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Arthur | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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ArthurArthur
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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.

Added by kingcrowing on 10-03-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#309
Reviews:
263
Ratings:
1,928
pDev:
7.55%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Terrific saison. Aroma is tantalizing with a fruit invitation. Cloudy yellow. Understated carbonation allowing for the palate to appreciate the tanginess. Some lace. Slightly pickled lemon taste and that's a good thing. Very good drinkability. Lots of farmhouse in the end of the bottle.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wowcoolman for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, spice, pepper, and some citrusy aromas. Taste is the same with a nice spice bitterness on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to John for this one!
Pale hazy straw gold, rising streams of carb trails, fairly well charged with carbonation, producing loose soapy foam.

Bretty nose, light dry eucalyptus, dried botanicals.
Tart lemon rind and lightly Bretty, very dry aftertaste with a light bitterness that lingers. Effervescent, light bodied. Refreshing stuff, well balanced. Overall it's a great saison with plenty of rustic nuances.

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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 oline73
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the bottle share during Jackie O's bottle release this weekend. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a layer of fluffy white head. This one had some good retention.

Smell: A bit sweet with an herbal quality to it. Mild citrus notes with some hop bitterness showing up as well.

Taste: Quite crisp with some sweet malt and an herbal note from the yeast. Mild citrus tartness combines with the sweetness and is quite refreshing. Really nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very well crafted beer. Great balance. Lots of flavor but still light and easy to drink. I'd love to have it again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright golden color ale with a nice large pure white foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of rustic ester and floral malt is very nice and enticing. Taste is also a nice mix between some floral malt with good attenuation and limited sweetness with some rustic notes and a lightly spicy yeast strain. Body is full with excellent carbonation. Hops are present though not overly so and provide nice zesty flavour. Another great combination between some complex flavour while retaining some great complexity.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is list listed as a Farmhouse/Saison but to me it borders on being a sour.
I traveled to Hill Farmstead in search of the brewery with the most highly rated beers, and upon my visit there I was quite disappointed in their beers compared to the beers ratings.
Having stated THAT, I am quite pleased with this beer, although I do not think that it fits within the Farmhouse/Saison category as one would think of it. I think, as I drink from a bomber savoring every ounce of this 6.0% beer, that this tends to lean more towards a sour than a farmhouse, to which i was quite happy with that conclusion. After visiting Russian River Brewing last fall I have gained a great respect for sours and this beer is close to bridging that gap.
I wish I had a great supply of this and a bunch of different Russian River's sours to keep me happy throughout the year.
All though I have not tasted all the beers Hill-Farmstead produces, this without a doubt is the one beer of theirs that I would recommend, if you like sours, or beers with the non traditional taste I'm pretty sure you will really enjoy this offering from the guys out there in the middle of nowhere.

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Photo of largadeer
3.3/5  rDev -24.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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Arthur from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 1,928 ratings
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