Bière de Mars
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Bière de Garde
4 | pDev: 8.75%
Oct 20, 2020
Apr 19, 2011
Very Good
Notes: Amber Spring Farmstead Ale.
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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
Rated: 4 by Mikexw from New York

Sep 01, 2020
Rated: 4.6 by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

Aug 29, 2020
Rated: 4 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania

Aug 26, 2020
Rated: 4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jul 23, 2020
Rated: 4.46 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Jul 20, 2020
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Reviewed by AlpacaAlpaca from New York

4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
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
Rated: 4.24 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

Apr 06, 2020
Rated: 4.23 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Mar 08, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 13, 2019
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.56/5  rDev +14%
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
Rated: 4.87 by WaffleNugget from Vermont

Apr 08, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by edthehead from Maryland

Mar 22, 2019
Rated: 4 by fosters9 from New York

Nov 05, 2018
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

May 29, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by doremite from Vermont

May 27, 2018
Rated: 4 by oline73 from Maryland

May 03, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Apr 28, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by stevec32 from New York

Apr 11, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Apr 08, 2018
Rated: 4 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Apr 08, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Apr 08, 2018
Rated: 4 by Jhfinn from New York

Apr 03, 2018
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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
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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Reviewed by hopley from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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
Rated: 4.1 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Mar 26, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Strohm from New York

Mar 23, 2018
Rated: 4 by SkiBum22 from New York

Mar 23, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Mar 21, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by acurtis from New Jersey

Mar 19, 2018
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Reviewed by BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.04/5  rDev +1%
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
Rated: 3.75 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Mar 18, 2018
Rated: 3.68 by Rifugium from North Dakota

Mar 17, 2018
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Reviewed by jhavs from New York

4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
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
Rated: 4.19 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Mar 15, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by kewharton from Florida

Mar 07, 2018
Rated: 4 by VTBeerTrade from Vermont

Oct 03, 2013
Rated: 4 by jbeervt from Vermont

May 20, 2013
Bière de Mars from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 50 ratings