555. Hill Farmstead Biere de Norma
Continuing to dip into my cellar and open some of the many Hill Farmstead beers I have stockpiled. I got this one on my way to Vermont back in February. I was on my way to Burlington for a three day insurance seminar and was able to hit Hill Farmstead on the way out. This is my the first wax dipped bottle from Hill Farmstead and it was much easier to open than the Arboreal from Oxbow. This photo has to be one of my favorites from Hill Farmstead, the black and red label, red wax and color of the beer are just a perfect combo.
This beer was poured an intense red with a thick off white head. Aroma is an amazing mix of oak, sour funk and some grape almost wine-like character. Taste follows with a nice tart flavor and plenty of oak. There is also a nice sweetness that balances out the mild funk, truly excellent beer.
Not sure this one will come back but if it does make the trip and grab a bottle. I have another in the cellar and will sit on it for a while.
Pros: Slightly funky and excellent oak aroma and flavor
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: Brewed on the day of my grandmother’s passing (Norma), this is an inspired Biere de Mars fermented entirely in oak and soured with our house spontaneous culture.