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Florence Wheat Saison - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Florence Wheat SaisonFlorence Wheat Saison

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

369 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 71
Gots: 43 | FT: 4
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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jwat

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.8%

03-25-2014 04:36:43 | More by jwat
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blabaer

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-24-2014 06:15:30 | More by blabaer
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ajzy

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-23-2014 17:54:22 | More by ajzy
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Crookdrain

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-23-2014 15:47:04 | More by Crookdrain
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Inglewood

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

03-17-2014 15:23:22 | More by Inglewood
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corysmith01

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

03-16-2014 16:06:20 | More by corysmith01
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-16-2014 11:10:43 | More by Fettpopps
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-15-2014 15:41:22 | More by liamt07
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phuntasy

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

03-14-2014 05:21:43 | More by phuntasy
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Kendo

New York

4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
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
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-11-2014 21:02:13 | More by dkw0063
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-11-2014 18:28:18 | More by TechBrew
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California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-08-2014 06:05:52 | More by GregoryMo
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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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CSO

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-06-2014 06:41:33 | More by CSO
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wesley14

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-28-2014 01:03:49 | More by Molson2000
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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

02-28-2014 01:00:12 | More by cbutova
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In the memory of the Hill Farmstead roots, Florence is remembered in the form of a classy farmhouse ale. One that is true to tradition with premiere dryness, a spice-forward balance and with peps of wine and cork. With just enough of a wheatness to prevent total dryness, the ale remains soft from beginning 'til end.

The ale erupts in the glass, looking as much like champagne as it does ale. Only its glowing haze and its perpetual head retention speaks otherwise. Its creamy foam-stance is of honeycomb as intricate lace trickles down the glass. All this transpires on a canvas of goldenrod hues that's straw-like at its edge.

Bright and tangy aromas leap right out with the scent of fermented fruit. This sheds light on its wine-like undertow with peps of apple, spiced pear, white grape, under-ripened orange and a certain lemony twang. With its short wafer-thin malt support, balance is achieved instead with a pang of fresh cracked peppercorn with earthy cumin, cork, hay and fennel lurking behind.

Its malt taste is delicately bready, and perhaps more cracker-like. But that's all short-lived as the tart and tangy fruit flavors are slightly citrusy but more of the orchard varieties and nearly evoking teeth churning behavior. Playfully acidic and earthen, its chardonnay-like taste stems from the fruit and trends corkish with spicy hop bitterness and an herbal flavor of damp hay and lemongrass.

Its light and bubbly body keeps the ale floating above the tongue and ushers in a fast fleeting finish. The bulk of the beer's finesse flavors are almost more appreciated in aftertaste than on the early or middle palates. Its finish of spice, warmth and acidity is followed only by an echo of whole wheat.

Hill Farmstead does it again- the creation of traditional Saison in all its classic glory, with the perfect balance, the perfect body and just enough dry fruit and pepper- its a taste straight out of the Belgian Low Countries.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 17:48:11 | More by BEERchitect
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-24-2014 21:57:49 | More by thewimperoo
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-22-2014 14:07:08 | More by AnitaBrewski
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 2/19/14

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow, with gold and straw - pours with an above average-sized head - leaves some quite nice

Smell: Straight-up saison - nice funk, perhaps cleaner than average - some nice spice, with some earth - light fruits, including apples, pears, and some citrus, including oranges and lemon - nice level of wheat and some lightly bready malts

Taste: Remarkably clean with some nice saison flavors - some great saison yeast, with some nice farmhouse flavor, earth, and light spice - wheat component is very nice, with some typical wheat twang, and some nice, bready, pale malts - some nice fruit esters, with apples, pears, and some citrus - nicely balanced overall, finishes dry and clean

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, great finish

Overall: Dear Hill Farmstead, please stop making good beer

This is a remarkably straightforward saison. No additional flavors, no fruits, nothing other than some big saison yeast and some exceptionally clean water. As annoying as it is to actually acquire Hill Farmstead beers, this is worth the effort.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 08:23:42 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Ataraxia for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed bright yellow with a big fluffy bright-white head. Spotty lacing. Moderate head retention leaves a small collar and cap.

Smell: Light wheat. Pale malts add a nice bready/biscuity sweetness. Lemon flesh and some bright lemon zest. Typical Hill Farmstead saison yeast aromas. Very soft spice and a bunch of fruity esters. Banana, pear, and apple. Vague sort of tartness buried in the back. Incredibly clean and light. Slightly floral hop presence.

Taste: A bit of tart lemon flesh and zest. Soft slightly powdery yeast presence. Some fruity esters. Apple, pear, and just a touch of banana. Nice balance of wheat and sweet pale malts. Lightly undercooked dough. Incredibly light and clean. Mildy lactic. Bright pop of citrus. A touch damp and earthy.

Mouthfeel: Light body and a touch crisp on the finish. Juicy up front. Just delightful.

Overall: Outkast approved.

So fresh and so clean clean.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 08:20:15 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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blckout20

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-18-2014 21:30:56 | More by blckout20
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emottram

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-18-2014 01:17:41 | More by emottram
Florence Wheat Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.