Hill Farmstead after a Blizzard

We’re sort of having a long blizzard this week where I am snowed in for 72 hours after taking 2 weeks off work for Christmas break. Oh well, I can work from home and then have a few beers. It’s a brisk Thursday at -5 outside. I’ve rated two of these already. Not a bad day for some photo opps though.

Hill Farmstead Phenomenology of Spirit (2013)

Hill Farmstead Phenomenology of Spirit (2013)

4.2

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL17/20

adamjackson (1788) – Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – AUG 11, 2013  [delete] [move]

UPDATED: JAN 2, 2014 I had at Hill Farmstead’s Farmhouse Festival in August and again in January ’14 via a 375ML bottle packaged in 06/2013. By my estimates, this was brewed in December of 2011.A – Very intriguing color. Out of the bottle, it pours a dark brown with ruby tones. In the glass, it’s almost completely black with the same red hues sort of like a plum. 1 Finger head faded to a nice thin ring.

S – Nose is similar to august’s tasting with a combo of Peaches, Cherries and Mild Oak. I get a lot of very juicy tree fruits like Plum and some fig. A minor orange ’tang’ nose as well and just a hint of balsamic vinegar.

T – Taste is nice and tart. Lovely throughout. No residual sweetness and lingering grapey or pear tastes that really are resilient. Drinks sort of like a sour cherry apple juice. I get more backbone than the last time I had it like chewing on a peach seed or the woody notes you get from eating roasted chestnuts. Cherry juice is totally what I would go with here. There’s a minor brett taste but nothing out of the park.

M – It’s a fairly oily body and very similar to an unblended lambic. A nice carbonation forms only on a heavy mouth-swish. Does down easy adding a ’craisin’ like taste with cloves

O – Really nice. I wish I had another bottle to try this again in a year as I imagine this will age very well for some time. Also, I’m dumb and I opened this up thinking I had not already rated it. Oops.

Hill Farmstead Phenomenology of Spirit (2013)

Hill Farmstead Phenomenology of Spirit (2013)

 

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 7)

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 7)

4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20

adamjackson (1788) – Lyme, New Hampshire, USA – JAN 2, 2014  [delete] [move]

This is an exciting beer to try. My favorite Hill Farmstead Saison and Lambic from the greatest classic producer in Belgium. 375ML bottle, purchased at the Hill and enjoyed January 2nd at 55 Degrees F in HFS Stemware.A – Gorgeous bright orange…gold undertone. Bottle filled with bubbles when I opened it but did not gush. The beer poured with a 2 finger head that faded to a thin line.

S – The nose is raw mashed grape skins with lemon head candies and fresh cut grass. Musty oak and zest tangerine skin.

T – This is perhaps the most oak-forward beer in the Civil Dis series. Very musty, leathery and funky. The citrus explosion is unmistakable. I get a tad bit of copper penny on the back-end of the palate. If you were to tell me there was Lambic in here, I’d disagree. It doesn’t have the tartness you’d expect and having had 2-year unblended lambic, I consider it oaky, funky and almost earthy. This has that but without the tart I expected. Lemon and hay are totally present. Musty, earthy just really nice.

M – Nice burst of carbonation that fades quickly. Leaves behind an effervescent tree fruit and bark taste paired with the copper penny.

O – This was a great beer to have tried. It didn’t meet my expectations but I was probably wrong to go into this with expectations at all. Still, a top quality beer but not my favorite in the series. I still can’t believe Shaun got the lambic to throw in these 🙂

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 7)

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 7)

 

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 7)

 

Hill Farmstead Anna…from the first batch to now, this beer has changed considerably. Still not as good as Arthur but the honey and oak notes now make it an incredibly delicious brew.

Hill Farmstead Anna (late-2013)

 

Hill Farmstead Anna (late-2013)

 

Hill Farmstead Anna (late-2013)

 

Yep, a nice night to be stuck indoors:

2013 Snowstorm - New Hampshire

Hill Farmstead after a Blizzard

2013 Snowstorm - New Hampshire

2013 Snowstorm - New Hampshire

2013 Snowstorm - New Hampshire