Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #312
Ranked #7,023
4.08 | pDev: 9.31%
Jan 12, 2022
Sep 03, 2010
Notes: Edith (1897-1992) was our grandfather’s sister, and Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this black saison is crafted from American malted barley, German roasted malts, European hops, our farmhouse yeast, and water from our well. Unfiltered and naturally carbonated, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Edith.
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4.34 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Jan 12, 2022
4 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Oct 22, 2021
4.25 by Ajlvt from Washington on Oct 08, 2021
4 by Beerbom from California on Sep 24, 2021
4.25 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on May 16, 2021
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3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by papposilenus from New Hampshire

From a 750ml bottle, ‘bottle conditioning since 09/09/20.’ Served in a tulip.

Pours acorn brown, maple syrup-to-black in the glass without highlights. A scant half-finger head of suds falls off quickly to a wispy cap and collar.

Aroma is somehow both sweet and grainy, and tart and funky, in turns, and then both at the same time. Granola and mildew.

Taste sensations include millet roll and mildewing basement carpet, punky wood, cedar, cigar-leaf-blackberry-and-ashes tea, and diluted vinegar.

Feel is light and drying, thin bodied, with fine, sparse carbonation.

Overall, it’s alright but I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of this one. Somewhat reminiscent of Foundation’s Darkside Corruption which I really dug, but this seems sort of thin and watered down in comparison - good water, but still.

May 10, 2021
4 by Hendry from Vermont on Sep 07, 2020
4.1 by zotzot from Vermont on May 17, 2020
4.24 by AGust82 from Connecticut on May 03, 2020
4.21 by warnerry from Michigan on Apr 03, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by 5toutman75 from Illinois

Purchased at the brewery in July. Looks really nice with a slight head that stays around. Very soft mouthfeel too. Taste wise I get lots more sour than coffee but not a lot of saison hops or other notes. For the price I paid, I guess I was expecting more from HF.

Jan 02, 2020
4.37 by nmann08 from Virginia on Sep 20, 2019
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Jul 01, 2019
4.17 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jun 29, 2019
4.32 by lic217 from Connecticut on Jun 20, 2019
4.14 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Jun 20, 2019
3.82 by SkiBum22 from New York on Apr 28, 2019
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by jhavs from New York

2014 vintage on tap at brewery April 2019.
Poured into globe, dark, dark brown. Barely translucent at edges when held up to light. Creamy tan head, tons of clingy lacing. Can smell a light tartness and roasted malts. Soft, tart and roasty flavors. Some citrus zest. Effervescent smooth carbonation and medium body. A very tasty brew,

Apr 10, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

Bottle. The bottle was probably about 5 years old. A cool beer that held up well. Dark saison. Funk and darker beer qualities. Almost reminds me of Zwet.Be from 3 Fonteinen. Not as robust. Unique.

Mar 25, 2019
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

on tap at the hill farmstead takeover at farmhouse tap and grill in burlington - 2016 batch enjoyed 3.20.19.

beautiful looking beer, pleasant aromas and a wonderful and interesting flavor profile. funky, lots of dark fruits and seedy tart character, blackberry, cherry, currants, hinting at plum, red grape and vinous quality, some dark bready notes and mellow sweet malty quality. wow!

Mar 21, 2019
4.25 by AMCimpi from New York on Dec 24, 2018
4.29 by needMIbeer from Virginia on Aug 06, 2018
4.15 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Jul 15, 2018
4 by jschott75 from Illinois on Jul 02, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

a 2013 vintage bottle generously shared by a good friend. none of us were sure how this would hold up being about five years old now, but its killer, drinking really amazingly well right now. its a dark saison, with that moderate and distinct hill farmstead funk, super developed from a yeast standpoint and enormously complex at this age. deep brown in color with a little bit of visible sediment and an explosive airy white head, almost gushing, hard to control as we pour it around, the head is wispy and lasting, and i can see carbonation rising up frantically even though the dark liquid. the nose is sharp and sort of medically astringent right away, not necessarily bacterially sour so much, but with a cool acidity and tannin complexion, i get a ton of red wine, raisin and plum and blackberry, you would almost swear this was fermented or aged in red wine barrels, although im not sure that it is. slight oxidation doesnt bother me. a cool chocolatey but dry dark european sort of grain complexion, almost like a funky schwarzbier or something, bready in a cooked sort of way, even possible rye spice appreciable, all mature and well intertwined, mature to say the least. the yeast is bretty but its not run away, some saison character here too in at least equal proportion, winey again with a lot of dark fruit to it and a little bit of citrus as well. leathery sort of richness but no sweeness whatsoever. fizzy effervescence, medium light body, almost delicate for its color, and finishing with some tannins and just a bit of drying acidity. amazing beer, a relic at this point, but drinking mighty well. it is always a treat to drink beer from hill farmstead. they are truly one of the very best!

May 11, 2018
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3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5
by kevanb from Illinois

750ml bottle, dated 6.19.17, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a dark cola brown color, black hues with a bone colored head, two fingers tall that has good retention and plenty of lace. The aroma is nice, dark roasted barley, light funk, cherry stone fruits, a bit of black pepper and a light pine like scent. The flavors are nice, dark roasted grain, light chocolate, tart cherry, some plum with a nice funk and yeasty flavor and a but of a dull earthy finish. The mouthfeel is perfect, coating, lively medium body that is gentle but vibrant that finishes with a tart kiss.

Verdict: A nice dark farmstead ale from Hill Farmstead. Nicely balanced but a bit muted, the tartness and stone fruit flavors are appreciated but there is something earthy that kind of dulls the beer a bit. A nice, well made saison, but not my favorite.

Feb 02, 2018
4.42 by thampel09 from New Jersey on Nov 19, 2017
4.06 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Nov 17, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

Appearing muddy opaque dark brown, under light, some visible bread dough-like yeast chunks settle at the bottom. While at the top, a large, creamy, light tan blanket persistently remains thick, and clings in ridges.

Edith has a very clean aroma, exhibiting light roast and wood, black pepper, red grape, and sour raspberry and cherry. I can not believe this isn't wine barrel-aged.

Super smooth, soft, clean and round on the palate, Edith has a lightly crisp but soft carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Flavors are insanely balanced, mature and very cooperative, melding light roast, tart grape, red wine, toasted sesame, and all sorts of small fruits, from cherry, raspberry and elderberry to marionberry.

This is made with an absolutely expert, deft touch. And again, with all of these developed qualities, I'm astonished this isn't wine barrel-aged.

Oct 29, 2017
3.65 by vfgccp from New York on Sep 23, 2017
3.51 by DanGeo from Michigan on Sep 03, 2017
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3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75
by JackRWatkins from Georgia

A: pours black with chocolate brown and reddish undertones, khaki two-finger head
S: roasty, sort of in a weizenbock or doppelbock-ish way, clean sourness, some salty, yet somehow not briney characteristics, some definite coffee
T: the shocking thing here is there really is no dark fruit, it's almost like a traditional saison was blended with a bock beer, there is no chocolate, no dark fruit and the roastiness is more grainy, bracingly sour honestly, to the same degree as florence, and in a way similar to florence, i feel as though this sourness takes away from the expressiveness of the malt
M: distinctive and perfect for a hill farmstead beer
O: I wanted to love this more than I did, it's a very good beer, but its sourness eats away at its other flavors, I love sour beer, but this beer sacrifices its range for bite. Their other beers are worth the trip, this one, not as much.

Aug 19, 2017
4.45 by jvillefan from California on Jul 12, 2017
4.11 by Samact from Vermont on Jul 09, 2017
4.06 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina on Jul 09, 2017
4.5 by Blinkyoureyes from Tennessee on May 30, 2017
3.02 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts on May 18, 2017
4.18 by N1Nkasi from Connecticut on May 03, 2017
4.41 by polopaul20 from Maryland on Apr 10, 2017
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3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

On tap at The Sovereign. Poured in to a stemmed tulip.

This beer may be brewed with saison yeast, etc. but it’s a sour, don’t let anyone fool you. 3.5

A – Pours brown to black. 4

S - Caramel with some underlying lacticness. 3.75

T - More lactic sour than tart. 3.5

MF- Medium light body with a dry finish. 3.5

Apr 10, 2017
Edith from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 484 ratings