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Art | 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): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Art is the wine barrel fermented and aged version of Arthur (1922-2005), our grandfather's youngest brother as well as the name of our rustic farmstead ale. In honor of Arthur, we mindfully blend his namesake beer from French oak wine barrels that have been aged and conditioned for between 1 and 3 years. This is the standard that reflects, redefines and guides the progressive vision for Hill Farmstead.

Added by t0rin0 on 03-02-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
402
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
18.43%
 
 
Wants:
523
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 402
Reviews by BeerAndBourbon:
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4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a hazy yellow with a thick creamy white head.

S. Wow. The oakiness really stands out and compliments the funkiness of the saison. Nice floral notes. Some white grape character. A touch of pepper.

T. Similiar to the flavor. The floral notes come through nicely.

M. Thin body that dries out completely. I can't believe how low the carb is on the tongue.

D. Smells great. I really like how the oak contributes to the saison.

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Photo of judkinst
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect slighly hazy golden color. Was extremely active in the bottle before pouring. The smell was pleasantly funky and tart...you can smell it the second it pours. The taste blew me away...zero flaws as far as I'm concerned. Everything good about Arthur with the added complexity and tartness from the wine barrels. Even has a bit of vanilla flavor in the aftertaste which was very nice. Less carbed than I was expecting and that's not a bad thing...almost creamy, which I didn't expect either but I really really enjoy. This may just be the best beer I've ever had. Wish I could drink this every day.

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Photo of nhindian
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 4, bottled 5/21/2015.

Appearance - Pours a pale straw yellow that is slightly opaque, but you can vaguely see through it. It's golden hue resembles more a glass of Chardonnay than beer, but the narrow, dense, snow-white head gives it away. What the head lacks in height it more than makes up for in retention, as it never fully dissipates; even when it finally sinks, it coats nearly the entire surface with a thin film of foam.Bubbles of carbonation lackadaisically rise to the surface every now then, but they are sparse.

Aroma - The aroma is a blend of fresh-cut grass, lemon peel, nectarines, subtle graininess, and finally a burst of white grapes at the end. It is altogether cohesive and summons and subtle tartness that ties everything together. The fruitiness of it makes it infinitely refreshing to smell, and the acidity coupled with the almost tropical-like fruit blend is nearly flawless in execution. The barrel is integrated seamlessly, with waves of oak, vanilla, and finally the wine itself washing over the other notes without overpowering them.

Taste - After my first sip, I was surprised at how acidic Art actually is compared to what I perceived in the aroma; to be fair, in contrast to other beers it isn't overly acidic, but it came across more than I expected. After a few more tries to acclimate, it's easier to swallow. The grape-lemon zest combo is still king and why not, since it is so good? Lemongrass and the grains come next to light the load, before finally the fruits emerge again to carry this to the finish. The tartness kicks the flavors up to a whole new level. The wine is a bit more present here and it contributes a slight booziness that oozes into the other flavors to give them that barrel-kissed feeling. The vanilla falls away here, leaving the oak to drive home the barrel notes.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is probably the only thing I can fault Art on, in my opinion. I was expecting more carbonation based on the style, but it falls pretty low on spectrum, and a bit more would've made this even better. Otherwise, this is very nice. It is light on the palate and is just dry enough to make it super refreshing.

Closing Arguments - As my first foray into Hill Farmstead's barrel-aged program, and really, to the brewery itself (I've never really tried many of their beers even though they are always on my radar ever since I had Ephraim way back in early 2011), I didn't know what to expect with Art. Happily, I can easily proclaim this is near the top, if not the top, of my saison list. It is flawless in almost every way besides the carbonation, and I could drink this endlessly - especially in the summer heat.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: dark straw
S: tart, Meyer lemon flesh, green melon, green grapes
T: same as nose plus french oak. Tart with a hint of sweetness in the finish.
This is the best beer that I have ever tasted

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Photo of Jwale73
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 4 (thanks Mike!) served in a HF tulip. Pours a burnished orange hue with a frothy, off-white head that dissipates into a bubbly band around the edges. Nose expresses vinous notes, a hint of vanilla and a trace of apple cider vinegar. Taste consistent with nose; however, the flavor profile comes off a bit watered down. There's also the addition of lemon peel. Mouthfeel is light in body with a soft carbonation and a mild acidity. Overall, quite tasty but not sure it lives up to the hype.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

World class saison with wonderful carb. Tartness of a green apple with a crisp dryness that really invites additional drinks. The smell is funky, Bretty, and lightly fruity. Impeccable balance and crispness. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at 2012 Hill Farmstead Harvest Fest.

Pours a cloudy light yellow with a foamy white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is slight sour white grapes with light vinegar.

Upfront taste is moderately sour, vinegar, unripe grapes. Sourness follows through to the finish. Fruity esters linger while the sourness gradually diminishes.

Moderate/lighter body with high carbonation that fits the beer well.

Overall very enjoyable. Reminds me a bit of St. Lamvinus, but with a different style grape.

9/22/2012

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Photo of tectactoe
4.6/5  rDev +6%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of bierdabbler
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Prospero
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of lawsonciv
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doremite
4.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Latest rating of batch 3, which I enjoyed more so than 2 (which I also loved). The barrel flavor and acidity balance on this is just an unparalleled treat. Soft mouthfeel, bright, refreshing, with a nice tinge of tart on the finish.

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Photo of Soonami
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of SPRichard
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jeonseh
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured in a GI tulip

A - Hazy, golden color with a very frothy two finger head. This leaves a lot of nice lacing as it goes down. Quite a nice looking Saison.

S - Smells of sweet banana, lemon, oak, slight vinegar and a slight grassy farmhouse funk

T - Initally tart lemon and slight vinegar come through. As the beer goes, the beer starts to get funky with grass, farmhouse funk and a slight blue cheese. The finish is slightly tart with a lingering oak.

MF - Medium carbonation with a creamy smooth body. Slightly astringent in the finish and a tingle remains on the tongue.

O - Solid, sour and funky Saison that reminds me of a more tart version of Orval. My first HF Saison and can understand why people get excited over them.

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Photo of 1BeerToRuleThemAll
4.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of brooklynbrews
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of yllib
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer. Wine barrel present, expands on what I love about Arthur. Soft, citrus presence. Makes me want more and more of this. Would bang again!

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second HF beer. The first beer Rarl was terrific. This one was rather ordinary. Funky saison yeast. Generous retained head on hazy golden coloured body. Above average mouthfeel. Funky, yeasty taste, pepper. Dry bitter finish. Decent drinkability but it took many sips. Thanks Steve S.

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Photo of Calibrews
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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