Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Blaugies / Hill Farmstead la Vermontoise

type: saison
origin: Dour, Belgium
price: $12/750ml
ABV: 6.0%
NSP: 3.8

I ran across this at Beltramos, but it was quite old at that point.  Regardless, it's an easy beer-decision to make when you see Hill Farmstead on the bottle, even if the NSP is dreadful.

The lack of freshness was definitely an issue: the excess yeast was hard at work, and produced abundant head/carbonation; and there's a faint skunkiness rushing out of the bottle. Oh well, got me some drinkin' to do.

It is indeed a farmhouse saison, apparently brewed with 'spelt', and Amarillo hops.  Aside from the age-induced problems, this gives off a rich and intense aromatic experience, that's also loaded with pepper, earthy, fruity, saison'y goodness -- yum. The body quite nice too.

Overall, I'd say this is a very clean tasting, refreshing saison, and it would probably be world class at it's peak freshness too.

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