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Florence Wheat Saison - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 82
Gots: 75 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Florence (1915-1967) was our grandfather’s sister, and Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this Belgian inspired Wheat ale is crafted from American malted barley, Organic Vermont wheat, European and American hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. It is unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Soft, cloudy, and fresh, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Florence.

Pale Malt; Vermont Organic Wheat; American and European Hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

(Beer added by: skivtjerry on 08-18-2010)
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4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Always a pleasure to try another brew from Hill Farmstead. The craftsmanship that goes into each beer has provided me with the best overall portfolio of any brewery I can think of.

A- Poured into two tulip glasses from the 750ml bottle dated December 2013. Immediately upon hitting the glass, the beer opens up with a huge creamy white cap. The foaminess reminds me of Duvel in a way and the head retention is very nice. The cap eventually falls down to a creamy, foamy ring leaving spots, patches and some huge blankets of lace.

S- Wheat certainly comes to mind right off the bat, like the crust on a nice dark wheat loaf. This is followed by a strong, tart citrus and wine grape fruity presence. A farmhouse yeast provides a spicy base but not enough to take over the other aspects of the aroma.

T- White wine grapes, apples and a lemony, lactic tartness really open up on the palate for me; significantly more than in the nose at least. Biting into that perfect "sour" apple comes to mind. These strong fruit flavors meld into a base of spicy Saison yeast and heavy cracked wheat grains. Earthy, herbal and grassy hints beyond this.

MF- LIght and pretty much dried out. This teamed up with the tartness really makes your cheeks pucker in a bit. Carbonation at a fizzy high level but a silky, crisp texture falls up on the taste buds.

One of the most fascinating things about Hill Farmstead to me is how much almost every one of their beers makes me think. "Vermont Wheat Ale" sounds straightforward and could even be viewed as such but deep down there are just layers of deep, great flavors here. The emphasis on unique, well crafted Farmhouse brews by HF is perhaps my favorite thing about the brewery. I know what beer I will be looking forward to next winter.

cbutova, Feb 28, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

tectactoe, Oct 28, 2014
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joel66, Mar 17, 2013
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2.8/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ok mrs florence here we go its time to meet

this one pours out pure white head and a little bit of lace behind a nice straw color definitely a nice haze there gotta love saison

smell has crazy sweet fruit thing going on like apples and pears is that supposed to be there seems weird

taste is off too its very sweet my impression is that a good saison should have rich dry spice flavor and character with a lot of yeast and herbal quality and some hops instead this one had a ton of fruit or fruit esters in it not going well with me

little bit lacking in brightness and mouthfeel though too

overall average beer at best but not nearly as great as the pales and double ipas i had

renegadeburger, Jul 10, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Burlington , Vt.

Pours clouded/hazed lemony banana, with a gauzy eggshell head and relaxed bands of lacing.

Light wheaty malts and lemon infused nose.

Notes of more lemon, light pepper, yeast and wheat malts on the palate. Refreshing, flavorful and yummy....quality summery brew, would love to try some on a warm day with with a nice lunch of salads, cheeses, breads.

Well worth a try if you are fortunate enough to see this available

Billolick, Aug 20, 2011
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4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very pale yellow color. I would have thought this was a berliner or something like that. Surprisingly clear, very little haziness. A huge, white, frothy head.
S: Very smooth aroma. Fruity, banana (almost like a witbier) along with wheat, and a tiny bit of brett earthy/funkiness. Smells sweet, almost like honey.
T: Wheat, lemons, honey. A bit floral/peppery and a tiny bit of tartness. Not very much going on but this doesn't need it. It's great as it is.
M: Light/medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Dry finish.
O: This is probably my least favorite HF so far and even then it's an excellent beer. I would gladly drink this again.

standardcherry, Apr 17, 2013
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On tap poured into an Allagash tulip.

Pours a hazy golden wheaty color with a thin light yellow/white head with no lacing. Nose is sweet, funky farmhouse hoppy and crisp. Very nice.

Taste is spot on for a saison, it's really crisp, flavorful and funky. It's got a really nice creamy and full mouthfeel with lots of very nice light flavors. It's super drinkable and tasty.

kingcrowing, Sep 10, 2010
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Growler fill from the brewery.

A: Cloudy, yellow, with decent head.

S: Spices, fruit and earthy hops.

T: Nice hop flavor up front (Styrian Goldings? Maybe some Saaz?) fades into melon and citrus notes, finishes with clovey spiciness. Spice becomes more dominant as the beer warms.

M: Smooth and refreshing with medium carbonation.

D: Very drinkable; the wheat adds character without making the body too heavy. A lot going on, and flavors change as you sip. Really nice with a big hunk of brie and a couple of crackers.

skivtjerry, Aug 18, 2010
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Florence Wheat Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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