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Hilliard's Beer
Washington, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by suncrust on 12-25-2011

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43
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103
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
18.33%
 
 
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Photo of gkatsoris
4.49/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Crazy super light yellow....pretty lol. Lots and lots and lots of little bubbles. Thin whispy head. Lots of bubbles.

S: Funkylicious! Leather, an old couch. Musty and musky. Slight lemon/pineapple. Man I love this smell.

T: Again, funkylicious! Yummy funky too.

M: Tingy. Thin and whispy. Love it!!!

O: I couldn't drink these all day, but man this was one enjoyable brew!!!!

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Photo of searsclone
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a can into an imperial pint glass. hazy butterscotch with a puffy white head that lasts

smell is bread and sour fruit and a touch of bubble gum

taste is very balanced sweet and sour fruit followed by bread

mouthfeel is very sharp at 1st, almost burns the lips, then very chewy and creamy with a dry finish

overall, I think this one is great

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Photo of ssteakley
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have only had one other beer that tasted like this and it was a import from Germany. I'm thinking this one might be better. I'm wondering if this is what I term as "Techno a Brewing". Rather than be a long process of trials and tweeking a recipe. The science of brewing takes over through computer technology and the finest ingredients. The agriculture is becoming technology driven as well. Gonna have to take a tour of Hilliards to be sure but this one is a great beer.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden yellow with a crisp head that dissipates to a light film, nil lace. Smell has an earthy spiciness in the yeast, lightly fruity having a malt aroma in the background. Taste has a richness in the fruit and spice with a bit of tart coming out and having a good malt backbone that comes out and a bit dry in the end. Mouthfeel is heavier than a light with a good spike of carbonation. This Saison gives us enough complexity to be true to the style.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16oz tall can into a tulip. The fact that tulip-appropriate beer even comes in a 16oz tall can pleases me.

Appearance: light yellow silvery-golden hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head pours two thick fingers of pillowy white foam. Overall, pretty nice.

Smell: light, sweet malt with just the right amount of dank funk. It's not too heavy, but it's strong enough to let you know you're drinking a saison. Basic, but very well-executed; I like it.

Taste: very much like the aroma, but with a fruitier character. This reminds me very much of a slightly sweet, fruity tripel with just a hint of funk; the flavor is less funky than the aroma. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and very big creaminess. Love it.

Overall: while the flavor might be saison-lite, it's also very tripel-ey, which I love. This may be the best beer I've had from a can; certainly it is in a Belgian style.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz tallboy

I've probably had 25-30 of these things...at the brewery (sweet room, Ballard), on the Puget Sound paired with the freshest oysters in the world, used as a broth for mussels, and most recently, on the couch watching the eurocup

appearance: classic can design. served in an odell imperial pint (for some reason, didnt use the hilliards can-pint for this one)...hazy peach body, creamy white froth with moderate retention

smell: fresh, grassy, lemon zest, light spice

taste: The concept of having a local (~0.5 miles from my house) canned saison is extremely useful. Not only is it portable, the saison is in my opinion the most functional and versatile beer on the planet. The hilliards version is quite light on the funk compared to belgian counterparts but has a pulpy delicious freshness to it - tangerine, lemon zest, peach, pear, crisp yeast, light spice.

mouthfeel: medium-light, creamy

overall: a very pleasant local saison

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Photo of hmph
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one received in a box from Lordkrystic, thanks again!

A - very hazy yellow with some darker hues due to the haze, small head disappears quickly, ring of carbonation bubbles up on the edges and leaves an afterthought of lacing

S - pepper spice and lemon grass, hint of clove and maybe some wheat, strong belgian yeast smell as well

T - Thicker on the taste than the smell would imply, some lighter lemon grass taste subsides to a nice musky wheat funk in the mid palate that seems to linger on, really well rounded taste for a saison, it has some 'thickness' to the taste , almost creamy, very delectable and a sweetness to match the tartness really digging the taste

O - Very surprising to find this kind of quality Saison/Farmhouse from a can, it has incredible depth and complexity that most Saison's seem to miss, this is a very balanced (read as you can taste the more than just the yeast) Saison that I would love to have again, one of my new favorites for the style, very well done

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Photo of snaotheus
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a pair of large snifters

Smells of must and bananas, some spices. There's something vaguely mushroomy about it.

Taste is nice spicy fruity saisony-ness, banana, clove, some other bright stuff in there, some sourness. It's actually pretty darn good! Significantly better tasting than it smells.

Mouthfeel is light and airy. Overall, I'm impressed.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, sunny color. Opaque, with a bright white finger or so of head. Poured into a Stone Nonic.

The aroma is very musky, with a dank bready note, yeast, wheat and spicy, earthy tones.

The taste is musky too, with a hint of nuttiness, wheat, funk, yeast and bread, with some citrus notes.

Light-medium bodied, lightly crisp, slightly dry.

A rather dank and musky Saison, and I'm digging it.

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Photo of Braz
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into glass at Parkway Tavern. Pale gold in color with white head. Active looking. Smells are bready with some light fruit notes. Taste notes are wide ranging. Bready, fruity, citrus, picked up a little clove as well. A sort of flavor explosion. Lighter bodied than I anticipated. Very enjoyable and unexpected.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Really happy & surprised with this one. Been eyeing up the 4-packs in Trader Joe's for a while, but finally convinced myself to pick it up since it's a local brew.

Thick, thick head dissolving into a hazy lemon-yellow. Smells somewhere between pear & pineapple.

Taste completely took me by surprise; tastes almost like what you'd think an ale version of PIlsner Urquell would taste like; starfruit with a hay overtone, falling away to a clean, bitter finish.

Very happy with this; very eager to try the rest of the line-up.

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Photo of bstave
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall boy in awesome retro can.

A- Poured cloudy orange with a nice white head.

S- Big barnyard funk with orange peel and lemon zest.

T- Barnyard funk, wheat, citrus

M- Tart, refreshing and highly quaffable.

O- Not a lot of experience with this style other then Saison Dupont. I really enjoyed this beer as it portrayed lots of interesting flavors and can imagine this being really refreshing on a warm summer day. Great job.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - straw-colored pour that is soft and slightly cloudy. A nicely formed inch of foam on top. As it settles a bit it clarifies a little.

Aroma - yeasty spiciness, coriander, sour wheat, grainy, lemons, pears and honey. Very aromatic.

Taste - light on the palate but plenty flavorful. Sweet with hints of pears and green apples along with some grassiness and plenty of spiciness from the yeast strain. Some hints of bitter lemon and light wheat. Clean and crisp, this goes down extremely well (and perhaps a bit too fast!). Carbonation is spot on and it has tartness that combines very well with the tangy, yeasty finish.

Overall - love this beer. A very well brewed Saison with the great yeasty spiciness that defines the style. Crisp and refreshing - an excellent brew anytime of year. I love that they chose to can a Saison early on and can't wait to see what they choose to can down the road. I also love the retro-esque look of Hilliard's can designs.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a slightly hazey light golden amber with a two finger white head that dissipates to a fine thick layer with lacing. Aroma of apple juice, saison yeast, a hint of wild yeast, bready malt. Flavor follows, with mild wild yeast, apple juice, light coriander; semi dry finish with residual lightly funky yeast and spice. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. A pleasant, low key saison that hits all the right notes for the style. Nothing mind blowing, but a very nicely made domestic saison.

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big foam-up in the Affligem chalice. Nice sudsy appearance and mouthfeel. Light lemon color. Slight aroma of yeast. Light bodied.

A touch of meaty and mushroomy flavors. Tangy and creamy. A little toast in the taste. Really a nicely made and spritzy beer with a modest but a delightful flavor. Some of the Belgian flavors but not as strong as many Saisons. It seems like a great example of a lighter interpretation of the style. Appropriate alcohol content.

Thoroughly drinkable and pleasing brew. From the 16 oz can. If there are still any can skeptics out there, this is one to check out.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One from a 4-pack of 16 oz. cans, picked up earlier this week at Whole Foods-Westlake in Seattle. Cracked and glugged to an imperial pint glass.

'Classy' label, harkening to 1960s design/spirit: a zigzag-ing herringbone pattern and calligraphied font. 'One Pint of Beer'

A: A milky/cloudy version of 'blonde'; a paler yellow with abundant carbonation. Really hazy, in fact. A fluffed white topping (a finger, maybe?) that dies rather abruptly. Broken skim of cream on top and some good lace. All told, it's a nice-looking saison.

S: A sweeter, honey-drenched kind of saison. Bready, fruity (apples primarily), a sprig of herbal greenness. A twinge that's not quite 'sour', but that definitely falls into the nebulous 'funky' category. Really nice strength - it grows better and better as it warms.

T: Solid 'farmhouse' ale: loads of baked bread (with a peppery-dry backbone and minty 'menthol' quality as well). Peppery and very dry spicing, a chalky 'mineral' quality, too. Bitter in the end, almost to a fault.

M: Light-medium body, good effervescence/carbonation. A slighlty coating malt/grain effect. Finishes bone dry and quite crisp.

O: I haven't tried too many canned Saisons, so comparisons are lacking. This is NOT better than Surly's canned version of the style, but it's still plenty tasty AND not far behind. Worth having again and certainly worth snagging a 4-pack if you're in Hilliard's extremely limited distribution area.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a massive foamy white head on top, very thick with nice retention and pretty lacing down the sides.

S: Rather bready up front with a bit of citrus coming through lemon, some grass, and a bit of spicy pepper.

T: A bit fruitier than the aroma with some lemon, melon, and a bit of banana. There is a hint of bubblegum and a slight sweetness. Light spices round out the flavor profile.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation, rather smooth.

O: A solid saison, not earth shattering, but no problems with it either. Easy drinking, would have it again.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%

Can to tulip glass

A- pours a hazy pale yellow color with a two-finger foamy white head that retains long after the pour, with bubbles continuously shooting to the top 3.75

S- spicy & yeasty aroma overall, also picking up some crisp wheat and lemon grass, sourdough aroma malt & earth 3.75

T- slightly tangy lemon peel flavor up front, quickly followed by crisp wheat with some spicy & slightly phenolic yeast, earthy and must on the finish with lingers of more spicy notes 4

M- medium body with moderate-but-spritzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that fills the mouth, eventually finishing crisp and dry 4

O- a nice saison that packs enough flavor to avoid the blandness of many saisons out there, worth a try! 3.75

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Photo of HugePlume
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a pint.... no proper glassware available.

Shiny brassy yellow color, somewhat absent a head. I do know this is at least a 4 month old can though so that is playing some part I am sure,

Has a wonderful clove and grain smell. Nothing outstanding here but very nicely done and down the middle of the road.

Taste is textbook light saison. Has all the sweet grain, clove and a little sweet fruit elements you would like. Very sessionable taste, its not very powerful but everything is there in the right proportion.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, good carbonation but Could maybe use a tick more

Overall its a great go to saison, nothing crazy but if you need that style, its a solid performer. Thumbs up for cans, makes it a better tailgating and camping beer.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, pils-like dark yellow with low and rapidly fading head. Smells out-doorsy, but not really funky, just hints of it, and bread and yeast and some floral a young fruit notes. Tastes like it smells, and is moderately tart puckering, and well balanced, with subtle sweetness. HInting at a few weird notes, but nothing curiously off or suggestively scary. Probably a good saison to start with for someone who might find hearty barn-like notes a bit off-putting. A good entry saison.

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Photo of cavedave
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

Thanks even once more to beertunes, without whom all this would not have been necessary ;-)

It pours a thick looking cider topped with a thin, off white cap that gives way pretty quickly to a bare cap.

Nice pepper and tart farmhouse yeast, some real candy in there too, lighter floral and earth.

Full flavored with the sweet and pepper in the lead, but some righteous herbal bitter dries out what is really a sweet and spicy sip. Yeasty tart is an excellent counterpart to this bitter. Hides the 6% ABV very well. Nice.

Quite thick for style, low carb., and certainly less refreshing than optimal. Rescued by how tasty it is, and how clean the linger remains.

As it warms this beer improves greatly, but it is never as refreshing as one would hope from a style for which that feature is one of few important characteristics. Recommended for its strong and clean taste.

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Photo of macpapi
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent straw-like yellow color with a decent foamy head. Smells of light wheat with hints of lemon citrus and a small hint of pepper or clove. Taste is biting yet fruity. There is a dry peppery taste accompanied by citrus--mainly lemon--flavor and the sweet taste of Belgian sugar and yeast. The beer is light bodied and pretty bubbly in the mouth. There is a bit of hop presence as well. Overall this is a pretty drinkable beer that represents the style pretty well. There is quite a bit going on here but nothing too overwhelming. A nice beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Frothy snow white head that fades but trails over a cloudy dirty blonde body.
Big funky barnyard nose with some lemon zest.
White bread base, big blast of white vinegar, some earth, a bit of white pepper, and an herbal tang to end.
Funky finish and limoncello linger.
Tingly, medium, some chew.

Funky base is bigger than a lot of other so-called saisons, but citrus-forward, so ends up refreshing. However, a bit too full and strong to kick back with like you wanna do with a can. Keeps it real, though, even if it is funk and lemon and not much else.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale yellow-orange with a finger of bright white head. Gentle aroma of lemon, a touch of orange, grass, and mild spice.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Wheat up front with lemon, green apple, a trace of funk, and some earthy spice on the dry finish.

Light and pretty refreshing, but the overall flavor profile wasn't too memorable.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bbarnumboy for the can! I really dig the design, first of all - cool retro tall boy feel.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Cloudy golden-yellow body with loads of tiny, fast nucleation under two fingers of soft, champagne-like head that drops but stays at a half-finger.

Very light aroma, kind of grassy, kind of like under-ripe banana, kind of like dried apricot, kind of doughy.

Taste is fruitier, with some passion fruit, dried apricot & peach, a kind of menthol buoyancy, but turning very dry while retaining a kind of bubblegum flavor. Interesting, & recognizably farmhouse but pretty approachable. The sweetness & tartness surrounds the tongue at the sides but doesn't hit the center, making for a really interesting taste/feel synthesis.

Medium-bodied, a little sweet, a little more tart, a little more dry. It's got that inflating quality that a lot of saisons have, that makes me feel so bloated.

Not bad, pretty approachable, nothing really outstanding about it but no real flaws, either. Pretty satisfying.

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