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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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

slightly hazed straw color, bright white head leaves a sheet of lacing down the glass - this is how a beer should look!

enticing aromas are followed on palate. restrained tartness reminiscent of granny smith apples and lemon/lime. bready malt notes, barnyard funk (pretty mellow). some grassy and herbal hoppy aspects, some subdued oaky notes. mouthfeel is light bodied, seems appropriate. overall this Is a really enjoyable ale and HF absolutely kills it in this category. not on the level of Juicy in terms of complexity but still an absolutely delectable brew. cheers!

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Photo of Kendo
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a light golden body with a small white head.

S: Slight funk over straw.

T: First impression is tartness; after a couple sips and the palate adjusts, I get some funky, barnyard-type notes. Quite vinous, with white grapes and grape skins evident.

M: Light in heft, with active but fairly fine carbonation.

O: Quite good; refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of micropale
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Blaze5445
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Billy_Bars
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stefko
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dohedan
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light blonde hazy Farmhouse ale from Hill Farmstead. Mild wild tartness with a nice crisp finish. This was a solid Farmhouse ale but compared to other HF offerings it's just ok

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Photo of ead73
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Derek
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blond with a slight haze, pours a big head that recedes, but leaves some lace.

Nose seems wild and tart, with light floral and spice. Surprising tartness in the flavour as well. Light bitterness, very crisp finish.

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Photo of SFC21
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JAStheAce
3.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Arthur pours out a bright yellow and built up quite a rocky foam head which crept up in my teku to almost 3 inches high. It took a good while for it to dissipate and go away on its own and once it receded, there was still a good, solid half inch to inch of head on the glass. It had a bit of stinky funk and spice on the nose. The taste was crisp with some funk and lemon acidity. It felt very clean on the palate. It was a very 1 dimensional beer with not much complexity. The beer finished dry and was refreshing on a hot day.

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

Photo of Mattias
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trevorpost
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/2016 and poured into a tulip. Very clear and golden in color with a pillowy white head. The foam gradually settled, leaving a few tracks and a dollop in the middle of the glass. Bright grassy and hay aromas with a touch of lemon, orange, pepper, and flowers. I was a bit surprised at the tartness on the palate, but it was not distracting. Mainly lemon and lime. Also a nice peppery spice. Some hay and grassy flavors, all melded nicely. Medium-bodied with a dry finish.

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Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 750 ml (1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz.) bottle purchased at Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Bend, VT
Bottled 2016 09 15
Served in a tulip

Thanks to my friend Bill for grabbing me this bottle on his recent trip to Vermont.

Beautiful appearance. The crystal clear, bright golden colored body was topped by a two-finger tall, rocky, bone white crown that dropped to a thick bubbly mass. A sheet of drippy lacing coated the glass and stuck around for most of the session.

The nose was super crisp, clean and bright. Loads of grassy hops. Somewhat lemony. Bit of Bretty tartness. There was an intense dry, powdery yeastiness. Almost a bit lager-like. Pale malts were noticeable. Without knowledge of the style, I might guess this was a pilsener.

The flavor profile was even more bright and tart than the nose. Lemon notes came through big time right from the start. Fairly sour but not overly so. Touch of sweetness. This reminded me somewhat of a SweetTart. Crisp and wheaty in the center. Grassy hop notes appeared in the clean, dry finish. Some earthy hop bitterness and lemon pith lingered after the swallow.

Solid mouthfeel. Medium-full for the style. The liquid contained a fine, frothy effervescence. Fluffy on the palate. The carbonation was perhaps a bit subdued for the style.

Giving this bottle six months in the cellar yielded a beautiful crystal clear, golden yellow body and a fairly strong lemony tartness that made this saison amazingly refreshing and dangerously quaffable. I am curious to see what type of results even more aging would have on this beer.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 9/15/16
Palate Contaminants: a steak

The color is a light gold. It's translucent, and the color does notably change depending on what the light source is. Lots and lots of fine white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

The smell is like a grain candy. The initial thought is rice, but I can't exactly place it. There's a good amount of lemon, and it comes across as sweet and sour. I'm glad there's some more power with this one because the last few I've had have been milquetoast.

Quite a kick on the first sip. Then butter and more lemon (mostly sweet this time, but not too much). It also has a unleavened bread quality, ironically. The citrus is so strong that I can hardly pick out anything else. Grassy, maybe. Green apples, maybe.

There's plenty more carbonation, but it's blended in well. The lemon just keeps on keepin' on.

Maybe this would go okay with some white-sauce pasta, but it might be too sour.

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Photo of Mistro
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Myst
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Iski100
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 7irondave
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Arthur from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.32 out of 5 based on 1,889 ratings.
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