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Flora - Blueberry - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 264
Gots: 25 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 03-24-2014

Flora aged on blueberries.

Bottle count: 568
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4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of scottfrie
3.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful violet color with a thin short-lived head. The nose is full of a cheesy sweaty funk, hints of sweet blueberry, vinouse wine, woody dryness, and earth. I get more blueberry on the mouth than the nose, reminiscent of juicy fruity blueberry jam mixed with wine. The finish is earthy and mildly funky. Medium body, clean and fairly juicy mouthfeel with soft and faint carbonation. Not the best blueberry beer available but I definitely enjoyed this.

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4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of MarcWP
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First review in months. Been slacking, but I figured Blueberry Flora was a good time to start up again.

Pours a radiant dark blush purple, gorgeous fizzy head tinged with color highlights of the brew itself. Head settles quickly and leaves a beer much in common with a Shiraz in appearance.

Aroma is big wine barrel presence, raspberry much in the framboise nature, blueberry jam, oak, and soft vanilla. Big, juicy, bright nose on this. Most barrel I've had in my nostrils from Hill Farmstead.

Taste reveals another beautifully balanced masterpiece by Shaun. The fruit is front and center giving way to dried blueberries, raspberry skin, grape sweetness, and some wine grape tannins. The woodsy oak and vanilla add depth while base flora flavors come through giving off some flower notes and a more tropical type of fruit vibe.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower carbonation level, and the lowest end I've encountered from the brewer. But there is enough to prickle the taste buds and help clean the fruity flavors away. Tart but not super sour much to my liking.

Overall a brilliant brew that has so much in common with fresh lambic krieks and framboise. Balance, raw fruit nature, subtle funk, and lovely oak properties to round out and perpetuate complexity. But the wine barrel elevates this to the level of Lou Pepes vs standard fruit lambics. Don't get me wrong, this is unique in every way possible and the lambic connection is really only meant to be taken with a grain of salt. It's the depth which makes me relate this to the fruited lambic realm. Highly recommended, will go down in the books as one of those memorable drinking experiences.

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4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.84/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.95/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Hill Farmstead in 6/2014

A- Body is a translucent raspberry hue that pours with a light maroon 2-3 finger very foamy, fizzy head. The head quickly and disappointingly fades almost completely to a thin collar. When held up to the light bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top.

S- tart blueberry, sweet blueberry, acidic sourness. The blueberry is very authentic but I'm not getting any of the wine barrel or original characteristics described in flora or florence.

T-Flavor is a little milder than the nose. Tart blueberries upfront with very mild white wine overtones, and a background of faint oak barrel, a very faint hint of beady yeast and funk. The finish has some mild acidic tartness to add...but it consistent with the initial flavors. The complexity really comes through as the beer warms. There is just the slightest hint of funk to it.

M- Very low carbonation, relatively flat. Body is medium weight and has a slightly acidic consistency and a slightly watery consistency.

O- Overall this is a very well done, complex beer. I have not had Florence but I am having trouble finding the base beer after the wine barrel aging and addition of blueberries. I really like this beer but before my rating the rating that this beer has is just about equal to a very famous belgian blueberry lambic. Although this is a nice complex beer- it is not really the cream of the crop.

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

I've never had ann or mimosa, but this might be Mr. Hill's best beer. I don't want to like it as much as I do. I can also see this aging quite well. Brought comparisons to LP Kriek (which we had about 45 minutes prior). Hate on the man who brewed it all you want, this beer is the real deal.

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Flora - Blueberry from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.