E. | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Average: 4.3 | pDev: 7.44%

Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 591

Belgian Saison | 7.00% ABV

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Notes: Rotating availibility. E is definitely not a Belgian IPA - it's a funky version of Edward (american pale ale) - fermented with brettanomyces, dry hopped with galaxy, and aged on stainless for four months. Basically, we refer to it as a farmhouse pale ale - a cross between a saison and an american pale.

2012 Release: Aged in Mimosa barrels.
2014 Release: Aged in wine barrels with resident yeast and microfloa for 1.5 years.
2018 Release: Aged in oak barrels, fermented with Farmstead yeast, dry-hopped with Galaxy hops.
2019 Release: Fermented with our Farmstead yeast; aged in oak barrels; dry-hopped with Amarillo, Simcoe and Galaxy hops; and botttle conditioned.
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Photo of Sabtos
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Foggy yet lightly sparkling burnt orange to amber with a short bubbly tight head settling to a fuzzy collar leaving thick spongy lacing on glass.

This is probably the heaviest brett I've had out of a Hill saison, yet compared to others it's not that extreme, allowing a touch of soft wood to be present. Still, the Brett is not really funky as much as herbal and even blossoming into an earthier champagne. In the background is a delicate floral note with some bright citrus accents via a fluffy crisp carbonation finishing just barely semi-dry with a mild bitterness.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

plenty of hints at fruity and grassy hop character, earthy, hay, mellow barnyard, pineapple and grapefruit dancing around with orange peel, medium acidity and lactic character, some floral quality, oaky.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a Clear gold with a big fluffy white head. It has high carbonation. The beer smells of citrus, lemon, orange peel, and brett Funk. It tastes funky, with brett, hay, orange peel, and lemon. The feel is medium light and crisp. A nice funky pale ale from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours clear golden color with white head that dissipates to nothing. No lacing.

Aroma -Big funky nose, brett, ton of oak

Taste - lots of funk, barrel, grass, malt, floral notes.

Feel - Medium bodied really dry finish.

Overall - Hts all the funky dry saison notes really well done.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2018 bottle into a hill farmstead bulb. Purchased at the brewery.

Pours a bright yellow-orange hazy body with a frothy white head that reduces to leave a ring of retention and spotty lacing.

Aromas are delicate and complex, ripe citrus and hay fields, floral sweetness, light pale malt, musty hops and a herbal earthyness.

On the tongue, E. is lightly tart with flavors of soft citrus, bready, lightly hoppy, earthy, yeasty funk, finishing dry and crisp. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

E. Was quite the treat. Such a delicate, complex beer that goes down so easily, demanding sip after sip.

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Photo of aleigator
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a medium sized white head.

Smells of fresh cut garden herbs, orange zest and a flowery note, which mingles into the oaken barrel, acting as a calming antagonist to the fresh hops. This appears very well rounded on the nose, topped off by a hint of passion fruit and blue cheese. A unique combination, which works very well on the nose.

Drinks light and refreshing with a thirst quenching finally, in which dry and sour flavours team up to a powerful combination.

Tastes of dry, herbal hops among sour yeast and dried orange zest. Turns even drier then, with a subtle, sour funkiness coming up, adding a note of wet cellar and leather to the flavors. Finishes heavier on the funk than on the hops, creating a short, dusty toffee peak, covered in old leaves and mushrooms.

Truly complex on the palate, this is a great split between saison and pale ale, full of daring and more subtle flavors, combined to a fantastic blend on the palate.

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Photo of cavedave
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 Bottling, cellar temp.

Cloudy gold pour with a finger of white foam that relaxes to a thick and lasting skim and leaves bubbly lace legs on glass.

Full aroma with lemon limey funk, vinous notes, and bright tart leading the way. Some real tasty bread crust and light doughy sweet round it out. Delectable.

Sightest hints of hormonal funk join a panoply of vinous flavor, overripe peach and pear notes, bright citrus notes, lemon-limey funk, lightest bready sweet, and a finish that gains some righteous citrus pith. Lightly tannic, delicious oak flavors join the party at sip end. Very complex and satisfying, perfectly balanced, simply superb.

Full bodied, yet refreshing, highly viscous, just enough spritzy carb., but with a finish that is this clean and bright the more resiny the better!

Just a delightful beer it is a pleasure well worth the four year wait. Can't imagine it is gonna get better than this so pop em if you got em or talk a friend into it if you don't.

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Photo of keith40
2.83/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

750 bottle dated 2/7/18 purchased at the brewery on 4/18/18 and consumed on 5/3/18. We found this HF beer to be slightly more enjoyable for our palates than the 3 Saisons we had previously but the salty taste did not agree with us.

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Photo of kevanb
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2017 release, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 7.27.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a deep copper color, orange hues that is fairly hazy but not overly cloudy with a super foamy white head, nice height with excellent retention and tons of lace. The aroma is very good, lots of hops, dry funkiness that is crisp and earthy, really plays nicely with the underlying hops from Edward while there is a nice floral character, bright and soft with pale doughy malt, the signature Hill Farmstead mineral water character, and a lingering earthy and grassiness. The flavors are awesome, candied hops, tons of dry, earthy, leafy funk, lightly piney but with some bright fresh galaxy hops, nice doughy malt, a bit of spicy yeast, crisp mineral water and some floral flavors appear at the finish. The mouthfeel is excellent, coating medium body, nice and lively yet gentle and smooth, not abrasive or prickly at all with a lightly tart and lightly dry finish.

Verdict: A great Saison/Pale Ale hybrid from Hill Farmstead. Bright, hoppy, funky, balanced, crisp and refreshing. Tons of flavor, nice Brett expression and the bitterness is quite mild, definitely floats in between the styles well and stands out as a top notch beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a slightly hazy light yellow, with a fluffy white head, and a good bit of lacing.

This smells like citrusy hops- lemon and orange, with slight acidity, sour grapefruit and oak.

Like all of HF's farmhouse ales, this has such a wonderful complex delicacy to it. There's lots of sour citrus, some stone fruit, hay like funk, lemony yogurt, and grassy bitterness.

This is light bodied, crisp and surprisingly clean, with a good level of carbonation.

I have an ever active quest to try every Hill Farmstead beer imaginable. I'm making delicious, delicious progress.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden color and huge pillowy head. Nice carb. Fairly funky nose. Lots of brett. Some lemon/lime tartness. A grassy bitterness. Stored cold since release. Wish I got more from the galaxy hops. Cleaner Brett flavors as it warms. Mostly funky with some grassy hop bitterness.

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Photo of SebD
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice slightly hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice frothy white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, lemon, grapefruit, grass, some oak, and straight up funk.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some nice lemon, citrus and grapefruit, light oak, herbal/grassy undertones and Brett funk.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Hill Farmstead never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a matching HF large wine glass. The brew appears a hazy golden with a white cap that fades leaving stringy lace.

This smells of grapefruit with hint of oak, sweet cereal grains and lemon.

The taste is grainy with caramel, oak, slight herbal grapefruit zest and somewhat medicinal feeling towards the back.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. There is a lot going on here that kinda clashes yet it smells bright and zesty and tastes very malty. I like it, it is just is a weird hodgepodge.

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Photo of cbutova
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- Birthday boy pour from the 750ml into a H.F. wine glass. Cascades out with an ever so slightly hazy golden body and a thick, tall puffy cap. Good head retention as a wide belt and a general haze remain atop the brew. A mix of plentiful sheets and webs of lacing.

S- Even after almost six months in the barrels the Galaxy hops pop off the top and combine with Brett tropical funk and lactic acid bugs to really create something special. Lemon juice tartness, vinous woody barrels, underripe apricots, a massive push of passionfruit and a bit of horsey funk really come to mind.

T- Juicy, sour and vinous. The tropical aspect of the brew comes from both the seemingly massive portion of Galaxy hops and the resident Brett strains as passionfruit, tangerine, mandarin orange, mango, sour apricot, lemony lactic acid and even peach come to mind. The barrel is smoothed out and drops a touch of vanilla sweetness to almost give the brew a masterful pie element marrying the fruits and the funk. A slight hint of freshly mashed pale barley and also some woody oak tannins comes to mind.

MF- Body drops towards the light side of the scale but a very high end carbonation brings on creaminess and some foamy texture. Finishes with a medium, perhaps a shade below that lactic acid tartness.

Sean Hill brews with consistency of Tiger Woods in his prime era. His masterful brews are the best in the world and his misses are still better than almost anything else out there; this one is another excellently crafted beverage. The use of dry hops after aging a hoppy pale on oak allows the brew to come full circle as lactic tartness marries funk, hops and wild buggy flavors.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It's got that nice brett feel, with a bit of grape candy and grapefruit coming through in the aroma and taste. The hops are absent except for a bit of bitterness on the back-end. It really starts to shine as it warms. Very nice!

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at HF FOFA 2015. HF Taster glass. Nose is bright melony hops, but taste is kinda overwhelmed by an earthy bitterness. Not particularly enjoyable.

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Photo of SierraJosh
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This HF ale is on point right now. Juicy, Brett, big wine barrel character. Creamy mouthfeel. The funk is addictive, nice dry finish. Subtle grapefruit tartness. No hops, not a trace of a pale ale but this is amazing. If you like funky, unique AWAs seek this out.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the most under rated Hill Farmstead beers I've had. No idea what it was like fresher, but with years of age on it this is a citrusy, juicy, bretty beauty with a nearly perfect creamy farmhouse body. Ample carb but almost meringue like while maintaining some rusticity.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 batch on draft at the 2015 Festival of Farmhouse Ales. This is pretty funky and went through a major transformation as I could not detect any trace of Edward, the base beer. Excellent, as usual, but not a standout among the Hill barrel-aged beers.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very interesting beer... at first I didn't like it because it had that Belgian IPA flavor I hate.... but as it warmed up, it became more geuze and saison like, with lemon and grapefruit flavors showing up. As it warmed a little more, a bitter hop finish emerged, short and dry, but very noticeable and tasty! Worth seeking, but let it warm a bit....

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lemon, crisp, earthy. Very light Guezue like flavor on the back end. Super short, dry finish. Really wish I drank this fresh. Getting no hops except in the aroma.

Bottled March 2017.
Lemon, lime, some pine, white grape and oak. Simple malt profile. Some Brett funk. Medium bodied. Nice amount of carb. Oak. Fairly dry, semi bitter finish. This was a million times better fresh over the last time I had it aged.

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Photo of SABERG
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2012 bottle into a large HF goblet
A - Dark honey color, billowing head that never leaves. amazing lacing.
S - Wet hay, funky malted grain, dark floral notes like lily,
T - Full grains, brett and an excellent touch of oak.
M - Medium in body, super carbonated, clean dry finish
O - A wonderful offering from HFB, this bottle is active and a rich experience.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage
Not among my favorite Hill Farmstead beers, but this is still a really nice Saison. Great mouthfeel; light, crisp, lively, and dry. Pleasantly musty aroma with pepper and tropical fruits from the Galaxy hops, tho I'm sure this has faded a bit by now since bottling. Taste is oaky, bitter, and citrusy with a strong floral/grassy bite. Wish I'd had a fresh one to compare it to. A good compliment to a funky Stilton and some terrine.

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Photo of hillvt4me
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

A- pale orange hue with solid lacing
S- brett-sour, funk and citrus, apricot with some oak notes.
T- dry, oak, apricot and funky finish.
M- moderate carbonation and body
O- a refined balanced Brett and pale ale blend; delicious.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

A-Cloudy pale orange, two finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Oak, white wine, lemon and grass. tart notes yeast and wheat.

T-Very white wine flavor, oak as well, nice tart notes, oranges, lemon and grass.

M-Lighter drier finish, nice carbonation.

O-Didn't get much of the hop flavor but still a good beer.

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