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Arthur | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 233 | Ratings: 1,813
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 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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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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Photo of kkleu357
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy pale body with a white creamy head. Nice refreshing citrus aroma. Taste is tons of citrus lemon. Very drinkable. I suppose it is similar to a sprite.

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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 ONovoMexicano
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL into an oversized tulip. 7/22/15 bottle.

Gorgeous looking beer that has a hazy pilsner color body. Sudsy and laden with lace over the body. Lace is everywhere and in rings and islets and patches. The beer has a glow to it. Damn. 5

Immediately the smell makes me think of white wine. Elegant and light and floral. It's a profound vinous aroma that seems to go on for an eternity and contains some fruitiness buried within it. Tannins and oaks and tartness all come into play but in a quiet, humble way. 4.25

Tart fruitiness hits the tongue first and I think of unripened peach or apricot. Layers of white wine almost crescendo over this fruitiness and inject some funky flavor. The finish is downright incredible with a candied peach or peach sucker flavor. Also, the malt flavor here, when it does appear from time to time, is very pilsner or kolsch-like and I love that. 4.75

In classic Hill Farmstead fashion, this beer drinks mellow, smooth and understatedly in a way that is so pleasant on the tongue. Where many saisons suffer from harsh bitterness, yeastiness or carbonation, this is everything opposite. It's simply a tart, vinous and still creamy and lightly effervescent brew. Covers many bases and in the right way. 4.5

Marvelous brew. I won't beat the dead horse. Just exceptional.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Back_in_the_Saddle
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a hazy straw yellow color. A two finger white foamy head started and dissipated in a filmy rocky sort of way leaving a spectacle of light lacing retaining to the glass. It eventually slides in to the rest of the beer.
The smell had a sweet grassy citrusy and tart lemon over light sweet grain.
The taste was moderately sweet with the grass and the tart blending nicely. A semi-dry biscuity malt collides into the aftertaste and leads into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability as the tartness isn't too harsh. There seems to be enough crisp and refreshing tones to allow this sessionable feel. Carbonation does play out accordingly.
Overall, another great beer from a great brewery. I'd have again and wouldn't mind putting it with its respected food.

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

Bottled 10/13/15

A: Hazy straw pour. Big effervescent white head. Quite decent head retention and spotty bits of lacing.

S: Lightly grassy with hints of citrus. Grainy, lightly bready malt. Very light hints of tartness (a little lemony I think).

T: Again with the grass and citrus rind up front. Tart citrus flavors. Wet hay and light biscuity malt. Finish has some burnt plastic. Aftertaste is quite dry and tart, evoking lemon peel for the most part. Some white pepper floating around in there too.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Crisp and dry.

O: Nice tart and lightly funky saison. Great crisp bite and easy drinking for sure. I'm usually not a fan of the funky/tart saisons but this is one of the best.

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

A - Golden yellow, fully hazy, almost translucent, with a large white head, pretty sticky and lots of lacing.

S - Lemons, pepper, limestone, and the smell of fields.

T - Strong puckering lemon punch upfront, a touch spicy, with a close that hints at stones.

M - Prickly open, slick close.

O - A pretty traditional Saison. Well executed and tasty.

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

Poured from bottle.

Pours a pristine straw gold color with a puffy white head. There is some lemon zest on the nose along with some spicy, grassy notes. The beer is prickly up front, wet and smooth with a nice thirst quenching affect at the end. Taste upfront is lemon followed by a faint earthiness and finishes on a nice tart note.

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

Extremely pale, almost white when held to the light with a good amount of haze. The nose is reminiscent of pepper, yeasty esters, lemon and a tiny bit of sour. First sip on this beer was pretty amazing...definitely see what the Hill Farmstead fuss is about. Varying layers of light malt, tartness, breadiness. Excellent beer. Definitely on my short list of saisons.

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