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Florence Wheat Saison - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Florence Wheat SaisonFlorence Wheat Saison

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92
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365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 71
Gots: 45 | FT: 6
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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4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my opinion, this is simply one of the best beers brewed by Hill Farmstead. Many seek big, bold offerings, while this is subtle, elegant, refreshing, delicate and simply outstandingly good. The overall balance of this beer keeps blowing me away, and I just seem to enjoy it more and more, every bottle being a real treat. The nose is quite subtle with bananas, citrus, apples, and what feels like jasmine flowers. Mouthfeel reminds me of great riesling, and the acidity brings a lovely freshness. I would trade all boozy, sweet stouts for an ounce of this beer.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled Jan 2013
Poured Jun 2013

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a billowing cloud of head; 3 fingers worth that dissipates to a dense half finger. The beer is the most beautiful hazy yellow of any beer I've seen. Clear enough to see carbonation rising but opaque enough to not be able to see through to the other side.

S: Lemon zest, straw, funk, cracked wheat.

T: Clean, crisp tartness that is absolutely amazing. Lemongrass is a great way to describe; lemon zest and a smooth bready ligh wheat malt. A subtle Brett flavor that funks up this beer beautifully with a nice combination of horse blanket and citrus twist.

M: Mouth-puckering tartness with a month sweet wheat malt, like a sweet pastry.

O: This beer is perfect; if I could I would drink this every day. Such a funky tartness that's so clean, crisp, and refreshing. Perfection. Florence is the lemon bar of the beer world; sweet, bready, but dominated by a lemon tartness. Yet it all melds beautifully into a symphony of fermented goodness that's near impossible to express.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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GreesyFizeek

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4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Hill Farmstead in Greensboro Bend, VT. Poured into my Hill Farmstead stemware.

Pours a murky, very hazy golden yellow. Huge, 4 inch head erupts, and won't subside. Nice lacing throughout the session.

Aromas of lemon, wheat, cloves, grass, and orange.

All of the aromas play forward into the flavors, with some apples and pears joining the orange, grass, wheat, cloves and lemons. An incredible yeast bitterness lingers on the palate with each sip- makes your tongue feel wonderfully prickly and alive. Some hop bitterness as well.

Full, cloudy body. Very crisp, especially from the bitterness. Medium bodied.

Simply an amazing saison. Probably my favorite of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Florence Wheat Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.