Bière de Mars
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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French Bière de Garde
Ranked #38
Ranked #16,053
3.94 | pDev: 9.14%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Very Good
Notes: Amber Spring Farmstead Ale.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 39
Photo of bobv
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of hopley
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of jhavs
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.23/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Bière de Mars from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 39 ratings