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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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Photo of ricknelson
1.83/5  rDev -53.9%
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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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Riedel tulip glass. The act of pouring it produces such an incredible amount of bubbles that you can hardly get any in the glass before the head is too big to fit. The head is huge, nearly white, and the consistency of meringue. The liquid is clear and light yellow. Definitely fizzy and yellow - exactly how I usually want a saison to look.

Aroma is funky and sour, and actually smells like weed to me. I don't get that weird mineraliness that often comes along with sour-ish beers, so that's a plus for me.

Taste follows the nose, but is a little less pronounced. It's really pleasantly tart, with a nice dense bit of funkiness on the finish. Not much else to say - I really like those two flavors, but that's about all I get!

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, even for a saison, and has tons of carbonation.

Overall, this is a super nice saison. I would love to drink it again, but I don't think I would ever feel the need to trade for it or anything.

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Photo of babaracas
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange tinted yellow, hazy, with billowing white head; settles slowly to a half inch, a few big chunks of lace on the glass. Smell: lemon peel, dried pineapple note, spiciness, graham cracker. Taste: citrus peel, semi-sweet graininess, dried unsweet pineapple again, grass, pepper; lots of bitterness. Nice, but then gets quite medicinal and powdery/rubbery in the finish. Lots of carb, plus the bitterness gives a seltzery feel, thinning everything out a bit much. Very dry finish. About a year old (?), still smelling great, carb may be higher than intended.

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Photo of SABERG
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a HFB Goblet, second release I believe.

A - Golden yellow, 3 finger cap with beautiful lacing. Fine bubble carbonation demonstrated. Sunrise in a glass.
S - As someone who has pithched hay I can say, the memories flood back. So much farmyard and funk, wet summer afternoon lounging in delight.
T - Sharp. grain and lemongrass, mild tropical fruit. Fresh cut grass, with mild white pepper, and Zest.
M - Light carbonation, delicate dance across the palate with a slight linger. Tropical closure leaves only desire bordering on want.
O - Such a delicate, assertive flavor. The offering is a dance between brewers and brings a complete experience. Well worth seeking out.

Cheers all

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Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this on tap at Parker Pie for the 4th Anniversary party for Hill Farmstead -served chilled in a pint.

The color is golden with thick hazed look with white cap and fine bead. The smell is lghtly sulfuric with mineral aspect and phenolic yeast accent with gentle spice and some herbal hop aromas. The feel is medium bodied with gentle note of grain with very yeast oriented texture which is on the dry side with spiced element and medicinal edge with light tangy vinous quality.

The flavor is decent with some mild malt with a good amount of yeastiness in the flavor which is both creamy and has a slight pepper and phenolic quality combined with herbal and grass tinged hop flavor with a mild alcohol and light bitterness that carries through. Overall a more traditional take on the style with high hoppiness combined with lots of yeast aroma and flavor.

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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 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 rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy yellow, rather carbonated, three finger light fluffy head.

S-Grassy, slight lemon, wheat, a musty like note.

T-Starts rather grassy, with slight lemon and wheat but then it finishes with a musty/rubbery like flavor.

M-Lighter, dry crisp finish with nice carbonation.

O-A good saison, but no where near what HF normally puts out.

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Photo of ThreeLions
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with Hab11

Unwound the cage and just put a hint of pressure on the cork which made quite the 'pop' but thankfully the beer wasn't a gusher.

A: Aggressive foamy white head four fingers deep fills up the glass and lingers for a while before settling down to a half finger head with nice soapy lacing on the glass. Very light yellow color with lots of lingering carbonation.

S: Super spicy aroma right up front. Very spicy character from the yeast. Not getting any aroma from the amarillo yet but we'll see once it opens up in the glass. Spicy like white peppercorns.

T: Solid. Very spicy taste follows the nose. Peppercorns. There was something in the nose that I couldn't quite narrow down that I was hoping I would discover in the taste. It's there as well but I can't figure out what the flavor is. Can't tell if they are citrus notes from the amarillo but there's definitely another flavor profile going on here. Possible lemon. I think my taste buds are starting to get past the very strong peppercorn beginning and may be picking up some hop oils.

M: Very drinkable. Pretty light. I generally prefer a heavier mouth but considering the style I think they hit their mark. I could drink this all day long and since that's what a saison was meant for I'll give it good marks.

All in all a very drinkable beer. I could deal with less peppercorns since they really stole the show here. There were only whispers of a hop presence; I would have preferred more. Not my favorite offering from either of the two collaborators but far better than a lot else I would find on the market.

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Photo of Hab11
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed with Three Lions from 750ml bottle.
Appearance: Yellow Gold in color with a huge bright white head (no not poured in correctly just super active) settles with a lot of lace on the glass.
Smell: big smell of white and black pepper and something else I'm having trouble distinguishing.
Taste: the white and black peppercorn flavor is definitely there and the mystery in the smell is there with the taste as well. Definitely not a bad taste just can't describe it.
Mouthfeel: typical saisson. Light easily drinkable the little bit of bitterness actually makes this beer. It's not overdone.
Overall: I think Three Lions is right of all the Hill Farmstead I have had this one is the only one I can say is really good not great. But having said that I could drink this all day long.

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Photo of stakem
3.02/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Been wanting to try this beer since learning of it almost a year ago, glad to have recently had the opportunity. 750ml poured into a tulip. The brew appears a hazed pale yellow color with a billowing white cap 4 fingers strong that fades leaving soapy patchy lace.

The smell is excessively full of sulfur. As it breaths, some hay, earth and grass emit. Some dry wheat aspect and faint peppery spice. There is a mild fruitiness coming out when warm.

Taste is dry and herbal with a modest grassy bitterness. Earthen with straw-like grain character and yeasty pepper notes. Like the aroma, it is difficult to ignore how sulfuric this brew is to the point of almost feeling skunky.

This is light bodied and effervescent with carbonation. Lively to say the least. Perhaps a bit too distracting with a dominating amount of sulfur and herbal bitterness that seems out of place. I wanted to like this but ended up being disappointed. The label had a best by date of 2018. I can only assume thats a generic 5-years out putting my bottle at a year old. I dont see this beer getting any better by holding on to it and have no idea if fresher would have been better. What I do know is that I wont be spending anymore money on this offering.

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Photo of Roguer
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Huge fluffy snow-white head with very good retention and tons of scattered lacing. Pale, golden straw color, very lively and hazy.

Aromas of lemon and sweet Belgian yeast immediately spring forth, balanced against a lightly wheat/straw scented malt bill. Slightly sharp and skunky funk aroma starts to cut through.

Flavor truly follows the nose: light and delicate, with a honey-sweetness, a not-quite-tart off-ness, a thick wheaty body (and associated flat aftertaste reminiscent of chewing wheat), and a dry bitterness, slightly earthy, with an even smaller hint of citrus. Not getting a significant sense of Amarillo hops, but that's appropriate to both the style and aging the bottle.

Surprisingly chewy for the style, medium feel overall, pretty drinkable, minor sting and liveliness. Creamy and overall very nice mouthfeel.

This is a pretty good Saison, and I feel an honest take on the genre, but it doesn't seem to do any one thing particularly well (except mouthfeel, perhaps). I would prefer it if any of the flavors had a bit more of a pronounced effect: more hops, or more of a rustic, non-Brett funkiness, more of the malt bill. Instead, it all comes together in a satisfying, but not overly impressive, package.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 750 bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware.
Pours beautiful clear straw color with huge foamy head.
Smell is really nice, meadow, straw, yeast.
Taste is right in line with aromas. A very light touch of citrus, a very light touch of pepper.
Mouthfeel is effervescent, clean, dry.
Overall, a refreshing and delicious saison.

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Photo of MarcWP
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Lost Abbey tumbler.

Pours with huge carbonation. It's a carb bomb. Hazy light straw yellow, huge white head. Tons of carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom of glass. Yeast definitely did some work in the bottle.

Aroma is green hay, Granny Smith apple peel, earthy must, lemon zest, and subtle spices.

The taste brings a super spicy, classic saison style beer. Grains of paradise, basil, parsley, lime peel, white pepper, and earth.

Mouthfeel is fluffy, heavier side of light. Crisp carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty good saison. Classic flavors with not much anything being groundbreaking. A faint amount of skunkiness from light exposure seems to be present. I'm always weary of imported beers in the green bottles.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 2/18/14

Appearance: Golden in color, with some straw and and hints of orange - bottle opens with some big carbonation, pours with a huge, fluffy, distincitvely Belgian-looking head - fades to a solid, white head - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Bright, funky saison yeast and some nice complexity - nice funkiness, with some great saison aromas - some banana, pepper, clove, and light fruits like apples and white grapes - some Brett-like weirdness and a touch of lemon - deep, complex level of barnyard - some pale malts and wheat in the background - some earth, nicely balanced aromas

Taste: Tart, funky, interesting - great saison yeast flavors, including clove, pepper, and some earth, dirt - some light citrus, including hints of orange - some grassiness - light fruits, apples, pears, and white grapes - some dry, powdery yeast, somewhat Brett-like - pale malts, wheat, and some light, malty sweetness - finishes dry to round out the flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nicely carbonated, nice finish

Overall: La saison-oise

This is a great saison. It's remarkably Belgian, and I will admit that I can't quite taste the Hill Farmstead influence. Regardless of what went into this beer, the result is tasty. I would drink this again, if it were possible to find.

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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 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 cbutova
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into two HF tulips glasses with a yeast-hazed golden yellow body. Pouring in the center immediately reveals an insane amount of foam, almost leaving the glass. Great head retention as the cap never seems to fully leave, falling to a thick pillow after about ten minutes. The amount of lacing is extraordinary, thick blankets coat the glass all around the entire bowl of the tulip.

S- Classic Belgian farmhouse yeast off the top without much funk or added specialty items. Reminds me of the DuPont strain quite a bit and not as much of a French strain. Inviting notes of lemon citrus, Belgian peppery and herbal yeast spice, light grains and some bread hints. Becomes quite flowery with warming.

T- A prominent, yet soothing spicy Belgian yeast with a slight hop balance on the back end. Appropriate amount of yeast character bringing notes of peppery spice, cooking herbs, lemon zest oil and grainy bread. Hops are herbal, floral and a tiny bit fruity. Light malts provide a platform for the yeast to shine.

MF- Light, super dried out body with a high end carbonation. Foams up nicely as you sip on it and really exhibits a good feel for the style. Light spicy bitterness lingers on the palate after sipping.

For a no-frills kind of Saison this is something I would enjoy time and time again. I love DuPont and this reminds me a bit of it, perhaps with a bit more hop character and a slightly different yeast feel. Definitely recommended for fans of Saisons.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This had a cloudy yellow appearance with a thick but dissipating bright white head.

The aroma had sweet bread and grain with peppery cloves and soft banana. There was a bubblegum sweetness but it seemed more spicy.

The flavor started with a blast of clove but with every sip it started to soften to a more peppercorn tone. The was some sweetness in the array of Apple bubblegum, banana and anise.

The feel is very light and somewhat tangy with an ease that made it disappear quickly.

At first blush I was disappointed that anything with the Hill Farmstead name would be so clovey sharp but as I followed through it began to grow on me and I discovered liking it more.

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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 tbeckett
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Hill Farmstead. From notes.

A - Poured light golden, sort of like apple juice. Strong carbonation, bright. Nice dense two finger white fluffy head left good lace rings and a good finger of retention. Cloudy with yeast added.

S - Citrus hop, nice yeast component of the Belgian persuasion, orange, hops.

T - Lot's of yeasty notes, lot's of lemon, sweet grain, floral, spritsy.

M - Very strong carbonation, fairly dry finish, medium body.

O/D - The carbonation was a bit strong, but I suppose suited to the style. I suppose it could have been hoppier considering the 'copious amounts' claim on the bottle, but it was hoppy and enjoyable nonetheless. It seemed quite to style and sits above many examples of the style which are usually fairly uninteresting.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
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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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 Kirk_Grant
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Hazy golden yellow
Smell: A slightly tart citrus note with a hint of hops and green banana
Taste: Hoppy lemon, green banana, and mixed greens
Overall: This is just a tad too hoppy for my taste. It's clearly made well...but not a style I enjoy.

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Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thank you to Montrealbcr89 for bringing this one along to our tasting on the weekend. Been wanting to try this one for a while now.

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw gold with 2 fingers of frothy white head.

Smell. Grassy and earthy hops, hay and minerals, light sulfur and lemongrass, citrus rinds, fruity classic saison yeast phenols, light peppery spices.

Taste. Peppery and grassy, Fruity belgian yeast, lightly bitter, light citrus.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, strong carbonation.

Overall. Quality traditional style saison, very nice. Thanks again Tyler!!

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