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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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83
Ratings:
402
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
18.43%
 
 
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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 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 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 Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

Served along side Hill Farmstead Arthur, Flora, Civil Disobedience, and McKenzie Irma Extra.

The beer appears hazy and yellow hued with a half inch of white head and some decent lacing. The aroma is fabulous. Red wine, wild yeast, floral notes, citrus, funk. Yeah, I'm digging this. The flavor is very good, though not quite as remarkable as the aroma. Nice feel on the palate. Complex and delicious. This was my favorite of the five saisons I sampled that night. I would enjoy having this again. Recommended.

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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 Florida9
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2

A: Very hazy light pastel yellow in color. Forms a large foamy-creamy off white head. Good retention. Globs of lacing on the way down.

S: Aroma is very "Saison-like." Yeasty phenols, lemon, peppery spice. There is also a slight sugar sweetness.

T: Taste is much drier than the aroma. Lemon, light yeasty-phenols, black pepper, green pepper, coriander. A little bit of wood that doesn't present itself as uniquely "oak." A slight tartness and maybe a hint of Brett?

M: Lighter bodied. Medium-heavy carbonation. Tart. Dry. Mild bitterness.

O: As to be expected from HF, this is an excellent beer. Dry, tart, complex. Just a very well made Saison.

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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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Photo of AgentZero
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one.

A - Big white head with good retention that left some decent spots and lace on the sides. Hazy yellow-orange bodied beer.

S - Lots of barrel and funk. Big oak, brett, barnyard smells. Nice smelling. Has a mild vinous quality to it.

T - Some tartness, grapeskins, pale malts, brett funk, barnyard funk. Nicely complex, but I like the smell a little better than the taste. It's quite good and easy to get down, but I still hold Anna on a pedestal when it comes to HF saisons.

M - Little dry, lighter side of medium bodied iwth active carbonation.

O - A very good beer, I'm not a true fan of the stle, but this one was very good with a lot of stuff to pick out.

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

bottle at hosers 17/7/11

A hazy golden yellow with a thick two finger foam that retains well leaving a couple rings of lace, looking good

S spicy, funky yeast with some white fleshed fruit, apple and pear perhaps,

T more funky goodness with some earthy wet wood, the barrel evidence is subtle but blends in well with the flavors, nicely spiced and I'm loving the funk

M light and fluffy in the mouth with a great spicy aftertaste

O well rounded stuff, I'd like to get my hands on more of it but I don't see that happening anytime soon

the barrel come out a little more as it warms, interesting stuff worth looking for

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

750ml bottle into a proper Hill Farmstead wine glass. Big thanks to Tony for sharing.

A: My pour from toward the end of the bottle is a hazy amber-orange, but earlier pours are crystal clear. Two fingers of creamy, rocky head preside above, leaving tons of sticky lace. Gorgeous.

S: Lovely, delicate mixture of floral + fruity, vinous notes. Some dry, chalky yeast. Pretty solid.

T: Some coconut oak starts things off, with vinous grapes, tannins, and a big rush of dry, floral yeast. Pretty refreshing, but the finish is so bone dry that it verges on astringency.

M: Soft, delicate, moderately carbonated medium body. So, so supple.

O: I really enjoyed this one, but the more I drank of it the more difficult it became to look forward to more - the dryness and chalkiness of the finish really started to wear on me. Still, the balance of flavors was pretty great.

Cheers!

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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
brew.
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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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 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 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 RSchaeffer
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review #16
750mL into oversized wine glass.

A - Pours cloudy, golden yellow with a pillowy 1.5 finger of head. Loads of sticky lacing.

S - This is the second bottle that I've had of this and the nose still amazes me, it's so complex yet delicate. Strong oak from the barrel, subtle tartness and vinous character, I also pick up floral and yeast notes.

T - Not as good as the nose, but delicious nonetheless. Oak is still strong, lemon zest, and grass. Tad spicy.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is dry, though becomes chalky as you progress through the bottle.

O - One of the most complex saisons that I've ever had. An enjoyable drinking experience, though the chalk tends to stand out quite a bit as I get towards the end of the bottle. Perhaps I should have shared more of this.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for this... A hazy dark honey gold with a big white head, fluffy with a good lace... Aroma is outstanding, sweet overall, light sweet grape juice, grape skin, sweet oak, a bit of musky oak, not saisonish... Taste is good but as great as I was hoping, a lot of the sweetness of the nose is gone, musky oak, very oaky overall, a bit bitter... Nice mouthfeel... Really good and worth trying but a slight let down after an outstanding start

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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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Batch 2 courtesy of Todd.

A: The pour is a somewhat minimally hazed golden-orange color with a large white head.

S: There is a mild tartness on the nose, which I find pleasant. Definitely some apples along with a pronounced honeydew melon aroma and a bit of celery. Earth and spice notes as well as some wood and cracker malts.

T: The flavor has a mild sweet of bread and cracker malts. There is definitely some grass, celery, and earthy mushroom. A fair amount of fruits, especially green melon, lemon zest, and apples.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Lots of complexity to this one and I thought it was pretty nice to drink.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
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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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 ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev -9%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
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 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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Art from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.34 out of 5 based on 402 ratings.
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