Arthur | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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 Ready4aHeady
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the brewery (mecca)

A: Pale yellow, cloudy, fine bubbles, foamy head turning quickly to thin white lacing

S: Powerful smell of lemon, citrus, rosemary, peach, and uber-funk

T: Fine flavors of lemon, bread, yeast, herbs, and ...more funk!? Tart but well-balanced and dry.

M: Creamy, ultra smooth, full oily texture with great carbonation.

O: An outstanding farmhouse ale, not my usual class of beer but I'm now a convert (thanks to Ari for taking the drive and gifting me the bottle). Seriously refreshing--- i'd take a case of this on my trek across the desert! Another winner from HF.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep gold with a thick quickly dissipating head. Good lacing. Faint pepper and biscuit on the nose with some dry white wine notes following. Dry on the tongue, very spicy with lots of pepper. Dry finish as well. Light bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a supremely well crafted and easy drinking farmhouse ale.

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

Sampled at VT Brewfest.

A-Poured a slightly hazy yellow color. Hard to describe anything past that.

S-Clearly picking up some tartness here. Organic hard cider, lemons, funk and some hay. Whiffs of flower and grass.

T-Pretty tart but there is more going on beyond the tartness. It really reminds me of a well made hard cider without a ton of added sugar. Tart lemons and apples. Zesty yeast-funk. Pale malt. Grass and barn. Light pepper in the finish. Really reminds me of a Gueuze.

M-Refreshingly light and crisply tart. Very drinkable; too bad the line is a mile long, I would have returned to this one.

O-Haven't had nearly as much experience with Hill Farmstead's collection of Saisons. Guess I need to start.

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

Great beer from Hill Farmstead.

Pours a nice golden yellow beer. Normal head forms at the top. Smell of brett and funk on the nose. Taste is mildly sour, perfect for a saison. Some Belgian yeast is present, but very well balanced beer. Not hoppy or bitter whatsoever. Body is light.

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Photo of beer456
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this at Brewfest 2014. A nice farmhouse ale that I wouldnt mind trying again as beerfest only gives you 4 oz glasses and the lines are kind of long at the Hill Farmstead brewery section. Very bitter beer that had a nice clarity to its look and the taste was unusual. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bought at the brewery a month or two ago. Split with the Honey. Bottle dated 5-2014.

Appearance - Poured into a Russian River stemmed glass. Color is hazy golden yellow, plenty of carbonation bubbles, white head retains well and leaves excellent lacing.

Smell - Great farmy yeast, lemon, tart citrusy fruits, grain, light funky cheese and oak.

Taste - Maybe slightly less potent than the scent but still very nice. Farm, light sweaty funk, bretty tones, lemon, pineapple, pear, generally citrusy. Big yeasty grainy bready presence. Touch of herbal hop. Oaky vanilla.

Mouthfeel - What you should be looking for in a saison: Light, zesty carbonation, crisp, light-medium tartness, refreshing and very drinkable. Kinda flemmy.

Overall - Great, some nice gueuze-like qualities but still a saison at heart. Good balance of flavors and solid all around. Probably one of the better Belgian-style ales from HF for me.

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Photo of GJ40
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle acquired in a trade. Date was 05 2014.

A - Light golden with great clarity and a big white head of small, medium and large bubbles. A steady rise of bubbles from the base of the glass. Very lively. And great lacing as it empties.

S - Lemon, green apple and funk.

T - Quite tart with nice fruit flavors, especially lemon, and layers of funk. A fantastic mix! There's so much to explore as you drink this beer.

M - Very effervescent and lively. The perfect delivery mechanism for these flavors.

O - Wow! What a beer! Great stuff HF!

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

Poured from a bottle of this years batch 2, into a modified tulip glass.

A - Lemon yellow sun, crisp carbonation, delicate lacing follows a solid egg white head. Lacing lasts forever.
S - Fresh hay, lemon, white pepper, a touch of leather as the glass warms. A trail to be followed, without any signs.
T - Fine snap. Lemon grass, notes of melon, a gentle sourness that balances out.
M - Carbonation leaves a clean feel, tight body dances across the palate, salinity and fresh floral leave a fabulous finish.
O - Easily a favorite of the style. The crispness, cleanliness, and delicate profile elements create a treat to be experienced.


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Photo of Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Courtesy of Ineedabeerhere (thanks Joe!). Bottled 05/2014. 750ml bottled served in a tulip. Pours a translucent straw-gold with a fizzy, 2.5 inch bright white head that sizzles and pops as it slowly recedes into a soapy slick. A thick band of lacing encircles half the bowl of the glass and lingers between quaffs. Nose is slightly grassy and suggests green apple, a slight lemony quality and a suggestion of spice. Taste is biscuity and lemony and the green apple quality is present, but less so than in the nose; something of a Berliner-Weisse character in the flavor profile in my opinion. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright carbonation that tickles the tongue and a slight astringency that stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, a decent farmhouse but a bit too clean for my general sensibilities. Well worth a try if the opportunity presents.

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

750ml bottle from the fall 2013 release. Poured into a GLBC snifter today, 1/12/2014.

Hazy straw yellow body, very effervescent with a large white head with great retention. Great lacing. Looks refreshing.

Smells crisp! Green apple skins, peppery spiciness with a slight yeasty scent. Very strong, not intense but enjoyable. Slight hints of funk, not particularly funky like Satsuma for example.

Tastes crisp as well. Green apple skins, white grapes, peppers and crisp breadiness. Very well put together and enjoyable.

So easy to drink. Medium bodied, creamy and well carbonated. Disappears very quickly to my slight misfortune. Aftertaste is a combination of yeast and tart apple skin, with a slight dry finish.

Nice saison by Shaun. Not his best but so easily drinkable, crisp and refreshing. Recommend trying if you enjoy saisons like I do.

Re-reviewed 6/25/2014. Batch from 5/2014, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Essentially, appearance is similar- hazy straw yellow body with a nice two finger white head that lingers for a long while, leaving streaks of lacing. Smell is tart green apple skin, bready pale malt, peppery yeast spices, and quite a bit more funk than the last couple batches have had. Flavour is pretty similar, there is also a nice vinous quality to it that complements the tartness of the apple skins, which is actually tarter than previous batches, which I'm enjoying very much. Mouthfeel is medium in body, creamy and smooth. Very easy to drink. This is definitely the best batch of Arthur, versus fall 2013 (don't recall the month of bottling) and 2/2014. In particular, the 2/2014 bottling needed a good bit of time to reach the levels that 5/2014 is drinking at right now.

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Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Bottled: 05/2014

Facesnorth tossing me some more Hill Farmstead! Thanks a bunch, Ryan! Arthur is pale, the goldest of straw golden. A tinge of haze runs through the body while aggressive streams of carbonation rush to the instantly frothy head of pure white. The foam grows to two fingers on the pour, settles at one, and leaves chunky drink lines down the glass. She's purty!

The nose is subtle but complex. There's a surprising amount of spice present, most notably cardamom, but also coriander. Orchard fruits make their presence known, vibrant peach and leathery dried apricot add a ton of depth, both are musty. An undercurrent of wildflowers add comfort. This beer smells like walking over the grounds of an old abandoned farmhouse; earth, flowers growing wild, grasses, even old wood though faint. I'm a fan.

Impressive! The flavor profile is bursting with vibrant fruitiness. The peaches and apricots are flat out juicy, growing in intensity from start to finish. A touch of wildflower mustiness flashes through the middle while a slightly sweet, pale maltiness accentuates the stone fruit. The spice isn't as bold as the aroma suggested but does add depth on the finish, cardamom and coriander again along with minor wood. The flavor is great but one minor complaint is that it flashes through too quickly and disappears. I'd like the juiciness to linger a touch longer.

Active carbonation adds frothiness to the moderately-light body which works well for the style. The bubbles add some prickliness along the tongue and while the finish isn't dry off the bat it slowly becomes so. A soft bitterness lingers. Drinkability is off the charts.

No bells and whistles here folks and none are needed. Arthur is a tremendously well made American saison with all the qualities of the best. Rustic is a good descriptor. It's very outdoorsy with the spiciness, floral and orchard qualities, and soft woodiness. Hill Farmstead nailed this guy! Thanks again, Ryan!

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Photo of anteater
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A: Hazy slightly darker than straw, bubbly white head

S: A little bit of funk but more dominated by straight up yeast than I'd prefer

T: Really nice juicy wheaty sourness

M: Light body and semi high carb but has a great juiciness to it

O: Impressed. No bells and whistles, nothing crazy here just a really really well done saison.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured a light yellow yet glowing complexion with a foamy and frothy head.

The aromas were strong but perhaps not my favorites. I love the Apple, pear, banana and honeysuckle but it was mixed with anise and clove. A slight sweet bubblegum was mixed throughout.

The flavors were strong with a lemony tartness, Granny Smith Apple, pear and a peppery finish. The overall flavor has a Chardonnay like taste and at times reminds me of cider.

I thought the feel was a tad thin but very light and tart.

As with all Hill Farmstead this beer gives the feel of craftsmanship and has an intense diversity.

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

I enjoyed this at a recent tasting I hosted poured chilled from the 750ml into a tulip shared with tenderbranson and abru17.

The color is clear golden with thick white frothy head with fine bead. This saison smells the way I expect a good saison to-mostly yeast however there is a nice malt aroma that underscores with an earthy spice from the hops. This has a great feel -smooth body yet not overly sweet -very dry actually with moderate carbonation and softness from the water perhaps?

This is a very subtle yet sophistocated saison mostly malt yet there is a nice spice element that nods toward noble hop flavor with yeast adding a core structure that flavors as well as enhances the overall quality of the beer from initial taste with some light citrus coming through until the malt accentuated toasty finish. Overall I could not be happier after having this at the Hill farmstead anniversary this was a delight to share with friends in bottle format.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by AdamJackson, thanks for the opportunity!
Cloudy deep straw color with a decent sized white head that dissipates slowly. Aromas of tart funky lemony light sugary malt. Flavor is tart citrus with hints of funkiness and bits of earthy earthiness to round it all out. Really nice funkified farmhouse ale.

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Photo of roger617
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip.

A: Color is almost a glowing yellow, very bright. Pours with 2 fingers of frothy white head that reduces fairly slowly and leaves great lacing throughout the glass
S: Aroma hits up front with a crisp tartness, and follows through with coriander, spices, and a little bit of lemon. Also a little floraly presence.
T: the first few sips are very tart, and it's hard for me to detect what else is going on. As my palate adjusts I begin to detect more subtleties of lemon, coriander, orange.
M: High carbonation, finishes pretty dry.
O: This is a great representation of the style. I enjoy the crispness that holds true throughout the glass. Very flavorful and pleasantly tart.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A delicious farmhouse style ale. Very crisp and tart with complex fruity, citrus zest and spice flavors and a fantastic clean, bready malt backbone. Highly aromatic and really develops as you allow it to warm in the glass. Hill Farmstead makes some amazing beer.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Popped this puppy open to celebrate being done (hopefully) with college. My first HF beer ever and needless to say I'm pumped.

Beautiful color. Slightly cloudy and golden with a big fluffy head.

Aroma reeks of grains, lactic acid, faint funk and apple cider. Once it opens, lemon juice comes through with a slightly minty coolness on the nose. Orange peel, spice and grain make sure this beer sticks to its roots as a traditional saison.

Flavors explodes on to the palate. Herbal hop-bitterness balances the sweet apple/pear juice. After it sat for a while, Greek yogurt, herbaceous rosemary and a soily/gravel minerality gave this beer a 'rustic' feel as the label denotes. Only thing I am not a HUGE fan of is the interesting hoppy quality of the beer. I appreciate that they are there, but it just threw me off a little.

Honestly, I can't wait for them to start barrel-aging all Arthurs, but for now I will savor this wonderfully complex yet simple Saison. This shit right here creates the hype of HF beers.

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Photo of BeerEngineer
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

General: Found this in the back room of my local craft beer shop in LA. This was expense (it's LA and the beer is from VT, go figure). They had a limited amount of them so I only picked up one to let some other people try it too. Poured this into a tulip for tasting.

Appearance: Straw colored beer with a light, fluffy white head. The head diminished really quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Some light clove aroma with a citrus note. There is almost an apricot aroma also with a smell of slight alcohol. Very fitting aroma for the style. If I didn't know better I would say this had a touch of brett finishing it because of the citrus nose that was developed with this mild funkish aroma. Really nice.

Mouthfeel: Moderately high carbonation and easy to drink. This is really refreshing. It's pretty light in body but fits the saison style.

Taste: Flavor is pretty nice, there are all the flavors that were found in the aroma with more added. There is a touch of malt, barely noticeable but refreshing. There are some really nice minor flavors in here and again, if I didn't know better I would think this had some brett in it. It reminds me of Saison Brett from Blvd Brewing.

Overall: This is interesting. I think that the best comparison is to Blvd Brewing Saison Brett, even though this doesn't have brett in it. It's a good saison, not perfect (I prefer more of the traditional belgian flavors like bubblegum, clove and banana in my saisons) but it's pretty damn good. That being said, I don't think that I would be paying $30 a bottle that it cost out in cali again. I'll wait until I make it to the brewery this summer.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle dated 10/2013 shared with the wife after the first baseball scrimmage of the spring. Damn here's to summer closing in.

Clouded straw pour with an egg white cap and plenty of glass cling: a nice looking saison to be sure.

Smell hints at a mild tartness along with white grape skins, pepper, green apple, and crackers. Some pear lingers along the edges as well.

Green apple and lightly doughy at the start moves into some lemon tartness and peppered yeast. Pear shows here as well. Light and fizzy on the palate, drinks very easily while still allowing the flavors to hang on the tongue after the finish. Yeast clings to the finish.

Not the most remarkable saison but a very enjoyable effort that I'd appreciate drinking again sometime.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle pour at the Ithaca Luminous release.

Pours a murky, rusty looking yellow, with a 2 inch off white head, and lots of sticky lacing.

Smells like peach, apricot, orange, some mild to moderate funky barnyard type stuff.

The taste is pretty similar. Just the right amount of tartness here, some hay, some musty citrus flavors, some Belgian yeast, some Brett-like flavors, quite zesty, funky, and great.

Light to medium bodied, crisp, juicy mouthfeel, very drinkable, no alcohol presence.

Awesome saison. Might be the best I've ever had.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to pete for this HF bottle!

750ml bottle sealed with pressure cap. bottled on date of 01/2014.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Translucent and glowing yellow bodied beer with massive and fluffy bone white head. The head has a lot of staying power and leave a heavy yet spotty lacing.

Smell: Grainy and bready malts. Fruity and yeasty aroma. Smells like it would have a light tartness. Hint of white pepper.

Taste: Mild tartness in the form of lemon and granny smith green apples. A light bitterness that is floral, grassy, and earthy. Bready and grainy malts with a hint of wet hay funk. Hint of pepper and orange zest. Getting some pears too. I might be detecting some brett notes in this beer as well. As the beer warms up the tartness, funk, and white pepper become very prominent, but remain in balance during the entire drink.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low almost moderate carbonation levels. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel too it. Carbonation is creamy. This beer is so drinkable as well.

Overall: Hill Farmstead saisons are fricking amazing. This one is no exception. The tartness really adds depth to the flavor profile of this beer. I could drink this beer by the gallons and never get bored. This beer is very much reminiscent of Dupont Saison.

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Photo of 3sheets2wind
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into jester king tulip.

Extremely pale pour resolves into a buttercup haze with a pillow of white foam.

Smell is grassy meadow, lemon peel.

Tart lemon and hay. Light, creamy.

Beautiful carb, lightly drying and refreshing. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split bottle poured into tulip glass

A-Pours a hazy pale gold color with a one finger head. Great lacing.

S-Nice blend of both citrus juiciness and bready notes in the nose.

T-Lovely flavor with soft but juicy pineapple and orange rind balance by rye bread and coriander.

M-Full and almost frothy mouthfeel despite being thin and crisp. Yeasty finish.

O-A refined saison, delicate, tried and true Hill Farmstead. Really awesome!

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

A-first pour clear and golden. Then turned hazy with huge fluffy white head.

S-sweet hay and citrus

T- lemon, orange, tart, slight funk. At only 4 months old this is awesome. Definitely getting tarter faster than his old stuff.

M- dry and thin. I can drink a lot of this stuff.

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