Art | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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

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Avg:
4.34
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy and somewhat dirty golden color ale with a superb large foamy head with great retention and some really good lacing. Aromas of Brett notes are quite dominant with some refreshing white wine vinous notes. Taste is a superb mix between some white wine grapes, some light balanced funky Brett notes with light dry finish and some light oaks notes can also be detected. Rustic malt notes are well balanced and help keep the whole thing together. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Very complex and also easily drinkable beer.

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Photo of Skrip
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Gandhi Bot snifter. *batch 2

A~ hazy golden orange with a lacing slight white head.

S~ citrus up front followed by pepper, bready yeast, and slight pineapple (almost like Juicy)

T~ **NOW! DO NOT DRINK THIS TOO COLD! definitely better as it warms! up front tart lemon with a tad of vinegar followed by peppery citrus saison yeast just like Arthur.

M~ very carbonated, smooth, kind of like champagne. also pretty dry.

O~ not exactly what i was expecting but still very delicious! HF saisons have to my favorite brew of all time, i probably say this a lot. Art is definitely not my favorite but still amazing. just remember to let it warm up before you drink it and you'll be good!

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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 emerge077
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Eric for sharing, happy birthday buddy!

Peachy pastel orange, fluffy cap of foam, spotty lacing.

Fruity aroma, pineapple and passion fruit, dry grassiness in the background.

Tart fruity flavors, citrus and vaguely tropical. Dry and light bitterness in the aftertaste, mild oaky dryness. Medium bodied with firm tartness, quenching and drinkable. Overall it's nice, reminds me of a fruitier Temptation.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Bit of a slow gusher. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a massive, 3 finger foamy white head with excellent retention. Beer is clear goldenrod. Lacing is patchy and thick with excellent cling. Couldn't ask for more.

Nose is yeast, band-aid, lemon rind, coriander, flower petals and a slight tartness. Aromatic with big funk notes. Clean, crisp and very refreshing with the exact flavors I expect from the style.

Opens slightly tart citrus and lemon peel. Coriander and other spices in the back along with some floral notes. Touch of yeastiness at the middle with band-aid and cobweb. Spicy finish with a yeasty and sharply funky aftertaste. Refreshing and very complex. Really enjoyable.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Light, fluffy and clean in the mouth and goes down refreshing. Accented finish with a mellow aftertaste. Really solid.

Hill Farmstead's Saison's are almost on the same level as their pale ales... that is, world class. Art is no different. A super solid beer all the way around. Definitely recommended.

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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 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 cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
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 jlindros
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Armsby Abbey during Hill Farmstead dinner.

Pours a nice fizzy head that hits a couple fingers and fades at a med pace nice lacing over hazy pale blond color.

Nose light farmhouse saison, hint floral spices, nice lemon and grassy aromas, hint of funk and acidity, little vinous quality and light oak.

Taste starts with nice tart fruits, lemony with little white wine vinous. Nice toasty vanilla oak. Then saison with light farmhouse and a ittle funk, light spices and grassy lemon grass. Light earthy funk and hint bready. Finish is dry and some acidity, lemon lingering a lot with little funk and light saison and bit of pinot grigio like fruity white wine.

Mouth is ligher bodied, good carb.

Overall quite tasty. Wine adds a great flavor and quality and barrel is tasty with plenty of the nice saison flavors coming through still.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

Poured a mostly clear orange with a large white head.

Smell is a serious musty funk.

The first taste is very tart with the finish being a dry, acidic (tannin?) taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a healthy amount of carbonation.

This is fantastic! Recently had a blue label Arthur and not sure which I enjoyed more. Hill Farmstead can do saisons, and do them well!!

This review is edited...the first bottle of Art didn't impress me as much as this. I don't know why, but this was awesome!!!

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

Poured into a tulip glass form a 750ml bottle. Shared with the fiancé.

Pours a lighter gold with some straw golden hints. Slightly hazy. There is a nice tall 2 inch white head that forms and is quite chunky . It leaves some nice lacing that is spotty. (4.0)

Aroma of barrel aged goodness. Slight and mild vanilla notes in the nose. Nice fresh woody notes mixed in with some spice and funk. A bit of a citrusy hop backed note is perceived as well as the mix of slight tart funk with some fruity esters. (4.0)

The funk plays well with some good peppery notes and spice. Coriander and some clove sweetness are very well crafted. Malty and bready notes can be perceived. Some nice woody barrel notes mixed in with great funk and corn-husk notes. The fruity esters and malty bread notes come in around the middle but they are overtaken by some nice dry vinous character and some slight tartness. Very nice. (4.0)(4.0)

Overall a good saison. The barrel aging throws in some interesting flavors and notes but it still has a nice saison flavor and mouth feel. (4.5)

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Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up one of these bad boys at the last release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - So this one is another slow gusher, which results in a bit, soapy three finger head that leaves big side lacing atop a crystal clear darker straw brew.

S - Nice aromas of barnyard here with lemons, light funky oak, some subtle vinous notes.

T - Taste is pretty good, theres an odd aftertaste but I'll get to that. Starts out with that nice barnyard funk that leads to a sharp lemon acidity with much stronger vinous characters of grape skin. The finish though...strange. For me, once the tart and funk have cleared I'm left with well, a cookie like aftertaste. Kind of like the part of a chocolate chip cookie that doesnt have the chocolate chips in it. Very strange. Not a bad thing, just, really weird.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty spot on for a Hill Farmstead saison, decent enough carbonation here, quite enjoyable and works well with the tart and funk.

O - Overall, this is a good saison, spot on for Hill Farmstead. The aftertaste throws me a bit but there are enough redeeming qualities to make this very enjoyable.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Started foaming right when cap was taken off. Pours a hazy yellowish golden with about 3 fingers of white frothy head. Lots of carbonation, well above average. Leaves foamy lacing. Pours a little bit faster and has a little bit more of a yellowish color then E.

S- Lemons, green apples, yeast, a very tiny bit of hay, grass, barnyard funk, and hints of oak. About average aroma strength.

T- Green apple, a little bit of citrus- lemon+orange, some hay + grass, finishes with a little bit of a light lemony sour taste mixed with a bit of red wine that has a lingering aftertaste.

M- Thin, refreshing, decent carbonation, well balanced.

O- This was a pretty decent saison that I thought was definitely better then E.. I liked the balance between the lemon sourness, green apple, and light barnyard funk that was all balanced off with nice carbonation. Definitely not my favorite beer from HF, but a nice offering.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
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 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 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 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 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 Arbitrator
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. No idea which batch it is, but I've had it for the better part of a year.

A: Bottle is a gusher. Pours a cloudy, burnt sunset orange. I generally appreciate clarity in beers, but for this shade, the milkiness works wonders and captures the light stunningly. A finger of off-white head caps the beer, maintaining good retention and depositing lace.

S: Lemon, hay, grass; there is a light mineral character on some sips (brett?). A small white pepper note is evident, too. I believe this was aged in wine barrels; I don't detect any wine on the nose, but there is a soft oak-vanilla aroma on the back end.

T: What might be brett on the nose is definitely brett on the taste; it is fairly restrained, contributing only a light hay / barnyard presence and giving the beer a dry, minerally close. Grass, lemon, and spicy hops and/or phenols round out the rest of the beer. I couldn't detect any wine on the nose, but there is a light chardonnay sweetness before the finish.

M: Well-carbonated, perhaps a tad high. Light-bodied. Light astringency in the finish that reveals the barrel aging.

O: Excellent. Not really a surprise from Hill Farmstead. This is probably a notch below Shaun's older beer (Saison Lambic Pinot Noir), but we're talking about degrees of greatness here.

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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 largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
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 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 Ryan011235
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
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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Photo of cbutova
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing.

A- Hazy golden apricot hue with a gargantuan white head. It looks like a root beer float with cream floating around. Infinite retention and thick piles of lace coat the glass.

S- Nice saison yeast with tart fruit, lemon and some funkiness. Vinous grape stem pit feel. Somewhat faint to me.

T- Not as funky as the nose, a straight saison yeast feel with just a bit of tart fruit and barnyard funk, hay... Zesty lemon peel, light fruit/apple/white grape vinous notes. Some floral, herbal tea and grassy hops as well as some lemon citrus. A good oak presence with warmth.

MF- Silky feel with lower carbonation than I expected. Smooth with a sharp bitterness in the finish.

Nice beer with a saison feel primarily and a bit of funk later on. Good fruity feel and a nice yeast profile, the bugs add a good tart funk complexity.

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Art from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.34 out of 5 based on 411 ratings.
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