Art | Hill Farmstead Brewery

ArtArt
BA SCORE
4.48/5
439 Ratings
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:
#207
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
439
pDev:
7.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
535
Gots:
54
Trade:
7
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Photo of aaronyoung01
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of celeriac
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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 Roze
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of mertzhb15
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of WVUbrew
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of pendabev
4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nhindian
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +9.4%
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 ArtZan
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dcguitar
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of scotv
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Papa_Lafayette
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of blisscent
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Indocraft
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tregan_20
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fireazzi
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
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 BNarc
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rocksteady726
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jbwimer
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HoldenDurden
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KCBeerNerd
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +6.7%
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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Art from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 439 ratings
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