Edith
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #196
ABV:
6%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,860
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 9.25%
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
480
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  41
Gots
  79
SCORE
91
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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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Reviews by Stevedore:
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Bottled 11/2014. Served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

This bottle gushed. Hard. It was difficult to get the cap off, and as soon as there was a hole, brown head started gushing out, and kept doing so while I was trying to pry off the bottle cap. Whoops.

Pours a black body, three finger (whilst gushing) brown head, very nice retention, lots of lacing. Points taken off essentially for gushing. Smells of tart cherry, oak, roast, some dark chocolate, caramel, lemon zest, mild funk. Not too complicated, but pretty good. Pretty good. Flavour is a bit better and a more complex blend of tart cherry, dark chocolate, sweet caramel, lemon. It's a nice blend of tart fruit, roast and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, substantial, creamy yet evanescent on the palate, leaving you with a nice lasting tart cherry finish. You could say it's the cherry on top. Overall, I did enjoy this beer quite a bit despite it being a major gusher, mostly because it's got a nice balance of tart/sour, sweet caramel and roast, with a mouthfeel to match.

Jan 12, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown to black color.

The aroma is complex of berry forward red wine, tart black cherry, a touch of balsamic, roasted malt sweetness.

The flavor follows with that tart cranberry juice and cherry note up front. However, it's restrained and towards medium tartness. The middle has a handful of blackberry, raspberry, all kinds of slightly tart and sweet berries. Then onto a surprisingly robust roasted character with cocoa, milk chocolate, and even towards the richness of heavy roasted coffee or charcoal.

I really enjoy this "sour porter/stout" style. This is one of the best I've had. It tastes maybe in between an oud bruin and a porter. This is exceptionally interesting and delicious as a full palate experience.

Dec 19, 2014
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boredalready from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Interesting and flavorful with a nice tartness to it. Glad this beer is back in the rotation.

Feb 28, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle sealed with pressure cap.

bottle date of 11/2014.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: black bodied beer with light beige / khaki colored head. Fantastic retention is displayed with a lingering head on top of the black bodied beer. Creamy and silky looking head on the beer. Eventually, the beer drops down to a thin cap and some spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: chocolatey and smokey malts that have a pretty big presence in the nose; contributing a moderate sweetness. Fruity and slightly spicy yeast that brings loads of dark fruits like that of a malty belgian dark strong ale. This has alot of mineral character and earthiness. Hint of leather and oak. This beer has a nose that is very complex and layered; very aeromatic and pleasing. I have never smelt anything like this it is very interesting. I could smell beer this all day long.

Taste: What hell just happened? Every sip I anticipate tasting some sweet malts, but the sweetness is no where to be found, it is almost like trickery of my senses. I expect a moderatly sweet saison judging by the nose, but the sweetness just isnt there in the flavor profile. The sweetness that should be there is dominated by the tartness found in the beer. This beer has a mild almost moderate tartness that tastes like red grapes, berries, cherries, with a decent dose of lemon and citrusy character. Lots of tannins, oak, and signature Hill Farmstead funk. The funk is slightly leathery, earthy, it also has a hint of fruity esters. Hint of smoke and slight roast in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Nice creamy carbonation. Very drinkable which is a surprise considering how robust the aroma and flavor profiles are of this beer. As this beer warms up the body thins slightly and the carbonation goes from creamy to silky.

Overall: This black saison is so different and unique than any saison that I have had. I have only tried a handful of black saisons, but this is a very memorable beer for sure. It is just like a saison, an oude bruin, and a malty dark belgian ale got rolled into a single beer. Then the brett in the beer makes the mouthfeel absolutely outstanding. Edith is probably my favorite black saison that I have drank; Saint Somewhere Surge being in close in second place compared to Edith. Such an original and creative beer; Shawn Hill is a master of brewing beers like this!

Dec 28, 2014
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Respirologist from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

I base my reviews off of the style, and this dark saison is spot on. Everything about this screams Hill Farmstead Arthur with the exceptions of: its black obviously. Roastiness in the nose, lots of lemon here. Its tart on the finish and delightful. I'm not a huge fan of dark beers that are hoppy or tart mainly because they are an oxymoron to me. But Edith is certainly well deserving of my attention. 2014 Vintage reviewed.

Dec 16, 2014
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Toasty, malty, sour. Super nice blend of flavors. Not a big saison fan, but really enjoyed this one.

Mar 01, 2015
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown pour that settles into the glass with a dark brown body and a light tan head. Lots of sticky head residue all over the glass. Aroma includes roasted malt, sour funk, some earthy cocoa, and hints of white grape. Very complex nose. I was expecting dark roastiness to dominate with some peppery flavors mixed in, but this one has a prominent sour component to it. More like a dark sour with lots of earthiness, hints of cocoa, earthiness and pepper. Medium-high carbonation with a medium body. I'm not huge on dark saisons, but this one is a whole other animal. Huge flavor and tartness, which makes this more than just a standard dark saison.

Feb 08, 2015
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match1112 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Aug 23, 2013
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xtonytx from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 21, 2015
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TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.7%

Feb 03, 2014
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Aug 19, 2017
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Jul 25, 2013
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Skeeter1330 from Connecticut

2/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Honestly, if Hill Farmstead didn't make it, say Sierra Nevada did, would people think it's that great? It's an odd combo that doesn't taste or finish well IMO

Jan 10, 2015
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DaveHack from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%

May 06, 2013
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tregan_20 from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 18, 2016
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Zuidman from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 04, 2015
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Juice14 from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 13, 2016
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ErrandWolfe from Maine

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Jul 18, 2014
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toothirsty from New Mexico

4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 09, 2015
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brianmandell from California

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 05, 2015
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MunsonRoyE from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 04, 2016
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kevanb from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Feb 02, 2018
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Massbmx from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Jun 09, 2013
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BEER88 from Washington

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 11, 2015
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PerHops from California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Sep 03, 2013
Edith from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 480 ratings