Mill Hollow Saison
Belgian Mare Brewery

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From:
Belgian Mare Brewery
 
New Hampshire, United States
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 15.23%
Ratings:
16
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 03, 2020
Added:
Dec 11, 2014
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  1
SCORE
88
Very Good
Mill Hollow SaisonMill Hollow Saison
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2.89 by stella77artois from New York on Jan 03, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

Serving: Bottle
No date (Consumed Sep-8)

It pours crystal clear and ruddy copper with a nice two fingers of beige head. Easily rouseable, good retention, swoopy lacing. The aroma is hay, lemon zest, woodsy hops/malt, sweetgrass burning miles away. The flavor is similar but different too with some caramelization flavors, red fruit, more light smoke and an earthy bitter finish.
It is very nice actually. Better than I was expecting but different in a way that I wasn't (if that makes any sense). It manages to be very dry but the kettle caramelization (or the malt, I'm assuming the origin here) gives it a nice supple body, the smokiness is very faint and not obtrusive but is definitely there. If I were to describe the whole thing in one image I'd describe it as a just-finished "red flavored"popsicle stick that got dropped on the ground next to a campfire ring.
I liked this one a lot. It reminded me of a bière de garde in some wayways but drier. The ruddy-ness of it was nice to offset the ever-so-slight asklhy smoke hint that his beers seem to have. As it warmed and I drank more the ashiness came out more in the aroma and flavor. It never got totally in the way and definitely added to the complexity but with that toned down a notch it would be .25 higher on flavor and overall for me. Either way, an enjoyable and utterly unique tipple.

4.25...4...4...4.25...4

Sep 09, 2019
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3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

Good 'ol fashioned 22 oz. Bomber partially poured into a tulip glass on 5/29/19

Bottle conditioned-unfiltered = a murky amber color with golden hues.
A slow pour produces an off-white foam cap that receded very slow. Bottle conditioning usually means the active yeast keeps the foam lively, with constant coverage.

A very traditional Wild and sweet/sour smelling yeast pops right off the glass. Sweet amber Belgian candy, cherries, tart heat, herbal and grassy hops and a touch of dark, wild honey gives it a very interesting nose.

7.6 % abv actually brings some boozy heat right off in the flavor, followed by, dry-leafy and herbalized hop bite. Tart fruits and light Belgian candy, sweet 'n sour style yeast taste is pretty interesting as the dry, earthy and herbal effects take you to the finish.

Even though the mouth feel is nowhere near as exciting as most traditional Belgian and French Saison's are, this one has a dry bite and then a long malty finish that is medium to full and maybe a bit too relaxed for the style. Gone is the electric lively feel you can experience with live yeast in the bottle.

The finish has some strange pencil shavings and bitter brown leafy hop style thing that tends to linger. There are some very interesting aspects that come across as unique, but also pretty weird. Bonus points for being different, negative points for being far-out style wise.

May 29, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by LeRose from Massachusetts

Pours with a billowing, pillowy, stiff head over a clear copper gold base. Quite lovely, and the head falls graciously leaving a thick trail of lacing.

The smell is funk...no doubt about it even if somewhat unexpected. More typical saison aromas join the fray with some lemony notes and mild peppery spice. Just a bare hint of malt.

The taste opens with the funky note, followed by a fairly tame, typical saison brew. I don't think the funky earthy flavors are necessarily intended to be dominant since they really aren't what I consider strong. It is just that everything else is playing second chair. It is all there. Bready dough, mild citrus, peppery spice that builds a bit. Just could use a bit more of these players.

Not overly carbonated, almost medium body, a bit dry and astringent.

That said, not a bad beer for nine bucks, just a typical saison with a healthy helping of funk happening. It is a good beer, but for me it just seems to lack some liveliness somehow.

Aug 14, 2018
 
4 by IBUBrew from Vermont on Sep 05, 2017
 
4.52 by Matthowland from New Hampshire on Feb 25, 2017
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3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

Bottle from a lazy dog
Bottle opens with a gush, luckily I was near the sink.
Murky yellow color with a huge bubbly white head that takes forever to recede. Lemony earthy bready sweet malts with hints of metal and ash. Not as bad as I thought it was going to be judging from the over carbonation. Not sure if I'm drinking this beer as the brewer intended. Wild yeast or bottled before reaching final gravity?

Dec 22, 2015
 
4.5 by hop_junkie from New Hampshire on Nov 13, 2015
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4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut

Really liked this beer, a little funky, a little tart. Could drink a lot of this, now I just need to figure out how to get more.

Oct 04, 2015
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4.93/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Prince-Caspian from New Hampshire

Poured from bottle into tulip glass, hazy golden color with beautiful, long lasting 3 finger head which left lacy tracings on side of glass.

Smelled of wonderful, doughy bread with undertones of fresh cut hay, and complex barnyard (can't think of any other way to describe it).

Amazing taste! Perfectly in between a dry Saison Dupont and a tart Hill Farmstead Arthur. Just enough tartness to make it interesting, very complex finish with notes of fennel, dandelion, and nutmeg.

Very, very clean feel, nothing out of sorts here.

This ale was part of a blind Saison tasting which also included Hill Farmstead Arthur and Saison DuPont. Needless to say, this not often heard of Saison from a tiny nano brewery had its work cut out for it! As a long time Saison lover I must say that this offering totally surprised me in a good way. This great ale from Belgian Mare had just enough tartness to set it apart from DuPont, without being too tart as Arthur was. Mill Hollow Saison is now my go to Saison and I highly recommend it to any Saison lover. I just hope I can get enough of it to keep me happy...

Sep 21, 2015
 
4.05 by NHhomebrewguy from New Hampshire on Aug 15, 2015
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4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Jason from Massachusetts

22oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

Hazed golden hue, spectacular showing of lacing. Spicy peppery nose, yeast and dried fruit. Crisp, a little tart and funky. Earthy with lemon pith and wild herbs. Radish, grass, & yeast. Earthy finish.

Would not know this was brewed in NH in a blind tasting. Top notch.

Jul 24, 2015
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3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

From the 22 oz. bottle. October 2014 batch. Sampled May 16, 2015.

Murky orange pour under a tremendous white foamy head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Sour notes and overripe fruit hit my nose immediately for the aroma. Some yeast. Vague toasted bread.

Medium body.

The sour and tart characters take over the tasting experience but there is also a slight brown sugar sweetness to it. The sourness evolves to bitter at the finish. More akin to a wild ale.

May 17, 2015
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2.89/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by BastardFromABasket from Massachusetts

L - Huge foamy, milkshake-like head. Turbid orange color.
S - Spicey and earthy.
T - Unexpectedly tart. Spice, black pepper and lemon rinds. A sourness I don't associate with saisons. Intentional?
F - Medium carbonation, medium/thin body.
O - Give it a shot if you like sour ales.

Apr 09, 2015
 
4.1 by Rtm05002 from Massachusetts on Apr 03, 2015
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4.61/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Fernans from Rhode Island

This was a unique experience. Never had a "sour", saison. I typically do not care for sours but I was blown a away by this one. Golden, unfiltered pour, nice head. The sour taste is of a natural, grapefruit variety, tart and tangy. The saison steps out on the finish, which is long. I hope that this will be brewed in the Summer, feels like a Summer beer. Cheers!

Mar 16, 2015
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 16 ratings