Bière de Mars
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Bière de Garde
Ranked #22
Ranked #12,027
4.02 | pDev: 8.71%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Notes: Amber Spring Farmstead Ale.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 50 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Big Fatty's BBQ in White River Junction, VT.

This one pours a golden amber-reddish color, with a small white head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like sour cherry, red wine, damp oak, cranberry funk, funky spice, and vanilla.

This is basically baby Norma, so it's delicious stuff. It's got a great dark fruit character - cranberry, red wine, cherry, etc. It's quite funky, and a bit acidic, and it's delicious.

This is slightly creamy, with a long sour finish, and a good drinkability to it.

I've wanted to try this one for a while now, so it's cool to finally come across it on draft while passing through Vermont.

Oct 20, 2020
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

32oz. growler into Night Shift stemware.

Pours a bright amber color with great head. Nose is cranberry and raspberry, tart lemon and peppercorn with a touch of clove. Decently aromatic. Beers opens slightly tart. Hints of coriander, peppercorn, clove and hop bitterness. Some lemon zest bitterness in the middle and cranberry and tart cherry at the end. Lightly puckering finish. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and foamy on the palate and puckering going down. Messy, lingering finish.

Pretty sure Hill Farmstead is incapable of making bad beer. This is an excellent representation of the style.

May 10, 2020
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AlpacaAlpaca from New York

4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

If you wanted to distill the feel of drinking a light red wine in a flower shop with a nice loaf of bread, this one’s the beer for you. The musty floral notes and the dark fruity notes compliment each other well in a beer that’s light enough to float away. How it manages to still taste like a beer is a testament to the craft of the brewery. An amazing beer experience, and further evidence that Hill Farmstead is bulletproof.

Apr 20, 2020
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bobv from Vermont

4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.
Very nice reddish, orangish, pink body under a 1/4 inch very light pink head. Aromas of pink grapefruit, ruby red grapefruit and tart dark fruit. Taste mirrors nose but is so much more. Wonderful flavors of raspberries, cherries, grapefruit, lemon, and lime. Near perfect combo of sweet and sour. Nice champagne feel and overall, yessir, I would have again in a heartbeat. Cheers to Shaun for another world class offering!

Apr 10, 2019
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Reservoir. Deep ruby amber body. Smells fruity. Like cherry and some lemon from the yeast. Some caramel malt. Tastes of bready malt, caramel, more cherry. Yeast takes over. A little tart lemon flavor and some earthy bitterness. Medium body. I wasn't expecting it to be this tart. It's very good, but I think the yeast tartness is masking some of the other flavors.

Jun 30, 2018
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kevanb from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml growler, freshly filled, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a deep amber color, burgundy hues with nice finger and a half of bone colored head, great retention and tons of soapy lace. The aroma is nice, dark amber grain, light funk, a bit of stone fruits, some leather, a bit of toffee with a hint of spice and wildflower. The flavors are good, strong amber malt, light fruity funk, lightly floral, toffee, something that is rather bitter and harsh, drying as well, can't put my finger on it though it definitely reminds me of the leather aroma that is fairly prominent but the finish is crisp with a touch of tartness. The mouthfeel is good, coating medium body, lively, crisp, a bit tart with a dry and chalky finish.

Verdict: A good Biere de Garde from Hill Farmstead but far from my favorite farmhouse ale they've made. A bit clunky and this rather bitter and harsh flavor that comes across really dominates and takes over this beer.

Apr 02, 2018
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Interesting beer - there was some off taste that put me off slightly that I can't put my thumb on...but I literally got the last half 750 ml growler before the tank kicked and they didn't charge me so I was really glad I just got to try it. I get the sense that if they bottled this beer, the ratings would have been much higher.

Mar 31, 2018
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on draft.
Pours a beautiful ruby garnet with good clarity and one finger of bubbly head.
Aromas are lovely with a lot of good yeast, sweetness from the malt.
Flavors are lovely here too a bit of sweet toffee, yeast, good complexity.
Mouthfeel is really nice.
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. Complex and full of flavor.

Mar 19, 2018
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jhavs from New York

4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery served in a globe.

Lightly tart, floral, some grainy malts. Gets better as I continue to drink. A really interesting and unique brew. A hint of mineral flavor.

Mar 16, 2018
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Old review. 2L growler consumed Spring 2011.

Pours a hazy golden amber color with an off white head that slowly fades to a thin collar. Spicy and fruity aroma of yeast esters, bread, ripe fruit, pepper and clove. Full bodied and well carbonated, slightly bitter in the finish. Flavor has a strong toasted and rye base, spicy and estery, with some light fruitiness providing sweetness before a floral bitter finish. A pleasant BdG.

Jan 13, 2013
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mltobin from Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler, which was poured into a tulip.

It has a nice amber color with some orange cloudiness and thin white head. The smell has sweet malts, some spices such as pepper and clove, a small amount of funk going on here. Sipping this and I taste sourdough bread, belgian candy, white pepper and dark fruits. MF is easy going, with a bitterness in the end that lingers. This is a pretty good BdG, but not one of the better offerings from HF IMHO.

Aug 06, 2011
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to weeare138 for the chance to try this.

A deep red/golden brown shade with white head w/ low retention. The body is hazed without any laces sticking. A good amount of Belgian yeast esters -light fruit and mild scent of spice w/ subtle hop odor and mild notes of pear. the feel is moderately smooth with toasted grain and carbonation is moderate w/ light bitter and slightly herbal tinged w/ moderately bitter finish.

The Biere De Mars is kind of a unique beer w/ good malt and yeast cohesion and slight hop presence with an herbal flavor that gives mild element of pear from the yeast and the malt has a toasted quality w/ mild spice from the hops and yeast in the finish which is relatively dry. I enjoyed this overall -not the strongest beer in Hill Farmstead's repertoire, but overall a pretty high quality take on the style.

Apr 27, 2011
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Described as a red saison brewed for March.

Pours a slightly hazy, amber/ruby color with a half finger off-white head that slowly fades into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Earthy spicy aroma with touches of sweet malt and dark fruit. Slightly bready with hints of zesty pepper, clove and booze as well as some rye and caramel.

Medium bodied with a very prominent spice flavor that lingers into a long dry finish. Earthy and pretty bitter with a stronger alcohol presence than I prefer alongside the zesty pepper, corriander, clove flavors. There is some sweet malt and dark fruit flavor but the alcohol and spice notes dominate. A bit too one-dimensional and hot for my liking but not bad.

Apr 19, 2011
Bière de Mars from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 50 ratings