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Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La VermontoiseBrasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise

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Brasserie de Blaugies

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 726
Photo of Trombone69
4.79/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I very much enjoyed this. Uncorked like a champagne bottle. BIg foamy head, great flavors, and goes down easy. I found this to be elegant, beautiful offering. Cheers!

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Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.74/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

La Vermontoise
A-golden, opaque saison that pours a massive head that looks like the thunderstorm clouds out my window on this ungodly hot june afternoon.
S-yeasty, general saison aromas, not distinctly noticeable hops
T-Almost orange-y sweetness, maybe some coriander, very refreshing. Kind of a better than average saison, comparable to Dupont I would say.
M-malty sweetness, lingering fruity aftertaste.
O-Makes a phenomenal summer beer. Love the label and name as well. Very true to perfecting the saison style rather than experimenting with other flavors.

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Photo of MkDross
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Straw-gold with a slight haze, pours with a dense white head that subsides quickly, minimal lacing

S- Light fruit, pear, apple, apricot; mild spice; hay, malty notes

T- Restrained fruity notes play across a backbone of peppery spice, spicy finish with light grainy aftertaste. Rustic and classic

F- Crisp, dry, refreshing; plenty of effervescence that adds adequate bite; dry but by no means thin

O- A fantastic, classic styled saison. Refreshing and adequately complex. I would absolutely recommend it to a friend interested in farmhouse styles.

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Photo of mschrei
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into wine glass. Super cloudy yellow, a lot of sediment at the end (it was delicious). Skunky nose that I couldn't get enough of. Nice tartness. A great example of this style. Would gladly try it again.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip- pours a hazy golden yellow color with two fingers of head, great retention, nice swathes of lacing.

Smells great- some Amarillo hops, nice and piney and floral and a good dose of funk. A little grain.

Tastes lovely just as a saison should. Good dose of Belgian funk along with a nice hop flavor and bitterness. A nice light grain profile and the spelt makes itself known towards the end.

Mouthfeel is very nice- well carbonated, light bodied. This is an awesome collaboration. You should get it if you can find it,

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Found 2 of these bottles on the shelf in DeCiccos! Would have bought more but they only had 2 left :) one in the cellar - one in the belly.
Corked bottle - huge pop! Poured into HF Tulip - proper glassware.
Golden clear - almost hay color with 3 fingers of fluffy bubbly head. Huge aromas as the cork flies; grassy hay and a delicate saison aroma with a slight hop note. Taste is very classic "saison"...grainy hay, a nice slight balanced hop presence, and what I imagine is the spelt (I think im starting to tell what spelt tastes like - hint tired hands). So, deff a spelt flavor, its fluffy, rustic, classic, just so good...
its super dry and as perfect as can be for a saison.
Overall, this is simply amazing. A near perfect saison with a slight new age twist. Love it!

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wheat, grains, lemon, lime, fresh cut grass, citrus zest, white wine notes, bubblegum, yeast, earthieness, bit of funk - all blending together and coming through so clean on this. almost a champagne like mouthfeel leaves a crisp dryness and light prickle on the tongue. super easy drinking and very very refreshing summer brew.

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Photo of Skrip
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Deschutes Teku

A~ hazy light orange, looks just like a mimosa with lots of white fluffy head and lacing

S~ peppery, lemon, and a lot of belgium yeast

T~ wow! what a great blegium saison! peppery, citrus, floral, and a lot of nice bready yeast.

M~ well carbonated, smooth, and a bit tart on the finish.

O~ HF kills it again, on a calab. this time around! i would drink this every day if i could. qualities of any other HF saison with a "Fantome" touch

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty beige color ale with a nice huge white foamy head with excellent retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with light funky ester with some nice floral dry hops notes with light and subtle lemony notes. Taste is also dominated by rustic malt with nice funky yeasty notes and some light lemony notes with an incredible dry floral hoppy finish. Body is about average for style with great carbonation. As good as I had anticipated though could do without the light lemon notes.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Gusher! Pours a bright yellow color. Produced a giant head of white froth. Solid retention and lacing.

(S)- Absolutely and completely bone dry with an assertive dry, almost grainy earthy yeast character. Just a hint of lemongrass at the end.

(T)- This may be the driest Saison in memory. Lemongrass funk meets an assertive bitterness. I like the light graininess to the yeast.

(M)- This is so dry with a lively crisp carbonation level. A great balance with subtle funk and solid bitterness.

(O)- I love how dry this is. The bitterness hop note keeps it interesting all the while the soft yet grainy yeast really fits this well. I can see why many may not like this, but it is right in my wheelhouse for the style.

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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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Photo of KensWorld
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost solid white head into Yupik glass. Vigorous bubbles like champaign after 5 minutes of settling it leaves a cloudy straw yellow with nice lacing and a white center mound, Looks perfect. Smells hoppy, somewhat funky, slight floral and actually a little chewing tobacco. Taste is very complex with hop bitterness, sweet floral and funkiness all blending together. Aftertaste is very bitter for a saison but I think this was what they were after. Overall I very unique saison from tee of the best.

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Photo of DrBier
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 12 oz tulip. Bottle aged 1+ year.

Pours with a huge bright white head. Bright golden, crystal clear in color. Lots of carbonation. You can see the bottle conditioning is still working away in this beer. Tight, sporadic lacing.

Aroma is prominent barnyard funk with grass, grain, straw and slight lemon characteristic.

Taste is not quite as funky as smell. Slightly sweet with mild hop presence, lemon, grassy and underlying citrus. Funk fades slightly with more lemon and fruit flavors as it warms.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy. Extremely drinkable.

This beer has developed beautifully over the past year. Easily one of the best saisons I've had this year. Rivals some of my all time favorites from Fantome. I want more.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good pop off the cork, literally jumped out of my hands with no gushing either.

Big bleach white rocking head, three fingers on a slow build, and grows like the perfect plant. Big clumpy soapy retention. Body color is a big glowing bright banana to lemon yellow, like a crystal orb and big smoke stake puffs of carbonation in the middle, giving a good rise of fire. Just a classic near perfect looking saison.

Good amount of brett heat, but not overpowering. Slightly phenol burnt a bit sensation, hints of floral hops as well. Big earth component mixing in with some mint and lemon. Quite nice, a bit jarring though.

Real crisp body with lots of fruit flavors. Big tropical notes, and some good lemon fruit. Banana esters come out quite a bit also in the background. Carbonation is quite lively and sharp, almost brut champagne, but with a much hotter dryness to it as well. Really good prickly tongue action without being distracting too, love that. Mild sucrose sense of sweetness as well. Crisp, playful, lively, fruity, sharp. Delicious.

Overall a great saison wonderful stuff.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow body, clear with just a touch of haze, strong carbonation forming streams of bubbles throughout, and an absolutely massive white head, rocky and sticky.

S - Floral notes mingle with a mild funk, a hint of herbal and grassy notes finish. Lemon curd. Zest. Yum.

T - More straight-forward than the nose, but completely dialed in, with a wonderful tart front of lemon and floral elements, a middle of grains and minerality, and a close that turns mildly bitter, spicy and spiky, clearing the tongue for another welcome drink.

M - Bright and brisk, with a hint of dustiness in the close.

O - This is a very well crafted saison, traditional, with lots of corners to explore. Tasty.

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Photo of rudzud
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at HF during the Biere de Norma bottle release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Bottles uncorks with a LOUD pop, the kind of noise one expects to be followed by gushing. Thankfully, not a gusher, though the head explodes on the pour forming a nearly FOUR finger sudsy white head that sits atop a crystal clear dark straw hue with TONS of effervescence erupting from the bottom. Fades to leave tremendous side lacing and

S - Lots of peppery spice on the nose, light lemons, TONS of belgian yeast notes here. Figured there would be seeing how my bottle had thick vertical stripes of yeast. Lots of your typical barnyard funk here too. Very, very assertive yeast and funk notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Lots of the peppery spice, the lemons are pretty much gone as this becomes a peppery, barnyard assault on the pallet. Lots and lots of barnyard funk and belgian yeast notes here, horse blanket, and peppercorn galore. I miss that citrus though.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice, though thanks to the carbonation explosion it does get thin and smooth a bit too quickly.

O - Overall, this is a damn good saison. Excellent appearance, solid nose. The taste though I wish there was a little bit of citrus to round out the pepper/belgian notes. With the mouth stayed crisper longer. Still, a very well crafted saison.

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Photo of N17shelfside
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent dry saison, especially as the beer warms. A lot of soft funky notes. When the beer first hits your mouth a tad sweet which just transforms into a dry bitterness expected of a great farmhouse beer. The beer pours with a thick, easy forming head that lingers for a little bit. Overall excellent beer for style, should be a good one to keep around for an extra year to let it dry out some more.

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Photo of stephens101
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale brass and fizzy with a large and pristine off-white froth. A potent, dank and dirty funk full of sour light fruits flows freely from the bottle, portending good things to come. Tastes of sweet bread, damp hay, sour apple, white grape, spice and a swift kick of barnyard earthiness all stand strong but never compete. Faint peel and phenols linger. Light in body yet interesting until the end.

This is one of those beers folks are going to love or going to be indifferent about. As for me, I should've grabbed a few.

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Photo of pants678
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy yellow, puffy white head.

Prominent lemon, bread.

Clean, subdued lemon poppy muffin. Fruit and citric notes are smooth like that. Not so peppery, and for that not a unique profile, but a fine example of the style. That said, could stand to dial up the sweetness. As good as saisons come, to be enjoyed outdoors.

Highly carbonated like it's supposed to be.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL
L - hazy yellow body with a tall white head that holds excellent retention
S - beautiful aroma of banana, fruity yeast, citric hop
T - excellent array of flavors with zesty grapefruit, lemon, banana, yeast, white pepper, grass, earth
F - higher carbonation, medium body with an excellent feel. Finishes dry with some peppery spice lingering with some citrus
O - loved this one. It's very delicate but has some great flavors. Glad I got to try it. Now only if I could get my hands on some more Hill Farmstead!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy bright yellow-gold. Head is bright-white, bubbly, and loose. Starts off with a massive fluffy head but drops to a small clump of a cap with a small collar and sheets of sticky lacing. A vigorous swirl produces a short-lived head. Moderate to high carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Big initial push of yeast. Belgian esters including a soft clove spice, some ripe banana, and a hint of juicy fruit. Pear, apple skin, damp earth and some musty funk. Layers of earth, flowers, grass, hay, and fruity esters. Nice pale malt backbone offers a hint of cracker and a light bready element. Slightly sweet pale malts as well. A lot of banana and mild tropical notes as it warms.

Taste: A hint of lemon zest and a touch of a tart edge. Big yeast presence. Drops spice, read clove, and fruity esters. Slightly sweet pale malts coupled with a minor toasted bready element and a bit of snappy cracker. A bit of damp grass with some funky elements. Banana, a touch of pineapple, pear, apricot, and some red apple. Huge Belgian yeast push as it warms. Powdery yeast. Herbal and earthy and floral. Some biscuit and maybe even some oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a solid carbonation. A touch crisp and nice and dry on the finish. Could be a touch drier, but it's close.

Overall: Blastoise's megaevolution.

Surprise! Hill Farmstead collaborates with a Belgian brewer and creates a delicious and stellar beer. LIES!

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Photo of Ian_B
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow in colour, slightly hazy with a billowing head.

Super dank and wildly musty funk scents instantly after the bottle opens with a loud pop. Notes of pepper and other spice come through with some lemony citrus which all play together very nicely. The funky scents are pungent and slightly sulfuric in the way it plays on your nose -- and I don't mean that in a bad way. It starts to grow on you.

Slightly hoppy and sour lemon-like characters quickly draw into a kick of spiced, toasted-wheat flavours that precede an enveloping curtain of funk which is slightly more mellow than the nose. This is a very condensed description, but the flavours really play well off each other throughout. The funk will linger in your nose even after stepping away from the beer.

The mouthfeel is light and slightly spritzy. Just the slightest bit dry toward the finish.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

To me, this is an example of an old world, old recipe style of saison. Just my thought

Pours a light orange, semi hazy glass of goodness. Nice head and lacing.

Aroma is strong, spearheaded by a sulphur overtone....like firecrackers on the 4th of July. Spicy and dry. Some biscuit comes through.

Flavor is even better. Whereas a local saison had a strong taste of sulphur (and I hated it) this one doesn't, even with that big ole nose of it. No, apple and coriander take center stage, but they are not alone. Funkiness and lemon come in to play. White pepper and black pepper. Soft hints of bubblegum.
Crisp and refreshing. Wish it were lower abv so I can drink a ton more

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oo la la, La Vermontoise.

Hearty cork pop and glass that's more foam than beer leads me to believe this will be a highly carbonated beverage. Hazy lemon gold with an over the top head.

Lemon barnyard aroma.

Skunky farmy flavor with a moisture sucking sawdust finish. One of the dryer beers I've had recently. I like dry though. A few sweet notes for balance wouldn't hurt. Not as carbonated as I would have guessed.

C'est très bonne.

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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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