AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
S – Wow. this is probably the first time I’ve smelled a beer like Hill Farmstead’s saisons. It has that chewy orange skin paired with peppery spice and a tart effervescent medicinal quality. Smells like a lot like Art, Flora or CD 6..somewhere in that realm. Very nice nose! On a longer sniff, more lemons, wheat and pineapple.
T – This is where things get interesting. The taste is not as great as the nose but in a different way. Grassy, peach juice and lemon juice. A slight hint of cider vinegar, leather and funk with an arching sweetness that greatly contributes to the taste. I’m not a fan of ’jonge lambic’ and much prefer the oude so a lot of characteristics are not that good. It lacks wood, oak tannins.
M – The bottle conditioning yields a wonderful mouthfeel. It’s other-worldly. Very much on par with great Fantome beers and every Hill Farmstead saison especially the tart Brett Clausenii and Lactobacillus that linger for a very long time after each sip.
O – I am permanently ISO more of this beer. It’s really incredible. Great tasting and I’m sad that this was my only bottle.