Saison | Hilliard's Beer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hilliard's Beer
Washington, United States
hilliardsbeer.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by suncrust on 12-25-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
104
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
7
For Trade:
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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of ryane
1.95/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pale Yellow, slightly hazy, dense 1 finger white head
S - very cidery, and somewhat off-putting, some peppery notes round out the aroma
T - very dry, peppery with a metallic taste that lingers, very little to no hop presence
M - Light and spritzy, slightly higher carbonation than I like in my saisons, I found myself swirling to release just a bit of the Co2 in the beer to soften the sharpness

I was looking forward to this beer (I love Belgians and especially great saisons) but this one really did not come close to delivering. Generally cans are a good way to go, but maybe that isnt the case with this beer? Either way I think the cidery overtones in the aroma are pretty off-putting, the pepper notes are nice, but a bit more fruity esters would be good to round things out, and no metallic finish...

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Photo of cherche
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of marcellaproust
2.74/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I first tried Hilliard's out on a Road Dawgs tour of Seattle breweries, even though I am a resident and not tourist. I recall liking the pils but nothing else. I've not had any since (two years) because Hilliard's tends to be expensive and there's just too much good PNW! But, deciding to treat myself to one of my favorite styles, I bought a four pint pack. Why, why? The nose was AWOL. The appearance: poured into a glass it's nearly as pale as a run of the mill lager. As for taste: I get it when the brewers state that this beer is made in the old way, without addition of spices but as far as I'm concerned, all the more pity for it. This beer's body and mouthfeel thin; great carbonation, and little body and nearly imperceptible aftertaste. If anything, it has the beginnings of what wants to be a saison but ends up metallic and tinny. There's no bitterness, but no smoothness, nothing substantial enough that I can bring an adjective to. A wastes of $ and caloiries.

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Photo of user785335
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of MacStinson
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Asics
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of bizweasel
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Can, to various glasses over time.
A: Decent enough straw color, not cloudy. Pretty thin white head when poured.
S: Strong banana ester and grassy. Not the greatest intro.
T: A sourness that doesn't really successfully mimic how Belgian beers are sour. Not a lot of malt to finish the taste. Not the kind of complexity and spice I'd expect from a Saison.
M: Carbonation OK, but the false sour figures into the mouthfeel too.
D: I am willing to cut some slack for a Saison in a can because the idea is cool. But after repeated tries have to say this is at best average beer, not a repeater. For canned beers there are lots of fine examples of other styles, and for Saison there are so many better ones to be had in bottles.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cloudy glowing yellow with a nice white cap

S: Very spicey, fruity, banana esters, some wheat

T: Big yeast presence on this initially. Some citrus and banana really take over balanced with a sordove sulfur meets spiciness. The finish has a lingering yeast, fruit presence with dying spices, sordove cloying.

M: Light to medium bodied. Bleh. Not exactly my cup o tea. Just does not have the taste or feel of a Saison to me. If I didnt know any better I would say it was a hef, meet Belgian Pale

O: Not a bad beer. However, compared to other traditional farmhouse beers like Logdsons I find it very hard to rate it any higher than average.

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Photo of woemad
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz can purchased for $2.59 at Main Market Co-Op in Spokane. No obvious freshness date on the can.

Poured a clear, slightly dark golden color, with a big, sudsy bone-white head that dropped away within a couple of minutes. Looks a lot like a macro-lager.

A little bit spicy in the nose. This spiciness is all that stands out, otherwise it would just smell like an averaged mass-consumption lager.

Mild spicy notes and a grassy hop flavor greet the taste buds. There’s a real subtle, dry fruit flavor in the background. After that, it’s a quiet, unremarkable fadeout.

Medium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

A fairly plain example of a Saison. Once again I find a beer from Hilliard to be pretty unremarkable. I won’t need to try it again.

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Photo of suncrust
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz tallboy poured to a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, creamsicle yellow with a very bright white, three finger foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. Minimal lace on the glass. Hazy and loads of bubbles. Tallboy can designs are as classy as a tallboy can get!

S: Spicy yeasts, coriander, and some wheat hit the nose first, followed by a fresh lemony zest, and a little funkiness- similar to some funky cheese. Notes of apple, sourdough breads, and buttermilk top off the aromas.

T: Taste leads off with tart apples, sour lemons, dry spices, yeast, and mild wheat. Some sour fruits that finish with loads of activity on the tongue. More tartness as it goes down, slight earthiness, hay and a little bit of a warming effect.

MF: Very lively carbonation with a boatload of mouth activity. Semi-dry, crisp character and a little waxy of an aftertaste.

O: Very straightforward and solid. Not overly complex…. drank a bit like a belgian witbier to me.

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Photo of blackie
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pounder can from brewery

a: into my reubens snifter, this hilliard’s pour produces a thin white head atop a golden, very slightly hazed ale, yeasty haze really comes out with second pour including bottom sediment

s: wheat and clean barley malts combine with some simple, moderate yeast aromas to give a doughy impression, coriander, hops very slight with only a hint of grass, delicate spice and some mustiness (others have said cheesefunk or mushroom, I get, strangely enough gunpowder sulfur as well, and definite fungus mold - NOT referring to any infection)

m: carbonation around moderate, prickly, light bodied

t: somewhat sweet wheat malt and clean barley, lots of bready yeast, coriander, stale lemon, some grassiness, a slight coating lingers, very mild bitter

o: a simple saison with some quirks that aren’t exactly endearing to me, my least fave of the line thus far but not a bad beer all told

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Photo of redliner8
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Oidmoe
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to FalconA for throwing this extra in along with the #properglassware.

Hazy yellow pour, with a fluffy cap of white head that settled to a ringlet, leaving moderate lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted wheat, funk, earth. Taste was similar, wheat and biscuity pale malts, grassy funk, quite earthy, with notes of citrus pith. A little bit harsh and metallic on my palate, but then again, I've been spoiled with Tired Hands saisons for the past year. Light body, crisp, but a bit too lacking in flavor to be very drinkable IMO. Not undrinkable, but just not something I'd go back for.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from Chuck’s 85th.

Pours a hazy yellow with a generous fluffy white head, probably around two or three fingers.

Smell is a bit funky and crisp citrus.

Taste is a bit yeasty, a bit tart, maybe a bit more bitter. Bit of coriander and hay. Crisp taste and clean finish.

Drinkable canned Saison.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 5000 for sending this can my way.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat and biscuit malt, with some Belgian yeast and white pepper notes thrown in. The flavor is a little more complex. I get some nice orange citrus notes, as well as some wheat, Belgian yeast, white pepper and biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a nice hazy yellow color and ended up with about a half-inch of white head that hod very low retention and no lacing.

There was a nice grain base to the scent, with a good yeasty spiciness on top. It had the aroma that typifies the style. On the on tongue, the flavors were crisp. Again, a solid grain base upon which the yeast and spices flavors floated very well.

The body was just a touch thinner than I like in the style, but was good and coated the tongue well. Drinkability was very good, as I find Saisons to be in general, the beer was smooth and clean and left just a tingle of spice. Overall, a pretty good start for this new brewery. Worth having when you see it, and probably worth getting in a trade.

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Photo of gouettn
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ldhughes3
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RickS95
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm torn between the macro looking liquid and the amazing head. The beer itself looks like something you get from a case of 30 for $13.99. It's straw yellow and mostly clear. The only thing that prevents it from being Bud's brother is a bit of chill haze. The head, however, is many fingers thick. Bright white bubbles create a multi-layered head of different sizes and textures. Thick sticky lace.

Hard to tell it's a saison from the smell, but it distinguishes itself from also ranks with a crisp cereal grain nose with a bit if citrusy lemon. Smells like a cracker with a slice of lemon on top.

This seems to have some pale malts and a bit of Pilsner malt as well. Fortunately, the lemony citrus bits counter the crappy malt bill generating something that's drinkable.

There isn't as much funkiness as I would have guessed from a saison and there isn't much tartness either. The acidy lemony citrus makes this beer what it is. There is some bitterness but the acid cuts right through it. Fairly effervescent and crisp finish to scrape the palate clean.

As much as I dislike Pilsner malts, this beer mostly works. The yeast is the star here.

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Photo of jcr8611
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of FalconA
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Kevlee722
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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