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Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La VermontoiseBrasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise
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3.92/5
768 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 03-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,100
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
768
pDev:
10.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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17
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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle I brought to share at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, chalk, and skunky aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy spice and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a smell that is slightly better than the taste, even though there is some initial skunk-like aromas.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the people that shared this fine bottle with me were going ape over it, probably due in part to its maker, but this really didn't impress me as much as I thought it would. it pours a real pale lemonade color, with a ton of floating yeast bits clouding things up and a robust white head of several inches. the aromatic profile is lemon heavy, funky yeast, and a funny fusel alcohol that shouldn't really be present here. its not sour, but a little tart, and the wood notes permeate, but something just seems off, like the middle is missing despite a fine start and conclusion. the flavor agrees, there is definitely something lacking. perhaps its any kind of malt body at all, I just get yeast and non sour acidity here, without any grain. maybe that's the intent, and im almost never one to gas on for more of it, but in this case it just seems entirely absent. still, I love the yeast profile, its wild and way out there, and I love the dry finish. light as anything, but there is still an alcohol flavor to it that's a little unwarranted. the carbonation, as expected, is epic. overall this is kind of a curious beer, it didn't quite hit the mark for me, but I really enjoyed the interesting yeast. hopefully it will reappear in a more exciting beer sometime, but for now id say this is skipable, save for the real hill farmstead nuts.

edit: either this beer had changed a bit or my palate and ability to appreciate it since i first had it more than three years ago has. i suspect the latter, as i now live for curious rustic saisons like this, and enjoyed a bottle of this recently far more than i apparently did in the above review. without question their is some green bottle weirdness to this, skunk, aged hops and stuff too, but it comes together really nicely and is quite different from anything else out there. a better beer the i originally gave it credit for being...

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle, thanks to Phyl21ca for getting it to me. The cork came off easily, with a satisfyingly loud pop and hiss, unlike, cough, cough, a recent debacle I had with a similar Lost Abbey contraption.

This beer pours a cloudy, pale golden straw colour, with a frightening amount of fast rising, puffy columnar white head, which slowly settles, eventually leaving some attractive layered cloud lace around the glass.

It smells of zippy, somewhat acrid yeast, zesty lemon peel, gritty, grainy wheat malt, white pepper, a subtle musty funk, and earthy, kind of surprisingly leafy hops. The taste is a much softer yeastiness than on the nose, with some mildly acidic lemon juice, clove and black pepper spice, understated wheat malt, ethereal funk, fresh-cut hay, and a leafy, earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is really the lead here - it doesn't get any easier to pour or wait for the head to go down as things progress - some sort of bottle refermentation had to have gone on here. At any rate, the mouthfeel is actually pretty pleasant, the body medium-light in weight, and agreeably smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the lilting citrus and leafy hops doing an end run around the yeast and funk - America wins!

A rather tasty, and balanced (and least until the end, when the hops assert themselves) saison. Kind of a shame about the bubbles situation though - I shouldn't be this confounding to pour and subsequently drink a beer - so, unfortunately, the drinkability factor duly suffers.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.39/5  rDev -39%
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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Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Avoided this for a long time due to the price and green bottle, but pulled the trigger based on a friend's recommendation.

Skunk wafts from the bottle once the cork pops, becoming floral and earthy with some sulfuric notes also. Lemon candy wafer aroma later on though not sweet really.

Hazy golden orange, huge billowing head of white meringue foam that rises above the rim and fluffs up to look like parfait in a glass. The foam dies down eventually, leaving spotty lace in its wake.

Herbal grassiness sidles up to a lemon rind bitterness, lightly tart and very dry in the finish. Seemingly not much Amarillo taste left, though there's sufficient hop bitterness that lingers. Very charged with carbonation, almost excessively so, it's effervescent and palate scrubbing. Seems to be a fairly classical saison, not bad though I don't think its worth the pricetag.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
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 largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 768 ratings
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