Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #12
Ranked #212
4.49 | pDev: 8.24%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: Wine barrel aged Wheat Saison fermented with resident microflora.
Reviews: 117 | Ratings: 783 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.58/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Backlog from Quintessence 2018

Pours a clouded lighter yellow with almost no head at all.

Smells of faint grass, orange zest, moldy wood and a slighty acidic sourness.

Has a very refreshing, lighter mouthfeel, balanced by a vivid, sparkling carbonation.

Tastes of sour lemons, mellowing oak and a lighter funkiness from first glance, unreveling a very prominent sourness. Among old leather and more oak the funkiness gets pushed back a little by stale, sweeter malts, adding to the complexity of the tartness in this. Finishes calmer, with almost nothing prevailing but a long going sourness, producing a stonger acetic nuance.

Quite nice for what it is, with its complexity not being in the same ballpark as any of the available Belgian beer‘s at the event of comparable style.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sparkling cider-like gold with a fizzy off-white foam quickly dying to a bubbling but clear surface.

Aroma is green apple, pear and herbal white wine oak--I can see why adding additional pear works so well with this. Faint notes of skunky cannabis blossoms as it warms, only adding a welcome touch of complexity.

Like an effervescent champagne, taste is white grape and tart apples with accents of peppery vinegar, without the acidity.

The tingly semi-dry finish is lemony, as a faint straw funk arises at warmer temps.

Bottled November 2016

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Photo of Hyptochrons
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 7

beautiful looking beer, hazed golden straw color, bright white head is dense but fizzes away quickly. aromas are just beautifully enticing and the flavors complimentary. there is a beautifully bright wine charter, lemon zest, mellow funky must quality, lactic, grassy, funky hay character, oak vanilla. just absolutely beautiful, a strong tartness to it. mouthfeel is zippy and crisp. 5++

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased for onsite consumption at Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT. Batch 6, looks to have been bottled in 2014?

This one pours with a slightly hazed straw yellow color, with a bit of fluffy head and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like funky lemon candy, wheat, oak, earthy white wine, and dank citrus.

This is exceptional, especially at this advanced age (4+ years). It's got such a deep citrusy funk, wheaty and floral, with a great oakiness. It's so wild and untamed, but also delicate and soft.

This is pretty light bodied, but very creamy and unbelievably drinkable. If this wasn't so difficult to acquire, I'd drink it everyday.

This beer is impressive both in the depth of flavor and it's long term aging ability.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Florence is probably my favorite shelf Saison beer from HF so it's no wonder this one is amazing. It takes everything from the regular and amps it up with a nice tartness and oak character. Screams that HF signature funk with a bit of lemon/lime character as well.

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Photo of gbiello
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is easily the best sour I've ever had. Pours bright red in the glass with a trace of head. Hill Farmstead funk without being overpowering. Loved it!!!

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Unsure of vintage. Poured into a HF bulb. Bright golden orange/yellow. Small head. Smells of oak and subtle funk. Some wine characteristics there as well. Flavor is so damn good. Some funk, tartness, white whine characteristics and oakiness. Amazing. Feel is spot on for the style. Lots of bubbles and very refreshing. Overall, a fantastic HF beer. Thanks George for sharing.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7 drank on 12/29/17

Really a wonderfully done beer. The barrel comes through perfectly and that HF funk is totally present. I’d have to assume Chardonnay is the wine barrel with the nice lighter citrus coming through. Lemon and white peach and barnyard hay are all perfectly balanced. Lovely offering from the Hill

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

2014 vintage
Look: Bright clear yellow with 2 inch white head. Has medium low carbonation.
Smell: Pears, white wine, hay, and brett.
Taste: Lightly tart, Pears, white wine, hay, and minerals.
Mouthfeel: Light and complex.
Overall: A great wine barrel aged saison from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light yellow with a one inch white almost champagne like head. Smells of lemon predominantly. Exquisitely light tart with lemon oakiness and light character from the wine barrel. Probably the best saison I have ever had.

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Photo of JLK7299
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was extremely lucky to have been there to get this as an onsite pour. I am thankful. It was excellent. As usual, Hill Farmstead is the standard by which all breweries must measure themselves.

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Photo of Frudel
3.51/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2017. Bottled splited 4 ways. Very pale golden slighlty hazy liquid with a white head diminishing fast. Shy nose, winy, white grape, slight funk, tartness. Taste is quite disappointing, light body, light floral taste, some citrus sourness, white wine, I lot of hype around this one that I think doesn’t deserve it. Florence in my opinion deserves more respect for the taste vs price.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated leaving some light messy lacing sliding right on into the beer. The smell takes on a quick sour grape to bitter grapefruit and then a subtle grapefruit, semi-sweet grassy contour. Beautifully floral and then a lemony sweet to bitter aroma. The taste takes on the same aroma roaming into a florally bittersweet dry aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the sourness to hit as a good penetrator for the harshness. Overall, this isn't a saison but a really nice American Wild ale.

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Photo of edthehead
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Flora is clean, crisp, light, and tart, with smooth background tones of wine and oak. Its simple, and in it's simplicity adds meaning to all of its variants.

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Photo of Roguer
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light pink, strawberry hue
Wonderful nose, somehow vinous but not wine-like, fresh berries and funk and oak
Lightly tart and fruity, fantastically restrained flavors, not particularly sweet nor overly sour

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Photo of gcamparone
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed wine glass.

Pours a slightly hazy orange body with a big frothy white head that leaves spotty lacing and a layer of retention.

Aromas are mesmerizing, citrus and tart green apple, funk and oak, brett, peppery saison yeast. As it warms the aromas get more potent and inviting. Can't wait to try it.

On the tongue is a balanced, delicate tartness, citrus and dry tart fermented fruit, delicious funk, peppery yeast, moderate oak presence on the follow through. Easy drinker, crisp and delicate, medium carbonation and light but flavorful body.

A true showcase of how micro-flora can work to make a beer world class. Amazing.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours golden with nice carbonation. Rim of white head. Nice wine barrel aroma. Great lemon character with some vinous grapey undertones. Touch of wheat on the finish. This is such a delicate beautiful beer. I wish that Shaun brewed straight up regular Flora more often.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6 --- poured into a HF Tulip
Golden yellow, mostly clear, with a frothy white foam, which after it settles to a thin rim around the edges looks like it could be a miller lite.....
Nose of funky brett, apricot, and cat-wee...
Taste is tart apples, dried apricots, lemon, and funky-goodness...
Love this beer, have had it several times, missing the in-your-face concentration of Le Sarrasin, but not that far behind!

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at HF FOFA 2015. HF Taster glass. Clean, a hint of tartness, some oak, a little pepper and yeast. Endlessly drinkable. My favorite offering from HF at FOFA.

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Photo of Leftofthedial
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4. Appearance is light gold with good carb. Great smell with some funk that has a bit of a gueuze-like character. Taste is tart, citrusy, and incredibly balanced. Get a little bit of wheat and a little bit of oak. Overall a fantastic saison that is head and shoulders above others I've had from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of jjdc
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

B6. Lovely hazy sunshine in the glass. The nose is bright, fresh and astringent -- lemon and minerals mostly. This a perfectly balanced beer that has citrus, pith, stone, vinous and oaky notes. Extremely smooth and endlessly drinkable. Another HF winner.

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4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Festival of Farmhouse Ales 2015. This was first time trying Flora (I had previously had the Blue/Black variant). While this doesn't quite reach the heights of Ann and Art, it is a tremendous barrel-aged saison. Wonderfully tart with a deep and complex flavor profile.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 6. Glowing golden yellow in color. Hazy in appearance. Brett, lemon, and grannysmith apple. Wine tang. Bright. Perfect level of sweetness and carb. Creamy feel. Balanced. Delicious.

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Photo of kevanb
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, Batch #6, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 7.4.15, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice golden apricot color, lemon hues, hazy and cloudy with a large, billowy and soapy white head, about 3 fingers high that has fantastic retention and lace. The aroma is wonderful, tart wheat, oaky acidic wine character, loads of wildflower, mineral water, citrus fruits, and light berry esters. The flavors are great, wheaty and doughy malt, tartness right up front, lightly citrusy, rustic wildflower, saison yeast, wine barrel that is both earthy and acidic, chewy oak sweetness and hearty mineral water. Loads going on, plenty of nice saison base that plays really, really well with the wine character. The mouthfeel is quite nice, coating, super smooth, gentle carbonation, creamy, delicate, delightful tart finish.

Verdict: Another fantastic saison from Hill Farmstead and yet another example of Shaun's prowess with utilizing wine barrels. Plenty of complexity, brightness, nice tartness, very delicate, so refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very lovely saison. It has the nice tartness that is characteristic of HF saisons, leaving a bit of a pucker but not in a dominating way. Flavour contains grape, oak, lemon and peach, with a slightly dry finish, with the oak really coming out. The mouthfeel is also terrific - nice and lively without being irritating, a softness that makes it very pleasant to drink. Hard to be too complimentary of this beer - it is a terrific example of a saison, with the yeast playing a very large role and light fruit flavours dancing about. The barrel treatment is also well done - it is notably better than Florence, which is already a very good beer. A pricy bottle but certainly worth it - I would have bought more if they let me!

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