Arthur | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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
Ratings:
1,878
Reviews:
248
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
7.64%
 
 
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Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CAcker
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 Casterbridge
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Duffman79
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 80x2HopHead
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 FightinIrish88
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bruceb
2.48/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of von_kaiser
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of pants678
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thatche2
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

Photo of eddiefl
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of rab53
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Nurt20
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Arthur from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.32 out of 5 based on 1,878 ratings.
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