Florence Wheat Saison - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.16/5 rDev +0.7%
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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4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Huge thanks to Outcast for this bottle!
750ml bottle sealed with pressure cap.
bottle dated 12/2013.
poured into black logo Hill Farmstead Wine Stem.
Appearance: glowing pale yellow bodied beer with is slightly opaque not quite see through. Towering 3 fingers of bone white head resulting from a gentile pour. The head leaves lots of lacing on the side of the glass. Great staying power seen by the head of this beer that eventually drops down to a uneven, thick and chunky cap.
Smell: mild lemon tartness. Wheat malts. Slightly fruity yeast and a hint of earthy funk. Smells like spring time. Bright and fresh aroma.
Taste: almost reaching moderate level of tartness; mostly lemons with a hint of granny smith green apple. Citrusy orange zest/peel that adds just a touch of bitterness. White grapes that are subtle. A hint of sweetness from wheat malts. Dry saltine cracker character from the malts as well. Fruity yeast. Slightly spicy. Slightly grassy with a hint of earthy / musty / dusty funkiness. Completely suprised by how tart this beer is, its way more tart than the nose leads on. It is actually way more complex than I could have ever expected this beer to be.
Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Starts out bright, then finishes crisp and clean. Out of this world drinkability; I could honestly drink this beer in quantity and never get bored with it.
Overall: I have tried the likes of Anna and Aurthur on several occasions and like all HF saisons... I want to try them all and always look forward to a HF saison that I havent tried yet! As far as Florence goes, it reminds me of an authentic table beer and I got nothing but great things to say about it. I really think that it is a seriously under rated Hill Farmstead saison; its almost as good as Anna which I also hold in very high reguards. Now that I have had Anna, Aurthur, and Florence I think that I can say with confidence that Hill Farmstead makes some of the finest Saisons in the USA. Anna is my favorite, Florence is second, and Aurther is a respectable third. That is where I would put these 3 HF saisons in terms of my personal favorites.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 06:06:03 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Florence Wheat Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.