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Art | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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ArtArt
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
Ranking:
#204
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
444
pDev:
7.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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540
Gots:
54
Trade:
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Ratings: 444 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.87/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2010 batch @ Harvest Fest 10/1/11

A: Golden body with fluffy white head and a good cling

S: Smells like it will be very good: lots of sour-adding oak, some noxious funk and tartness.

T: Definitely a let down. Has a saison's traditional legs, but not much additional funk and tartness that was suggested in the nose. Also has a plastic quality in taste that carries a little to the mouthfeel that overpowers everything and is hard to get by.

M: Again with the plastic quality that is almost slightly cloying. The carbonation is spot on for a saison tho.

O: I prefer Arthur and Arthur aged. The barrel treatment steered this in a direction I didn't like, maybe it was an off keg or sick stage. Re-review on the docket with the new batch this winter.

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3/5  rDev -33%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of schwaeh
3.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with Ryan011235

A: Pours out a murky golden color, with surprisingly not much sediment at all. This beer gets a humongous rocky white head; I really had to wait for it to recede. The lacing clings to the glass like shaving cream. High carbonation.

S: Real interesting aroma with more happening than most saisons. Typical brett, musty basement, old potpourri(that's a new one), vague spice, grapes, some textile-plasticy smell. I kinda get the feeling that this was one hoppy SOB when it was first bottled, makes for a weird smell. There's dull orange peel and lemon zest. Smells musty/dank and soapy clean all at once.

T: Very odd flavors, again unlike any saison I've had. I get a good bit of vinous white grapes that really take this in a new direction that I'm not used to. Like the aroma I taste old musty hops that seem like they were once overwhelming-could be me I guess. Real bretty dryness to this but the wine barrel might have helped counter that slightly. All the good funk is too hidden for me.

M: Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Active carbonation.

O: I really feel the perceived once-huge hoppiness, at this stage of awkwardness, really hurt this bad. I would rather stick with more classic examples of this style. This isn't bad but it really didn't live up to my expectations, especially with the wine barrel use.

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3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Callmecoon for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a slightly murky honey yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, herbs, spices, wood, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a medicinal aftertaste and a super woody finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I definitely enjoyed regular Arthur over this barred aged version.

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Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale hazy golden yellow/straw color with golden banana yellow hues and a frothy two finger white head.  Good retention slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves streaks of soapy lacing.  

Sweet yet earthy aroma with subtle barnyard funk, sweet honey, light fruit, banana, citrus, bready yeast and zesty spice.  Subtle toasted oak but not much of a barrel presence.

Fuller bodied than expected with tight carbonation up front Lots of zesty spice with hints of pepper, lemon peel and coriander.  Earthy funk countered by sweet fruit and bready yeast.  Good balance of funk, sweetness and dryness.  Spicy with bready yeast, light fruit and citrus.  Funkier as it warms but not sour.  More dry/bretty than anything with a faint barrel presence.   Some earthy wood but it is subtle not overpowering the other flavors.  

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -18.5%
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 Ryan011235
3.73/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 12/4/11

Shared by schwaeh

Dang, this is a looker of a beer. Dusty gold is simultaneously shiny and dull. A lofty three finger head is punctured with holes, having a meringue texture on top and, as it slowly falls, Steve likens it to a Flintstone's push-pop that has been pushed out and is melting away. Lace isn't solid, but there is a lot of it regardless; heck, this has the thickest clumps I've ever seen. Continuous rising bubbles.

This smells really nice. While my first impression is a soapy one, it obvious, after closer inspection, that there is so much more going on. prairie grass, flowers, dusty pollen, apples, soft vinous grape tones, clean oak and an oh-so-faint vanilla suggestion. Some dank earthiness emerges as it warms that balances the aforementioned cleanliness. Subtle spices shuffle around. Very enjoyable.

Huh. This tastes nothing like I'd expect - it's quite different from the aroma. To start, hops are all over the place; not super potent, mind you, cause they seem ensconced in the fading process, but hop kick is definitely had. Brief, tangy apple notes turn into a smattering of boozy heat (what's up with that?) and then on to extremely dry notes of wine and wood. Spices mix with a soapy suggestion for a really bizarre flavor experience. It starts to come together as it warms.

Medium-light body of moderate crispness. There's a good bit of carbonation, but it is fluffy and rolling - far from harsh. Finishes with musty barrel notes and lingering spice.

Really interesting beer. it doesn't strike me as in-line with a saison (at least not entirely so), but it's enjoyable. Especially that aroma.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Hill Farmstead Art (wine barrel aged saison): Nice murky yellow…not even copper, straight up yellow, nice head for a small few ounce pour. Smell is sweet tart all day long. Carbonation is a bit lively…mouth puckeringly sour, maybe even a bit too much for me, the flavor is somewhat balanced sweet tart with a bit of malt in there…little too tart for my tastes. Lively carbonation. Very good, but a bit too tart and too bitter…you definitely get a white wine type of vibe on this one.

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had this again at a barrel aged tasting on 8/6/2011
4 - 3.5 - 3.5 - 3.5 - 3.5

light orange thin head. nice. smell reminds me of dominique. white whine heavy. grassy saison with some barrel that gives it a sour vibe...a bit musty. mouth is okay, very wine like, little thin. overall not super impressive many others are better. pretty tart, very over-rated.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.78/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Barry!

Hazy blond, a little clearer than Flora, and more effervescent. The head is tall and lasting.

Blue cheese, funk, graininess, vinous oak and funk. A lot of oak, actually. Quite a bit of cheese, too, but it's more pleasant than Flora batch 2.

Tastes light and refreshing with some really nice complexity coming from the barrel. Cheesy, a little lactic, a ton of funk and oak. Little metallic, blue cheese again. Drying oak in the finish. Leathery, horse stable funk. Pretty good, but not as good as Flora batch 1.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is transparent pale yellow with a tight white head. Nose is balanced Saison with light sweetness in back and some barrel overtones up front. Hints of dustiness towards the back with lemon behind. Taste is a bit more acidic, barrel is a touch stronger, lemony in back with some peppery mineral notes mid palate. Finish is crisp, high carbonation and fairly dry.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to RSchaeffer.

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Pours a light pale orange with a explosive off-white head. Awesome retention and some lacing.

S - White wine grapes, funk.

T - Bright white grapes, some funk and wood.

D - Good carbonation, light and fresh body.

O - Very light and drinkable. Wish there was a bit more funk/woodiness.

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Photo of BDeibs
3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hawthorne's on 6/3/11 during Philly Beer Week.

A - Hazy golden body with a two-finger high fluffy white head that reduced to sleek web-like lacing and patchy dots all around the glass.

S - Sweet and floral with a hint of light tartness, cheese rind and juniper berries. As the liquid warmed up a bit, subtle grassy and earthy funk attributes began to emerge, adding a bit more sourness to the nose.

T - Opens with quite a bit of grassy hop bitterness and a hint of wildflowers. Overall, the tartness of the saison is subtle at first, suggesting a light cheesy character and hint of musty basement funk. However, the earthiness really takes over in the backend, releasing a pretty sharp grassy hop bite paired with a semi-dry woody finish.

M - Light bodied overall, although a tad thin and watery perhaps. Quite spicy and dry on the palate with plenty of sharp hop bitterness and moderate sourness on the palate.

D - Art is a very fragrant, albeit light, saison with plenty of character and quite a bit of bitterness. If you like a pretty dry, funky saison, give this one a shot.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"Ooooh, that's cheesy!"

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.97/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially art has a two finger soapy head, but that changes quickly. Poor retention and no lacing. Pretty color that is honey golden and completely clear. Soft aroma of brett, hay, grass and lemon-y funk. Damp wood or oak presence. Complex flavor combining some brett funk, lemon, and fruity flavors hiding beneth the stronger ones. Very grassy and contains light lactic sour hits up front. Can't say I am picking up any barrel or vinous flavors from the aging. A good prickly carbonation with a slight lemon tart hit on the tip of the tongue. A beer that is truly enjoyable though I am beginning to wonder about the wisdom of categorizing beers such as these as Saisons. The combination of brett and oak change the beer so much.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bought at the brewery back in May, shared with cbutova. Probably 6-12 months old.

Pours a really pale hazy orange with a ridiculous Duvel-esque white head

Nice scent, fruity and a bit sour. Green apple, oak, white wine, bready yeast.

Taste is bit less intense but good. Big white wine and oak, lemon/lime, bready vanilla yeast, hay/grass, light brett/funk.

Mouthfeel feels a bit limp and thin, medium-low carbonation.

Good beer, reminds me of their "E." quite a bit. Nice, complex slightly funky saison.

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3.99/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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Art from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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