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Art | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

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.

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

Batch 3 at a bottle share. This is a stunner and greatly exceeded my expectations. I actually liked this better than Ann, so I'm a bit surprised by the lower ratings.

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

A: Gold, white head that sticks around forever. Hazy, great looking beer. S: Funky...so much funk. That Hill yeast smell, some oak and lemon. T: Lemon, funk, oak, hay, basement...all I want in a beer. M: Carb is right where it needs to be. Keeps it soft and finishes dry, making you want more. O: This beer is exactly what I wanted it to be and more. It's oaky, funky and perfect. Way to go Shaun, you never disappoint

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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 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 baybum
4.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As perfect as you can get in a barrel aged saison, more of a dry wine presence then Ann(probably due to the honey in Anna)

Found it very interesting having it next to Art B3. Those of us that prefer Arthur to Anna, actually preferred Ann to Art. And those that prefer Anna actually preferred Art. Now we all agreed that both are hard 5's, so we are talking very small preferences.

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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 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 cfrances33
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 2 bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: A radient golden orange with a two finger, eggshell white head. Leaves moderate lacing, and the head hangs around for the majority of the glass. Really love the almost glowing body on this.

Smell: Big barrel character up from, characterized by a white grape must. A nice lactic funk follows, with some lemon zest and pears. A light yeasty spice and slight funk finish.

Taste: Lactic tartness up front, followed by a really nice wine must and juicy grapefruits. A slight vanilla oakyness. A light white pepper and some bretty yeast funk follow the majority of the middle and end, but don't command. All the flavors blend incredibly well. Finishes with white wine grape skins.

Mouthfeel: Quite juicy, but there is a light dryness that tugs at how juicy this beer is. Really nice prickling carbonation. Finish fall somewhere between juicy and dry.

Overall: Quite possibly the best saison I've ever had. A close second to Flora.

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Photo of celeriac
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Incredible beer.

Opens with a big hiss, and pours with a voluminous, puffy head! The beer itself is a pale gold and fairly clear, with a very slight haze (perhaps from disturbed lees).

The aroma is really more that of a wild ale than a standard saison. bretty funk, lemon and lemongrass, some spice from both yeast and hops, oak, and far more. Deep.

The flavor is equally complex with a surprisingly firm bitterness, light citric tartness, oaky tannins, grape skins, hints of tropical juice, and sweet grainy malt. Rich in flavor yet light and moreish. Yum.

Mouthfeel is light and drinkable with high carbonation and just a touch of creaminess.

Overall, it's hard to say how impressed I am by this beer. Nearly inconceivable that something so complex and refined is being made by in one-year-old brewery. It reminds me a bit of Fantome, and that's a VERY good thing. Really wish I'd bought more of this, so I will need to get back up north soon.

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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 TurdFurgison
4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked up a few bottles of this last year at the HF 1st anniversary party. Now opening one on a quiet weekend in late January.

Removing the cap, foam starts to make a slow but persistent rise to the top. After pouring a glass things were mostly safe, although dried foam started pushing out the bottle before I went back for more. As long as you expect it and have a few glasses to fill you'll have no issues.

This saison, like everything I've had from HF, is stunning in execution. From appearance through finish, I'm so happy with this beer. It pours with lots of haze, a pale golden color with a large pillowy foam. Large chunks of dried lace remain on the glass as it empties.

The aroma is near perfection, this is exactly how I hope most saisons to smell. The Brett is evident but doesn't dominate, some grassiness behind that, maybe a hint of spice but I suspect that comes from the hops. It tastes as good as it smells, Fantome keeps coming to mind (not a bad comparison at all). Seriously, Sean may be the American version of Dany, maybe even more brilliant as he brews so many styles so well. Excellent Brett mustiness and (Saaz?) grassiness, alternating bitterness and barrel notes, slightly dry finish. Very good.

Easy drinking and light/medium bodied. I wish I had more of these. Excellent, highly recommended.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: Golden yellow pour with minimal head and visible lacing.

S: Sweet fruit mixed with subtle oak and a strong scent of wine.

T: The beers starts off with a pop of stone fruit sugar sweetness, followed by waves of wine barrel character and a touch of heat from the alcohol. As it warms, lemony tart citrus notes emerge and the wine flavor shines through, enveloping the base beer.

F: Everything about this beer is clean and balanced. The carbonation is spot on. The finish is dry.

O: Art is a fantastic beer. Finely nuanced, magically well balanced, and perhaps one of the best examples of what Hill Farmstead is capable of producing. Many people said that this beer was only marginally better than its base beer, Arthur. Those people were wrong. This is on another level of beer altogether. Personally, it ranks below Being and TIme, Juicy, and WoL: SARA in terms of overall taste and flavor, but the finished product is unrivaled by anything I have had in craft beer.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bright yellow appearance with decent wide head.

Smells and tastes very geuzelike. Just a touch sweet and somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel, as always, is superb.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a beautiful golden hue, with hints of orange. A medium sized white head slowly recedes and leaves ample lacing.

S- The aroma is gloriously enticing! Lemony, tart, with notes of soft cheese, and barnyard funk. Loads of granny smith apple! Beautiful white wine and oak character! Super delicate and complex!

T- The flavor is superb and follows the nose quite well. Light tartness, dry white wine, mild funk, and lemon grass. Crazy drinkable and delightful!

M- The mouth feel is incredibly soft, with a medium body and light carbonation. It finishes incredibly dry!

O- This is a beautiful wine barrel aged saison! One of the best I've ever had, and it should be sought out for sure!

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. A clear, straw-yellow body holds up a thick, foamy, white head. Each sip leaves some beautiful lacing on the glass.

Wet hay and earthy oak rise up from a few swirls of the glass. Light fruits and a touch of yeast spice on the nose. Faint white wine grapes and a light brett presence add to the complexity.

Dry, oaky, earthy malts mixed with light wine barrel fruitiness compose the taste. Faint orchard fruit, apple, hay and earthiness. Malts, yeast and barrels in perfect harmony. Exceptional.

Mouthfeel is earthy and musty with a touch of sweetness, but mostly dry throughout. Feels great for the style.

Overall, this is an amazing saison. Essentially flawless in every way. From the nose, to the flavor, to the mouthfeel, Shaun has nailed this one on the head. The wine oak barrels plus the house yeast make this a truly unique and exceptional saison. Probably in my top 3 for the style, if not my favorite. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle from Batch 2 poured into two tulip glasses. Served chilled from the refrigerator.

Appearance: Pours a nice, tall three finger foamy white head with really nice retention. Light orange to golden yellow in color with a bit of cloudiness.

Aroma: First thing that hits is really nice brett funk character. Green apple sweetness and a touch of citrus in there as well. The funk note is completely spot on and very refreshing. Definitely some oak in there as well. Perfect.

Taste: Sweet fruit, mostly green apple and lemon, upfront is followed by a really complex and refreshing funk character. There is also a bit of a peppery bit to balance out the sweetness. Really reminds me of Fantome original, but I might enjoy this more. The combination of the subtle fruits, oak and funk character all together make this a winner.

Mouthfeel: Light in body and lots of carbonation. Extrememly refreshing.

Overall, this is probably my favorite of Shaun's saisons and that's a huge compliment. The balance of the funk character and the fruit is unmatched. Subtle, complex, and refreshing. Everything I want in a saison. Really outstanding.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks go to SneezyAchew for sending me both beer and glass.

A: Pours a deep gold with a billowing, dense, bright white head that foamed up with the pour and then took forever to fade into a thick collar and film with a mound of foam in the center. Amazing rings of lacing were left down the glass as the head receded, and a sticky network was left the whole beer through.
S: This beer smells so fantastically complex it’s hard for me to pick out all the elements. I get notes of white wine, green apple skins, black pepper, citrus hops, bubblegum, perfume, stone fruits, lemon zest, clove, straw, and coriander.
T: The taste is as amazing as the smell. Green apple skins, white wine oak barrel, and earthy hops dominate, but there are some sweeter notes of stone fruits and spicier notes of ‘Belgian’ spices mixed in as well. The finish is lightly bitter with notes of citrus and lemon zest and green pears, and the aftertaste is earthy and full of hay and peppery spices.
M: Fullish body with a drying mouthfeel and tingly carbonation that froths up on my palate quite a bit.
O: An all-around amazing brew with a complex and refreshing flavor. Tastes like a buttered up, smooth, oaky and mellower Arthur. Regardless, I love the wine and oak flavors, and can’t thank you enough for sending me this one Michael.

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Photo of Ashey_Darkfruit
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

1 & 1/6 fingers of head that doesn't let you down. Color is light yet dark with a crisp clean refraction.

Slightly amberish aroma hints of dew and stone fruit.

I heated the it up to exactly 77 degrees Fahrenheit to release its full ash potential. If you go above that you'll mess with the explosiveness of the dark fruit.

Dry on the mouth that holds onto the pocket of the dark fruit.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into stemmed tulip.
Pours a medium to dark straw with perfect clarity and one finger of head the dissipates.
Aromas are wonderful...yeast, white wine, wood, mild funk.
Flavor is perfection. Lovely sourness mixed with wine and wood. Perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel was excellent as with all Hill Farmstead beers.
This was a near perfect beer. It's incredible.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


"Art is the barrel aged version of Arthur, our traditional farmhouse saison. Eventually, all releases of Arthur will be equal to the current release of Art... and Art will be aged for 12 months or more and released as a single barrel reserve."

Big thanks to Barry for the extra. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours the color of apple cider, a light yellow gold with an impressive and mountainous four finger dense and frothy white cap that takes five minutes to recede to a smaller one finger version of itself that lingers for most of the session. The soapy lacing clings to the glass in thick clumps, curtains, and sheets. Perfect clarity. Amazing looking beer.

S: Ripe golden apples with a restrained musty wet leather Brettanomyces profile. Lightly spicy (peppery), with a touch of sulfur and mineral and a little oak. I detect some lemon and a low level of sourness. Quite complex.

T: Prominent notes of ripe Granny Smith apples accompany lesser traces of lemon and orange. Oak is well integrated, and spices maintain a peppery presence, adding complexity without dominating. Nice oak notes. Brett is well integrated, imparting lower levels of musty and leathery characteristics. Highly attenuated, with a soft malt profile and notes of earth. Bitterness is at a lower moderate level. Lightly tart with a low level of sourness.

M: Upper light in body with a high level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is spritzy, effervescent, and very dry, with a light acidity.

Overall: A very well crafted barrel aged Saison: complex, refreshing, and rewarding. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Verecund
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011 (Batch #1).

A soft pour into a tilted tulip immediately spurs a huge pillowy white head of four fingers. The head leaves massive, thick and large-bubbled lacing, softly settling into a finger and a half. The beer itself has mezmerizing clarity (like Anna) on first pour - the tangerine body is clear and luminous.

A nice bouquet of citrus, oak, and some mineral character. There's some wet hay and pineapple from the brett. The citrus runs deeply through it, with just a hint of sourness.

The oakiness gives way to citrus that's more orange than lemon in expression. There's a little bit of white pepper here, along with a constant mustiness and earthiness that envelops the citrus on the front of the palate and the minerality on the finish. A light sourness cuts through the must. The lingering bitterness on the finish whets my palate before the next sip. The tiniest bit of rubber in the mid- and late-palate keeps this from a perfect score.

Medium-light in body with high carbonation (though the body feels slick and oily on the front of the tongue). Medium dryness on the finish.

This saison is drinking elegantly right off the bat, and I'm glad I opened this one early, since it displays such a restrained balance. A very well imagined saison, and likely my favorite HFS saison to date. I need more of this.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to sisuspeed for opening this bottle at the Rosso release. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a mild straw color with a really nice, fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a bit of time. Really nice lacing as it goes down. The nose is really nice with some complex earthy funk as well as grain and hay plus a touch of oak. Funk keeps coming, and also brings a hint of white grapes and mild stone fruit. The flavor is along the same lends, blending the funk with the base malt well and adding in slight fruit complexity. Mildly sweet feel is fairly light with a nicely dry finish. Really fantastic. Thanks again, John.

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

Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass, revealing three fingers of thick white head over a slightly hazy light golden body. Very pretty. Smells sweet and funky with a little fresh corn, wet hay and sunshine. Definite barrel presence on the nose.

Tastes smooth with sweet, toothsome, light maltiness and a hint of lemony freshness. A touch fruity, good barrel presence. Nice saison yeast spices. Crisp well water comes through on the clean finish. Mouthfeel is silky with a fine-nucleating carbonation that adds to the creamy but light mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Alcohol is not noticeable at all until you feel it in your head.

Overall I really like this one. Very light, refreshing, and perfect for the summer days.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to rtepiak for this bottle!!

A: Standard pour gave a full four fingers of a cream white head, it is very fluffy looking. Retention is very good and lacing is also very good. The beer itself is a lightly hazy yellow color.

S: Wow, this is amazing. Very strong white wine notes: nice oak-y tannins, vanilla and green grape like characteristics. Strong spicy notes: pepper, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom. Quite musky thanks to brett (I think). Some pale malt too with a kind of white sugar sweetness. Light red apples.

T: Quite strong musky notes coming upfront: horse blanket and wet hay. Quite sweet and juicy too: good amounts of red apples and white wine type of acid green grapes. The oak is quite evident in this with the tannins, vanilla and earthy notes. Quite grainy too, which is a surprise after the smell. Not as spicy as the smell though: only light amount of cardamom and cloves are noticeable. Dry.

M: Light body with solid carbonation. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

O: This is one really really good saison. Just lack a bit of "wow factor" to get a better score. Anyway, this is a world class brew from a world class brewery.

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