La Vermontoise
Brasserie de Blaugies

La VermontoiseLa Vermontoise
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From:
Brasserie de Blaugies
 
Belgium
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #586
ABV:
6%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,269
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 10.18%
Ratings:
868
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 22, 2022
Added:
Mar 06, 2013
Wants:
  21
Gots:
  145
SCORE
88
Very Good
La VermontoiseLa Vermontoise
Notes: Collaboration with Hill Farmstead Brewery

Regional beer based on malt, spelt.hops US.

It was developed and manufactured jointly with our American friend Shaun Hill (Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro, Vermont, USA). It continues to be brewed at our facilities in Braugies.

We exchanged our know-how to create this blond with pronounced bitterness with a slight lemon aftertaste.
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3.64 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 22, 2022
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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(375 ml green bottle, muselet code: U2-08:21; purchased single off shelf from clearly a newly-opened case... decanted into a fat tulip)

L: there was sediment going up the side of the bottle, but it must have gravitated downward while in transit back to my place; at any rate, there's a big slug of sediment at the bottom... liquid: opaque, yellow-amber in color; foam: loose, big bubbles and gaps; recedes to speckled collar in short order... the collar eventually all but disappears

S: light-struck skunk upon cork removal, also while pouring... nose in glass: lemon shortbread, wet green leaves, perfumy and slightly peppery-phenolic undertone... the skunk clears out quick; subtle grapefruit spice... reminds me of craft saison of yesteryears; good expression and intensity

T: spicy, leafy, bitter bite up front, with a swiftly-developing montage of flashing grain and yeast flavors over the course of the sip; but its core bitterness keeps center... aftertaste is mildly-candied citrus peel, toasty husky grain meal; relatively dry... a few sips in, and the skunk (which I enjoy) may be lending to the almost tonic water herbal bitterness ever present

F: bit of a sediment-ed silty roundness midway, but it's otherwise cut kinda dry, and it's repeatedly relatively effervescent... rustic, refreshing

O: of course took a crack at this, due to my liking of beers from both breweries; seems like it leans more toward the nuances of Blaugies wares... would probably grab one more bottle to share, but this collab did not yield a unique(ly tasty) beer, though solid, despite the skunk (1868)

Feb 12, 2022
 
4.13 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut on Feb 09, 2022
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4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

375ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Sunny golden color, huge rocky white head on the pour. Retention is superb and gobs of lacing cling everywhere.

S: Hoppy and yeasty up front. Floral, green, and oily with a lot of orange and meyer lemon rind. Fleshy apricot too. Musty and peppery with a slight medicinal backing. Coarse grainy aromas, bit of toast and hay.

T: Follows the nose. Green and oily bitterness, orange and lemon rind flavor. Apricot. Musty, peppery, very mildly medicinal. Grainy malt base is a bit more coarse than the norm, likely due to the spelt. This gives it a nice rustic character. Toast and hay. Quick and dry finish with just a bit or trailing grain and hop oil.

M: Medium-full body. Creamy and fluffy. Lots of scrubbing and lifting carbonation. A little bit of gritty astringency.

O: I do love me a hoppy, slightly Americanized saison (pour one out for Jack D'or). This is a nice one. There's a great, rustic old-world saison at the core here, fermented well with a lot of lively yeast character and coarse graininess. Combine that with a very American hop sensibility that brings a lot of oil, fruit, and citrus and it's a winner. I'd hold this up as one of the better ongoing collaborations out there.

Jan 15, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by ATL6245 from Georgia

Appearance: Slightly hazy, straw gold. High visible carbonation. Fast bubbles. Big fluffy white head, excellent retention.

Aroma: Light fruity esters. Apricot. Floral hops.

Flavor & aftertaste: Yeasty and spicy. Light fruit notes of apricot & lemon. Pronounced bitterness. Very Dry.

Mouth-feel: Light to medium bodied. Effervescent. Pillowy. Short, dry finish.

Overall: I thought I knew what a great Saison was, but this one is amazing. Looks light & simple but exhibits a great deal of complexity of flavors. Floral, yeast and some light fruit aromas. Flavors are a mix of yeast, light fruits and spices. Has a distinct bitter bite that is not offensive. Mouth-feel is light to medium, pillowy with lively effervescent carbonation. 6% ABV barely noticeable. Very enjoyable Saison. Would be great in the Spring & Summer with a meal. Had to give this one high marks vs other Saisons I've had.

Jan 07, 2022
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by nelsonracite from New Jersey

Looks light golden. Smells sweet, and floral. Taste grassy and sweet. I really love the feel to this beer!

Oct 28, 2021
 
4.06 by sd123 from Georgia on Oct 26, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

Slightly hazy straw color, very bubbly, soapy white head, good retention.
Not a big nose, but I get lemon, hay, and a bit of barnyard funk.
Lemon, crackery dry pilsner/wheat malt, a hint of grapefruit, banana, earthy, hay, and funk. Pepper shows up and lingers on the finish.
Medium-light feel, effervescent carbonation, dry finish.
Excellent saison. Great collab.

Aug 04, 2021
 
4.38 by Burg from New Hampshire on Jun 21, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

2,150th review. Cork and cage 375 ml bottle from the LCBO for about $7 CDN. Best before December 31, 2024. Served cold into a Gouden Carolus chalice.

Appearance - Light hazy, bright golden color with two fingers of loose white head. Modest staying power forms a small cap on top and minimal lacing.

Smell - Earthy and funky with a bucnh of lemon zest, horse blanket, touches of candi sugar and some peppery spiciness. Wonderfully robust and complex.

Taste - Initially assertively bitter but lemon pops in and out, candi sugar makes a brief appearance before finishing very peppery. Earthy and herbal throughout.

Mouthfeel - Medium light in body, hiding the 6% very well, crisp carbonation and bone dry finish.

Overall - Unique and exceptionally earthy and herbal, there aren't too many beers like this. Unique and refreshing, so while not something I'd want to enjoy multiple of, La Vermontoise provides a wonderful shock to the system that is something different.

Jun 13, 2021
 
4.1 by Snayk from Colorado on Apr 17, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

Shared 750 ml corked green bottle, Pale golden colour, large to moderate white head. Very spicy, yeasty and lemony aroma. Very spicy / white pepper dry flavour, nearly too much, but acceptable.

Mar 27, 2021
 
3.75 by vfgccp from New York on Feb 21, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by hopsputin from New Jersey

a: cloudy burnt yellow color with some dark copper notes towards the center. large rocky 4 finger off-white head

s: tons of barnyard funk hits you in the nose as soon as you pop the cork on this one. pears, green apple skin, and sweet red apples. sweet grass, lemongrass, and sweet grains. a bit of that band aid funk and some sweet caramel. sweet lemons and a huge crackery backbone. a nice bit of spice too - pepper, coriander and cardamom

t: sweet grains, lemongrass, and a quite large earthy herbal bitterness. pears and green apple skin behind that. nice pepper spice, coriander and cardamom spice..just like in the nose. a faint bit of that barnyard funk, but it's not as prominent as it was in the nose. huge dry cracker malt backbone. the finish is dry with a bit of pear and more herbal bitterness

m: medium mouthfeel with extremely high carbonation. quite dry. just what you want from the style

o: nice base Saison in here with fantastic aroma. the taste is definitely more on the bitterness side. i would have liked a bit more funk in the taste, but this is very enjoyable and i would have no qualms having this again

Jan 16, 2021
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3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by BubbleBobble from New York

Pours from the bottle a slightly hazy golden yellow, robust off white head that quickly dissipates, no lacing. Nose is hop forward and earthy, followed by lots of grass, hay, lemon, and a touch of hairspray. Taste follows with earthy hops up front, but there's some significant malt sweetness that follows. Finish is pretty balanced, maybe a touch bitter, with a nice, full mouthfeel. Glad to have stumbled on a bottle, but not blown away.

Dec 24, 2020
 
4.26 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Nov 26, 2020
 
3.83 by DvdP from Netherlands on Nov 09, 2020
 
4.18 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Nov 08, 2020
 
4.35 by Bruno74200 from France on Sep 10, 2020
 
3.97 by chossboss from Oregon on Aug 07, 2020
 
4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Jul 22, 2020
 
3.79 by GC2020 from New Hampshire on Jun 27, 2020
 
5 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin on Apr 29, 2020
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3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by brother_rebus from Maine

P good. Good feel. Smelled a little ureic.

Apr 19, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by FBarber from Illinois

Beautiful bright golden color with a huge pillowy white head. Lots of white lacing is left behind as the beer is consumed. A thin velvety layer of white foam is retained on top of the beer.

Aroma has light notes of cracker malts, grain, and straw. Whiffs of grassy green hops, light fruity esters and a slight hint of lemon also come across my nose.

Taste follows the nose with immediate notes of cracker malts followed quickly by an immediate onset of grassy bitter hops. Light fruity esters come through with some spicy peppery notes. Definitely on the hoppier side of the spectrum for the style.

Feel is bright, clean and vibrant. Vivacious carbonation with a quite dry finish. Overall this was quite enjoyable - a bit hoppier, but in a very pleasant balanced way. This one was new to me and this won't be the last time I have it.

Apr 04, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

375ml corked and caged bottle - purchased locally for around $8 - poured into a classic tulip at 44°F.

Pours an ever-so-slightly clouded medium straw yellow, with four fingers of pure white head quickly building to a rocky peak, making pouring a full glass a somewhat tedious process. Heavy lacing, and insane nucleation. It looks violent in there. Very attractive saison.

Nose: Classic Belgian saison aromas are quickly evident with some spicy, peppery saison yeast, and some very Belgian estery notes of bubblegum and green banana. Tons of floral, grassy, and spicy hop notes that make me think Saaz and Hallertau rather than Amarillo, but there is some flowery lemon and a hint of pineapple. Very rustic grains, but I wouldn't immediately guess spelt. Minimal acidity, if any, and a hint of very Belgian funk. For a classic saison, this is on the money.

Palate: La Vermontoise greets the palate with the grain first. Now, I can definitely get the spelt, with its super gritty, rustic, wholesome nature. The spelt is then followed by a nice little zip of lemon acidity - not sour, but mildly tart. A ton of hop bitterness then rushes in out of nowhere, bringing with with it some defined lemon blossom, and just a brute force of grassy, earthy, peppery hops. Don't expect fruity dry hopped Amarillo flavours, this is all bitter green hops. The bitterness comes to a spicy, peppery peak with a bit of resinous cling that pushes out any remaining acidity and delicate floral and lemon notes, and then starts to slowly decline. Some very classic Belgian farmhouse funk appears, with wet hay, wet stone, dusty attic, stone cellar, and an earthiness about it. The finish itself is still bitter, and like its greeting, the spelt is one again pronounced, with no tartness to mask it. The peppery resinous bitterness concludes the finish, and lingers on for a good minute - dry ans gritty.

Mouthfeel/Body: The ale is medium bodied and has an impressive crisp quality to it, as good saisons seem to have. The spelt does add some gritty weight to it, and while it is mostly dry, the little bit of residual grain sweetness paired with an absolutely out of this world lively effervescence serve to give this a nice fluffy feel. The metric ton of hops in here does lend some clingy, oily resin that hangs around. Very drinkable.

Overall: This isn't a bad Belgian Saison. In fact, it's a very good Belgian saison. It has all the hallmarks of a very classic, rustic, old world farmhouse ale, and it's incredibly authentic - but it's just a bit over-hopped. The biting resinous bitterness detracts from some of the more nuanced character of the ale. Nevertheless, it's still a very good overbooked saison, and for the price, I would drink it again. I just wish the hops were dialed back a bit.

Mar 25, 2020
 
4.07 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Feb 21, 2020
 
4.45 by cgwami from Canada (MB) on Feb 09, 2020
 
4.5 by DBosco from Massachusetts on Feb 06, 2020
 
4 by whatsgoody from Vermont on Jan 03, 2020
 
3.96 by zotzot from Vermont on Dec 30, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

Medium: Cork + tulip glass.
Opacity: Clear to hazy with some faint floating yeast.
Color: Shiny dark straw.
Head: Extra foamy and fluffy 4 fingers.
Legs: Good overall.
Smell: Straw/Honey/Wild yeast.
Taste: Lemon/Wheat/Flowery.
Feel: Barnyard/Floral/Peppery/Zesty.
Body: Light to medium fluffy and oily, nice smoothness.
Carbonation: Highly crispy and a bit fluffy.
Overall: High quality standard Saison with good attenuation. Less spicy and more hoppy I sense.

Visual 8/10 - Flavors 8/10 - Sensations 8/10 - Balance 8/10 -
Freshness 8.5/10 - Intensity 6.5/10 - Complexity 7.5/10 - Appreciation 8/10

Dec 23, 2019
 
4.27 by Rainintheface from Massachusetts on Nov 26, 2019
 
4 by Velivolus from Vermont on Nov 17, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by beergoot from Colorado

Pale, cloudy, light yellow body topped with a huge, rocky head, dense and creamy. Earthy aroma; very faint notes of citrus; earthy spiciness. Excellent peppery flavor sitting atop a grainy malt base; bitter with a semi-sweet and low-key citrus component. Medium body; coarse and lively on the palate; fairly dry overall; faintly acidic.

I like this one! Earthy (yes, that word, again!), peppery, and just all-around solid in all departments. This is a very straight-forward Belgian-styled ale, bringing a lot of character and depth to the drinking glass. I'll be hunting another one just because it's that good...

Nov 11, 2019
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Had this on draft @ the Beer Temple on 10/9/19.

Notes of clove, dry grain & faint lemon; sturdy, simple & effective. Not a life-changer, but I'd certainly have another!

Oct 28, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Wasatch from Colorado

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice hazy golden pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy/foamy two-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, yeasty, with some banana/coriander, lemon, grassy, licorice. The taste is very nice, malty, hoppy, yeasty, with some banana, coriander, lemon, grassy, with some licorice. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew, true to style. Nice to see it around here.

Oct 27, 2019
 
3.83 by Beerbom from California on Oct 19, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Had this at Craft in Reno the other day when I was in town hangin' w Adam and Sheldon after a work conference.

Pours a dark dull golden color. Ample head, full on 1" on the pour on draft. Impressive appearance.

Aroma was saison to the tee, all the yeast aromatics true to style. Grassy barnyard hay. Taste continued the same way, was everything you come to know about saisons from belgium like fantome and dupont. The body was light and dry and again, very impressive. Carbonation is spot on. There was a mild citrus component, but a lot of the reviews mentioning all kinds of other fruits going on here just escaped me I guess. I also didn't get the spice rack that a lot of reviews and people have mentioned over the years. Sometimes trying to find and list everything isn't really what makes a good beer, sometimes they can be straight forward and simple and simply amazing. I think that is what we got here, a saison firmly within style guidelines and very well done. Very happy to get to try this on tap.

Oct 11, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

A: Straw color, big white fluffy head
S: Sweet bubblegum, honey, earthy hops, white pepper, grass
T: same as aroma, very balanced
O: A great earthy/ sweet saison

Sep 28, 2019
La Vermontoise from Brasserie de Blaugies
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 868 ratings