacing is amazing. Thick in places thin in others but covers most of the glass. Carbonation is very active.

The nose is fairly ordinary but very full and a bit more floral, quite nice. Lemon, flowers, grass, bread and yeast. Taste is similar. No off flavors but again pretty ordinary. Ideal level of carbonation and medium bodied but a bit too much bitterness.

Quite a nice beer. To be honest I expected more but this is a very enjoyable beer that fits all the criteria to be a very solid saison.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy pale yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, earth, fruit hop, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, fruit hop, spice, earth, and fruity spice. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. There was quite a bit of fruitiness going on in this one that definitely balanced quite well with the Saison aspect going on in it. The spicy and earthiness from the style definitely shined through and was quite well incorporated with the rest of the brew and managed to compliment the other aspects well. I just wish there would have been a little more complexity going on to take it to a new level. Glad I got the chance to try this one, but not the best Saison I have ever had to this day.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mtardiff for this one in trade. No bottled or best by date. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a brilliant straw yellow with a slight haze and a thin white head. A thin head and a nice collar remain throughout. Active yet gentle carbonation is visible.

S - A very delicate aroma with muted barley malt, yeast and lemon notes.

T - Slightly sweet lemons up front with bread and biscuit in the middle. Peppery herbal notes come in and fade to a pleasant bitter finish. There is a subtle fruit sweetness that reminds me of pear in the finish.

M - Medium body that is slick and smooth on the way in, coats well, then breaks up nicely on the tongue. A bit of chalkiness lingers after the sip. No alcohol presence.

O/D - Second beer I have tried from Hill Farmstead and the second one that I would drink again. I am not a seasoned Saison connoisseur, but this is nice and light, yet spicy and full of flavor. I wish it were easier to get!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a very pale, light orange with a large white head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, spices, bread.

T - Light wheat, lemons, and licorice.

D - Light body, lots of carbonation.

O - Light and smooth, very refreshing.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The color is light straw with a giant white head. There is a bit of haze.

The aroma has mild sweet malt with some fruit and citrus.

The taste has the same citrus flavor with a little bit of spice from the yeast.

This is light to medium in body with lots of smooth carbonation.

I'm a big fan of Hill Farmstead saisons. This is really great as a basic no frills version.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to CharlieMurphy for this.

5.0 A: First pour gave me a ton of head, so an additional pour was necessary. Hazed straw color. Three fingers of creamy white head. Retention is very good and the lacing covers the entire glass.

3.5 S: Super dry and super herbal. Grassy hops and hay. Light lemon with apple orchard funk.

4.0 T: Again, plenty of herbalness in this. Not nearly as dry as the nose and doubly earthy. Lemongrass, hay, grassy hop flavor, earthy wild apple, and lightly spicy with a moderate bitterness. Just touches of barnyard and apple orchard funk.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Active, spritzy carbonation, but not as creamy as I'd like. Still, goes down easy.

4.0 D: Solid, no frills saison. Plenty of earth and herb with good complexity in the taste.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers and thanks are owed to BA baconsausage for gifting me with a bottle of this as a generous extra in our last trade. Big thanks man! Poured from a 750 into an oversized wine glass. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow color with bit patchy white head that fades leaving some sticky froth coating on the glass. The cap maintains throughout the duration with an uneven cratered surface atop. A light swirl effortlessly revives a finger of off-white meringue back to the surface.

The aroma is very pleasant with a fresh citrus and zesty component of fruity hop character. Orange, lemon and lime couple with almost a lactic inclusion with yogurt and faint wheat-like grain inclusion. There is an overall mild spicy yeast aspects with an earthen and grassy feel that emerges as the brew warms.

The taste has a bit of wheat inclusion that imparts flavors mildly like straw. Some hop character comes forward with a biter rindy feel that is zesty and bright. Grapefruit comes to mind mixing with a hint of sulfur and carbonic qualities. On the backend there is a touch of yogurt sort of aspect that reminds me of lacto but the hop inclusion sort of drowns all of that out before it draws too much focus in the flavor.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is light and easy drinking with a sort of hybrid saison/ipa feel about it. The nose far and away is the best aspect of this brew with the flavor profile falling a bit short. Overall though, it is without fault and is a beer I would revisit if given the opportunity. Prior to drinking this, I commented on Vera mae being one of the better saisons by Hill Farmstead that I have had. I stand corrected, Arthur is even better. Nicely done.

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Photo of davey101
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased during the Norma release. Poured into a tulip glass. Opens with a slight gush over.

A - Pours a hazy dark yellow body. Tons of white soapy foam that fills the rest of the glass. It eventually settles down into a half finger cap. Excellent lacing and retention.

S - Pretty much exactly what I want out of a saison. Lots of lemons, wheat, grass, and a pleasant and soft earthiness. Smell is just super inviting.

T - Tart lemons and big blast of wheat and grain. Kind of bready. A bit of a funky earthiness and cheese to balance it out. Some bitterness and spicy black peppercorn on the finish which I'm not a huge fan of. It is very drinkable and the pepper is not at all overpowering, I just don't enjoy any pepper like flavors in a beer. Mouth feel is medium bodied and well carbonated with a clean finish.

O - A damn solid saison, but I much prefer Anna or Florence over this. It is rustic and a bit spicy and bready. I just prefer fruitier and sweeter saisons.

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