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Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La VermontoiseBrasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise
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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Blaugies
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 03-06-2013

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112
Ratings:
717
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
26.95%
 
 
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Reviews by jlindros:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One bottle per person on the release... it must be good and funky. In celebration of going to Belgium in a few weeks, I'm cracking this bad boy and hope for the best.

A very careful pour still yields a big fizzy foamy bubbly 2+ finger head that fades at a med pace but somewhat slowly at the same time, lots of pillowy lacing on the sides, very hazy sediment laden golden white peach colored beer with lots of bubbles streaming up from the bottom to reinforce the head, hence the fades at a med pace but also slowly, and it leaves nice pillowy mountains and valleys as it does pop.

Nose has a nice farmhouse aroma, not super funky, but nice open field grassy aroma, lemony, citrus rind, little toasted grainy malt and wheat as well, typical light saison spices and a faint juicy citrus fruit, with a little funk. A touch of a grassy citrusy lemony hop is there as well.

Taste starts with some light saison funk, little earthy farmhouse but not a lot, with light grainy malts, some wheat, little toasty faint pilsner malt. Plenty of citrus, lemony flavors, lemon grass, orange rind, pith flavors bringing plenty of bitterness. Hops come in with that, a little lemony and grassy hops that turn slightly spicy and a little citrusy as well. Bitterness cuts through the lighter malt base and blends with the light funk and lemony saison flavors nicely. There is a light but somewhat sharp acidity as well. Finish is long, with the grassy slightly spicy and citrusy hops lingering well with some bitterness, a little more farmhouse funk and saison grassy flavors and spices lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of effervescent carbonation.

Overall pretty nice, the funk isn't huge but there, nice saison spices and citrus flavors that blend with the nice grassy citrusy spicy hops as well for a decent bitterness, and lots of effervescent carb to bring it all out. Malts maybe could have been a bit bigger, and maybe the farmhouse funk since I love that character, but still nice. I'm surprised this isn't higher rated, but maybe people expected more hops, or more malts as well.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

There's those special times when I get to taste a beer and use words like "authentic", "traditional", "epitome" and "class". This is one of those beers.

At the onset of the pour, the beer nearly topples the glass with an explosion of carbonation. Billowing from the bottom of the glass, the medium straw colored ale is mildly hazed as it gives the impression of lightness. Its racy carbonation seems of champagne, except with a cottony froth that persistently caps the beer and laces the glass intricately.

Its pepper-heavy scent is spicy, earthy, herbal and straw-like. A background of dry cracker-like maltiness bleeds into dry white wine and corkish must.

But its high phenol taste really sets it apart with a sense of rusticity and charisma to taste. Fresh-cracked peppercorn, white pepper, and cumin give an earthen, smoke-like taste to start. Underpinnings of dry crackers and dough timidly support the spice and allow for a tart fruit flavor to rise. Green apples, spiced pear and lemon notes are part acidic and part bitter. Finishing with a grassy hop note- the beer is refreshingly zesty and spicy with a tinge of baking soda-like mineral quality.

Eruptive in carbonation, the tingle of bubbles facilitaste the beer's dryness. Zesty champagne textures are racy and make the beer seem like it dissolves above tongue. A quick and snappy finish is bone-dry, lightly iron-like, and and teeth churningly tart.

The collaborative ale is spot-on "all things Saison" It's raw, rustic, charming, and refreshing. There's something simple and complex that happens simultaneously. It's an effortless ale with a lot going on. Its superior balance is remarkable and well-positioned on the tongue. It's simply a beautiful Saison.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Schera’s in Elkader, IA. Poured into a Zwanze 2014 glass 9/20/2014.

A- Darker yellow, hazy with a 3 finger white head with way too much retention time. But plenty of lacing. It’s certainly worth waiting for. [3.75]

S- Belgian yeast, spices, cloves, pale wheat malt, tart funk. Really does smell like a tarter Saison Du Pont. [3.75]

F- Cloves, pale wheat, freshly baked bread, tart stone fruit, oak, a bit of musty hay. As in the nose, this is a tarter Saison Du Pont. Not that special, certainly not worth the asking price per bottle at Hill Farmstead but it’s certainly solid. [4]

M- Medium bodied, soft, well carbonated, mineral-dense finish with a bit of musty hay. Solid, but I don’t think I could drink more than 6oz in one sitting. [3.5]

O- Decent saison. I think the Hill Farmstead name being attached to this really makes this more desirable than it should be, especially given what it costs. [3.75]

Final score: 3.84

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Photo of joe1510
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml
$9.99
Open Bottle - Tinley Park

Ah, the look of saison. La Vermontoise is a paleset of pale golden. A touch of haze runs throughout but not enough to obscure the insane amount of bubbles rushing to the surface of the body. The head is as it should be; pure white, mountainous, long lasting, and sticky. The lace collects in clumps to the sides of the glass and a quick glance is enough to let you know you'll be scrubbing later. This is precisely how saisons should look.

The nose is chock full of those well regarded, old country saison aromas. As the cork pops you can immediately smell the early morning orchard, musty and dewey underripe apples and peaches. A quick hit of Bazooka Joe flashes through and adds a touch of sugar. A mild banana estery-ness runs throughout but it's tough to pick up at times. The malt base is pretty prolific and in your face with a nice wheaty twang accompanied by a crisp, freshly cracked graininess. An all around delicious smelling beer.

The flavor profile is right there reaching for the nose and finally grasping it.The orchard fruits again off the bat in the sme lyrical way as mentioned above. A minerality reminiscent of hard water floats on the periphery adding some depth. The punchy graininess hits in the middle, freshly cracked, with a mild wheaty twang. It's zippy on the finish with the orchard fruits returning in full force, led by underripe peaches, and met with soft white pepper and very mild banana notes. The Bazooka Joe pops up here and there with a touch of sweetness but it's not as noticeable as the nose suggested.

The carbonation and body are as a saison should be. Though weighing in at 6% the body feels nearly weightless. The carbonation is alive and zippy, though not quite reaching the airy frothiness of the best in style. A snappy bitterness runs down the middle of the tongue and lingers long after the dry finish. This beer is wildly easy to drink.

This is a good saison from two breweries that certainly know what they're doing when it comes to the style. It's old school and delicious though it doesn't quite reach the heights of Dupont's offerings, Fantome's offerings, or D'Erpe-Mere. With that said, those beers are of the benchmark varieties. I would most likely pick this up again in the future, though the green bottle kinds of stinks.

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Photo of aleigator
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed, golden-yellow color with a huge, froth head, leaving a thin, bubbly lacing at the side of the glass.

Slightly funky aromas of mellow yeast with green grass, lemon peel, onion and subtle, malt based sweetness.

Begins with an intriguing interplay between sparkling, coppery carbonation and tongue-biting, warm spices, coming along with hints of black pepper and herbal, floral notes. These get enhanced by a grassy hoppiness which inherits an enjoyable bitterness, wrapped up by soft, white-bread yeast. A malty sweetness developes underneath these flavors and becomes more and more detectable during the finish, which gets joined by a slick, soft bitterness, a melange of yeast and hops. These very different flavors go unexpetedly well together, enhancing each others taste, without any off-flavors or distractions. Clove morphs flawlessly into floral hops, with carbonation calming the malty sweetness by coppery metallicness.

Unexpectedly complex, but throughout pleasant with a finish which is bitter and sweet at the same time, leaving me very satisfied.

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3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.48/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the most delicate beers I've ever had. On a guest draft at 3's in Brooklyn, March 10. Excellently made.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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