Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise | Brasserie de Blaugies

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89
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752 Ratings
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Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La VermontoiseBrasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Blaugies
Belgium
brasseriedeblaugies.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
752
Reviews:
119
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
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1.5/5  rDev -62.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -62.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -56%

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1.83/5  rDev -54%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a God awful beer. I brought this to a tasting thinking that with Hill Farmstead's name on it that I was going to be the hero of the day. It turned up to be one of the worst beers we have ever collectively had at a tasting. Beat out only by Wing Walker; which has a BA rating of 70. The common joke while drinking this beer was a reference to MADGE (most of you will too young to remember Madge) who did a TV ad for Palmolive Detergent. Remember "You're soaking in it." Vermontoise tasted like lemon PLEDGE. Had soap bubbles like dish washing fluid, smelled like dish washing fluid. Someone should find all the bottles of Vermontoise there is out there; dump em and rinse the bottles out with dish washing fluid. OH wait they could just use Vermontoise.

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2/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of kojevergas
2.39/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Nabbed this after seeing Hill Farmstead's name on it. 750ml green glass cage n cork bottle purchased in Denver, CO. Reviewed live as a saison per the label. This is brewed with spelt/dinkel malt, which is interesting for a saison...

HEAD: Occupies the entire glass. Given the loud pop accompanying the removal of the cork, I suspect overcarbonation. White in colour, with a thin weak consistency and poor retention (~1-2 minutes, receding quickly immediately after settling). Leaves no lacing.

BODY: Clear (not hazy as one would expect in a world class saison). Pale copper in colour. No yeast is visible, which deadens the appearance. Has average vibrance, at least.

It's not a typical saison appearance, nor is it a particularly great one.

AROMA: Pungent gym sock-redolent funkiness. Grassy hop character, some floral notes, farmhouse-y straw and hay. There's an off-note here...almost medicinal and definitely phenolic. Some might call it "band-aid," but I've always despised that descriptor...it's funky and twangy in an off-putting way. No lemon or citrus here. Some soapy hop character...maybe this spent too long in primary? Or maybe it got skunked or light-struck seeing as it comes in a green bottle; either way it was the brewers' choice...

Aromatic intensity is average. I don't get any intricate saison spicing, nor is there any Dupont-esque milkiness. The funkiness seems out of control, but I'm optimistic.

Sweat comes to mind, if only because it conveys disgusting dirtiness and funkiness simultaneously, which is exactly what this is.

TASTE: Perfumey grassy hop character beats the build over the head; this is hamfisted and crude in its execution. Crystal malt, out-of-control gym sock (i.e. unappealing) funkiness, buried straw & hay, floral character, weird starchy malts...I suppose that's the spelt. It's a bit soapy as well.

Yeah, this didn't come together at all. The phenol off-flavours, soapiness, and crude spelt notes spoil the build. There's no lemony twang, intricate spicing, milkiness, or rich vitamin-y yeast(s) like you'd find in the finest beers in the style. I'm not sure what went wrong here, but there are severe balance issues and the build just isn't right for the style in a fundamental way.

Green apple. Raw dough. Hints of pepper.

To its credit, it's not boozy. I've tried worse, but make no mistake - this is a mess. And the amarillo hop character promised on the label never emerges.

TEXTURE: Starchy and somewhat dry, parching the palate. Unrefreshing, though still light in body. Carbonation is aggressively high (so high as to be suggestive of potential unwanted fermenting agents in the brew). It's uneven in its consistency, thickening in the third act after riding weak and thin through the first two. Execution is better than that of the taste, but there are still ample issues that need fixing.

OVERALL: I don't know if it's the green bottle format, the unnecessary spelt malt (why fix what isn't broken?), the time spent in primary fermentation resulting in soapy off-flavours, or the out-of-control brettanomyces yeast(s) that are/is the main problem, but regardless I'm not sure this is a recipe that can be saved. Something went seriously wrong here, and even the most casual of drinkers would immediately recognize something off. I'm not keen on crying infection, so I won't - but this is a beer I really regret buying and those hoping for a divine Hill Farmstead brew will be let down. Saison is a relatively broad style that has ample room for interpretation, but this is nowhere near the acceptable spectrum of expressions within the style. Perhaps Hill Farmstead's worst work as a result...maybe I got a spoilt bottle?

D+ (2.39)

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.73/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.83/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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2.89/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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2.97/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Small tartness. Belgian yeasts taste a lot and there's a hint of hops. Very dry bitterness.
Typical Belgian farmhouse. Not my kind of beer but drinkable

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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