Edith | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.07/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by SFLpunk on 09-03-2010

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Ranking:
#3,104
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
461
pDev:
9.58%
Bros Score:
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42
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of kevanb
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of thampel09
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samact
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blinkyoureyes
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of N1Nkasi
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of polopaul20
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sludgeman
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Mateo2699
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark brown hue, off white colored big head with super sticky lacing. Typical Brett sour aroma, less musty and more crisp lemon and orange zest. Following the nose well, the taste has that same Brett funk going on, plenty of citrus with hints or roasted malts, dark cherries and a subtle hint of chocolate. Not bad!

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Photo of edthehead
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheEpeeist
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Philcassella
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesK
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SomethingClever
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into snifter.

A: Darkish brown caramel body with decent clarity. Head is a slightly off white Soapy big bubbled affair.

S: Light funk, lemons, light maltiness

T: More gradual sour funkiness nothing too sour and a light roasted malt character and slight bit of lemon.

M: Lighter with fairly high catbonation.

O: This is a great saison, but its not mind blowingly good either. A little bit of a disappointment for how hard it is to get.

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Photo of Lucoli
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frekky
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yergermeister
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Edith from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 461 ratings