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Flora - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
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332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 10.53%


Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Wine barrel aged Wheat Saison fermented with resident microflora.

(Beer added by: SFLpunk on 10-03-2010)
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a slightly hazed golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Nose has a light oak and hint of vanilla. Light mineral note, a bit if dusty cob web brett with a bright lemon, hints of pepper and a lighter yeast note with a touch of soapy hop. Taste is actually a bit tart, a touch more soapy and the oaky vanilla flavors are more subtle. Still a bit of bright lemon juice and golden fruits that makes it rather enjoyable with a touch of mineral towards the finish. Body is light and drinkable with a moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 00:45:38 | More by cpetrone84
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Crookdrain

New York

4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing 2 different vintages - B4 (2012) and B5 (2013). Both 750ml bottles. B4 opened at a tasting with some awesome BA friends. B5 opened side-by-side with Flora Satsuma a week earlier.

A: Having had Florence, I wasn't surprised by how light this one was. I think someone else said "pale straw" in an old review and that's exactly the way to describe this. Pillowy head. B4 was a slight gusher. B5 was a big time gusher. The look belays the power of the beer within.

S: As close to perfect as a beer can get. Vinous-y wheat, a bouquet of oaky orange, some grape funk, and maybe grapefruit? Or is it lemon? Or both? This really hits your nose hard and fast - you almost don't want to taste it because you can't stop smelling it. B4 was slightly more pungent and aromatic than B5 - 18 months in the bottle will do that to it.

T: My first 5 rating on BA. I cannot overstate how amazing this beer is. It is liquid perfection. Citrus tartness smattered with funky wine must layered with the haunting subtle hint of oak and sweet orange juice. The underlying beer (Florence) acts as a ghost in the aftertaste. This is a complex mother f-er. B4 tasted like the fruits had soaked in a wine vat for a while. B5 was close but not there yet. I still think B5 will surpass B4 though after some time in the bottle, especially talking to people who have tried both fresh. Apparently B5 is one of the best fresh yet.

M: Perfect for the style. Just carbonated enough that it doesn't take away from the complex melange of flavors dancing around your mouth. Swirl it around a bit and enjoy what few will ever get to enjoy.

O: There's something about Florence - which is not a bad beer by any means but certainly not Shaun Hill's finest - that allows it to transform in the barrel into perhaps the best barrel-aged beer in the world. Sort of like how Cook County Stout becomes BCS. Batch 4 was without a doubt the best beer I've ever had in my life. Thanks to Sobeleg for bringing. Everyone at the tasting was blown away by it - it even upstaged Juicy!
Batch 5 is near perfection, but can't wait to try mine after a year or so in the bottle and see if it reaches the level that B4 did after 18 months.

Seriously, seek this one out. It was worth the 7 hour drive, the 4.5 hour wait in line, and the 9 hour drive back to NYC. There are 2 beers in my cellar I would never trade, not even for a white whale - and this is one of them. You would need to pry this thing from my cold dead hands to get it from me.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 14:49:55 | More by Crookdrain
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vonnegut21

New York

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pale golden straw, with a finger or so of white head.

S: Citrus and a hint of oak. Light white wine character. Wheat malt with a hint of funk on the back end.

T: Lots of citrus character. Lemon and grapefruit. Very nicely tart. Small amount of barnyard character. As it warms, the wine barrel becomes apparent. Grape skin, a gentle oak character and this depth of flavor emerge. Lightly floral on the back end. Delightful. Very Gueuze-like.

M: Effervescent with an excellent body for such a low abv beer. Perfectly suited to the style and the flavors.

O: This is better than I could have expected. Easily one of my top 5 beers from Hill Farmstead. There's this depth and complexity that perfectly complements the tartness. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 15:26:02 | More by vonnegut21
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage!

A - pours a very light almost watery glowing yellow color with a finger of light white head, decent retention and very nice lacing, especially considering the lighter appearance of this brew.

S - really great light sour and and wine tanin aromas, light bubblegum/yeastyness.

T - almost a dry carbonated sourness up front, Eventually mild sweetness and yeast come through. Aftertaste is a bit tart with wine tannin. Awesome awesome initial flavor

M - Lighter bodied, strongly carbonated. Fantastically drinkable. Great

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 23:01:38 | More by MacQ32
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a medium sized fluffy white head that recedes to a half-finger and maintains well with good carbonation and leaves decent spotty lacing.

S- Wow! The aroma is incredible, with bright, tart citrus, white wine grapes, and oak tannins. A good bit of funky saison yeast pushes through along with wheat and some lemon. Absolutely glorious!

T- The flavor is similar to the aroma, with sweet and tart citrus flavors dominating (not the hoppy kind of citrus, totally different). Nice funky hay in the middle, followed by mellow oak and a wonderful dry, tart finish. The saison yeast and wine barrel yield so much complexity, with hints of lemon, clementine, and grass also coming through.

M- The mouthfeel is medium, smooth/mellow, and moderately carbonated.

O- Overall this is just a fantastic wine-barrel aged saison! Unbelievably enjoyable, and I wish I had more of this (other than the Satsuma variant I'm eagerly awaiting the occasion to drink)!!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 20:07:28 | More by SadMachine
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 10.10.31
Bottled 07 2013

A - Pours a hazy, very light orange with a soapy off-white head that slowly moves to the edges.

S - Tart lemon citrus, oak, subtle sweet funk.

T - Lemon, citrus, subtle funk, woody-oak, sweet hint from the wheat.

D - Light body with good carbonation.

O - Citrus, tart, delicious! A perfect BA Saison.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 20:43:07 | More by HuskyinPDX
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4.89/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Golden orange, like a gueuze with the saturation turned up. The head dissipated to only traces of lacing.

S: Very gueuze-like - okay, so the gueuze reference in appearance only happened because the rest of the beer reminded me of such. It was very floral and with lemon-citrus and earthy notes as well. Like white IPA meets gueuze.

T: Lemon, soft floral, and a whole gentleness that was honestly quite shocking. Part of its lasting memory for me is that it seemed to cross so many boundaries. It had the floral qualities of a well crafted IPA, the earthy and gentle oak funk of a gueuze, and further saison and wheat beer qualities as well. Really complex.

M: Really soft water. Pillowy.

O: My mind was kind of blown, to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 03:25:01 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thank you to Montrealbcr89 for not only coming to my tasting, but bringing this gem. If there's one thing I've learned in my beer tasting career, a HF saison is something to be excited about.

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw gold with a thin white head.

Smell. Wildflowers, slight whiffs oranges and lemons, light barrel and white wine. My description can't do it justice and I spent a lot of time with my nose in the glass. Fucking amazing.

Taste. Some lemon sourness, light wildflowers and minerals. Again, I don't have the words to describe this one in a way that does it justice but it's subtly complex and somehting I could drink every day.

Mouthfeel. Light+ body, medium+ fine carbonation.

Overall. As always with these HF saisons, one of the best beers I've put in my face. Thanks again Tyler!! Best one of the night imo, and against some pretty heavy hitters.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 02:11:37 | More by Rutager
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.94/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: light amber liquid with slight white head and nice lacing.

S: floral tones with marigolds and elderflowers

T: I suspect the saison dupont yeast was used, but this is much more soft in its floral flavor profile.

M: medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: very soft and drinkable. Extremely approachable.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 00:19:08 | More by DaftCaskBC
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HoppyKilaMonster

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a bottle into a HF glass.

A. Straw, golden in color.

S. White wine, citrus, lemon, slight straw odors.

T. White wine is the first thing that hits the palate, followed by sourness, slight orange zest, and grapes.

M. A zing of carbonation at the first sip. Maybe a little too much?

O. A fine saison, it goes down too easy

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 07:51:24 | More by HoppyKilaMonster
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lovindahops

New York

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

October 4th 2013 marked an incredible day for me at work so I felt my first Flora would be well deserved!

A- Flora pours a golden light orange with a glow all around the body. Crackling colors are seen throughout the glass. Weblike, thin lacing is caked to the edges if the glass, while a thin layer of white foam floats around. Flora glows as a fluorescent saison in a glass

S- massive Brett, vinious, white grape funk reaches out of my HF stemware and reaches my nostrils. Some peppercorn and wheat flavors are enrobed in some light wine characteristics. The time in the barrels did Flora well! You can go back and forth between a barn yard and vineyard companionship that delivers with a bready twist. Best scent EVER for a saison

T- light and elegant, yet so complete with the full bodied saison flavor profile Shaun seeks to deliver with. The bready yeast flavor layers the tongue with fresh cut grass and musty grape themes. Then the properties of white wine linger so softly leaving a mouth watering desire for more. So bold and spicy, yet so sweet. This beer is perfect due to the complex opposite themes occurring all over. Even better, they clash than match perfectly

M- perfect flavor drapes the palate with excellent carbonation

O- Hill Farmstead has made the best saison I will probably ever have. Flora dominates the physical features that one would want in a saison. Absolutely amazing with the combination of farm house funk meeting a detailed, delicate vinious brew. Great day to celebrate with the best saison I've ever had'

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 22:57:46 | More by lovindahops
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N17shelfside

California

4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 1 on tap at Farmhouse in Burlington. Drank alongside a fresh cantillon gueuze, which has much more farmhouse variety complexity, so some of my feelings might be tainted by that. Very dry, might actually have been a little past its prime. Had some nice funk to it, probably that natural Greensboro yeast. A little lemony, some grass, but overall just light and crisp. Overall a very good summer saison.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 15:05:56 | More by N17shelfside
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes. Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a tulip.

Flora pours a dark golden color with a nice white cap.

The aroma is lemony, a little bit like a gueuze. Dry crackery malt and some funk add depth.

The flavor is dry, with crackery malt up front, some wild sour flavors next, with a lingering lemon tartness. There are some pear, green apple, and grassy notes in here as well. The finish is fairly clean.

The body is dry, with medium carbonation and a lighter body.

Overall I felt this was a nice beer, pleasantly tart in a style that I do not normally enjoy as much.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:27:27 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an HF wine glass. Batch 3.

Appearance - Golden orange. A little hazy. Big white head that leaves a bit of lacing and large surface wisps.

Smell - Earthy notes, akin to brett, without ever being bretty. Lemon zest. Wheat grain. Wine and a hint of acidity.

Taste - Strong white wine flavor. Much more acidic, but not sour. Grainy. Bright lemon tang. White wine lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light, but the flavors linger well on the palate. Well carbonated.

Overall - Lacking the complexity of the other barrel aged saisons, but still the barrel adds a great deal. The base beer is just lacking a little bit.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 00:12:58 | More by Alieniloquium
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Skrip

South Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. batch 4

A~ crazy multiple hues of glowing orange. nice fluffy white head and a tad bit of lacing.

S~ lots of lemony tartness up front followed by some nice peppercorns. then of course the bready saison yeast on the finish.

T~ pretty much follows the nose with way more wine funk. heavy citrus and lots of pepper. just an all around great saison! mmmm....! the tartness!

M~ i love how wine barrels seem to give a thicker, slight oily feel. other than that, nice carbonation all around and a slightly dry finish.

O~ oh how i love HF saisons! i would drink any of them every day if i could! this one is aged in wine barrels so of course its a little superior =] overall i'd say... DELICIOUS!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 01:21:20 | More by Skrip
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 4. 750ml capped bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

A slow gusher. Pours a .5 finger foamy white head with as always, great retention. Beer is a crystal clear goldenrod that reveals ample carbonation. Lacing is thick, layered and web-like with excellent cling. Perfect.

Nose is white grape must tartness, some cobweb, wood, and floral/citrus/spice notes like coriander, orange peel, and a dash of peppercorn. Pretty mellow but very appetizing.

Opens citrus, froth, wood, and funk. Grape skins, coriander, and some Brett funkiness towards the middle. More spiciness at the back with a citrus and grape finish. A light, spritzy champagne-yeast tartness in the aftertaste. Delicious. Probably the best HF Saison I've had to date.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down quenching, smooth and aggressive. Messy finish with a dry, lingering aftertaste. So incredibly drinkable and quenching at the same time. I could easily take down gallons of this and enjoy every sip.

This beer is almost perfect in every way. Possibly one of the best beers I've had from Hill Farmstead... which is saying a lot considering all of their world class offerings. Flora is magnificent from start to finish. It looks incredible, smells incredible, the flavor is complex, yet light and quaffable and the body and ABV are such that I could drink this all day, every day. Flora is a masterpiece. Do yourself a favor and seek it out!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 01:33:40 | More by SpeedwayJim
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emerge077

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mark for sharing this one with us! Quick review from written notes.

Hazy gold color, with some visible micro sediment, topped with a thin layer of white foam that showed some lasting retention.

Light fruity sweetness in the aroma, along with some white wine minerality.

Tart and juicy grapefruit taste, puckering dry tartness in the finish. Effervescent, clean, crisp feel. Fresh and fruity. A very quenching Saison that hits all the right notes for me. Probably the closest to Fantome that's brewed stateside in my opinion. Highly recommended. Thanks again Mark!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 02:19:38 | More by emerge077
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TurdFurgison for this bottle. It's a batch 1, opened 2/16/2013.

Pours a hazy bright yellow with a thin head. Very pretty.

Smells of wine, bread, flowers, not very bold aromas but nice.

Taste is more sour than the nose, but the tartness is still very mild, this is a subtle beer and not in your face. I get bread and flower character again, plenty of wine barrel with grape skins, maybe some apple.

This is a really nice beer but not necessarily a stand out in the HF lineup we had. Most of the easier to get saisons were just as good.

8.2/10

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 15:35:27 | More by AlexFields
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.99/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 3 and batch 4 bottles, about a week apart, poured into a Hill Farmstead glass. Flavor profiles and review notes were checked and were nearly identical for both batches.

Pour: A hazy, glowing light orange with a nice two finger white fluffy head. Head is pretty sticky and leaves very nice lacing. Body is quite radiant.

Smell: Tart lemons and pear skin up front, followed by a light funk and light breadyness. Some white wine notes in there as well. A really nice oak comes through as it warms.

Taste: Tart lemons, pear juice up front, and a white grape must. A light funk, and some bready sweetness. A little bit of oak towards the finish really rounds everything out. Finishes tart with lemon juice and is quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Insanely drinkable. The beer is supremely refreshing. Very juicy, yet equally dry. Begs you to have another sip right after the first.

Overall: This beer is perfect. More simplistic, yet more elegant than Juicy. More drinkable and flavorful than Civil Disobedience #5. Fantastic. If any difference between batch 3 and batch 4 were to be noted, batch 4 had a slightly greater wine barrel presence, potentially due to the longer maturation in the barrels

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 18:48:33 | More by cfrances33
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 3

Pours hazy medium yellow/straw with a small off-white head and some aggressive bubbles. Slight lacing down the glass.

Aroma features light fruits such as lemon and pear with a little bit of a grape like sweet. Good funk and a nice clean tartness.

I'm not sure words can describe how good this beer tastes, but I'll try anyway. Starts out with lemon, apple and pear flavors. As it rolls over the tongue, the tartness increases. Never getting overly sour, but pleasantly tart. Some white wine notes come into play as there are moderate amount of oak and a little chardonnay flavor. Finishes grainy and sublimely tart.

Creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation levels making the tartness really pop. I could've drank 3 bottles of this in one setting.

This is the best HF beer I've ever had and that's saying something considering how much I laud most of their stuff already. An absolutely perfect sour that was well balanced and complex without any one flavor or sensation overpowering the rest. I savored the last few sips of this and let it roll around all the parts of my tongue getting every last drop while secretly wishing I had chosen this to drink by myself instead of split with the girlfriend. Outside of Lente (which I'd need another taste of to compare) probably the best sour I've had.

If you have any bottles of this, please disregard the above review. They are bad. Send them all directly to me now for proper disposal.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 17:53:52 | More by jmarsh123
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750ml to hill farmstead glass

A: It looks like golden hone but light and somewhat translucent with a thin white head.

S: It smells very much of the wine barrels that it was aged. (didn't have any more notes)

T: Wow the taste follows the smell I am not a wine guy usually especially whites, but this tastes almost like a wine though it maintains integrity as beer. It definitely has taken in all of the flavors of the aging barrels. There is also a taste of citrus and berries it seems sweet but I often confuse sweet and dry.

M: It is lightly carbonated that feel almost reminds me of Champaign and goes down very easily.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 04:35:23 | More by Pinknuggets
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a couple snifters. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a fluffy white head. The cap hokda fairly well and as it recedes, produces a stringy webbing of lacework on the glass. A light swirl brings up a finger of yellowish cream.

The smell is tangy with citrus inclusion that are partially leaning towards lighter fruit elements coupled with a floral quality. As the brew opens up there are sulfuric tones mixed with cheese. Some mild tannins from the barrel and a pleasant vinous quality shows itself once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature.

The taste is quite tart with a flavoring of something along the lines of chardonnay. Fruity hints of pears, apples and lemon meets up with wheat, grass and earth. Towards the backend are some sulfuric notes that focus more on the earth and sulfur with a mild cheese to grassy character.

This is a light bodied brew with an effervescent level of carbonation. It is tangy and vinous more than expected. Overall a very good brew but despite its range of character, I kinda lost interest in this half way through my glass. It shows promise and its something id like to revisit again sometime but i wasnt the biggest fan of the sulfur and cheese inclusion. That aside, there are some good things going on here.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 19:55:05 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml capped bottle into a couple of glasses. Thanks go to Stakem for sharing this during a recent Hill Farmstead tasting.

Pours a hazed gold, with a finger of frothy bright-white head. This stays rich and bubbly and coats the sides of the glass with swathes of creamy lacing. There’s a nice robust look to this. Wine barrel jumps right out in the aroma, with a tannic fruitiness that sits dryly in the nose. Honey, tartness and light funk sit along the back.

The taste is tart and earthy lemon character, some dark fruitiness, wheat, a touch of vanilla and honey. A dry tannic feel from the barrel sits on the edges of this, while a mildly funky tartness lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm bubbly creaminess to the carbonation that expands out into the mouth. This overall flows pretty easily in the mouth and helps handle the strong tartness.

While I certainly found this to be interesting, the combination of wine barrel, Brett and wheat gave this a rather funky tartness throughout the profiles which my palate never did fully adapt to. I’m glad that I was able to try but I think that they’ve pulled off better with their barrel-aged Saisons from here.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 14:40:53 | More by Kegatron
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle slightly chilled and split with a friend. Poured into two Hill Farmstead tulip glasses. This is a Batch 4 that I picked up from the Brewery Saturday.

Appearance: Light straw yellow in color. A bit hazy. Gushed just a bit upon opening, but none of the beer was lost. Really nice white head.

Aroma: Really strong tart notes are noticable right off. Lemon, some definite funk, green apple are there. Some light wine barrel notes do a nice job smoothing this out too. Took me a while to want to taste this as the aroma was so outstanding.

Taste: Nice, crisp but strong sourness upfront. The lemon and green apple notes are really big. This almost feels more at home being called a sour than a saison. Plenty of funk and a slight sweet tone to balance out the sour from the wine barrel. The wheat does well here too as a counter to the tartness. Really refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and really light. The carbonation is pretty spot on.

Overall, I thought this bottle of Flora was near perfect. Really strong sour character and bright flavors really work well here. I have had batch 3 previously and I don't remember it being this sour or nearly this good. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 19:02:36 | More by Gosox8787
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Kinsman

California

4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Birthday treat to myself picked up at the brewery this afternoon. Pours a clear light golden color and a foamy white head with a nice sticky lace.

Wine notes come across the nose right away with a nice fruity note and some spice note in the background. Bready backbone lays a nice foundation for the palate upon with the cider and grape flavors build on. Lemon citrus notes come through midway and take over from there on. A bit musty and spicy from the base beer but the barrel flavors hide it pretty well.

Light crispness and a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, a good saison is only made better by the barrel treatment. Enjoying this quite a bit more than Florence.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 01:17:46 | More by Kinsman
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Flora from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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