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Art | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
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 WillCarrera
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color, finger or so of white head.

S- Really nice blend of apples, pear and fruity brett aromas. Wet oak, musty, earthy yeast and mild spiciness. Smells very nice overall.

T- Nice mild fruity flavors, apple and pear, brett complements this nicely with more fruitiness. Wet oak flavors blend with some earthy, dry yeast flavors and some grassiness.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth feel.

O- A great saison, the barrel flavors complement the dry, fruity saison flavors really nicely.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a Hazy light orangish yellow. Lots of white head. Looks. Very pretty beer. Smells incredible. Spicy, oak heavy, lots of great floral and yeasty aromas. Some nice citrus as well. This beer tastes solid as well. Very very nice. The mouthfeel however... Sucks!


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Photo of rtepiak
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

perfect for this time or year... not a day more not a day less. any of the inconsistent american qualities in a saison are eliminated in the additional conditioning in the wine barrels. this sort of gives it that subtle gin dryness and juniper note that is really some quite rare. but its like a delicate ghost on my palate. consistent nose though.

pour is golden cloudy with a cotton candy sticky head. rocky formation on the edge of the glass. nose of wine tannins and brett. hints of floral that are both juniper flowers and hop hints. palate is bright to say the least. and floral mineral that are like juniper hints at first that seems to fade. lemongrass bitter with a white grape tannins dryness. great for duck. lotus root salad. and i would even say perfect for ethiopian food.

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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 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 Bendurgin
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this Jake! Poured into a pint glass. This pours a cloudy straw color with a thick pillow of white head. Nice gobs of soapy lace.

The aroma has a white grape aroma with some woody notes. Floral aromas with hints of barnyard hay and funk. The pallet has a nice white grape flavor and somewhat tart lemon finish. Nice grassy flavor with a slight crisp bitter finish.

The body is light with somewhat high carbonation. Overall this one is well done. I'm really enjoying these barrel aged saisons.

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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 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 ColdPoncho
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From really crappy notes. Thanks for sharing this Roger.

A - clouded yellow body, with a substantial white head. Nice

S - wow! this is one of the best-smelling beers I've ever had. There's a light tartness, some oak, some winey notes. Everything is very complimentary and great smelling! This would be a realistic wish for an air freshener.

T - the Nose was a tough act to follow, but here we've got what I have in my notes as "sweetoakwineontopsaison." I think that means it is sweet, with notes of wine and oak all on top of a traditional saison taste - light malts, some citrus and vanilla notes.

M - thin and dry. Shoot.

O - Everything about this beer is pretty incredible, except for the mouthfeel. Oh well.

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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 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 JAXSON
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, pours a light straw gold with a large white head. Nose is grass, light fresh cereal grains, hay, lemon. Mouth is very grainy upfront, segueing into citrus fruits and a long, grassy finish. Fresh, bright, very good stuff. Some comparisons to the bottled version of Saison Vautour have been made. I agree that they are simialr in their fresh cereal grain and lemon character, but this is a little more focused and rustic while the Vautour is funkier, more sour, probably a bit more complex. Really nice stuff, way better than E which I found totally overrated.

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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 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 BeerAndBourbon
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 pmlondrigan
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
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 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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Photo of Sheppard
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich golden grain. Minimal white foam. Vinous funk aroma. It's soft and delicate, lightly tart, vinous but subtly so. A little cheese funk comes out as it warms. There's a little bitterness on the finish. Just a touch. Overall, a very good wine barrel farmhouse ale.

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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.


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Photo of DenverLogan
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold yellow...small lingering head. Big aroma of barnyard, sour fruit, wheat. Flavors of funky fruit rind, lemon, horse blanket, oak, herbs, grass, brett, crackers...overall, rich and flavorful with some dry notes and craziness...very tasty and fun!

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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 xenjoiii
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Quackus for this bottle. I'm unable to read the fill bottle # due to a tear in the label.

Bottle # 2?

A: Poured a golden/straw color with about a finger and a half of fluffy white head. Excellent retention, as the head receded to about a quarter of a finger and isn't going anywhere.

S: By far my favorite aspect of this beer. The aroma is very funky. Lots of musty wet hay. An abundance of yeast and peppery character linger in the background.

T: Slight tartness (green apple/lemon/white grape-esque) upfront followed by yeast and peppery notes. Out the back I am getting a bit of oak and white wine.

M: Light carbonation with a light to medium body. Super refreshing.

O: Excellent example of a wine barrel aged Saison. A very balanced beer that boasts many flavors.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.87/5  rDev -33.9%
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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Photo of schwaeh
3.48/5  rDev -19.8%
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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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant, hazed golden with a fairly fluffy, cloud white head. pretty nice head retention, tons of sticky lacing left behind after every delicious sip.
Yeast, bread, pepper and spice notes on the nose, rather harmonious, and definitely the high point of this
Flavors of the above mentioned, plus some slightly under-ripe banana, grass, and a hint of oak.
Carbonation level is just edgy enough and brings the flavors alive nicely. It is slightly aggressive in style, but im loving it overall. An oversized wineglass really does the appearance of this beer justice.

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