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3.92/5
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 03-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,612
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
779
pDev:
10.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JavierGC
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JOSHRINARD
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of mytu420
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Large shared bottle.
Pours cloudy, pale golden with a very large and fluffy white head.

Aroma - very unusual with a mix of appealing elements, including citrus tones, and some faint suggestions of household cleaning products.

Flavor also weird but not as the aroma suggests. Unappealing aspects are largely gone. Slight-moderate tartness and moderately bitter.

Excellent lively but light body.

Overall: strange but drinkable.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.79/5  rDev +22.2%
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 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 dvmin98
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of erjaq
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lillitnn92
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stephens101
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Walbert_Neto
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MartzMimic
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Oak & Oar OKC. Pours a hazy light gold with a substantial fluffy white head. Smells of citrus, Belgian esters and hay. Taste is similar to the nose: lemony citrus, pepper, some floral notes. Medium mouth and very crisp. Very nice saison.

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

Photo of crobinso
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of user785335
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of captaincoffee
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright straw-gold with a massive fluffy head jumping out of the glass and lots of lacing. Nose is potent with a blast of citrus and some grassy hay and yeast notes. Taste is spicy, citric, and some slightly good and slightly off sourness in the background. Mouthfeel is rough with massive carbonation. Overall, a great beer that could be world class with a slightly cleaner taste and lower carbonation.

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Photo of Dka67
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Inglewood
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brasserie De Blaugies / Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise from Brasserie de Blaugies
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 779 ratings
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