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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: 1,812
Photo of nickd717
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to alfrantzell.

Pours golden and clear with a small white head and some lacing.

The aroma is great, with honey and grains, floral notes and spice, maybe light fruits.

Very nice flavor, not too sweet with a pale malt base, honey, pepperiness, Belgian yeast, and hop bitterness.

Medium-bodied with a dry crisp mouthfeel and a good level of carbonation.

Really good saison - best of this style I've had from Hill Farmstead so far. Goes down very easy.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler shared at a tasting hosted by HopStoopid120. Thanks for the invitation, Tony!

A: Clear gold body with a finger of frothy white head. Average retention and some nice lace. Great.

S: Clean, mellow aroma of pale malt, light spice, and great pear esters. Very light, but beautifully balanced.

T: Follows the nose precisely, with the addition of an ultra-dray, almost chalky finish. Crazy dry, and all-around delicious.

M: Light-to-medium body with low carbonation that makes it feel more viscous than it should. Definitely not the beer's strong suit, but some of the blame my lie in the growler.

D: Perfectly dry, balanced, and tasty. Very drinkable indeed.

Notes: Great saison. While it lacked the funk and complexity that have been the hallmarks of my very favorite exemplars of the style (e.g. Fantôme and Upright), Arthur delivers a perfectly clean, dry, and balanced package of classic Belgian flavors. If there's a complaint to be made it's that this beer is a rather boring example of an often exciting style, but I'll take boring and delicious over interesting and medicinal any day (I'm looking at you, Stillwater). I can't wait to try more stuff from Hill Farmstead.


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Photo of koopa
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got the end of the keg at DeCicco's today....

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy yellow to nectarine color with a 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and lace.

Smell: Muted notes of fresh grass, bubble gum, nectarines, and some soft brett.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with softened carbonation which lowered the creaminess I experienced with fresher on tap samples in VT.

Drinkability: So sessionable but this sample is past peak.

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Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$12.99 32 ounce growler pour from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours a dull shade of amber with a tangerine hue, clouded, with plenty of bubbles rising to the top. Head is loose, moderate, and tiny bubbles. Nice looking sheeting, with webs of lacing rise from the collar to the top of the glass.

Fruity, earthy and some peppery spice picked up in the nose.

Fresh, zesty and fully flavorful saison. More pepper, fruity, some grassyness with a kick of Belgian yeasty goodness.

More high quality and well worth seeking out brew from Hill Farmstead.

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

On tap at the Blind Tiger:

A: Clear and golden with a solid two finger white head, good retention and lacing.

S: Grass, spice, brett funk, fruit. A lot going on.

T: Really smooth integrated flavors. Fruity, grassy, spicy and funky. Finishes really dry with a hint of hops. Excellent.

M: Light and airy, perfectly carbonated.

D: This beer was above average. It is immensely drinkable at 5%.

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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild blonde color with a two-finger head that fades with lacing.

Aroma has a strong hint of clove upfront, followed by spice from the yeast.

Grassy hops greet the tongue, followed by a hint of citrus and clove. Slight hint of sourness as well.

Intense tastes linger with clove being the most recognizable.

Interesting take on a saison. Delicious. Goes well with a grain-fed beef burger from the Farmhose tap and grill.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Hill Farmstead on November 4, 2010. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Thanks to Shaun for his incredible generosity for spending a good deal of time with us.

Pours a nice orangish amber color with a nice white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some nice stone fruit, apricot, peach, a bit of Belgian-yeast spice, and a bit of light earth and grass.

The taste is nice and fruity with a bit of yeast character. Really nice feel with a light body and excellent carbonation. Really nice and sessionable. I had heard about all of HF's excellent hoppy beers and read about Fear & Trembling, but I had no idea on this and it was a really pleasant surprise.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2 liter pop-top growler poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass. The growler is really nice, as is the glass.

Pours a hazy amber color that's like a pale apricot. It's got a fairly small white head with some light lacing. Nose is funky fresh fruit. Apricots are here, and some nice Belgian yeast.

Taste is very fresh and fruity, also get that apricot taste here (seeing a theme?). Mouthfeel is nice and full, creamy and rich. Light carbonation is perfect for the style. This is one of the best saisons I've ever had, no idea how Shaun does it but keep it up!

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Arthur from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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