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.

Added by kingcrowing on 10-03-2010

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Photo of dazedandconfused
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sjrodriguez
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LoVermontBeer
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of will_eye_e
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Syracuse12
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of berkshire413
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GRG1313
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gcamparone
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Purchased at the brewery in November.

Pours a super hazy, pale yellow body with a big gushing frothy white head that reduces slowly to leave some lacing a decent, uneven white retention that sits for a while. Some sediment.

Aroma is super inviting with big fruity and tart aromas, namely tart citrus, lemon, and green apple mixed with banana-clove, peppery spices, farmhouse funk.

Taste is equally as complex, upfront is tart citrus but not overpoweringly sour, saison yeastyness & barnhouse funk, estery banana, a creamy caramel, with a spicy, peppery, and slightly bitter finish. Super complex. Excellently balanced. Easy to drink with a medium body and medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall a world class Saison, super complex, balanced, and tasty. I expect nothing less from Hill Farmstead.

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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waitwhatamidrinking
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gr8zehaman
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OntheLambic
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.84/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of KATCanada
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From bottle, fridge temp in snifter. 10/14 bottling consumed Jan 4 2015.Pours a light gold with beautiful cloudy white foam. Nose of barnyard from the yeasts with a hint of sourness. Taste is a refreshing saison with the late sourness but not over powering. Lemon sorbet - I'm thinking of the Lemon Ice on a hot day at the old Yankee stadium (go Blue Jays!), granny smith apple. Great acidity - eating eat with Sushi and would recommend this combo to foodys. Wish I had some oysters too. Overall enjoyed on it's own and with food. Thankfully I have another bottle which I will save for a warm summer's night.

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Photo of RyanSchwam
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of morrowd3
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle to start of NYE 2014 after getting this in a non-BA trade a few weeks ago. As my first taste of Hill Farmstead, it's amazing that I was able to hold off this long. Label is marked with a bottling date of 10/2014. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series tulip glass.

Appearance (4.75) - Starting off on the right foot, this is what a saison should look like. The body is a glowing lemon topaz hue with hints of spun gold and a slight haze that seems to enhance the glowing nature. A lazy trail of carbonation rises from the etching on the bottom of the inside of the glass to replenish a towering four finger head of stark white meringue-like foam. With the way the beer developed a half finger of foam inside the bottle after I popped the top, I was afraid it might be a gusher, but after some careful handling, the carbonation was just enough to provide the massive head. Rings of sticky lace adorn the sides of the glass after the head dissipates several minutes later.

Smell (4.5) - At first whiff, there is a decided acidic tartness to the aroma alongside notes of white pepper and citrus zest. Some light floral notes take the edge of the acidity and bring it back to it's saison roots, rather than straying too far overboard with any sourness. Some barnyard funk and the impression of sourdough comes through as the yeast and malt make their presence known.

Taste (4.75) - As wonderful as this beer smelled, the taste is even better. There is so much going on, but it's not busy or overwrought. Notes of clover and pepper blend seamlessly with a refreshing but delicate tartness that leaves just the lightest kiss of that pinch of sour on the tongue, with a dry finish to prepare your mouth for the next sip. Light citrus and the suggestion of peach dance over the more earthy notes of yeast and grain. While stronger than a traditional "session" beer, the taste of this beer is so excellent that I could easily drink bottle after bottle without tiring of it.

Mouthfeel (4.75) - Light bodied, but with enough heft to provide an excellent counterpoint to the tartness and pungency of the beer. Some beers like this can feel watery even though they are supposed to have a lighter feel. This one manages to have some girth without being heavy. High carbonation and a dry finish on the tongue.

Overall (4.5), this is just a fantastically crafted beer. The saison style is a broad-ranging one, so it's hard to compare takes on the style that can be quite different from one another. That said, I can attest that this particular beer more than lives up to the massive reputation that precedes Hill Farmstead. It's the quintessential tart farmhouse ale in my mind.

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4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mick303
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. 8 months since bottling. Poured a cloudy yellow gold, strong initial head and a great lacing and film on this, fair bit of visible carbonation.

S- gooseberry, pear, and a lot of estery farmhouse yeast, almond, orange blossum, some tart berry aromas and golden plum notes, pale mlt, some earthy bitterness underneath the with clove and forestry pine spice.

T- a lot of tartness comes through with a full bodied yeast profile, sour pear and honeydew notes, quite a bit of green tart fruity notes then some pleasant earthy notes and more robust yeast notes. Shifting from sharp acidity to horsey and mildly farmhouse notes, hay, barny and with a drying, tart finish. Crisp with lots of farmhouse depth and tangy notes.

M- quite a bit of acidity, moderate body with a cleansing carbonation, the acidity is quite strong but the finish is pleasantly balanced with a crisp dry acidity.

Quite a bit more tartness than I anticipated, which was a great surprise. Light and quenching with a lovely yeasty complexity, some florals and fresh citrus, with a robust barny undertone and some hoppy spice. A lovely saison and I will look forward to seeing how this ages. Balance is pretty terrific, but you do have to crave the acidic tartness.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zonker17
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Soft beer with balanced hops and carbonation.

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Arthur from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,967 ratings