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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wine barrel aged Wheat Saison fermented with resident microflora.

Added by SFLpunk on 10-03-2010

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Originally posted under Florence (incorrectly) This is the beer I had and the bottle confirms it.**

Special Thanks to Jctribe25 for providing this bottle in one of our informal trades. Patrick is a great Ba member and a fantastic trading partner.

Enjoyed this bottle at a tailgating pre-party for the Zac Brown/Kenny Chesney concert. The beer was a perfect match for the sunny somewhat hot afternoon. A nice refreshing saision.

A fluffy cloud like head formed and showed excellent retention. Slightly hazy, dull gold straw in color. Excellent lace.
Very fruity, a touch of barnyard, earthiness. Some yeast and some spice. Very intriguing. Yes, the aroma is very saison like.
Nice effort here. Deep and complex come to mind immediately. Bright and lively as well. Light fruit, pepper, yeast and spice all blend to create a wonderful flavor. Plenty of earthy notes in the flavor as well. Maybe green apple, pear. Not sure I would have ever noted wheat as a special ingredient.

Very refreshing and light. Flavor is complex and body is delicate. A nice combination.

I had no expectations here and really enjoyed this beer. It did fit our event perfectly and I really enjoyed it. Well done! Thanks Patrick

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Photo of abuliarose
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, corked, poured into a Hill Farmstead glass. Enjoying this bottle next to some sliced grapefruit, assorted cheeses, tamari almonds, sliced toast and dried mission figs so I'm all set up. Pours a clear light golden color with two fingers of thick white head and some lively large bubbles. Some lacing. Very, very beautiful and clear for a wheat saison. Smells beautiful: funky and floral with some honey, some lemon and some intriguing spicy effervescence. Smells like it's from Belgium.

Tastes dry, funky and lemony up front but gives way quickly to a light earthiness and slight savoriness before ending with a clean, slightly bitter and slightly citrus-y finish. Some wood in the flavor but I can't make out the type of barrel from the taste. Full-flavored but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is nice with tinglingly small-nucleating carbonation over a light and silky body. Drinkable, very refreshing.

It would be fun to see where this one goes with time. As is, it's well done.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andy for sharing another beer from Hill Farmstead. Poured into a chalice. This one pours a light straw with about an inch of fluffy white head. Lots of lively visible carbonation on this one with sticky lace.

As andy was pouring this I could smell apples. Granny Smith apples are a dominant aroma here with a little bit of lemon and some oak and grapes. More of a brett flavor is dominating the pallet. A lot different than the aroma. Lots of brett and oak on the pallet. Soft white grape flavor here with a little bit of a floral hop flavor to finish.

Really a nice light body here with soft carbonation. A really well done saison. The wine barrel aging seems to be pretty well done here.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Nice large sticky head atop a barely hazy light golden color.

As I poured this I got a strong aroma of apples. This delighted me because it reminded me of the aroma in the Fantôme Saison. Upon sticking my nose in there I get a slight hint of lemongrass and peach.

The taste is a wonderful balance of toast and biscuit malt in the front and fruitiness in the finish. There is a touch of honey and the oak makes it's presence known.

This is very light and drinkable, the carbonation makes a crisp and refreshing drink.

The aroma and appearance got my hopes up really high; though the taste falls slightly short of the best Saisons in the world, this is well deserving of high praise.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750ml to hill farmstead glass

A: It looks like golden hone but light and somewhat translucent with a thin white head.

S: It smells very much of the wine barrels that it was aged. (didn't have any more notes)

T: Wow the taste follows the smell I am not a wine guy usually especially whites, but this tastes almost like a wine though it maintains integrity as beer. It definitely has taken in all of the flavors of the aging barrels. There is also a taste of citrus and berries it seems sweet but I often confuse sweet and dry.

M: It is lightly carbonated that feel almost reminds me of Champaign and goes down very easily.

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

Thanks to TurdFurgison for this bottle. It's a batch 1, opened 2/16/2013.

Pours a hazy bright yellow with a thin head. Very pretty.

Smells of wine, bread, flowers, not very bold aromas but nice.

Taste is more sour than the nose, but the tartness is still very mild, this is a subtle beer and not in your face. I get bread and flower character again, plenty of wine barrel with grape skins, maybe some apple.

This is a really nice beer but not necessarily a stand out in the HF lineup we had. Most of the easier to get saisons were just as good.

8.2/10

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Todd for sending me this beer. Capped bottle from Batch 2.

A: The beer pours a very cloudy yellow/straw color with a big white head.

S: There is a nice lemony tartness with a hint of green apple. A decent amount of funkiness, particularly grass, straw, and musty oak. Some fruit notes and a fairly strong aroma of wheat.

T: Light fruit notes of apple and pear with lots of lemon zest and some green apple. Big wheat aroma with a bit of bread. Some bacterial notes with a bit of grassy and earthy funk.

M: Somewhat light in body with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

O: I liked this one a bit more than Art. Really nice and complex.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Birthday treat to myself picked up at the brewery this afternoon. Pours a clear light golden color and a foamy white head with a nice sticky lace.

Wine notes come across the nose right away with a nice fruity note and some spice note in the background. Bready backbone lays a nice foundation for the palate upon with the cider and grape flavors build on. Lemon citrus notes come through midway and take over from there on. A bit musty and spicy from the base beer but the barrel flavors hide it pretty well.

Light crispness and a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, a good saison is only made better by the barrel treatment. Enjoying this quite a bit more than Florence.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 (batch 3) poured into a tulip glass.

Poured with a huge, wispy head. Settles leaving thick lacing. Color is a gorgeous, radiant orange.

There is a musty grass aroma with a hint of citrus.

There is a dry citrus flavor upfront followed by sharp, dry tartness.

This is so light and refreshing. Just dry enough to leave me wanting more....sip after sip.

Definately another Hill Farmstead beer to seek and try.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an HF wine glass. Batch 3.

Appearance - Golden orange. A little hazy. Big white head that leaves a bit of lacing and large surface wisps.

Smell - Earthy notes, akin to brett, without ever being bretty. Lemon zest. Wheat grain. Wine and a hint of acidity.

Taste - Strong white wine flavor. Much more acidic, but not sour. Grainy. Bright lemon tang. White wine lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light, but the flavors linger well on the palate. Well carbonated.

Overall - Lacking the complexity of the other barrel aged saisons, but still the barrel adds a great deal. The base beer is just lacking a little bit.

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Photo of wchollif
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened this bottle from aapp and poured with kingkong and wino47. My first HF saison, have loved the IPA's. First pour results in minimal head a heavy carbonation, clear and light gold in color. The late pours are hazy with sediment. Smell is sour acidity with barny notes and orange. The barrel's come through more in the taste. I'm a big fan. Only slightly sour with lemon peel and hay. I didn't get as much "horse blanket" as the others I was tasting with. This is light in body but complex in flavor. Very drinkable, a perfect warm/hot weather beer.

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

Taken from notes. Had at a small tasting at wedgie9’s apartment and thanks to Ryan for the bottle. Batch 1.
Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a hazy gold color. About a finger of head is achieved with a soft pour that dissipates slowly leaving nice chunky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A wonderful aroma of barnyard funk, lemon zest, apple, wet hay, leather, honey, and tartness.

Taste – To be honest, the taste is a bit of a letdown. I was expecting a bit more in your face funk and flavor, but it was a bit subdued. Perhaps a bit more of age would have been beneficial to this beer. The initial taste is not so much sour/tart as it is earthy. Hay and barnyard must (not funk) is prevalent, slight lemon and apple sour citrus flavors, wheat, oak, and bread. A complex beer, albeit not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation.

Overall – A good saison and one I am glad I was able to try. However, that said, I would take Bam Biere over this any day. I wish the sour/funk was a bit more dominant. Drinkability was great, and I would honestly love to try this with a couple years on it.

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

Shared at a tasting last night, thanks to Kat for sharing a bottle I actually payed for, lol. Marked with just a marker 'F' on the cap. Purchased February 12th during the 2nd winter gathering.

A- Clear golden straw with a foamy, fluffy white head that builds up nicely with decent retention. Nice and creamy lace suds stick to my glass. Second pour is hazy once the dregs unsettle.

S- Straw barnyard but not hugely funky overall. More of a slightly sour fruit barn feel. Lemon with lots of nice ripe fruit notes like apple, cider and general citrus. Cider-like.

T- Dry barn straw with some spice and esters. Wild yeast giving off some nice citrus, lemon, apple and white grape. More 'funk' noticed in flavor. Oak is nice.

MF- Creamy light body with moderate carbonation.

DB- Has a gueuze-saision-cider character with an overall light feel. Drinks pretty smoothly because of a nice laid-back sour and funk.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, batch 1, received from youbrewidrink. Thank you, Joe. The bottle mentions this is 5% ABV.

Pouring a hazy straw yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is top notch as far as appearances go. Lacing is minimal, but that's OK. The nose is pretty excellent. Opening with a blend of straw, grass and light honey, the saison base is still extremely noticeable here. The Brett hasn't done too much here, though there is a very nice blend of clove and light tropical fruit notes that complement the saison yeast. The wine character is mild, with the fruity vinous notes working well with honey. Both the nose and appearance suggest white wine barrels were used. The nose is wonderfully integrated and very harmonious, creating a deceptively simple nose that's actually quite deep.

The palate opens with a blend of straw, hay and Brett-derived flavors of clove, a little pineapple and some more wet hay. The base saison was probably too dry to give the bugs a lot to chew through, though. Mildly floral with a touch of honey on the mid-palate, this dries up on the finish leaving a blend of hay and clove. The wine barrel character comes through as a mildly boozy white wine with some tannins. There doesn't seem to be much from the saison yeast here, though that could be the age.

Ultimately, the palate is a let down compared to the nose, it just doesn't mesh together like the nose. The bone dry beer just doesn't have enough of a foundation for the Brett to work with. Rousing the yeast does help. Light in body and highly carbonated, this does feel a little watery on the palate at times. Solid stuff, though I have a feeling this beer shouldn't really be aged.

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

Thanks for this one Michael!

A: Pours a lightly hazy citrus golden with a couple fingers of bright white head that slowly faded into a bubbly film that left streaks of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Light notes of peaches and other light fruits, wheat, straw/hay and earth. I’m getting a few lightly tart notes from the wine barrel as well.
T: Big notes of wheat and lightly tart citrus, lemon peel, chardonnay, hay, grass, straw, earthy funk, peach, apricot, and herbal, earthy hops and spices.
M: Medium-full body, soft and fluffy but ample carbonation, drying but not a desert. Decent barrel influence.
O: The wine barrel adds an interesting tartness to this saison that sets it apart from the other ones that I’ve had from this brewery. Unique and interesting, but not my favorite of HF's lineup. I'd drink this again though. Cheers, SneezyAchew!

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Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unlabeled 750ml with a mysterious 'F' written on the cap shared by Kat/Cam. Thanks Kat/Cam!

Color is cloudy pee yellow, 1-finger white head retains well and leaves some lacing.

Super bretty scent. Lots of lemon/lime/funk/hay. Quite nice.

Taste was somewhat of a letdown after the smell but still good, it seems to focus mostly on a funk/hay/grassy/barnyard aspect. Still getting a lemon/lime feel which seems unique. Light sour fruits like apple, orange, etc.

Light crisp mouthfeel.

A nice funky saison, pretty much solid all around. Easy drinking even with it's brett-forwardness.

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

Another bottle generously shared by Todd at my birthday bash. Served in a taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar and a few specks of lace. Murky dark straw body that's appropriate for the lower ABV.

S - Earthy and musty brett, peppery yeast, hint of sweet malts, oak, wheat, and an aged quality that is mildly evocative of an old attic.

T - Taste has more bready malts, with notes of spicy oak, funk, mild acidity, and an earthy and leather finish. Again, there's a nebulous 'old' quality to this - not sure what batch we were drinking - but it's not off-putting and seems to work with the earthy flavors.

M - Medium-light body, pleasant moderate carbonation. Dry, crisp, and refreshing. Pretty much what you'd expect from a barrel-aged 4.8% wheat beer.

D - Another solid beer from Hill Farmstead, but in the lower tier of their Saisons. Would rather have Art, Anna, or Clara over this offering. Still, quite easy to drink and helped break up a chain of heavier beers at the party.

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Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a hint of orange. There is a layer of white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Slightly funky and quite herbal. Light and crisp, very nice.

Taste: Very light with just a touch of funk. There is a wine tartness. This beer is really refreshing.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light with foamy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Light and easy to drink with a mild wine note. I thought this was a very good Saison.

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

Shared with JLindros, batch #3.

A - Poured into a golden hue with a fluffy two finger head that left lots of big, sticky side lacing. That nice two finger head slumped down to leave a nice thick blanket.

S - Nice funky yeast notes with good sour notes from seemingly almost Brett. Lots of those taste, aromatic white wine barrell notes too. Good lemon citrus aspects too.

T - Starts off with nice lambic sour qualities, very nice vinuous notes from the white wine aging. Fades to leave a very bready wheat note with a nice flemmy finish. The sourness definately draws one back for more. Aftertaste is very bread like.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit flat due to the bottle blowing up upon opening. No warning at all! Slightly dry at the end.

O - Overall, this isnt my favourite beer from Hill Farmstead. Its still a tasty beer and I'm very glad I bought it. Dont think I could have put back a whole bottle myself.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

Big thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Never had a barrel-aged saison before (that I can remember, anyway...), so this oughta be a fun li'l experiment. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises red wine grapes, tart-ish orange, dank oak, and a touch of grass. The taste holds notes of sour grapes, wheat, honey, sourdough, light clove, and some very light mandarin orange. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a very nice saison, one that definitely seems to get a boost from the wine barrels.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased from the brewery in late May. No bottle date, but assume fresh (for a barrel aged beer....moron). 5% ABV. Poured into Russian River snifter.

A: Mildly hazy yellow color. Very little head, less than one finger. Some mild lacing.

S: This one smells a little funky. The wine barrel aroma and the yeast jump out a little bit. Fruitly, tart apples almost. Granny Smith-ish.

T: I got a dry white wine/champagne like flavor from this. A little spice, but not that much. Pretty solid brew. Nice crisp close.

M: Light to medium mouth feel on this. Doesn't coat the mouth.

O: This one was pretty darn good but I much preferred the Anna that we tasted earlier in the night. Might just be my palate though. Both well crafted brews though.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes. Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a tulip.

Flora pours a dark golden color with a nice white cap.

The aroma is lemony, a little bit like a gueuze. Dry crackery malt and some funk add depth.

The flavor is dry, with crackery malt up front, some wild sour flavors next, with a lingering lemon tartness. There are some pear, green apple, and grassy notes in here as well. The finish is fairly clean.

The body is dry, with medium carbonation and a lighter body.

Overall I felt this was a nice beer, pleasantly tart in a style that I do not normally enjoy as much.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1 (Corked)

Pours a pale, clear, yellow with a frothy white head on top. Leaves some nice lacing behind on a Hill Farmstead tasting glass.

Light earthy sourness on the nose. A mixture of brett funk and some Cantillon acidity. Lots of wet hay with just a touch of lemon citrus.

Dry wheat and faded hop, mix with light grainy sourness on the tongue. Touch of wood barrel and grassy citrus.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp with light sourness throughout. Crisp and refreshing. Feels more like a saison than your typical wild.

Drinkability is good. I love the nose on this beer. Reminds me of a true Belgian sour more so than any American wilds I've had. At 5.5% ABV this makes for a great table beer and it's currently pairing very well with some local cheese and grapefruit. Worth picking up a bottle or two to share with firends over a good meal.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%

Re rated 11/29/14. Pour is a completely transparent golden color with a tight white that lingers for a bit. Nose is juicy, bright clean grape flavors, light oak, hints of pepper, faint dustiness. Taste is similar, very strong bright grape flavors, a bit sweet, moderate oak and vanilla, a decent pepper note. Well carbonated, light sourness, soft feel and consistent body.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Bruery tulip, thanks Chris!

A - Pours a clear golden yellow, white head, thin filmy cap and some spotty lacing. Some bubbles float about here and there.

S - Nice sour funk, Belgian yeast notes, barnyard, slight oak.

T - Slightly funky, some floral notes, yeast funk, some barrel. Not quite as "eventful" as Anna...not as much going on. That said, still pretty darn good.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, dry finish. Perhaps a little watery.

D - A good beer, although, not great. I enjoyed the funk and barrel notes but I was wishing that there would be a bit more complexity.

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