Florence Wheat Saison - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.16/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours a pale yellow with a slightly cloudy haze and a cloudy torrent of bubbles racing to replenish the head. The beer pours with a nice white, fat two fingers’ width head made of small tightly knit bubbles. The beer’s body is slightly hazy, like any saison should be, with no floaties or particles in it. On the nose, the beer smells of metallic and banana-like with herbal notes of clove. There is also a slight salty tint to the smell, and even a slight funky tartness. As the beer warms the yeast smell becomes creamier and mellows out the metallic scent. On the tongue, the beer tastes funky sweet with some middling bitterness. The flavors begin as sharp bitter grass, moving into buttery banana yeast with touches of clove. It then delves back into herbal bitter with clove notes with lovely funky notes and a touch of chalky wheat malt. The finish is slightly metallic with some citrus lemon and tart banana and bubblegum funk notes. The after taste is softly herbal bitter with a touch of wheat funk. In the mouth the beer feels medium light in body with a creamy, welcoming carbonation level that is a little fierce to begin with, but mellows into a welcoming embrace on the tongue. The mouth is left clean with slight saliva pockets on the very edges of the mouth. Overall, this is a tasty and interesting saison that has a lot of wheat beer character. The saison elements are definitely underplayed in the flavors, but this beer is still delicious, and I guess I’m not quite sure what I should have expected in a wheat saison. As it warms the saison flavors do come out more and meld nicely with the wheat flavors. This is a delicious beer with some funky complexities. Another success from Hill Farmstead, try it.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2013 19:11:17 | More by Maxwell
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4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle dated 12/2013
Pours a hazy pale yellow with a thick head reducing to nice, fine lacing.
Smells bright and fruity, mostly apple and grape with some faint orange citrus. It is both bready and grassy with an earthy undertone. Slightest touch of pungent see like cat pee.
The taste is clean and crisp yet complex. Just a touch spicy. The acidity is unexpected and delightful. The fruit flavors are bright and with a hint of sweetness. Orange peel, apple and grape. There is a light bready malt accompanied by a slight touch of diacetyl. There is some wonderful earthy funk. The finish is dry and vinous.
The carbonation is active and creamy. It perfectly carries the bright acidity and fruit flavors.
This beer blurs the lines between a number of different styles I love. Saison, wheat beer, even lambic. It has similarities to some other tart farmhouse beers like Crooked Stave Surette (although it is better) and SARA Saison Bernice. This is really well crafted and bottom line is the kind of beer that keeps me excited about beer. Love it.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 23:43:23 | More by brianmandell
4.56/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Poured from the 750 ml into a Duvel tulip. The body is straw-yellow on the pour, but more golden in the glass, with a 1.5-inch foamy white head. Leaves a good amount of foam on the sides of the glass.
S: Nice nose. Cereal grains and wheat along with white grapes and white wine (think Pinot Grigio or maybe Sauvignon Blanc). Touch of lemony citrus and a wee bit of yeasty funkiness off in the distance.
T: First impression: Surprised by the tartness, as I didn't get that in the nose at all. Not overwhelmingly tart; it's noted mainly because I wasn't expecting it. . . . Apples come to mind immediately, along with white grape skins and a nice, vibrant lemony bitterness. Modestly spicy yeast is noted over a foundation of wheat and crackery grain. Herbal and grassy and somewhat earthy as well. Slight lingering fruity sweetness on the lips. This is a complex beer that in many ways drinks more like a good white wine.
M: Light in heft; carbonation appears benign in the glass but is pretty active on the palate, creating a nice clean feel at the finish of each sip.
O: Outstanding beer; truly world class. Not sure how this should be characterized, style-wise (I guess Saison works), but it's probably the best wheat beer I've ever had.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 22:57:47 | More by Kendo
Florence Wheat Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.